Clark Gregg On ‘Civil War’ Connection To ‘Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.’; Teases Big Things Coming

agents-of-shield-season-3-phil-coulsonAgents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns from it’s mid-season hiatus later tonight and from the looks of things, there are some big things coming to the series. The episode will feature an appearance by the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s President Ellis who we last saw briefly in the season premiere. Could this mean that the team might finally be coming out of the shadows? Series star Clark Gregg chatted with Comic Book Resources and when asked if things were going to turn around for organization after that meeting, he responded with the following on the matter.

Yes and no. That’s a good question. Sokovia set them back in a big way. There’s a lot of suspicion about S.H.I.E.L.D. and its connection with superheroes coming out of Age Of Ultron. In a week or so, we start working on the script that will air during Civil War and I’m almost scared to read it to see what happens to poor S.H.I.E.L.D. in that. There are those who realize that the world needs S.H.I.E.L.D. President Ellis may be one of them, but it’s still very much an underground organization that is illegal and hunted through most of the globe.

If you’ve been paying attention this season, there’s definitely been some conflict among the members of the team regarding the Inhuman issue. But will this lead to a divide or their own mini-Civil War?

That certainly seems to be this season, that there has always been an “us and them” feeling about Inhumans from some people on the team. Some of them have been hurt and had their lives threatened by Inhumans. At the same time, some of the people they care most about in the world are Inhumans, especially in Coulson’s case. It’s very complex, and that confusion… that dynamic has been set up all season long. The formation of Secret Warriors is complex, because it’s hard to know which of these Inhumans are willing to be part of S.H.I.E.L.D. and to carry out some of the things that S.H.I.E.L.D. is doing, which is about containing and neutralizing other Inhumans. There are things coming in the back half of the season that may amplify those decisions. Whaaat?!

But what could these things be that “amplify” those decisions? Will it be something that massively changes the series once again? Can’t wait to find out. I’ll definitely be tuning in tonight, will you? Sound off with your thoughts on Gregg’s comments in the section below.

Source: CBR

Shawn Madden

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  • There’s no connection. None. Nothing connects this show to the films since their Winter Soldier tie-in. What happens on this show actually has far less to do with the MCU at large than even Peggy Carter does, because Peggy Carter interacts with Howard Stark and will create SHIELD with him.

    This show literally doesn’t matter. Their fake Inhumans won’t sniff the real Inhumans film.

    Less people in the key demos watch this show than even the admittedly not very good Supergirl or Legends of Tomorrow shows, but Disney and Marvel don’t want to admit this is the boring failure it is, so ABC must keep it on the air.

    Given all that, the most unforgivable sin of SHIELD is how they’ve completely ruined Coulson. Dude should’ve stayed dead.

    • Axxell

      You may have problems with the writing and direction of the show (as indicated by your last 2 paragraphs. But there’s no question the films ad the shows are connected…as connected as one show can be about 2 separate organizations (SHIELD and the post-CA2 Avengers) can be. The fact government intervention has played a role on the plot of the series is a testament to that.

      • Shawn Micheal Madden

        Agreed. I think most people also don’t realize that it’s also much harder to de-rail a television series from it’s central focus in order to fit the characters into a film versus using characters in between the events of films such as Nick Fury, Maria Hill, etc. These statements about it “not being connected” get a bit nonsense. In the comics, Ms. Marvel and Ghost Rider exist in the same universe. Do they need to cross over? Nope. Are they connected due to being in that same universe but different corners? Definitely.

        • Axxell

          Exactly. People act like Captain America shows up on every Marvel comic book series just to prove he exists there, regardless of the plot.

      • No, they’re not connected.

        Nothing that happens on SHIELD impacts the films in any way. None. The Inhumans on this show don’t impact anything in the larger MCU. They should, but they don’t. The show is very much ghettoized. And again, the fake Inhumans of this show won’t even sniff a part in the Inhumans films or the larger MCU plan moving forward.

        So… nope.

        • mrneddles

          I agree. These are presumably smart people running these movies and shows. It is that difficult to have a few lunch meetings to improve the inter-connectivity of the franchises? I am at best a casual reader of Marvel comics, but the impression I get is that SHIELD has everything and everyone on their radar. Wouldn’t Coulson be inclined to investigate a devil in Hell’s Kitchen? How about a two minute scene where a SHIELD agent pops in on Matt Murdock and says they are aware of his actions and monitoring? Wouldn’t a mind controlling, purple dressed Killgrave be something SHIELD would see as a threat? In this age of social media and instant news, I am fine with continued name drops and Easter eggs.

          I also deplore all the “fake Inhumans” as you call them. Reminds me of X-Men Last Stand where they gave screen time to a ridiculous made up mutant throwing horn spikey things at Wolverine.

          • Axxell

            I am at best a casual reader of Marvel comics, but the impression I get is that SHIELD has everything and everyone on their radar. Wouldn’t Coulson be inclined to investigate a devil in Hell’s Kitchen? How about a two minute scene where a SHIELD agent pops in on Matt Murdock and says they are aware of his actions and monitoring? Wouldn’t a mind controlling, purple dressed Killgrave be something SHIELD would see as a threat?

            First off, if SHIELD really knew everything and everyone with powers, SHIELD wouldn’t need to investigate anything. SHIELD has a few people on their radar, but as they make clear on the show and the films, people with powers are popping up all over the place. Which leads to my second point…Daredevil is just a really good martial artist with superhuman senses, which don’t manifest as openly as shooting fire from your eyes would. Same with mind control; it’s not a power that’s easily traceable, considering it manifests itself into other people’s actions. I’m sure eventually SHIELD would figure out that Murdock is definitely Daredevil, but unless something obviates the fact, it’s naturally gonna take a while, and it’s perfectly fine for them to take their time. The Marvel comic book universe wasn’t built in a day; it took several years for these heroes to become aware of each other.

          • Luke Charles

            What you’re saying is true but you have to understand that Marvel TV division and the film guys are far from on the same page, they don’t get along..that is why it’s a one-way connection

        • Axxell

          Why should the Inhumans be impacting anything? I’ve heard this claim recently, but no one has explained this to me. I mean, it’s obvious in the Marvel universe that Inhumans are doing their best to stay in the shadows (much like mutants); why should they be exposed publicly the way the Avengers are at this point in the MCU?

    • Jared

      You seem to forgetting that Agents of shield tipped off the Avengers (via Maria Hill) the whereabouts of Loki’s scepter- which is a direct tie-in to Age of Ultron, last year.

    • HighOnPoker

      Do you really think that a studio is going to waste money on production and lose money in advertising because they do not want to admit that a show is a boring failure? If so, you need to learn about the corporate world, but my guess is that you are just trolling, Otherwise, why even read an article about a show you clearly despise.