There has been a lot of focus turned to the upcoming conflict that Captain America: Civil War will cause. The movie looks to have an incredible impact on the MCU as a whole. We are still waiting to see how it could change Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but the latest episode of the show started to tease how the Inhuman conflict could start a divide for the team.
IGN was lucky enough to interview a handful of the cast members to talk about the events of “The Inside Man” and how it could change the show moving forward. One of the biggest revelations that happened in the episode was that Carl Creel’s blood could be used as a vaccine to prevent Terrigenesis from happening. The possibility of wiping out the chance for future Inhumans is not something that will be taken lightly. As showrunner Jed Whedon explains, this is an incredible point to bring into the show.
Whedon: It’s a powerful idea, and whether or not they find something that works is a question. At the center of the show now is sort of this question of, if you could choose it, would you want to? Would you choose to have this happen to you? Is it a choice? Do people who change, how do we treat them? Do they immediately have freedom to be who they want to be? Or is it a very dangerous weapon that we have to control or at least understand? That’s a lot of the stuff that we’ll talk about really moving forward forever because that’s the dynamic between regular humans and empowered, enhanced humans, or Inhumans.
When the cure was discovered, a rift was immediately drawn between Lincoln and Daisy. Although at the time he seemed to express a sense of relief about the cure, Luke Mitchell is not entirely sure the true feelings of increasingly complex character he plays.
Mitchell: To be perfectly honest, I don’t know exactly how he does feel. In terms of the argument he has with Daisy, I think he’s just proposing an alternative argument — not necessarily for the sake of argument. It’s a very interesting topic. If you could have a prevention, if we could track down every single person who had Inhuman DNA and present them with the choice of, hey, you might turn into a horrible bad person or you could have awesome powers and potentially save the world: which way do you go when it’s not guaranteed one way or another?
On the opposite side of Lincoln’s argument stood Daisy, strong and unmovable in her stance. Being an Inhuman has become a major component of who she is, so she not looking to have other people be stripped of that opportunity. While her feelings might not change, Chloe Bennet thinks that Lincoln could have a positive impact on how Daisy views a potential cure.
Bennet: I think overall, it’s probably a good thing. Being Inhuman and being a SHIELD agent, it’s not just work, it’s so personal because it’s her blood, it’s who she is. I think having him on the team helps her open her eyes to seeing other aspects because he’s been an Inhuman longer and he’s kind of not as sensitive to it or used to, maybe, the criticism and is able to handle it in a less emotional way, so I think maybe it helps her a little bit.
Daisy and Lincoln’s relationship took a new step forward at the end of the episode. This could further complicate things should neither of their views on the cure change, but in the meantime, Lincoln is going to enjoy what they do in private.
Mitchell: It will make it more complicated, obviously. I think it can only strengthen the feelings that Daisy and Lincoln have for each other and therefore obviously complicate things in a workplace environment … I mean, it certainly wasn’t [disappointing] on Lincoln’s part.
As for the greater conflict within S.H.I.E.L.D., Bobbi and Daisy had a conversation expressing their views on Inhumans in general that started to show a differing opinion. Bobbi is definitely not the only member within S.H.I.E.L.D. that has reservations about Inhumans, and as far as Clark Gregg is concerned, he is afraid of what this could be foreshadowing.
Gregg: What I love about Marvel and sci-fi is that we get to look at things that are going on through a prism that makes it something we can suddenly all look at differently. It feels, to me, that there won’t just be some easy answer. … But I suspect this world, where there are Inhumans, is here to stay. That’s a development that’s happening here, in our part of this world, and it seems like it’s turning over a shovel and finding a lot of stuff to play with. I suspect that that will be the world we live in, and I’m also afraid that the way that’s going to tear us apart has probably only begun to be seen.
Episode 3×13, “Turning Point,” of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will air next Tuesday at 9 p.m. EST on ABC.