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This series will be used to show different heroes and villains in the extended Marvel UniverseHeroes
Stan Lee will appearC'mon, it's a Marvel production! He has to appear!
There will be a cameo in every episodeSo 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.
The Heroes for Hire will appearWhen the fact they were making a TV show leaked, the Heroes for Hire were one of the first things fans thought of. The format would work for TV, it would introduce some more female and PoC characters (a major complaint of the MCU) and with Ultimate Spider-Man using two of the main three as main characters they do have a modern base.
Carol Danvers will appearShe's the lead in a new comic, female, has a military background... she won't appear all the time but she would fit the general idea. :Of course, if she does it will only be as a military woman, not as Ms. Marvel.
The cast of The Avengers will appear for special guest rolesMostly season finale stuff.
Sharon Carter will make an appearance before or after showing up in Captain America: The Winter SoldierConsidering 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.
More SHIELD agents from the comics will appear in minor or recurring rolesAgents like Clay Quartermain and Jimmy Woo may appear at several points. Same goes for the characters from Item 47 such as Sitwell.
Ghost Rider is going to appearIn 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. So it might be a possibility.
Once How I Met Your Mother ends, Cobie Smulders will join as Maria Hill
Bobbi Morse/Mockingbird will appearMockingbird 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.
One story arc in the show will be about helping a female thief who uses a staff get off the streetsRecognizing 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.
The Fantastic Four and the X-Men can't appear in the seriesSo they'll just get referenced instead. There will be loads of banter about how those five teenagers keep disappearing on them or something.
The show will occasionally be used for Poorly Disguised Pilots of whatever obscure character Marvel wants to make a movie for nextDoc Strange, Heroes for Hire, Daredevil reboot, hell even a much-better-made Howard the Duck reboot. The potential is limitless.
Zodiac will be the Season One Big BadThey'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.
Those "others" Coulson mentioned would be interested in PetersonThe ones who would want to exploit him are HYDRA, and the ones who would want to dissect him are AIM.
Any Marvel characters who cannot get a legal mention will have a lawyer-friendly Shout-OutSuch as "the kid from Queens" or "that weird boarding school up in Westchester". And maybe, through this, when Disney gets the movie rights, they can toss them in there because of the aforementioned shout-outs...
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.
Other characters from Marvel One-Shots will appear as Special Guest StarsBecause 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.
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.
Mike Peterson will be Luke CageThink 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?
The team will go up against a runaway experiment from the Weapon X programThey won't be mentioned by name, of corse, 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. (Bonus points if the files have pictures of Ryan Reynolds)
Maria Hill will become a more prominent figure in season 2.Cobie Smulders' current show, How I Met Your Mother, is ending after this season, which means she'll be free to take on a larger role in season 2.
MI13, Pete Wisdom, and/or Union Jack will make an appearance at some point.Clark Gregg hinted on his Twitter that we'd see British superheroes at some point. MI13 almost seems like a gimme, since it's basically the British version of SHIELD. Meanwhile, Pete and Jack are the two main British heroes who either have no powers or have powers that can be easily ignored or explained by current MCU sources.
Arcade is part of the Rising TideSome versions of him have been a hacker, or even a technopath.
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 movieI would like to wager money that recapturing the beast will be the focus of the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D./Thor episode.
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"
Coulson's Death and Resurrection
Coulson's brainwashed for some reason to be revealedCoulson 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 Solid series or "Would you kindly..." in the original Bioshock). 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.
Coulson will suffer from PTSD during the seriesDying 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.
It will be revealed Coulson Came Back WrongStabbed 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.
Coulson didn't die in The AvengersHe 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.
Coulson will die for real in the first season, or perhaps be revealed as being Dead All AlongBecause Joss Whedon is just that cruel.
Coulson is now like 616 Nick FuryWhatever brought him back left him immortal and took an eye.
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.
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-
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.
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.
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.
Akela saw something mechanical inside of Coulson.As implied by her final lines to May ("no, what did they do to him?"), she saw something inside his body with her mechanical eye's alternate vision. Either an artificial heart as mentioned above, or some kind of device attached to his brain that is responsible for altering his memories.
Coulson's heart has been replaced by a Philosopher's Stone.After Coulson was "killed" in The Avengers, he was taken to Tahiti where the Sabbath ritual was performed in secret ("its a magical place") to revive him. But Coulson is now a doll, only half-alive because Phantoms were used as the four pillars. For him to be revived fully the Sabbath must be performed again with Wizards serving as the pillars.
Coulson has a mechanical heart.Just like Picard when he got stabbed by a Nausicaan as an Ensign, when Coulson got stabbed through the heart by Loki they quickly replaced it with an artificial one.
Coulson made a contract with one of the IncubatorsHe survived being stabbed because his Soul Gem was unharmed. They just repaired his body and then he was fine. The higher-ups don't want him to know since everyone else who's been informed of the true nature of the Soul Gem has a freakout. 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 actually 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.
Coulson is a Chitari.The Chitari are based on the Skrulls, a race of shape-shifters. Coulson's memories, or even entire mind, was placed into a comatose Chitari either on purpose or by accident. The Chitari believes itself to BE Coulson, having no knowledge if its true self. This would explain why Coulson's "Muscle memory" doesn't work: That Chitari 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".
The reason why Coulson has no muscle Memory is because his muscles were rebuiltAfter around three months, your body is completely decomposed and there is just a skeleton. Or at least your far enough along that a good chunk of your muscles are gone. The series works as about real time. It's been a bit over a year since The Avengers. And Coulson did not comeback immediately, he came back only a few weeks ago. SHIELD contacted someone (Doctor Strange, Mephisto, Enchantress, possibly Brother Voodoo, etc) to bring him back. While they brought him back completely, the various muscles and tendons had to be rebuilt, which would have erased the "muscle memory" as it wore,or the brain was far enough decomposed it rebuilt itself as a bit of a blank slate (see "The Enemy Within" in Captain 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.
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.
The mystery of how Coulson survived getting stabbed by Loki in The Avengers will be one of the major myth arcs of the showI wouldn't put it past Joss to make how Coulson lives to be something that looms over most of the series.
The way Coulson thinks he survived and the way he actually survived are two entirely different matters.
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.
HOW Coulson died is how he was brought back.In Norse mythology (and adapted for Marvel books) there are two main afterlifes. Valkyrie (the better known one) takes soldiers, warriors, and heroic sacrifices. Hel (Loki's daughter) takes suicides, old age, sickness, etc. While Coulson died in battle (and in a heroic way) he also deliberately manipulated the fact that he would die (or at least knew it was incredibly likely and went forward anyway) and in such a way that his death would be not quite as altruistic (more for SHIELD than for the individuals) Hel and Valkyrie fought over his soul for so long (since both had a legitimate argument) they decided just to kick his soul back to his body and however he died next would get to keep him. The reason he can't know, though, is because he came back to his body several days after he died... in his coffin... at his funeral.
Coulson is a LMDHe's a more advanced Life Model Decoy than normal, and doesn't even realize he is one.
Coulson is literally Actually a DoombotCreated by Doctor Doom to be The Mole in S.H.I.E.L.D. (much like Akela Amador, but Coulson doesn't even know it) Doom can make very convincing robots. Just ask the Scarlet Witch robot that Hawkeye slept with.
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?
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.
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?
Coulson is a Time LordLola is his Tardis. And when Loki stabbed him, he just regenerated back into himself. Somehow.
Coulson was resurrected by ThorHe 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.
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. Thor does not know because it is meant to be kept a secret for one reason or another.
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.
Coulson is actually Clark Gregg.After he died, SHIELD hired the actor from The New Adventures of Old Christine to impersonate him and carry on his legacy.
Coulson knows how he was brought back'It's a magical place': He knows he wasn't in Tahiti, but he knows he's being lied to, and is going along with the cover.
Coulson really did die, but was brought back Project Lazarus style.His implants were seen by Akela with her x-ray vision, which is what she mentioned to Melinda. Besides, he seems to have enhanced reflexes, as seen in the pilot when he dodged a flying van door. It remains to be seen if or when he'll show any other enhanced abilities.
Coulson was brought back by Ghost RiderHe'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.
Coulson's body is robotic but his soul was retrieved through supernatural means.
Coulson is actually the current vessel for the entity EternityWhile Eternity's been grooming him as a vessel for a while (which is why he was even tangentially involved in each Avenger's life) when he died, Eternity got Coulson's soul and healed the body. "Tahiti" is where the two managed to equalize themselves. The bright light was Eternity itself (and why it felt longer. It was, literally, eternity) and why Coulson isn't exactly the same. It's not just him in the body anymore.
After we learn how Coulson was resurrected, the next big mystery will be why he was resurrected.Being a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent is dangerous work and it's unlikely that resurrection is standard procedure for every dead agent. It's likely that there's something unique about Coulson himself that warrants him being brought back to life.
Coulson was lying when he told the firefighter that the afterlife was wonderful.It's heavily implied that the pre-series Coulson was not the nicest guy around. Agent Blake, for instance, implies that the old Coulson would have thrown Simmons out of the plane.
Coulson thinks his Offscreen Afterlife was Heaven, but it's actually somewhere else entirely that looked like it to him.Goes with many different theories as to what happened. Asgard? Somewhere in outer space? The Ancient One's sanctuary?
"Coulson" is a Skrull sleeper agentHe has all of Coulson's memories, but doesn't remember that he's a Skrull. When he finds out, it will lead to him Becoming the Mask. The Skrull letters on the chalkboard in "Eye Spy" could have been foreshadowing.
Coulson's revival is mundaneHe 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.
Melinda was brought back in the same way as CoulsonWhatever 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.
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.
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'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.
Coulson was brought back using Hydra TechThe ultimate Captain America fanboy would be horrified by being kept alive by something made by such an evil organisation, especially if its creation involved unwilling human experimentation. SHIELD repressed his memories of what was done to try and save him the guilt of knowing how he was brought back. If it's some sort of device, it could also be what his protoge saw in him in "Eye Spy".
Coulson is AsgardianProfessor Randolph survived the staff attack cause he's Asgardian, and Asgardians recover much faster than humans, that must be why Coulson survived Loki's attack.
Coulson is Deathlok
The Hooded Hero
The black man in the teaser trailer who saves someone while jumping from a building is Luke CageTying into the Heroes for Hire WMG above, they'll start introducing them early on in the series.
The black guy with powers in the trailer is PatriotThere'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.
The black guy with powers in the trailer is Luke Cage
J. August Richards is playing Elgin Haliday/RageFrom 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.
The black guy in the trailer is a Race Lift of a preexisting white character.Just to throw people off. I vote Wonder Man.
Skye is Tony Stark's daughterThink about it, genius with computers, unknown family past...Tony would have been quite young, more likely to make mistakes.
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.
Skye is Coulson's daughterHe knows, she doesn't. It's why he's looking out for her so much and why Whedon is hiding her parentage.
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.
Alternatively, Skye is Coulson and Melinda May's daughterShe 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 the genes from the two best agents.
Another alternative, Skye is Coulson and Hill's daughterBecause there were hints of a past relationship in the first episode, too.
Skye isn't human (but doesn't know it), that's why her parents' identity is classified.I'm leaning towards 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.
Skye is part of the extremely complicated Tangled Family Tree that binds the X-Men and the AvengersYou know, the one with Hank Pym being married to Jan van Dyne and creating Ultron, who created Vison, who married Scarlet Witch, sister of Quicksilver and daughter of Magneto, you guys know what I mean.
Skye is the daughter of the Clairvoyant.
Skye's parents were killed by a SHIELD agentShe'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.
One or more of Skye's parents is superhuman.
Skye's father is the man behind the Centipede.And possibly, 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.
Skye thinks Coulson is her father.
At least one of Skye's parents wants to Kill All Humans.Skye was stolen from them at birth and put in an orphanage so that she'd grow up as a human. This would prevent Skye's parents from harming humanity because there would always be a chance that they would hurt their own daughter.
"Skye" is not a Canon Foreigner
Skye is the daughter of a time travelerWhich explains the lack of evidence about him. He left her here in the past (his past, our present) to protect her from his enemies. One day, one of those enemies finds her, and the episode is about a villain with weird powers going after Skye. Everybody has fallen, she's about to be killed, and the villain is suddenly killed by a blast from Kang the Conqueror, a man with a armour 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. Bonus points if it was Melinda!
Skye was born either during/as a result of an earlier Centipede experimentCoulson 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.
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 Cojlson 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.
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.
The clairvoyant is Baron MordoThey're doing a Dr Strange movie, so why not?
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.
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).
The organization behind the Centipede project is the Guild of Super Evil.
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 natural and anonymous position makes them an idea faction to break the tie between SHIELD and its adversaries.
Raina is Madame HYDRA/Viper.If a resurgent HYDRA is indeed behind Project Centipede. Viper did appear 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.
The prisoner Raina visits at the end of Episode 5 is Baron von Strucker.Related to the above theory that Raina is Madame Hydra.
Raina is Monica Rappaccini, the Scientist Supreme.Going off the theory that the organization running Centipede is AIM.
Grant's abusive older brother will become a supervillain.He might be a candidate for Centipede.
Project Centipede is an AIM operation.It's mentioned in the pilot that the Centipede module is partially fuelled 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.
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.
Edison Po is Baron StruckerBoth are bald white men with high-class tastes.
The Purple Man was the leader of the cult involved in the mission that traumatized Melinda MayNot only would his powers be able to affect a character that deeply, this would also establish him in the Marvel Cinematic Universe before the new Jessica Jones series starts, where he'll obviously have a big role since he's so tied to Jones' days as a superhero.
Fitz and Simmons are marriedTo be revealed casually a few episodes in when one of them (likely Leo) is kidnapped. Something along the lines of:
This entire series will take place before The Avengers.This way the base might not be so broken.
"Rising Tide" will be a Hydra remnant/successorJossed. It's a superhero fangirl hacker in a van.
If Coulson dies in the series, the evil AI Ultron will upload his mind into a robot body to gain an advantage over SHIELDCode name, Vision.
This show will never be canceledBecause if it were canceled, the ABC execs would be flayed alive by the combined angry mobs of Marvel fans and Joss Whedon cultists.
The Agents will take on an Extremis SoldierWhat 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 Wordof God. It's a perfect fit.
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.
"Rising Tide" is just a one-person operation that Skye runsThe 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.
Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns will guest star at some point.Let This Happen
Lola, Coulson's Cool Car, will be revealed to be a flying car.
The first season will focus on the recovery of Coulson's Cap cards
This show will redefine awesomeBecause it will just be that ridiculously awesome.
Joss will write an arc based on the story of the comic book SHIELD 2010.
Grant and Skye will hook up, thereby becoming the official coupleHe's an uptight MIB, she's a funny civilian hacker. They saved the world. A lot.
Either Fitz or Simmons will be killed off eventually.Since the scientist smart guy role is essentially filled by two people, one of them dying would impact the team dynamic the least. And since wise-cracking duos usually become popular in fandoms, Joss is probably salivating at the potential fan tears already. The surviving member will probably take a few levels in badass to avenge their partner.
Melinda Maye is the MCU version of Carol DanversHardass female pilot, with a damaged past? She could entirely be Carol, just with a different name and appearance.
Michael Westen and Fiona Glenanne will both join SHIELD at some point.They're not staying retired. Not a chance. Joss Whedon brings back a Firefly vet, they're a bad guy. Caleb. Jasmine. Alpha. Allison.
S.H.I.E.L.D. has access to Dollhouse tech.While Coulson is still Coulson physically, he probably received Active architecture and got imprinted with his own personality, minus whatever mental modifications S.H.I.E.L.D. made to the imprint. "Tahiti" functions as code for his handler. (Probably Maria Hill.)
Fitz and Simmons are/were one person.That's why people tend to refer to them as Fitz-Simmons. They started out as one person who wound up getting split in two, either by an activating X-gene or an experiment gone wrong. They may still be linked and the reason they're not cleared for combat is because if one is injured/killed the same thing will happen to the other one.
Grant Ward is the son of a Super Villain.Well he's a Badass agent with a Dark and Troubled Past whose antisocial tendencies are said to be "not surprising considering his family history."
The bored-looking blonde woman in the Paris safehouse is Yelena BelovaShe'll come back as a major player.
If the series is a huge success it will end just prior to, or just after The Avengers 3Since all of the Marvel Cinematic Universe seems centered around The Avengers (currently), as The Avengers 3 comes out, Agents of SHIELD will come to a close to "wrap up" the first successful cross media franchise. All stories in the final season will therefore be directly related to any and all events in The Avengers 3, and major guest appearances from some if not all of the major players in the third (and possibly last, as part of an epic "extended" trilogy) The Avengers film will be rampant.
Iron Man will appear......but not Tony Stark. The mask will not go off. A way to use the character without having to pay a fortune to the actor for a mere TV episode.
Agent Ward's seedy "family history" alluded to by Coulson is by way of the former being related to Tony Masters, aka Taskmaster.Be he Grant's brother, father, whatever, Taskmaster has canonically frequently had dealings with (comics) S.H.I.E.L.D. in the past; and is in fact a current member of the newest incarnation of the Secret Avengers- working directly under 616's Fury and Coulson. He could easily be reworked in the show to be a former agent who went rogue or some kind of master criminal that screwed S.H.I.E.L.D. over in a big way, either ultimately leading to a young Ward witnessing this and deciding to dedicate his life to the straight and narrow. This also accounts for his humorless, business-only demeanor.
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.
The show will have multiple episodes introducing other Marvel heroes, who may later appear in filmAn episode with the team dealing with a vigilante in New York (Daredevil), a duo of heroes using their powers to earn money while helping the helpless (Luke Cage and Iron Fist/Heroes for Hire), a mysterious swamp monster with a connection to the super soldier formula (Man-Thing), a young teenaged gay couple using their powers for good (Hulkling and Wiccan, prior to forming Young Avengers), among others. They'll also see the team working alongside other SHIELD-connected heroes, including Widow and/or Hawkeye, and Mockingbird, Carol Danvers, etc.
Mandroid suits will appearProbably reverse-engineered from some of the parts lying around after Stark pointlessly blew up all his suits. She's being run by SHIELD to find out more about the Rising Tide.
An Enemy Mine between SHIELD and Rising Tide will happen at some point.Skye will slowly warm up to SHIELD and she'll convince her fellow Rising Tide members that they can be allies with SHIELD rather than fearing them.
SHIELD didn't *really* shoot the 084 into the sun.I mean, 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.
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 possability for use as long as they are not specifically X-Related. Whether she is an actual mutant or not, she will turn out to be a telemechanic and that is how she is so good at hacking things. She just "knows" how.
Melinda was exposed to the Super Soldier SerumSurely S.H.I.E.L.D. would try another round of super soldier experiments if they've got formula samples. Melinda was in the first round of tests and was a complete success - all the powers of Cap in their very own field agent, who eventually gained the reputation of being The Cavalry. Except eventually she started going Blood Knight, realized she had to stop, and retired wholly from fieldwork until now. It would explain how she survived that strike from Mike, and why she's so adamant about not getting into combat again. She doesn't want to start down that path again because she's scared she won't be able to turn back.
At some point, Coulson will mention an old mission where he posed as a high school principal.A Shout-Out to Ultimate Spider-Man.
GDI and SHIELD are alternate-universe versions of eachotherOne is an international organization using a bird-of-prey as a symbol, with origins in black-ops and with a history involving fighting a terrorist organization with state-level resources. The other is an international organization using a bird-of-prey as a symbol, with origins in black-ops and with a history involving fighting a terrorist organization with state-level resources.
Lola is an AIThis explains Coulson's Insistent Terminology, constantly reminding people that his car has a name. Because she's sentient, and she gets offended when people treat her like an ordinary car.
Simmons will dieShe's kind of adorkable and we all know what Joss Whedon does to likable characters...
Simmons is an alcoholicShe has been shown drinking beer in both of the first two episodes. And in the second episode, when Skye asked her how many drinks she had so far, she deflected the question and told Skye to loosen up.
Skye comes from a rich backgroundPeople 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.
Melinda is a former Super Hero."The Cavalry" isn't just a S.H.I.E.L.D. nickname, it was her Super Hero handle. Unfortunately, something unpleasant happened while she was assisting with a S.H.I.E.L.D. mission, so she chose to become an ordinary desk agent rather than continue to be a hero.
Lola used to belong to Howard Stark.The hover tech is almost certainly Stark's design, but as sentimental as Coulson is, why not have another collectible from the very man who founded S.H.I.E.L.D. and practically helped invent Captain America?
"This is just like Budapest!"An episode will actually show what happened in Budapest in flashbacks, with the team now dealing with the eventual fallout. Bonus points if Clint and/or Natasha guest in the same episode.
Ward 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.
Ward always liesRelated to the above, but with broader strokes. Ward is "Level 6" at the start of the show, implying a high degree of training as well as obvious mastery of field ops. It is said he has "mad skillz yo", but other than a dossier that was made about his activities (probably only the things that are allowed to potentially be leaked around SHIELD or even to other organizations without compromising anything) we know almost nothing about his past. This is seemingly true from a fiction standpoint of all the characters, but specifically, no one in universe seems to know anything about him. Being a trained operative at such a high level, he has also been trained in methods of suppressing the truth, lying convincingly, bending truth into falsehood, and other forms of mental tactics including biological fortitude. That is to say, he has been dosed by truth serums of varying potency multiple times and even if Coulson injected him with a real serum in the pilot, he could resist it or at the work "around it". In essence, you can't trust anything he says because he is so good at lying, it can all sound convincing and even be worked in so close to the truth that it blends in. He lies for a living.
Everyone is a robot.The entire team is an experiment, with each agent being a prototype LMD based on a deceased SHIELD agent. The perfect spy agent, the hivemind scientists...and Coulson himself, who died and was "revived" in the form of an LMD. It's a big test run to see how AI agents can function in the field.
Skye has been to Tahiti.She'll make a comment about it, or Coulson will, and a) they realize that something doesn't mesh with their memories, or b) they don't notice anything wrong but May and/or Ward overhears them.
Coulson is a psychic.Coulson always seems to be one step ahead of everyone. He knows how people will react before they do, he seems to be able to avoid things that others can't (such as The Destroyer's blast). He is not just lucky, or really well trained, he is empathic and can at least sense what is about to happen, if not outright read it directly. He may or may not even know he is psychic, but it explains how he "just knows" all the time.
One of the team's missions will take them to Portland.At which point Coulson will remember that he hasn't called that cellist he was dating there since he died.
Apollo candy bars will make an appearance.Because they're a handy Bland-Name Product owned by the ABC Network.
There is a level 8, and maybe a level 9All 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.
Graviton will return as a dangerous vigilante looking to eliminate anything he thinks is "bad tech" at any cost necessary
Sky made a contract with one of the IncubatorsShe was a foster child and longed for a family. Kyubey appeared and said he could grant her wish "if you make a contract with me." She did and was recruited by Coulson into SHIELD where she has a father figure, a mother figure, an older brother, and two geeky younger siblings. She can't explain why she's so good with computers because it's her Magical Girl power. The witches she fights are online (muggles call them 'viruses' or 'trolls') and that's why she spends so much time alone in the van inside The Bus.
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.
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).
Skye has a killswitch, like Akela and the MI6 agentMaybe a more basic version that means she has to take orders through a phone and hasn't got "backskatter" - it could even just be a killswitch of some sort built into her. This would explain her hacking skills (although they could still be her own, but her having a team of other hackers backing her up could explain a lot), why she's still spying (or whatever it is they want her to do) for the Rising Tide when she seems reluctant to betray The Team (and why she considers them family, but didn't feel that way about TRT) and why she empathised with Akela so quickly. It would also explain why she hesitated when Quinn was trying to talk her over to his side; she was waiting for orders on who to roll with.
Mack, the truck driver from episode 3, is the MCU counterpart of US1, or a relative/supporting character thereof"Mach" is probably just his code name (if he's actually a trucker he probably 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. In the show there is no explanation for his power, and MCU is always avoiding magic. Scorch received his powers from fallout after a nuclear plant near his house caught fire and burned down. In the comic's term's he'd be a "mutate", which I imagine they can't use for the same reason, so for now he's just referred to as a "gifted".
Scorch will form an alliance with Graviton due to their shared hatred of SHIELD.They will form the show's first true supervillain team. It's not clear from episode 5 whether Scorch was killed.
Coulson is an unintentional sleeper agent for ThanosAkela's handler could see everything she could, this is similar to Coulson and Thanos. Thanos is watching and listening to everything Phil says, sees, and does. He may not have been involved with his resurrection, but dying via Loki's scepter forged a link between Thanos and Coulson that Thanos is taking advantage of right now. Thanos is learning the innerworkings of SHIELD, what they do, who they are involved with, and just generally gathering intel so Thanos knows the best way to disable them in the future. Already Thanos knows that Nick Fury owes Coulson a debt, that SHIELD has a list of Gifted, that they are large in scope, that Melinda May and Grant Ward's are the team's heavies and by taking them out he could control the plane. That Coulson has so much internal information that he can search. That Skye can help him get other information that he doesn't have. Later on in the series, Thanos will play his card... by taking over Coulson and attacking them from the inside. Coulson's got very high clearance, friends with many of the other agents, and guilt for the Avengers, if he showed up anywhere, it wouldn't be suspicious until he started killing them and making it easier for Thanos to invade.
Scorch is an Inhuman.The nuclear power plant that melted down near his birthplace was actually a secret lab researching Terrigen Mist. This is why he was the only one affected.
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.
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.
There will be a 7th Episode TwistWell, 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.
At some point, Lola will be destroyedMost likely while someone other than Coulson (probably Skye) is driving her without permission. She will likely do this out of necessity. Some agents take the black SUV out on a mission, an enemy attacks the Bus, and Skye pursues in Lola.
Victoria Hand is a Double AgentShe 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.
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. And as we'll learn in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, HAMMER is run by Alexander Pierce.
Grant Ward is related to Terrence WardTerrence might be his younger brother, abusive older brother, or another relative.
There is more then there seems to the plan during The HubIt is either Secret Test of Character or part of some deeper plot. Possibly tying into the whole SHIELD going bad in the new Captain America movie,if that is what happens. It would explain why Victoria Hand was used in the episode, considering her ties with HAMMER.
Ward's flashbackWas Ward really the brother who was threatened to not help the brother struggling to stay above water in the well, or was he the one doing the threatening? The oldest brother did looking 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.
The eldest Ward brother sees himself as a Drill Sergeant NastyInstead of being a psychopathic bully, Grant's older brother saw his behavior as training his siblings for a cruel world.
The dimension Tobias Ford have been to really was Hell.Just 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. This doesn't mean that he's going to enjoy it, though.
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.
Coulson knows that Ward and May are sleeping with each otherHe just doesn't feel any need to do anything about it so long as it doesn't impact their work.
If/when we meet Ward's older brother, he won't be the monster he was as a childHe could be a vegetable either from serving in the war on terror or an accident.
Tobias Ford was trapped in Mephisto's realmWith all the religious parallels in that episode, I wouldn't be surprised
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.