Things are crazier than ever for the inhabitants of the MCU, what with the fantastical events of Age of Ultron, Ant-Man and every day people becoming something more than human on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D due to those damn terrigen-tainted fish.
As the MCU continues to grow, its world is going to be introduced to an even bigger wave of superpowered people wreaking havoc all over the shop. But with that in mind, how exactly will the governments attempt to control this world altering outbreak?
If you caught this week's return of AoS, you more than likely were privy to the host of references to the movies of Marvel, such as Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) remarking on how Fitz (Ian de Caestecker) thought Simmonds (Elizabeth Henstridge) was reduced to microscopic size akin to the Pym clusterf**k!
Well that's not all! Despite the awesome hat tips to the MCU, it looks as if S3 of AoS is going to go someway into setting up the stakes for next year's Civil War, after President Ellis (Iron Man 3's William Sadler) heralded the creation of the Advanced Threat Containment Unit (ATCU), which will seek to quash any superhuman, or otherworldly threat.
Could that be any superhuman threat that isn't willing to come quietly, a'la Team Cap? In a conversation with Entertainment Weekly, AoS showrunner Jed Whedon revealed his insight into the connections between Civil War and AoS:
"We’re just trying to paint the picture that there is a change in the world.
When we came into the Marvel Universe in the first films, there were very, very few people with powers. Now they are in a new world and the rules are going to have to change."
And boy will they change! You can see the pieces slowly begin to drift into place. After the events of Sokovia, superpeople won't have the space to roam superfree anymore, which will lead into a system of accountability for our heroes, villains and, seemingly, the newly converted Inhumans, and eventually lead to the rift between Captain America and Tony Stark.
I cannot wait!