Warning: Full spoilers for Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. ahead.
Second warning: Seriously, go watch the movie if you still didn’t.
What Captain America: The Winter Soldier has done for the Marvel Cinematic Universe has blown up. Blown up worse than those Helicarriers did in the movie!
Immediately after watching the film, comics and film journalism started freaking out, “What’s going to happen to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.? OMG!!!11!” and now, executive producers Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen are finally telling us.
The show’s producers have been telling us over and over that the final six episodes of the season will be starkly different from any episodes set during the first half and they weren’t exaggerating.
USA Today describes the situation as a “civil war within the entire SH.I.E.L.D. organization, where no one knows who’s actually a Hydra operative.”
Previously Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. mainly dealt with Coulson’s trust issues and his increasing disillusionment with S.H.I.E.L.D. while also chasing down an organization known as Centipede that is headed by mystery person The Clairvoyant.
However now things are mostly up in the air in terms of what orders to follow, what missions to take on, and which decisions to be made given the fact that much of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s prominent operatives have disappeared; Maria Hill, Nick Fury, Agent 13 and Black Widow.
One thing is for sure: Coulson’s growing trust issues are going to get fired up.
“Survival is a huge part of it. There is no more tapping into big S.H.I.E.L.D. through the holo-comm. The guns you have on the plane are the guns you have. They’re basically left with the bare minimum,” said Tancharoen.
Adding to that, Whedon said that “Now they really are a ragtag bunch scraping things together.”
In hindsight, all of this is starting to make sense – from the onset, the show set up Coulson’s team to be the “black sheep” of S.H.I.E.L.D. and now the showrunners are taking it one step further by making them what you might consider a “rogue” element within the organization depending on how this civil war pans out.
“Hopefully people who’ve had mixed feelings about the show will now understand it was all part of a big plan,” said Tancharoen which undoubtedly shows that the producers knew what would happen in The Winter Soldier from the beginning and designed Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s story this way.
Hopefully, Deathlok, S.H.I.E.L.D.’s dissolution and The Clairvoyant will make those who abandoned the show want to pick it up again and those who are still watching it, keep watching.
Also watch out for upcoming guest star characters Agent Eric Koenig, Colonel. Glenn Talbot and The Cellist.
This week’s upcoming episode “Turn, Turn, Turn” will deal with the ramifications of Captain America: The Winter Soldier and all the treacherous goodness.
SOURCE: USA TODAY