[Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.](tag:722469) is something Marvel has to approach carefully when weaving its multiple stories together. The movies in the Marvel cinematic universe garner a huge viewership, while Agents of SHIELD as a show tends to appeal to a core fandom. That's why we don't often see cast members from Agents of SHIELD showing up in the big ensemble movies like [The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](tag:293035). Sadly, it's just too much background information to dump on an audience that isn't familiar with these characters.
Agents of SHIELD has mostly tied in with movies simply by responding to or prefacing their stories. For example, episodes like "End of the Beginning" revolve heavily around the implications of [Captain America: The Winter Soldier](tag:254973). Essentially, SHIELD'S discourse has been one of rising from nothing, then admitting disgrace with the infiltration of HYDRA, and then rising once more. You can see the entire journey SHIELD has made when the Helicarrier rises to save the Avengers from Ultron, and Captain America remarks "this is what SHIELD should be!" Funny he should say that right before [Captain America: Civil War](tag:994409)...
The role SHIELD play in Civil War
As with every entity involved in the Marvel cinematic universe, a decision has to made on what stance SHIELD will take with the civil war, and how characters in Agents of SHIELD will respond to that. In the Civil War storyline, SHIELD itself very nearly becomes the embodiment of the Superhuman Registration act, the very movement that ignites the civil war. Superhumans are given the opportunity to work with SHIELD if they gladly register their identities publicly. Would this essentially make them the villains in Captain America 3?
It will be interesting to see how Captain America responds to the organization within which he helped weed out corruption become so goody-goody that they actually threaten his inherent ideals of freedom. How will Agents of SHIELD in particular react to this development? Will seeds of dissent be sewn through Phil Coulson and his team? Perhaps any stigma placed on to SHIELD could affect the show's future endeavors. Then again, with Phil Coulson now the director of SHIELD, he could be forced to make some painful decisions in Captain America 3.
Nick Fury Won't be in Captain America 3
It's kind of understandable that Samuel L Jackson won't be appearing in Captain America 3. His character went into hiding at the end of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and he only reappears to lend a covert hand to Phil Coulson, and occasionally the Avengers. In previous movies, there has however been established a closeness between he and Captain America. It does seem odd that, in such a trying time for so many Marvel characters, Nick Fury would suddenly decide to be quiet and refuse to give council to ANYONE.
Iron Man becomes the new director of SHIELD?
Sorry, Phil Coulson! If Marvel adapts the civil war storyline faithfully, it seems your stint as SHIELD director may be a short one. The original [Marvel: Civil War](tag:2346746) comics end with Tony Stark being appointed the new director of SHIELD. It's framed as a hollow victory, with Iron Man's ascension in power forcing the Avengers Initiative underground, and creating an entirely new team now opposed his and SHIELD's ideals. How likely is this plot line? While it would certainly be a grandiose and slightly sombre way to end Captain America 3, I'm not sure Marvel will fully commit to that kind dismantling of it's assets, especially if that means doing away with Iron Man.
At this stage, we can only guess what SHIELD's role in the Marvel civil war will be, but we can be sure that Captain America 3 will involve as much drama and conflict as possible! How would you like to see SHIELD involved in Captain America 3? Write your own post about it, or comment below!