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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 

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).

Pathways
  • 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.

    Future Characters 

This series will be used to show different heroes and villains in the extended Marvel Universe
Heroes
  • 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
    • Turns out she's been in the show the whole time.
  • 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

Villains
  • 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.

  • Jossed. She's the MCU's version of Daisy Johnson, and her father is Calvin Zabo, also known as Mister Hyde.

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.

  • Jossed as of "What They Become." She's Daisy Johnson, aka Quake.

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...

    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 Mar-Vell). The Tahiti memories are not only fake, they were built to cover up the trauma of him coming back and as an excuse for the physical therapist thing. Or the Therapist could be whomever brought him back. Either way, decomposition is what caused him to lose the muscle memory.

‘’How’’ Coulson died is how he was brought back.
In Norse mythology (and adapted for Marvel books) there are two main afterlives. Valkyrie (the better known one) takes soldiers, warriors, and heroic sacrifices. Hel (Loki's daughter) takes suicides, old age, sickness, etc. While Coulson died in battle (and in a heroic way) he also deliberately manipulated the fact that he would die (or at least knew it was incredibly likely and went forward anyway) and in such a way that his death would be not quite as altruistic (more for SHIELD than for the individuals) Hel and Valkyrie fought over his soul for so long (since both had a legitimate argument) they decided just to kick his soul back to his body and however he died next would get to keep him. The reason he can't know, though, is because he came back to his body several days after he died... in his coffin... at his funeral.
  • 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.

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 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.

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 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"

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 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.

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.

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.

As a result of finding her birth father, Skye will get a last name.
However, it won't be his last name. Because of Disney's acquisition in a galaxy far far away, she'll be Agent Walker.

    Pre-Season 2 theories 

The Koenigs aren't siblings.
They're truly a series of LMDs (highly humanesque robots would dovetail nicely with AoU) and there will be a new one at every single top secret SHIELD facility they visit. They even have blood. The reasons they are both Coulson fanboys is because Coulson is Fury's "One Good Eye" and he wants them to be personally loyal to Coulson, after himself. Their welcoming speech was exactly the same. As in, word by word the same. It's programming.
  • 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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.
  • Confirmed

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.

However…

Instead of this just being bad writing on their part, this is her 0-8-4 power messing with people's minds.

Fuelled by feelings of abandonment and loneliness when she was a child, her power manipulated reality without her knowing it.

Feelings of abandonment as an orphan? No! 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.

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.
  • He's a Senator

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.
  • Jossed. She's an Inhuman

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".

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 brother...it's still unknown. Maybe Thomas Ward never even existed? This may end up being confirmed when S.H.I.E.L.D. looks into the records of someone named Thomas Ward, but cannot find anything.

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

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

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

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

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

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?"
  • There may be something to this. That does sound like the kind of thing Coulson would have come with up.

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

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

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

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.

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.
Considering how the Soul Gem (Purple) was hidden inside an orb in Guardians of the Galaxy, no doubt the Power Stone (Yellow) or the Reality Stone (Orange) may be hidden within the Obelisk itself. And just like Star Lord, Skye has an invulnerability to it considering how the Obelisk has not turned her or anyone in her family into stone.

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

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

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

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

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

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 ...an 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The city revealed in the alien writing isn't Attilan
...It's Orollan: the Inhuman city that not even the Attilan residents knew about. It's quite a bit different from the culture of Attilan, since it only has a limited supply of Terrigen and therefore the residents only allow those they deem worthy to undergo Terrigenesis - seems pretty close to how Skye's dad described the Diviner.

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

The Alien was trying to destroy the mystery city
That was why it was so frantic to get there. Something time-sensitive was about to occur that the alien was trying to stop. There are many possiblities: the inhabitants posed a threat to Earth or the alien's own race, or maybe they found something they weren't supposed to, or both. If the theory that the city is Attilan is true, then perhaps it was racing to stop them from discovering Terrigenesis.

Mack
's not dead. He was able to shrug off a lot of beatdown from Bobbi and four IC Er rounds. A hundred foot drop should be nothing to him in his current condition. They'll find him in the next episode.
  • Confirmed

The Guesthouse alien is the same species as Peter Quill's Father
Whatever species the alien turns out to be, both it and Peter Quill (Star Lord)'s father have been described as "angels". This is neither coincidence or oversight. From what we can see, just a small amount of its DNA can bring humans back to life, and being half-whatever makes one powerful enough to hold an Infinity gem. Perhaps it would lead into a Got G crossover?

One of the main cast members will die in the season finale, occurring in the fallout of Age of Ultron.
AoU premieres May 1, and the fall TV season ends in mid-May.

Trip isn't dead, and is in fact another Inhuman.
B.J. Britt has been on the set of Age of Ultron, so there's already that going for him. Plus, when he went down the hole into the city, possessed!Mack didn't start hunting him down or trying to stop him from reaching the temple, as he did Coulson. There's several things supporting this theory:
  • In the comics, there's an African-American Inhuman codenamed Hollow whose powers make him intangible. That could be why we see nothing after Trip's cocoon cracks open. It's writer slight-of-hand.
  • As noted above, nothing hinders Trip from being in the inner sanctum with Skye and Raina, even though it's been indicated that no one who's not "chosen" could get that far. They gave Trip and Fitz Simmons a reason for being able to get down there with the hazmat suits, but then take away that reason when Trip goes back down there alone. Either that's very poor storytelling, or he was allowed to get in there for a very specific reason, and it'd have to be for a more specific reason than just to show that Anyone Can Die.
  • At the end when the Eyeless Man is on the phone, he says there's "someone" new. Not the singular, even though it was two people, Skye and Raina, who transformed simultaneously. If Eyeless Man has any contact with Skye's father, than Skye and Raina could've been highly anticipated to come down there and become Inhuman. The "someone new" could refer to Trip, the one person no one had anticipated would be down there.
  • Finally, the official "Farewell to BJ" video ends with Clark Gregg declaring his refusal to move on and holding up the #Trip Lives hashtag. The fact that he was allowed to do that in an official video, the very fact that it's him doing it, indicates this is just like #Coulson Lives all over again: a popular supporting character, supposedly Killed Off for Real to generate demands that he come back, so fans will be all the more overjoyed when he does come back, just like it had been planned all along.

Trip will be brought back as an LMD
The "Project Theta" that Coulson mentioned to the Koenigs was a contingency plant that activated LM Ds of whatever members they lost during the mission. They could have gotten brainwaves or whatever they needed from when each agent went through the lie-detector. They'll activate Trip's unit and he'll be a part of the team again. Furthermore it could explain his appearance in Age of Ultron, since a robot would fit right in with everything else that's going on in there.
  • This would fit well with the theory that the Koenigs are LM Ds, especially when they teased such to Trip. The first thing he says when Tripp 2.0 is activated will be "I Knew It."

The Koenigs are aliens
They're able to tell each other apart, can spot seemingly unnoticeably differences between each other, and don't recognize that they look identical. It's because they're aliens that are willingly aiding SHIELD, and have simply taken A Form You Are Comfortable With.

Bobbi's hidden agenda is connected to Fury
Given Bobbi is likely not doing anything villainous, and Fury enjoys having an eye on everything, the hidden agenda she's keeping from the others is that she's been assigned (alongside Mack) by Fury to watch over Coulson and the new take on SHIELD for him. Given she seems to enquire about his decision making and compares it to Fury's, its likely she's actively making note of his operating procedures and the way he runs things. This will also help provide reason for Bobbi to leave at the end of the season and make the jump to the films; she can leave to go back to work with Fury.

There will be a story arc where SWORD is formed as a replacement for SHIELD
Coulson is going to reiterate his offer to Talbot and this time he will point out that despite a relative lack of resources they took out one of the highest ranking HYDRA officers. He will also convince Talbot that there needs to be an organization like SHIELD because the ordinary governments of the world are grossly unprepared to deal with emerging resources that HYDRA is looking to take advantage of. He will do this by either showing Talbot footage of what the Diviner does or more likely have Skye demonstrate her powers to him first hand. Talbot will be convinced and plead to the United Nations the necessity of an organization like SHIELD and will eventually convince them to create such an organization from the current SHIELD agents. Only this time it won't be a peace keeping agency but a response unit to what would be game changers such as Stark level technology, extraterrestrial species, and super human abilities. Humorously Coulson will hate the name SWORD.

Ward will Take a Third Option and form his own faction
That will do the dark things that SHIELD can't or won't be seen doing. This group will consist of Ward, Agent 33 and Cal, who will help them recruit other Inhumans to their cause. When the two groups meet face to face both Ward and Cal will appeal to Skye who will not be impressed. During a discussion with Coulson Ward will say something like "You are a shield. You defend when others attack. You are a reaction. We're a little more ambitious than that. We're like a hammer that breaks those threats before they can hurt others."

Mack will turn out to be an Inhuman, and has a Tomato in the Mirror discovery in his future
Since he was the member of the team most thoroughly repelled by the idea of Coulson being treated with alien blood, naturally, he will turn out to be the one with some alien DNA of his own.

Daniel Whitehall isn't really dead.
Given that he has the blood and organs of Skye's Mother, an Inhuman in his system, which has restored his youth, it's possible a single gunshot would be insufficient to kill him. If he can be spry at age 110, then he's definitely got far more stamina and toughness than an average human being.

The Eyeless Man
isn't gonna be a villain. While yes, he may be initially hostile towards Team Coulson, he'll ultimately be on the level. The others referred to by The Eyeless Man are likely other Inhumans he's been in contact with for quite sometime, and they'll for sure seek out Daisy. However, that won't make any of them villains. It could just be for a simple gathering of all Inhumans.

Ward told Cal about what Quinn did to Skye
When Cal finds the man who shot his little girl, the result is not going to be pretty.

Agent 33 will become Madam Masque
If she can't shake off the HYDRA brainwashing, she'll eventually get a mask for her face to keep people from thinking she's May.

Mike Peterson will team up with Luke Cage: Hero for Hire
Mike will notice some evil doing going on and step in to stop in like The Atoner. Luke will do likewise and there will be a brief Let's You and Him Fight before they turn against the thugs and kick their ass. Afterward, Luke will explain his Hero For Hire business angle and Mike will want in on it. Their first mission will highlight the Red Oni, Blue Oni nature of this team up in a Good Cop/Bad Cop fashion.
Luke Cage: Where's ma money, honey?!
Mike Peterson: I'd pay the man his money. I can't hold him back forever.

Ward will go after Quinn
Given his feelings for Sky it isn't too much of a stretch to think he would go after someone who fatally injured her. The Broken Pedestal feelings he has regarding Garrett, who ordered the action, will be another factor. He will offer Quinn a choice: either turn himself and his Gravitonium into custody or Ward will send Cal after him. Quinn will try to Take a Third Option and fortify wherever he's keeping the Gravitonium, only for Ward to lead a group of Inhumans on a siege, with their powers making it a Curb-Stomp Battle. SHIELD will launch their own attack only to find Quinn gift wrapped like Bakshi was and a rose for Skye from Ward as well as the Gravitonium.

Talbot will have a meeting with Quinn
Where he will request, or more likely, demand that he hands over the Gravitonium. There will be an Actor Allusion where Talbot will tell Quinn that he likes Stark more.

There will be an Inhumans Spinoff
That will be based on the contemporary Inhuman comic, which focuses on the wide scale emergence of Nuhumans. Characters from Agents of Shield will make guest appearances and SHIELD or possibly SWORD will serve as an initial antagonistic presence.

Cal will be called Mr. Hyde at some point
This will trigger a rage.

Raina will gradually undergo a Heel-Face Turn in some sense of the word
She's already pretty disgusted about how far Hydra is willing to go to achieve their goals, so there's no doubt that she'll likely end up join Team Coulson in some way. Perhaps as a Token Evil Team Mate?

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