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The MCU’s Civil War will start not on the big screen but on Agents of SHIELD

April 5th, 2016 by Matt Gault Comments

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Since its origins as an interweaving series to the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe, Agents of SHIELD has been the hit-and-miss series to show you what’s going on behind the scenes when Cap or Iron Man aren’t blowing fifty shades of grit off the wall. Following Captain America: Winter Soldier the show faced a major shake up, with the dispassion of the titular spy agency. But where will Marvel’s next outing Captain America: Civil War draw the battle lines?

Speaking to Empire (via Squareeyed), Clark Gregg – who plays long time MCU veteran Phil Coulson – talks about how Agents of SHIELD will continue to weave a web of storylines around the big events of its big screen counterparts: “It’s something that’s gone on since the end of last season when Coulson made Mack and Daisy partners,” says Gregg.

“She’s an Inhuman and he seems to be the most suspicious of aliens and Inhumans. That division is very much manifested in our team. Our show is looking at this Inhumans outbreak, and that’s really where the concept of a civil war, our own version of it, is happening.”

The introduction of Inhumans seems to be building towards a film of the same name, which has appeared on Marvel’s release slates with an ever-hopping date of sometime in late 2018 or mid 2019.

Chloe Bennett, who plays recently outed Inhuman Daisy (aka Quake) says about her powers: “As that’s grown, we’ve complicated it with the fact there are people who have powers and who are also, like, ‘I’m not sure I want to have powers,’ versus people who are feeling, ‘This is my God-given right.’ We’re sort of playing that internally.”

Speaking on the show’s evolution, executive producer Jeph Loeb adds: “This is a show that started with the idea that not all heroes are super, and now it’s very much part of it. That feeling of whether or not you’re going to be tolerant of someone who is different is really, at the end of the day, what is at the heart of Civil War and what is at the heart of what we are doing for the rest of the season and possibly going into season four.” And hopefully the movie, we say.

“I don’t remember a time,” he muses, “when feelings about race and religion and gender and tolerance towards man, and man’s intolerance towards man, has been so much on the front burner. We are going to have to figure out how to get along. We are going to have to figure out how to understand that just because people are different, doesn’t mean that they aren’t our friends. That in its heart and core is what we are dealing with in the show.”

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Matt Gault is a sports writer and film fanatic. He is a fully-qualified journalist and has worked for BBCNI, Sunday Life and has been published on The Guardian's website. He interns at REDNI, sub-editing for the Belfast Telegraph. He studied at Queen's University pretending to like history and literature and then University of Ulster Coleraine, where he slacked off enormously for a year and somehow got away with it. He also enjoys Captain Morgans, The Sopranos, Led Zeppelin and Hunter S. Thompson which makes him a remarkably uninteresting person.

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