No, “ripple effect” was not a use at clever wordplay to ironically represent Daisy Johnson’s Inhuman abilities with a pun. It’s an actual quote from Agents of SHIELD executive producer Joss Whedon.
In an interview with THR, Whedon comments on how the events of Civil War will also change some of the happenings in Agents of SHIELD:
“It will definitely have a ripple effect. It is one world, so if there is a giant event, it will definitely have a ripple effect on our world.”
A few of the actors of the show also had some input as to where they think their respective character’s loyalties would lie (in regards to Team Cap or Team Iron Man) after the events of Civil War:
“It’s a good question. I don’t know yet. I haven’t seen the film. I think the Coulson from some of the earlier films, especially, would have just been, ‘Wherever Steve Rogers goes, I’m going to be there with my cards, and at some point, I’m going to get them signed.’ But what’s amazing about doing this character for 70 episodes of television, and putting him at the lead of a no-longer-existing SHIELD that’s hunted around the world, is that you get a very different perspective. I think it’s really going to depend, at such time as Coulson actually has to deal with what’s going on in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, on what has happened here, between now and then, because here is where his focus is right now.” – Clark Gregg
“Lincoln wants to be a part of SHIELD, so as long as Coulson is the director of SHIELD, I’m sure that he’s on Team Cap. Therefore, Lincoln would be on Team Cap.” – Luke Mitchell
“I’m Team Hunter. I don’t know whether Hunter would involve himself in those sort of politics.” – Nick Blood
“Whoever is closer to Thor, [laughs].” – Ming-Na Wen
When Captain America: The Winter Soldier came out, it’s events literally led to the organization SHIELD disbanding due to them being infiltrated by Hydra spies, and that had a huge effect on the show, seeing as how it’s based entirely around SHIELD agents. However once those changes took place, the show actually gained from it, and fans and critics alike reveled in this change in the show. We’ll just have to wait a few more weeks to see just how drastically the events in Civil War affect the world this time around in Agents of SHIELD.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs on ABC every Tuesday at 9pm CST.
Captain America: Civil War is scheduled to release on May 6th, 2016.