Shield is working with the NSA
They have extensive surveillance. Maybe the Patriot Act was really about finding super powered people and terrorism was just a cover.
The Rising Tide is the supernatural branch of Wiki Leaks
Both are trying to expose government secrets. Alternatively, The Rising Tide is a metaphor for Wiki Leaks
The Purple Man was the leader of the cult involved in the mission that traumatized Melinda May
Not only would his powers be able to affect a character that deeply, this would also establish him in the Marvel Cinematic Universe
before the new Jessica Jones
series starts, where he'll obviously have a big role since he's so tied to Jones' days as a superhero. Melinda is so traumatized because she was forced to kill innocent people who were attacking her due to mind control.
This show will never be canceled
Because if it were canceled, the ABC execs would be flayed alive by the combined angry mobs of Marvel fans and Joss Whedon cultists.
- Marvel has announced that they've already worked out an outline for where they want the show to go all the to the end of Season three, despite not yet getting a green light for filming season two yet. Given the people making the show and the network that airs it are all under the same company Disney may be more forgiving so the series may be able to float on low ratings for longer than most shows that are run.
Let this happen.
The first season will focus on the recovery of Coulson's Cap cards
They were collectible! AND IN MINT CONDITION! Coulson will be so devastated when he gets a hold of them again only to find them ruined with blood stains. He tries to repair the damage only to find out...."There's no way—" "Don't ever tell me there's no way!"
- We'll just have one episode focusing on Coulson tracking down the famed Captain America trading cards. None of the other characters show up. It's just Coulson searching for his beloved cards.
- Possibly a background event until he is searching for that final ultra rare card... the episode will focus on an extra secret mission for the team and in the end the item they will have recovered is... the card Coulson needed to complete his set. "It is in mint condition, do you know how rare that is?" - also, whoever or where ever they recover the card from will be tied to some big bad organization so it won't need to be returned to anyone. "Now all I have to do is get them signed."
- As of 0-8-4 It has shown that Coulson is not just a collector of Cap cards but many things that are "old" and "collectible" (and seemingly useful to agents) so the possibility is still alive (Just like Coulson!).
- As of The Asset there has been an official mention of "the cards" by Coulson. He was not happy about the loss of them.
This show will redefine awesome
Because it will just be that ridiculously awesome.
Joss will write an arc based on the story of the comic book SHIELD 2010.
The one when it turns out most of our historical scientists are part of SHIELD, however he'll put his own spin on the story, and well this part is mostly wishful thinking (more so then the first part) but I also hope the writers look into what they were actually like, and therefore get the personalities and their life right. (I admit I hadn't read the comic books, the personalities being right is not a Take That
at the comic book, just a wishful wish, this troper is mostly only upset at what may have happened to Issac losing his mind.)
Either Fitz or Simmons will be killed off eventually.
Fitz and Simmons are the cutest two characters, and a pair of people so close that even in-show they are called by one name. Wise-cracking duos usually become popular in fandoms. This is a Joss Whedon show. One of them is almost certainly going to die. Joss is probably salivating at the potential fan tears already.
- Simmons almost died in FZZT.
- As of "Yes Men" and Simmons being blocked by Coulson on developing the GH serum, Fitz will probably die, and it will be in a way that could have been prevented had Simmons been allowed to work properly, driving a rift between her and Coulson who she'll blame for his death.
- Fitz is in critical condition as of the Season 1 finale, and likely has brain damage.
- Fitz's brain damage is confirmed and he's hallucinating Simmons, because she left. Watching him struggle with basic living is indeed worthy of fan tears.
They're not staying retired. Not a chance. It will be something like this fanfic
Because every time Joss Whedon
brings back a Firefly
vet, they're a bad guy. Caleb
. Alpha. Allison
. Don John
S.H.I.E.L.D. has access to Dollhouse tech.
While Coulson is still Coulson physically, he probably received Active architecture and got imprinted with his own personality, minus whatever mental modifications S.H.I.E.L.D. made to the imprint. "Tahiti" functions as code for his handler. (Probably Maria Hill.)
Did I fall asleep?
Only for a little while.
Fitz and Simmons are/were one person.
That's why people tend to refer to them as Fitz-Simmons. They started out as one person who wound up getting split in two, either by an activating X-gene or an experiment gone wrong. They may still be linked and the reason they're not cleared for combat is because if one is injured/killed the same thing will happen to the other one.
- Alternatively, they were two people whose consciousness were merged into some kind of weird Hive Mind that only includes two people. Their bickering is truly externalized internal monologue.
He's a Badass
agent with a Dark and Troubled Past
whose antisocial tendencies are said to be "not surprising considering his family history."
- Given how he responds to the mention of his Grandmother in the Pilot ("D: Gramsy?"), he could come from a legacy of Supervillains or Criminals.
- As it turns out (per S1E8 "The Well"), Ward's dark and troubled past comes not from a lineage of supervillains, but rather ongoing trauma as a child, when his bullying older brother refused to let Grant save another kid drowning in a well.
- "Turn, Turn, Turn". He's not the son of a super villain but the student of one.
The bored-looking blonde woman in the Paris safehouse is Yelena Belova
She'll come back as a major player.
If the series is a huge success it will end just prior to, or just after The Avengers 3
Since all of the Marvel Cinematic Universe seems centered around The Avengers (currently), as The Avengers 3 comes out, Agents of SHIELD will come to a close to "wrap up" the first successful cross media franchise. All stories in the final season will therefore be directly related to any and all events in The Avengers 3, and major guest appearances from some if not all of the major players in the third (and possibly last, as part of an epic "extended" trilogy) The Avengers film will be rampant.
- The paycheck for the movie actors for the TV scenes would come from the movie budget.
Iron Man will appear...but not Tony Stark.
The mask will not go off. It's a way to use the character without having to pay a fortune to the actor for a mere TV episode.
- Probably War Machine/Iron Patriot could also appear since he is military and probably more likely to work directly with SHIELD. If anyone is to appear to interact with Coulson from the Iron Man franchise directly, it could be Pepper (Gwyneth Paltrow - unlikely as she is big Hollywood A list and not a TV person) via a phone call or maybe even Happy (Jon Favreau - more likely as he has been on TV before and would probably not mind a little appearance in the show). If there is a main episode appearance and not just a cameo it would probably be either Clint or Natasha since they actually are part of SHIELD
- Gwyneth Paltrow did two episodes of Glee. There are always shows that manage to get lots of A list cameos. (Batman!)
- Pepper does "appear" via phone call, but her end of the conversation is never heard.
Agent Ward's seedy "family history" alluded to by Coulson is by way of the former being related to Tony Masters, aka Taskmaster.
Be he Grant's brother, father, whatever, Taskmaster has canonically frequently had dealings with (comics) S.H.I.E.L.D. in the past; and is in fact a current member of the newest incarnation of the Secret Avengers- working directly under 616's Fury and Coulson. He could easily be reworked in the show to be a former agent who went rogue or some kind of master criminal that screwed S.H.I.E.L.D. over in a big way, either ultimately leading to a young Ward witnessing this and deciding to dedicate his life to the straight and narrow. This also accounts for his humorless, business-only demeanor.
The show will have multiple episodes introducing other Marvel heroes, who may later appear in film
An episode with the team dealing with a vigilante in New York (Daredevil), a duo of heroes using their powers to earn money while helping the helpless (Luke Cage and Iron Fist/Heroes for Hire), a mysterious swamp monster with a connection to the super soldier formula (Man-Thing), a young teenaged gay couple using their powers for good (Hulkling and Wiccan, prior to forming Young Avengers), among others. They'll also see the team working alongside other SHIELD-connected heroes, including Widow and/or Hawkeye, and Mockingbird, Carol Danvers, etc.
Mandroid suits will appear
Probably reverse-engineered from some of the parts lying around after Stark pointlessly blew up all his suits.
She's being run by SHIELD to find out more about the Rising Tide.
- Alternately, she genuinely is The Mole, but is slowly in the process of Becoming the Mask as she realizes that SHIELD aren't the "scary men in black suits" that she originally feared them to be. The look on her face before and after typing "I'm in" has subtle shades of "Am I really going to do this?" in it. He fully expects it. This is Coulson we're talking about here. The Story Arc addressing her being The Mole will reveal that much of the intel that Coulson has given her has simply been a case of choosing to Feed the Mole, as well as knowingly invoking Becoming the Mask to cement her loyalty to SHIELD.
- When Fury tells him that Skye is a risk, he calmly responds "I know, sir", implying that he has the same concerns that Ward was voicing earlier. Skye defends SHIELD when Quinn criticizes it in "The Asset"—while Quinn is holding her at gunpoint. Even if Skye really was a mole before, this incident might change her mind.
- Coulson secretly wants to break the masquerade and tell the world about the stuff SHIELD's hiding, and he plans on using Skye to do it for him. Another possible motive is keeping her in reserve in case SHIELD, or a significant portion of it, starts Jumping Off the Slippery Slope - she thinks differently from someone who is willing to "trust the system" and won't hesitate to shout What the Hell, Hero? from the proverbial rooftops if it needs to be done. In other words, she's Face-Heel Turn insurance.
An Enemy Mine
between SHIELD and Rising Tide will happen at some point.
Skye will slowly warm up to SHIELD and she'll convince her fellow Rising Tide members that they can be allies with SHIELD rather than fearing them.
- Probably team up against HYDRA, with the Rising Tide helping to clear SHIELD's name as the RT seem to have gotten HYDRA confused with SHIELD. That could work.
Because it just has to, and it makes so damn much sense
Skye got S.H.I.E.L.D access codes from Ward when he was under the influence of the serum.
There's no way that one hacker in a van can crack a top-secret government agency in a few minutes when Tony Stark needed a custom-designed bug (and maybe an AI) to crack their files, and even then he was still detected and stopped.
Without any direct references to the X-Men or related FOX owned X-Folks, mutants are not out of the realm of possibility for use as long as they are not specifically X-Related. Whether she is an actual mutant or not, she will turn out to be a telemechanic and that is how she is so good at hacking things. She just "knows" how.
- Related to an above WMG she will be the replacement for the engineer side of Fitz-Simmons as she develops her possibly unknown to herself powers as the show progresses and Fitz gets written out by means of Rule of Drama for Simmons. Thereby replacing a needed part of the team and becoming the teams very own super at the same time.
Melinda was exposed to the Super Soldier Serum
Surely S.H.I.E.L.D. would try another round of super soldier experiments if they've got formula samples. Melinda was in the first round of tests and was a complete success - all the powers of Cap in their very own field agent, who eventually gained the reputation of being The Cavalry. Except eventually she started going Blood Knight
, realized she had to stop, and retired wholly from fieldwork until now. It would explain how she survived that strike from Mike, and why she's so adamant about not getting into combat again. She doesn't want to start down that path again because she's scared she won't be able to turn back.
- Alternatively, she may be one of the other Black Widows, since there have been several in the comics and even in one of the tie-in comics there are more than one products of the 'program' that produced Natasha Romanov. She might be from the Chinese equivalent, for instance.
At some point, Coulson will mention an old mission where he posed as a high school principal.
to Ultimate Spider-Man
. It will most likely include a lawyer-friendly nod to the Web-Head himself. Maybe it'll even be mentioned how he used to have a ponytail.
and SHIELD are alternate-universe versions of each other
One is an international organization using a bird-of-prey as a symbol, with origins in black-ops and with a history involving fighting a terrorist organization with state-level resources
. The other is an international organization using a bird-of-prey as a symbol, with origins in black-ops and with a history involving fighting a terrorist organization with state-level resources.
Lola is an AI
This explains Coulson's Insistent Terminology
, constantly reminding people that his car has a name. Because she's sentient, and she gets offended when people treat her like an ordinary car.
- If you buy the theory that Coulson is an LMD or android, that would explain why he and he alone has an affinity for her.
Simmons will die
She's kind of adorkable and we all know what Joss Whedon does to likeable characters...
Simmons is an alcoholic
She has been shown drinking beer in both of the first two episodes, and in the second episode, when Skye asked her how many drinks she had so far, she deflected the question and told Skye to loosen up.
- There's further support in Season 2: when Coulson inspects the contents of her fridge while she's living alone undercover, he comments that she has nothing but beer and hot sauce. She counters that there's also some tea in a cupboard. Coupled with the fact that she admits to being stressed and lonely since leaving the team, it's not too out-there to read this interpretation between the lines.
"The Cavalry" isn't just a S.H.I.E.L.D. nickname, it was her Super Hero
At least one of the earlier model Deathloks will appear eventually
is Deathlok Mk. 1. Peterson
is Deathlok Mk. 5. No mention has been given as to the identities and whereabouts of Deathlok Mks. 2-4, so it's possible that at least one of them is still out there.
Fitz died in the Series Finale...but he'll be back
Fury said he's still alive at the end...but we know how he likes to lie. We never see
Fitz again and Simmons is kept instead a glass tube so she doesn't either. He'll be brought back via the T.A.H.I.T.I. project, or some variant of it, and become Deathlok version 6, and thus, a Genius Bruiser
Fitz will be confined to a wheelchair for the remainder of the series
The comicbook version of brain damage from oxygen deprivation made him paraplegic.
Lola used to belong to Howard Stark.
The hover tech is almost certainly Stark's design, but as sentimental as Coulson is, why not have another collectible from the very man who founded S.H.I.E.L.D. and
practically helped invent Captain America?
- Lola was originally Stark's and the ownership of her has passed down to every succeeding Director of Shield. Fury gave Lola to Coulson as a "Welcome Back" gift since he was well aware of Coulson's collection. It would also double as foreshadowing.
- Given that Lola might very well have been the first vehicle that Stark was ever able to make capable of sustained flight, she isn't likely to have been sold for any reason, or really given away for that matter. That makes how she came to be in Coulson's possession all the more important. We know that Fury was on good enough terms with Howard before his death that the genius was willing to talk about Tony with him, so it would stand to reason that Coulson might have very well known the man too. If that's the case, and if the car was passed directly from Howard to Phil, the question becomes, "What did Phil Coulson do for Howard Stark to warrant such a valuable and historic bit of tech?"
- No matter how or why Coulson has Lola, there should be a scene for Tony's reaction to her being in Phil's possession. Even better would be that Howard babied her like Coulson does now.
"This is just like Budapest!"
An episode will actually show what happened in Budapest in flashbacks, with the team now dealing with the eventual fallout. Bonus points if Clint and/or Natasha guest in the same episode.
Hawkeye: You and I remember Budapest very differently.
Ward always lies
Related to the above, but with broader strokes. Ward is "Level 6" at the start of the show, implying a high degree of training as well as obvious mastery of field ops. It is said he has "mad skillz yo", but other than a dossier that was made about his activities (probably only the things that are allowed to potentially be leaked around SHIELD or even to other organizations without compromising anything) we know almost nothing about his past. This is seemingly true from a fiction standpoint of all the characters, but specifically, no one in universe seems to know anything about him.
Being a trained operative at such a high level, he has also been trained in methods of suppressing the truth, lying convincingly, bending truth into falsehood, and other forms of mental tactics including biological fortitude. That is to say, he has been dosed by truth serums of varying potency multiple times and even if Coulson injected him with a real serum in the pilot, he could resist it or at the work "around it".
In essence, you can't trust anything he says because he is so good at lying, it can all sound convincing and even be worked in so close to the truth that it blends in. He lies for a living.
- "Turn, Turn, Turn" adds credibility to this, seeing as Ward is a HYDRA agent.
Everyone is a robot.
The entire team is an experiment, with each agent being a prototype LMD based on a deceased SHIELD agent. The perfect spy agent, the hivemind scientists...and Coulson himself, who died and was "revived" in the form of an LMD. It's a big test run to see how AI agents can function in the field.
Skye has been to Tahiti.
She'll make a comment about it, or Coulson will, and a) they realize that something doesn't mesh with their memories, or b) they don't notice anything wrong but May and/or Ward overhears them.
Coulson is a psychic.
Coulson always seems to be one step ahead of everyone. He knows how people will react before they do, he seems to be able to avoid things that others can't (such as The Destroyer's blast). He is not just lucky, or really well trained, he is empathic and can at least sense what is about to happen, if not outright read it directly. He may or may not even know he is psychic, but it explains how he "just knows" all the time.
Apollo candy bars will make an appearance.
Because they're a handy Bland-Name Product
owned by the ABC Network.
Graviton will return as a dangerous vigilante looking to eliminate anything he thinks is "bad tech" at any cost necessary
Seems like a good way to reconcile Hall's obvious good guy personality with him still being an antagonist.
- He'll go after Team Coulson for trying to stop him from destroying the gravitonium.
She was a foster child and longed for a family. Kyubey appeared and said he could grant her wish "if you make a contract with me." She did and was recruited by Coulson into SHIELD where she has a father figure, a mother figure, an older brother, and two geeky younger siblings. She can't explain why she's so good with computers because it's her Magical Girl
power. The witches she fights are online (muggles
call them 'viruses' or 'trolls') and that's why she spends so much time alone in the van inside The Bus.
Skye has a killswitch, like Akela and the MI6 agent
Maybe a more basic version that means she has to take orders through a phone and hasn't got "backskatter" - it could even just be a killswitch of some sort built into her. This would explain her hacking skills (although they could still be her own, but her having a team of other hackers backing her up could explain a lot), why she's still spying (or whatever it is they want her to do) for the Rising Tide when she seems reluctant to betray The Team
(and why she considers them family, but didn't feel that way about TRT) and why she empathised with Akela so quickly. It would also explain why she hesitated when Quinn was trying to talk her over to his side; she was waiting for orders on who to roll with.
Mack, the truck driver from episode 3, is the MCU counterpart of US1, or a relative/supporting character thereof
"Mach" is just his code name (if he's actually a trucker he wouldn't use his usual handle) and he suffered a head injury in his appearance. Even if he isn't Archer himself, he could easily be Papa Wheelie (explaining where he got the technology to build US1 from - it's S.H.I.E.L.D tech he was given as part of a settlement of sorts for being injured on the job).
Scorch is a mutant.
They just couldn't say it.
The Heroes for Hire will appear
When the fact they were making a TV show leaked, the Heroes for Hire were one of the first things fans thought of. The format would work for TV, it would introduce some more female and PoC characters (a major complaint of the MCU) and with Ultimate Spider-Man
using two of the main three as main characters they have a modern base.
- As the end of Season 1, this is looking more likely. Mike Peterson refuses to rejoin Team Coulson but still wants to make up for his evil deeds as Deathlok. He could do that and pay the bills at the same time.
Carol Danvers will appear
She's the lead in a new comic, female, has a military background... she won't appear all the time but she would fit the general idea. Of course, if she does it will only be as a military woman, not as Ms. Marvel.
Hawkeye and Black Widow will appear.
Perhaps only in one or two episodes, but they are technically agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. so this would make sense.
- As an addendum, Nick Fury will show up in the pilot. Samuel L. Muthafuckin' Jackson shows up in "0-8-4". Whoever called that now has permission to gloat. He has also announced that he will appear in the season finale.
- A recurring appearance by Maria Hill. In the full-length trailer, we hear a woman who sounds very much like Cobie Smulders interviewing Agent Ward about what S.H.I.E.L.D. means to him. Not sure if it's actually her, but, an interesting thought nonetheless. Hill was in the pilot.
- Not an appearance, but they were explicitly referenced in "The Hub" as agents so good they didn't need extraction plans.
She was in the Pilot, but is not a regular...yet.
- May be likely given the events of The Winter Soldier.
The Fantastic Four and the X-Men can't appear in the series
So they'll just get referenced instead. There will be loads of banter about how those five teenagers keep disappearing on them or something.
- Possibly some specific-ish references to them in order to keep the potential alive once license deals run out and Disney/Marvel get their property back for films. Also Spider-Man will be referenced somehow. If they do, it'll be roundabout references. They couldn't even get Sony to let them use Empire State University, Spider-Man swinging by in the far background, or even Tobey Maguire standing in a crowd shot for The Incredible Hulk.
- The Baxter Building was shown as a Freeze-Frame Bonus in Captain America 2, so it's not entirely impossible for them to get referenced.
The show will occasionally be used for Poorly Disguised Pilots
of whatever obscure character Marvel wants to make a movie for next
Doc Strange, Heroes for Hire, Daredevil reboot, hell even a much-better-made Howard the Duck reboot. The potential is limitless.
Any Marvel characters who cannot get a legal mention will have a lawyer-friendly Shout-Out
Such as "the kid from Queens
" or "that weird boarding school up in Westchester
" or "those four astronauts that came back with super powers
". Maybe, through this, when Disney gets the movie rights, they can toss them in there because of the aforementioned shout-outs...
The series will introduce Wasp, (Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.)
And, perhaps, Hank Pym / Ant-Man / Giant-Man, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
The team will go up against a runaway experiment from the Weapon X program
They won't be mentioned by name, of course, but Coulson will brief the others on a top-secret program run by the Canadian government that experiments on meta-humans to create their own Super-Soldiers. He'll also mention that the closest thing they got to a success was a mercenary who went completely insane and now thinks he's a comic book character
. (The files have pictures of Ryan Reynolds
- Mentioned in episode 16, End of the Beginning. The man suspected of being "The Clairvoyant", Thomas Nash was part of a Canadian weapons program dealing with gifted individuals.
Maria Hill will become a more prominent figure in season 2.
Cobie Smulders' current show, How I Met Your Mother
, is ending after this season, which means she'll be free to take on a larger role in season 2.
- Seems very likely given the events of The Winter Soldier.
MI13, Pete Wisdom, and/or Union Jack will make an appearance at some point.
Clark Gregg hinted on his Twitter that we'd see British superheroes at some point.
MI13 almost seems like a gimme, since it's basically the British version of SHIELD. Meanwhile, Pete and Jack are the two main British heroes who either have no powers or have powers that can be easily ignored or explained by current MCU sources.
- Captain Britain might be hard to justify, considering his origins are pretty firmly magical and so far the only magic we've seen is Asgardian. Same goes for a number of other British heroes, sadly. And, MI13 seems to what STRIKE evolved into, being that they seem to be the current organization dealing with weird superpowered y still age to adulthood at the same rate as humans (i.e. roughly 20 years), but then remain at that state for thousands more years—in other words, Skye IS only 24, but she will still look that way thousands of years from now. This also would bring up an extra layer of drama, as Skye will have to grasp the notion that she will end up outliving her friends and adoptive family by millennia.
Sif's upcoming appearance on the show may be related to Skye's origins. Perhaps she is the offspring of Thor and Sif? This would also technically mean that it was her uncle who killed Coulson, which the show will of course poke fun at.
- Alternatively; maybe she's half-Asgardian, which would explain the ageing. There's a possible culprit in Professor Randolph. He's been "spreading his genes" for as much as a thousand years so it's not out of the question that a chunk of Earth's population are his descendents. Skye could be 1/100 Asgardian or something like that.
- Skye being Asgardian is possibly Jossed as of T.R.A.C.K.S., since she is shot twice, and is mortally wounded, like any normal human would be. An Asgardian would easily shrug off something like that. However, Tess Black is a demigoddess, but doesn't have any powers.
- At a panel at the Paley Festival, Ming-na Wen (May's actress) proposed her own theory that Skye is the child of May and Thor. After all, "he's dreamy". It should be noted that this is her own WMG, with no confirmation from the studio as a whole (Which may at least partially be inspired by fantasies over her character's love life). So one member of the cast is on record as favoring this theory, but it's not confirmed at the moment.
The trauma of being nearly killed by Quinn will reawaken whatever ability got Skye classified as an 0-8-4
Just her body trying to reduce the odds that she will be shot again any time soon.
The Inhumans are going to be a major plot element in the MCU (and a substitute for mutants.) We have this evidence - Skye's DNA is said to be irregular and possibly alien(-ish). She was safely injected with the probably-Kree sample, while (the definitely-human) Coulson and Garrett had numerous side effects. Raina implied that she and Skye are the same species, and Raina has an interest in "transformation". Skye's father is inhumanly strong
and knows about the Obelisk. Finally (and this is a stretch), some have noticed that the background design on the typography in the current Inhumans
comic logo bears an uncanny resemblance to Coulson's alien writing. It's possible that Skye and Raina are both Inhumans (to the same degree as Kamala Khan
, and exposure to the Terrigen Mists would awaken their dormant Inhuman DNA.
- Corollary to this: with the reveal in "The Writing On The Wall" that the alien writing is a 3D map of a city, it's a good chance this special city is Attilan, home of the Inhumans (and yes, several thousand years old).
- Further supported by "The Things We Bury". According to legend, blue aliens came to Earth in ancient times, and they brought an artifact called the Diviner. The writings on the Diviner are the same that Garrett, Coulson and the other T.A.H.I.T.I. subjects have been making, which have been all but confirmed as Kree language. Much later, a dead Kree was harvested by SHIELD to create the T.A.H.I.T.I. drug. Everyone who touched the Diviner was killed immediately, except for one young woman who was granted immortality instead. And that woman's daughter remains the only person to be exposed to the T.A.H.I.T.I. drug with no side effects. It's getting easier and easier to conclude that the Kree brought an artifact to Earth that created the first Inhumans.
Skye has healing powers
In "The Magical Place", she pulls Coulson out of the vision he's seeing, telling him to "come back" over and over again. When she did this, she subconsciously triggered her own powers (which were the reason someone killed an entire village to get to her when she was an infant
and reversed the effect that the machine had on Coulson.
Skye is the daughter of Loki.
Loki is a pervert and
a Norse God...He could be father or
Skye is subconsciously influencing people to protect her.
Whatever her powers are, one of them might be way to force people to protect her. As a kind of Charm Person
. In T.A.H.I.T.I the whole team goes above and beyond desperate measures to save her (raid a medical compound and kill the guards? They even break out the heavy rifles instead of their usual stun weaponry) and while this makes sense for some of them, it's suspicious of May to suddenly go apeshit on the guy who shot her when she earlier didn't seem to like her much. It was even more suspect that Garrett and his assistant who don't even know her almost immediately decide to help Coulson upon hearing about Skye's condition, almost magically. And twice later Simmons is stumped, thinks of what Skye would do, and then immediately has the answer. This would also explain why a whole village and a squad of shield agents were willing to die for her as a baby. Skye herself probably doesn't know this but its so strong she can do it even on the brink of death.
- This theory is more solid after the events of 1.16, where Ward kills the fake Clairvoyant after he threatens Skye. Even the other characters point out that it's uncharacteristic of the usually stoic Ward to lose his cool like that.
- The reactions of both Garet and his assistant, and especially May seem far too abrupt to be reasonable even under the circumstances. Though the justification given for Garet seems to be that he's lost enough people to the Clairvoyant already, May has no such explanation, and is even aware that her choice to attack Quin - for no reason other than the fact he shot Skye - made no sense. The contrast to her usual manner is far too jarring for Defrosting Ice Queen or Character Development to cover it.
Following the pile-up of reveals in Turn, Turn, Turn
, Garrett and Ward
will abduct the living 0-8-4 (Skye) and subject her for HYDRA experimentation. The alien blood used to revive her gunshot wounds will unlock her inherent powers as a new agent of HYDRA.
The group that killed the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents trying to protect Skye as an infant was S.H.I.E.L.D.
Or rather, HYDRA
agents within S.H.I.E.L.D. They were able to track Skye's protectors because they had the clearance to simply look up where they were going. Avery's desperate move to hide her worked because it made Skye's whereabouts a Level 8 secret and nobody in that cell had clearance that high.
- According to Raina, Agent of HYDRA, it was Skye's parents that killed everyone.
The reason why Skye unpersoned herself for the first time was to destroy all evidence of the name given to her by the orphanage
With a name like Mary Sue Poots, can you blame her?
No. seriously, it might happen.
So far EVERYONE has eventually come around to liking her and anyone who ever didn’t was portrayed as in the wrong until they changed their minds.
Instead of this just being bad writing on their part, this is her 0-8-4 power messing with people's minds.
Fuelled by feelings of abandonment and loneliness when she was a child, her power manipulated reality without her knowing it.
Feelings of abandonment as an orphan? No! Its okay! She has a tragic unknown backstory which causes the rest of the main cast to become the family she wishes she had. Even Ward and May, who never had any plans on getting too attached to her (especially Ward), become her big brother and mother figures.
Add to that that she’s Conveniently an Orphan, Raised by S.H.I.E.L.D who were also killed off, off-screen, before the plot started and you can see that while her 0-8-4 is trying to ‘fix’ her life, it’s not good at it. For instance, it makes her beautiful while homeless and capable of hacking SHIELD with a garden-variety laptop. She starts as mildly unrealistic and escalating from there into god-like because its feeding her escalating desire to be useful to and needed by her new "family". Her 0-8-4 contrives situations where she is the only one that can save the day.
What’s scary, and probably going to be the main plot point is that while Skye might not be aware of it, her power might be aware of her. In fact, it might be mildly self-aware to the point that it acknowledges what it’s doing by giving her the ‘real’ name of ‘Mary Sue Poots’ before then allowing her the 'cool' name of Skye.
Her 0-8-4 power is the ability to subconsciously manipulate reality to make her the main character with the true companions that she always wanted when she was little and alone.
On a lighter note, it could also be TV tropes has been given god like form. Either one is fine.
- It wouldn't be the first time this has happened in a Joss Whedon show. Remember Jonathan's Reality Warper spell? Picture that as a constantly active superpower.
- Her supposed "birth" father might have the same ability, but either on a smaller scale, as shown with Reina, and/or on the exact opposite polarity. Worse yet, unlike Skye, he can actively control this power.
Scorch will form an alliance with Graviton due to their shared hatred of SHIELD.
They will form the show's first true supervillain team. It's not clear from episode 5 whether Scorch was killed.
Coulson is an unintentional sleeper agent for Thanos
Akela's handler could see everything she could, this is similar to Coulson and Thanos. Thanos is watching and listening to everything Phil says, sees, and does. He may not have been involved with his resurrection, but dying via Loki's scepter forged a link between Thanos and Coulson that Thanos is taking advantage of right now.
Thanos is learning the innerworkings of SHIELD, what they do, who they are involved with, and just generally gathering intel so Thanos knows the best way to disable them in the future. Already Thanos knows that Nick Fury owes Coulson a debt, that SHIELD has a list of Gifted, that they are large in scope, that Melinda May and Grant Ward's are the team's heavies and by taking them out he could control the plane. That Coulson has so much internal information that he can search. That Skye can help him get other information that he doesn't have.
Later on in the series, Thanos will play his card... by taking over Coulson and attacking them from the inside. Coulson's got very high clearance, friends with many of the other agents, and guilt for the Avengers, if he showed up anywhere, it wouldn't be suspicious until he started killing them and making it easier for Thanos to invade.
- Thanos may have had a plan already in place, but as soon as he realized what he had with Coulson, and he knew that SHIELD and the Avengers were the main reason his first attempt was stopped. He can use Coulson as an added bonus instead of a new plan in it's entirety.
Scorch is an Inhuman.
The nuclear power plant that melted down near his birthplace was actually a secret lab researching the Terrigen Mists. This is why he was the only one affected.
The series is meant to have a "false freedom"/"manipulation" theme.
So far we've had Project Centipede (both of the subjects we've seen so far were lured in with a "we'll make you powerful so you can be free to take what you deserve" offer and ended up being used), Reyes betraying Coulson by using their previous relationship in 0-8-4 and the villain of the third episode (who ranted on about freedom while being perfectly happy to keep people prisoner for his own benefitnote
and avoid any accountability himself). Akela was even more explicit (given she outright said she felt more free locked in a cage than she did with the Explosive Leash
Coulson and Blake are going to clash again as the series progresses.
He touched Lola. Coulson isn't going to take that sitting down.
Sooner or later May is going to be incapacitated while the bus is airborne.
She's the best person on the team who knows how to fly (And more importantly land) an airplane. That kind of problem is just begging to happen.
- It is shown in both "The Only Light In The Darkness" and "Nothing Personal" that Ward can fly the Bus.
Most likely while someone other than Coulson (probably Skye) is driving her without permission. She will likely do this out of necessity. Some agents take the black SUV out on a mission, an enemy attacks the Bus, and Skye pursues in Lola.
- Alternatively, it will be blown up by a super villain. This almost happens in "Nothing Personal" while Coulson and Skye are escaping the hijacked Bus in midair. Ward shoots it several times, and it has a rather rocky trip to the ground, but it ultimately survives the ordeal.
"The Hub" implies that HAMMER exists in the show's universe because "HAMMER" can be seen on a signpost in the background. When Nick Fury refused to follow the World Security Council's order to nuke NYC, the Council decided they needed an organization that reported directly to them. As we'll learn in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, HAMMER is run by Alexander Pierce.
There is more than there seems to the plan during The Hub
It is either Secret Test of Character
or part of some deeper plot. Possibly tying into the whole SHIELD going bad in the new Captain America movie,if that is what happens. It would explain why Victoria Hand was used in the episode, considering her ties with HAMMER.
- The Plan may have been a Secret Test of Character for Skye in particular, especially if the promos for episode 11 are any indication; that is, Victoria Hand once again becomes involved, Skye is seen wearing field agent gear and even borrows Coulson's Catch Phrase at one point!
Was Ward really
the brother who was threatened to not help the brother struggling to stay above water in the well, or was he the one doing the threatening? The oldest brother looked a lot
more like Brett Dalton than the brother who was threatened did, which seems like something the producers would catch, unless it was intentional. Does adult Grant subconsciously style himself after his older brother? Was there some kind of body-switching or identity theft shenanigans? Did something happen to Grant, after which the older brother took his identity and devoted himself to helping others as penance? This is
the MCU, after all. Stranger things have happened.
- Ward implied he's Unpersoned himself before.
- In "Nothing Personal", Ward tells Skye that no, his older brother didn't beat up the younger brother himself; he made Ward do it for him.
Instead of being a psychopathic bully, Grant's older brother saw his behavior as training
his siblings for a cruel world. There will be an episode showing Ward (either in the past or the present) calling him on this and saying psychopathic "helpers" like him are the ones making it cruel.
The dimension Tobias Ford have been to really was Hel.
Not the Christian Hell, but the Hel of Norse myth.
Coulson's going to end up losing the rest of his antique collection in the line of duty.
He's already sacrificed his trading cards and his radio watch, the rest is sure to follow.
If/when we meet Ward's older brother, he won't be the monster he was as a child
He could be catatonic either from serving in the war on terror or an accident. He could be catatonic because Grant made him one.
Tobias Ford was trapped in Mephisto's realm
With all the religious parallels in that episode, it's likely.
Skye will eventually be issued a revolver
Since she has trouble remembering the difference between the magazine release and the safety catch, the best choice is to give her a gun that takes out all the guesswork. And since she's a hacker rather than a field agent, she doesn't need the most advanced firearms available.
Tobias Ford was trapped on Muspelheim
Of all the Asgardian realms, Muspelheim is easily the most likely one would mistake for the traditional Fire and Brimstone Hell
. It is
the primordial realm of fire, after all, and is basically Jotunheim's mirror in climate. Lava, soot, fire giants, probably other devil-like races or critters about, who could blame the guy who making such an interpretation?
Simmons will gain electric based powers
Simmons will gain these powers from her encounter from the Chitauri virus. She won't mention these powers until they are really needed for three reasons, 1) not wanting to become an experiment, 2) her natural pride / curiosity and wanting to be in control and running any experiments herself, 3) fear of being taken from the team, it's been stated that she was the one who was more interested in joining the team than Fitz and that she persuaded him to join.
Kaylee Frye is a future descendant of Fitzsimmons
Since Kaylee has an inherent talent around machinery like Fitz. Plus they're all so adorkable.
He's high level and on friendly terms with Director Fury, so he makes a tempting target.
One of the main six (probably not Coulson) will be killed off in 1x13.
The episode's promo seems to imply this
, based on the narration "...and an astonishing, series-changing final act."
Coulson: *breathing heavily* Oh God...Hang on...Just hang on!
- Almost. Skye is shot twice but is put into a barometric vessel to keep her alive. As of 1x14, she is in a coma with the rest of the team racing to find a way to save her. In 1x15, she wakes up and seems pretty okay.
Ian Quinn is Baron Zemo
He's been recruiting characters like the soon-to-be versions of Graviton and Blizzard. Sounds a lot like the Masters of Evil are forming.
Coulson's first assignment as a SHIELD agent was at a rodeo.
Making his "This isn't my first rodeo, Mr. Stark" line in Iron Man
The Clairvoyant and the cellist are one and the same person
Because Chekhov's Gunman
; wouldn't it make for a major twist to have the backround girlfriend as the big bad?
Fury knows something about Skye's powers
In his brief cameo in episode two, he warns Coulson that Skye is "a risk". If he's been the Director of SHIELD long enough to have been involved in making her an Unperson
, then he might know something about her powers. He could be talking about a lot more than her simply breaking into the SHIELD system.
Quinn's role in Centipede is to create new superpowered individuals
Every time he's shown up, he's been backing someone trying to make some kind of superweapon, and each time, as a result of SHIELD's trying to stop said superweapon, the creator has ended up with powers derived from his creation. That's what he's really after. Now he just needs to fund a raid on a SHIELD holding facility to break his new supersoldiers out.
Skye IS an Infinity Stone/Gem
An 084 designation is used to identify an unknown object, and we know from Thor that the stones don't have to be literal stones. There's been a lot of complaints about how things just work out for Skye, how people like her and talk about her in a glowing way. It's deliberate. She's probably mind, soul, or reality and she's unconsciously warping people and reality around her so that she is needed and liked by the Bus. Before that, it was the Hunan village where people were literally dying to protect her as a baby.
The people brought back in the upcoming ABC series Resurrection were resurrected by means similar to Coulson.
It's called "Beta Testing".
Coulson doesn't actually know May, memories of her were implanted and she is his "Handler"
Basically, they screwed with Coulson's memories (we know this) and whenever Coulson is uncertain of what to do, he goes to May and talks to her (The Hub, The girl in the flower dress, etc) While May has verbally assured him that she knows him for a while, and that their friendship is true, there has been nothing physical to back it up. Skye hasn't shown cases of them working together. Sitwell hasn't talked about them going to lunch ages ago. What if Coulson had memories implanted of May, and she's there making sure he's "running right" so to speak. After all, they wouldn't just let him go out and wander the world if he just had mentally scarring surgery and a desire to die. Why not make him trust someone, then implant the idea to take her with him.
- Semi-confirmed. "Yes Men" has her reporting to someone that Coulson knows something. Everything but the memories being implanted were confirmed, but, when pressed, she didn't say that what he thinks happened actually happened.
We will see the formation of something like the Masters of Evil
Centipede, HYDRA, AIM, ZODIAC, or just Mike Peterson
will bust open the Sandbox. In the ensuing confusion, Franklin Hall, Donnie Gill, maybe Lorelei
and a few others will break out and form a supervillain team. This will be the focus of an episode, as Team Coulson interacts with some vigilantes while having a manhunt. The twist, we discover at the end of the episode, is that the Hall and Gill were incidental. The breakout was cover for thieves boosting the Chitauri virus helmet. Dun dun dun
Why May let her anger get to her during beating Quinn
Normally she's quite calm and composed, but the beating she was giving Quinn brought out some of the repressed fury she had from taking the Berserker Staff.
The decomposing blue humanoid Coulson found inside the tank is either:
- A Kree. The Kree are a major part of the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy film. It could also be used as a way to introduce Ms. Marvel into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, since her powers are based on contact with Kree DNA.
- G.H. could possibly stand for Geheneris HalaSon.
- A Jotun
- An Atlantean
- Gallowglass note
- One of Skye's race note
- A Gnobian. (GH could stand for "Gnobian Humanoid".)
The Guest House facility was an outpost of SWORD.
Makes perfect sense, given the confirmed status of it belonging not to SHIELD, rather an as-of-yet-unnamed associate organization and
the housing of an apparent (albeit very dead) alien lifeform. note
Skye and Coulson will remember that he hasn't called that cellist he was dating there since he died.
- The cellist was mentioned by Coulson to Ward in "The Bridge". She thinks he's dead.
- The Cellist (aka Audrey, played by Amy Acker) plays a central role in "The Only Light in the Darkness".
Simmons and Morse become an item
- There might have been chemistry between them in 2.5 "A Wolf in the Henhouse." ("Call me Bobbi." "If it hadn’t had been for Bobbi, I would never have made it out... she's amazing!") Proposed 'ship name: MockingJem?
General Talbot has been replaced by an imposter
Since the start of the season he's been determined to end SHIELD once and for all. Then comes the attack on the UN and he suddenly goes to bat for SHIELD with the senator who's out to bury SHIELD? Suspicious.
Sooner or later all the Ward siblings will end up in one place at the same time
This will result in a "Rashomon"-Style
episode in which they argue about who was abusing who and how.
Talbot isn't working for the Air Force right now
He's been seconded to NATO to be a part of their
anti-HYDRA unit, not the US government's. By acting on behalf of a multi-national group (Even if most of his people are American), he can operate freely in other countries without triggering an international incident over US troops operating in other countries without seeking the host nation's permission, especially since every country he's been seen operating in so far is a NATO member. This way, America is not launching raids on the soil of allied countries; NATO is just performing an internal security op.
Christian Ward and Grant Ward are both secretly conspiring together.
that Grant would be able to break free if transferred to him, and it was in fact Just as Planned
. As for who really tortured their younger brother...it's still unknown. Maybe Thomas Ward never even existed? This may end up being confirmed when S.H.I.E.L.D. looks into the records of someone named Thomas Ward, but cannot find anything.
Grant Ward will rejoin HYDRA after breaking free, vowing revenge on Coulson's team.
Much like with Skye's Father, he will team up with HYDRA to take down Coulson, providing useful information that he has gathered as a prisoner in season 2, including the location of The Playground.
- Alternatively, he may attempt to rejoin HYDRA but they will not allow it, given that he's spilled too many HYDRA secrets to S.H.I.E.L.D. while being their prisoner. In this case, HYDRA will at best shoo him away and at worst try to kill him.
- Finally, he may rejoin HYDRA, but as a Reverse Mole—he will ultimately reveal himself in a truly heroic action, thus indeed proving his sincerity to Coulson's team that he wants to atone.
Grant Ward will search for Skye's Father
His final words to Coulson were not anger over being turned over to his brother but that he will "keep my promise". He promised Skye he would find her father. Once he does, he will attempt to capture him with the intent of dragging him back to the Playground as a peace offering. Instead, Skye's Father will kill him once he discovers what Ward did to his daughter (break her heart, kidnap her, threaten her with a gun etc.). When Skye finds out about this, she will be conflicted about whether or not it's a monstrous action to kill another monster.
Coulson purposely gave Grant away as a diversionary tactic.
Think about it: By handing Grant to Christian, Coulson appeases him on the public end and subsequently gets Talbot off S.H.I.E.L.D.'s back. Coulson would also know that Grant would attempt escape, and by doing so, Christian will have his hands full trying to contain Grant. They cannot blame Coulson or S.H.I.E.L.D. for Grant's escape, after all Grant was in their hands when he escaped (and he did warn them). All in all, less headaches for Coulson and for S.H.I.E.L.D..
Coulson's cellist girlfriend will be killed (or at least threatened) by HYDRA
They need to get Coulson out in the open, what better way than to endanger his loved one.
Skye isn't the person Ward is really interested in.
Lorelei only said there was another; she didn't say who. It might not be a woman at all, but Fitz, and that Ward is in an armoured closet
.) It could also be Coulson. Someone has to acknowledge Clark Gregg is only plain by Hollywood standards
The correct response to the Spy Speak
at the Guest House.
Guard: "How was the drive from Istanbul?"
Pretty straightforward - in the comics Carol Danvers
becomes Ms. Marvel
due to an infusion of Kree blood from Captain Mar-Vell
. Since both Coulson and Skye have undergone a similar set of circumstances, it's possible that they will therefore fill the roles in the movies/show in time to come.
The rest of the Avengers will learn of Coulson's survival very, very shortly
At the end of Captain America: The Winter Soldier
, SHIELD's entire database is uploaded into the public domain by Fury and Romanoff to expose HYDRA's rebirth
(Something Skye will undoubtedly find quite amusing). While the details of how Coulson survived might not be in those files, any mission reports submitted by Coulson after his death and resurrection will be. Sooner or later one of them is going to go through some of those files and realize that Coulson isn't dead (JARVIS on behalf of Stark is the most likely candidate).
Ward is brainwashed (ala the Manchurian Candidate and/or the Winter Soldier).
- Lots of people have noted that everything about his actions and facial expressions throughout the episode were not only out-of-character, but just seemed...off. Granted, part of every good sleeper agent's job is to blend in well in enemy territory, but the Shocking Swerve was so out of nowhere, there might be something else to it.
- Given every HYDRA member's proclivity to smugly shout HAIL HYDRA at the slightest victory, Ward was oddly silent and blank-eyed whenever the opportunity arose.
- Additionally, his "family history" alluded to by Coulson might go beyond Ward's older brother being a psychopath; it could be generational involvement in HYDRA. He could have been programmed from a young age (or by Garrett during his training) to ally with them, and is either resisting it or feeling extreme regret and internal conflict now that he's been on the good guys' side.
- One thing from The Winter Soldier that might be relevant to this avenue of speculation is that HYDRA has Loki's staff.
Look at her philosophy to this point: she has been fully willing to sacrifice agents to complete a mission. The current mission is defeating HYDRA. She made an agreement with Ward beforehand for him to use her death to achieve deep cover inside HYDRA — a la Snape killing Dumbledore to get in deep with the Death Eaters
. "No single agent is that
important." This statement includes herself.
Ward was telling the truth about the 'truth serum'
If SHIELD really did have a fast acting and highly reliable truth serum available to it, why hasn't the team used it more often? There are three times using it would have made perfect sense: On Vanchat during "The Magical Place", on Quinn during "TAHITI" and on May
during "Turn, Turn, Turn". In none of those cases is using the serum even suggested, and all three take place long enough after the pilot that they could restock. Why would the team not use their best interrogation tool on an important prisoner during a crisis? Because it doesn't actually exist.
Akela Amador will join Coulson's team
At the end of "Turn, Turn, Turn" Coulson stated that their next mission is to "survive" which means he's going to need help. He previously rated Akela as equal to May in Agent caliber so she could definitely provide that help. Since he's the one who trained her and also saved her from the Eye Bomb (and the fact that CENTIPEDE felt it necessary to use one in the first place) he can be reasonably sure of her loyalty to him.
Blake was specifically targeted by Deathlok
In Turn, Turn, Turn
, Hand mentions that Blake had come to her with suspicions that high level SHIELD agents were in fact double agents involved in some sort of conspiracy. Deathlok was sent to take him out because he was getting too close to the truth.
Skye will kill Ward
If it turns out that he really is Evil All Along
, then it will be poetic given who trained her. The trailers REALLY seem to be building to an epic confrontation when the "truth" is finally revealed.
- "The Only Light..." really seems to be building up to this given Skye's discovery of his true loyalty.
Ward isn't really Ward
That is, he's not Grant Ward
. He's actually been the older psychopathic brother the entire time, playing the part of one of his younger brothers (who may in fact be dead).
After Skye learns of Ward's involvement with HYDRA, she'll be held at gunpoint only for her to use that disarming technique
Someone (either former S.O. Ward or his own former S.O., Garrett
) will lampshade it.
Raina is a clairvoyant, but she's only just beginning to use her powers
She can't see things to the extent that Garret
was assumed to be able to, but she can see small details and know exactly what to say to make a person trust her. That was why she was so disappointed when the
Clairvoyant turned out to be a fraud - she was hoping that they'd be able to train her in how to use her abilities better.
Victoria Hand is still alive.
Let's consider how Hand died. She gave a loaded gun to Ward and invited him to use it on Garrett, only for Ward to turn it on her and her guards instead. This seems not only Too Dumb to Live
, but Out of Character
for someone as Properly Paranoid
as Hand. So what really happened? Hand (and presumably the guards) was a Life Model Decoy or something similar. The whole thing was a Secret Test of Character
for Ward—and since he failed, Hand knows he's a traitor and he's in even more danger than he thinks.
Ward's feelings for Skye will be his undoing.
Ward may be a traitor, but he really does love Skye. Therefore, if he ever has to choose between his loyalty to HYDRA and Skye's safety (either as part of a mission or an If You're So Evil, Eat This Kitten
situation set up by Garrett), he'll protect Skye, possibly redeeming himself
by Taking the Bullet
for her in a Heroic Sacrifice
- 'Nothing Personal' builds on this with lots of talk about her being a "weakness".
Ward will break ties with HYDRA
But not because of morality or a Love Redeems
inspired by Skye. It's because he isn't so much an Agent of HYDRA as he is an Agent of Garrett, and Garrett's loyalty to HYDRA is motivated by self-interest, not ideology. If it looks like HYDRA is going down, Garrett will jump ship and either join some other organization or simply go independent, and Ward will follow.
- Confirmed. But since Garrett is now dead, Ward is on his own. Likely HYDRA learns of this, and will force Ward to work for them against his will as a consolation for Garrett's betrayal.
- In season 2 "Shadows" he's willing to tell Coulson any kind of HYDRA secret he wants, but only if Skye is the one asking.
The idea that Ward is Hydra has occurred to Coulson.
Someone on the team tries to shut down Tripplet's addition to the team because he was Garret's student and worked with him for years. Why couldn't the same apply to Ward, after all?
Ward tried to kill May in "Yes Men".
Watch the timing there. If we count the amount of time Lady Sif puts on the collar, even under the most liberal interpretation of assuming the collar only disables her power when it's finished extending, there are another five and a half seconds of that scene where they stare at each other and Sif makes a joke. Then, offscreen, Sif has to pull Lorelei to her feet, put on handcuffs, and march her down a hall. (The hall is the length of the interrogation room.) Then we count the seconds between Ward pulling the trigger on the gun, and Lady Sif walking into sight. It's...six and a half seconds. Unless Lady Sif can wrangle Lorelei upright and down a hall, plus put on cuffs, in one second, (She didn't seem to be moving particularly fast when she strolled in.) Ward had stopped being under Lorelei's control several seconds
before he pulled that trigger. Granted, it's possible this is just an editing screwup, but it seems equally possible that this was actually Ward trying to eliminate May when he was handed a completely valid excuse.
Once it comes out that Ward is Hydra, there will be a Call Back
to the "porcupine"/"little poop with knives sticking out of it" on his people skills assessment.
Once Hill finds out his true allegiance, she'll either remind Coulson that she warned him Ward didn't play well with others or comment on what picture she should
have used for the assessment, e.g., an octopus.
Skye having bad luck with men will become a running gag
So far, the list of people she's been attracted to consists of a HYDRA deep cover mole, and a man who was bribed into betraying his principles by a HYDRA subsidiary. Her habit of picking guys who are secretly or unintentionally evil is not over yet.
Pissing off Coulson
So far, there has only ever been one way to make Coulson truly angry; betraying his trust. Even getting stabbed through the heart by Loki or trying to survive getting killed by Scorch did little more than make him very snarky. Skye selling out the team? First time he's ever raised his voice.
So far, Coulson has been betrayed 3 times. Once by Skye, which at this point he's forgiven. Once by May, which hit even harder than Skye's betrayal since he's known her longer than anyone on the team. Once by Garrett, a trusted friend. How will he take Ward's betrayal when that comes out? Prediction: They'll be scraping what's left of Ward off the wall.
Ward will have a Redemption Arc
in the finale - and probably into season 2note
Ward's been acting sporadically, especially in 'Nothing Personal': it seems like his feelings for Skye, and the fact that Garrett was totally willing to kill off his Dragon in a gambit for the hard drive
will lead him to a Heel-Face Turn
Garrett enabled Ward to kill his older brother, which is why Ward is so fiercely loyal to him.
In "Ragtag", we see flashbacks to a teenage Ward being recruited by Garrett. If Garrett took Ward under his wing and taught Ward the skills necessary to deal with his terrorizing older brother, it would explain why Ward is on his side.
The berserker staff will wind up in Bruce Banner's posession
Enormous green rage monster with an Asgardian rage weapon; it's too cool not to happen.
Ward is truly working for Loki not Garrett
If Ward convinced Coulson of Undying Loyalty
, then it's not out-of-the-question that he's fooling Garrett too. Besides, a warrior like him would right in with cold-blooded asgardians.
It all started during one of Loki's secret trips to Midgard. He'd heard stories about how the Tesseract was taken there and by bringing it back himself he could one-up Thor.
Back then, Ward was not the Consummate Liar
he is in the main narrative and was regularly beaten by Garret to make his lies more convincing under torture. Loki thought it would be fun trying to teach him to lie while learning about this organization and using him to find the Tesseract. They bounded over their horrible relationships to their older brothers and fathers. Thus, Ward feeds him information about certain things.
If this were true, it would explain a few things.
1. Ward goes after Lorelei despite knowing about her Compelling Voice
because he believes she works for/allies with Loki. It's an excuse to work against Coulson (the one who blasted Loki) without blowing his cover
2. In "Providence" he can be seen handling the Berserker Staff without trouble. Perhaps he's taken a liking to it because he's familiar with Asgardian weaponry.
3. He's never said "Hail Hydra!"
Arcade is part of the Rising Tide
Some versions of him have been a hacker, or even a technopath.
It's been announced that Netflix will be airing a number of MCU-based shows, starring Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, Luke Cage and the Defenders. (The latter of which is a team-up miniseries of those characters). Agents of SHIELD could have a few episodes focusing on those characters.
If/when they get rights to talk about X-Men and related franchises, they will hand wave their lack of appearances before then with "it was level (_)information"
So far its been established that level 7 is stuff that the public in-universe has vague knowledge of, but no solid info, and seems to pertain to everything we've seen in the cinematic releases thus far. Level 8 is even more secret than that, but what about levels even more secret then level 8? Maybe the Marvel Cinematic Universe takes place just before mutants are publically ousted, just before the 4 go up in space, and just before OzTech begins its research on spiders. These could be monitored by the highest clearance level in S.H.I.E.L.D (mutants, OzTech), or so low risk at this point that it's minimum concern (Reed Richards, OzTech), until such time as the behind the scenes stuff is haggled out and they can be introduced.
A Mythology Gag
for when the team is trying to identify a mystery assassin (who turns out to be Taskmaster
) who infiltrated a S.H.I.E.L.D. security team and snapped the neck of some random important guy, they go over names on a list of known mercenaries, including...
- Abner Jenkins, a hired gun from central Europe with tech that could give Tony Stark a run for his money and a personal grudge against Coulson. (rejected because the assassin went in incognito, while Jenkins takes more of a Why Don't You Just Shoot Him? approach)
- A hitman known only as "Lester" who has worked for some of the world's greatest crime lords (rejected because the assassin killed the target barehanded, and Lester only kills with projectiles)
- A Canadian mercenary named Wade Wilson who underwent genetic experiments and is dangerously unstable (rejected because the assassin never spoke, and the file makes it very clear that Wilson doesn't shut up)
- A mercenary from Symkaria named Silver Sablinova who leads her own pack of assassins (rejected because it was clearly a one-man job; and, well, it was clearly a man)
- Sergei Kravinoff, a Russian big game hunter who decided The Most Dangerous Game was more of a challenge (rejected because he specializes in hunting his prey down, while the assassin was told where his target would be by the Clairvoyant)
- Ex-S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Anthony Masters, one of the deadliest hand-to-hand fighters on Earth (deduced to be him, because the assassin clearly knew S.H.I.E.L.D. protocols like only an ex-agent would)
Explains his fascination with monkeys.
Agent Ward is the MCU version of Deadpool.
Based on nothing but him turning to the viewer at the end of "Turn turn turn". He will be critically injured and experimented on by HYDRA, making him insane while giving him advanced regeneration. He will befriend an agent named Bob before escaping HYDRA.
Agent Kaminsky, the overeager HYDRA agent, is Bob: Agent of HYDRA
His first name was never revealed in the show, and Bob's last name was never revealed in the comics. And Coulson's team will need to take him lout very quickly to get to the rest of the event in the finale, so he could easily get reduced to Butt Monkey
status in the first few minutes of the episode. We need
It's an adaptation of Nextwave Agents Of H.A.T.E.
, where the Beyond Corporation (a shell corporation fronting their arch nemesis S.I.L.E.N.T.) has taken over H.A.T.E. and the 'wavers are on the run.
Ultron will be a Cybertek creation.
The Ultron intelligence will evolve from the algorithm created by Arnim Zola, but his many bodies will be the handiwork of Quinn and Cybertek.
Roxxon Energy Corporation is everywhere
- The Leader, under SHIELD custody, is said to have the "ability to predict probable outcomes of tactical and strategic scenarios is so advanced that it borders on clairvoyance" from the Other Wiki.
- Deathlok Program is produced by Cybertek, a division of Roxxon Energy Corporation, which has a Brain Trust including the Leader in Ultimate Universe.
- The head of Roxxon Energy Corporation is Aleksander Lukin, who is speculated to be merged with the character Alexander Pierce in Captain American: Winter Solider.
- Finally, Brand Coorporation is another subsidiary of Roxxon, which is said to have connection(?) to Abigail Brand, an orphan who becomes an agent of SHIELD and director of SWORD. Skye is an orphan and she wants to fly a spaceship.
The "army of lawyers" that Hill mentioned included Matt Murdock
With Daredevil about to get a Netflix series of his own, they'll look for some way to tie him in to the greater MCU and the easiest way would be to have him employed by one of the Avengers.
Grant Ward only ever had one brother.
The other one is an Invented Individual
Ward made up to help him manipulate others. The only person who says that Ward has (or had) two brothers is Ward himself. Ward, as described above, is a lying liar who lies. When other characters access Ward's records, they refer to Ward's brother in the singular and never specify which one they're talking about. Both times Ward mentions having two brothers, he's explicitly trying to get Skye to trust him. Since Ward's claims about the nature of his older brother's actions vary between the two discussions, it would make more sense for the older brother to be the fictional one, but the other way would work, too.
- There are two brothers in the flashback scenes in "The Well" but Ward is a lying liar who lies. It would be easy for Unreliable Narrator to account for this.
- When the eldest Ward brother appears, the truth becomes more complicated. Senator Christian Ward confirms that he and Grant have a younger brother named Thomas, though his version of what happened between the three of them differs wildly from Grant's. He says that Grant is always lying: "Beneath every lie is another lie." On the other hand, Grant insists that Christian is worse then he himself, and also a better liar. "Thomas" could still be invention for the two brothers to make each other look like a monster.
Thomas Ward was a powered individual.
He took pleasure in turning his brothers against each by using his powers to make them think the other one was torturing him (or in Grant's case convincing him that Christian was forcing him to). This would also be a shout out to Billy Blim on Angel, who also a) came from a family compared to the Kennedys and b) like to watch as other people affected by his powers hurt people (in his case only women) rather than doing it himself.
Lynda Carter will appear as Contessa Valentina de Fontaine
- With Maria Hill and Bobbi Morse being played by two former Wonder Women, the pattern is there.
One of the test subjects for Project: T.A.H.I.T.I. was a cancer patient named Wade Wilson
Because if Quicksilver can exist in two unintersectible
Marvel film continuities, why can't the Merc with a mouth? And considering the mind-expanding
form of insanity that Garret
got when being injected with that drug, it totally
makes sense that with the wrong set of variables it could imbue someone with Medium Awareness
is actually an Infinity Stone.
Considering how the Soul Gem (Purple) was hidden inside an orb in Guardians of the Galaxy, no doubt the Power Stone (Yellow) or the Reality Stone (Orange) may be hidden within the Obelisk itself. And just like Star Lord, Skye has an invulnerability to it considering how the Obelisk has not turned her or anyone in her family into stone.
Creel turning into wood was a test by the SFX team
To see if they could animate wood well enough to have Groot
show up in a future episode.
Fitz isn't hallucinating his conversations with Simmons
They're now psychically linked, something that will freak out everybody
when they figure it out.
Simmons left SHIELD because she couldn't deal with her massive guilt.
Simmons still loves Fitz, but she couldn't bear seeing him in such a state. To top it off, she figures it was probably her fault for causing Fitz' current condition, so she left.
Simmons left to find a cure for Fitz' condition.
Promotion materials show her in some Black Ops
uniform, so she's probably on the look out for some alien technology to help Fitz out.
Ward's psychotic older brother is Talbot's backer.
In the episode Heavy is the Head, Talbot tells Hunter that he has a senator that will give the mercenary what ever dollar amount he wants to flip on Coulson and S.H.I.E.L.D. Seeing as how Ward's brother, Senator Christian Ward is going to be making an appearance soon, it makes far
too much sense to be a coincidence.
Ward doesn't know what to do with himself if someone is not giving him orders. He lived and died on Garret's word. Now Garret is dead and so no one is giving him orders. That's why he made his deal with Coulson; he treats Skye's interrogation questions as "debriefing from his superior" because he's transfered his loyalty to her. S.H.E.I.L.D. or HYDRA makes no difference to him and eventually Team Coulson will recognize this and let him out of his cell (with a Restraining Bolt
of course). Instead of Alexander Pierece ordering Garret ordering Ward it will be Coulson ordering Skye ordering Ward. Her telling him to run her errands or some other petty/demeaning task will be a Running Gag
. None of this precludes him becoming a Poisonous Friend
but he will always act in-line with what Skye wants/orders.
- The Poisonous Friend part is confirmed in "Writing on the Wall". He claims he wants to "be helpful" to Skye by sending "gifts" like a Bound and Gagged Bakshi but she didn't tell him to do this and the stinger implies he's going to try burning his brother alive again.
He was sent by Fury to be the teams ace in the hole when the crap hits the fan. After all his back story is a connection
to Jessica Jones. Plus, just take a look at the guy! There's certainly a resembalance. He will make The Reveal
during a rescue mission for Coulson and announce himself with "Where's my money, Honey?" The difference will be a joking manner instead of a serious one.
He's a mercenary who at one point was married to a "demonic hellbeast". He loves talking and snarking. Eventually he will reveal that "Lancer Hunter" is a name he choose for himself (like how Mary Sue Poots became Skye) and that his real name is "Wade Wilson". After that he'll get injected with GH-235, go nuts, and develop Medium Awareness
Lance mentioning his ex-wife being a demonic Hell-Beast was NOT metaphorical
Turns out the ex-wife was actually some sort of demonic entity from Hell that was trying to conquer Earth, and Lance actually helped in saving the Earth. He probably suffered the same sort of mind rewiring Coulson did but using powerful magic, thus how he got divorced was distorted and thus has no memory of fighting off the forces of Hell, making him an offscreen Hero of Another Story
HYDRA will try to brainwash Talbot
However, the brainwashing will not hold because the one thing they wish for him to do, take down SHIELD, would constantly erase it. This is because Talbot hates Coulson THAT FREAKIN' MUCH
due to SHIELD now being a vigilante group and he's stooped to accepting what are essentially bribes from them to keep his position. It's also because he wishes to finally arrest Coulson through legitimate means
to prove to Coulson that all these secret agent shenanigans do not work in protecting the world, rather than having just some stereotypical evil organization mind controlling him into doing so.
Skye's nickname for Coulson will not get updated because of his promotion
Because Coulson, as a Marvel character, would not appreciate being called "DC".
Lance and Morse were freelance mercs for hire working together
Lance said that "I met a girl" in response to Talbot's question about why he chose the merc work. He could be referring to Bobbi. Then Bobbi opted to join S.H.I.E.L.D., a decision that clearly didn't sit too well with Lance. This would explain part of why Hunter's a bit miffed about his "she-devil ex" joining the team.
Lance and Bobbi broke up because of adultery
We don't know why
they broke up, but its clearly something that's left a sour spot for them both. Either one of them, or even both, being unfaithful could be reason to cause such issues to crop up.
When Lance said he was 'keeping [his] options open', Bobbi responds by mumbling 'you always do', which sounds like she's bitter at being cheated on. He also mentioned he became a merc because he 'met a girl', but its not specified this girl was Bobbi, and given she herself isn't a merc, its likely he left Bobbi for this mercenary girl only for it to not work out.
With Bobbi, however, its very clear that Lance is far
more bitter about the divorce and far less willing to speak highly of her (while Bobbi instead vouched for him, and so likely doesn't call him a "hellbeast" behind his back). Bobbi also mentioned Hawkeye, establishing that she and him know each other, and given their relationship in the comics, they were likely romantically linked, which could easily mean she left Lance for Clint.
As such, its quite possible one of them (or, again, both) due to meeting someone and the already present issues they had, lead to them cheating and/or leaving them for someone else.
Coulson purposely gave Grant away as a diversionary tactic.
Think about it: By handing Grant to Christian, Coulson appeases him on the public end and subsequently gets Talbot off S.H.I.E.L.D.'s back. Coulson would also know that Grant would attempt escape, and by doing so, Christian will have his hands full trying to contain Grant. They cannot blame Coulson or S.H.I.E.L.D. for Grant's escape, after all Grant was in their hands when he escaped (and he did warn them). All in all, less headaches for Coulson and for S.H.I.E.L.D.
Skye will join HYDRA
The Doctor her father
and Whitehall are now allied together. Whitehall is shown to be very efficient at brainwashing even the most loyal SHIELD agents. As a reward for his allegiance and to keep him on HYDRA's side, Whitehall will brainwash a captured Skye into joining HYDRA and being loyal to The Doctor.
If the show makes it to Season 3, the characters from Big Hero 6
will make appearances to draw in more viewers
Just like the characters from Frozen
are in a season of Once Upon a Time
Bobbi was part of some special devision of SHIELD, alongside Hawkeye and Black Widow
She's specifically called 'one of their best', appears to be a One-Man Army
, has a unique looking tactical outfit that resembles what Hawkeye and Widow (and Cap) wore, has mentioned Clint in a way to suggest she knows him personally (and as she knows May, and May knows Widow, means she probably knew Widow as well), worked with Coulson in the past (and had high enough security clearance to know Coulson was alive), and generally seems to be treated like she's on their level. Likely, she was from the same branch of SHIELD that those two were in (along with Captain America during his time with SHIELD), possibly as part of some highly-decorated unit that Coulson oversaw. Alternatively, all three could have been SHIELD's own candidates for the Avengers Initiative (hey, she's an Avenger in the comics), which was why they worked with Coulson and had their own uniforms; as for why she wasn't present at the battle for New York, she was probably busy with something else that kept her away.
Daniel Whitehall will eventually, in some fashion, live up to his comic book codename as "The Kraken".
He may adopt the codename himself, or he may experience certain events in the series that very subtly allude to the mythological kraken, or at the very least a water motif.
The second time around, Christian allowed Grant to do him in.
Overcome with guilt over what he had done to Thomas, and hating his parents for abusing him, Christian goes inside the cabin and stays inside as Grant burns it down and even prevents his parents from escaping the inferno. So in a way, yes, it was a murder-suicide.
The city revealed in the alien writing isn't Attilan
...It's Orollan: the Inhuman city that not even the Attilan residents knew about. It's quite a bit different from the culture of Attilan, since it only has a limited supply of Terrigen and therefore the residents only allow those they deem worthy to undergo Terrigenesis - seems pretty close to how Skye's dad described the Diviner.
One of the team's missions will take them to Portland.
At which point they need a back up man now that the Winter Soldier has gone off the grid, having saved Steve and all that...]]
The Alien was trying to destroy the mystery city
That was why it was so frantic to get there. Something time-sensitive was about to occur that the alien was trying to stop. There are many possiblities: the inhabitants posed a threat to Earth or the alien's own race, or maybe they found something they weren't supposed to, or both. If the theory that the city is Attilan is true, then perhaps it was racing to stop them from discovering Terrigenesis.
's not dead.
He was able to shrug off a lot of beatdown from Bobbi and four IC Er
rounds. A hundred foot drop should be nothing to him in his current condition. They'll find him in the next episode.
The Guesthouse alien is the same species as Peter Quill's Father
Whatever species the alien turns out to be, both it and Peter Quill (Star Lord)'s father have been described as "angels". This is neither coincidence or oversight. From what we can see, just a small amount of its DNA can bring humans back to life, and being half-whatever makes one powerful enough to hold an Infinity gem. Perhaps it would lead into a Got G
One of the main cast members will die in the season finale, occurring in the fallout of Age of Ultron.
AoU premieres May 1, and the fall TV season ends in mid-May.
Trip isn't dead, and is in fact another Inhuman.
B.J. Britt has been on the set of Age of Ultron, so there's already that going for him. Plus, when he went down the hole into the city, possessed!Mack didn't start hunting him down or trying to stop him from reaching the temple, as he did Coulson. There's several things supporting this theory:
- In the comics, there's an African-American Inhuman codenamed Hollow whose powers make him intangible. That could be why we see nothing after Trip's cocoon cracks open. It's writer slight-of-hand.
- As noted above, nothing hinders Trip from being in the inner sanctum with Skye and Raina, even though it's been indicated that no one who's not "chosen" could get that far. They gave Trip and Fitz Simmons a reason for being able to get down there with the hazmat suits, but then take away that reason when Trip goes back down there alone. Either that's very poor storytelling, or he was allowed to get in there for a very specific reason, and it'd have to be for a more specific reason than just to show that Anyone Can Die.
- At the end when the Eyeless Man is on the phone, he says there's "someone" new. Not the singular, even though it was two people, Skye and Raina, who transformed simultaneously. If Eyeless Man has any contact with Skye's father, than Skye and Raina could've been highly anticipated to come down there and become Inhuman. The "someone new" could refer to Trip, the one person no one had anticipated would be down there.
- Finally, the official "Farewell to BJ" video ends with Clark Gregg declaring his refusal to move on and holding up the #Trip Lives hashtag. The fact that he was allowed to do that in an official video, the very fact that it's him doing it, indicates this is just like #Coulson Lives all over again: a popular supporting character, supposedly Killed Off for Real to generate demands that he come back, so fans will be all the more overjoyed when he does come back, just like it had been planned all along.
Trip will be brought back as an LMD
The "Project Theta" that Coulson mentioned to the Koenigs was a contingency plant that activated LM Ds
of whatever members they lost during the mission. They could have gotten brainwaves or whatever they needed from when each agent went through the lie-detector. They'll activate Trip's unit and he'll be a part of the team again. Furthermore it could explain his appearance in Age of Ultron, since a robot would fit right in with everything else that's going on in there.
- This would fit well with the theory that the Koenigs are LM Ds, especially when they teased such to Trip. The first thing he says when Tripp 2.0 is activated will be "I Knew It."
The Koenigs are aliens
They're able to tell each other apart, can spot seemingly unnoticeably differences between each other, and don't recognize that they look identical. It's because they're aliens that are willingly aiding SHIELD, and have simply taken A Form You Are Comfortable With
Bobbi's hidden agenda is connected to Fury
Given Bobbi is likely not doing anything villainous, and Fury enjoys having an eye on everything, the hidden agenda she's keeping from the others is that she's been assigned (alongside Mack) by Fury to watch over Coulson and the new take on SHIELD for him. Given she seems to enquire about his decision making and compares it to Fury's, its likely she's actively making note of his operating procedures and the way he runs things. This will also help provide reason for Bobbi to leave at the end of the season and make the jump to the films; she can leave to go back to work with Fury.
There will be a story arc where SWORD is formed as a replacement for SHIELD
Coulson is going to reiterate his offer to Talbot and this time he will point out that despite a relative lack of resources they took out one of the highest ranking HYDRA officers. He will also convince Talbot that there needs to be an organization like SHIELD because the ordinary governments of the world are grossly unprepared to deal with emerging resources that HYDRA is looking to take advantage of. He will do this by either showing Talbot footage of what the Diviner does or more likely have Skye demonstrate her powers to him first hand. Talbot will be convinced and plead to the United Nations the necessity of an organization like SHIELD and will eventually convince them to create such an organization from the current SHIELD agents. Only this time it won't be a peace keeping agency but a response unit to what would be game changers such as Stark level technology, extraterrestrial species, and super human abilities. Humorously Coulson will hate the name SWORD.
That will do the dark things that SHIELD can't or won't be seen doing. This group will consist of Ward, Agent 33 and Cal, who will help them recruit other Inhumans to their cause. When the two groups meet face to face both Ward and Cal will appeal to Skye who will not be impressed. During a discussion with Coulson Ward will say something like "You are a shield. You defend when others attack. You are a reaction. We're a little more ambitious than that. We're like a hammer that breaks those threats before they can hurt others."
Since he was the member of the team most thoroughly repelled by the idea of Coulson being treated with alien blood, naturally, he will turn out to be the one with some alien DNA of his own.
Given that he has the blood and organs of Skye's Mother, an Inhuman
in his system, which has restored his youth, it's possible a single gunshot would be insufficient to kill him
. If he can be spry at age 110, then he's definitely got far more stamina and toughness than an average human being.
The Eyeless Man
isn't gonna be a villain.
While yes, he may be initially hostile towards Team Coulson, he'll ultimately be on the level. The others referred to by The Eyeless Man
are likely other Inhumans he's been in contact with for quite sometime, and they'll for sure seek out Daisy
. However, that won't make any of them villains. It could just be for a simple gathering of all Inhumans.
Ward told Cal about what Quinn did to Skye
When Cal finds the man who shot his little girl, the result is not
going to be pretty.
Agent 33 will become Madam Masque
If she can't shake off the HYDRA brainwashing, she'll eventually get a mask for her face to keep people from thinking she's May.