“It’s all connected” is the theme of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and that will continue in “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Season 3. While most of Season 3 will air before “Captain America: Civil War” debuts in theaters, it looks like the series could still include a lot of crossover and foreshadowing.
Clark Gregg, who plays Phil Coulson on the ABC series, was asked if the team could end up on opposing sides during “Civil War.” The movie will show Captain America (Chris Evans) and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) face off as the government tries to have more control over superheroes and people with abilities. It’s hard to see the team avoiding the fight, and Gregg noted that some of the foreshadowing already took place.
“Yes, I believe [the team could be divided]. Certainly, you see different points of view starting to happen,” Gregg told HeyUGuys. “You know, it’s one of the things I found most exciting about the second season. People show up who have different evolutionary makeup and start to become a different form of humanity. And some people feel like that’s a threat and they should be executed, and other people feel like that’s a compelling new part of who we are as a species and that feels like the world right now. It certainly seems to be dividing Coulson’s team.”
Fans will remember Mack (Henry Simmons) wanting to attack the Inhumans in last episodes of Season 2. He also wanted to quit because he didn’t trust Coulson after learning that Kree blood had been used as part of Project T.A.H.I.T.I., which brought the director back from the dead. It seemed like many members of the new S.H.I.E.L.D. agreed with him, however, Mack decided that he could trust Coulson after the events of the finale.
While Mack rejoined the team, that doesn’t mean everyone at S.H.I.E.L.D. is fine with Inhumans. “Certainly some of the factions that were splitting apart during the season seem to have made some kind of peace, in that I don’t think there are two S.H.I.E.L.D.s anymore,” Gregg explained. “But that said, I don’t think everyone is on the same page.”
However, Gregg has more ideas about how much “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” could be involved in “Civil War” in the new episodes. The finale showed Coulson and Skye putting together a new team, and although he doesn't know much about Season 3 yet, he believes that the team could play a part in connecting the film to the ABC TV show.
“[Coulson and Skye are starting] a new super-secret team of powered agents, which very much sounds like something that I know from the comics as Secret Warriors,” Gregg said. “Which is very exciting 'cause it’s a really cool, kind of rogue — not in the bad way — but quiet part of S.H.I.E.L.D. that gets very involved in some of the goings-on that happen around ‘Civil War,’ which is the ‘Captain America 3’ film that’s shooting right now, which is a truly great chapter in Marvel Comics.”
Of course, Marvel hasn’t confirmed that Skye and Coulson are building the Secret Warriors yet. “I would say setting up is perhaps an overstatement,” executive producer Jeffrey Bell told Entertainment Weekly in May. “Certainly we’re tipping our hat to a woman named Daisy Johnson talking to Coulson about a secret group of powered people.”
A crossover seems likely no matter what. The show connected to “Avengers: Age of Ultron” earlier this year, while “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” affected the series after S.H.I.E.L.D. was destroyed. Even if Secret Warriors don’t facilitate a “Captain America: Civil War” and “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” crossover, fans should still expect some type of connection to be made.
Watch Gregg's interview below:
“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Season 3 premieres Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 9 p.m. EDT on ABC. Do you hope Secret Warriors are involved in S.H.I.E.L.D. next year? Sound off in the comments section below!