**SPOILERS FOR CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER**
With arguably its best episode to date, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. went through a complete retooling last night in the wake of Captain America: The Winter Soldier’s universe changing events. Now with just a handful of episodes to go before the May 13th season finale, things are ramping up in a major way for Agent Coulson and his team. In addition to the confirmed appearance by Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury set for the finale, Marvel has revealed Cobie Smulders will be returning to the series as Maria Hill on the April 29th episode, and it won’t be for just a cameo this time.
TV Line was able to get the exclusive on the extent of Hill’s role in the episode, saying, “Hill will play a large role in the May sweeps episode, and those who have clamored for a Coulson/Hill team-up will get it, punctuated by lots of action.” On top of that, Movies.com also took a look at last night’s episode and uncovered something interesting: During the episode, it’s stated that Hydra has taken over the majority of S.H.I.E.L.D. bases worldwide, one of them being in Africa. Fans will remember that the first ten minutes of Avengers: Age of Ultron is reportedly set in South Africa and will feature a major action sequence. Could it be that the base Baron Von Strucker is hanging out in with Scarlett Witch and Quicksilver (alone with Loki’s staff) at the end of The Winter Soldier is in fact the Africa base mentioned last night? I guess we’ll have to wait another year to find out.