...large clouds of gas collapsing...
But of course we know, from the behavior of gases as observed every day in nature and from the lows of physics, that real gas clouds do not collapse but rather always diffuse to the extent the container enveloping the gas allows.
A cloud of hydrogen in space, no matter how much of it there may be in an area, could ever collapse in on itself because the molecules would always bounce off each other and away from the center of the mass overall, thus diffusing. That's what gases do, that being a key property of their gaseous nature.
In open space, there is effectively no enveloping container for gas clouds. Then without a solid core against which to gravitationally coalesce, gas molecules have no reason to 'stick' around as there is nothing with enough gravity of its own to make a gas molecule adhere, certainly not to another of its gaseous kind.
So which came first.... the movement of charged particles that made the electric field bubble or the electric field bubble that made the charged particles move?
Both have always existed in a complementary way, meaning each completes the other. In the infinite eternal universe, charged particles in space present electric fields in space which accelerate charged particles in space (what charged particle is not in motion anyway?) which self-assemble into twisted pairs of plasma currents that power magnetic fields in space which ignite the stars and galaxies and shape the structures of the cosmos.
That's how I think it works, but one way or another, gas clouds don't collapse.