Across The Spider-Verse’s Hidden MCU Connection Makes A Huge Marvel Snub Even Worse

Warning: The following contains SPOILERS for Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse.An Easter egg referencing the character of Quake from Agents of SHIELD that was hidden in Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse only served to highlight Marvel Studios’ refusal to reference the show in the MCU. Despite Agents of SHIELD running for seven seasons and developing a loyal cult following, Marvel Studios has seemingly been reluctant to utilize any of the actors or characters from the show in other MCU films or television series. Indeed, there has been some question whether Agents of SHIELD is still considered canon, despite having been designed to be the first television show based on the MCU setting.

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The debate has now resurfaced, thanks to an Easter egg in Across The Spider-Verse. When Miles Morales crawls through the window into his dorm, two clipped newspaper articles can be seen on the wall by his desk. The headline of the first clipping reads “HERO OR ROGUE?” The second features the shadowy outline of a woman. Both articles were recognized as having come from Agents of SHIELD season 4, and the storyline where Daisy “Quake” Johnson struck out on her own as a vigilante.

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Why Quake Appears In Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse

Quake Headline In Across The Spider-Verse

In story terms, there is no obvious reason why Miles would be clipping newspaper stories about Quake. The most probable explanation is that he was watching the news for reports of other people with superpowers, either hoping to befriend them or to stop them before they hurt anyone. He may also have been hoping to find some sign of Gwen Stacy existing on his Earth. However, the Easter egg might also suggest that Agents of SHIELD takes place in the Earth-1610B setting where Miles Morales is Spider-Man.

This would be oddly in keeping with the larger themes of Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse and the suggestion that Miles Morales is an anomaly in the larger multiverse. The movie pits Miles against a team of gatekeeper heroes, who united to police the multiverse while making sure that every spider-powered hero’s story contains certain key elements, such as a beloved uncle dying or the accidental death of a police captain. If Miles’ reality breaks the mold, because he was never meant to be Spider-Man, what better place to set the superhero spy show that Marvel Studios wants to pretend does not exist?

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In any case, the Quake cameo in Spider-Man: Across the Spiderverse only serves to highlight Marvel Studios’ apparent snub of Agents of SHIELD and how nonsensical it is. While the show has been rendered somewhat problematic by its association with Joss Whedon, Agents of SHIELD was a great show, whose cast deserved to continue on in the MCU. This is particularly true of Chloe Bennet’s Quake, whose character had a major role in the Secret Invasion comics that inspired the new Disney Plus series.

Despite this, Bennet has confirmed that she will not be appearing in the Secret Invasion series. She is agreeable to playing Daisy Johnson in future MCU productions, but there are currently no plans for Quake to return. This is a shame, as the character could be so much more than an Easter egg in Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse.

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