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This is a "Wild Mass Guess" entry, where we pull out all the sanity stops on theorizing. The regular entry on this topic is elsewhere. Please see this programme note.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

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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?
  • The second explanation would certainly explain why Sif was ordered to bring such a dangerous criminal back alive: Someone like Lorelei would be a great person to have on your side if you were a trickster like Loki.
  • There's really no other possibility than that it was Loki-as-Odin: the episode unquestionably takes place after Thor: The Dark World (Lorelei escaped when the Dark Elves attacked Asgard and freed the prisoners, and the team dealt with the aftermath of the events of the film several months prior).

  • It's interesting that she took one of Loki's pathways from Asgard to Midgard. Since it happened during the attack of the dark elves, Loki would have had no time to spare during the whole thing to be planning alternate plans. This means that someone else knows about his pathways. Unless, it was Loki-as-Odin who told her about it but this leads to another question: why did he let such a secret go, as Odin?

Wild Mass Guessing over Lorelei and Sif.
Lorelei and Sif will appear in episode 15, so here are some theories:
  • Lorelei is a enemy of Loki Laufeyson.
  • Loki wants to recruit to Lorelei.
    • Sif says in the end of the episode that Odin wanted Lorelei brought back to Asgard alive, but we all know that Loki is currently masquerading as Odin, so maybe he's creating an Asgardian equivalent to S.H.E.I.L.D.
  • Lady Sif is victim of a Uriah Gambit.
  • NOW They're going after the creature left behind in Thor 2.
    • Jossed.
  • Lorelei is The Dragon of Amora.

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.

It isn't that impossible to believe that Lorelei is The Enchantress but under a different name. We'll have to wait until much later to find out if this is true, but its doubtful since Amora is by far the more popular of the two, and Lorelei is acting closer to her comic-book self.

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 Balder
Randolph 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.

Lance's ex-wife was Asgardian
Him calling her both a goddess and a demonic hell-beast may not be exaggeration. She could be Encantress, or possibly Hel.
  • Jossed. His ex-wife is Bobbi Morse.

    Future Characters 

This series will be used to show different heroes and villains in the extended Marvel Universe
  • Black Panther
    • Getting his own movie in Phase 3, as it turns out, but still not impossible.
  • Luke Cage
    • He's getting his own series as it turns out, but it's possible.
  • The Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver; to set up their appearance in Avengers 2.
    • They were seen in the stinger for Winter Soldier, so they've already been set up.
  • Iron Man; His appearances will make up for the lack of Sequel Hook in Iron Man 3.
  • Doc Samson and Red She Hulk; He and Betty Ross will help Shield in order to keep contact with Banner.
  • She-Hulk
    • Maybe as an origin episode.
  • Iron Fist
    • Also getting his own series.
  • Eric O'Grady, but not as Ant-Man
  • Quake
  • Cloak & Dagger
    • These two are probably the most likely of any. Whoever are running project Centipede were clearly targeting down-on-their-luck, desperate people as test subjects. Testing synthetic drugs on runaway teens, along the lines of Cloak and Dagger's origin story, wouldn't be too far a stretch from them.
    • Rumor has it that of several planned MCU series pilots in the works, one is a Cloak and Dagger series for ABC Family. A spin-off from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. would be a good launching pad.
  • Howard the Duck
    • Even in comics, it's an official policy of S.H.I.E.L.D. that "the Duck man from Cleveland" is an Un-Person. However, it could be fun as a Running Gag.
    • Going off this, maybe the team will be called in to investigate a dimensional lapse, and find a talking duck having trouble ordering lunch at a restaurant.
    • He is canon now, so it's possible.
  • Jason Strongbow, aka American Eagle; Complete with his Cool Helmet and Badass Biker outfit from Thunderbolts.
  • Blade
  • Daredevil
    • Another hero getting his own series. But a cameo or crossover, again, isn't out of the question.
  • The Punisher
  • Man-Thing
    • Man-Thing is mentioned by Maria Hill in the episode "Nothing Personal".
  • Fans are still holding out for Carol Danvers to get her own movie as Captain Marvel, but an Early-Bird Cameo would be nice. Particularly since there's now two other characters running around with Kree material of some kind in their blood.
    • DC's Shazam movie is in the works, so this might get held up a bit.
    • Captain Marvel (Carol) will be getting her own movie in Phase 3!
  • Coulson found a dead Kree in the Guest House, which implies a UFO crash. And "Providence" name-dropped the Cube prison. What Kree character was the only survivor of a crash on Earth, and did time in the Cube? Noh-Varr.
  • Ulysses Solomon Archer (aka US 1)
  • Stingray
  • Captain Britain
  • Doctor Strange
  • Doctor Druid
  • The Incredible Hercules
  • Elektra
  • Maybe sometime we'll hear about Agent James Woo and his team from the 50s - Ken Hale, Bob Grayson, Venus, Namora and M-11.
  • Human Torch (Jim Hammond android)
    • He made a cameo in Captain America: The First Avenger, on display in the Stark Expo. Maybe he's one of those "Gifted" that the SSR approached before they called themselves "S.H.I.E.L.D".
  • The Howling Commandos (either the descendants of the original team or the modern "monster" team version)
    • Confirmed, at least partially: Agent Triplett is the grandson of a Howling Commando.
    • Jim Morita and Dum Dum Dugan appear in a flashback in the season 2 premiere, alongside Peggy Carter.
  • Agent Crimson or someone else to serve as the team's magic expert.
  • Hit-Monkey: Fitz will finally get that trained monkey he wanted.
  • Isaiah Bradley
  • Night Thrasher
  • Merlin
  • Black Knight (Dane Whitman)
  • Shang-Chi
  • Whazzaaaaap, troopers! It's me, Deadpool! Just here to say that since I'm not a mutant and have really evolved beyond the X-Men mythos and become a great franchise in my own right, I would ROCK in this show! How about Wade Wilson, Rogue Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.? They did it in that cartoon show!
    • Little White Thought Box: Deadpool, it's impossible. You were in that Wolverine movie. Even if it wasn't really you and just some in-name bastard, the lawyers say no.
    • Deadpool: What, so Magneto's kids can be in an Avengers movie just by slapping the von Strucker twins' origin on them, and I can't? Just swap out Wolverine's DNA for some of that alien-from-Tahiti blood (it's shown to be mind-expanding, so it would explain how I got my hands on the script), and we're good!
  • Quasar, since "Professor Vaughn" mentioned in "0-8-4" and "Seeds" could be Gilbert Vaughn, Wendell Vaughn's father.
  • Blazing Skull
  • Speedball
  • Stripperella, who became a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent after FUGG went bankrupt from a lawsuit and S.H.I.E.L.D. had to buy them to save their jobs.
  • Triathalon
  • Wonder Man, although he could also be a villain.
  • Captain Universe
  • Ghost Rider
  • Darcy (Thor movies). Can you imagine just how well Skye and her would hit it off??? If not, try this.
  • Damage Control
  • Ka-Zar
  • Shanna the She-Devil
  • Moon Knight
  • Misty Knight
  • Squirrel Girl

  • Ultron; although they might use him for Avengers 2
    • Annnnd Ultron's in Avengers 2.
  • Baron Von Strucker; he is Nick Fury's Arch-Enemy.
    • He's also going to be in Avengers 2.
  • The Leader; according to the one shot Avengers prequel comic, he was placed in Shield Custody.
  • General Ross/ Red Hulk
  • Kang The Conqueror as a season's Big Bad.
  • Oblivion, who will be the show's version of The First.
  • Joss will be dropping hints that Aldrich Killian isn't the Mandarin and the true one is still out there. Or that someone has inherited the title of the Mandarin.
    • An Expy of the comic book Mandarin. This one will be closer to the original Mandarin (an East Asian guy with ten Rings of Power) rather than the film version. However, he won't be called "the Mandarin" and will instead go by one of the other names that the Mandarin has used, such as Tem Borjigin.
    • This has been semi-confirmed. The 'real' Mandarin does exist and is a lot closer to the original from the comics, but is also still calling himself the Mandarin.
  • Fin Fang Foom.
  • Grim Reaper
  • Purple Man. He would be easy on the special effects budget.
  • It's been confirmed that Franklin Hall, better known as Graviton, will be a recurring character. However, we don't know if he'll be a villain or if he'll get his powers, which would likely be murder on the SFX budget.
  • Moonstone
  • Marvel's version of Dracula. The Buffy reference would be to good for Joss to resist.
  • Red Skull, back from wherever he got Bifrosted by the Tesseract to. Probably played by a different actor.
  • The Hate Monger. Who knows, maybe Captain America will appear in an episode and punch out Hitler for real.
  • Ghost, possibly as an affiliate of the Rising Tide
  • M.O.D.O.C., the new leader of AIM. (Or, rather, George Tarleton, but he mutates himself into M.O.D.O.C.)
    Tarleton: I am a far more superior leader than Aldritch Killian ever was, because I am not using AIM's resources for revenge on a harmless practical joke!
    Coulson: I don't disagree...
  • Madame Hydra
  • Loki. Come on, the guy (sort of) killed Coulson, he's already been referred to many times if not by name... Plus, he's one of the most popular characters in the Cinematic universe.
    • Tom Hiddleston himself has expressed interest in such an idea.
    • Lady Loki: A Clone of Loki or Lady Sif. As of the end of Dark World he's posing as Odin, and ruling Asgard unbeknownst to anyone. In all likelihood, it was him who sent Lady Sif to capture Lorelei, which means there's a high chance that he knows Coulson's alive.
  • Zzzax. We were expecting him/it for F.Z.Z.T.
  • Arnim Zola in his famous face-on-a-robot's-chest form.
  • The Super-Adaptoid. Because its main ability is Power Copying, a team full of ordinary humans would likely be the best choice to defeat it. The Super-Adaptoid will defeat whatever super tries to beat it only to be brought down by ordinary humans. This would fit nicely with the show's theme that "Not all heroes are super."
  • Klaw
  • Batroc
    • He's going to be in The Winter Soldier.
  • Crossbones
    • Also in The Winter Soldier.
  • Black Knight (Nathan Garrett)
  • The High Evolutionary, who is responsible for the powers of Scorch and several other "gifted" individuals.
  • Juggernaut. Unlike the the other live-action version, this one will be closer to the comic book version to avoid violating Fox's right to mutants. It would be great for someone to finally remember that Juggernaut is not a mutant. The only problem is, would the plane survive Juggie making some 'unwanted advances' to it?
  • It's been confirmed that the Iron Man villain Blizzard will make an appearance.
    • Already appeared in "Seeds", as Donny Gills.
  • Bullseye
  • Madame Masque
  • Titanium Man
  • Controller
  • Bi-Beast
  • U-Foes
  • Ultimo
  • Ymir
  • Mangog
  • Ulik
  • Surtur
  • Baron Zemo
  • Iron Cross
  • Taskmaster
  • Killer Shrike
  • Unicorn
  • Doctor Demonicus, a geneticist and would be responsible for other super empowered beings.
  • Machete (either of the Lopez brothers: Ferdinand, Alfonzo or Mariano)
  • Nitro
  • Bucky Barnes aka The Winter Soldier himself. Last seen going on a quest to regain his missing memories, it wouldn't be too surprising if the team runs into him at some point. Plus it would be another fanboy moment for Coulson to see that the Bucky Barnes is still alive. It would also parallel quite well with Triplett's grandfather in the Howling Commandos, who Bucky would have been close with. Third, how awesome would it be to see The Winter Solder go up against Agent May?
  • The Pride. One of the few cops they haven't paid off or killed off yet calls in The Team to help with a criminal organization with considerable power but unusually small reach. They may or may not be working for the Gibborim, who would still be aiming to destroy the world. And, of course, their children will also do what they do, causing trouble both for The Pride and Coulson's team.
  • Hyperion
  • Korvac
  • The Sentry, due to his Super-Powered Evil Side.

Agent 33 is a HYDRA Agent
In 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 clones
It 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 Mandarin
The 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 Rider
It'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 Lola
Imagine the possibilities of the Ghost Rider hellifiying a flying car.

In 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 Masque
We 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.

    Project Centipede 

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.
  • Monica Rappaccini's name is a Shout-Out to Rappaccini's Daughter, a story in which poisonous flowers play an important role. This might be referenced by her flower dresses.

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 Man
After 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 Soldier
was 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...


Stan Lee will appear
C'mon, it's a Marvel production! He has to appear! note 
  • The show's premise is literally taking elements and characters from the comics and bringing them into the action. It's highly unlikely that heroes from the comics won't show up.
  • Stan Lee didn't create Captain America, but he still cameoed in Captain America: The First Avenger.
  • There is no rule set in stone as to where does Stan Lee can or can't make a cameo. If the production invites him, and he accepts, then that is all that is needed. As for creation, this is a TV series about SHIELD, and SHIELD has first appeared in Strange Tales #135 (1965) by... Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.
  • Confirmed in the promo for Episode 1x13.

The cast of The Avengers will appear for special guest roles
Mostly season finale stuff.
  • Possibly more if the show is either doing very well or very poorly. But almost assuredly so. At the very least, Natasha and/or Clint at least once or twice (since they are both still presumably part of SHIELD in some form or another, in addition to The Avengers and possibly other missions in deep black ops style).
  • Confirmed as of Episode 2, though not one of the 6 "main liners". Nick Fury

More SHIELD agents from the comics will appear in minor or recurring roles
Agents like Clay Quartermain and Jimmy Woo may appear at several points. Same goes for the characters from Item 47 such as Sitwell.
  • Confirmed. Bill Paxton will be playing John Garrett.

Other characters from Marvel One-Shots will appear as Special Guest Stars
Because Coulson is definitely cool, but Jasper Sitwell, Agent Blake, Benny and Claire have their fans too. And their actors are much more affordable than Chris Evans or Scarlett Johansson.
  • Confirmed. Agent Blake appears in FZZT and Jasper Sitwell in "The Hub", the episode after it.

Mike Peterson will become this universe's version of Deathlok
. In addition to his Extremis super strenth, his now-missing leg (which will no doubt be given some kind of replacement) and having a mechanical eye makes him a perfect candidate. Peterson's family man background and imminent future of being used as a cybernetic warrior against his will bears many similarities to Michael Collins, one of the many men to have taken up the Deathlok mantle.
  • Word Of God says yes, Mike Peterson will become Deathlok in an upcoming episode. That episode is 1x13.

Coulson's brainwashed for some reason to be revealed
Coulson has never gone to Tahiti: Tahiti is a Trigger Phrase. Every time someone mentions Tahiti, Coulson immediately replies with "It's a magical place." This is because he's been implanted with post-hypnotic suggestions and he says it unconsciously(think "La Li Lu Le Lo" in the Metal Gear series or "Would you kindly..." in the original BioShock 1). Tahiti is basically a "systems check"; when a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent mentions Tahiti to Coulson, they're verifying that his brainwashing is still in place.
  • Confirmed. Coulson was dead for DAYS, and apparently crossed to the other side, but bringing him back sapped him of his will to live. He was implanted false memories of going to Tahiti as a way to alleviate the trauma, and "Tahiti" was used as a Trigger Phrase to make sure the implanted memories stuck,

Coulson will suffer from PTSD during the series
Dying then resurrecting can't be easy on the psyche. However, it won't always be obvious. Just stuff like avoiding knives and avoiding men with black hair dressed in green. SHIELD won't let him back if he's suffering anything that could affect his work.
  • Some later trailers seem to suggest Coulson is constantly joking and trying to lighten the mood, instead of being The Stoic. Perhaps Tony Snark has rubbed off on him, or perhaps his Lighter and Softer personality might be the form of his PTSD. Perhaps Coulson Came Back Wrong — as a happy jokester or maybe a Sad Clown. It's possible that Coulson's recent wiseass behaviour is his way to cope with the stress and trauma of coming back from death, convincing himself and others that he's fine.
  • Confirmed. Coulson was dead for DAYS and apparently crossed to the other side, but was brought back through a crapload of experimental medicine. When he came back, the trauma of the experience sapped him of his will to live, he was actually BEGGING to be left to die. To deal with the trauma, he was implanted with false memories to alleviate it, but he still subconsciously remembered it and it explains is change of personality. As of "The Magical Place", he now knows the truth. "Nothing Personal" revealed that the resurrection process was so traumatic that it necessitated the use of memory implants to be able to function afterwards, and that Coulson himself was the one assigned to supervise the project, but threatened resignation because of it.

The mystery of how Coulson survived getting stabbed by Loki in The Avengers will be one of the major myth arcs of the show
  • They've already dropped hints that Coulson himself doesn't know the truth of how he survived (though Hill does). Is it a myth arc? Dunno. But it's a thing, at the very least.
  • It goes full-arc in "The Magical Place".

The way Coulson thinks he survived and the way he actually survived are two entirely different matters.
  • In order to maintain the facade that Coulson died (there by giving The Avengers the push they needed to start acting like, well, The Avengers) Fury pulled some serious strings when Phil was in recovery and maybe even lied to his "One Good Eye" in order to keep him from accidentally blowing the secret. Only a select few higher-ups within the organization are privy to this information and it may or may not ultimately have an impact on future relations between The Avengers and S.H.I.E.L.D. if the truth is ever revealed. As Tony Stark said, after all: [even Fury's] secrets have secrets.
  • Confirmed. Hill and the doctor (played by Ron Glass) confirm between them that Coulson's Tahiti story isn't true, and that Coulson believes it.

Coulson's recovery involved memory implants.
Patching up the stab wound was easy enough for one of the most technologically-advanced organizations on the planet; explaining to Coulson that his very existence is now a lie to his hero Captain America is far more complicated. Rather than try and coerce Coulson into keeping up the facade, Fury never gave him the option in the first place. He had the boys in the lab cook up a nice, sunny memory of Tahiti. Also of note is Coulson continually referring to his "time" on the island as a magical place. Insistent Terminology, or something more?
  • Confirmed by Coulson's neurosurgeon in "A Magical Place". This was probably due to the extremely painful surgery they had to do on Coulson's fully-exposed brain while he was fully conscious.

Coulson died.
Similar to the LMD WMG Coulson really did die and what we see is a fake who thinks he's the real one and he isn't allowed to do physical work not because he's still injured but because the illusion would break. However, he isn't a Life Model Decoy but something entirely different, a brand new thing along the same lines as the cast being canon foreigners.
  • We've now (as of Ep. 3) seen him fighting and shooting, even though he's "a little rusty".
  • Seemingly Jossed as of "FZZT", when we see Coulson's stab wound.
  • Confirmed, he had been dead for days until they brought him back to life.

The black guy in the trailer is a Race Lift of a preexisting white character.
Just to throw people off. He'll be Wonder Man.
  • Jossed then confirmed! Word Of God says that Mike Peterson becomes the MCU Deathlok!

The group that abducted Akela is the same one behind Centipede.
Whatever group that may be (see various WMGs above). Yes, I know the Marvel Universe has Nebulous Evil Organizations coming out the wazoo, but it seems a little early for the show runners to be bringing in multiple groups, when its easier to just make one be behind everything.
  • Confirmed in "The Bridge."

The Agents will take on an Extremis Soldier
What better way to save on special effects than to have someone who doesn't look superhuman? Besides, we haven't seen the last of the enhancement program by Word of God. It's a perfect fit.
  • It's not exactly an Extremis soldier, but they do encounter someone connected to the formula in the pilot.
  • And a guy immune to the Extremis's explosion effects in episode 5. After his immunity is taken away May kills him by injecting him with an overdose that causes him to explode. Judging by Raina's plans at the end of the episode, the group will encounter more Extemis soldiers in the future.
  • Confirmed in "The Bridge" when Mike Peterson temporarily joins the team.

The first season's arc will be what happened to Coulson during The Avengers.
We would find out a simple version early on. A LMD, faked, etc. But, as time goes on, all these little details would stop adding up. If it's an LMD, why does he have scars? If he faked the death, why does he show signs of necrosis? etc. The finale will be either recreating or dealing with what happened on the Helicarrier and how he REALLY came back.
  • Confirmed. The official story is he flatlined for few minutes, faked his death and went to Tahiti (it's a magical place). Once he's out of the room, this is specifically stated to be not true. "The Bridge" ended with Reyna and Project Centipede trading Mike Peterson's son for Coulson so they can figure out what's going on with his death.

Lola, Coulson's Cool Car, will be revealed to be a flying car.
  • The comics version of S.H.I.E.L.D. have flying cars in their arsenal, and it'd probably make sense for a high-ranking S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent like Coulson to have a flying car as a personal ride. It would also explain why Coulson doesn't want anyone touching his car. He doesn't want anyone messing with the car's flying capabilities.
    • Item 47 also revealed a reverse-engineered Chitauri gun being mounted on a vehicle. Maybe Lola includes a hidden one.
    • Confirmed. And it's the same kind of flying car Howard Stark was trying to show off in Captain America: The First Avenger.
    • It is basically a Bond Car if you listen to the tech specs as described by Fitz-Simmons.Anyway, it is very much SHIELDtech.

Skye was never as distrustful of S.H.I.E.L.D. as she let on.
When she hacked into them, sent them messages, and exposed their secrets, it wasn't entirely to show the public what they were up to, though that was part of it. She also wanted Coulson's attention. That was also the reason she sought out Michael, apart from obviously wanting to help him out. She knew S.H.I.E.L.D. would take an interest in him and saw it as a chance to arrange a meeting with the higher-ups. All of the "Rising Tide" stuff she did wasn't an attack against S.H.I.E.L.D., it was a job application.
  • Confirmed - sort of. As of the second episode she seems to have been trying to get into SHIELD for Rising Tide. We will see why as the season progresses. Then we learn the real reason she joined S.H.I.E.L.D. She is looking for information about her parents, and the only clue she has now is a S.H.I.E.L.D.-redacted document from an orphanage.

There is a level 8, and maybe a level 9
All Level 6 agents appear to believe they have the highest security clearance, based on Sitwell and Ward at the least, and all agents from Level 1 to 6 are likely lead to believe 6 is the highest. However, details of how Coulson is alive are not privy to him, but are to Deputy Director Hill and at least one Doctor, which would make them Level 8. If there is a Level 9, only 1 member of S.H.I.E.L.D will be on that level; Director Fury. Level 10 is SWORD and Level 11 is ARMOR.
  • Confirmed in "The Hub". Coulson, Hand, Sitwell, Barton, and Romanov are all confirmed level 8. As for the second part, when Coulson requests to see a certain file, (his recovery report), his access denied despite being a Level 8 and he is told to make a formal request to Director Fury himself.
  • In "T.A.H.I.T.I.", Director Fury is stated to be Level 10. He is also seemingly the only Level 10, since it was said that Level 10 access could only have been Fury.

There will be a 7th Episode Twist
Well, with all these one shot stories floating around the first couple episodes after the pilot, and given that a comic inspired show is bound to start a real story arc sooner or later, I wouldn't put it past them to throw some sort of loop at us over the nature of the show.
  • It just so happens that Episode 7 ("The Hub") did feature a few twists: Skye learning a bit more about her past, and Coulson delving into what really happened to him. Plus, the first indications that SHIELD isn't as altruistic as it seems.

Coulson knows that Ward and May are sleeping with each other
He just doesn't feel any need to do anything about it so long as it doesn't impact their work.
  • Confirmed. He didn't know before, but May tells him in "Seeds". He essentially states the above

Skye has a superpower. Coulson knows but she doesn't.
Coulson figured out Skye had powers (probably a technopath) when he found out who her parents were and then told "Big SHIELD" who she was. This would explain why SHIELD hasn't had her fired and jailed after hacking into their computers. They know she has powers and want to use her.
  • Kinda confirmed. In Seeds, Coulson found out the truth about Sky, she was an 0-8-4 and is implied to have unknown powers. He later tells her what he knows.

Skye will finally become a full-fledged agent.
The promo for episode 1x11 seems to strongly imply this, especially since Coulson has been abducted by Centipede, and so the team is one agent short.
  • Confirmed It doesn't happen in episode 1x11. In that one Skye is kicked off of the Bus thanks to Hand and May, the latter supporting it specifically because Skye's not an agent and can act outside protocol. It ultimately happens in episode 1x16. Then SHIELD goes defunct two episodes later and the badge is worthless.

The Clairvoyant is someone high up in the SHIELD organization
Raina tells Coulson that The Clairvoyant can "see into any agency". A high-ranking SHIELD agent with top-level security clearance would fit this description, since a well-funded organization like SHIELD probably has access to agency files beyond just their own. It would also explain how The Clairvoyant has such deep personal knowledge about Coulson.
  • Confirmed.

Those "others" Coulson mentioned would be interested in Peterson
The ones who would want to exploit him are HYDRA, and the ones who would want to dissect him are AIM.
  • Partly confirmed. HYDRA, via Centipede, is after Peterson as Deathlok.

HYDRA are the group behind the Centipede project in the pilot.
They had access to the super soldier serum (or something similar), gamma radiation, alien tech, and Extremis. What other groups do we know of in the Marvel Cinematic Universe that has such access to and knowledge of such technology? Plus, they are SHIELD's canonical archenemies, so it makes sense. Maybe we'll even see Von Strucker showing up as the Big Bad.
  • The Winter Soldier has given this theory a lot of credibility and it's confirmed in episode 17

SHIELD didn't *really* shoot the 084 into the sun.
Why bother? SHIELD has had numerous examples of Hydra tech in its possession for decades, not to mention having the Tesseract itself until recently, and we know they were working to duplicate that stuff. What makes this particular item so much more dangerous? Answer: nothing. Presumably that performance was just for Skye's benefit.
  • Confirmed. The Slingshot doesn't exist. Anything shipped there is actually boxed up and placed in a secure vault in the Fridge.

Project Centipede is a HYDRA operation.

That HYDRA is alive and well has been confirmed by Word Of God with the announcement that Baron von Strucker will be a villain in the second Avengers movie. More importantly, in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, it turns out that HYDRA has infiltrated SHIELD and numerous SHIELD agents- including even Jasper Stilwell as well as Alexander Pierce, Fury's superior- are deep-cover for HYDRA. The movie also introduces Zola's algorithm, a computer program designed by Arnim Zola that basically allows you to predict the future, providing an explanation for the Clairvoyants' abilities.
  • Confirmed as of Turn Turn Turn. The Centipede Group is indeed HYDRA.

Skye will be revived the same way Coulson was
The next episode is titled "T.A.H.I.T.I.".
  • Semi-confirmed. She was given one of the drugs that Coulson was injected with during his resurrection, but didn't go through the full process.

However it happened, Coulson knows more than Hill thinks he knows about the facts of his situation.
Towards the end of the pilot, he muses that SHIELD knows a bit about bringing people back from the dead. Thinking of his own situation, perhaps?
  • There's certainly a subconscious awareness of what happened; every time someone mentions his downtime in Tahiti, he says the same thing: "It's a magical place." (emphasis mine)
    Coulson: You should go there some time.
    Hill: Where's that?
    Coulson: Tahiti. It's a magical place.
  • As of "FZZT" Confirmed, when Coulson comforts the dying firefighter he mentions he was dead and "gone" for more then 8 seconds, and assures him there is an afterlife.
  • During "The Hub" he stumbles when making "It's a magical place" line, clearly catching himself saying it and recognizing there's something wrong about it.

Coulson's medical reports are all fabricated.
Obviously, Fury doesn't want to risk Coulson figuring out something is different about him, so any medical reports Coulson receives are faked.
  • Confirmed. In T.A.H.I.T.I. it's revealed that the name of the facility where the procedures were done on Coulson doesn't exist.

Coulson was resurrected in a way that required killing someone else.
This would explain why he supposedly lost the will to live after being brought back.
  • Confirmed. In episode 14, "T.A.H.I.T.I.," he discovers that the serum used to repair his heart was harvested from an alien's body kept in stasis.

Raina will not be in S.H.I.E.L.D. custody for long
In many recent blockbusters (e.g. The Dark Knight, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall, The Avengers) it has been a common trope for the villain to be captured early or mid-way through the film, only to either break free or be busted out by cronies. Sometimes the villain even wants to get captured. Raina may follow this trend as well, potentially in a Call Back to Edison Po being freed from jail.
  • Confirmed. Ward frees her in “Providence”.

Agent Ward genuinely is a HYDRA agent
He's a masterful actor. In the first episode, he tricked Skye into thinking he was under truth serum and in a later episode he talks about his "level 1 overshare".
  • Confirmed.

Raina will betray The Clairvoyant.
She was disappointed that he wasn't truly clairvoyant and said that Coulson is "a good man". Considering what SHIELD truly does with captive Gifted, she'll find her true calling working under Fury instead of The Clairvoyant.
  • Semi-confirmed. She didn’t betray him so much as abandon him in the middle of the final battle. He didn’t really care by that point.

It will be revealed Coulson Came Back Wrong
Stabbed with a mindstone scepter, by a frost giant, and brought back by yet unknown means? Even if his psyche wasn't ripped to shreds, his body has to be affected in some way. A good guess would be him being a Sleeper Agent for Thanos (though not intended to be but, well, stabbed through the heart + resurrection...) or he gets some of Loki's powers.
  • Confirmed, but it wasn't Loki or Thanos.

There's still more to Coulson's Resurrection
A ridiculous amount of surgeries and mental re-organization is certainly horrific and traumatizing, but this troper can't see why it would cause him to disappear from the Clairvoyant's sights. It's possible that one of the first surgeries Coulson went through was some kind of magical ritual or alien science experiment that Fury organized that did actually change Coulson so much that he went cold.
  • It's been said over and over by different characters that Fury "moved heaven and earth" to bring Coulson back. That could be taken literally as well as metaphorically. Then there's that blue/green liquid that was injected into Coulson in his flashbacks. This might feed into the theory that The Clairvoyant is just someone with high level access to SHIELD records. If Fury kept the truth about Coulson's resurrection off the books, then the Clairvoyant's "powers" wouldn't be able to uncover it.
  • Mostly confirmed. The serum that revived Coulson was harvested from a decomposing alien, most likely a Kree.

Grant and Skye will hook up, thereby becoming the official couple
He's an uptight MIB, she's a funny civilian hacker. They saved the world. A lot.
  • In "Turn Turn Turn: following an intense Ship Tease they share a Now or Never Kiss. Then Grant's revealed to be working with HYDRA! So, confirmed?

One of the team's missions will take them to Portland.
At which poC they need a back up man now that the Winter Soldier has gone off the grid, having saved Steve and all that...]]

Coulson's cellist girlfriend will be killed by HYDRA
They need to get Coulson out in the open, what better way than to endanger his loved one.

    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.

Coulson did die from the stab wound he got from Loki, and Fury considered him a good enough agent that he went through great lengths to bring him back, including asking the Sorcorer Supreme himself. While Strange was successful in doing so, the process required to make sure Coulson did not come back wrong in any way required pulling a lot of strings and calling in favors with all the various magical beings Strange invokes for his magic since Coulson himself is completely and totally insignificant when compared with matters involving reality and creation itself. Coulson thinking he was decommissioned to Tahiti was either a fabricated memory by Strange, either at Fury's request or as a friendly bonus, or Coulson's version of Heaven looks exactly like Tahiti. They'll be an episode in the series after the first season which deals with the fallout of this, mostly from whatever mystical beings Strange made the deals with coming to collect their due...
  • It's confirmed that Fury got the best surgeons he could find to bring Coulson back, and what did Strange do before he became a sorcerer?

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 Incubators
He 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.
  • For extra fun, his wish was to bring Captain America home to New York (meaning the body but accidentally saving his life since he turned out to be alive, or else he just wished to save him outright and his wish was powerful enough to reach back in time).
Camilla notes that Coulson has a 'renewed idealism' and Amadar wonders if someone 'did something' to him because he's nicer and more forgiving than she remembers. It's possible that Coulson was emotionally conditioned while in Tahitil to believe that Hope Springs Eternal as a safeguard against despair. A second safeguard is all the old things on The Bus; he's surrounded by physical reminders of the Good Old Ways and thus how Good Is Old-Fashioned.

"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 rebuilt
After 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 Marvell). 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.
  • In A Magical Place, we found out that Coulson was operated on for days to bring him back to life.

Coulson was brought back by the Risen Mitten
The 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 Lord
Lola 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.
  • He learns what happened to him in A Magical Place.

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 Eternity
While 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.
  • This lends credence to the theories which involve Asgard; Thor might have considered it a personal favor because of Coulson's actions in the first Thor movie and Coulson protecting Foster in The Avengers, as well as feeling responsible for the fact that it was his own brother who killed Coulson.
  • He's not just a random agent of the lot, he's Nick Fury's most trusted liutenant. A culture like Thor's would understand this and grant them this favor.
    • As of "The Beginning of the End" - Fury acknowledges Coulson an Avenger, and the purpose of Project Tahiti is revive a fallen Avenger.

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 agent
He 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 Tech
The 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".
  • Considering the events of The Winter Soldier, this might be true. It could be tech based on Hydra experiments at least.

Coulson is Asgardian
Professor 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 Surgeries
Dr. 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: And the successful one (#7) is as of this writing, unknown.

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 Soldier
Information 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.

Coulson's ressurection was a contingency plan by Nick Fury.
We know that Nick Fury has a tendency to make backup plans for his backup plans — as seen in Winter Soldier, he sets up the terrorist attack on the Lemurian Star just so Black Widow can get the McGuffin USB, shows Cap the Insight Helicarriers (allowing Cap to know something of what's coming) — and then stalls for time when he finds he can't access the USB's data. And there's the fact that he made sure he had both eyes registered in Shield's security system in case he was locked out. Now, aside from Maria Hill and Coulson (his "Good Eye"), it seems there's very few that even get close to being what passes for his "inner circle" (Cap and Natasha seem to "promote" to this in the film). Now, if Director Fury had suspicions that something rotten was developing in Shield, he'd want somebody he could trust, but also willing to get answers if pushed too far. The loss of Coulson would have been both a tragedy and an opportunity — tragedy in that a good man died (and upset some of his plans), opportunity in that once resurrected, a good chunk of Shield wouldn't know he was alive again, which would allow Coulson more freedom to act (and since he didn't want to come back, it's less likely he's a mole for somebody else.) Being given "The Bus" as a renovated mobile command center, and Lola that happens to make them very mobile — just the thing when you need to regroup when it's all falling down around you. A miniature science team (Fitz, Simmons, Skye) and two enforcers (May, Ward) — it's practically SHIELD in Microcosm!
  • Partially Jossed: May is the one who decided who needed to be on the team, knew Coulson would ask her, and designed the team parameters Coulson used to pick. It wasn't to be mini-SHIELD, but a team designed around Coulson: May who knew what had happened to him and to watch for problems, a combat specialist to take him down if needed, a biology specialist if medical problems came up, and a tech specialist who would be able to use the equipment to erase his memory. However, the effort to do all this suggests Fury really wanted Coulson alive, functional, and out there, quite possibly for the reasons suggested.

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's Past 
Skye's father is The Mandarin
Her actor is half-Chinese and there the controversy over the the real identity for the Mandarin from Iron Man 3, the real one might be revealed in 4. It is mentioned many times that she was born in a village Hunan province and her parents were "monsters".
Skye is part of the extremely complicated Tangled Family Tree that binds the X-Men and the Avengers
You 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.

One or more of Skye's parents is superhuman.
That's why she's a 0-8-4. She's got the metagene.
  • Depending on Raina's definition of "monsters", that might be Confirmed.
  • Confirmed to a degree. It's revealed that Skye's mother was able to touch the Obelisk without ill effect, and that she did not age since Whitehall first encountered her decades before, so she's definitely either a metahuman or was exposed to something that changed her into one. It hasn't been confirmed whether her dad is similarly superhuman, but it's certainly possible, given his investigation of the Obelisk. Also, Skye was injected with GH.325, which has had ill effect on all humans(including Coulson) injected with it, with no ill effect.

Skye thinks Coulson is her father.
  • Regardless of whether or not he actually is, she considers it a fairly strong possibility. This would explain why she specifically sent her messages to him, when she theoretically could have made the same threat to any SHIELD official, including some with much more clout than Coulson. (Let's face it, Nick Fury himself probably would have stood up and paid attention if he thought there was even a slight chance Skye had confidential SHIELD info to leak. He even explicitly calls her "a risk" during his appearance at the end of Episode 2.) The fact that a bona fide Badass who regularly deals with aliens, gods, and other super-beings thinks of a run-of-the-mill human armed with an old laptop as a risk says something about her. She could have easily gotten to the SHIELD higher ups if she wanted to dig up info on the redacted file. Instead, she inserted herself into Coulson's team. There has to be a reason behind her specifically choosing him and "I think he's my father" is as good a reason as any.

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.
  • According to Raina, Skye's parents wiped out the village in China where she was found by SHIELD. It's possible.

"Skye" is not a Canon Foreigner
  • Possibly Jennifer Swann
  • Could be Mockingbird, a smart scientist who trains to be an Action Girl.
    • Jossed. Mockingbird is a completely separate character who will be appearing in season two.
  • A chance she is Mantis. "Celestial" and "Skye" are kind of similar words.
  • Or she's Carmilla Black.
  • She's Carina Walters, daughter of the Collector who is confirmed to exist in the Marvel Cinematic Universe due to The Stinger after Thor: The Dark World. She became a hacker to collect information much in the same way her father collects people and objects.
  • Justine Hammer, daughter of Justin Hammer.
  • Sasha Hammer, who is also half-white, half-Asian. Though Sasha is Justin Hammer's granddaughter in the comic universe, the Justin Hammer of the MCU is too young to be a grandfather. Sasha might be the daughter of Justin or the daughter of Justine, who might be turned into Justin's sister.
  • Daisy Johnson
  • Ms. Marvel: The comics version of Ms. Marvel (the first one, Carol Danvers), gets her powers through having her DNA mixed with the DNA of a Kree. Skye now has what might be Kree blood running through her veins.
Skye is the daughter of a time traveler
Which 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"

At least one or both of Skye's parents were a threat to S.H.I.E.L.D. and were assassinated as a result.
The picture on the file implies that her mother was killed, and it would be a good reason for Coulson to stay quiet about it. The S.H.I.E.L.D. agent that dropped Skye off at the orphanage was the agent assigned to kill her parents.
  • Jossed. SHIELD was trying to protect her and her parents, but according to Raina... Skye's parents are "monsters" and everyone knows that S.H.I.E.L.D. monitors monsters.
  • Double jossed. Whitehall was the one that killed Skye's mother after extensive experimentation, and her father swore revenge on him. S.H.I.E.L.D. had nothing to do with either one's death, beyond HYDRA sleeper agent being involved.

There's going to be a reversal of the confrontation from Girl in the Flower Dress once Coulson is rescued
Coulson 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 her
Given 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.
  • According to Raina, her parents were the ones trying to find her and they were the ones who killed everyone back then.

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 Girl
It 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 Asgardian.
So far, she hasn't actually been in a real physical confrontation, so there's nothing to disprove the notion that she might have the Super Strength or Super Toughness that Asgardians typically possess. In addition, Asgardians normally live thousands of years. It's possible that theo Professor X, but they can still have a paraplegic central character.
  • Jossed with extreme prejudice in "T.R.A.C.K.S.".

Skye is related to the GH-325 source
Based 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 father
Guardians 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.

Skye's mother is the Project TAHITI alien
It explains why she's had no reaction so far to being injected with GH-325, and it fits in with Coulson's theory that she's an alien. Plus, The Doctor has stated that he just wants to bring his family back together, implying that he lost touch with Skye's mother a long time ago. Furthermore, Grant Ward claims that the village in Huan provience that was wiped out by The Doctor was filled with HYDRA agents, and that The Doctor killed them to save his wife and daughter. Given that S.H.E.I.L.D and HYDRA were mixed for a long time, it's possible that Sky's Mother was moved from China to where-ever the Guest House was located.
  • Jossed. Skye's mother was revealed as of S02E08.

The Doctor is Mister Hyde, and Skye's real name is...
As of S02E05 we know that Sky has a secret name (besides her legal one). It will be Daisy Johnson, a Shield Agent from the comics with earthquake powers (the hints to her potentially causing destruction). Her father is called The Doctor (Calvin Zabo was a surgeon), who has a Hair-Trigger Temper and possibly Split Personality leading him to murder his patients, for example. How would he know so much about an artifact that has been hidden away since the 1940s? He lived since then because of his modifications; possibly being a case of All Myths Are True as Adaptation Distillation or Zabo just mimicked the novel earlier in the timeline.

Part of Skye's metahuman DNA involves the ability to charm people
As 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.

Skye is at least part Inhuman
The alien from which the GH drug came is suspected to be a Kree (even Chloe Bennet herself appears to subscribe to this theory). In the comics, the Kree are responsible for creating the Inhumans. On top of that, she did not get the compulsions like the other subjects, and knew that the diagram was a map instantly. Either she's a colossal Mary Sue or this is connected to Inhuman DNA.

Furthermore, Kevin Feige has said that Inhumans will be set up in the MCU before their actual film. While it could be referring to the Maximoff twins in The Avengers: Age of Ultron, what if it's also referring to Skye? It would make sense, and give Agents of SHIELD an opportunity to blaze a trail instead of having to play catch-up with the rest of the MCU.

Finally, Kyle MacLachlan looks a bit like Maximus the Mad.

Contact with the Diviner is what gave Skye's mother her longevity and gave Skye her immunity to the side effects of GH 325
The 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.

    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.
  • The SDCC promo showed yet another Clone-ig. More evidence for this theory?
  • Triplett is freaked out by how all these brothers look and act the same. Apparently, he has shared his own WMGs with Skye and it's beginning to annoy her.

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.

Ward will become the new Big Bad.
The 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 Mists
In 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.
  • Or it could turn him into the MCU's answer to Maximus the Mad. He's got a limited degree of enhanced physical abilities and he's got a form of mind control that only works over short range. However, his real power is being a morally dodgy super genius and, as one character puts it, 'crazy as a bag of spanners'. Fitz has already shown a degree of ruthlessness and coldness, he's brilliant and he's even got the hair for it.

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.

Ward will have a redemption and atonement arc
With Garrett dead, and Ward having only been loyal to Garrett, he can finally get away from the abuse and manipulation, and choose to atone for his past. He's also been compared to Natasha a number of times in-universe, and we met her after her atonement and redemption arc began. Perhaps the team will be forced to recruit Ward to help find and destroy HYDRA cells. Coulson will likely force him to wear a bracelet similar to Skye's.
  • Confirmed. The first episode of season 2 "Shadows" shows that he's locked up in the Playground and Coulson uses him to uncover HYDRA secrets. As for "redemption" he insists that everything he tells Skye will be 100 percent true from now on, but no one buys that, especially Sky herself.

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 alive
Really, 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 Season
His 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 2
The 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.

Tripplet will take Ward's position on the team for season 2
It seems to be setting up towards this unless, knowing Joss, he dies in the first episode. So if he makes it through season 1 he most likely will be part of the main cast.
  • Confirmed of the season 1 finale.

The mystery of what that blue alien was in T.A.H.I.T.I. won't be revealed until season two
Season 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 father
At 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...
  • A fish tank.
  • A revitalized variant of the Nick Fury contact phone - making it the only specific means of getting in touch with him.
  • Anti-hijacking / abort codes that only the team knows, intended to prevent a repeat of Season 1's final arc.

We'll learn the real incident that got May known as The Cavalry
  • With all the varying stories told, the only one who really knows what happens is May herself.

We'll also learn more about May's mother

Coulson will get a new set of Captain America Trading cards
Because 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 plot
According 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.

Isabelle Hartley is Victoria Hand's ex
Comics Victorita had a girlfriend called Isabelle.


Shield is working with the NSA
They have extensive surveillance. Maybe the Patriot Act was really about finding super powered people and terrorism was just a cover.

The Rising Tide is the supernatural branch of Wiki Leaks
Both are trying to expose government secrets. Alternatively, The Rising Tide is a metaphor for Wiki Leaks.

The Purple Man was the leader of the cult involved in the mission that traumatized Melinda May
Not only would his powers be able to affect a character that deeply, this would also establish him in the Marvel Cinematic Universe before the new Jessica Jones series starts, where he'll obviously have a big role since he's so tied to Jones' days as a superhero. Melinda is so traumatized because she was forced to kill innocent people who were attacking her due to mind control.

This show will never be canceled
Because if it were canceled, the ABC execs would be flayed alive by the combined angry mobs of Marvel fans and Joss Whedon cultists.
  • Marvel has announced that they've already worked out an outline for where they want the show to go all the to the end of Season three, despite not yet getting a green light for filming season two yet. Given the people making the show and the network that airs it are all under the same company Disney may be more forgiving so the series may be able to float on low ratings for longer than most shows that are run.

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 cards
They were collectible! AND IN MINT CONDITION! Coulson will be so devastated when he gets a hold of them again only to find them ruined with blood stains. He tries to repair the damage only to find out...."There's no way—" "Don't ever tell me there's no way!"
  • We'll just have one episode focusing on Coulson tracking down the famed Captain America trading cards. None of the other characters show up. It's just Coulson searching for his beloved cards.
  • Possibly a background event until he is searching for that final ultra rare card... the episode will focus on an extra secret mission for the team and in the end the item they will have recovered is... the card Coulson needed to complete his set. "It is in mint condition, do you know how rare that is?" - also, whoever or where ever they recover the card from will be tied to some big bad organization so it won't need to be returned to anyone. "Now all I have to do is get them signed."
  • As of 0-8-4 It has shown that Coulson is not just a collector of Cap cards but many things that are "old" and "collectible" (and seemingly useful to agents) so the possibility is still alive (Just like Coulson!).
  • As of The Asset there has been an official mention of "the cards" by Coulson. He was not happy about the loss of them.

This show will redefine awesome
Because it will just be that ridiculously awesome.

Joss will write an arc based on the story of the comic book SHIELD 2010.
The one when it turns out most of our historical scientists are part of SHIELD, however he'll put his own spin on the story, and well this part is mostly wishful thinking (more so then the first part) but I also hope the writers look into what they were actually like, and therefore get the personalities and their life right. (I admit I hadn't read the comic books, the personalities being right is not a Take That at the comic book, just a wishful wish, this troper is mostly only upset at what may have happened to Issac losing his mind.)

Either Fitz or Simmons will be killed off eventually.
Fitz and Simmons are the cutest two characters, and a pair of people so close that even in-show they are called by one name. Wise-cracking duos usually become popular in fandoms. This is a Joss Whedon show. One of them is almost certainly going to die. Joss is probably salivating at the potential fan tears already.
  • Simmons almost died in FZZT.
  • As of "Yes Men" and Simmons being blocked by Coulson on developing the GH serum, Fitz will probably die, and it will be in a way that could have been prevented had Simmons been allowed to work properly, driving a rift between her and Coulson who she'll blame for his death.
  • Fitz is in critical condition as of the Season 1 finale, and likely has brain damage.
  • Fitz's brain damage is confirmed and he's hallucinating Simmons, because she left. Watching him struggle with basic living is indeed worthy of fan tears.

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.

Ron Glass's character will pull a Face-Heel Turn, if he isn't already The Mole.
Because every time 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.)
Did I fall asleep?
Only for a little while.

Fitz and Simmons are/were one person.
That's why people tend to refer to them as Fitz-Simmons. They started out as one person who wound up getting split in two, either by an activating X-gene or an experiment gone wrong. They may still be linked and the reason they're not cleared for combat is because if one is injured/killed the same thing will happen to the other one.
  • Alternatively, they were two people whose consciousness were merged into some kind of weird Hive Mind that only includes two people. Their bickering is truly externalized internal monologue.

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."
  • Given how he responds to the mention of his Grandmother in the Pilot ("D: Gramsy?"), he could come from a legacy of Supervillains or Criminals.
  • As it turns out (per S1E8 "The Well"), Ward's dark and troubled past comes not from a lineage of supervillains, but rather ongoing trauma as a child, when his bullying older brother refused to let Grant save another kid drowning in a well.
  • "Turn, Turn, Turn". He's not the son of a super villain but the student of one.

The bored-looking blonde woman in the Paris safehouse is Yelena Belova
She'll come back as a major player.

If the series is a huge success it will end just prior to, or just after The Avengers 3
Since all of the Marvel Cinematic Universe seems centered around The Avengers (currently), as The Avengers 3 comes out, Agents of SHIELD will come to a close to "wrap up" the first successful cross media franchise. All stories in the final season will therefore be directly related to any and all events in The Avengers 3, and major guest appearances from some if not all of the major players in the third (and possibly last, as part of an epic "extended" trilogy) The Avengers film will be rampant.
  • The paycheck for the movie actors for the TV scenes would come from the movie budget.

Iron Man will appear...but not Tony Stark.
The mask will not go off. It's a way to use the character without having to pay a fortune to the actor for a mere TV episode.
  • Probably War Machine/Iron Patriot could also appear since he is military and probably more likely to work directly with SHIELD. If anyone is to appear to interact with Coulson from the Iron Man franchise directly, it could be Pepper (Gwyneth Paltrow - unlikely as she is big Hollywood A list and not a TV person) via a phone call or maybe even Happy (Jon Favreau - more likely as he has been on TV before and would probably not mind a little appearance in the show). If there is a main episode appearance and not just a cameo it would probably be either Clint or Natasha since they actually are part of SHIELD
    • Gwyneth Paltrow did two episodes of Glee. There are always shows that manage to get lots of A list cameos. (Batman!)
    • Pepper does "appear" via phone call, but her end of the conversation is never heard.

Agent Ward's seedy "family history" alluded to by Coulson is by way of the former being related to Tony Masters, aka Taskmaster.
Be he Grant's brother, father, whatever, Taskmaster has canonically frequently had dealings with (comics) S.H.I.E.L.D. in the past; and is in fact a current member of the newest incarnation of the Secret Avengers- working directly under 616's Fury and Coulson. He could easily be reworked in the show to be a former agent who went rogue or some kind of master criminal that screwed S.H.I.E.L.D. over in a big way, either ultimately leading to a young Ward witnessing this and deciding to dedicate his life to the straight and narrow. This also accounts for his humorless, business-only demeanor.

The show will have multiple episodes introducing other Marvel heroes, who may later appear in film
An episode with the team dealing with a vigilante in New York (Daredevil), a duo of heroes using their powers to earn money while helping the helpless (Luke Cage and Iron Fist/Heroes for Hire), a mysterious swamp monster with a connection to the super soldier formula (Man-Thing), a young teenaged gay couple using their powers for good (Hulkling and Wiccan, prior to forming Young Avengers), among others. They'll also see the team working alongside other SHIELD-connected heroes, including Widow and/or Hawkeye, and Mockingbird, Carol Danvers, etc.

Mandroid suits will appear
Probably reverse-engineered from some of the parts lying around after Stark pointlessly blew up all his suits.

Skye isn't The Mole; she's a Double Agent.
She's being run by SHIELD to find out more about the Rising Tide.
  • Alternately, she genuinely is The Mole, but is slowly in the process of Becoming the Mask as she realizes that SHIELD aren't the "scary men in black suits" that she originally feared them to be. The look on her face before and after typing "I'm in" has subtle shades of "Am I really going to do this?" in it. He fully expects it. This is Coulson we're talking about here. The Story Arc addressing her being The Mole will reveal that much of the intel that Coulson has given her has simply been a case of choosing to Feed the Mole, as well as knowingly invoking Becoming the Mask to cement her loyalty to SHIELD.
  • When Fury tells him that Skye is a risk, he calmly responds "I know, sir", implying that he has the same concerns that Ward was voicing earlier. Skye defends SHIELD when Quinn criticizes it in "The Asset"—while Quinn is holding her at gunpoint. Even if Skye really was a mole before, this incident might change her mind.
  • Coulson secretly wants to break the masquerade and tell the world about the stuff SHIELD's hiding, and he plans on using Skye to do it for him. Another possible motive is keeping her in reserve in case SHIELD, or a significant portion of it, starts Jumping Off the Slippery Slope - she thinks differently from someone who is willing to "trust the system" and won't hesitate to shout What the Hell, Hero? from the proverbial rooftops if it needs to be done. In other words, she's Face-Heel Turn insurance.

An Enemy Mine between SHIELD and Rising Tide will happen at some point.
Skye will slowly warm up to SHIELD and she'll convince her fellow Rising Tide members that they can be allies with SHIELD rather than fearing them.
  • Probably team up against HYDRA, with the Rising Tide helping to clear SHIELD's name as the RT seem to have gotten HYDRA confused with SHIELD. That could work.

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.
  • Related to an above WMG she will be the replacement for the engineer side of Fitz-Simmons as she develops her possibly unknown to herself powers as the show progresses and Fitz gets written out by means of Rule of Drama for Simmons. Thereby replacing a needed part of the team and becoming the teams very own super at the same time.

Melinda was exposed to the Super Soldier Serum
Surely S.H.I.E.L.D. would try another round of super soldier experiments if they've got formula samples. Melinda was in the first round of tests and was a complete success - all the powers of Cap in their very own field agent, who eventually gained the reputation of being The Cavalry. Except eventually she started going Blood Knight, realized she had to stop, and retired wholly from fieldwork until now. It would explain how she survived that strike from Mike, and why she's so adamant about not getting into combat again. She doesn't want to start down that path again because she's scared she won't be able to turn back.
  • Alternatively, she may be one of the other Black Widows, since there have been several in the comics and even in one of the tie-in comics there are more than one products of the 'program' that produced Natasha Romanov. She might be from the Chinese equivalent, for instance.

At some point, Coulson will mention an old mission where he posed as a high school principal.
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 other
One is an international organization using a bird-of-prey as a symbol, with origins in black-ops and with a history involving fighting a terrorist organization with state-level resources. The other is an international organization using a bird-of-prey as a symbol, with origins in black-ops and with a history involving fighting a terrorist organization with state-level resources.

Lola is an AI
This explains Coulson's Insistent Terminology, constantly reminding people that his car has a name. Because she's sentient, and she gets offended when people treat her like an ordinary car.
  • If you buy the theory that Coulson is an LMD or android, that would explain why he and he alone has an affinity for her.

Simmons will die
She's kind of adorkable and we all know what Joss Whedon does to likeable characters...

Simmons is an alcoholic
She has been shown drinking beer in both of the first two episodes, and in the second episode, when Skye asked her how many drinks she had so far, she deflected the question and told Skye to loosen up.
  • There's further support in Season 2: when Coulson inspects the contents of her fridge while she's living alone undercover, he comments that she has nothing but beer and hot sauce. She counters that there's also some tea in a cupboard. Coupled with the fact that she admits to being stressed and lonely since leaving the team, it's not too out-there to read this interpretation between the lines.

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 eventually
Garrett is Deathlok Mk. 1. Peterson is Deathlok Mk. 5. No mention has been given as to the identities and whereabouts of Deathlok Mks. 2-4, so it's possible that at least one of them is still out there.

Fitz died in the Series Finale...but he'll be back
Fury said he's still alive at the end...but we know how he likes to lie. We never see Fitz again and Simmons is kept instead a glass tube so she doesn't either. He'll be brought back via the T.A.H.I.T.I. project, or some variant of it, and become Deathlok version 6, and thus, a Genius Bruiser.

Fitz will be confined to a wheelchair for the remainder of the series
The comicbook version of brain damage from oxygen deprivation made him paraplegic.

Lola used to belong to Howard Stark.
The hover tech is almost certainly Stark's design, but as sentimental as Coulson is, why not have another collectible from the very man who founded S.H.I.E.L.D. and practically helped invent Captain America?
  • Lola was originally Stark's and the ownership of her has passed down to every succeeding Director of Shield. Fury gave Lola to Coulson as a "Welcome Back" gift since he was well aware of Coulson's collection. It would also double as foreshadowing.
  • Given that Lola might very well have been the first vehicle that Stark was ever able to make capable of sustained flight, she isn't likely to have been sold for any reason, or really given away for that matter. That makes how she came to be in Coulson's possession all the more important. We know that Fury was on good enough terms with Howard before his death that the genius was willing to talk about Tony with him, so it would stand to reason that Coulson might have very well known the man too. If that's the case, and if the car was passed directly from Howard to Phil, the question becomes, "What did Phil Coulson do for Howard Stark to warrant such a valuable and historic bit of tech?"
  • No matter how or why Coulson has Lola, there should be a scene for Tony's reaction to her being in Phil's possession. Even better would be that Howard babied her like Coulson does now.

"This is just like Budapest!"
An episode will actually show what happened in Budapest in flashbacks, with the team now dealing with the eventual fallout. Bonus points if Clint and/or Natasha guest in the same episode.
Hawkeye: You and I remember Budapest very differently.

Ward always lies
Related to the above, but with broader strokes. Ward is "Level 6" at the start of the show, implying a high degree of training as well as obvious mastery of field ops. It is said he has "mad skillz yo", but other than a dossier that was made about his activities (probably only the things that are allowed to potentially be leaked around SHIELD or even to other organizations without compromising anything) we know almost nothing about his past. This is seemingly true from a fiction standpoint of all the characters, but specifically, no one in universe seems to know anything about him.

Being a trained operative at such a high level, he has also been trained in methods of suppressing the truth, lying convincingly, bending truth into falsehood, and other forms of mental tactics including biological fortitude. That is to say, he has been dosed by truth serums of varying potency multiple times and even if Coulson injected him with a real serum in the pilot, he could resist it or at the work "around it".

In essence, you can't trust anything he says because he is so good at lying, it can all sound convincing and even be worked in so close to the truth that it blends in. He lies for a living.
  • "Turn, Turn, Turn" adds credibility to this, seeing as Ward is a HYDRA agent.

Everyone is a robot.
The entire team is an experiment, with each agent being a prototype LMD based on a deceased SHIELD agent. The perfect spy agent, the hivemind scientists...and Coulson himself, who died and was "revived" in the form of an LMD. It's a big test run to see how AI agents can function in the field.

Skye has been to Tahiti.
She'll make a comment about it, or Coulson will, and a) they realize that something doesn't mesh with their memories, or b) they don't notice anything wrong but May and/or Ward overhears them.

Coulson is a psychic.
Coulson always seems to be one step ahead of everyone. He knows how people will react before they do, he seems to be able to avoid things that others can't (such as The Destroyer's blast). He is not just lucky, or really well trained, he is empathic and can at least sense what is about to happen, if not outright read it directly. He may or may not even know he is psychic, but it explains how he "just knows" all the time.

Apollo candy bars will make an appearance.
Because they're a handy Bland-Name Product owned by the ABC Network.

Graviton will return as a dangerous vigilante looking to eliminate anything he thinks is "bad tech" at any cost necessary
Seems like a good way to reconcile Hall's obvious good guy personality with him still being an antagonist.
  • He'll go after Team Coulson for trying to stop him from destroying the gravitonium.

Sky made a contract with one of the Incubators
She was a foster child and longed for a family. Kyubey appeared and said he could grant her wish "if you make a contract with me." She did and was recruited by Coulson into SHIELD where she has a father figure, a mother figure, an older brother, and two geeky younger siblings. She can't explain why she's so good with computers because it's her Magical Girl power. The witches she fights are online (muggles call them 'viruses' or 'trolls') and that's why she spends so much time alone in the van inside The Bus.

Skye has a killswitch, like Akela and the MI6 agent
Maybe a more basic version that means she has to take orders through a phone and hasn't got "backskatter" - it could even just be a killswitch of some sort built into her. This would explain her hacking skills (although they could still be her own, but her having a team of other hackers backing her up could explain a lot), why she's still spying (or whatever it is they want her to do) for the Rising Tide when she seems reluctant to betray The Team (and why she considers them family, but didn't feel that way about TRT) and why she empathised with Akela so quickly. It would also explain why she hesitated when Quinn was trying to talk her over to his side; she was waiting for orders on who to roll with.

Mack, the truck driver from episode 3, is the MCU counterpart of US1, or a relative/supporting character thereof
"Mach" is just his code name (if he's actually a trucker he wouldn't use his usual handle) and he suffered a head injury in his appearance. Even if he isn't Archer himself, he could easily be Papa Wheelie (explaining where he got the technology to build US1 from - it's S.H.I.E.L.D tech he was given as part of a settlement of sorts for being injured on the job).

Scorch is a mutant.
They just couldn't say it.

The Heroes for Hire will appear
When the fact they were making a TV show leaked, the Heroes for Hire were one of the first things fans thought of. The format would work for TV, it would introduce some more female and PoC characters (a major complaint of the MCU) and with Ultimate Spider-Man using two of the main three as main characters they have a modern base.
  • As the end of Season 1, this is looking more likely. Mike Peterson refuses to rejoin Team Coulson but still wants to make up for his evil deeds as Deathlok. He could do that and pay the bills at the same time.

Carol Danvers will appear
She's the lead in a new comic, female, has a military background... she won't appear all the time but she would fit the general idea. Of course, if she does it will only be as a military woman, not as Ms. Marvel.

Sharon Carter will make an appearance before or after showing up in Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Considering that she's played by Emily van Camp from Revenge, another ABC show, this might be a possibility.

Hawkeye and Black Widow will appear.
Perhaps only in one or two episodes, but they are technically agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. so this would make sense.
  • As an addendum, Nick Fury will show up in the pilot. Samuel L. Muthafuckin' Jackson shows up in "0-8-4". Whoever called that now has permission to gloat. He has also announced that he will appear in the season finale.
    • A recurring appearance by Maria Hill. In the full-length trailer, we hear a woman who sounds very much like Cobie Smulders interviewing Agent Ward about what S.H.I.E.L.D. means to him. Not sure if it's actually her, but, an interesting thought nonetheless. Hill was in the pilot.
    • Not an appearance, but they were explicitly referenced in "The Hub" as agents so good they didn't need extraction plans.

Once How I Met Your Mother ends, Cobie Smulders will join as Maria Hill
She was in the Pilot, but is not a regular...yet.
  • May be likely given the events of The Winter Soldier.

Bobbi Morse/Mockingbird will appear
Mockingbird began as Agent 19 AKA Bobbi Morse, a scientist who joined SHIELD after working on a project to recreate super soldier serum. Given that we already have two scientists in show, she would be an easy character to slip in.
  • A television series starring the character was also announced but has apparently been shelved since then, and it was mentioned that elements of it have been put into this TV show.

One story arc in the show will be about helping a female thief who uses a staff get off the streets
Recognizing her talents, they ask her to become part of The Team, and after several encounters, she'll finally relent. Her name? Bobbi Morse. Thus in an inversion of the typical dynamics, it'll be Mockingbird who was the ex-thief while Hawkeye was the legitimate one.
  • Skye was an independent hacker screwing with SHIELD and she's already joined the team as of the end of the pilot but she's not Mocking Bird. The real Mockingbird is confirmed in the season 2 teaser as San Diego Comic Con to already be a well regarded agent. Thus Jossed.

The Fantastic Four and the X-Men can't appear in the series
So they'll just get referenced instead. There will be loads of banter about how those five teenagers keep disappearing on them or something.
  • Possibly some specific-ish references to them in order to keep the potential alive once license deals run out and Disney/Marvel get their property back for films. Also Spider-Man will be referenced somehow. If they do, it'll be roundabout references. They couldn't even get Sony to let them use Empire State University, Spider-Man swinging by in the far background, or even Tobey Maguire standing in a crowd shot for The Incredible Hulk.
  • The Baxter Building was shown as a Freeze-Frame Bonus in Captain America 2, so it's not entirely impossible for them to get referenced.

The show will occasionally be used for Poorly Disguised Pilots of whatever obscure character Marvel wants to make a movie for next
Doc Strange, Heroes for Hire, Daredevil reboot, hell even a much-better-made Howard the Duck reboot. The potential is limitless.

Any Marvel characters who cannot get a legal mention will have a lawyer-friendly Shout-Out
Such as "the kid from Queens" or "that weird boarding school up in Westchester" or "those four astronauts that came back with super powers". Maybe, through this, when Disney gets the movie rights, they can toss them in there because of the aforementioned shout-outs...

The series will introduce Wasp, (Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.)
And, perhaps, Hank Pym / Ant-Man / Giant-Man, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.

The team will go up against a runaway experiment from the Weapon X program
They won't be mentioned by name, of course, but Coulson will brief the others on a top-secret program run by the Canadian government that experiments on meta-humans to create their own Super-Soldiers. He'll also mention that the closest thing they got to a success was a mercenary who went completely insane and now thinks he's a comic book character. (The files have pictures of Ryan Reynolds)
  • Mentioned in episode 16, End of the Beginning. The man suspected of being "The Clairvoyant", Thomas Nash was part of a Canadian weapons program dealing with gifted individuals.

Maria Hill will become a more prominent figure in season 2.
Cobie Smulders' current show, How I Met Your Mother, is ending after this season, which means she'll be free to take on a larger role in season 2.
  • Seems very likely given the events of The Winter Soldier.

MI13, Pete Wisdom, and/or Union Jack will make an appearance at some point.
Clark Gregg hinted on his Twitter that we'd see British superheroes at some point. MI13 almost seems like a gimme, since it's basically the British version of SHIELD. Meanwhile, Pete and Jack are the two main British heroes who either have no powers or have powers that can be easily ignored or explained by current MCU sources.
  • Captain Britain might be hard to justify, considering his origins are pretty firmly magical and so far the only magic we've seen is Asgardian. Same goes for a number of other British heroes, sadly. And, MI13 seems to what STRIKE evolved into, being that they seem to be the current organization dealing with weird superpowered y still age to adulthood at the same rate as humans (i.e. roughly 20 years), but then remain at that state for thousands more years—in other words, Skye IS only 24, but she will still look that way thousands of years from now. This also would bring up an extra layer of drama, as Skye will have to grasp the notion that she will end up outliving her friends and adoptive family by millennia.
Sif's upcoming appearance on the show may be related to Skye's origins. Perhaps she is the offspring of Thor and Sif? This would also technically mean that it was her uncle who killed Coulson, which the show will of course poke fun at.
  • Alternatively; maybe she's half-Asgardian, which would explain the ageing. There's a possible culprit in Professor Randolph. He's been "spreading his genes" for as much as a thousand years so it's not out of the question that a chunk of Earth's population are his descendents. Skye could be 1/100 Asgardian or something like that.
  • Skye being Asgardian is possibly Jossed as of T.R.A.C.K.S., since she is shot twice, and is mortally wounded, like any normal human would be. An Asgardian would easily shrug off something like that. However, Tess Black is a demigoddess, but doesn't have any powers.
  • At a panel at the Paley Festival, Ming-na Wen (May's actress) proposed her own theory that Skye is the child of May and Thor. After all, "he's dreamy". It should be noted that this is her own WMG, with no confirmation from the studio as a whole (Which may at least partially be inspired by fantasies over her character's love life). So one member of the cast is on record as favoring this theory, but it's not confirmed at the moment.

The trauma of being nearly killed by Quinn will reawaken whatever ability got Skye classified as an 0-8-4
Just her body trying to reduce the odds that she will be shot again any time soon.

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.
  • Corollary to this: with the reveal in "The Writing On The Wall" that the alien writing is a 3D map of a city, it's a good chance this special city is Attilan, home of the Inhumans (and yes, several thousand years old).
  • Further supported by "The Things We Bury". According to legend, blue aliens came to Earth in ancient times, and they brought an artifact called the Diviner. The writings on the Diviner are the same that Garrett, Coulson and the other T.A.H.I.T.I. subjects have been making, which have been all but confirmed as Kree language. Much later, a dead Kree was harvested by SHIELD to create the T.A.H.I.T.I. drug. Everyone who touched the Diviner was killed immediately, except for one young woman who was granted immortality instead. And that woman's daughter remains the only person to be exposed to the T.A.H.I.T.I. drug with no side effects. It's getting easier and easier to conclude that the Kree brought an artifact to Earth that created the first Inhumans.

Skye has healing powers
In "The Magical Place", she pulls Coulson out of the vision he's seeing, telling him to "come back" over and over again. When she did this, she subconsciously triggered her own powers (which were the reason someone killed an entire village to get to her when she was an infant and reversed the effect that the machine had on Coulson.

Skye is the daughter of Loki.
Loki is a pervert and a Norse God...He could be father or 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.
  • This theory is more solid after the events of 1.16, where Ward kills the fake Clairvoyant after he threatens Skye. Even the other characters point out that it's uncharacteristic of the usually stoic Ward to lose his cool like that.
  • The reactions of both Garet and his assistant, and especially May seem far too abrupt to be reasonable even under the circumstances. Though the justification given for Garet seems to be that he's lost enough people to the Clairvoyant already, May has no such explanation, and is even aware that her choice to attack Quin - for no reason other than the fact he shot Skye - made no sense. The contrast to her usual manner is far too jarring for Defrosting Ice Queen or Character Development to cover it.

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.
  • According to Raina, Agent of HYDRA, it was Skye's parents that killed everyone.

The reason why Skye unpersoned herself for the first time was to destroy all evidence of the name given to her by the orphanage
With a name like Mary Sue Poots, can you blame her?

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.


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! It’s okay! She has a tragic unknown backstory which causes the rest of the main cast to become the family she wishes she had. Even Ward and May, who never had any plans on getting too attached to her (especially Ward), become her big brother and mother figures.

Add to that that she’s Conveniently an Orphan, Raised by S.H.I.E.L.D who were also killed off, off-screen, before the plot started and you can see that while her 0-8-4 is trying to ‘fix’ her life, it’s not good at it. For instance, it makes her beautiful while homeless and capable of hacking SHIELD with a garden-variety laptop. She starts as mildly unrealistic and escalating from there into god-like because its feeding her escalating desire to be useful to and needed by her new "family". Her 0-8-4 contrives situations where she is the only one that can save the day.

What’s scary, and probably going to be the main plot point is that while Skye might not be aware of it, her power might be aware of her. In fact, it might be mildly self-aware to the point that it acknowledges what it’s doing by giving her the ‘real’ name of ‘Mary Sue Poots’ before then allowing her the 'cool' name of Skye.

Her 0-8-4 power is the ability to subconsciously manipulate reality to make her the main character with the true companions that she always wanted when she was little and alone.

On a lighter note, it could also be TV tropes has been given god like form. Either one is fine.

  • It wouldn't be the first time this has happened in a Joss Whedon show. Remember Jonathan's Reality Warper spell? Picture that as a constantly active superpower.
  • Her supposed "birth" father might have the same ability, but either on a smaller scale, as shown with Reina, and/or on the exact opposite polarity. Worse yet, unlike Skye, he can actively control this power.

Scorch will form an alliance with Graviton due to their shared hatred of SHIELD.
They will form the show's first true supervillain team. It's not clear from episode 5 whether Scorch was killed.

Coulson is an unintentional sleeper agent for Thanos
Akela's handler could see everything she could, this is similar to Coulson and Thanos. Thanos is watching and listening to everything Phil says, sees, and does. He may not have been involved with his resurrection, but dying via Loki's scepter forged a link between Thanos and Coulson that Thanos is taking advantage of right now.

Thanos is learning the innerworkings of SHIELD, what they do, who they are involved with, and just generally gathering intel so Thanos knows the best way to disable them in the future. Already Thanos knows that Nick Fury owes Coulson a debt, that SHIELD has a list of Gifted, that they are large in scope, that Melinda May and Grant Ward's are the team's heavies and by taking them out he could control the plane. That Coulson has so much internal information that he can search. That Skye can help him get other information that he doesn't have.

Later on in the series, Thanos will play his card... by taking over Coulson and attacking them from the inside. Coulson's got very high clearance, friends with many of the other agents, and guilt for the Avengers, if he showed up anywhere, it wouldn't be suspicious until he started killing them and making it easier for Thanos to invade.

  • Thanos may have had a plan already in place, but as soon as he realized what he had with Coulson, and he knew that SHIELD and the Avengers were the main reason his first attempt was stopped. He can use Coulson as an added bonus instead of a new plan in it's entirety.

Scorch is an Inhuman.
The nuclear power plant that melted down near his birthplace was actually a secret lab researching the Terrigen Mists. This is why he was the only one affected.

The series is meant to have a "false freedom"/"manipulation" theme.
So far we've had Project Centipede (both of the subjects we've seen so far were lured in with a "we'll make you powerful so you can be free to take what you deserve" offer and ended up being used), Reyes betraying Coulson by using their previous relationship in 0-8-4 and the villain of the third episode (who ranted on about freedom while being perfectly happy to keep people prisoner for his own benefitnote  and avoid any accountability himself). Akela was even more explicit (given she outright said she felt more free locked in a cage than she did with the Explosive Leash).

Coulson and Blake are going to clash again as the series progresses.
He touched Lola. Coulson isn't going to take that sitting down.

Sooner or later May is going to be incapacitated while the bus is airborne.
She's the best person on the team who knows how to fly (And more importantly land) an airplane. That kind of problem is just begging to happen.
  • It is shown in both "The Only Light In The Darkness" and "Nothing Personal" that Ward can fly the Bus.

At some point, Lola will be destroyed
Most likely while someone other than Coulson (probably Skye) is driving her without permission. She will likely do this out of necessity. Some agents take the black SUV out on a mission, an enemy attacks the Bus, and Skye pursues in Lola.
  • Alternatively, it will be blown up by a super villain. This almost happens in "Nothing Personal" while Coulson and Skye are escaping the hijacked Bus in midair. Ward shoots it several times, and it has a rather rocky trip to the ground, but it ultimately survives the ordeal.

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.

Grant Ward is related to Terrence Ward
Terrence might be his younger brother, abusive older brother, or another relative.
  • This could partly be related to the theory below that his brother is not the monster he was. The MCU's version of Terrence's powers are not that he has the power to change into a person's greatest fear (saving on expensive effects for a TV show) but has the ability to make them see their greatest fears. He was never a monster, but as a child he was not yet in control of his powers.

There is more than there seems to the plan during The Hub
It is either Secret Test of Character or part of some deeper plot. Possibly tying into the whole SHIELD going bad in the new Captain America movie,if that is what happens. It would explain why Victoria Hand was used in the episode, considering her ties with HAMMER.
  • The Plan may have been a Secret Test of Character for Skye in particular, especially if the promos for episode 11 are any indication; that is, Victoria Hand once again becomes involved, Skye is seen wearing field agent gear and even borrows Coulson's Catch Phrase at one point!

Ward's flashback
Was Ward really the brother who was threatened to not help the brother struggling to stay above water in the well, or was he the one doing the threatening? The oldest brother looked a lot more like Brett Dalton than the brother who was threatened did, which seems like something the producers would catch, unless it was intentional. Does adult Grant subconsciously style himself after his older brother? Was there some kind of body-switching or identity theft shenanigans? Did something happen to Grant, after which the older brother took his identity and devoted himself to helping others as penance? This is the MCU, after all. Stranger things have happened.
  • Ward implied he's Unpersoned himself before.
  • In "Nothing Personal", Ward tells Skye that no, his older brother didn't beat up the younger brother himself; he made Ward do it for him.

The eldest Ward brother sees himself as a Drill Sergeant Nasty
Instead of being a psychopathic bully, Grant's older brother saw his behavior as training his siblings for a cruel world. There will be an episode showing Ward (either in the past or the present) calling him on this and saying psychopathic "helpers" like him are the ones making it cruel.

The dimension Tobias Ford have been to really was Hel.
Not the Christian Hell, but the Hel of Norse myth.

Coulson's going to end up losing the rest of his antique collection in the line of duty.
He's already sacrificed his trading cards and his radio watch, the rest is sure to follow.

If/when we meet Ward's older brother, he won't be the monster he was as a child
He could be catatonic either from serving in the war on terror or an accident. He could be catatonic because Grant made him one.

Tobias Ford was trapped in Mephisto's realm
With all the religious parallels in that episode, it's likely.

Skye will eventually be issued a revolver.
Since she has trouble remembering the difference between the magazine release and the safety catch, the best choice is to give her a gun that takes out all the guesswork. And since she's a hacker rather than a field agent, she doesn't need the most advanced firearms available.

Tobias Ford was trapped on Muspelheim
Of all the Asgardian realms, Muspelheim is easily the most likely one would mistake for the traditional Fire and Brimstone Hell. It is the primordial realm of fire, after all, and is basically Jotunheim's mirror in climate. Lava, soot, fire giants, probably other devil-like races or critters about, who could blame the guy who making such an interpretation?

Simmons will gain electric based powers
Simmons will gain these powers from her encounter from the Chitauri virus. She won't mention these powers until they are really needed for three reasons, 1) not wanting to become an experiment, 2) her natural pride / curiosity and wanting to be in control and running any experiments herself, 3) fear of being taken from the team, it's been stated that she was the one who was more interested in joining the team than Fitz and that she persuaded him to join.

Kaylee Frye is a future descendant of Fitzsimmons
Since Kaylee has an inherent talent around machinery like Fitz. Plus they're all so adorkable.

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."
Coulson: *breathing heavily* Oh God...Hang on...Just hang on!
  • Almost. Skye is shot twice but is put into a barometric vessel to keep her alive. As of 1x14, she is in a coma with the rest of the team racing to find a way to save her. In 1x15, she wakes up and seems pretty okay.

Ian Quinn is Baron Zemo
He's been recruiting characters like the soon-to-be versions of Graviton and Blizzard. Sounds a lot like the Masters of Evil are forming.

Coulson's first assignment as a SHIELD agent was at a rodeo.
Making his "This isn't my first rodeo, Mr. Stark" line in Iron Man more literal.

The Clairvoyant and the cellist are one and the same person
Because Chekhov's Gunman; wouldn't it make for a major twist to have the backround girlfriend as the big bad?

Fury knows something about Skye's powers
In his brief cameo in episode two, he warns Coulson that Skye is "a risk". If he's been the Director of SHIELD long enough to have been involved in making her an Unperson, then he might know something about her powers. He could be talking about a lot more than her simply breaking into the SHIELD system.

Quinn's role in Centipede is to create new superpowered individuals
Every time he's shown up, he's been backing someone trying to make some kind of superweapon, and each time, as a result of SHIELD's trying to stop said superweapon, the creator has ended up with powers derived from his creation. That's what he's really after. Now he just needs to fund a raid on a SHIELD holding facility to break his new supersoldiers out.

Skye IS an Infinity Stone/Gem
An 084 designation is used to identify an unknown object, and we know from Thor that the stones don't have to be literal stones. There's been a lot of complaints about how things just work out for Skye, how people like her and talk about her in a glowing way. It's deliberate. She's probably mind, soul, or reality and she's unconsciously warping people and reality around her so that she is needed and liked by the Bus. Before that, it was the Hunan village where people were literally dying to protect her as a baby.

The people brought back in the upcoming ABC series Resurrection were resurrected by means similar to Coulson.
It's called "Beta Testing".

Coulson doesn't actually know May, memories of her were implanted and she is his "Handler"
Basically, they screwed with Coulson's memories (we know this) and whenever Coulson is uncertain of what to do, he goes to May and talks to her (The Hub, The girl in the flower dress, etc) While May has verbally assured him that she knows him for a while, and that their friendship is true, there has been nothing physical to back it up. Skye hasn't shown cases of them working together. Sitwell hasn't talked about them going to lunch ages ago. What if Coulson had memories implanted of May, and she's there making sure he's "running right" so to speak. After all, they wouldn't just let him go out and wander the world if he just had mentally scarring surgery and a desire to die. Why not make him trust someone, then implant the idea to take her with him.
  • Semi-confirmed. "Yes Men" has her reporting to someone that Coulson knows something. Everything but the memories being implanted were confirmed, but, when pressed, she didn't say that what he thinks happened actually happened.

We will see the formation of something like the Masters of Evil
Centipede, HYDRA, AIM, ZODIAC, or just Mike Peterson will bust open the Sandbox. In the ensuing confusion, Franklin Hall, Donnie Gill, maybe Lorelei and a few others will break out and form a supervillain team. This will be the focus of an episode, as Team Coulson interacts with some vigilantes while having a manhunt. The twist, we discover at the end of the episode, is that the Hall and Gill were incidental. The breakout was cover for thieves boosting the Chitauri virus helmet. Dun dun dun.

Why May let her anger get to her during beating Quinn
Normally she's quite calm and composed, but the beating she was giving Quinn brought out some of the repressed fury she had from taking the Berserker Staff.

The decomposing blue humanoid Coulson found inside the tank is either:
  • A Kree. The Kree are a major part of the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy film. It could also be used as a way to introduce Ms. Marvel into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, since her powers are based on contact with Kree DNA.
  • G.H. could possibly stand for Geheneris HalaSon.
  • A Jotun
  • An Atlantean
  • Gallowglass note 
  • One of Skye's race note 
  • A Gnobian. (GH could stand for "Gnobian Humanoid".)

The Guest House facility was an outpost of SWORD.
Makes perfect sense, given the confirmed status of it belonging not to SHIELD, rather an as-of-yet-unnamed associate organization and the housing of an apparent (albeit very dead) alien lifeform. note 

[[WMG: Skye int Coulson will remember that he hasn't called that cellist he was dating there since he died.
  • The cellist was mentioned by Coulson to Ward in "The Bridge". She thinks he's dead.
  • The Cellist (aka Audrey, played by Amy Acker) plays a central role in "The Only Light in the Darkness".

Agent Garrett is the Clairvoyant.
Even though the end of the episode "The End of the Beginning" seemed to indicate that Hand is the Clairvoyant, Garrett still looks suspicious. While he may not have said or done anything overly suspicious so far, it's likely that Hand is just another red herring, like Nash was.
  • Confirmed.

Hand believes that Coulson's team are HYDRA agents
  • Her actions at the end of TEOTB could be down to her thinking the team are the bad guys. Given her by-the-book ways, it wouldn't be much of a stretch if she immediately suspected rulebreakers if she came across evidence SHIELD had been infiltrated. Given she was confused at why so much effort was being expended to rescue Coulson, she might even consider that "evidence" against him ( The HYDRA controlled element want to protect one of their pawns, rather than having to risk recruiting a new one). Indeed, for all we know the entire Clairvoyant conspiracy was unrelated to HYDRA.
    • The notion that Hand believes Coulson and team to be the traitors is supported by a brief argument seen between her and Simmons in the "Turn, Turn, Turn" promo:
      Simmons: He's a good man!
      Hand: He's a liar!
    • Hand either thinks Coulson was a HYDRA sleeper agent the whole time or is making an excuse to turn on him similar to the ones made in regards to S.H.I.E.L.D.'s manhunt on Captain America and Black Widow.
  • Confirmed.

The show will continue being called "Agents of SHIELD" even though the crew will no longer be official SHIELD agents
  • After the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, SHIELD has been dissolved. Since Coulson and crew are already officially rogues, they'll continue under the SHIELD moniker as an A-Team like band, re-recruiting old SHIELD agents to their ranks.
  • Confirmed. Coulson is making a new SHILED as the new Director but SHIELD's reputation is still ruined so the rest of the world will see them as such.

The post-Captain America: The Winter Soldier episodes will be about Coulson's team trying to rebuild a purified and reformed SHIELD
Considering the title of the show is probably not going to change, movie-that-changes-everything or no, it's likely that post Uprising arcs will focus on this plothread.
  • Confirmed in the first season finale; Fury even promotes Coulson to director.

Fitzsimmons will get a Now or Never Kiss
Considering their current position in the season 1 finale, they must admit their feelings pretty quickly.
  • Confirmed, though Simmons does all the kissing. Oddly enough, no kiss on the lips.

Joss wanted to kill someone at the end of the season, but didn't want to live down to his reputation.
  • Give Fitz brain damage. As good as dead, but not truly dead.
  • Confirmed: Word Of God has stated that it was Ward who was slated to die in the Season 1 finale, but the writers felt there was more story to tell there, so he got let off with a maiming and incarceration that allows for his potential return.

Simmons and Morse become an item
  • There might have been chemistry between them in 2.5 "A Wolf in the Henhouse." ("Call me Bobbi." "If it hadn’t had been for Bobbi, I would never have made it out... she's amazing!") Proposed 'ship name: MockingJem?

General Talbot has been replaced by an imposter
Since the start of the season he's been determined to end SHIELD once and for all. Then comes the attack on the UN and he suddenly goes to bat for SHIELD with the senator who's out to bury SHIELD? Suspicious.

Sooner or later all the Ward siblings will end up in one place at the same time
This will result in a "Rashomon"-Style episode in which they argue about who was abusing who and how.

Talbot isn't working for the Air Force right now
He's been seconded to NATO to be a part of their anti-HYDRA unit, not the US government's. By acting on behalf of a multi-national group (Even if most of his people are American), he can operate freely in other countries without triggering an international incident over US troops operating in other countries without seeking the host nation's permission, especially since every country he's been seen operating in so far is a NATO member. This way, America is not launching raids on the soil of allied countries; NATO is just performing an internal security op.

Christian Ward and Grant Ward are both secretly conspiring together.
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's still unknown. Maybe Thomas Ward never even existed? This may end up being confirmed when S.H.I.E.L.D. looks into the records of someone named Thomas Ward, but cannot find anything.

Grant Ward will rejoin HYDRA after breaking free, vowing revenge on Coulson's team.

Much like with Skye's Father, he will team up with HYDRA to take down Coulson, providing useful information that he has gathered as a prisoner in season 2, including the location of The Playground.

  • Alternatively, he may attempt to rejoin HYDRA but they will not allow it, given that he's spilled too many HYDRA secrets to S.H.I.E.L.D. while being their prisoner. In this case, HYDRA will at best shoo him away and at worst try to kill him.

  • Finally, he may rejoin HYDRA, but as a Reverse Mole—he will ultimately reveal himself in a truly heroic action, thus indeed proving his sincerity to Coulson's team that he wants to atone.

Grant Ward will search for Skye's Father
His final words to Coulson were not anger over being turned over to his brother but that he will "keep my promise". He promised Skye he would find her father. Once he does, he will attempt to capture him with the intent of dragging him back to the Playground as a peace offering. Instead, Skye's Father will kill him once he discovers what Ward did to his daughter (break her heart, kidnap her, threaten her with a gun etc.). When Skye finds out about this, she will be conflicted about whether or not it's a monstrous action to kill another monster.

Coulson purposely gave Grant away as a diversionary tactic.
Think about it: By handing Grant to Christian, Coulson appeases him on the public end and subsequently gets Talbot off S.H.I.E.L.D.'s back. Coulson would also know that Grant would attempt escape, and by doing so, Christian will have his hands full trying to contain Grant. They cannot blame Coulson or S.H.I.E.L.D. for Grant's escape, after all Grant was in their hands when he escaped (and he did warn them). All in all, less headaches for Coulson and for S.H.I.E.L.D.

Coulson's cellist girlfriend will be killed (or at least threatened) by HYDRA
They need to get Coulson out in the open, what better way than to endanger his loved one.

Skye isn't the person Ward is really interested in.
Lorelei only said there was another; she didn't say who. It might not be a woman at all, but Fitz, and that Ward is in an armoured closet.) It could also be Coulson. Someone has to acknowledge Clark Gregg is only plain by Hollywood standards in universe.

The correct response to the Spy Speak at the Guest House.
Guard: "How was the drive from Istanbul?"

Skye and Coulson will respectively become Ms. Marvel and Captain Marvell
. Pretty straightforward - in the comics Carol Danvers becomes Ms. Marvel due to an infusion of Kree blood from Captain Mar-Vell. Since both Coulson and Skye have undergone a similar set of circumstances, it's possible that they will therefore fill the roles in the movies/show in time to come.

The rest of the Avengers will learn of Coulson's survival very, very shortly
At the end of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, SHIELD's entire database is uploaded into the public domain by Fury and Romanoff to expose HYDRA's rebirth (Something Skye will undoubtedly find quite amusing). While the details of how Coulson survived might not be in those files, any mission reports submitted by Coulson after his death and resurrection will be. Sooner or later one of them is going to go through some of those files and realize that Coulson isn't dead (JARVIS on behalf of Stark is the most likely candidate).

Ward is brainwashed (ala the Manchurian Candidate and/or the Winter Soldier).
  • Lots of people have noted that everything about his actions and facial expressions throughout the episode were not only out-of-character, but just Granted, part of every good sleeper agent's job is to blend in well in enemy territory, but the Shocking Swerve was so out of nowhere, there might be something else to it.
  • Given every HYDRA member's proclivity to smugly shout HAIL HYDRA at the slightest victory, Ward was oddly silent and blank-eyed whenever the opportunity arose.
  • Additionally, his "family history" alluded to by Coulson might go beyond Ward's older brother being a psychopath; it could be generational involvement in HYDRA. He could have been programmed from a young age (or by Garrett during his training) to ally with them, and is either resisting it or feeling extreme regret and internal conflict now that he's been on the good guys' side.
  • One thing from The Winter Soldier that might be relevant to this avenue of speculation is that HYDRA has Loki's staff.

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 team
At the end of "Turn, Turn, Turn" Coulson stated that their next mission is to "survive" which means he's going to need help. He previously rated Akela as equal to May in Agent caliber so she could definitely provide that help. Since he's the one who trained her and also saved her from the Eye Bomb (and the fact that CENTIPEDE felt it necessary to use one in the first place) he can be reasonably sure of her loyalty to him.

Blake was specifically targeted by Deathlok
In Turn, Turn, Turn, Hand mentions that Blake had come to her with suspicions that high level SHIELD agents were in fact double agents involved in some sort of conspiracy. Deathlok was sent to take him out because he was getting too close to the truth.

Skye will kill Ward
If it turns out that he really is Evil All Along, then it will be poetic given who trained her. The trailers REALLY seem to be building to an epic confrontation when the "truth" is finally revealed.
  • "The Only Light..." really seems to be building up to this given Skye's discovery of his true loyalty.

Ward isn't really Ward
That is, he's not Grant Ward. He's actually been the older psychopathic brother the entire time, playing the part of one of his younger brothers (who may in fact be dead).

After Skye learns of Ward's involvement with HYDRA, she'll be held at gunpoint only for her to use that disarming technique.
Someone (either former S.O. Ward or his own former S.O., Garrett) will lampshade it.

Raina is a clairvoyant, but she's only just beginning to use her powers
She can't see things to the extent that Garret was assumed to be able to, but she can see small details and know exactly what to say to make a person trust her. That was why she was so disappointed when the Clairvoyant turned out to be a fraud - she was hoping that they'd be able to train her in how to use her abilities better.

Victoria Hand is still alive.
Let's consider how Hand died. She gave a loaded gun to Ward and invited him to use it on Garrett, only for Ward to turn it on her and her guards instead. This seems not only Too Dumb to Live, but Out of Character for someone as Properly Paranoid as Hand. So what really happened? Hand (and presumably the guards) was a Life Model Decoy or something similar. The whole thing was a Secret Test of Character for Ward—and since he failed, Hand knows he's a traitor and he's in even more danger than he thinks.

Ward's feelings for Skye will be his undoing.
Ward may be a traitor, but he really does love Skye. Therefore, if he ever has to choose between his loyalty to HYDRA and Skye's safety (either as part of a mission or an If You're So Evil, Eat This Kitten situation set up by Garrett), he'll protect Skye, possibly redeeming himself by Taking the Bullet for her in a Heroic Sacrifice.
  • 'Nothing Personal' builds on this with lots of talk about her being a "weakness".

Ward will break ties with HYDRA
But not because of morality or a Love Redeems inspired by Skye. It's because he isn't so much an Agent of HYDRA as he is an Agent of Garrett, and Garrett's loyalty to HYDRA is motivated by self-interest, not ideology. If it looks like HYDRA is going down, Garrett will jump ship and either join some other organization or simply go independent, and Ward will follow.
  • Confirmed. But since Garrett is now dead, Ward is on his own. Likely HYDRA learns of this, and will force Ward to work for them against his will as a consolation for Garrett's betrayal.
  • In season 2 "Shadows" he's willing to tell Coulson any kind of HYDRA secret he wants, but only if Skye is the one asking.

The idea that Ward is Hydra has occurred to Coulson.
Someone on the team tries to shut down Tripplet's addition to the team because he was Garret's student and worked with him for years. Why couldn't the same apply to Ward, after all?

Ward tried to kill May in "Yes Men".
Watch the timing there. If we count the amount of time Lady Sif puts on the collar, even under the most liberal interpretation of assuming the collar only disables her power when it's finished extending, there are another five and a half seconds of that scene where they stare at each other and Sif makes a joke. Then, offscreen, Sif has to pull Lorelei to her feet, put on handcuffs, and march her down a hall. (The hall is the length of the interrogation room.) Then we count the seconds between Ward pulling the trigger on the gun, and Lady Sif walking into sight. It's...six and a half seconds. Unless Lady Sif can wrangle Lorelei upright and down a hall, plus put on cuffs, in one second, (She didn't seem to be moving particularly fast when she strolled in.) Ward had stopped being under Lorelei's control several seconds before he pulled that trigger. Granted, it's possible this is just an editing screwup, but it seems equally possible that this was actually Ward trying to eliminate May when he was handed a completely valid excuse.

Once it comes out that Ward is Hydra, there will be a Call Back to the "porcupine"/"little poop with knives sticking out of it" on his people skills assessment.
Once Hill finds out his true allegiance, she'll either remind Coulson that she warned him Ward didn't play well with others or comment on what picture she should have used for the assessment, e.g., an octopus.

Skye having bad luck with men will become a running gag
So far, the list of people she's been attracted to consists of a HYDRA deep cover mole, and a man who was bribed into betraying his principles by a HYDRA subsidiary. Her habit of picking guys who are secretly or unintentionally evil is not over yet.

Pissing off Coulson
So far, there has only ever been one way to make Coulson truly angry; betraying his trust. Even getting stabbed through the heart by Loki or trying to survive getting killed by Scorch did little more than make him very snarky. Skye selling out the team? First time he's ever raised his voice.

So far, Coulson has been betrayed 3 times. Once by Skye, which at this point he's forgiven. Once by May, which hit even harder than Skye's betrayal since he's known her longer than anyone on the team. Once by Garrett, a trusted friend. How will he take Ward's betrayal when that comes out? Prediction: They'll be scraping what's left of Ward off the wall.

Coulson and/or Skye will eventually suffer a bad medical reaction to the T.A.H.I.T.I. drugs
The reason that Coulson wanted to shut down the T.A.H.I.T.I. project - to the point of attempting to resign in protest to its continuation - was because injecting drugs derived from alien DNA caused a horrific variety of side effects in the test subjects. Since two members of the team have since been given those drugs, the potential for those side effects occurring in them is now there.

Something similar could happen with Simmons and the anti-serum derived from Chitauri antibodies.
  • Partially confirmed. Coulson has started showing side effects from using the drugs similar to those shown by Garret. Skye hasn't, but she also was given the drug much more recently, so that could just mean that it will take more time before she suffers them.

The test subjects of Project T.A.H.I.T.I. were either dead or terminal
Given Coulson's morals, he wouldn't have approved of healthy, living people being used as test subjects for a project of this magnitude. It stands to reason that they would start out working on dead bodies or those who were going to die no matter what was done.

Ward will have a Redemption Arc in the finale - and probably into season 2note 
Ward's been acting sporadically, especially in 'Nothing Personal': it seems like his feelings for Skye, and the fact that Garrett was totally willing to kill off his Dragon in a gambit for the hard drive will lead him to a Heel-Face Turn.

Garrett enabled Ward to kill his older brother, which is why Ward is so fiercely loyal to him.
In "Ragtag", we see flashbacks to a teenage Ward being recruited by Garrett. If Garrett took Ward under his wing and taught Ward the skills necessary to deal with his terrorizing older brother, it would explain why Ward is on his side.

The berserker staff will wind up in Bruce Banner's posession
Enormous green rage monster with an Asgardian rage weapon; it's too cool not to happen.

Ward is truly working for Loki not Garrett
If Ward convinced Coulson of Undying Loyalty, then it's not out-of-the-question that he's fooling Garrett too. Besides, a warrior like him would right in with cold-blooded asgardians.

It all started during one of Loki's secret trips to Midgard. He'd heard stories about how the Tesseract was taken there and by bringing it back himself he could one-up Thor.

Back then, Ward was not the Consummate Liar he is in the main narrative and was regularly beaten by Garret to make his lies more convincing under torture. Loki thought it would be fun trying to teach him to lie while learning about this organization and using him to find the Tesseract. They bounded over their horrible relationships to their older brothers and fathers. Thus, Ward feeds him information about certain things.

If this were true, it would explain a few things.

1. Ward goes after Lorelei despite knowing about her Compelling Voice because he believes she works for/allies with Loki. It's an excuse to work against Coulson (the one who blasted Loki) without blowing his cover

2. In "Providence" he can be seen handling the Berserker Staff without trouble. Perhaps he's taken a liking to it because he's familiar with Asgardian weaponry.

3. He's never said "Hail Hydra!"

Arcade is part of the Rising Tide
Some versions of him have been a hacker, or even a technopath.

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...
  • Abner Jenkins, a hired gun from central Europe with tech that could give Tony Stark a run for his money and a personal grudge against Coulson. (rejected because the assassin went in incognito, while Jenkins takes more of a Why Don't You Just Shoot Him? approach)
  • A hitman known only as "Lester" who has worked for some of the world's greatest crime lords (rejected because the assassin killed the target barehanded, and Lester only kills with projectiles)
  • A Canadian mercenary named Wade Wilson who underwent genetic experiments and is dangerously unstable (rejected because the assassin never spoke, and the file makes it very clear that Wilson doesn't shut up)
  • A mercenary from Symkaria named Silver Sablinova who leads her own pack of assassins (rejected because it was clearly a one-man job; and, well, it was clearly a man)
  • Sergei Kravinoff, a Russian big game hunter who decided The Most Dangerous Game was more of a challenge (rejected because he specializes in hunting his prey down, while the assassin was told where his target would be by the Clairvoyant)
  • Ex-S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Anthony Masters, one of the deadliest hand-to-hand fighters on Earth (deduced to be him, because the assassin clearly knew S.H.I.E.L.D. protocols like only an ex-agent would)

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 HYDRA
His first name was never revealed in the show, and Bob's last name was never revealed in the comics. And Coulson's team will need to take him lout very quickly to get to the rest of the event in the finale, so he could easily get reduced to Butt Monkey status in the first few minutes of the episode. We need 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 everywhere
Random bits:
  • The Leader, under SHIELD custody, is said to have the "ability to predict probable outcomes of tactical and strategic scenarios is so advanced that it borders on clairvoyance" from the Other Wiki.
  • Deathlok Program is produced by Cybertek, a division of Roxxon Energy Corporation, which has a Brain Trust including the Leader in Ultimate Universe.
  • The head of Roxxon Energy Corporation is Aleksander Lukin, who is speculated to be merged with the character Alexander Pierce in Captain American: Winter Solider.
  • Finally, Brand Coorporation is another subsidiary of Roxxon, which is said to have connection(?) to Abigail Brand, an orphan who becomes an agent of SHIELD and director of SWORD. Skye is an orphan and she wants to fly a spaceship.

The "army of lawyers" that Hill mentioned included Matt Murdock
With Daredevil about to get a Netflix series of his own, they'll look for some way to tie him in to the greater MCU and the easiest way would be to have him employed by one of the Avengers.

Grant Ward only ever had one brother.
The other one is an Invented Individual Ward made up to help him manipulate others. The only person who says that Ward has (or had) two brothers is Ward himself. Ward, as described above, is a lying liar who lies. When other characters access Ward's records, they refer to Ward's brother in the singular and never specify which one they're talking about. Both times Ward mentions having two brothers, he's explicitly trying to get Skye to trust him. Since Ward's claims about the nature of his older brother's actions vary between the two discussions, it would make more sense for the older brother to be the fictional one, but the other way would work, too.
  • There are two brothers in the flashback scenes in "The Well" but Ward is a lying liar who lies. It would be easy for Unreliable Narrator to account for this.
  • When the eldest Ward brother appears, the truth becomes more complicated. Senator Christian Ward confirms that he and Grant have a younger brother named Thomas, though his version of what happened between the three of them differs wildly from Grant's. He says that Grant is always lying: "Beneath every lie is another lie." On the other hand, Grant insists that Christian is worse then he himself, and also a better liar. "Thomas" could still be invention for the two brothers to make each other look like a monster.

Thomas Ward was a powered individual.
He took pleasure in turning his brothers against each by using his powers to make them think the other one was torturing him (or in Grant's case convincing him that Christian was forcing him to). This would also be a shout out to Billy Blim on Angel, who also a) came from a family compared to the Kennedys and b) like to watch as other people affected by his powers hurt people (in his case only women) rather than doing it himself.

Lynda Carter will appear as Contessa Valentina de Fontaine
  • With Maria Hill and Bobbi Morse being played by two former Wonder Women, the pattern is there.

One of the test subjects for Project: T.A.H.I.T.I. was a cancer patient named Wade Wilson
Because if Quicksilver can exist in two unintersectible Marvel film continuities, why can't the Merc with a mouth? And considering the mind-expanding form of insanity that Garret got when being injected with that drug, it totally makes sense that with the wrong set of variables it could imbue someone with Medium Awareness.

The Obelisk is actually an Infinity Stone.

Creel turning into wood was a test by the SFX team
To see if they could animate wood well enough to have Groot show up in a future episode.

Fitz isn't hallucinating his conversations with Simmons
They're now psychically linked, something that will freak out everybody when they figure it out.

Simmons left SHIELD because she couldn't deal with her massive guilt.
Simmons still loves Fitz, but she couldn't bear seeing him in such a state. To top it off, she figures it was probably her fault for causing Fitz' current condition, so she left.

Simmons left to find a cure for Fitz' condition.
Promotion materials show her in some Black Ops uniform, so she's probably on the look out for some alien technology to help Fitz out.

Ward's psychotic older brother is Talbot's backer.
In the episode Heavy is the Head, Talbot tells Hunter that he has a senator that will give the mercenary what ever dollar amount he wants to flip on Coulson and S.H.I.E.L.D. Seeing as how Ward's brother, Senator Christian Ward is going to be making an appearance soon, it makes far too much sense to be a coincidence.

Simmons didn't join HYDRA
  • Despite what the trailer for the next episode implies, Simmons is not a HYDRA agent. That's just another case of Superdickery. Actually, she's Nick Fury's Reverse Mole. The two of them had plenty of time to talk after he rescued her and Fitz (Fitz was unconcious, so they were basically alone). It wouldn't have been hard for him to ask her to take on an undercover assignment. She'd be an ideal choice: Who'd ever suspect Simmons of pulling the wool over their eyes? With a little training from Fury, she could probably infiltrate without much trouble.
    • It's equally possible is that Coulson himself sent her (without telling anyone else on the team, of course). This would really play into the whole 'willing to deceive the team and basically grow into Fury's shoes' arc that his character seems to heading down. Furthermore, it's entirely possible that her apparently joining HYDRA is to gain access to their medical intelligence to see if they have anything that can help fix Fitz.
      • Confirmed in Episode 3. Everything but Fury being behind this ploy is true, including the superdickery. The "did you think I wouldn't find out?" line from the preview was Coulson scolding her for not stocking healthy food in her new place, and that was even his fault in the first place.

Skye and Ward will develop a Mistress And Servantboy relatioinship
Ward doesn't know what to do with himself if someone is not giving him orders. He lived and died on Garret's word. Now Garret is dead and so no one is giving him orders. That's why he made his deal with Coulson; he treats Skye's interrogation questions as "debriefing from his superior" because he's transfered his loyalty to her. S.H.E.I.L.D. or HYDRA makes no difference to him and eventually Team Coulson will recognize this and let him out of his cell (with a Restraining Bolt of course). Instead of Alexander Pierece ordering Garret ordering Ward it will be Coulson ordering Skye ordering Ward. Her telling him to run her errands or some other petty/demeaning task will be a Running Gag. None of this precludes him becoming a Poisonous Friend but he will always act in-line with what Skye wants/orders.
  • The Poisonous Friend part is confirmed in "Writing on the Wall". He claims he wants to "be helpful" to Skye by sending "gifts" like a Bound and Gagged Bakshi but she didn't tell him to do this and the stinger implies he's going to try burning his brother alive again.

Agent Mac is actually undercover Luke Cage
He was sent by Fury to be the teams ace in the hole when the crap hits the fan. After all his back story is a connection to Jessica Jones. Plus, just take a look at the guy! There's certainly a resembalance. He will make The Reveal during a rescue mission for Coulson and announce himself with "Where's my money, Honey?" The difference will be a joking manner instead of a serious one.

Lance Hunter will become Deadpool
He's a mercenary who at one point was married to a "demonic hellbeast". He loves talking and snarking. Eventually he will reveal that "Lancer Hunter" is a name he choose for himself (like how Mary Sue Poots became Skye) and that his real name is "Wade Wilson". After that he'll get injected with GH-235, go nuts, and develop Medium Awareness.

Bobbi Morse is The Mole for HYDRA within SHIELD
When she was extracting Simmons from the HYDRA facility, we saw her about to face a squad of guards led by Bakshi himself, but we never saw an actual fight between them. He may have reminded her "compliance will be rewarded" and sent her to rescue Simmons in order to gain SHIELD's trust and find their headquarters.
  • If this is the case it's likely she'll end up having to fight the brainwashing and struggling to get free from it in a Fighting from the Inside or I Know You Are In There Somewhere Fight type scene. If so, then she'll be the one to kill Whitehall, because trying to control her is one of her biggest Berserk Buttons in the comics.
  • Alternatively, they may end up thinking Bobbi is The Mole, but in reality she is as loyal as anyone else. Instead, someone unexpected will be revealed to have been brainwashed, with Bobbi as a Red Herring.

Baskhi THINKS that Bobbi is his mole within SHIELD
When we saw her about to face him and his guards, she said some HYDRA code to the effect of "I'm going to infiltrate them". She tried to do something to this effect with that other guard before said guard saw Simmons and she had to knock him out. The purpose of this is to prolong her cover and Feed the Mole.
  • Evidently Jossed (both this and the one above); When being interrogated by Bobbi on behalf of Coulson, he chooses attempted suicide rather than any other attempt at escape, which would be unlikely if the interrogator was someone on his side.

Lance mentioning his ex-wife being a demonic Hell-Beast was NOT metaphorical
Turns out the ex-wife was actually some sort of demonic entity from Hell that was trying to conquer Earth, and Lance actually helped in saving the Earth. He probably suffered the same sort of mind rewiring Coulson did but using powerful magic, thus how he got divorced was distorted and thus has no memory of fighting off the forces of Hell, making him an offscreen Hero of Another Story.

HYDRA will try to brainwash Talbot
However, the brainwashing will not hold because the one thing they wish for him to do, take down SHIELD, would constantly erase it. This is because Talbot hates Coulson THAT FREAKIN' MUCH due to SHIELD now being a vigilante group and he's stooped to accepting what are essentially bribes from them to keep his position. It's also because he wishes to finally arrest Coulson through legitimate means to prove to Coulson that all these secret agent shenanigans do not work in protecting the world, rather than having just some stereotypical evil organization mind controlling him into doing so.

Skye's nickname for Coulson will not get updated because of his promotion
Because Coulson, as a Marvel character, would not appreciate being called "DC".

Lance and Morse were freelance mercs for hire working together
Lance said that "I met a girl" in response to Talbot's question about why he chose the merc work. He could be referring to Bobbi. Then Bobbi opted to join S.H.I.E.L.D., a decision that clearly didn't sit too well with Lance. This would explain part of why Hunter's a bit miffed about his "she-devil ex" joining the team.

Lance and Bobbi broke up because of adultery
We don't know why they broke up, but its clearly something that's left a sour spot for them both. Either one of them, or even both, being unfaithful could be reason to cause such issues to crop up.

When Lance said he was 'keeping [his] options open', Bobbi responds by mumbling 'you always do', which sounds like she's bitter at being cheated on. He also mentioned he became a merc because he 'met a girl', but its not specified this girl was Bobbi, and given she herself isn't a merc, its likely he left Bobbi for this mercenary girl only for it to not work out.

With Bobbi, however, its very clear that Lance is far more bitter about the divorce and far less willing to speak highly of her (while Bobbi instead vouched for him, and so likely doesn't call him a "hellbeast" behind his back). Bobbi also mentioned Hawkeye, establishing that she and him know each other, and given their relationship in the comics, they were likely romantically linked, which could easily mean she left Lance for Clint.

As such, its quite possible one of them (or, again, both) due to meeting someone and the already present issues they had, lead to them cheating and/or leaving them for someone else.

Coulson purposely gave Grant away as a diversionary tactic.
Think about it: By handing Grant to Christian, Coulson appeases him on the public end and subsequently gets Talbot off S.H.I.E.L.D.'s back. Coulson would also know that Grant would attempt escape, and by doing so, Christian will have his hands full trying to contain Grant. They cannot blame Coulson or S.H.I.E.L.D. for Grant's escape, after all Grant was in their hands when he escaped (and he did warn them). All in all, less headaches for Coulson and for S.H.I.E.L.D.

Skye will join HYDRA
The Doctor her father and Whitehall are now allied together. Whitehall is shown to be very efficient at brainwashing even the most loyal SHIELD agents. As a reward for his allegiance and to keep him on HYDRA's side, Whitehall will brainwash a captured Skye into joining HYDRA and being loyal to The Doctor.

If the show makes it to Season 3, the characters from Big Hero 6 will make appearances to draw in more viewers
Just like the characters from Frozen are in a season of Once Upon a Time

Bobbi was part of some special devision of SHIELD, alongside Hawkeye and Black Widow
She's specifically called 'one of their best', appears to be a One-Man Army, has a unique looking tactical outfit that resembles what Hawkeye and Widow (and Cap) wore, has mentioned Clint in a way to suggest she knows him personally (and as she knows May, and May knows Widow, means she probably knew Widow as well), worked with Coulson in the past (and had high enough security clearance to know Coulson was alive), and generally seems to be treated like she's on their level. Likely, she was from the same branch of SHIELD that those two were in (along with Captain America during his time with SHIELD), possibly as part of some highly-decorated unit that Coulson oversaw. Alternatively, all three could have been SHIELD's own candidates for the Avengers Initiative (hey, she's an Avenger in the comics), which was why they worked with Coulson and had their own uniforms; as for why she wasn't present at the battle for New York, she was probably busy with something else that kept her away.

Daniel Whitehall will eventually, in some fashion, live up to his comic book codename as "The Kraken".
He may adopt the codename himself, or he may experience certain events in the series that very subtly allude to the mythological kraken, or at the very least a water motif.

The second time around, Christian allowed Grant to do him in.
Overcome with guilt over what he had done to Thomas, and hating his parents for abusing him, Christian goes inside the cabin and stays inside as Grant burns it down and even prevents his parents from escaping the inferno. So in a way, yes, it was a murder-suicide.


There will be a cameo in every episode
So in the first one we got Maria Hill, Fury goes second, Clint or Tasha could go next, then Thor will be in a broadcast for the time Dark World hits, the final season will lead directly to Winter Soldier, when there are no cameos from the movies hopefully we will get direct differences to Strange -if he did resurrect Coulson- or Dr. Voodo, Cage or Matt.
  • Jossed as of "The Asset". Though it does introduce a Marvel Villain.
    • Jossed in the fourth episode with no villain at all.

Mike Peterson will be Luke Cage
Think about it, they kept talking about having to invent a new identity for him, his powers are similar, and at the end of the pilot they were kept under control. Wouldn't it possible for him to return later in the season, recouped and using a new name to fight alongside the team?
  • Jossed. He's Deathlok.

Speculation on contents of the Thor crossover episode: WARNING! MILD SPOILER FOR Thor: The Dark World concerning the second stinger involving the beast from Jotunheim at the end of said movie
recapturing the beast will be the focus of the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D./Thor episode. Even more awesome; they tame it.

Coulson didn't die in The Avengers
He could have easily fallen into a coma, explaining why he didn't appear in the rest of the movie, and Fury decided to tell the others he was dead in order to give them the push they needed. This obviously won't go down well with the other heroes, Tony especially, although that will most likely be discussed in their own respective movies. This concept would avoid the possibly cringe-worthy "resurrection" plot.
  • He doesnt even need to have gone into a coma, they wanted to use his death to unite the team and the rest of the movie doesn't take too long. He could have been in surgery the whole time.
  • Possibly jossed. It's hinted that what he believes, that he flatlined and was revived spending is recovery in Tahiti, is a big lie. Then definitely Jossed in "The Magical Place". He was dead for days.

Coulson is now like 616 Nick Fury
Whatever brought him back left him immortal and took an eye.
  • Jossed in that he still has both eyes but the immortal part could be true.

The bowdlerization of Coulson's being stabbed in The Avengers DVD is canon, and allowed his survival.
In the theatrical version of The Avengers, Loki's spear stabbed right through his body, enough that it pierced his chest from the other side. No way he would have survived a wound that large; Loki would have at least punctured a lung and his pericardium. However, in the toned-down version of the DVD, Loki's spear doesn't poke out of his chest. Perhaps that retconned it so that Loki didn't stab Coulson as deeply as before, and thus gave him the chance for survival.
  • Possibly jossed as this is only true for the UK DVD as the standards for theatrical and home release are different in The UK. It's unchanged in all other release markets.
  • Fully Jossed as of "FZZT" - we see the scar on Coulson's chest where it exited, used by Melinda as a reminder that people change after traumatic events.

There will never be an real explanation of how Coulson survived.
I wouldn't put it past the Whedonator to just have Coulson utterly side-step any attempts to find out his secret of survival. But it'd be also be hilarious if he kept changing the story of how he survived a la the badass chef from Ratatouille who 'keeled a man with zis thumb!' or Ledger's Joker regarding his facial scars.
  • Jossed: Coulson realized that something happened to him and is now actively trying to find out what.

Coulson knows full well how he survived; Hill's the one in the dark.
He probably has an even higher security clearance (being Fury's "One good eye"). It's entirely possible that Hill thinks he's Locked Out of the Loop when Coulson's the one who knows the whole truth (much in the same way Ward thought the big secret was that Coulson was dead, thanks to his puny level 6 clearance) and she's been given a cover story.
  • Jossed as of "The Hub". He knows the truth about what he remembers happening is wrong and that it's being actively concealed from him.

Coulson's revival is mundane
He was clinically dead for a while, had a near-death experience, and was revived. It's just like Melinda May said. Any changes in his personality are due to him coping with the stressful experience. Having the fanbase go nuts speculating about the reason for his resurrection, and then having it just be something relatively mundane, is just the kind of Untwist Joss Whedon would pull on his viewers.
  • The dialogue between Hill and the doctor ("He doesn't know"/"He can never know") was vague enough to mean any number of things. He was dead for anything between 8 to 40 seconds. The human brain can get pretty messed up from being without oxygen for that amount of time, hence why his muscle memory is a little off.
  • Jossed, his revival attempts are not mundane. The sheer skill of the surgeons who operated on him does not exist in real life, implying that S.H.I.E.L.D.-only biomedical technologies were involved in the surgeries, such as the robot that altered his memories.

Coulson is Deathlok
In the Black Panther animated series, dead soldiers resurrected into Deathlok cyborgs are seen sobbing uncontrollably until they are lobotomized. This sounds very similar to Streiten's claim that Coulson lost the will to live after being brought back.
  • Jossed. Deathlok is actually Mike Peterson.

The black man in the teaser trailer who saves someone while jumping from a building is Luke Cage
Tying into the Heroes for Hire WMG above, they'll start introducing them early on in the series.
  • Jossed, or at least somewhat Jossed. He's in the pilot as the guinea pig of a mysterious organization throwing all the superpowers of the MCU into a blender and strapping it to someone's arm/bloodstream. So he's not Luke Cage. However, that's not to say he couldn't become Luke Cage, as his identity was erased 3/4ths of the way through the episode.

The black guy with powers in the trailer is Patriot
There's a joke in there that he interprets S.H.I.E.L.D as that he should carry a shield himself, just like comics-Patriot. He could also be related to the Super-Soldier program and tie into Captain America.
  • We see a shot where some weird device with orange liquids is connected to a guy's arms. Assuming it's the same hooded guy, maybe that device is the show's version of the serum that gave Patriot his powers in the comics.
  • Jossed. The device is a concoction of all the Avengers' super-stuff (serum, Extremis, gamma, alien tech) funded by a mysterious organization. He's just an unemployed factory worker.

The black guy with powers in the trailer is Luke Cage
  • Marvel had said they had plans for the character in the MCU amongst others and this show could be how they do it.
    • Sadly, Jeffrey Bell, the show's executive producer, said in an interview that the superhero played by J. August Richards isn't Luke Cage. The black male is MCU's version of Michael Peterson.

J. August Richards is playing Elgin Haliday/Rage
From what little we see of him, his personality seems somewhat similar. I'd prefer Luke Cage or Cloak, but the former has already been shot down, and the guy in the trailer's powers don't look anything like cloak's.
  • Jossed He is an original character.

Skye's parents were killed by a SHIELD agent
She's been looking for any leads, but the murderer hid everything using SHIELD protocols. If he killed 2 other agents, he'll be exposed and pull a Face-Heel Turn for Centipede.
  • Possibly supported by Episode 7, in which the file concerning Skye's arrival at the orphanage shows several photos of dead bodies.
  • In "Seeds", the Agents that were involved in her childhood were protecting her, but weren't her parents. They may have killed her parents.

Skye is the civilian girl Melinda May rescued from the cult.
The only information we have about what Coulson kept from Skye about the file on her parents is that it's heavily implied (if I'm remembering correctly) that there was a considerably large bloodbath surrounding the events. I looked up the Ao S wiki page for the episode ("The Hub") in which Coulson reads the file, and it said that Coulson asked May to help him uncover more information about what happened. I don't specifically recall this (I need to watch the episode again), but it could be that Coulson doesn't even know. Further, it's possible that Skye's parents were actually members of the cult, and that May killed them, which might cause some tension later.
  • Jossed. Skye was found in a Chinese village as a child and as an 084.

The Clairvoyant will know what happened to Coulson.
If said character actually has supernatural/psychic abilities, chances are they will find out the truth (or already know it when they appear).
  • Jossed. The Clairvoyant can see everything except how he was brought back, and has Edison and Raina investigate.

The prisoner Raina visits at the end of Episode 5 is Baron von Strucker.
Related to the above theory that Raina is Madame Hydra.
  • Jossed. Strucker is appearing in Avengers 2, and Po is dead.

There is no Clairvoyant
Edison Po just pretends to meet a mystical person to make the organisation look like a dangerous one.
  • Jossed by the fact that the Clairvoyant kills him.

Hand is with Hydra
Given that she is up to no good at the end of ''End of the Beginning’’, and The Winter Soldier make sit clear that S.H.I.E.L.D. has been infiltrated by Hydra from the beginning.
  • Jossed. Not only is she entirely loyal to S.H.I.E.L.D., but she’s killed by a HYDRA agent by the end of the next episode.

This entire series will take place before The Avengers.
This way the base might not be so broken.

"Rising Tide" is just a one-person operation that Skye runs
The trailer doesn't allude to Rising Tide being a massive villainous organization that opposes SHIELD, simply just as something that Skye presumably runs on her own to operate as a means to expose the organization's secrets. It may turn into a Myth Arc, but this seems to have been confirmed as of the pilot.
  • Jossed. She gets a text at the end of "0-8-4" that the organization is going dark.
  • Jossed evern further in "The Girl in The Flower Dress". Skye says Rising Tide "is a huge organization of hacktivists from all over the world." Miles is one of them and is not on the same page as her.

Ward lied about his childhood.
Does he seem like the kind of guy who's going to spill one of his Dark and Troubled Past to someone he neither trusts nor likes? Instead he told her he was abused as a child- it's a standard backstory for people who work in law enforcement, so she won't question it, and makes him more sympathetic, thus aiding in his goal of getting Skye to open up to him. Besides, Coulson's comment about his past in the Pilot gives the impression that his past is extraordinary in it's horror-something on par with Black Widow's past, instead of your average beat cop.
  • Jossed in "The Well". We see a flashback where Ward's older brother put the youngest in a well and told Ward to leave him in the well or he would put Ward in there too.
  • However later on in the series the authenticity of the memory might be put into question when we meet the older brother and he says that Ward was the abusive one, and Ward is massive liar who is to say that the flashback is how he chooses to remember something or created the memory for his own purposes. Though until the two of them meet and anything is officially confirmed, I am choosing to believe that they were both abusive and are just blaming the other one for all of it to make themselves look good.

Snooping through SHIELD's computers, Skye will be the first one to find out the truth about "Tahiti."
She won't know what to do because not only is Coulson not supposed to know (as if Skye cared about SHIELD protocol like that), but to tell would be to admit that she'd been hacking them. Eventually, every other member of the team will know before Coulson does.
  • Jossed

The document Skye has is fake (or at least misleading).
How hard would it be to make a blacked out document and put the SHIELD logo on it, after all? Given at least one member of The Rising Tide has been tricked into stealing from SHIELD (for money), it's possible someone just steered her towards them with some goal or other in mind.
  • Jossed by "The Hub" - the document in both its intact and redacted states is in S.H.I.E.L.D.'s files, confirming that it did, if nothing else, legitimately originate with them.

Mike Peterson survived the end of "The Bridge".
He was killed in the explosion, but S.H.I.E.L.D. brought him back the same way they brought back Coulson.
  • Jossed. He was abducted by Centipede, who left his lost leg behind to be found.

Skye is the MCU's Scarlet Witch
Whedon's already talked about how Avengers 2 will have the Scarlet Witch in it, except that the X-Men movies means that he can't use Magneto... so he has to redo the backstory for the character anyway. Why not use the TV show to do that? Skye has powers that caused an entire town to die to protect her, but powers that haven't manifested yet. What if Skye is a new version of the Scarlet Witch, who's powers are insanely strong and dangerous (the sort that would make people die to protect her, and cause others to want to get her for their own use), but can also manifest subtly... such as Skye's hacking ability, being able to reshape reality on some level in order to pull off the Hollywood Hacking skills she has.
  • Jossed. Elizabeth Olsen has been cast in the part for Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Coulson is the Marvel Cinematic Universe version of the Vision.
Not a new theory, to be sure, but it's just been revealed that Ultron will be the main villain of the second Avengers film (titled The Avengers: Age of Ultron). Maybe Marvel is blindsiding everyone who expects the Phase 2 movies will eventually introduce the new villain, when really, it's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. that's doing the groundwork. In which case, he's probably not the real Coulson, just an android with his brain patterns. This will be the source of much angst.
Skye: He's acting like a robot version of himself right now.
  • Jossed: Paul Bettany has been cast as the actual Vision in ''Avengers: Age of Ultron."

The T.A.H.I.T.I. drugs alter the user's brain chemistry
This is why the Clairvoyant can't read Coulson. And since Skye was just given the same drugs, she's now outside his sight as well.
  • There is another interpretation: that due to the alien nature of Coulson's resurrection, the Clairvoyant's sight could be blocked. Whatever that humanoid was in the tank, presumably everything related to it would work outside of whatever powers the Clairvoyant might have. So while Coulson and Skye themselves can be read by the Clairvoyant, the actual biological processes of their respective revivals cannot.
  • Jossed. The reason the Clairvoyant doesn't know how Couslon was resurrected is because The details are classified Level 10, and his clearance level isn't high enough to allow him to access them.

Victoria Hand is a Double Agent
She really works for Norman Osborn. Had Marvel not been pressed for time, Os Corp Tower would have been part of the New York skyline in The Avengers. Until proven otherwise, this trooper is taking that as a sign that The Amazing Spider-Man is unofficially part of the MCU, regardless as to whether the characters can appear. The guy doesn't have to be named.
  • Adding on to this, maybe Norman is having her try and find out how Coulson was brought back so he can find a cure from whatever he's dying from in Amazing Spider-Man.
  • If they can't go with Hand working for Osborn, then maybe she's working for Centipede instead, possibly as the Clairvoyant? Given that she's high up in the SHIELD hierarchy, highly analytical, and seems to be developing her own interest in Coulson and why he seems to be so special, it would make sense. She would have access to a lot of classified intel, which could include Coulson's family history and the Cellist, not to mention she was there to hear the man catch himself saying that Tahiti was 'a magical place'. And that's only what she could know about Coulson. Someone who's got loads of information close at hand and has the smarts to use it could certainly seem to be clairvoyant, couldn't they?
    • Jossed. She's a loyal SHIELD agent.

Victoria Hand is the Clairvoyant
She was very adamant about getting Skye kicked off the plane, and while her review of Skye's performance up to that point was sensible for someone who was in her position, it was bizarre that she didn't follow up on the money trail despite it being a very sound strategy. Clearly she was attempting to keep several things under wraps.

1. Why is the 'only' thing the Clairvoyant can't see Coulson's recovery/resurrection? Because it's classified for Nick Fury's eyes only. A level 8 agent could easily get access to info on Garret's agents, Mike, the Night-Night gun specs.

2. If she is following her comic version, she hates the way Fury runs things by feeling and executive decision. She wants order, and knows Fury is on thin ice. The Avengers ended with him telling his bosses to go screw themselves. The Hub plot was because she knew Coulson would extract his team, she just wanted to know if Fury would let him get away with it.

3. While she was in charge of the search for Coulson, Po's death (for being TOO SLOW) coincided with Hand's realization that the team was zeroing in on his location.

4. Both the Clairvoyant and Hand seem to prefer predictable order. Every one of Centipede's projects (except the blizzard thing) has been about creating reliable, controllable super-soldiers.

5. The implications of the Previews for the Winter Soldier and The Uprising are that something H.A.M.M.E.R. like is going to go down. Every time the clairvoyant pushes Coulson into breaking protocol and he goes un-punishedm Hand is in a better position to take over from Fury. Assuming Hill's conversations with the Council in Avengers deleted scenes are canon, Hand and Sitwell are the only options for replacement, and Jasper is not so take-charge.
  • The Winter Soldier reveals that SHIELD is infested with HYDRA agents and even Sitwell was one of them. Its certainly possible that Hand is the Clairvoyant or, at least, working with him or her.
  • At the end of the April 1 episode, Agent Hand is shown to have remotely taken control of the bus and orders everyone on board to be taken out (minus Coulson, who is hers). Note that this is right after May has been outed as a mole, thought by Coulson to be working for the Clairvoyant, the latter part of which May more or less denies. If Hand isn't the Clairvoyant (side note: the creepy dude in front of the monitors from the previews is not the Clairvoyant, either), she's definitely working for him/her, and/or HYDRA.
  • Similarly Jossed. Hand's actions are explained by her thinking that Coulson was in H.Y.D.R.A.

Ward's brother will be The Dragon in a Big Bad who will be one of the known Marvel Villains listed above.
Giving some personal conflict (to Ward at least) in the struggle against an otherwise unpersonal threat.

Zodiac will be the Season One Arc Villain
They're a criminal/espionage organization with ties to S.H.I.E.L.D. Throw in the Zodiac Key and they straddle a very interesting place between "espionage weird" and "didn't-there-used-to-be-a-building-here weird". In the comics, Nick Fury's brother Jake is a longtime associate of the group. And finally, the Iron Man 3 home release is the same day as the pilot, and includes a short in which Sharon Carter, Agent of SSR, fights the Zodiac in the 1940s.
  • Jossed. First-season Arc Villain is the Clairvoyant (and Centipede group), all part of HYDRA.

May was unwittingly reporting on Coulson to HYDRA
  • Jossed, she was reporting to Fury.

John Garrett (Bill Paxton's upcoming character) will be the last living member of the team that found Skye
. That's why he joins the Bus Team temporarily - either he's being protected from the group hunting him, he's helping the team track said group, or he's still trying to protect Skye from them.
  • It turns out that he temporarily joined the bus team on orders to take Ian Quinn for interrogation, only to interrogate him on the bus and help the team find the guest house.
  • Jossed, a totally different character had that role.

Fitz and Simmons are married
To be revealed casually a few episodes in when one of them (likely Leo) is kidnapped. Something along the lines of:
Ward: Calm down. We all want him back.
Simmons: I'm not calming down! That's my husband!
Ward: Sorry.... What?
  • The official opinion of their actors is that they're in love with each other, but will never be able to openly admit it.note 
  • Officially Jossed: Fitz hasn't told Simmons that he likes her.

Fitz is Simmons' brother
She doesn't know it. Think about the majority of the FitzSimmons ship teasing - most of it comes from Simmons' side. While Fitz does care for Simmons, it's always on the side of protection and not actual romance - he saves the latter for Skye. Fitz and Simmons were separated at birth, both of them going to different foster homes. While Simmons managed to get a nice family, Fitz was stuck with parents who simply didn't understand him (or worse - he might have just made his childhood seem a bit better in front of Donnie and his adoptive parents could've been highly abusive). As he got better at working with electronics, he managed to track down his sister in the hopes that the two could be real family. When Fitz finally met Simmons, he found out that not only did she have a happy upbringing, but she had no idea that she was adopted. Fitz couldn't bring himself to tell her, so instead he became friends with her and followed her wherever she went - even if it meant going through S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy and eventually having to follow her into the field despite his disdain for fieldwork itself. All this time it hasn't been love that drove him to guard Simmons, it was Big Brother Instinct. Unfortunately, since Simmons is totally unaware, this could lead to a very awkward Luke and Leia moment...
  • Jossed: Fitz is in love with Simmons, and seems to have lost interest in Skye. Plus the writers are now overtly treating them as Love Interests, which pretty much rules out the possibility of them ever being revealed to be siblings on a show not made by HBO.

"Rising Tide" will be a Hydra remnant/successor
Jossed. In "The Girl in The Flower Dress" Skye says Rising Tide "is a huge organization of hacktivists from all over the world." One of their members had to be paid a large sum of money by CENTIPEDE to do something illegal and even then he researched them.

If Coulson dies in the series, the evil AI Ultron will upload his mind into a robot body to gain an advantage over SHIELD
Code name, Vision.
  • Jossed; Paul Bettany is playing Vision in Age of Ultron.

The Clairvoyant is Mentallo
This one seems to make the most sense. Mentallo is a rogue SHIELD agent who becomes a senior member of HYDRA, who have been confirmed to still exist in the MCU and can be expected to appear in Avengers 2 and very likely Captain America: The Winter Soldier, so hinting at them now would work to tie the show back into the wider Marvel verse.

Mentallo is a psychic who specializes in reading people's minds- definitely the specific power of the Clairvoyant, as he wanted Coulson to remember what happened to him specifically so the Clairvoyant himself would know-, and whose powers are usually enhanced with technology, which explains why he doesn't know everything already: he isn't always hooked to his tech; also, it makes it more convincing that the team would be able to take a guy like this out, if he can be weakened by severing him from his machine(s). Most importantly, Mentallo was one of two villains who controlled Deathlok, along with his partner the Fixer (who will likely also appear on this show in the same capacity, and who is also a senior HYDRA figure and probably the guy who is making this advanced tech Centipede keeps using, with the help of the Clairvoyant). Mentallo is D-list enough to fit into this show but is still a significant enough threat that he could convincingly serve as a major villain in it, and he is definitely the sort of villain SHIELD goes after as he is both HYDRA and ex-SHIELD himself.

Being a former SHIELD agent would also explain the lengths he goes to to protect his identity (letting nearly no-one see him, having a mans eyes gouged out for seeing him, etc.); SHIELD know who he is, and thus will be able to track him. He might even still be a SHIELD agent, as a cover.
  • Garrett is indeed the Clairvoyant, though he never takes on the identity or name Mentallo.

The Clairvoyant is Arnim Zola
In the clip shown during Marvel Studios: Assembling A Universe, the agents find the Clairvoyant in a computer room with disembodied voice. Arnim Zola is part of Captain America: Winter Soldier, and possibly he lives to present day in robotic form hinted at the end of Captain America: The First Avenger. In the Captain America: The Winter Soldier trailer, Nick Fury said that SHIELD is eliminating threat before it happens. Arnim Zola may be working for SHIELD and his computation power and knowledge base from being with SHIELD gives him clairvoyant ability. This explains why the Clairvoyant knows so much about SHIELD.
  • Possibly boosted by the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Arnim Zola is indeed alive as a computer system, but he joined SHIELD in order to help HYDRA subvert them. It's also possible that the Clairvoyant is not Zola per se, but a HYDRA agent who is using his algorithm. HYDRA itself may be The Clairvoyant.
    • Jossed. Garrett is the Clairvoyant.

The Clairvoyant is Baron Mordo
They're doing a Dr Strange movie, so why not?
  • Jossed. Garrett is the Clairvoyant.

The Clairvoyant is Purple Man
Partially to tease him for the Luke Cage TV show, partially because he's able to kill people over the phone. Partially since he's a major villain.
  • Jossed. Garrett is the Clairvoyant.

The Clairvoyant is Claire Voyant.
Puns. Besides, a Golden Age of Comics character might as well be a Canon Foreigner for all the information we have on her.
  • Jossed. Garrett is the Clairvoyant.

The Clairvoyant has genuine psychic abilities.
It's been stated multiple times in the season so far that psychic abilities don't exist, so it would make for great Dramatic Irony if the Big Bad turns out to have exactly that.
  • Jossed. Garrett doesn't have abilities, he has security clearance in S.H.I.E.L.D.

The organization behind the Centipede project is the Guild of Super Evil.
  • Jossed. They're part of HYDRA.

Rising Tide will play a crucial part in battling Centipede organization.
Since a member of Rising Tide has to be approached and hired with a hefty sum just for one hacking job, they probably are not affiliated with Centipede organization. Such a natural and anonymous position makes them an idea faction to break the tie between SHIELD and its adversaries.
  • Jossed. They don't show up again after "The Girl in the Flower Dress".

Project Centipede is an AIM operation.
It's mentioned in the pilot that the Centipede module is partially fueled by Extremis, which is an AIM creation. It's a possibility that AIM worked to expand the efficiency of Extremis by adding other elements to it like an offshoot of the Super-Soldier Serum, plus gamma energy on top of it.
  • Jossed, it's run by HYDRA.

Edison Po is the Red Skull.
Hugo Weaving has stated that he is not interested in reprising his role as the Red Skull and since the antagonist of the upcoming Captain America film seems to be SHIELD itself, it's unlikely that the Red Skull will be involved. His more subdued demeanor is due to the traumatizing experiences he had after being zapped into space by the Tesseract.

Edison Po is Poseidon.
This could potentially mean a Namor appearance in season 2.
  • Jossed. Edison Po is dead as of "The Magical Place", and Namor's rights are owned by Legendary/Universal so he can't appear anyways.

Project Centipede is a subsiduary of RAID
After the fall of Killian the Mandarin and AIM, part of the organization broke off and became RAID, an even more technology obsessed organization, but one which also gives the organization's Modus Operatus of getting stuff and then pulling out, Raiding people's lives, it makes for an interesting alternate take on what is otherwise a rather minor organization in the marvel universe.
  • Jossed, it's run by HYDRA.

Project Centipede is run by Zodiac
Edison Po will be Aquarius (his name is an anagram for "Poseidon", god of the sea) and Raina will be Virgo (flowers are often associated with virginity). And a Zodiac is used in astrology to tell the future, which is what a Clairvoyant does.
  • Jossed, it's run by HYDRA.

The Clairvoyant is Samuel Sterns, a.k.a. the Leader
Samuel Sterns already exists in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the comic tie-in Fury's Big Week establishes that he is still alive. However, there are no Hulk movies planned in the immediate future, so the Leader might be allowed to appear on the show. According to the character's Wikipedia page, "[The Leader's] ability to predict probable outcomes of tactical and strategic scenarios is so advanced that it borders on clairvoyance."
  • Characters repeatedly say that psychic powers don't exist so it's almost certain that a genuine psychic will appear at some point.
  • It's worth noting that one of the official MCU tie-in comics note , Sterns was revealed to be being kept in a tube at some undisclosed S.H.I.E.L.D. research outpost. Whether or not the Agents writers have read it or would even bother with keeping the canon of a relatively hard-to-find comic remains to be seen.
  • Jossed. It's John Garrett.

Project Centipede is run by Ultron
The entire show is a forerunner to Avengers 2: Rise of Ultron and is his Origin Story. Skye is a Technopath who created an Artificial Intelligence as a child because she was lonely. The A.I. went rogue and built a cult around its self. a S.H.I.E.L.D. team including agents Melinda May and Phil Coulson were sent to asses the child's abilities for the inventory but as one of Ultrons primary objective was to look after Skye the mission went wrong and May had to clean up gaining the nick name The Cavalry. Thinking that the A.I. was erased May dropped the child of at a orphanage which and S.H.I.E.L.D. kept an eye on her until she was unpersoned by Ultron who was still running redundant programming to keep her safe. His entire wanting to conquer the world thing comes from an off hand comment that she made as a four year old child that she wanted to be queen and so she could make people be her friends. Skye will either die or Ultron will be able to break free of his program allowing him to attempt to rule the world.
  • Jossed. Centipede is run by HYDRA, and Ultron doesn't make any kind of appearance in the first season.

The Clairvoyant is a master hacker
He doesn't have any actual psychic abilities, but the reason he seems to be omniscient is because he has hacking talents that are orders of magnitude above Skye's, thus effectively making him her Evil Counterpart.
  • Jossed. He’s Garrett, an Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., and therefore doesn’t need to hack any of their files.

The Clairvoyant alone serves as the Evil Counterpart to each one of the six cast members
He appears to be omniscient because he is a master hacker, like Skye. He has developed machines like the eyepiece and the memory probe, showcasing his engineering talents, like Fitz. His talent to create the Centipede serum shows his capabilities in biotechnology, much like Simmons. He appears to be leading Centipede, much like Coulson. Finally, he may be an expert in combat, much like Ward and May.

The World Security Council is a backer of Centipede
The Avengers showed that the WSC was intending to create Tessaract-based energy weapons to combat any extra-terrestrial threats or beings that could come to Earth, after the Destroyer incident and Thor. The Tessaract's return to Asgard eliminated that possibility, since the original plans requires it as a source. One key point of interest is that the plan to create these weapons is referred to as "Phase 2" by SHIELD and the WSC.

SHIELD (or at least certain parties like Fury) seems hesitant or unreliable in supporting the WSC's decisions, especially after interfering with the decision to nuke New York to stop the Chitauri invasion. The WSC decided to take an extreme plan of action. They would create their own group of superheroes and highly talented individuals. They would redo the "Avenger Initiative" to their liking (assuming they originally scrapped the plan because SHIELD didn't approve their choices, like the Abomination instead of Banner). The WSC wants to make their group full of super-powered members, given the popularity of the Avengers and what they perceive as an escalating threat that may be more than standard armies can handle.

In Edison and Raina's conversations, they refer to their plan to create super-soldiers with the Centipede device as being in Phase 2, and further progress in making the method more effective (stabilizing the formula and making it less taxing on the super-soldiers' stamina, and apparently researching resurrection) as Phase 3. Implanting artifical eyes with kill-switches is just another part of the plan, to simultaneously give their soldiers an extra ability (assuming X-ray is standard) and control over them (giving mission orders, surveillance, and the ability to kill them if they goes rogue).

If the WSC has no qualms about gathering intelligence on SHIELD operations and agents, the Clairvoyant could end up being revealed as having access to all that information (assuming that the show continues to stand by the "psychic abilities do not exist until proven wrong" rule). This allowed Centipede to stay off SHIELD's radar for so long, know about all the previous methods that created Earth's heroes, and even the details of Coulson that Raina uses in "The Magical Place".
  • Jossed, more or less. In The Winter Soldier, the entire Security Council sans one are killed. Plus, they are all different people from the ones in The Avengers, so even if those people were involved they aren't part of the WSC anymore.

The Clairvoyant is Ian Quinn
A clairvoyant is someone with vision. Quinn is a man with a vision, or at least he thinks he is. Simmons suggested the Clairvoyant was Centipede's "money man"; Quinn certainly has lots of that. So far everything the Clairvoyant has allegedly revealed is information that could be gathered by a good intelligence network; nothing required any actual psychic abilities. Centipede would certainly seem to fit into Quinn's agenda.
  • Seeds reveals that Ian Quinn is allied with The Clairvoyant. It's unknown if he IS The Clairvoyant, though he may indeed be the wealthy benefactor to Centipede that S.H.I.E.L.D. has been wondering about.
    • TRACKS implies that Quinn might be working for the Clairvoyant against his will as he apologizes after shooting Skye. This would put another dent in this theory.
  • Quinn flat-out states that he works for the Clairvoyant in T.A.H.I.T.I.. This is looking pretty well Jossed.

The Clairvoyant is Obadiah Stane.
Didn't He die at the end of Iron Man? Who says He didn't survive, this a comic book world after all. They Never Found the Body and The Clairvoyant is speculated to be the money. Stane is bank rolling them. Further evidence being The Clairvoyant used Stane's sonic device to kill Po.
  • Jossed in "Turn, Turn, Turn" . It's John Garrett.

The Clairvoyant is the Mandarin
The Marvel One-Shot short film All Hail The King reveals that the Ten Rings and the Mandarin are really still out there, and they're pissed about what Trevor Slattery and Aldrich Killian did, going as far as to kidnap Slattery from Seagate Prison to bring him before the Mandarin for punishment. If the Clairvoyant really does have mental powers, they could be a variation of one of the Mandarin's rings, which grant him telepathic abilities. This would also fit with modern comic depictions of the Mandarin, which portray him as a powerful businessman, fitting in line with the speculation that the Clairvoyant finances Centipede's plans.
  • Jossed. John Garrett is the Clairvoyant.

The Clairvoyant is using an Infinity Stone to be clairvoyant.
Possibly the Mind Stone or whatever it is called or form it is in the MCU.
  • Jossed. John Garrett has no powers, much less and Infinity Stone.

The Ward who killed Victoria Hand and freed Garrett
isn't the real Ward When Ward left Skye in the closet and rushed out to fight the other SHIELD agents, the last we saw of him, he was getting beaten down by overwhelming numbers, then he inexplicably shows up to get Skye out of the closet. That was when the switch was made.
  • We've seen enough of Ward's personality, background, and inner demons (the bullying of his older brother, his worries about the Asgardian staff making him more aggressive) that the apparent reveal that he's been a HYDRA agent all along doesn't make any sense.
  • His last conversation with Skye before he left the closet is a Chekhov's Gun. Skye will use that conversation to Spot the Imposter.
  • Further evidence in "The Only Light in the Darkness" when "Ward" is in THE Lie Detector. At the start, with the rudimentary questions (Name, family), "Ward" is moving around in his seat, claiming it's because of his injuries, while for the rest, he gets by with clever phrasing. At the start, where an imposter would have no choice but to tell Blatant Lies in THE Lie Detector, he's doing what he can to explain the discrepancies the machine is detecting.
    • Mostly Jossed. While it could be said that he’s not Grant Ward, that’s because Grant Ward is almost an entirely fabricated identity. It may not be his name or his real family history, but he’s still the same individual that has been on the team since day one.

Agent Ward is NOT a HYDRA agent
He's in fact a Double Agent for SHIELD. He made it look like he killed Victoria Hand to make Garrett think he's HYDRA, but he's now a deep mole within HYDRA. Ward is noted as being an undercover agent on par with Black Widow, and was trained to be "the whole solution". Right at the end of Episode 17, Hand informs Coulson that she and he are the the top ranking SHIELD agents left, while also noting that this does not mean much anymore. Ward's decision to kill Hand and her guards could be viewed as a way of proving himself to Garrett by killing the "highest ranking SHIELD agent", while knowing that it would have the effect of making Coulson the de facto leader of SHIELD. It's also worth noting that he never says "Hail HYDRA".
  • Jossed. He’s entirely loyal to Garrett, and by extension HYDRA. And nobody on Garrett’s teams ays Hail HYDRA except for Kaminsky.

The Soul Gem was responsible for Coulson's resurrection
We already know that the Infinity Gauntlet is going to be a plot point, with the Space Gem and the Power Gem featuring in the Avengers and Thor Dark World. SHEILD used the Gem to put Coulson's soul inside the Soul World, allowing them time to heal his body without the worry of him dying on them. Coulson remembers his time in the Soul World as Tahiti, and, as SHIELD won't know how to use the Gem properly, the side effects he is experiencing will eventually culminate in the Gem attempting to reclaim his soul.
  • Jossed

Coulson will die for real in the first season, or be revealed Dead All Along
Because Joss Whedon is just that cruel.
  • Jossed, he’s alive by the end.

The Coulson that we see here is actually a clone.
There might be something to this one. Episode 3 has Coulson fumbling with handguns, a lot, and complaining "this should just be muscle memory." Which would be justified if the muscles weren't actually the original ones he started out life with. If SHIELD somehow had access to cloning tech and were able to grow a new body, then implant Coulson's memories- along with a cover memory of that "magical place" Tahiti- that would account for a lot, wouldn't it? OR- see the following WMG-
  • Jossed.

Coulson's memory was transplanted to a new body that was built with a Tesseract magic device.
It's been established in series canon as well as the movies that the Tesseract itself wasn't the only device using that type of magic/technology (or "sufficiently advanced technology" as A. C. Clarke would have said). Somewhere SHIELD may have a resurrection/reincarnation device based on Hydra/Tesseract tech that they were reluctant to even TRY using until their darkest hour- which, for Fury, losing his "one good eye" (Coulson) would certainly have qualified. The memory of his supposed 8-second death after being stabbed and his recovery in Tahiti had to be planted to account for the actual time it took to grow a new Phil body and transfer the memories to its brain- and the bugs in the process are just starting to become apparent.
  • Jossed.

Coulson has always been an android, so when he was stabbed, Fury just re-downloaded his AI into a new body. When Coulson finds out, he goes rogue and becomes Ultron.
Or maybe his 'fleshie' memories got put into an android. But anyway, this is an awesome idea and I really want this to happen.
  • Jossed.

Coulson is a Chitauri
The Chitari are based on the Skrulls, a race of shape-shifters. Coulson's memories, or even entire mind, was placed into a comatose Chitauri either on purpose or by accident. The Chitauri believes itself to BE Coulson, having no knowledge if its true self. This would explain why Coulson's "Muscle memory" doesn't work: That Chitauri body never practiced the disarming maneuver Coulson was having trouble with. It would also explain why Hill does NOT want Coulson knowing how he "survived", and why Melinda mutters "And you died" in response to Coulson noting that he once tangled with a Norse God, NOT "and you got beat" or "and you got your butt kicked".
  • Jossed.

Coulson is a LMD
He's a more advanced Life Model Decoy than normal, and doesn't realize he is one.
  • Implied by two facts - the comments between Hill and the doctor about "he must never know", and the fact that Coulson doesn't blink at ALL during the episode. note  The Coulson we're seeing is an LMD into whom the first Coulson's memories and essence have been transferred while his true body recovers in stasis.
  • Jossed.

Coulson is literally Actually a Doombot
Created by Doctor Doom to be The Mole in S.H.I.E.L.D. (much like Akela Amador, but Coulson doesn't know it) Doom can make very convincing robots. Just ask the Scarlet Witch robot that Hawkeye slept with.
  • Jossed.

Coulson was resurrected by Thor
He was an honorable man and was Thor's friend so when he died a Valkyrie took him to Valhalla, when Thor found out about this he brought him back to earth, but if he dies again he is gonna be gone permanently.
  • Jossed.

Odin used one of the many devices in the vault to bring Coulson back.
Perhaps the Infinity Gauntlet? Or some as yet unnamed/unknown device. If he's half as powerful as in the comics, he wouldn't even need one of those. Thor does not know because it is meant to be kept a secret for one reason or another. Related: Erik Selvig knows and will make an appearance on the show in the future.
  • A line used multiple times by Coulson when referring to his time in Tahiti is "It's a magical place.". The line almost seems to be an autonomic response to the word or reference of Tahiti. It's a magical place. Perhaps Tahiti really is a magical place?
  • Thor: The Dark World shows that Odin doesn't think a dying human is any big deal as they live such short lives anyway so it's unlikely he would have bothered bringing Coulson back but it's possible that he was pressured into it by his son, meaning that Thor does know that Coulson is alive.
  • Jossed.

Coulson was brought back by Ghost Rider
He's a government agent neck deep in all sorts of dirty business. S.H.I.E.L.D. may protect the world, but they'd have to do some nasty things to do it. Ghost Rider went right into Hell and took him back Like a Badass out of Hell.
  • Jossed. He was resurrected by Nick Fury.

Coulson's body is robotic but his soul was retrieved through supernatural means.
Bolstered by "FZZT" in which Coulson says he's been to the afterlife. Also possibly bolstered by his 'high iron count.'
  • Jossed. His body is still completely organic, and was brought back by organic means.

Melinda was brought back in the same way as Coulson
Whatever happened, she was brought back from the dead due to her skill, but she was so upset about her death that she quit being a field agent and took a desk job. THAT is why she was so upset about being tricked by Coulson in 0-8-4.
  • Jossed by Maurisa Tancharoen.

Coulson is going to ask Skye to steal a copy of the file discussing his recovery for him.
Possibly offering her a chance to read the non-redacted file on her origins rather than just giving her a deliberately vague synopsis in exchange.
  • Jossed. May does this, and she doesn’t need to be asked.

Coulson will perform a Heroic Sacrifice at the end of the season
Now that he knows what he's gone through, it will continue to gnaw at him and his will to live will slow fade away. By the time of the season finale some catastrophe will be occurring that requires a suicide mission to be stopped, and Coulson will opt for it because "he already got his second chance". It would explain why so far there's been no word of him appearing in Age of Ultron. Jossed, he's very much alive as of the season finale.

The Guest House is run by HYDRA.
One of the guards was named Bob.
  • As of "Turn, Turn, Turn", this is proven false because if it were run by HYDRA then Garret, a HYDRA agent, wouldn't have to manipulate Coulson into leading him to it..
  • As of "Nothing Personal", it turns out that Coulson himself was the director for T.A.H.I.T.I before the events of The Avengers, and he's at least not HYDRA.

Skye is Coulson's daughter
He knows, she doesn't. It's why he's looking out for her so much and why Whedon is hiding her parentage.
  • When Coulson finds out that her parents have a SHIELD file, he looks visibly shaken. He also says "Let me help with that." This is when he becomes aware that Skye is his daughter since she had previously changed her identity. However, once he reads the file, he finally remembers, which is why he can't tell Skye.
  • Likely Jossed, since Skye is a 0-8-4 and her parents were reportedly killed by someone trying to get her.
    • DEFINITELY Jossed: Raina meets up with Skye's father at the end of "End of The Beginning".

Skye is Melinda's daughter.
Melinda conceived her during her early days as a spy, possibly while performing a Honey Trap. This would make Skye's biological father a dangerous man who likely wants his daughter back in his custody. Skye was put in an orphanage to protect her from being found. However, her activity with the Rising Tide allowed her father to find her so Coulson had her join S.H.I.E.L.D. in order to keep her safe. Also, Skye's actress is half-Chinese. Coincidence?
  • This could be the reason why she retired from field work. She thought something happened to her daughter while on a mission. She did not and has not wanted Skye involved with the SHIELD agents. Would you want your daughter being put on dangerous missions on a regular basis?
  • In "Repairs", Melinda tells Tobias to "Let the girl go". She then says that this is the same thing Coulson told her in Bahrain. Skye might be the girl she let go.
  • A lot of her dialogue in "The Bridge" supports this theory.
  • Jossed. Skye is an 0-8-4, and her parents are “monsters”.

Alternatively, Skye is Coulson and Melinda May's daughter
She doesn't seem to know who her real parents are, and her talking about May and Coulson as "Mom and Dad" wasn't just a cute note on the dynamics. It was a hint by the writers. It's also why she has such a good head for this kind of thing. She's got genes from the two best agents. Chloe Bennet is half-Chinese.
  • The dialogue between May and Coulson implies they used to be close until something drove them apart and then May turned herself into a bureaucrat some time later. Some Glad-to-Be-Alive Sex, Morning after regret, and a kid would certainly do that to any two people. Especially if SHIELD has rules on inter office dating. Their banter at the beginning of Season 1, Episode 5 further strengthens the theory that Coulson and May were in a relationship at one point.
  • Kinda Jossed, as it wouldn't explain why she's a 0-8-4.

Skye is Coulson and Hill's daughter
Because there were hints of a past relationship in the first episode, too.
  • Jossed due to the reasons above.

Skye is Tony Stark's daughter
Genius with computers, unknown family past...Tony would have been quite young, more likely to make mistakes.
  • Jossed due to the reasons above.
  • Also it heavily implied in the pilot that she had at one time been one of his groupies. This ain't HBO.

Skye's parents were some kind of rebels/protesters
...and were black-bagged away when she was a child (possibly even while she watched, ala Evey)- though not necessarily by S.H.I.E.L.D., creating her vehement distrust of anything resembling The Men in Black. She erased her own identity when she was old enough to know how to do so, hoping to either avenge her parents or find out what happened to them.
  • Jossed, Her parents were killed by someone trying to kidnap her, and SHIELD was trying to protect her.
    • Doubly jossed. Raina implies Skye's parents were the monsters who destroyed the village trying to get her.

Skye isn't human (but doesn't know it), that's why her parents' identity is classified.
She's a Skrull (shapeshifters, and Skrull text showed up in Eye Spy unless they meant for that to be Chitauri text) or Kree (some look just like humans, and the Kree will show up in Guardians). Alternatively she could be a Half-Human Hybrid.
  • A clone or created individual. Regardless, product of an experiment of some sort seems like a good theory because it gives SHIELD clear reason to classify her records.
  • Jossed. Simmons was doing all that blood testing on her, so she at least registers as a human to our medical science. She'd throw a HUGE red flag up if she were of true alien origin, since her body chemistry and inner organ composition would be drastically different.

Skye is the Clairvoyant.
It could be a split personality thing or a self inflicted memory wipe (the phone conversations could be prerecorded if she really is psychic, not to mention her being conveniently exactly where she needs to be). She could be playing them all.
  • Jossed. It's John Garrett

Skye's father is the man behind the Centipede.
The same man is also behind the whole "Eye Spy" plot as well. Skye must have inherited her genius from somewhere, and it takes a genius to pull all this off. Bonus points if he's a former SHIELD agent (even more so if her mother is too) and SHIELD attempted to hide Skye from him.
  • Adding to this, Skye's father is Edison Po, the prisoner Raina met with in "Girl in the Flower Dress."
  • Jossed. Skye’s father is not related to Centipede at all. Though he is related to Raina somehow…

Skye was born either during/as a result of an earlier Centipede experiment
Coulson said that a S.H.I.E.L.D agent dropped her off at an orphanage, and that much was true, but we then get a glimpse of a couple of pictures depicting what appear to be a personnel photo and a crime scene photo depicting an unknown female victim. What if sad victim was the Agent that dropped off Skye? Lets say Agent X is investigating a possibly radical research group, finds a very twisted breeding program or some such. She grabs the first baby she can get her hand on in a bid to save the kids and get evidence to HQ, but gets herself caught in the process. In a last ditch attempt to save the baby, she drops the baby off at a nearby orphanage and keeps running, only to get herself caught and killed, her knowledge of the Research groups twisted plans dying with her.
  • Jossed in regards to how Skye ended up in the orphanage at least.

Skye comes from a rich background
People are complaining about her casting and costume because she looks ridiculously conventionally gorgeous and well-groomed for an anarchist hacker who lives in a van, but it's actually a clue to her backstory. She's a Rebellious Princess who Unpersoned herself to hide her background and give herself street cred, as well as possibly prevent her family from finding her, but didn't think to change her dress or general appearance because, as has already been established, she's over-confident and over-reliant on her computer hacking skills and thought she was completely safe once her digital footprint was cleaned up.
  • Possibly Jossed as we hear a little of her backstory in "The Asset". She hasn't worn anything that couldn't be found at thrift shops or garage sales. What’s more, some of those places don't even accept credit cards. A little creativity with discount make-up in the restroom of the nearest laundromat and done.

Coulson's team will go rogue by the end of season 1.
A running theme of SHIELD's depiction is that, while well-intentioned, it can be very shady or outright dark in its activities. If Coulson is putting together a team of out-and-out good guys, they might rebel against SHIELD's shadier directives (a la the Avengers) and strike out on their own. This would tie in well with Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which will come out around the same time as the first season finale and is supposed to get into a lot of murky territory when it comes to the government and SHIELD. For this to happen, it mean Nick Furry would have to occupy a place on the spectrum that Coulson and his team don't want to occupy (again, much like the Avengers decided in the film).

Ghost Rider is in the pilot
In the trailer, Coulson is looking at what appears to be a floating flame thing and for a few seconds before that you can see what appears to be motorbike handles/throttle. It might be a possibility.
  • Jossed. It's a piece of the lab that was blown up, and Coulson is looking at a freeze frame of it.

Coulson will go rogue (or at least be declared so) in the season finale as a result of what he finds out about what really happened to him.
His own team might be sent out against him but more likely, the Team will also go rogue alongside Coulson as a show of loyalty for him. The bonds that they have with one another has been one of the recurring themes thus far in the show.
  • Jossed. The team stays loyal to S.H.I.E.L.D. even after pieces of Coulson’s resurrection start coming to light, and especially after the S.H.I.E.L.D. civil war. By the end of the season, they are actually all that remains of S.H.I.E.L.D., and even that is at an unofficial level.

Skye is un-scry-able by the Clairvoyant, making her a potential threat to their plans.
That's what her 084-ness is about. We may have already had some foreshadowing in one of Coulson's lines: "We know nothing about her. Do you know how often that happens? It never happens." She also is the one that eventually finds Coulson after Centipede kidnaps him before he spills the beans on what really happened with his resurrection, and her efforts also contribute to bagging Raina, two things that may put a crimp in the Clairvoyant's Evil Plan.
  • Jossed. The Clairvoyant, John Garrett, doesn’t have any abilities. Everything he gets is from S.H.I.E.L.D. security clearance. She’s a threat because she un-personed herself, and so ‘’nobody’’ knows ‘’anything’’ about her.

Coulson has figured out that Hydra has taken over SHIELD.
Obviously he doesn't know everything, such as his best friend Jasper Sitwell being a HYDRA agent, but is having concerns. This why he formed a team of mostly young agents: they're unlikely to be HYDRA Agents.
  • Jossed. He had no idea, and even if he did the age wouldn’t have mattered - according to Agent Weaver, even some of the students at S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy were HYDRA infiltrators.

Hand believes Coulson is the Clairvoyant.
Supposing that Agent Hand isn't the Clairvoyant, what reason would she have to reroute the Bus and order the extermination of all on board except Coulson? Because she thinks he is the Clairvoyant. Think of things from her perspective:
  1. He hand picked his team and they have all become very loyal to him very quickly.
  2. It was one of his agents that sent everyone out after the red herring Clairvoyant that resulted in Blake being critically injured while another one of his agents was spared.
  3. There's no telling what Sitwell may or may not have been telling her in regards to Coulson. Considering the reveal that he was a part of Hydra, he could have been souring her against Coulson in case he needed to use them against each other.
  4. The information about Coulson's 'death' and return are shrouded in enough mystery that someone as analytical as Hand may not believe that what the 'official' report says is wholly true.
  5. Coulson is just as high up in the command structure of S.H.I.E.L.D. as she is, if not a bit higher due to his closeness to Fury, and has just as much access to classified documents and such.

For someone as by the books as Hand is, Coulson's behavior must be grating on its own. If she suspects there is a traitor in S.H.I.E.L.D. (though likely not to the extent revealed in Captain America: The Winter Soldier) then Coulson would seem like a very viable suspect. It appears as though Hand called for the Bus to be rerouted after Sitwell was kidnapped on the Lemurian Star, the ship Coulson knew Sitwell was ordered to go to seems to back this up. It boils down to, most everything that makes Hand a prime suspect to us, could be what make Coulson look like one to her.
  • Sort-of confirmed. She believes that he's HYDRA at the very least, though she is proven wrong.

Ward isn't really with HYDRA
For one, the Shocking Swerve reveal seems insanely too out of character for him, considering the emotional arcs we've seen him take over the course of the season. Consider:
  • His shooting of Victoria Hand was a major I Did What I Had to Do, so as to gain Garrett's trust. The tag for "Turn Turn Turn" has Ward looking very deep in thought as he stares at the corpse, as Garrett's voice gets tuned out.
  • His motive? To gain as much information as he can on HYDRA. What better way to do that than to become the Clairvoyant's right-hand man? What better way to do that than to do the one thing a "hero" supposedly would not do?
  • Who handed him the gun is also important. Some blanks, a squib, 2 Life Model Decoys acting as guards, and Ward is Agent Hand's man inside HYDRA. If Hand isn't Faking the Dead, then Ward's going to have to do something really impressive to be welcomed back into the team or is this a self-assigned suicide mission?
  • Hand having Ward shoot Garrett seems out of character. Hand has been shown to be a by the books person. It seems odd she would authorize this without good cause.
  • The look on Ward's face at the end of "Turn, Turn, Turn" was pure hatred. Also, if he is HYDRA, why would he kill Nash? Clearly, Garrett was planning on continuting to use that alias, and if Nash is alive, but in SHIELD custody, it lends credence to the 'psychic powers' idea. Dead, it just meant that the ruse was guaranteed to get discovered. Also, Garrett never inspected the bodies, and doesn't appear to know about ICErs ("The best agents keep the good stuff for themselves") so it's possible Hand and the others were just ICE'd or some other non-lethal weapon.
  • Watch the end of "Turn, Turn, Turn" again: right as Ward and Hand march Garrett onto the plane, Coulson steps out from a hallway and gives Ward a strange look and a slight nod which Ward returns; Coulson may be the one pulling Ward's strings, not Garrett. The next episode promo has Garrett saying to Ward, "Welcome to Hydra," which at the very least implies Ward is "defecting," rather than a previously-placed sleeper agent.
  • Do we actually see Ward killing anyone when he and Garrett storm the Fridge? (He does shoot some guys, but it could just as easily be the same situation with Hand.)
  • When Garrett roughs Ward up to "authenticate" Ward when he'll meet up with Coulson's team, he's asking him for his identity a la an interrogation, saying Ward would have to say "Grant Ward, Agent of SHIELD" in a way that would convince even him. Ward doesn't seem to need much encouragement on that end, as he stares Garrett in the eye the second time....
    • There is the distinct possibility that Ward knew full well that Skye put a bug in the flash drive (hence his handing it over to Raina without a second thought). Either that or he bugged the drive himself and wants an excuse to hook up with his real team.
  • Jossed: in Providence, turns out Ward was always in HYDRA and was assigned by Garrett to spy on Coulson. Also, Grant Ward is a fabrication created to get himself into the team. Who he really is is anybody's guess. He even faked liking the Patriots! The monstrous fiend! However, he admits that he's genuinely fond of Skye. (Lorelei confirmed it, or at least confirmed he was fond of someone on the Bus who wasn't May. He probably wouldn't lie to her.)

Agent Triplett is with HYDRA and he's Garrett ace in the hole
  • With Ward AWOL for now it looks like that Triplett has joined Coulson's team, his loyalty proven in Turn, Turn, Turn. However it turns out it's a trick and he's Garrett's man inside. A back up plan in cause the coup fails. A safety net just in case things fall apart. Garrett confided in his loyal protege who are loyal Hydra leaders at Level 8, so when Hand did her secret test of loyalty he saw right through it because he knew as one of Hydra's deep agents that she wasn't one of Hydra's level 8 Agents. So he has thrown in with Coulson, biding his time.
  • Triplett was also one of the two people during the operation to find the Clairvoyant that used what seems to be a Hydra recognition signal - the conversation about 'being a Scorpio'. The other was Blake, the one that 'managed' to tag Deathlok so they could follow him to the faux-Clairvoyant.
    • Alternatively, he's a triple agent. Fury got to him before Garret, so he's a SHIELD agent, pretending to be a HYDRA agent, pretending to be a SHIELD agent.
    • Jossed. By the end of season one, Triplett has proven his worth to Team Coulson, and taken Ward's spot on the Bus as the finale ends.

Ward set up May to look like Koenig's murderer.
She's conveniently left the team. Coulson no longer trusts her. Ward took the Bus. It wouldn't be an illogical conclusion for Coulson to reach.
  • Jossed Simmons performs an autopsy and determines it was Ward.

At the end of the season, the team will go their separate ways
They'll need to split up since SHIELD technically no longer exists.
  • Simmons will work with Dr. Banner at Stark labs on numerous biological and gamma-ray related experiments.
  • Fitz will work with Dr. Foster and her team in London, attempting to understand wormholes more thoroughly.
  • Triplett and May will join Fury as he fights HYDRA in Europe
  • Skye will go to China in the hopes of uncovering more about her identity.
  • Phil will finally go to the real Tahiti.
  • Jossed; the team are sticking together to rebuild SHIELD.

After the Stinger in "Ragtag", Ian Quinn's proposal for super soldiers will get rejected by the US Government
Because Stark Industries will present them the Ultron AI which will do all the work. This will be the seed that sets up Avengers 2, and may even get a special cameo appearance by Tony Stark himself in the Season 1 finale.
  • Jossed. The military passes after Garrett murders one of them and imprisons the rest, the control hub for the Deathloks is dismantled, Quinn runs off as soon as he can without looking back, and Tony is nowhere to be seen.

While Yondu and his Ravagers were on Earth abducting Peter Quill, SHIELD appeared since, you know, aliens. SHIELD and Yondu's Ravagers get into a fight, where the end result is one of the Ravagers gets stranded on Earth. The blue one that Coulson found in the SHIELD lab years later. Yondu decides to leave him there, probably because "that guy was a jackass."

Fitz will have amnesia due to his brain damage and forget who Simmons and the rest of the team are.
It's both a Reset Button on the Fitz-Summons romance subplot and a way to milk it for drama.
  • Jossed: Fitz has some memory problems but remembers who everyone else is, and is especially dependent on Simmons; the major consequence of his brain damage has been hallucinations of Simmons after she leaves the team.

Fitz is dead and Simmons is just in deep denial about it.
Because Joss Whedon.
  • Jossed: But interestingly, almost the exact opposite is true. Simmons left the team shortly after the Season 1 finale, and Fitz is the one in deep denial, to the point where he hallucinates her constantly and doesn't seem to know that she left at all.

Simmons is based on Mockingbird
Their backgrounds are very similar, with them being scientists who then attending SHIELD Academy and, given that a Mockingbird TV show was planned at one point, and elements were incorporated into Agents of SHIELD, which could very well include the character herself, or rather the character's traits with a different name being used.
  • Jossed with the introduction of Mockingbird in Season 2, played by a different actress.

Melinda May is the MCU version of Carol Danvers
Hardass female pilot, with a damaged past? She could entirely be Carol, just with a different name and appearance. If this is not the case, they could introduce Carol as an old friend of Melinda.

  • Jossed with the announcement that Carol Danvers will be Captain Marvel in an upcoming movie. Still could be an old friend of May's, of course. (...or of anyone else.)

A main character will die in 2x08: The Things We Bury
The episode is teasing to be "unforgettable", and "more shocking than last week's". The premise involves Ward facing his brother, while SHIELD and HYDRA have an all out brawl. Finally, the episode is called "The Things We Bury". Bury. Yeah...
  • Jossed. Someone dies, but it isn't a main character.

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