Captain America: Civil War is out in theaters now and the repercussions of its actions are sure to be felt throughout the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe. It’s easy to forget sometimes, but that also includes Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. While the connection between the show and movies lately has been cosmetic at best, the films usually get some form of a nod or mention on the show. As is the case in this clip, where Agent Coulson has a little conversation concerning the Avengers and the Sokovia Accords.
This YouTube clip shows a small scene for next week’s episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, wherein Clark Gregg’s Phil Coulson has a sit down with General Talbot to discuss those literal illegal aliens Coulson has working for him. Talbot brings up that the Sokovia Accords are the “law of the land” and any enhanced individuals Coulson has working for him need to be registered. Of course, Coulson being Team Cap at heart plays dumb and won’t hand over members of his team. When Talbot brings up that even the Avengers have signed the Accords, Coulson reminds him that not all of them have, which is why they’re punching each other at an airport somewhere. Then Coulson skirts the issue altogether by taking Talbot for a surprise ride on what may be the next Disney attraction, Secret Bar Base.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has a lot going on right now with the Inhumans, so there probably isn’t much more of a connection to Civil War in the episode, or at least it won’t factor very heavily beyond a few mentions. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. currently has a surface level relationship with the movies. It can say things like Stark Industries or Vibranium, but it hasn’t gone much deeper than that since Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Though, depending on the time frame of when this clip takes place, it hints that the Sokovia Accords will survive past the events of Civil War.
In the past, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has also had easter eggs for other tentpole Marvel movies. In Season One, the foundations of the show were rocked after The Winter Soldier, and characters were revealed to be secret HYDRA agents. Season One also had a small nod to Thor: The Dark World. In Season Two, it was revealed that Coulson was the one who found the exact location of Loki’s scepter and anonymously tipped off the Avengers, which led to Avengers: Age of Ultron’s opening act. Coulson was also the one who prepared the helicarrier that Nick Fury brought to save the Avengers at the end of the movie. These are really just nice easter eggs that don’t impact the movies, but make the experience wider for fans that also follow the show. Civil War has the potential to really affect Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but there might not be enough time in the season for it to have a big impact until Season 4.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs Tuesdays on ABC.
Matt has lived in New Jersey his entire life, but commutes every day to New York City. He graduated from Rowan University and loves Marvel, Nintendo, and going on long hikes and then greatly wishing he was back indoors. Matt has been covering the entertainment industry for over two years and will fight to his dying breath that Hulk and Black Widow make a good couple.
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