Is Cole in 12 Monkeys actually sent to the past to cause the global pandemic?
After a few plot twists, 12 Monkeys ends with Peters starting a world tour to spread the deadly virus, which he could only obtain because he was instructed to look after the security of the virus storage at Goines' lab, when Cole phoned Goines' father to warn him about the threat.
I wonder if the scientists in the future knew this and sent Cole to cause the events, that would lead to Peters getting access to the virus storage enabling him to cause the global pandemic.
A possible motive could be power. The scientists and leaders in the dystopic future would probably not have power, when there was not pandemic.