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Asgard will continue to be relevant in this series.Was it really Odin who sent Sif to recapture Lorelei? Or was it Loki in disguise, as seen at the end of Thor: The Dark World?
Wild Mass Guessing over Lorelei and Sif.Lorelei and Sif will appear in episode 15, so here are some theories:
If Loki appears, then his schemes will be less dangerous and menacing.Loki will be a Harmless Villain, whose "evil" plans will basically amount to Poke the Poodle. Since he's already got the throne of Asgard, he doesn't need to go after petty humans unless it's for the lulz.
Coulson is Fenrir.Cast out of Asgard by Odin, bound in human form (possibly with his memories wiped), banished for his part in the bringing of Ragnarok, which is the confirmed name for Thor 3. Maybe found by SHIELD and made an agent when they discovered what he was. It would explain why he came back after his death and revival surgery. It would also explain why, when confronting Loki, he hesitated to use the Thorbuster instead of using it right away. It would also explain why he's so loyal to Fury - Fury reminds him of Grandpa. Oh my gosh please no.
Professor Randolph is BalderRandolph says that he didn't know Thor and that he was just a mason, but maybe movie!Odin was simply more committed to hiding Balder's identity than comic!Odin. It would explain why we haven't seen Balder in Thor movies so far.
Loki will more friendly with Lorelei in this version, that in the comic.In the comics Loki was abusive with Lorelei. But as this version of Loki is more Affably Evil, then his relationship with Lorelei will be friendlier.
This series will be used to show different heroes and villains in the extended Marvel UniverseHeroes
Agent 33 is a HYDRA AgentIn the new preview for 'Making Friends and Influencing people, Agent 33 (Played by the smokin' hot Maya Stojan), is seen strapped by a HYDRA doctor asking her to comply. Couple that with Coulson's comment about losing S.H.I.E.L.D's best and brightest to HYDRA and voila! It fits perfectly.
Raina and Skye are either sisters or clonesIt explains her shock when she analyzes Skye's DNA and why she alludes to Skye being 'someone similar' to her. They have the same parent, or are genetically engineered metahumans from another metahuman's DNA. Raina also knew about the massacre of the village to get to Skye...because she was still living with her parents or someone in their inner circle, and heard about it. It partially explains her quest to find unique people: because she's also looking for her family, same as Skye. Also, their names. Skye. Raina. Sky and Rain.
Skye is the child of the True MandarinThe True Mandarin as revealed in All Hail the King. Given that she has a Chinese appearance and the person Raina was talking too at the end of the finale, who had bloodied hands, indicates he is someone quite sinister with the right ethnicity. The MCU has also implied that the True Mandarin is immortal or some such fulfilling the monster prerequisite.
Skye is the MCU version of Sinthea "Sin" Schmidt, daughter of Johann Schmidt.Schmidt definitely acts like a monster at times, and it would add weight to HYDRA wanting to get their hands on her.
Either Fitz or Simmons will become a Ghost RiderIt's clearly being built up that Fitz will have severe brain damage by the time season 2 begins. Either him or Simmons will be unable to handle his condition, and they'll be offered a deal by Mephisto: heal Fitz in return for their soul. Of course the person who makes the deal won't realize the side effects of it. Furthermore, Ghost Rider is a character similar to Deathlok in which the legacy of the character can easily be passed on to Canon Immigrants.
If/when Ghost Rider shows up, they will steal LolaImagine the possibilities of the Ghost Rider hellifiying a flying car.
Raina is The true MandarinIn Ragtag, she reveals her philosophy is something similar to what he would say, and her theme music is similar, alternatively, she works for him
Agent 33 will become Madame MasqueWe don't know her real name, she's totally complying with HYDRA at this point, and May's attack may have simultaneously disfigured her face and fused the mask on to it.
Raina is Madame HYDRA/Viper.If a resurgent HYDRA is indeed behind Project Centipede. Viper appeared in The Wolverine, but since Quicksilver will be in both Age of Ultron and Days of Future Past we know that it doesn't prevent her from showing up in the MCU.
Raina is Monica Rappaccini, the Scientist Supreme.Going off the theory that the organization running Centipede is AIM.
Grant's abusive older brother will become a supervillain.He might be a candidate for Centipede.
The friend Edison Po blinded was Gustav Brant.Going back to Zodiac, the blind Brant became Libra.
The end product of Project Centipede will be Wonder ManAfter the shove all of their super-power-goodies into a single person, keep it constantly stable, and throw in whatever they get from Coulson, the Centipedes will have everything they need to create their own ultimate hero. Then they can have The Team encounter him and think he's a case similar to Mike, but in reality he's a sleeper agent like in the comics. Then, also like the comics, he becomes a Reverse Mole.
Project Centipede did not originate from Earth.Not the formula, the project itself. The Clairvoyant is an alien who came to Earth after the Chitauri attack, the reason being that the Clairvoyant needed an expendable race that couldn't fight back if Project Centipede was revealed/deployed to the public, namely humanity. Edison Po and Raina are both members of the Clairvoyant's race, but disguised as humans, explaining the duress under pressure. Scientists like Debbie are human, and are therefore expendable. As for the formula, it's derived from 4 known sources of superpower: Super Soldier Serum, gamma radiation, Chitauri technology, and Extremis. The makeup of the SSS was lost when Erksine was killed, and people are still trying to work it out. It's unlikely that the members of Project Centipede could have deciphered it. The Clairvoyant could have unlocked the formula by brain-probing Erksine while he was alive, without his knowledge.
Related to the above: Project Centipede was started by the Kree.It would not be the first time they tried to give powers to humans in order to turn them into weapons.
Centipede created Deathlok to be the next superpowered assassin because The Winter Soldierwas deemed impure. Dethlok has some similarities to The Winter Soldier. They have both lost limbs and were brainwashed by the organizations to become an assassin. If Centipede is a HYDRA operation, they need a back up man now that the Winter Soldier has gone off the grid, having saved Steve and all that...
Coulson's Death and Resurrection
The reason Centipede is interested in Coulson's resurrection they want to resurrect someone else...They want to revive HYDRA's former leader: THE RED SKULL. Red Skull actually died in the events of the first Captain America movie'', but HYDRA was able to recover his body and HYDRA scientists are looking for a way to bring him back. As soon as the HYDRA agents within SHIELD discovered that Coulson was brought back, it became their priority to find out how.
Akela saw something mechanical inside of Coulson.As implied by her final lines to May ("no, what did they do to him?"), she saw something inside his body with her mechanical eye's alternate vision. Either an artificial heart as mentioned above, or some kind of device attached to his brain that is responsible for altering his memories.
Coulson's heart has been replaced by a Philosopher's Stone.After Coulson was "killed" in The Avengers, he was taken to Tahiti where the Sabbath ritual was performed in secret ("its a magical place") to revive him. But Coulson is now a doll, only half-alive because Phantoms were used as the four pillars. For him to be revived fully the Sabbath must be performed again with Wizards serving as the pillars.
Coulson has a mechanical heart.Just like Picard when he got stabbed by a Nausicaan as an Ensign, when Coulson got stabbed through the heart by Loki they quickly replaced it with an artificial one.
Coulson made a contract with one of the IncubatorsHe survived being stabbed because his Soul Gem was unharmed. They just repaired his body and then he was fine. The higher-ups don't want him to know since everyone else who's been informed of the true nature of the Soul Gem has had a freakout. Combining this a bit with the "Coulson is psychic" guess in the "Other" section, the reason that he is so aware of everything on seemingly so little clues is because something about his wish gave him psychic powers or he has just figured out how to use magic to see these things.
"Tahiti" was the Island from LOST.Coulson was saved/brought back the same way Sayid and Ben were. In fact, Lost and Agents of SHIELD take place in the same universe - people like Miles Straum, Hugo Reyes, and Desmond Hume are all actually low-level supers.
The reason why Coulson has no muscle Memory is because his muscles were rebuiltAfter around three months, your body is completely decomposed and there is just a skeleton. Or at least your far enough along that a good chunk of your muscles are gone. The series works as about real time. It's been a bit over a year since The Avengers. And Coulson did not comeback immediately, he came back only a few weeks ago. SHIELD contacted someone (Doctor Strange, Mephisto, Enchantress, possibly Brother Voodoo, etc) to bring him back. While they brought him back completely, the various muscles and tendons had to be rebuilt, which would have erased the "muscle memory" as it wore,or the brain was far enough decomposed it rebuilt itself as a bit of a blank slate (see "The Enemy Within" in Captain Mar-Vell). The Tahiti memories are not only fake, they were built to cover up the trauma of him coming back and as an excuse for the physical therapist thing. Or the Therapist could be whomever brought him back. Either way, decomposition is what caused him to lose the muscle memory.
‘’How’’ Coulson died is how he was brought back.In Norse mythology (and adapted for Marvel books) there are two main afterlives. Valkyrie (the better known one) takes soldiers, warriors, and heroic sacrifices. Hel (Loki's daughter) takes suicides, old age, sickness, etc. While Coulson died in battle (and in a heroic way) he also deliberately manipulated the fact that he would die (or at least knew it was incredibly likely and went forward anyway) and in such a way that his death would be not quite as altruistic (more for SHIELD than for the individuals) Hel and Valkyrie fought over his soul for so long (since both had a legitimate argument) they decided just to kick his soul back to his body and however he died next would get to keep him. The reason he can't know, though, is because he came back to his body several days after he died... in his coffin... at his funeral.
Coulson was brought back by the Risen MittenThe Torchwood resurrection glove, or rather its MCU counterpart. As such, he technically is dead, and the ones in the know understandably don't want him to know that.
Coulson is a Time LordLola is his Tardis. When Loki stabbed him, he just regenerated back into himself. Somehow.
Coulson is actually Clark Gregg.After he died, SHIELD hired the actor from The New Adventures of Old Christine to impersonate him and carry on his legacy.
Coulson knows how he was brought back'It's a magical place': He knows he wasn't in Tahiti, but he knows he's being lied to, and is going along with the cover.
Coulson really did die, but was brought back Project Lazarus style.His implants were seen by Akela with her x-ray vision, which is what she mentioned to Melinda. Besides, he seems to have enhanced reflexes, as seen in the pilot when he dodged a flying van door. It remains to be seen if or when he'll show any other enhanced abilities.
Coulson is the current vessel for the entity EternityWhile Eternity's been grooming him as a vessel for a while (which is why he was tangentially involved in each Avenger's life) when he died, Eternity got Coulson's soul and healed the body. "Tahiti" is where the two managed to equalize themselves. The bright light was Eternity itself (and why it felt longer. It was, literally, eternity) and why Coulson isn't exactly the same. It's not just him in the body anymore.
After we learn how Coulson was resurrected, the next big mystery will be why he was resurrected.Being a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent is dangerous work and it's unlikely that resurrection is standard procedure for every dead agent. It's likely that there's something unique about Coulson himself that warrants him being brought back to life.
Coulson was lying when he told the firefighter that the afterlife was wonderful.It's heavily implied that the pre-series Coulson was not the nicest guy around. Agent Blake, for instance, implies that the old Coulson would have thrown Simmons out of the plane.
Coulson thinks his Offscreen Afterlife was Heaven, but it's actually somewhere else entirely that looked like it to him.Goes with many different theories as to what happened. Asgard? Somewhere in outer space? The Ancient One's sanctuary?
"Coulson" is a Skrull sleeper agentHe has all of Coulson's memories, but doesn't remember that he's a Skrull. When he finds out, it will lead to him Becoming the Mask. The Skrull letters on the chalkboard in "Eye Spy" could have been foreshadowing.
Coulson was suspicious of his resurrection long before the first episode.The whole reason he sought out and hired Skye was so that she could help him find out the truth, as stated in the above theory.
Coulson was revived with the help of NANOMACHINES!That's the source of his increased levels of iron, and would keep in theme with S.H.I.E.L.D.'s use of hyper advanced technology.
Coulson was brought back using Hydra TechThe ultimate Captain America fanboy would be horrified by being kept alive by something made by such an evil organisation, especially if its creation involved unwilling human experimentation. SHIELD repressed his memories of what was done to try and save him the guilt of knowing how he was brought back. If it's some sort of device, it could also be what his protege saw in him in "Eye Spy".
Coulson is AsgardianProfessor Randolph survived the staff attack cause he's Asgardian, and Asgardians recover much faster than humans, that must be why Coulson survived Loki's attack.
Coulson is a Super Soldier and he was in the Captain America movie.It isn't enough that Coulson came back. If they had that technology to bring everyone back then there would be no death at all in Shield. You croak, ok, you'll be fine in a week. Not just anyone can be brought back, but Coulson isn't just anyone. Sometime after Captain America got frozen, another scientist wanting to recreate the supersoldier serum and succeeded in the prototype phase with human testing. It didn't work after that because of a specific set of required traits that the original serum also needed. But it worked for a young Private Coulson who had those traits. Private Coulson signed on to join the program to follow in the footsteps of his childhood hero. Listen to him talk to Steve and the reverence he has in his eyes. There's only two ways someone would regard someone else like that: Either they fall in love with the person which isn't likely here, or if their life was saved. Phil Coulson was saved by Steve when Steve got his powers because he was the little boy the Hydra Agent took hostage. He was personally there to witness the man, be saved, and ultimately hero worship in a way no one else could possibly understand because they were never there. Coulson can be brought back to life for the same reason Steve was able to wake up from being turned into a capsicle. Because the serum allows it.
The 7 SurgeriesDr. Streiten tells Coulson that there were six failed attempts to revive him; right before the brain surgery scene (which merely altered his memories to erase the trauma of the surgeries), there are 6 brief flashes of scientific and medical equipment that are implied to be the previous attempts and appear to be:
The "guest" Coulson finds in the Guest House has something to do with the Winter Soldier.Since IMDB has confirmed that Sebastian Stan is reprising his role as Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier for the upcoming Captain America sequel, it could be that the season builds up to a giant cross-over with the aftermath of the new MCU installment coming out in early April. Maybe the GH serums were experiments and the Winter Soldier is the first long-term success.
Captain America knows Coulson is alive even before the events in Winter SoldierInformation on Coulson being alive is restricted to Level 7 clearance and as shown in Winter Soldier Cap is Level 8. He knows, he's just forced not to make contact due to protocols.
Thanos is angry at Coulson for cheating Death.The tie-in to Avengers 3 or Guardians of the Galaxy will be Thanos sending one of his lieutenants after the team to "correct" Coulson's resurrection Final Destination-style.
Skye is part of the extremely complicated Tangled Family Tree that binds the X-Men and the AvengersYou know, the one with Hank Pym being married to Jan van Dyne and creating Ultron, who created Vison, who married Scarlet Witch, sister of Quicksilver and daughter of Magneto.
Skye is the daughter of the Clairvoyant.For the nature vs nurture conflict. On one hand, her manipulative and evil biological father and on the other hand, her inspiring and heroic surrogate father.
Skye thinks Coulson is her father.
At least one of Skye's parents wants to Kill All Humans.Skye was stolen from them at birth and put in an orphanage so that she'd grow up as a human. This would prevent Skye's parents from harming humanity because there would always be a chance that they would hurt their own daughter.
Skye is the daughter of a time travelerWhich explains the lack of evidence about him. He left her here in the past (his past, our present) to protect her from his enemies. One day, one of those enemies finds her, and the episode is about a villain with weird powers going after Skye. Everybody has fallen, she's about to be killed, and the villain is suddenly killed by a blast from Kang the Conqueror, a man with a armor who tells her "Skye, I am your father"
There's going to be a reversal of the confrontation from Girl in the Flower Dress once Coulson is rescuedCoulson was angry about Skye keeping secrets from him, and rightly so. Then, a mere two episodes later, he does the same thing to her on the limits of how much he's willing to help her on a project she's literally been working on her entire life. She is going to be angry. Especially since Coulson's lies started on the episode where he gave her a lecture on the importance of security levels, meaning he could have just said "The bulk of that file concerns a highly sensitive operation which I cannot discuss with an uncleared trainee." That would have allowed him to string her along for years by giving her gradually less and less redacted copies of the file as she works her way up the ranks without giving her false hope.
The group that killed Skye's parents will eventually find herGiven how many people they killed to get Skye in '89, they must have wanted her for something big. They aren't going to stop looking. Also, these are the only people left who know anything about Skye's ultimate origins, so that mystery can't be fully resolved unless they turn up.
Skye will assume a surname.She has no clue what the names of her biological parents are, so she'll take on the name of someone from the family she's found. Most likely candidates are Avery or Coulson.
Skye is Tarene/Thor GirlIt was never mentioned in "Seeds" how she got her name. Possibly it was randomly given to her by one of the agents that found her or the system itself, but it's also possible that those who lived in the village where she was found named her that because she literally fell out of the sky one day after falling from Asgard. The "e" could have been added as a translation error. As for her not exhibiting any special abilities, it's possible that they've been locked away somehow to protect herself and those around her.
Skye is a Kree.And the ones that tried to kill her as a baby were Skrulls. Or vise-versa and she is a Skrull with stuck human form as her default and Kree were sent to kill her as a baby.
Skye is related to the GH-325 sourceBased on Coulson's words regarding the T.A.H.I.T.I project, anyone who takes the GH-325 will exhibits symptoms along the lines of psychosis - Garrett went full-blown psychotic from a diluted source, and Coulson is starting to write those same alien symbols on the walls that Garrett did. Skye, who was given an undiluted dosage of the GH-325? Fine and dandy with no signs of unusual behaviour or the need to have her memory re-written.
Skye's father is also Peter Quill's fatherGuardians of the Galaxy ends with the reveal that Yondu was hired by Peter's father to kidnap him, before electing to raise the kid himself as his father was a "jackass." One wonders if there's any connection to the other mysterious father from the MCU.
Part of Skye's metahuman DNA involves the ability to charm peopleAs mentioned, Skye is sometimes considered a Mary Sue. Perhaps this is deliberate because her origins give her an innate ability to charm people into liking her.
Contact with the Diviner is what gave Skye's mother her longevity and gave Skye her immunity to the side effects of GH 325The Diviner kills those it deems unworthy. Who's to say that it doesn't also do something to those who meet its unspecified definition of worthiness?
Skye's real name is a password.Skye's father, the Doctor, has become furious whenever Skye is called such, because it's not her real name. However, he has yet to reveal her real name to fix the mistake. It's because it's some kind of password or part of a code, that allows access to the alien city, or possibly the machine that the Diviner reacts with. Either way, it's a word he can't risk revealing to Whitehall or Coulson.
Skye and her dad never met, even before she was taken in by S.H.I.E.L.D., because......SHE HADN'T EVEN BEEN BORN YET. Skye's mother was pregnant with her when Whitehall killed her, and he kept Skye until she was somehow rescued. She was taken to her mother's village, and HYDRA destroyed it trying to get to her while placing the blame on her dad. S.H.I.E.L.D. managed to secure Skye before her dad could claim her, and the rest is history. Skye's mother was murdered in 1989, so it places Skye as being 24-25 years old, which fits with her apparent physical age. The reason her dad's so obsessed with her is because he's never even managed to see her in person.
As a result of finding her birth father, Skye will get a last name.However, it won't be his last name. Because of Disney's acquisition in a galaxy far far away, she'll be Agent Walker.
Pre-Season 2 theories
The Koenigs aren't siblings.They're truly a series of LMDs (highly humanesque robots would dovetail nicely with AoU) and there will be a new one at every single top secret SHIELD facility they visit. They even have blood. The reasons they are both Coulson fanboys is because Coulson is Fury's "One Good Eye" and he wants them to be personally loyal to Coulson, after himself. Their welcoming speech was exactly the same. As in, word by word the same. It's programming.
Season 2 will feature at least some main movie characters in an episode.Coulson's going to need technology in order to get his 6-man S.H.I.E.L.D. able to do what they need to do and if there's anyone Tony or Pepper would trust with new technology it'd be Coulson. Hill could potentially be Coulson's liaison with Stark Industries. It's also not unlikely that he'd want to contact Steve, Natasha and Clint, even if they don't join they'd still be useful as allies.
Raina will become the new Big Bad.As far as we know, she still has Skye's flashdrive containing all that data from the Bus' exploits: weapons, blood tests, ops, she could be dangerous with that. She will try to recreate the GH-325 formula from something like it and continue her work in creating new supers. She could become The Leader of the first supervillain team in this series. expression on his face when Coulson confronts him could suggest he's plotting his revenge on the heroes. This will also be a great way to subvert the expectation that he will go through a long redemption arc similar to Faith or Spike.
Ward will return as a new Deathlok.Considering his crushed throat, a Vader-like one, complete with Shout-Out. "I find your lack of faith disturbing."
Season 2 will see the Ten Rings replace HYDRA as the main antagonist group.Word of God after Iron Man 3 reveals that the real Mandarin is still out there somewhere, and the Ten Rings are real, not just a front cooked up by the Big Bad of the movie. However, since there are no more standalone Iron Man movies currently planned, this will be dealt with in the show instead.
Alternatively, Fitz will be restored to normal thanks to Terrigen MistsIn this case, the alien stuff that Coulson was etching on the wall, which will end up becoming the key to unlocking the MCU equivalent of the Terrigen Mists. As a result, this could likely make Fitz into a super-genius thanks to enhanced abilities.
Fitz could be brought back as an LMD.The Koenigs seem very suspiciously LMD-like, especially with the SDCC promo. So, why not Fitz? Fitz-as-LMD could end up being a thing; we only have Fury's word for it that he's alive, and I'd be counting my fingers after shaking hands with that one-eyed lying sumbitch. Fitz could have turned out to be brain dead, and Fury quickly swaps him out for an identical LMD, whose dearths in knowledge and memory could be chalked up to aforementioned brain damage. But why would Fury do this? Because his one good eye still needs May's team to watch him for any GH-325 side effects, and fix him if need be. Going by the finale stinger, that might be sooner rather than later.
Stark will be the first Avenger to know that Coulson's alive.Considering that Maria Hill (who knows) is working for him, she might let it slip. Also, since he's still working on his "Privatize world peace" thing, he's bound to run into Director Coulson eventually.
Stark already knows that Coulson's aliveReally, S.H.I.E.L.D. didn't go to all that great lengths to cover up his resurrection from other people. Stark likely saw a news clip or picture of Coulson, figured it out, and then didn't say anything because it's Coulson's business to tell him.
Triplett will play a bigger role in the Second SeasonHis grandfather was one of the Howling Commandos, and it's been spoiled that he goes on to marry Peggy Carter. With an "Agent Carter" series in the works, no way he's not gonna be prominent in the plot.
Talbott's manhunt priorities will be forcibly changed in Season 2The SHIELD team he had as his number one priority just saved the lives of half a dozen flag officers, plus numerous civilian hostages. There's going to be a lot of public pressure on him to focus on other targets, possibly starting with Quinn, whose associate six flag officers witnessed murder a seventh.
The mystery of what that blue alien was in T.A.H.I.T.I. won't be revealed until season twoSeason one will finish off whatever it has left by dealing with the aftermath of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The season will end with the team finding Nick Fury, with the last scene being him about to tell everyone what happened. Because Guardians of the Galaxy won't be coming out until August, this would give people the chance to see different aliens in the MCU (including the Kree) so that whatever it ends up being will make more sense to the audience.
In relation to the above, the blue alien will be revealed to be none other than Peter Quill's fatherAt the end of the movie, it's revealed that Star-Lord is part human, which explained how he was able to hold onto an Infinity Stone as long as he did, even without his team's help. His genetics imply he's part of a long-forgotten, near-mystical race. It could be that after his father didn't get his son delivered to him on time, he decided to make a trip to Earth himself and promptly got captured and dissected by S.H.I.E.L.D. While it could tie Coulson and Skye to the fate of the universe itself, it could also be a point of conflict between Team Coulson and the Guardians. Cos of, y'know, Peter's dad getting killed and harvested for his blood.
The Mandarin and the Ten Rings will be the villains of Season 2.If HYDRA takes on a major role in the next few movies, Season 2 will need a Big Bad. And the series has revisited Marvel One-Shot films before.
Season 2's revamped and upgraded Bus will include...
We'll learn the real incident that got May known as The Cavalry
We'll also learn more about May's mother
Coulson will get a new set of Captain America Trading cardsBecause Fury ruined his last one.
Fury told both Coulson and Tony Stark that they were the new Director(s) of S.H.I.E.L.D...... because he's still the genuine one. He'll be pulling the strings from behind the scenes. It would explain why there's so much confusion as to which one of them will be the new Director come The Avengers: Age of Ultron (the Ao S season finale explicitly claims Coulson, but leaked spoilers for Age of Ultron suggest it will be Stark). Additionally, either Tony or Pepper will feature in a cameo role near the beginning of Season 2 due to this increasing confusion, or possibly Maria Hill will be back with some message from them to Coulson.
Coulson and Stark arguing over who is the Director will be a minor plotAccording to Maria Hill, Tony is serious about "privatizing world peace" and it's unlikely that she's the only S.H.I.E.L.D. agent that he's hired. He may believe himself to be the "de-facto" Director because of this and his Fiction 500 status giving him greater resources. There will be Right Hand Versus Left Hand episodes such as racing to catch the latest hostile Gifted or recruiting new talent. They will resolve this plot by sharing; Stark will be the "public" Director and Coulson will be the "hidden" Director.
Tripplett's grandfather isn't Gabe Jones, but Jaques Dernier.Given his very french name and the large black population in France, it's not too much of a stretch. (Plus, making the black guy the grandson of the only black Commando is a little obvious, and we know how much this show loves its twists.)
Daniel Whitehall a.k.a. The Kraken will not be the Big Bad of season 2.He will initially start out as a major antagonistic presence, before being disposed of partway through to make way for the real Big Bad, in a possible parallel with Baron Von Strucker's role in The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Alternatively, he will simply be The Heavy for the real Big Bad.
The Guardians of the Galaxy stinger character ( Howard the Duck) will make an appearance in season 2 It's unlikely that marvel would have approved that character appearing as the focal point in the stinger unless the planned on doing something with him in the future. Obviously the character is not as well-known (or well-liked) enough to get their own film, but they could find a way to get him to Earth and meet with Team Coulson somehow.
Shield is working with the NSAThey 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 LeaksBoth 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 MayNot 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 canceledBecause if it were canceled, the ABC execs would be flayed alive by the combined angry mobs of Marvel fans and Joss Whedon cultists.
Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns will guest star at some point.Let this happen.
The first season will focus on the recovery of Coulson's Cap cardsThey 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!"
This show will redefine awesomeBecause 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.
Michael Westen and Fiona Glenanne will both join SHIELD at some point.They're not staying retired. Not a chance. It will be something like this fanfic. Joss Whedon brings back a Firefly vet, they're a bad guy. Caleb. Jasmine. 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.)
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.
Grant Ward is the son of a Super Villain.He's a Badass agent with a Dark and Troubled Past whose antisocial tendencies are said to be "not surprising considering his family history."
The bored-looking blonde woman in the Paris safehouse is Yelena BelovaShe'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 3Since 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.
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.
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 filmAn 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 appearProbably 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.
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.
This Fic will become canon.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.
Skye is a telemechanic and possibly mutant.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.
Melinda was exposed to the Super Soldier SerumSurely 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.
At some point, Coulson will mention an old mission where he posed as a high school principal.A Shout-Out 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.
GDI and SHIELD are alternate-universe versions of each otherOne 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 AIThis 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.
Simmons will dieShe's kind of adorkable and we all know what Joss Whedon does to likeable characters...
Simmons is an alcoholicShe 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.
Melinda is a former Super Hero."The Cavalry" isn't just a S.H.I.E.L.D. nickname, it was her Super Hero name.
At least one of the earlier model Deathloks will appear eventuallyGarrett 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 backFury 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 seriesThe 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?
"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.
Ward always liesRelated 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.
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 necessarySeems like a good way to reconcile Hall's obvious good guy personality with him still being an antagonist.
Sky made a contract with one of the IncubatorsShe 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 agentMaybe 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 appearWhen 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.
Carol Danvers will appearShe'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.
Once How I Met Your Mother ends, Cobie Smulders will join as Maria HillShe was in the Pilot, but is not a regular...yet.
The Fantastic Four and the X-Men can't appear in the seriesSo they'll just get referenced instead. There will be loads of banter about how those five teenagers keep disappearing on them or something.
The show will occasionally be used for Poorly Disguised Pilots of whatever obscure character Marvel wants to make a movie for nextDoc 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-OutSuch 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 programThey 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)
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.
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.
The trauma of being nearly killed by Quinn will reawaken whatever ability got Skye classified as an 0-8-4Just her body trying to reduce the odds that she will be shot again any time soon.
Skye is an Inhuman.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.
Skye has healing powersIn "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 mother.
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.
Skye's withheld real name is Jessica Drew. 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.
The reason why Skye unpersoned herself for the first time was to destroy all evidence of the name given to her by the orphanageWith a name like Mary Sue Poots, can you blame her?
Skye’s 0-8-4 power is that she is a Black Hole Sue.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. However… 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.
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 ThanosAkela'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.
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.
At some point, Lola will be destroyedMost 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.
HAMMER was formed after the Battle of New York"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 HubIt 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.
Ward's flashbackWas 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.
The eldest Ward brother sees himself as a Drill Sergeant NastyInstead 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 childHe 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 realmWith 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 MuspelheimOf 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 powersSimmons 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 FitzsimmonsSince Kaylee has an inherent talent around machinery like Fitz. Plus they're all so adorkable.
Coulson's cellist girlfriend was a spy getting close to him for information.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."
Ian Quinn is Baron ZemoHe'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 more literal.
The Clairvoyant and the cellist are one and the same personBecause 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 powersIn 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 individualsEvery 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/GemAn 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.
We will see the formation of something like the Masters of EvilCentipede, 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 QuinnNormally 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:
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 [[WMG: Skye int Coulson will remember that he hasn't called that cellist he was dating there since he died.
Simmons and Morse become an item
General Talbot has been replaced by an imposterSince 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 timeThis 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 nowHe'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.Christian knew 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.
Grant Ward will search for Skye's FatherHis 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 HYDRAThey 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 in universe.
The correct response to the Spy Speak at the Guest House.
The rest of the Avengers will learn of Coulson's survival very, very shortlyAt 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).
Ward killing Hand was a deliberate Thanatos Gambit on her part.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 teamAt 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 DeathlokIn 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 WardIf 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.
Ward isn't really WardThat 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 powersShe 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.
Ward will break ties with HYDRABut 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.
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 gagSo 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 CoulsonSo 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 2noteWard'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 posessionEnormous green rage monster with an Asgardian rage weapon; it's too cool not to happen.
Ward is truly working for Loki not GarrettIf 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 TideSome versions of him have been a hacker, or even a technopath.
There will be a crossover and/or Poorly Disguised Pilot for the Netflix series.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...
Fitz is the MCU's version of Red Ghost.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 HYDRAHis 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 Bob.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D is not an adaptation of S.H.I.E.L.D.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 everywhereRandom bits:
The "army of lawyers" that Hill mentioned included Matt MurdockWith 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.
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
One of the test subjects for Project: T.A.H.I.T.I. was a cancer patient named Wade WilsonBecause 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.
The Obelisk 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 teamTo see if they could animate wood well enough to have Groot show up in a future episode.
Fitz isn't hallucinating his conversations with SimmonsThey'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.
Skye and Ward will develop a Mistress And Servantboy relatioinshipWard 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.
Agent Mac is actually ...an undercover Luke CageHe 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.
Lance Hunter will become DeadpoolHe'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 metaphoricalTurns 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 TalbotHowever, 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 promotionBecause Coulson, as a Marvel character, would not appreciate being called "DC".
Lance and Morse were freelance mercs for hire working togetherLance 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 adulteryWe 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 HYDRAThe 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 viewersJust 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 WidowShe'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 cityThat 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.
Mack'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 FatherWhatever 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 crossover?
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:
Trip will be brought back as an LMDThe "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.
The Koenigs are aliensThey'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 FuryGiven 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 SHIELDCoulson 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.
Ward will Take a Third Option and form his own factionThat 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."
Mack will turn out to be an Inhuman, and has a Tomato in the Mirror discovery in his futureSince 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.
Daniel Whitehall isn't really dead.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 Manisn'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 SkyeWhen Cal finds the man who shot his little girl, the result is not going to be pretty.
Agent 33 will become Madam MasqueIf 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.
Mike Peterson will team up with Luke Cage: Hero for HireMike will notice some evil doing going on and step in to stop in like The Atoner. Luke will do likewise and there will be a brief Let's You and Him Fight before they turn against the thugs and kick their ass. Afterward, Luke will explain his Hero For Hire business angle and Mike will want in on it. Their first mission will highlight the Red Oni, Blue Oni nature of this team up in a Good Cop/Bad Cop fashion.
Ward will go after QuinnGiven his feelings for Sky it isn't too much of a stretch to think he would go after someone who fatally injured her. The Broken Pedestal feelings he has regarding Garrett, who ordered the action, will be another factor. He will offer Quinn a choice: either turn himself and his Gravitonium into custody or Ward will send Cal after him. Quinn will try to Take a Third Option and fortify wherever he's keeping the Gravitonium, only for Ward to lead a group of Inhumans on a siege, with their powers making it a Curb-Stomp Battle. SHIELD will launch their own attack only to find Quinn gift wrapped like Bakshi was and a rose for Skye from Ward as well as the Gravitonium.
Talbot will have a meeting with QuinnWhere he will request, or more likely, demand that he hands over the Gravitonium. There will be an Actor Allusion where Talbot will tell Quinn that he likes Stark more.
There will be an Inhumans SpinoffThat will be based on the contemporary Inhuman comic, which focuses on the wide scale emergence of Nuhumans. Characters from Agents of Shield will make guest appearances and SHIELD or possibly SWORD will serve as an initial antagonistic presence.
Cal will be called Mr. Hyde at some pointThis will trigger a rage.
Raina will gradually undergo a Heel-Face Turn in some sense of the wordShe's already pretty disgusted about how far Hydra is willing to go to achieve their goals, so there's no doubt that she'll likely end up join Team Coulson in some way. Perhaps as a Token Evil Team Mate? [[/folder]]