Moviepilot posted an interesting question concerning the Marvel Comics Civil War storyline and the upcoming movie version and if it could start in Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. It’s an interesting theory that I agree with some and disagree with some.
I read the article on MoviepIlot by Kit Simpson Browne. In this article, he asked if the upcoming Civil War storyline in the Marvel movies could find it’s origins in the television series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
There is plenty of evidence shown, and it does make sense to start the groundwork in the television series. The movies themselves have not shown much in the way of super power beings, outside the Avengers, and that is the central point of the comic book Civil War storyline. In the comics, Speedball and his New Warriors accidently cause Nitro to destroy the city of Stamford and in the process kill 612 people, including 60 kids. This is the incident that starts the Government down the path of superhuman registration, revealing secret identities (like Spider-Mans) and essentially controlling the superhuman population. In turn, that led to the civil war between the super humans.
Obviously the movie version will be different. There’s no Spider-Man for example and the identities of the Avengers are pretty much common knowledge in the movie verse. There are no secret identities.
The moviepilot article theorizes, based on a tweet by an actor suspected of playing Robbie Baldwin/Speedball, that the origin of Civil War will start in the television show. Speedball will be introduced in the show and end up creating the New Warriors or the reality show angle. Stamford will still happen, and that will carry over into the movies building off the tension between Steve Rogers and Tony Stark that we have been told begins in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
The more I think about it, the more I agree that it makes sense to lay the groundwork in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the difference is that I don’t think the New Warriors or reality show angle matter.
It makes sense for Speedball, Robbie Baldwin, to show up in AoS. There isn’t enough “time” in what the movies give us in order to establish the dangers of the super humans. There just isn’t enough created or shown. And without secret identities, a big part of the comic storyline is gone. So what would the movie Civil War hinge on? The registration and control of the burgeoning super human population, especially if something like Stamford happens.
AoS will introduce more and more super humans; Inhumans (what I think the Marvel movie-verse version of mutants will be) and science-created; as we have already seen happening with the introductions of Crusher Creel, Skye’s father (who I think is Mister Hyde), Donny Gill and others. AoS allows the super human population to grow, cause destruction and terror, and create the dangerous reality that leads the Government towards superhuman registration.
Stamford, or an equivalent, can happen in the movieverse. It just doesn’t need the New Warriors angle. Speedball can still be introduced and accidently cause the destruction. In fact, having a hero, or in the case of an AoS Speedball someone that is innocent to begin with, cause it accidently lends more weight to the Government needing to control the superhumans. This is powers out of control, and with more and more showing up, why wouldn’t the Government step in?
AoS already has characters in place that would lead that charge with General Talbot and Senator Christian Ward. With Hydra in the background to push things along, the television show is ideally placed to spearhead the Civil War storyline. With no S.H.I.E.L.D. to be the controlling body, that also allows for more dramatic tension between Captain America and Iron Man as Iron Man is brought in to build technological devices that would help with the imprisonment and control of super human beings.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was floundering, waiting for Captain America: The Winter Soldier to do the Hydra reveal, which led the show in it’s current direction. So it would be only fitting for the show to provide the start for the Captain America: CiviL War storyline. And once word got out that the movie’s plots were starting in the show, it would drive ratings up.