With Hydra, Inhumans and now two separate factions of S.H.I.E.L.D., Coulson's team is torn asunder on "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." and a war is brewing between them all. Executive producer Jeffrey Bell spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about how all this will tie into "Captain America: Civil War" and impact the Marvel Cinematic Universe at large.
In the show, a lot of focus has recently shifted to the Index, S.H.I.E.L.D.'s list of super powered people. With "Civil War" looming on the horizon, the Index sounds an awful lot like the Superhero Registration Act, which kicked off the struggle between Captain America and Iron Man in Mark Millar and Steve McNiven's comic event series of the same name. When asked about the similarity between the two, Bell said:
We already brought that notion up. Skye has powers and in episode 11 Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) was going, "I always supported him, but now I'm not so sure. All our chasing has led to death and destruction." She's reevaluating her stance. Internally, we're having that same debate. If there weren't super-powered people doing bad things, we wouldn't need super-powered people doing good things. I think that's just good conflict within our team. Then you have the larger version of that which is Gonzales and his team who have been attacked by an enhanced person. If you have a bad experience with one enhanced person then you're suddenly profiling all enhanced people and saying it's bad. There are a lot of good metaphors here especially when we head into the Inhuman world about people being different, about people changing, how others react to that and how they are controlled. We have had an index since season one of people who have powers or might have and put them on a gifted index list. That's certainly alive in our world. Some people think that's a good thing while others find that to be a terrifying idea.
"Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." airs Tuesdays at 9 pm EST on ABC.