Marvel Comics’ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is being pulled into the publisher’s Civil War II summer event, as team leader Phil Coulson’s leadership itself will be called into question while Iron Man appears in chains on Mike Norton's cover.
“They’re suffering the repercussions of the end of the first arc, ‘The Coulson Protocols,’” said series writer Marc Guggenheim. “Over the course of the first arc, we got to see how Coulson’s love of super heroes can be weaponized and turned against those super heroes. As a result, I would say the team itself is cohesive and together. But the biggest problem is everyone is not feeling as much faith in Coulson as they did in the beginning of the series.”
The series ties into Civil War II beginning with its seventh issue in July, and it’s going to end up forcing Coulson out of his role as leader of the team.
“I’ll say that as a result of [Civil War II] and how the events of how the book ties in, we are going to have a new person in charge of the team,” said the writer. “The arc is called ‘Under New Management’ and we’re going to have a very exciting person from the Marvel Universe that will be calling the shots in the book. And not everyone is going to be on board with this change of management.”
Guggenheim didn't disclose who the new leader of the team would be, nor details about Iron Man in handcuffs on the cover. The writer was also tight-lipped when asking where the individual team members sit on the hero vs. hero divide at the center of Civil War II itself.
“I think they all have slightly different points of view on the super hero community,” said the writer, although he says that the tie-in arc is “substantially” part of both series.
“I approach these tie-ins with a very specific philosophy of writing what I wanted to see as a reader,” he explains. “[That includes] experiencing a tie-in that feels like a real and proper tie-in. One of my big pet peeves is when you read a tie-in [that’s] only connection to the main event is the trade dressing. It ties substantially into the main event and a story of consequence for the characters.”
Illustrated by German Peralta, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. #7 is scheduled for release in July.