Warning: This post contains spoilers for the plot of Captain America: Civil War. If you have not seen the movie already, do so before reading the following post.
Tomorrow marks the first episode for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. following the aftermath of Captain America: Civil War. Thanks to the large ramifications it has to powered people within the MCU, it will certainly have an affect on the show. They have been teasing the connection all season and have even been dealing with a smaller, more personal version of the idea of Civil War thanks to the increase of Inhumans. Not only has S.H.I.E.L.D. been stopping Inhumans, but they are also recruiting them by using a powered person of their own to do so in Daisy (Chloe Bennet).
EW had the chance to talk to a majority of the cast and crew about how Civil War will impact the show, and the Sokovia Accords will be the biggest piece of connecting tissue for the universe. Due to Daisy, Lincoln, Yo-Yo, and Joey’s connections to S.H.I.E.L.D., Coulson will be hesitant to force his agents to register their powers. As Clark Gregg explains, the Accords will be a big factor.
Gregg: The Sokovia Accords have their own specific purpose within Civil War having to do with the powered people that we’ve met in The Avengers. It’s representative of how our show functions within the Marvel Universe, in some ways, in that it’s all connected. That ripples through our show because suddenly all these people who are Inhumans in our corner of the universe, they’re all subjected to the Sokovia Accords. That dilemma rises up in our show about the people who feel Inhumans should be registered and those who feel that’s a first step to them being sequestered, imprisoned, exterminated.
The connection with the Accords has been talked about time and time again over the course of the last few months, so it shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone. However, that is not the only way that the two will connect. Executive Producer Jeffrey Bell revealed that the death of Peggy Carter will also be mentioned.
Bell: S.H.I.E.L.D. was birthed out of Peggy Carter and Howard Stark. Any time we can make a connection to her, whether in a flashback or dealing with what’s happening now, it makes the universe smaller.
Should the government force S.H.I.E.L.D. to start registering the powered people working for them, it will raise even more questions for how the organization is left without a mention in the movies. With it still being in secret, it remains plausible that our heroes would not know about them. But if what Jed Whedon said is true, S.H.I.E.L.D. may be re-instituted in the near future.
Whedon: We’re dipping our toe into the idea of S.H.I.E.L.D. being a legitimate organization again. But with that would come any rules and regulations that come with government oversight. It’s not a coincidence that while we’re starting to approach that as an idea on the show, it’s becoming more complicated for that to be a reality that we would live in.
It will be very interesting to see how the final three hours of the season play out, as it could show us if the shows will ever truly be integrated into the movies. Whether it is one of the Secret Warriors signing the Sokovia Accords, or S.H.I.E.L.D. coming out of the shadows, or some other device, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has the chance to have a larger role within the MCU moving forward.
Episode 3×20, “Emancipation,” of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs tomorrow night at 9 p.m. EST on ABC.