After seven long seasons, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. can no longer claim to be aligned with the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s timeline - not after skipping Thanos’s Snap and the five-year Blip that followed. But along the way, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. managed to cross over with the MCU far more than it’s given credit for - with some of those moments going well beyond references and Easter eggs to truly expand upon the franchise.
Despite debates over canon and continuity, there’s no doubt that the events of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. belong firmly within the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe as a whole. Not every S.H.I.E.L.D. storyline has had something to do with The Avengers or Guardians of the Galaxy, but plenty have - including some of the show’s best.