Well, Spoiler it is a prequel to phase 1, so it would be odd if the movie felt completely unconnected to that part of the MCU. Spoiler I certainly felt a connection, particularly via Coulson, who was the glue at that time, and then the overall structure, which was fairly similar to the first Thor movie. Obviously, that structure is used in a very different way here, and this movie has more impressive effects sequences. But there is a parallel. Anyway, it worked for me.