When Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) and Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) stand against each other in the upcoming film “Captain America: Civil War” everyone in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) will need to take sides. This includes both the characters from the movies as well as its expanded TV projects, like “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” on ABC.
For those that are unfamiliar, the Marvel world will be split down the middle when the world government finally gets fed up with its citizens being in the crossfire of superhero conflicts such as the ones that took place in “Avengers,” “Captain America: Winter Soldier” and “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” As a result, the U.N. issues a system of oversight that would force everyone with powers and abilities to register and operate under government control. Iron Man is in favor of the new arrangement, but Cap isn’t. The question now becomes, where do the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. place their loyalties?
Variety recently caught up with the cast of the show to see where they personally fall in the upcoming conflict, similar to what Warner Bros. and DC Comics recently did with "The Flash" and "Batman v. Superman." Given that the outcome of the war between heroes will no doubt have long-lasting effects on them, they were careful with their responses. Sadly, it seems that the cast of the show is just as divided on the issue as the heroes in the MCU.
While stars like Chloe Bennet and Ming-Na Wen are firmly siding with Team Cap, others like Elizabeth Henstridge and Iain De Caestecker seem to be pretty firmly in the Iron Man camp. Then, of course, there are the members of the cast that are a little torn because they know that their characters would probably pick a different side than them. Both Henry Simmons and Luke Mitchell confessed that they’ll have to break character when it comes time to root for one of the heroes in the May 6 film. Simmons sides with Team Iron Man, but knows his character, Mack, would be Team Cap. Meanwhile, Mitchell feels the reverse is true for him.
This of course brings us to Clark Gregg, the only member of the cast that’s appeared alongside both of the Avengers in question in the Marvel Studios films. When asked who he’d side with, the 53-year-old star was too torn to decide.
“It’s like Thanksgiving. There’ll be a lot of people I love in a very compact environment who start out with good intentions and end up trying to murder each other,” he says in the video below. “So I think, not until I get there and sample the turkey and see who is saying what am I going to be able to… Because obviously it’s hard to imagine Coulson not moving toward the shield.”
As previously reported, the introduction of Coulson’s Secret Warriors on the ABC series in Season 3 will draw a direct parallel to the conflict in “Civil War,” which Gregg previously stated will have an impact on the future of “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” once the big battle is finally over.
As CinemaBlend notes, Gregg previously mentioned that the comic books see the "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." side with the pro-registration faction, which would make sense given that they themselves operate under government oversight. However, with the MCU introducing the fall of S.H.I.E.L.D., it's anyone's guess how the team will operate in the post "Civil War" world.