After last week’s episode of ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,’ the show’s stock in the Marvel Cinematic Universe may have just gone up exponentially. Not only did it tie up some loose ends from ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron,’ but it set up plenty of new threads that we could see picked up in Phase Three. And if you believe Director Phil Coulson himself, then the trials and tribulations that he and his ragtag group of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents are going through will come into play when ‘Captain America: Civil War’ hits theaters next year.

According to a new interview with, Clark Gregg shared some of his thoughts on the ABC series from Marvel Studios factoring into Cap’s third solo film. Though it appears he’s just speculating here, the fan favorite actor does seem pretty spot on with his assessment about what side S.H.I.E.L.D. stands on in ‘Civil War’ and how things may affect certain characters from the show:

“If you’ve ever read any of the ‘Civil War’ comics, you’ll know that S.H.I.E.L.D. is very much part of a group that’s trying to register the superheroes, and that really divides and forces some S.H.I.E.L.D. agents – especially those with connections to people who have powers that can feel personal – to really decide which side of that conflict they’re on. Iron Man and Cap end up on, in the comics anyway, opposite sides of it. There’s always changes in the way they do that in the cinematic universe. I think, with the S.H.I.E.L.D. 2.0, you’re seeing some of the first ripples of those different points of view on what S.H.I.E.L.D. should be when it’s rebuilt. I’m very, very curious to know which side Coulson will end up on in that struggle.”

Gregg also goes on to mention the Index, a list of known super-powered beings that plays a big part in the show, especially in the last episode when the newly reformed S.H.I.E.L.D. attempted to add the Inhumans from Afterlife to it. Something similar existed in the comics when the Superhuman Registration Act came into effect, so will the Index act in the same manner? The star seems to think so and mentions that it could have some serious repercussions on Coulson:

“If it isn’t what it becomes, it’s certainly going to be one of the main bibliography notes, you know what I mean? If Coulson sees a thing that he’s been so instrumental in using and building in order to keep track of people with powers, if he sees that being used to persecute people he cares about, it’s going to cause a real crisis of faith.”

With all these ways for S.H.I.E.L.D. to potentially get involved heavily in ‘Captain America: Civil War’, one has to wonder how much longer the Avengers can go on thinking that Phil Coulson is dead. Though the organization and the Index being involved in the SRA is definitely pretty important, I’m curious to see how Cap and Iron Man react to his resurrection. I mean, they all seemed pretty okay with Nick Fury and Theta Protocol, but the revelation of Coulson being alive could start a whole bunch of other problems. Either way, Marvel Studios has some exciting things to come for us True Believers.

Do you think S.H.I.E.L.D. will play a big role in ‘Captain America: Civil War’? Will the Index come into play as super-powered beings are being forced to register? And could Director Phil Coulson being alive cause even more rifts between our heroes? Share you thoughts and theories in the comments.

‘Captain America: Civil War’ starring Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Chadwick Boseman, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Elizabeth Olsen, Frank Grillo, Daniel Bruhl, Martin Freeman, Paul Bettany, Don Cheadle, Emily VanCamp, Paul Rudd, and William Hurt opens in theaters on May 6, 2016.