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'Agents of SHIELD' crossover episode will pick up where 'Thor: The Dark World' leaves off

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Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. publicity still
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. publicity still

Even before The Avengers brought everyone together, Marvel's feature film strategy used one film to set-up or promote another, and now the company is doing the same thing with television. Entertainment Weekly reports that the November 19th episode of the ABC series Marvel's Agents of SHIELD will be a tie-in to the upcoming film Thor: The Dark World.

According to the episode description, "In the aftermath of the events chronicled in the feature film Marvel's Thor: The Dark World, Coulson and the Agents of SHIELD pick up the pieces — one of which threatens to destroy a member of the team." Unfortunately it doesn't appear that Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, or any of the other stars of Thor will be making an appearance, but it's another example of the kind of far-reaching, intertwined media universe that Marvel is creating — one that will take a lot more than a Commissioner Gordon TV series and a Batman and Superman team-up for rival DC to match.