Civil War: Agent Carter Set Up Captain America & Iron Man’s Rivalry


Over the past few years, the number of Marvel properties existing on television has continued to increase. As the MCU becomes further populated, the movies have had a clear impact on the shows, but this has not gone both ways. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is the prime example of being influenced - i.e. having tie-in episodes - but not affecting what is shown on the big screen, despite introducing Inhumans. The Netflix shows have been affected in smaller ways with brief mentions of the "incident" in New York, but Agent Carter had free reign over its content, as long as Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) continued on the path to found S.H.I.E.L.D.

Even though it is tough for a show set in the 1940s to affect movies taking place in the present day, featuring Steve Rogers' former love interest, Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper), and the inspiration for J.A.R.V.I.S. was a good start. As it turns out, the writers of Captain America: Civil War made sure that the season 1 finale helped lay the seeds of the eventual conflict.

Civil War is currently available for digital downloads and that has led to many people listening to the audio commentary provided by directors Joe and Anthony Russo and writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. Film School Rejects were able to provide a list of 51 interesting tidbits from the commentary, and in doing so revealed Markus and McFeely inserting setup for the main conflict of the movie in the season finale of Agent Carter. The writers said, “We wanted to make sure in the final episode of season 1 of Agent Carter that Howard said something to the effect of ‘Steve Rogers is the greatest thing I ever did.'" As FSR notes, it lays the groundwork for the rivalry between Howard's son Tony, and his 'greatest' creation, Steve.


Agent Carter was in the unique position of being produced by Marvel Studios, with Kevin Feige serving as a producer and Markus and McFeely being the credited as the show's creators. Once they knew the concept for Civil War, they could build up the way Howard admired Steve, establishing something that has always bothered Tony. If you recall, there is a scene in Civil War when Steve is considering signing the Sokovia Accords, only to get in a fight after Tony expresses his annoyance with the way his father looked at Steve.

With people at Marvel Studios working so closely with Agent Carter due to Peggy appearing on both the big and small screens simultaneously, it offers a glimmer of hope for fans wanting to see more of a balance in terms of properties in the MCU affecting one another. Now that Agent Carter has been canceled, there is the chance Marvel Studios could shift their focus to other television properties, but they are also gearing up to release three movies next year for the first time. It would be great to see a movie reference the concept of Inhumans, though that does not appear to be something we will get in the near future. Until that point, fans can only hope for more interesting and unique tie-ins such as this one.


Captain America: Civil War is available on Digital HD now and will be on Blu-ray, DVD, and VOD on September 13th, 2016.

Doctor Strange opens November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man: Homecoming – July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel– March 8, 2019Avengers 4 – May 3, 2019; and as-yet-untitled Marvel movies on July 12, 2019, and on May 1, July 10, and November 6 in 2020.

Source: Film School Rejects

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