Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, which has most of its film and television output into a shared universe, has it pluses and minuses. On the plus side, superheros can crossover from their own films to form super teams like the Avengers. On the downside, one project can adversely affect another project, such as when TV’s Agents Of SHIELD were left spinning their wheels for two-thirds of its first season until the big reveals in Captain America: Winter Soldier.
But sometimes, the reverse can happen, such as when season two of Agents Of SHIELD subtly setup things about the evil terrorist organization HYDRA that serve to inform the action sequence that opens Avengers: Age Of Ultron. And that reciprocity may be happening again.
The folks over at Comic Book Resources talked with Agent Carter showrunners Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters, who divulged that one of the MacGuffins on the new season of the show premiering next week, will be something called Isodyne Energy and it will have a connection to Marvel’s upcoming Doctor Strange movie starring Benedict Cumberbatch.
When asked if Isodyne Energy is connected to the Darkforce, Fazekas answered affirmatively. “Basically, Isodyne is a company that we invented based in part on real life companies like Radiodyne or General Atomic or the beginnings of the Jet Propulsion Lab — all of which were in L.A. in the ’40s, and were developing the space program and were developing nukes,” explained Fazekas. “That’s what Isodyne is, and what you’ll learn is they were involved in the nuclear testing out in the desert when they were testing the, at the time they were calling it the atom bomb — and one of these tests didn’t go as expected. You’ll learn more about that in Season 2, but they stumble upon what people in the Marvel Universe will know as Darkforce, but because they’ve never seen it before they just name it Zero Matter. That’s our tie-in to the ‘Doctor Strange’ universe, and also to ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ because you’ve seen it in ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ as well.”
The episode of Agents Of SHIELD that Fazekas is referring to the first season episode “The Only Light in the Darkness” and which featured the MCU’s iteration of the comics villain Darkforce.
And this does give us a clue as to how magic might work within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. We have already seen in the Thor films Arthur C. Clarke’s maxim of any sufficiently advanced technology resembling magic illustrated. How a character like Doctor Strange will be able to access this energy or how it will play into the plotline for his film remains to be seen. We have plenty of time to speculate as Doctor Strange won’t arrive in theaters until November 4.