The ending of Captain America: Civil War left Marvel’s superheroes in a tough spot. Cap and his team were running from the law, and Iron Man and his comrades stayed behind to enforce it. The Sokovia Accords, which were placed in effect during the movie, is the MCU’s version of the Superhero Registration Act, requiring all enhanced peoples to register with the United Nations and act upon their commands.
While it’s pretty obvious that The Accords will forever affect the heroes of the silver screen, it’s less clear how it will affect the characters from the television side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and with the head of Marvel Television, Jeff Loeb, constantly claiming “it’s all connected,” fans are anxious to see exactly how the events of Captain America: Civil War will play a part in the lives of some of our favorite heroes.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was able to brush the issue away with a single short scene, in which, Coulson explained that his team, including its super-powered members, needed to remain a secret (thus unregistered) in order to operate, successfully delaying the crossover.
Marvel’s properties on Netflix, however, have been placed in a bit more compromising position. With Luke Cage set to debut at the send of September, it can be assumed that The Accords will have been placed in effect, and that should a super-powered Luke be discovered, he would be forced to sign them. The trailer for Luke Cage even features the voice of a news anchor dramatically begging “Why don’t you just tell us your name?” Now should Luke reveal his name, basic logic would lead us to believe he’d be forced to go on the run, or to sign The Accords.
Daredevil proposes an interesting situation as well, as he is the only character in the MCU maintaining a secret identity (except, perhaps, Spider-Man, depending on how things play out in his solo film). Matt Murdock is at the least risk of any of The Defenders for being discovered, though some fans may argue that his identity reveal is inevitable if the series continues for multiple seasons. Regardless, signing The Accords would force Murdock to reveal his name and face to the world, which is something we’ve learned he’s not too keen on doing.
Jessica Jones, the other hero we’ve had the pleasure of meeting through Netflix, isn’t exactly keeping her powers a secret, but it’s unlikely that her rough-and-tumble attitude would allow for her to work well as a super-powered employee of the United Nations
So how will Netflix address The Accords? They’ll avoid them. Rather than The Defenders being a team of heroes sanctioned by the government or any official organization (such as S.H.I.E.L.D.) for that matter. Instead, the heroes will operate on their own, and technically, outside of the law. This will allow for the characters to save New York while allowing the movie and television studios to maintain their current degree of separation. Because The Defenders were designed to be more “street level” heroes, they’ll be overlooked by the big-shots, and eventually, The Accords will simply fade into Marvel Television obscurity.
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