After Captain America: The Winter Soldier saw the destruction of S.H.I.E.L.D., the consequences rippled out into Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 1, changing the makeup of the show. In probably the most interesting crossovers between TV and film, we got to see the effects of HYDRA's attempted takeover up close.
Naturally, fans are expecting a similar event after Captain America: Civil War. Considering the fact that the political debate in Civil War affects all superpowered individuals, it's likely that the ripple effect in S.H.I.E.L.D. will have something to do with the Inhumans.
But has Marvel revealed too much about this in a new episode summary?
Sokovia Accords Threaten Inhumans
"Emancipation" will air four days after Civil War is released in the US, and is clearly primed to show the fallout of the movie's "controversial ending." Here's the summary which has everyone guessing:
"In the aftermath of the events of Captain America: Civil War, S.H.I.E.L.D. feels pressure to reveal their involvement with Inhumans. But with the stakes higher than ever and Hive growing stronger, the team is tested in ways they could never anticipate."
Some fans are already assuming this means that Iron Man will win, and the Sokovia Accords will be put into effect. This could explain the "pressure" that the team feels to expose the Inhumans.
Just in case you haven't kept up to date with the delicate political situation in Civil War, the Sokovia Accords is the name of the Act that the US Government wants to put in place. This would restrict the Avengers, ordering the creation of an oversight committee to govern their actions. The Sokovia Accords might also call for the immediate incarceration of vigilantes and villains, which could be why Sam Wilson is wary of telling Tony Stark they've found Bucky Barnes.
So, what does this have to do with S.H.I.E.L.D.? Coulson's team is now government sanctioned, and the president is aware of their actions. But Season 3 has been slowly building up an atmosphere of tension towards Inhumans.
The Sokovia Accords Will Pass
More and more people have been developing superpowers, thanks to the Terrigan Mist. This has lead to unrest between normal civilians and Inhumans. It's all very cool, and as io9 points out, this has the potential to raise the stakes even more for Civil War.
If the summary is true, then the Sokovia Accords could also call for something like the registration of superpowered individuals that the Civil War comics dealt with.
So does that mean Tony will win the fight? It's certainly possible. But even if Cap wins, there's no guarantee that the Sokovia Accords won't be put into effect anyway — after all, since when has the government let one scuffle between heroes determine which Acts they pass? Either way, the consequences will surely ripple out into Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 3.
Will the Sokovia Accords threaten Daisy's budding new Inhuman team? Could Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 4 feature the Secret Warriors hiding their identities from the government and going rogue again? It's really difficult to tell at this point, but one thing's for certain: Civil War will radically change Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. in much the same way The Winter Soldier did.