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Asgard will continue to be relevant in this series.Was it really Odin who sent Sif to recapture Lorelei? Or was it Loki in disguise, as seen at the end of Thor: The Dark World?
Wild Mass Guessing over Lorelei and Sif.Lorelei and Sif will appear in episode 15, so here are some theories:
If Loki appears, then his schemes will be less dangerous and menacing.Loki will be a Harmless Villain, whose "evil" plans will basically amount to Poke the Poodle. Since he's already got the throne of Asgard, he doesn't need to go after petty humans unless it's for the lulz.
Coulson is Fenrir.Cast out of Asgard by Odin, bound in human form (possibly with his memories wiped), banished for his part in the bringing of Ragnarok, which is the confirmed name for Thor 3. Maybe found by SHIELD and made an agent when they discovered what he was. It would explain why he came back after his death and revival surgery. It would also explain why, when confronting Loki, he hesitated to use the Thorbuster instead of using it right away. It would also explain why he's so loyal to Fury - Fury reminds him of Grandpa. Oh my gosh please no.
Professor Randolph is BalderRandolph says that he didn't know Thor and that he was just a mason, but maybe movie!Odin was simply more committed to hiding Balder's identity than comic!Odin. It would explain why we haven't seen Balder in Thor movies so far.
Loki will more friendly with Lorelei in this version, that in the comic.In the comics Loki was abusive with Lorelei. But as this version of Loki is more Affably Evil, then his relationship with Lorelei will be friendlier.
This series will be used to show different heroes and villains in the extended Marvel UniverseHeroes
Raina and Skye are either sisters or clonesIt explains her shock when she analyzes Skye's DNA and why she alludes to Skye being 'someone similar' to her. They have the same parent, or are genetically engineered metahumans from another metahuman's DNA. Raina also knew about the massacre of the village to get to Skye...because she was still living with her parents or someone in their inner circle, and heard about it. It partially explains her quest to find unique people: because she's also looking for her family, same as Skye. Also, their names. Skye. Raina. Sky and Rain.
Skye is the child of the True MandarinThe True Mandarin as revealed in All Hail the King. Given that she has a Chinese appearance and the person Raina was talking too at the end of the finale, who had bloodied hands, indicates he is someone quite sinister with the right ethnicity. The MCU has also implied that the True Mandarin is immortal or some such fulfilling the monster prerequisite.
Skye is the MCU version of Sinthea "Sin" Schmidt, daughter of Johann Schmidt.Schmidt definitely acts like a monster at times, and it would add weight to HYDRA wanting to get their hands on her.
Either Fitz or Simmons will become a Ghost RiderIt's clearly being built up that Fitz will have severe brain damage by the time season 2 begins. Either him or Simmons will be unable to handle his condition, and they'll be offered a deal by Mephisto: heal Fitz in return for their soul. Of course the person who makes the deal won't realize the side effects of it. Furthermore, Ghost Rider is a character similar to Deathlok in which the legacy of the character can easily be passed on to Canon Immigrants.
If/when Ghost Rider shows up, they will steal Lola. Imagine the possibilities of the Ghost Rider hellifiying a flying car.
Raina is Madame HYDRA/Viper.If a resurgent HYDRA is indeed behind Project Centipede. Viper appeared in The Wolverine, but since Quicksilver will be in both Age of Ultron and Days of Future Past we know that it doesn't prevent her from showing up in the MCU.
Raina is Monica Rappaccini, the Scientist Supreme.Going off the theory that the organization running Centipede is AIM.
Grant's abusive older brother will become a supervillain.He might be a candidate for Centipede.
The friend Edison Po blinded was Gustav Brant.Going back to Zodiac, the blind Brant became Libra.
The end product of Project Centipede will be Wonder ManAfter the shove all of their super-power-goodies into a single person, keep it constantly stable, and throw in whatever they get from Coulson, the Centipedes will have everything they need to create their own ultimate hero. Then they can have The Team encounter him and think he's a case similar to Mike, but in reality he's a sleeper agent like in the comics. Then, also like the comics, he becomes a Reverse Mole.
Project Centipede did not originate from Earth.Not the formula, the project itself. The Clairvoyant is an alien who came to Earth after the Chitauri attack, the reason being that the Clairvoyant needed an expendable race that couldn't fight back if Project Centipede was revealed/deployed to the public, namely humanity. Edison Po and Raina are both members of the Clairvoyant's race, but disguised as humans, explaining the duress under pressure. Scientists like Debbie are human, and are therefore expendable. As for the formula, it's derived from 4 known sources of superpower: Super Soldier Serum, gamma radiation, Chitauri technology, and Extremis. The makeup of the SSS was lost when Erksine was killed, and people are still trying to work it out. It's unlikely that the members of Project Centipede could have deciphered it. The Clairvoyant could have unlocked the formula by brain-probing Erksine while he was alive, without his knowledge.
Related to the above: Project Centipede was started by the Kree.It would not be the first time they tried to give powers to humans in order to turn them into weapons.
Centipede created Deathlok to be the next superpowered assassin because The Winter Soldierwas deemed impure. Dethlok has some similarities to The Winter Soldier. They have both lost limbs and were brainwashed by the organizations to become an assassin. If Centipede is a HYDRA operation, they need a back up man now that the Winter Soldier has gone off the grid, having saved Steve and all that...
Coulson's cellist girlfriend will be killed by HYDRAThey need to get Coulson out in the open, what better way than to endanger his loved one.
Coulson's Death and Resurrection
The reason Centipede is interested in Coulson's resurrection is because...They want to revive HYDRA's former leader: THE RED SKULL. Red Skull actually died in the events of the first Captain America movie'', but HYDRA was able to recover his body and HYDRA scientists are looking for a way to bring him back. As soon as the HYDRA agents within SHIELD discovered that Coulson was brought back, it became their priority to find out how.
Akela saw something mechanical inside of Coulson.As implied by her final lines to May ("no, what did they do to him?"), she saw something inside his body with her mechanical eye's alternate vision. Either an artificial heart as mentioned above, or some kind of device attached to his brain that is responsible for altering his memories.
Coulson's heart has been replaced by a Philosopher's Stone.After Coulson was "killed" in The Avengers, he was taken to Tahiti where the Sabbath ritual was performed in secret ("its a magical place") to revive him. But Coulson is now a doll, only half-alive because Phantoms were used as the four pillars. For him to be revived fully the Sabbath must be performed again with Wizards serving as the pillars.
Coulson has a mechanical heart.Just like Picard when he got stabbed by a Nausicaan as an Ensign, when Coulson got stabbed through the heart by Loki they quickly replaced it with an artificial one.
Coulson made a contract with one of the IncubatorsHe survived being stabbed because his Soul Gem was unharmed. They just repaired his body and then he was fine. The higher-ups don't want him to know since everyone else who's been informed of the true nature of the Soul Gem has had a freakout. Combining this a bit with the "Coulson is psychic" guess in the "Other" section, the reason that he is so aware of everything on seemingly so little clues is because something about his wish gave him psychic powers or he has just figured out how to use magic to see these things.
"Tahiti" was the Island from LOST.Coulson was saved/brought back the same way Sayid and Ben were. In fact, Lost and Agents of SHIELD take place in the same universe - people like Miles Straum, Hugo Reyes, and Desmond Hume are all actually low-level supers.
The reason why Coulson has no muscle Memory is because his muscles were rebuiltAfter around three months, your body is completely decomposed and there is just a skeleton. Or at least your far enough along that a good chunk of your muscles are gone. The series works as about real time. It's been a bit over a year since The Avengers. And Coulson did not comeback immediately, he came back only a few weeks ago. SHIELD contacted someone (Doctor Strange, Mephisto, Enchantress, possibly Brother Voodoo, etc) to bring him back. While they brought him back completely, the various muscles and tendons had to be rebuilt, which would have erased the "muscle memory" as it wore,or the brain was far enough decomposed it rebuilt itself as a bit of a blank slate (see "The Enemy Within" in Captain Marvell). The Tahiti memories are not only fake, they were built to cover up the trauma of him coming back and as an excuse for the physical therapist thing. Or the Therapist could be whomever brought him back. Either way, decomposition is what caused him to lose the muscle memory.
‘’How’’ Coulson died is how he was brought back.In Norse mythology (and adapted for Marvel books) there are two main afterlives. Valkyrie (the better known one) takes soldiers, warriors, and heroic sacrifices. Hel (Loki's daughter) takes suicides, old age, sickness, etc. While Coulson died in battle (and in a heroic way) he also deliberately manipulated the fact that he would die (or at least knew it was incredibly likely and went forward anyway) and in such a way that his death would be not quite as altruistic (more for SHIELD than for the individuals) Hel and Valkyrie fought over his soul for so long (since both had a legitimate argument) they decided just to kick his soul back to his body and however he died next would get to keep him. The reason he can't know, though, is because he came back to his body several days after he died... in his coffin... at his funeral.
Coulson was brought back by the Risen MittenThe Torchwood resurrection glove, or rather its MCU counterpart. As such, he technically is dead, and the ones in the know understandably don't want him to know that.
Coulson is a Time LordLola is his Tardis. When Loki stabbed him, he just regenerated back into himself. Somehow.
Coulson is actually Clark Gregg.After he died, SHIELD hired the actor from The New Adventures of Old Christine to impersonate him and carry on his legacy.
Coulson knows how he was brought back'It's a magical place': He knows he wasn't in Tahiti, but he knows he's being lied to, and is going along with the cover.
Coulson really did die, but was brought back Project Lazarus style.His implants were seen by Akela with her x-ray vision, which is what she mentioned to Melinda. Besides, he seems to have enhanced reflexes, as seen in the pilot when he dodged a flying van door. It remains to be seen if or when he'll show any other enhanced abilities.
Coulson is the current vessel for the entity EternityWhile Eternity's been grooming him as a vessel for a while (which is why he was tangentially involved in each Avenger's life) when he died, Eternity got Coulson's soul and healed the body. "Tahiti" is where the two managed to equalize themselves. The bright light was Eternity itself (and why it felt longer. It was, literally, eternity) and why Coulson isn't exactly the same. It's not just him in the body anymore.
After we learn how Coulson was resurrected, the next big mystery will be why he was resurrected.Being a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent is dangerous work and it's unlikely that resurrection is standard procedure for every dead agent. It's likely that there's something unique about Coulson himself that warrants him being brought back to life.
Coulson was lying when he told the firefighter that the afterlife was wonderful.It's heavily implied that the pre-series Coulson was not the nicest guy around. Agent Blake, for instance, implies that the old Coulson would have thrown Simmons out of the plane.
Coulson thinks his Offscreen Afterlife was Heaven, but it's actually somewhere else entirely that looked like it to him.Goes with many different theories as to what happened. Asgard? Somewhere in outer space? The Ancient One's sanctuary?
"Coulson" is a Skrull sleeper agentHe has all of Coulson's memories, but doesn't remember that he's a Skrull. When he finds out, it will lead to him Becoming the Mask. The Skrull letters on the chalkboard in "Eye Spy" could have been foreshadowing.
Coulson was suspicious of his resurrection long before the first episode.The whole reason he sought out and hired Skye was so that she could help him find out the truth, as stated in the above theory.
Coulson was revived with the help of NANOMACHINES!That's the source of his increased levels of iron, and would keep in theme with S.H.I.E.L.D.'s use of hyper advanced technology.
Coulson was brought back using Hydra TechThe ultimate Captain America fanboy would be horrified by being kept alive by something made by such an evil organisation, especially if its creation involved unwilling human experimentation. SHIELD repressed his memories of what was done to try and save him the guilt of knowing how he was brought back. If it's some sort of device, it could also be what his protege saw in him in "Eye Spy".
Coulson is AsgardianProfessor Randolph survived the staff attack cause he's Asgardian, and Asgardians recover much faster than humans, that must be why Coulson survived Loki's attack.
Coulson is a Super Soldier and he was in the Captain America movie.It isn't enough that Coulson came back. If they had that technology to bring everyone back then there would be no death at all in Shield. You croak, ok, you'll be fine in a week. Not just anyone can be brought back, but Coulson isn't just anyone. Sometime after Captain America got frozen, another scientist wanting to recreate the supersoldier serum and succeeded in the prototype phase with human testing. It didn't work after that because of a specific set of required traits that the original serum also needed. But it worked for a young Private Coulson who had those traits. Private Coulson signed on to join the program to follow in the footsteps of his childhood hero. Listen to him talk to Steve and the reverence he has in his eyes. There's only two ways someone would regard someone else like that: Either they fall in love with the person which isn't likely here, or if their life was saved. Phil Coulson was saved by Steve when Steve got his powers because he was the little boy the Hydra Agent took hostage. He was personally there to witness the man, be saved, and ultimately hero worship in a way no one else could possibly understand because they were never there. Coulson can be brought back to life for the same reason Steve was able to wake up from being turned into a capsicle. Because the serum allows it.
The 7 SurgeriesDr. Streiten tells Coulson that there were six failed attempts to revive him; right before the brain surgery scene (which merely altered his memories to erase the trauma of the surgeries), there are 6 brief flashes of scientific and medical equipment that are implied to be the previous attempts and appear to be:
The "guest" Coulson finds in the Guest House has something to do with the Winter Soldier.Since IMDB has confirmed that Sebastian Stan is reprising his role as Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier for the upcoming Captain America sequel, it could be that the season builds up to a giant cross-over with the aftermath of the new MCU installment coming out in early April. Maybe the GH serums were experiments and the Winter Soldier is the first long-term success.
Captain America knows Coulson is alive even before the events in Winter SoldierInformation on Coulson being alive is restricted to Level 7 clearance and as shown in Winter Soldier Cap is Level 8. He knows, he's just forced not to make contact due to protocols.
Coulson's ressurection was a contingency plan by Nick Fury.We know that Nick Fury has a tendency to make backup plans for his backup plans — as seen in Winter Soldier, he sets up the terrorist attack on the Lemurian Star just so Black Widow can get the McGuffin USB, shows Cap the Insight Helicarriers (allowing Cap to know something of what's coming) — and then stalls for time when he finds he can't access the USB's data. And there's the fact that he made sure he had both eyes registered in Shield's security system in case he was locked out. Now, aside from Maria Hill and Coulson (his "Good Eye"), it seems there's very few that even get close to being what passes for his "inner circle" (Cap and Natasha seem to "promote" to this in the film). Now, if Director Fury had suspicions that something rotten was developing in Shield, he'd want somebody he could trust, but also willing to get answers if pushed too far. The loss of Coulson would have been both a tragedy and an opportunity — tragedy in that a good man died (and upset some of his plans), opportunity in that once resurrected, a good chunk of Shield wouldn't know he was alive again, which would allow Coulson more freedom to act (and since he didn't want to come back, it's less likely he's a mole for somebody else.) Being given "The Bus" as a renovated mobile command center, and Lola that happens to make them very mobile — just the thing when you need to regroup when it's all falling down around you. A miniature science team (Fitz, Simmons, Skye) and two enforcers (May, Ward) — it's practically SHIELD in Microcosm!
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 father is The MandarinHer actor is half-Chinese and there the controversy over the the real identity for the Mandarin from Iron Man 3, the real one might be revealed in 4. It is mentioned many times that she was born in a village Hunan province and her parents were "monsters".
Skye is part of the extremely complicated Tangled Family Tree that binds the X-Men and the AvengersYou know, the one with Hank Pym being married to Jan van Dyne and creating Ultron, who created Vison, who married Scarlet Witch, sister of Quicksilver and daughter of Magneto.
Skye is the daughter of the Clairvoyant.For the nature vs nurture conflict. On one hand, her manipulative and evil biological father and on the other hand, her inspiring and heroic surrogate father.
One or more of Skye's parents is superhuman.That's why she's a 0-8-4. She's got the metagene.
Skye thinks Coulson is her father.
At least one of Skye's parents wants to Kill All Humans.Skye was stolen from them at birth and put in an orphanage so that she'd grow up as a human. This would prevent Skye's parents from harming humanity because there would always be a chance that they would hurt their own daughter.
"Skye" is not a Canon Foreigner
Skye is the daughter of a time travelerWhich explains the lack of evidence about him. He left her here in the past (his past, our present) to protect her from his enemies. One day, one of those enemies finds her, and the episode is about a villain with weird powers going after Skye. Everybody has fallen, she's about to be killed, and the villain is suddenly killed by a blast from Kang the Conqueror, a man with a armor who tells her "Skye, I am your father"
At least one or both of Skye's parents were a threat to S.H.I.E.L.D. and were assassinated as a result.The picture on the file implies that her mother was killed, and it would be a good reason for Coulson to stay quiet about it. The S.H.I.E.L.D. agent that dropped Skye off at the orphanage was the agent assigned to kill her parents.
There's going to be a reversal of the confrontation from Girl in the Flower Dress once Coulson is rescuedCoulson was angry about Skye keeping secrets from him, and rightly so. Then, a mere two episodes later, he does the same thing to her on the limits of how much he's willing to help her on a project she's literally been working on her entire life. She is going to be angry. Especially since Coulson's lies started on the episode where he gave her a lecture on the importance of security levels, meaning he could have just said "The bulk of that file concerns a highly sensitive operation which I cannot discuss with an uncleared trainee." That would have allowed him to string her along for years by giving her gradually less and less redacted copies of the file as she works her way up the ranks without giving her false hope.
Skye's parents were metahumans.S.H.I.E.L.D. approached them on one of their "welcome wagon" missions, but it went south (possibly in a similar way as the one in May's backstory) and people were killed (hence the dead bodies shown in the S.H.I.E.L.D. file photos). Skye's parents were locked up and Skye was taken to the orphanage by one of the S.H.I.E.L.D. Agents. This is the truth Coulson is trying to protect her from: He'd rather have her keep whatever positive image of her parents she has than have her know that they were responsible for several deaths.
The group that killed Skye's parents will eventually find herGiven how many people they killed to get Skye in '89, they must have wanted her for something big. They aren't going to stop looking. Also, these are the only people left who know anything about Skye's ultimate origins, so that mystery can't be fully resolved unless they turn up.
Skye will assume a surname.She has no clue what the names of her biological parents are, so she'll take on the name of someone from the family she's found. Most likely candidates are Avery or Coulson.
Skye is Tarene/Thor GirlIt was never mentioned in "Seeds" how she got her name. Possibly it was randomly given to her by one of the agents that found her or the system itself, but it's also possible that those who lived in the village where she was found named her that because she literally fell out of the sky one day after falling from Asgard. The "e" could have been added as a translation error. As for her not exhibiting any special abilities, it's possible that they've been locked away somehow to protect herself and those around her.
Skye is a Kree.And the ones that tried to kill her as a baby were Skrulls. Or vise-versa and she is a Skrull with stuck human form as her default and Kree were sent to kill her as a baby.
Skye is Asgardian.So far, she hasn't actually been in a real physical confrontation, so there's nothing to disprove the notion that she might have the Super Strength or Super Toughness that Asgardians typically possess. In addition, Asgardians normally live thousands of years. It's possible that theo Professor X, but they can still have a paraplegic central character.
Skye is related to the GH-325 sourceBased on Coulson's words regarding the T.A.H.I.T.I project, anyone who takes the GH-325 will exhibits symptoms along the lines of psychosis - Garrett went full-blown psychotic from a diluted source, and Coulson is starting to write those same alien symbols on the walls that Garrett did. Skye, who was given an undiluted dosage of the GH-325? Fine and dandy with no signs of unusual behaviour or the need to have her memory re-written.
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 programing.
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 liason with Stark Industries. It's also not unlikely that he'd want to contact Steve, Natasha and Clint, even if they don't join they'd still be useful as allies.
Raina will become the new Big Bad.As far as we know, she still has Skye's flashdrive containing all that data from the Bus' exploits: weapons, blood tests, ops, she could be dangerous with that. She will try to recreate the GH-325 formula from something like it and continue her work in creating new supers. She could become The Leader of the first supervillain team in this series. expression on his face when Coulson confronts him could suggest he's plotting his revenge on the heroes. This will also be a great way to subvert the expectation that he will go through a long redemption arc similar to Faith or Spike.
Ward will return as a new Deathlok.Considering his crushed throat, a Vader-like one, complete with Shout-Out. "I find your lack of faith disturbing."
Season 2 will see the Ten Rings replace HYDRA as the main antagonist group.Word of God after Iron Man 3 reveals that the real Mandarin is still out there somewhere, and the Ten Rings are real, not just a front cooked up by the Big Bad of the movie. However, since there are no more standalone Iron Man movies currently planned, this will be dealt with in the show instead.
Fitz will have amnesia due to his brain damage and forget who Simmons and the rest of the team are.It's both a Reset Button on the Fitz-Summons romance subplot and a way to milk it for drama.
Alternatively, Fitz will be restored to normal thanks to Terrigen MistsIn this case, the alien stuff that Coulson was etching on the wall, which will end up becoming the key to unlocking the MCU equivalent of the Terrigen Mists. As a result, this could likely make Fitz into a super-genius thanks to enhanced abilities.
Ward will have a redemption and atonement arcWith Garrett dead, and Ward having only been loyal to Garrett, he can finally get away from the abuse and manipulation, and choose to atone for his past. He's also been compared to Natasha a number of times in-universe, and we met her after her atonement and redemption arc began.
Stark will be the first Avenger to know that Coulson's alive.Considering that Maria Hill (who knows) is working for him, she might let it slip. Also, since he's still working on his "Privatize world peace" thing, he's bound to run into Director Coulson eventually.
Stark already knows that Coulson's aliveReally, S.H.I.E.L.D. didn't go to all that great lengths to cover up his resurrection from other people. Stark likely saw a news clip or picture of Coulson, figured it out, and then didn't say anything because it's Coulson's business to tell him.
Triplett will play a bigger role in the Second SeasonHis grandfather is Gabe Jones, and it's been spoiled that he goes on to marry Peggy Carter. With an "Agent Carter" series in the works, no way he's not gonna be prominent in the plot.
Talbott's manhunt priorities will be forcibly changed in Season 2The SHIELD team he had as his number one priority just saved the lives of half a dozen flag officers, plus numerous civilian hostages. There's going to be a lot of public pressure on him to focus on other targets, possibly starting with Quinn, whose associate six flag officers witnessed murder a seventh.
Tripplet will take Ward's position on the team for season 2It seems to be setting up towards this unless, knowing Joss, he dies in the first episode. So if he makes it through season 1 he most likely will be part of the main cast.
The mystery of what that blue alien was in T.A.H.I.T.I. won't be revealed until season twoSeason one will finish off whatever it has left by dealing with the aftermath of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The season will end with the team finding Nick Fury, with the last scene being him about to tell everyone what happened. Because Guardians of the Galaxy won't be coming out until August, this would give people the chance to see different aliens in the MCU (including the Kree) so that whatever it ends up being will make more sense to the audience.
The Mandarin and the Ten Rings will be the villains of Season 2.If HYDRA takes on a major role in the next few movies, Season 2 will need a Big Bad. And the series has revisited Marvel One-Shot films before.
Season 2's revamped and upgraded Bus will include...
We'll learn the real incident that got May known as The Cavalry
We'll also learn more about May's mother
Fitz is dead and Simmons is just in deep denial about it.Because Joss Whedon.
Coulson will get a new set of Captain America Trading cardsBecause Fury ruined his last one.
Fury told both Coulson and Tony Stark that they were the new Director(s) of SHIELD...... but actually he's still 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.
Shield is working with the NSAThey have extensive surveillance. Maybe the Patriot Act was really about finding super powered people and terrorism was just a cover.
The Rising Tide is the supernatural branch of Wiki LeaksBoth are trying to expose government secrets. Alternatively, The Rising Tide is a metaphor for Wiki Leaks.
The Purple Man was the leader of the cult involved in the mission that traumatized Melinda MayNot only would his powers be able to affect a character that deeply, this would also establish him in the Marvel Cinematic Universe before the new Jessica Jones series starts, where he'll obviously have a big role since he's so tied to Jones' days as a superhero. Melinda is so traumatized because she was forced to kill innocent people who were attacking her due to mind control.
This show will never be canceledBecause if it were canceled, the ABC execs would be flayed alive by the combined angry mobs of Marvel fans and Joss Whedon cultists.
Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns will guest star at some point.Let this happen.
The first season will focus on the recovery of Coulson's Cap cardsThey were collectible! AND IN MINT CONDITION! Coulson will be so devastated when he gets a hold of them again only to find them ruined with blood stains. He tries to repair the damage only to find out...."There's no way—" "Don't ever tell me there's no way!"
This show will redefine awesomeBecause it will just be that ridiculously awesome.
Joss will write an arc based on the story of the comic book SHIELD 2010.The one when it turns out most of our historical scientists are part of SHIELD, however he'll put his own spin on the story, and well this part is mostly wishful thinking (more so then the first part) but I also hope the writers look into what they were actually like, and therefore get the personalities and their life right. (I admit I hadn't read the comic books, the personalities being right is not a Take That at the comic book, just a wishful wish, this troper is mostly only upset at what may have happened to Issac losing his mind.)
Either Fitz or Simmons will be killed off eventually.Fitz and Simmons are the cutest two characters, and a pair of people so close that even in-show they are called by one name. Wise-cracking duos usually become popular in fandoms. This is a Joss Whedon show. One of them is almost certainly going to die. Joss is probably salivating at the potential fan tears already.
Melinda May is the MCU version of Carol DanversHardass female pilot, with a damaged past? She could entirely be Carol, just with a different name and appearance. If this is not the case, they could introduce Carol as an old friend of Melinda.
Michael Westen and Fiona Glenanne will both join SHIELD at some point.They're not staying retired. Not a chance. Joss Whedon brings back a Firefly vet, they're a bad guy. Caleb. Jasmine. Alpha. Allison. Don John.
S.H.I.E.L.D. has access to Dollhouse tech.While Coulson is still Coulson physically, he probably received Active architecture and got imprinted with his own personality, minus whatever mental modifications S.H.I.E.L.D. made to the imprint. "Tahiti" functions as code for his handler. (Probably Maria Hill.)
Fitz and Simmons are/were one person.That's why people tend to refer to them as Fitz-Simmons. They started out as one person who wound up getting split in two, either by an activating X-gene or an experiment gone wrong. They may still be linked and the reason they're not cleared for combat is because if one is injured/killed the same thing will happen to the other one.
Grant Ward is the son of a Super Villain.He's a Badass agent with a Dark and Troubled Past whose antisocial tendencies are said to be "not surprising considering his family history."
The bored-looking blonde woman in the Paris safehouse is Yelena BelovaShe'll come back as a major player.
If the series is a huge success it will end just prior to, or just after The Avengers 3Since all of the Marvel Cinematic Universe seems centered around The Avengers (currently), as The Avengers 3 comes out, Agents of SHIELD will come to a close to "wrap up" the first successful cross media franchise. All stories in the final season will therefore be directly related to any and all events in The Avengers 3, and major guest appearances from some if not all of the major players in the third (and possibly last, as part of an epic "extended" trilogy) The Avengers film will be rampant.
Iron Man will appear...but not Tony Stark.The mask will not go off. It's a way to use the character without having to pay a fortune to the actor for a mere TV episode.
Agent Ward's seedy "family history" alluded to by Coulson is by way of the former being related to Tony Masters, aka Taskmaster.Be he Grant's brother, father, whatever, Taskmaster has canonically frequently had dealings with (comics) S.H.I.E.L.D. in the past; and is in fact a current member of the newest incarnation of the Secret Avengers- working directly under 616's Fury and Coulson. He could easily be reworked in the show to be a former agent who went rogue or some kind of master criminal that screwed S.H.I.E.L.D. over in a big way, either ultimately leading to a young Ward witnessing this and deciding to dedicate his life to the straight and narrow. This also accounts for his humorless, business-only demeanor.
The show will have multiple episodes introducing other Marvel heroes, who may later appear in filmAn episode with the team dealing with a vigilante in New York (Daredevil), a duo of heroes using their powers to earn money while helping the helpless (Luke Cage and Iron Fist/Heroes for Hire), a mysterious swamp monster with a connection to the super soldier formula (Man-Thing), a young teenaged gay couple using their powers for good (Hulkling and Wiccan, prior to forming Young Avengers), among others. They'll also see the team working alongside other SHIELD-connected heroes, including Widow and/or Hawkeye, and Mockingbird, Carol Danvers, etc.
Mandroid suits will appearProbably reverse-engineered from some of the parts lying around after Stark pointlessly blew up all his suits. She's being run by SHIELD to find out more about the Rising Tide.
An Enemy Mine between SHIELD and Rising Tide will happen at some point.Skye will slowly warm up to SHIELD and she'll convince her fellow Rising Tide members that they can be allies with SHIELD rather than fearing them.
This Fic will become canon.Because it just has to, and it makes so damn much sense.
Skye got S.H.I.E.L.D access codes from Ward when he was under the influence of the serum.There's no way that one hacker in a van can crack a top-secret government agency in a few minutes when Tony Stark needed a custom-designed bug (and maybe an AI) to crack their files, and even then he was still detected and stopped.
Skye is a telemechanic and possibly mutant.Without any direct references to the X-Men or related FOX owned X-Folks, mutants are not out of the realm of possibility for use as long as they are not specifically X-Related. Whether she is an actual mutant or not, she will turn out to be a telemechanic and that is how she is so good at hacking things. She just "knows" how.
Melinda was exposed to the Super Soldier SerumSurely S.H.I.E.L.D. would try another round of super soldier experiments if they've got formula samples. Melinda was in the first round of tests and was a complete success - all the powers of Cap in their very own field agent, who eventually gained the reputation of being The Cavalry. Except eventually she started going Blood Knight, realized she had to stop, and retired wholly from fieldwork until now. It would explain how she survived that strike from Mike, and why she's so adamant about not getting into combat again. She doesn't want to start down that path again because she's scared she won't be able to turn back.
At some point, Coulson will mention an old mission where he posed as a high school principal.A Shout-Out to Ultimate Spider-Man. It will most likely include a lawyer-friendly nod to the Web-Head himself. Maybe it'll even be mentioned how he used to have a ponytail.
GDI and SHIELD are alternate-universe versions of each otherOne is an international organization using a bird-of-prey as a symbol, with origins in black-ops and with a history involving fighting a terrorist organization with state-level resources. The other is an international organization using a bird-of-prey as a symbol, with origins in black-ops and with a history involving fighting a terrorist organization with state-level resources.
Lola is an AIThis explains Coulson's Insistent Terminology, constantly reminding people that his car has a name. Because she's sentient, and she gets offended when people treat her like an ordinary car.
Simmons will dieShe's kind of adorkable and we all know what Joss Whedon does to likeable characters...
Simmons is an alcoholicShe has been shown drinking beer in both of the first two episodes, and in the second episode, when Skye asked her how many drinks she had so far, she deflected the question and told Skye to loosen up.
Melinda is a former Super Hero."The Cavalry" isn't just a S.H.I.E.L.D. nickname, it was her Super Hero name.
At least one of the earlier model Deathloks will appear eventuallyGarrett is Deathlok Mk. 1. Peterson is Deathlok Mk. 5. No mention has been given as to the identities and whereabouts of Deathlok Mks. 2-4, so it's possible that at least one of them is still out there.
Fitz died in the Series Finale...but he'll be backFury said he's still alive at the end...but we know how he likes to lie. We never see Fitz again and Simmons is kept instead a glass tube so she doesn't either. He'll be brought back via the T.A.H.I.T.I. project, or some variant of it, and become Deathlok version 6, and thus, a Genius Bruiser.
Fitz will be confined to a wheelchair for the remainder of the seriesThe comicbook version of brain damage from oxygen deprivation made him paraplegic.
Lola used to belong to Howard Stark.The hover tech is almost certainly Stark's design, but as sentimental as Coulson is, why not have another collectible from the very man who founded S.H.I.E.L.D. and practically helped invent Captain America?
"This is just like Budapest!"An episode will actually show what happened in Budapest in flashbacks, with the team now dealing with the eventual fallout. Bonus points if Clint and/or Natasha guest in the same episode.
Ward always liesRelated to the above, but with broader strokes. Ward is "Level 6" at the start of the show, implying a high degree of training as well as obvious mastery of field ops. It is said he has "mad skillz yo", but other than a dossier that was made about his activities (probably only the things that are allowed to potentially be leaked around SHIELD or even to other organizations without compromising anything) we know almost nothing about his past. This is seemingly true from a fiction standpoint of all the characters, but specifically, no one in universe seems to know anything about him. Being a trained operative at such a high level, he has also been trained in methods of suppressing the truth, lying convincingly, bending truth into falsehood, and other forms of mental tactics including biological fortitude. That is to say, he has been dosed by truth serums of varying potency multiple times and even if Coulson injected him with a real serum in the pilot, he could resist it or at the work "around it". In essence, you can't trust anything he says because he is so good at lying, it can all sound convincing and even be worked in so close to the truth that it blends in. He lies for a living.
Everyone is a robot.The entire team is an experiment, with each agent being a prototype LMD based on a deceased SHIELD agent. The perfect spy agent, the hivemind scientists...and Coulson himself, who died and was "revived" in the form of an LMD. It's a big test run to see how AI agents can function in the field.
Skye has been to Tahiti.She'll make a comment about it, or Coulson will, and a) they realize that something doesn't mesh with their memories, or b) they don't notice anything wrong but May and/or Ward overhears them.
Coulson is a psychic.Coulson always seems to be one step ahead of everyone. He knows how people will react before they do, he seems to be able to avoid things that others can't (such as The Destroyer's blast). He is not just lucky, or really well trained, he is empathic and can at least sense what is about to happen, if not outright read it directly. He may or may not even know he is psychic, but it explains how he "just knows" all the time.
Apollo candy bars will make an appearance.Because they're a handy Bland-Name Product owned by the ABC Network.
Graviton will return as a dangerous vigilante looking to eliminate anything he thinks is "bad tech" at any cost necessarySeems like a good way to reconcile Hall's obvious good guy personality with him still being an antagonist.
Sky made a contract with one of the IncubatorsShe was a foster child and longed for a family. Kyubey appeared and said he could grant her wish "if you make a contract with me." She did and was recruited by Coulson into SHIELD where she has a father figure, a mother figure, an older brother, and two geeky younger siblings. She can't explain why she's so good with computers because it's her Magical Girl power. The witches she fights are online (muggles call them 'viruses' or 'trolls') and that's why she spends so much time alone in the van inside The Bus.
Skye has a killswitch, like Akela and the MI6 agentMaybe a more basic version that means she has to take orders through a phone and hasn't got "backskatter" - it could even just be a killswitch of some sort built into her. This would explain her hacking skills (although they could still be her own, but her having a team of other hackers backing her up could explain a lot), why she's still spying (or whatever it is they want her to do) for the Rising Tide when she seems reluctant to betray The Team (and why she considers them family, but didn't feel that way about TRT) and why she empathised with Akela so quickly. It would also explain why she hesitated when Quinn was trying to talk her over to his side; she was waiting for orders on who to roll with.
Mack, the truck driver from episode 3, is the MCU counterpart of US1, or a relative/supporting character thereof"Mach" is just his code name (if he's actually a trucker he wouldn't use his usual handle) and he suffered a head injury in his appearance. Even if he isn't Archer himself, he could easily be Papa Wheelie (explaining where he got the technology to build US1 from - it's S.H.I.E.L.D tech he was given as part of a settlement of sorts for being injured on the job).
Scorch is a mutant.They just couldn't say it. In the show there is no explanate Cube prison. Maybe they imprisoned a survivor. A young punk named Noh-Varr.
The Heroes for Hire will appearWhen the fact they were making a TV show leaked, the Heroes for Hire were one of the first things fans thought of. The format would work for TV, it would introduce some more female and PoC characters (a major complaint of the MCU) and with Ultimate Spider-Man using two of the main three as main characters they have a modern base.
Carol Danvers will appearShe's the lead in a new comic, female, has a military background... she won't appear all the time but she would fit the general idea. Of course, if she does it will only be as a military woman, not as Ms. Marvel.
Sharon Carter will make an appearance before or after showing up in Captain America: The Winter SoldierConsidering that she's played by Emily van Camp from Revenge, another ABC show, this might be a possibility.
Hawkeye and Black Widow will appear.Perhaps only in one or two episodes, but they are technically agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. so this would make sense.
Once How I Met Your Mother ends, Cobie Smulders will join as Maria HillShe was in the Pilot, but is not a regular...yet.
Bobbi Morse/Mockingbird will appearMockingbird began as Agent 19 AKA Bobbi Morse, a scientist who joined SHIELD after working on a project to recreate super soldier serum. Given that we already have two scientists in show, she would be an easy character to slip in.
One story arc in the show will be about helping a female thief who uses a staff get off the streetsRecognizing her talents, they ask her to become part of The Team, and after several encounters, she'll finally relent. Her name? Bobbi Morse. Thus in an inversion of the typical dynamics, it'll be Mockingbird who was the ex-thief while Hawkeye was the legitimate one.
The Fantastic Four and the X-Men can't appear in the seriesSo they'll just get referenced instead. There will be loads of banter about how those five teenagers keep disappearing on them or something.
The show will occasionally be used for Poorly Disguised Pilots of whatever obscure character Marvel wants to make a movie for nextDoc Strange, Heroes for Hire, Daredevil reboot, hell even a much-better-made Howard the Duck reboot. The potential is limitless.
Any Marvel characters who cannot get a legal mention will have a lawyer-friendly Shout-OutSuch as "the kid from Queens" or "that weird boarding school up in Westchester" or "those four astronauts that came back with super powers". Maybe, through this, when Disney gets the movie rights, they can toss them in there because of the aforementioned shout-outs...
The series will introduce Wasp, (Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.)And, perhaps, Hank Pym / Ant-Man / Giant-Man, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
The team will go up against a runaway experiment from the Weapon X programThey won't be mentioned by name, of course, but Coulson will brief the others on a top-secret program run by the Canadian government that experiments on meta-humans to create their own Super-Soldiers. He'll also mention that the closest thing they got to a success was a mercenary who went completely insane and now thinks he's a comic book character. (The files have pictures of Ryan Reynolds)
Maria Hill will become a more prominent figure in season 2.Cobie Smulders' current show, How I Met Your Mother, is ending after this season, which means she'll be free to take on a larger role in season 2.
MI13, Pete Wisdom, and/or Union Jack will make an appearance at some point.Clark Gregg hinted on his Twitter that we'd see British superheroes at some point. MI13 almost seems like a gimme, since it's basically the British version of SHIELD. Meanwhile, Pete and Jack are the two main British heroes who either have no powers or have powers that can be easily ignored or explained by current MCU sources.
The trauma of being nearly killed by Quinn will reawaken whatever ability got Skye classified as an 0-8-4Just her body trying to reduce the odds that she will be shot again any time soon.
Skye is an Inhuman.Marvel is planning to use the Inhumans as a Suspiciously Similar Substitute for mutants, which they cannot use in live-action movies. Her DNA is said to be irregular. Her parents are described as "monsters". Given the strange appearance of some Inhumans, that's an easy assumption to make. It's possible that she's an Inhuman who just hasn't been exposed to the Terrigen Mists.
Skye has healing powersIn "The Magical Place", she pulls Coulson out of the vision he's seeing, telling him to "come back" over and over again. When she did this, she subconsciously triggered her own powers (which were the reason someone killed an entire village to get to her when she was an infant and reversed the effect that the machine had on Coulson.
Skye is the daughter of Loki.Loki is a pervert and a Norse God...He could be father or mother.
Skye is subconsciously influencing people to protect her.Whatever her powers are, one of them might be way to force people to protect her. As a kind of Charm Person. In T.A.H.I.T.I the whole team goes above and beyond desperate measures to save her (raid a medical compound and kill the guards? They even break out the heavy rifles instead of their usual stun weaponry) and while this makes sense for some of them, it's suspicious of May to suddenly go apeshit on the guy who shot her when she earlier didn't seem to like her much. It was even more suspect that Garrett and his assistant who don't even know her almost immediately decide to help Coulson upon hearing about Skye's condition, almost magically. And twice later Simmons is stumped, thinks of what Skye would do, and then immediately has the answer. This would also explain why a whole village and a squad of shield agents were willing to die for her as a baby. Skye herself probably doesn't know this but its so strong she can do it even on the brink of death.
Skye's withheld real name is Jessica Drew. Following the pile-up of reveals in Turn, Turn, Turn, Garrett and Ward will abduct the living 0-8-4 (Skye) and subject her for HYDRA experimentation. The alien blood used to revive her gunshot wounds will unlock her inherent powers as a new agent of HYDRA.
The group that killed the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents trying to protect Skye as an infant was S.H.I.E.L.D.Or rather, HYDRA agents within S.H.I.E.L.D. They were able to track Skye's protectors because they had the clearance to simply look up where they were going. Avery's desperate move to hide her worked because it made Skye's whereabouts a Level 8 secret and nobody in that cell had clearance that high.
The reason why Skye unpersoned herself for the first time was to destroy all evidence of the name given to her by the orphanageWith a name like Mary Sue Poots, can you blame her?
Skye’s 0-8-4 power is that she is a Black Hole Sue.No. seriously, it might happen. So far EVERYONE has eventually come around to liking her and anyone who ever didn’t was portrayed as in the wrong until they changed their minds. However… Instead of this just being bad writing on their part, this is her 0-8-4 power messing with people's minds. Fuelled by feelings of abandonment and loneliness when she was a child, her power manipulated reality without her knowing it. Feelings of abandonment as an orphan? No! Its okay! She has a tragic unknown backstory which causes the rest of the main cast to become the family she wishes she had. Even Ward and May, who never had any plans on getting too attached to her (especially Ward), become her big brother and mother figures. Add to that that she’s Conveniently an Orphan, Raised by S.H.I.E.L.D who were also killed off, off-screen, before the plot started and you can see that while her 0-8-4 is trying to ‘fix’ her life, it’s not good at it. For instance, it makes her beautiful while homeless and capable of hacking SHIELD with a garden-variety laptop. She starts as mildly unrealistic and escalating from there into god-like because its feeding her escalating desire to be useful to and needed by her new "family". Her 0-8-4 contrives situations where she is the only one that cave save the day. What’s scary, and probably going to be the main plot point is that while Skye might not be aware of it, her power might be aware of her. In fact, it might be mildly self-aware to the point that it acknowledges what it’s doing by giving her the ‘real’ name of ‘Mary Sue Poots’ before then allowing her the 'cool' name of Skye. Her 0-8-4 power is the ability to subconsciously manipulate reality to make her the main character with the true companions that she always wanted when she was little and alone. On a lighter note, it could also be TV tropes has been given god like form. Either one is fine.
Scorch will form an alliance with Graviton due to their shared hatred of SHIELD.They will form the show's first true supervillain team. It's not clear from episode 5 whether Scorch was killed.
Coulson is an unintentional sleeper agent for ThanosAkela's handler could see everything she could, this is similar to Coulson and Thanos. Thanos is watching and listening to everything Phil says, sees, and does. He may not have been involved with his resurrection, but dying via Loki's scepter forged a link between Thanos and Coulson that Thanos is taking advantage of right now. Thanos is learning the innerworkings of SHIELD, what they do, who they are involved with, and just generally gathering intel so Thanos knows the best way to disable them in the future. Already Thanos knows that Nick Fury owes Coulson a debt, that SHIELD has a list of Gifted, that they are large in scope, that Melinda May and Grant Ward's are the team's heavies and by taking them out he could control the plane. That Coulson has so much internal information that he can search. That Skye can help him get other information that he doesn't have. Later on in the series, Thanos will play his card... by taking over Coulson and attacking them from the inside. Coulson's got very high clearance, friends with many of the other agents, and guilt for the Avengers, if he showed up anywhere, it wouldn't be suspicious until he started killing them and making it easier for Thanos to invade.
Scorch is an Inhuman.The nuclear power plant that melted down near his birthplace was actually a secret lab researching Terrigen Mist. This is why he was the only one affected.
The series is meant to have a "false freedom"/"manipulation" theme.So far we've had Project Centipede (both of the subjects we've seen so far were lured in with a "we'll make you powerful so you can be free to take what you deserve" offer and ended up being used), Reyes betraying Coulson by using their previous relationship in 0-8-4 and the villain of the third episode (who ranted on about freedom while being perfectly happy to keep people prisoner for his own benefitnote and avoid any accountability himself). Akela was even more explicit (given she outright said she felt more free locked in a cage than she did with the Explosive Leash).
Coulson and Blake are going to clash again as the series progresses.He touched Lola. Coulson isn't going to take that sitting down.
Sooner or later May is going to be incapacitated while the bus is airborne.She's the best person on the team who knows how to fly (And more importantly land) an airplane. That kind of problem is just begging to happen.
At some point, Lola will be destroyedMost likely while someone other than Coulson (probably Skye) is driving her without permission. She will likely do this out of necessity. Some agents take the black SUV out on a mission, an enemy attacks the Bus, and Skye pursues in Lola.
HAMMER was formed after the Battle of New York"The Hub" implies that HAMMER exists in the show's universe because "HAMMER" can be seen on a signpost in the background. When Nick Fury refused to follow the World Security Council's order to nuke NYC, the Council decided they needed an organization that reported directly to them. As we'll learn in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, HAMMER is run by Alexander Pierce.
Grant Ward is related to Terrence WardTerrence might be his younger brother, abusive older brother, or another relative.
There is more than there seems to the plan during The HubIt is either Secret Test of Character or part of some deeper plot. Possibly tying into the whole SHIELD going bad in the new Captain America movie,if that is what happens. It would explain why Victoria Hand was used in the episode, considering her ties with HAMMER.
Ward's flashbackWas Ward really the brother who was threatened to not help the brother struggling to stay above water in the well, or was he the one doing the threatening? The oldest brother looked a lot more like Brett Dalton than the brother who was threatened did, which seems like something the producers would catch, unless it was intentional. Does adult Grant subconsciously style himself after his older brother? Was there some kind of body-switching or identity theft shenanigans? Did something happen to Grant, after which the older brother took his identity and devoted himself to helping others as penance? This is the MCU, after all. Stranger things have happened.
The eldest Ward brother sees himself as a Drill Sergeant NastyInstead of being a psychopathic bully, Grant's older brother saw his behavior as training his siblings for a cruel world. There will be an episode showing Ward (either in the past or the present) calling him on this and saying psychopathic "helpers" like him are the ones making it cruel.
The dimension Tobias Ford have been to really was Hel.Not the Christian Hell, but the Hel of Norse myth.
Coulson's going to end up losing the rest of his antique collection in the line of duty.He's already sacrificed his trading cards and his radio watch, the rest is sure to follow.
If/when we meet Ward's older brother, he won't be the monster he was as a childHe could be catatonic either from serving in the war on terror or an accident. He could be catatonic because Grant made him one.
Tobias Ford was trapped in Mephisto's realmWith all the religious parallels in that episode, it's likely.
Skye will eventually be issued a revolver.Since she has trouble remembering the difference between the magazine release and the safety catch, the best choice is to give her a gun that takes out all the guesswork. And since she's a hacker rather than a field agent, she doesn't need the most advanced firearms available.
Tobias Ford was trapped on MuspelheimOf all the Asgardian realms, Muspelheim is easily the most likely one would mistake for the traditional Fire and Brimstone Hell. It is the primordial realm of fire, after all, and is basically Jotunheim's mirror in climate. Lava, soot, fire giants, probably other devil-like races or critters about, who could blame the guy who making such an interpretation?
Simmons will gain electric based powersSimmons will gain these powers from her encounter from the Chitauri virus. She won't mention these powers until they are really needed for three reasons, 1) not wanting to become an experiment, 2) her natural pride / curiosity and wanting to be in control and running any experiments herself, 3) fear of being taken from the team, it's been stated that she was the one who was more interested in joining the team than Fitz and that she persuaded him to join.
Kaylee Frye is a future descendant of FitzsimmonsSince Kaylee has an inherent talent around machinery like Fitz. Plus they're all so adorkable.
Coulson's cellist girlfriend was a spy getting close to him for information.He's high level and on friendly terms with Director Fury, so he makes a tempting target.
One of the main six (probably not Coulson) will be killed off in 1x13.The episode's promo seems to imply this, based on the narration "...and an astonishing, series-changing final act."
Ian Quinn is Baron ZemoHe's been recruiting characters like the soon-to-be versions of Graviton and Blizzard. Sounds a lot like the Masters of Evil are forming.
Coulson's first assignment as a SHIELD agent was at a rodeo.Making his "This isn't my first rodeo, Mr. Stark" line in Iron Man more literal.
The Clairvoyant and the cellist are one and the same personBecause Chekhov's Gunman; wouldn't it make for a major twist to have the backround girlfriend as the big bad?
Fury knows something about Skye's powersIn his brief cameo in episode two, he warns Coulson that Skye is "a risk". If he's been the Director of SHIELD long enough to have been involved in making her an Unperson, then he might know something about her powers. He could be talking about a lot more than her simply breaking into the SHIELD system.
Quinn's role in Centipede is to create new superpowered individualsEvery time he's shown up, he's been backing someone trying to make some kind of superweapon, and each time, as a result of SHIELD's trying to stop said superweapon, the creator has ended up with powers derived from his creation. That's what he's really after. Now he just needs to fund a raid on a SHIELD holding facility to break his new supersoldiers out.
Skye IS an Infinity Stone/GemAn 084 designation is used to identify an unknown object, and we know from Thor that the stones don't have to be actual stones. There's been a lot of complaints about how things just work out for Skye, how people like her and talk about her in a glowing way. It's deliberate. She's probably mind, soul, or reality and she's unconsciously warping people and reality around her so that she is needed and liked by the Bus. Before that, it was the Hunan village where people were literally dying to protect her as a baby.
The people brought back in the upcoming ABC series Resurrection were resurrected by means similar to Coulson.It's called "Beta Testing".
Coulson doesn't actually know May, memories of her were implanted and she is his "Handler"Basically, they screwed with Coulson's memories (we know this) and whenever Coulson is uncertain of what to do, he goes to May and talks to her (The Hub, The girl in the flower dress, etc) While May has verbally assured him that she knows him for a while, and that their friendship is true, there has been nothing physical to back it up. Skye hasn't shown cases of them working together. Sitwell hasn't talked about them going to lunch ages ago. What if Coulson had memories implanted of May, and she's there making sure he's "running right" so to speak. After all, they wouldn't just let him go out and wander the world if he just had mentally scarring surgery and a desire to die. Why not make him trust someone, then implant the idea to take her with him.
We will see the formation of something like the Masters of EvilCentipede, HYDRA, AIM, ZODIAC, or just Mike Peterson will bust open the Sandbox. In the ensuing confusion, Franklin Hall, Donnie Gill, maybe Lorelei and a few others will break out and form a supervillain team. This will be the focus of an episode, as Team Coulson interacts with some vigilantes while having a manhunt. The twist, we discover at the end of the episode, is that the Hall and Gill were incidental. The breakout was cover for thieves boosting the Chitauri virus helmet. Dun dun dun.
Why May let her anger get to her during beating QuinnNormally she's quite calm and composed, but the beating she was giving Quinn brought out some of the repressed fury she had from taking the Berserker Staff.
The decomposing blue humanoid Coulson found inside the tank is either:
The Guest House facility was an outpost of SWORD.Makes perfect sense, given the confirmed status of it belonging not to SHIELD, rather an as-of-yet-unnamed associate organization and the housing of an apparent (albeit very dead) alien lifeform. note
Skye isn't the person Ward is really interested in.Lorelei only said there was another; she didn't say who. It might not be a woman at all, but Fitz, and that Ward is in an armoured closet.) It could also be Coulson. Someone has to acknowledge Clark Gregg is only plain by Hollywood standards in universe.
The correct response to the Spy Speak at the Guest House.
The rest of the Avengers will learn of Coulson's survival very, very shortlyAt the end of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, SHIELD's entire database is uploaded into the public domain by Fury and Romanoff to expose HYDRA's rebirth (Something Skye will undoubtedly find quite amusing). While the details of how Coulson survived might not be in those files, any mission reports submitted by Coulson after his death and resurrection will be. Sooner or later one of them is going to go through some of those files and realize that Coulson isn't dead (JARVIS on behalf of Stark is the most likely candidate).
Ward is brainwashed (ala the Manchurian Candidate and/or the Winter Soldier).
Ward killing Hand was a deliberate Thanatos Gambit on her part.Look at her philosophy to this point: she has been fully willing to sacrifice agents to complete a mission. The current mission is defeating HYDRA. She made an agreement with Ward beforehand for him to use her death to achieve deep cover inside HYDRA — a la Snape killing Dumbledore to get in deep with the Death Eaters. "No single agent is that important." This statement includes herself.
Ward was telling the truth about the 'truth serum'If SHIELD really did have a fast acting and highly reliable truth serum available to it, why hasn't the team used it more often? There are three times using it would have made perfect sense: On Vanchat during "The Magical Place", on Quinn during "TAHITI" and on May during "Turn, Turn, Turn". In none of those cases is using the serum even suggested, and all three take place long enough after the pilot that they could restock. Why would the team not use their best interrogation tool on an important prisoner during a crisis? Because it doesn't actually exist.
Akela Amador will join Coulson's teamAt the end of "Turn, Turn, Turn" Coulson stated that their next mission is to "survive" which means he's going to need help. He previously rated Akela as equal to May in Agent caliber so she could definitely provide that help. Since he's the one who trained her and also saved her from the Eye Bomb (and the fact that CENTIPEDE felt it necessary to use one in the first place) he can be reasonably sure of her loyalty to him.
Simmons is based on MockingbirdTheir backgrounds are very similar, with them being scientists who then attending SHIELD Academy and, given that a Mockingbird TV show was planned at one point, and elements were incorporated into Agents of SHIELD, which could very well include the character herself, or rather the character's traits with a different name being used.
Blake was specifically targeted by DeathlokIn Turn, Turn, Turn, Hand mentions that Blake had come to her with suspicions that high level SHIELD agents were in fact double agents involved in some sort of conspiracy. Deathlok was sent to take him out because he was getting too close to the truth.
Skye will kill WardIf it turns out that he really is Evil All Along, then it will be poetic given who trained her. The trailers REALLY seem to be building to an epic confrontation when the "truth" is finally revealed.
Ward isn't really WardThat is, he's not Grant Ward. He's actually been the older psychopathic brother the entire time, playing the part of one of his younger brothers (who may in fact be dead).
After Skye learns of Ward's involvement with HYDRA, she'll be held at gunpoint only for her to use that disarming technique.Someone (either former S.O. Ward or his own former S.O., Garrett) will lampshade it.
Raina is a clairvoyant, but she's only just beginning to use her powersShe can't see things to the extent that Garret was assumed to be able to, but she can see small details and know exactly what to say to make a person trust her. That was why she was so disappointed when the Clairvoyant turned out to be a fraud - she was hoping that they'd be able to train her in how to use her abilities better.
Victoria Hand is still alive.Let's consider how Hand died. She gave a loaded gun to Ward and invited him to use it on Garrett, only for Ward to turn it on her and her guards instead. This seems not only Too Dumb to Live, but Out of Character for someone as Properly Paranoid as Hand. So what really happened? Hand (and presumably the guards) was a Life Model Decoy or something similar. The whole thing was a Secret Test of Character for Ward—and since he failed, Hand knows he's a traitor and he's in even more danger than he thinks.
Ward's feelings for Skye will be his undoing.Ward may be a traitor, but he really does love Skye. Therefore, if he ever has to choose between his loyalty to HYDRA and Skye's safety (either as part of a mission or an If You're So Evil, Eat This Kitten situation set up by Garrett), he'll protect Skye, possibly redeeming himself by Taking the Bullet for her in a Heroic Sacrifice.
Ward will break ties with HYDRABut not because of morality or a Love Redeems inspired by Skye. It's because he isn't so much an Agent of HYDRA as he is an Agent of Garrett, and Garret's loyalty to HYDRA is motivated by self-interest, not ideology. If it looks like HYDRA is going down, Garrett will jump ship and either join some other organization or simply go independent, and Ward will follow.
The idea that Ward is Hydra has occurred to Coulson.Someone on the team tries to shut down Tripplet's addition to the team because he was Garret's student and worked with him for years. Why couldn't the same apply to Ward, after all?
Ward tried to kill May in Yes Men.Watch the timing there. If we count the amount of time Lady Sif puts on the collar, even under the most liberal interpretation of assuming the collar only disables her power when it's finished extending, there are another five and a half seconds of that scene where they stare at each other and Sif makes a joke. Then, offscreen, Sif has to pull Lorelei to her feet, put on handcuffs, and march her down a hall. (The hall is the length of the interrogation room.) Then we count the seconds between Ward pulling the trigger on the gun, and Lady Sif walking into sight. It's...six and a half seconds. Unless Lady Sif can wrangle Lorelei upright and down a hall, plus put on cuffs, in one second, (She didn't seem to be moving particularly fast when she strolled in.) Ward had stopped being under Lorelei's control several seconds before he pulled that trigger. Granted, it's possible this is just an editing screwup, but it seems equally possible that this was actually Ward trying to eliminate May when he was handed a completely valid excuse.
Once it comes out that Ward is Hydra, there will be a Call Back to the "porcupine"/"little poop with knives sticking out of it" on his people skills assessment.Once Hill finds out his true allegiance, she'll either remind Coulson that she warned him Ward didn't play well with others or comment on what picture she should have used for the assessment, e.g., an octopus.
Skye having bad luck with men will become a running gagSo far, the list of people she's been attracted to consists of a HYDRA deep cover mole, and a man who was bribed into betraying his principles by a HYDRA subsidiary. Her habit of picking guys who are secretly or unintentionally evil is not over yet.
Pissing off CoulsonSo far, there has only ever been one way to make Coulson truly angry; betraying his trust. Even getting stabbed through the heart by Loki or trying to survive getting killed by Scorch did little more than make him very snarky. Skye selling out the team? First time he's ever raised his voice. So far, Coulson has been betrayed 3 times. Once by Skye, which at this point he's forgiven. Once by May, which hit even harder than Skye's betrayal since he's known her longer than anyone on the team. Once by Garrett, a trusted friend. How will he take Ward's betrayal when that comes out? Prediction: They'll be scraping what's left of Ward off the wall.
Coulson and/or Skye will eventually suffer a bad medical reaction to the T.A.H.I.T.I. drugsThe reason that Coulson wanted to shut down the T.A.H.I.T.I. project - to the point of attempting to resign in protest to its continuation - was because injecting drugs derived from alien DNA caused a horrific variety of side effects in the test subjects. Since two members of the team have since been given those drugs, the potential for those side effects occurring in them is now there. Something similar could happen with Simmons and the anti-serum derived from Chitauri antibodies.
The test subjects of Project T.A.H.I.T.I. were either dead or terminalGiven Coulson's morals, he wouldn't have approved of healthy, living people being used as test subjects for a project of this magnitude. It stands to reason that they would start out working on dead bodies or those who were going to die no matter what was done.
Ward will have a Redemption Arc in the finale - and probably into season 2note Ward's been acting sporadically, especially in 'Nothing Personal': it seems like his feelings for Skye, and the fact that Garrett was totally willing to kill off his Dragon in a gambit for the hard drive will lead him to a Heel-Face Turn.
Garrett enabled Ward to kill his older brother, which is why Ward is so fiercely loyal to him.In "Ragtag", we see flashbacks to a teenage Ward being recruited by Garrett. If Garrett took Ward under his wing and taught Ward the skills necessary to deal with his terrorizing older brother, it would explain why Ward is on his side.
The berserker staff will wind up in Bruce Banner's posessionEnormous green rage monster with an Asgardian rage weapon; it's too cool not to happen.
Ward is truly working for Loki not GarrettIf Ward convinced Coulson of Undying Loyalty, then it's not out-of-the-question that he's fooling Garrett too. Besides, a warrior like him would right in with cold-blooded asgardians. It all started during one of Loki's secret trips to Midgard. He'd heard stories about it 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!"
Fitzsimmons will get a Now or Never KissConsidering their current position in the season 1 finale, they must admit their feelings pretty quickly.
Arcade is part of the Rising TideSome versions of him have been a hacker, or even a technopath.
There will be a crossover and/or Poorly Disguised Pilot for the Netflix series.It's been announced that Netflix will be airing a number of MCU-based shows, starring Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, Luke Cage and the Defenders. (The latter of which is a team-up miniseries of those characters). Agents of SHIELD could have a few episodes focusing on those characters.
If/when they get rights to talk about X-Men and related franchises, they will hand wave their lack of appearances before then with "it was level (_)information"So far its been established that level 7 is stuff that the public in-universe has vague knowledge of, but no solid info, and seems to pertain to everything we've seen in the cinematic releases thus far. Level 8 is even more secret than that, but what about levels even more secret then level 8? Maybe the marvel cinematic universe takes place just before mutants are publically ousted, just before the 4 go up in space, and just before Oz Tech begins it's research on spiders. These this could be monitored by the highest clearance level in S.H.I.E.L.D (Mutants, Oz Tech) Or so low risk at this point that its minimum concern (Reed Richards, Oz Tech), until which time that the behind the scenes stuff is haggled out and they can be introduced.
A Mythology Gag for when the team is trying to identify a mystery assassin (who turns out to be Taskmaster) who infiltrated a S.H.I.E.L.D. security team and snapped the neck of some random important guy, they go over names on a list of known mercenaries, including...
Fitz is the MCU's version of Red Ghost.Explains his fascination with monkeys.
Agent Ward is the MCU version of Deadpool.Based on nothing but him turning to the viewer at the end of "Turn turn turn". He will be critically injured and experimented on by HYDRA, making him insane while giving him advanced regeneration. He will befriend an agent named Bob before escaping HYDRA.
Agent Kaminsky, the overeager HYDRA agent, is Bob: Agent of HYDRAHis first name was never revealed in the show, and Bob's last name was never revealed in the comics. And Coulson's team will need to take him lout very quickly to get to the rest of the event in the finale, so he could easily get reduced to Butt Monkey status in the first few minutes of the episode. We need Bob.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D is not an adaptation of S.H.I.E.L.D.It's an adaptation of Nextwave Agents Of H.A.T.E., where the Beyond Corporation (a shell corporation fronting their arch nemesis S.I.L.E.N.T.) has taken over H.A.T.E. and the 'wavers are on the run.
Ultron will be a Cybertek creation.The Ultron intelligence will evolve from the algorithm created by Arnim Zola, but his many bodies will be the handiwork of Quinn and Cybertek.
Roxxon Energy Corporation is everywhereRandom bits:
The "army of lawyers" that Hill mentioned included Matt MurdockWith Daredevil about to get a Netflix series of his own, they'll look for some way to tie him in to the greater MCU and the easiest way would be to have him employed by one of the Avengers.
Stan Lee will appearC'mon, it's a Marvel production! He has to appear! note
The cast of The Avengers will appear for special guest rolesMostly season finale stuff.
More SHIELD agents from the comics will appear in minor or recurring rolesAgents like Clay Quartermain and Jimmy Woo may appear at several points. Same goes for the characters from Item 47 such as Sitwell.
Other characters from Marvel One-Shots will appear as Special Guest StarsBecause Coulson is definitely cool, but Jasper Sitwell, Agent Blake, Benny and Claire have their fans too. And their actors are much more affordable than Chris Evans or Scarlett Johansson.
Mike Peterson will become this universe's version of Deathlok. In addition to his Extremis super strenth, his now-missing leg (which will no doubt be given some kind of replacement) and having a mechanical eye makes him a perfect candidate. Peterson's family man background and imminent future of being used as a cybernetic warrior against his will bears many similarities to Michael Collins, one of the many men to have taken up the Deathlok mantle.
Coulson's brainwashed for some reason to be revealedCoulson has never gone to Tahiti: Tahiti is a Trigger Phrase. Every time someone mentions Tahiti, Coulson immediately replies with "It's a magical place." This is because he's been implanted with post-hypnotic suggestions and he says it unconsciously(think "La Li Lu Le Lo" in the Metal Gear Solid series or "Would you kindly..." in the original Bioshock). Tahiti is basically a "systems check"; when a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent mentions Tahiti to Coulson, they're verifying that his brainwashing is still in place.
Coulson will suffer from PTSD during the seriesDying then resurrecting can't be easy on the psyche. However, it won't always be obvious. Just stuff like avoiding knives and avoiding men with black hair dressed in green. SHIELD won't let him back if he's suffering anything that could affect his work.
The mystery of how Coulson survived getting stabbed by Loki in The Avengers will be one of the major myth arcs of the show
The way Coulson thinks he survived and the way he actually survived are two entirely different matters.
Coulson's recovery involved memory implants.Patching up the stab wound was easy enough for one of the most technologically-advanced organizations on the planet; explaining to Coulson that his very existence is now a lie to his hero Captain America is far more complicated. Rather than try and coerce Coulson into keeping up the facade, Fury never gave him the option in the first place. He had the boys in the lab cook up a nice, sunny memory of Tahiti. Also of note is Coulson continually referring to his "time" on the island as a magical place. Insistent Terminology, or something more?
Coulson died.Similar to the LMD WMG Coulson really did die and what we see is a fake who thinks he's the real one and he isn't allowed to do physical work not because he's still injured but because the illusion would break. However, he isn't a Life Model Decoy but something entirely different, a brand new thing along the same lines as the cast being canon foreigners.
The black guy in the trailer is a Race Lift of a preexisting white character.Just to throw people off. He'll be Wonder Man.
The group that abducted Akela is the same one behind Centipede.Whatever group that may be (see various WMGs above). Yes, I know the Marvel Universe has Nebulous Evil Organizations coming out the wazoo, but it seems a little early for the show runners to be bringing in multiple groups, when its easier to just make one be behind everything.
The Agents will take on an Extremis SoldierWhat better way to save on special effects than to have someone who doesn't look superhuman? Besides, we haven't seen the last of the enhancement program by Wordof God. It's a perfect fit.
The first season's arc will be what happened to Coulson during The Avengers.We would find out a simple version early on. A LMD, faked, etc. But, as time goes on, all these little details would stop adding up. If it's an LMD, why does he have scars? If he faked the death, why does he show signs of necrosis? etc. The finale will be either recreating or dealing with what happened on the Helicarrier and how he REALLY came back.
Lola, Coulson's Cool Car, will be revealed to be a flying car.
Skye was never as distrustful of S.H.I.E.L.D. as she let on.When she hacked into them, sent them messages, and exposed their secrets, it wasn't entirely to show the public what they were up to, though that was part of it. She also wanted Coulson's attention. That was also the reason she sought out Michael, apart from obviously wanting to help him out. She knew S.H.I.E.L.D. would take an interest in him and saw it as a chance to arrange a meeting with the higher-ups. All of the "Rising Tide" stuff she did wasn't an attack against S.H.I.E.L.D., it was a job application.
There is a level 8, and maybe a level 9All Level 6 agents appear to believe they have the highest security clearance, based on Sitwell and Ward at the least, and all agents from Level 1 to 6 are likely lead to believe 6 is the highest. However, details of how Coulson is alive are not privy to him, but are to Deputy Director Hill and at least one Doctor, which would make them Level 8. If there is a Level 9, only 1 member of S.H.I.E.L.D will be on that level; Director Fury. Level 10 is SWORD and Level 11 is ARMOR.
There will be a 7th Episode TwistWell, with all these one shot stories floating around the first couple episodes after the pilot, and given that a comic inspired show is bound to start a real story arc sooner or later, I wouldn't put it past them to throw some sort of loop at us over the nature of the show.
Coulson knows that Ward and May are sleeping with each otherHe just doesn't feel any need to do anything about it so long as it doesn't impact their work.
Skye has a superpower. Coulson knows but she doesn't.Coulson figured out Skye had powers (probably a technopath) when he found out who her parents were and then told "Big SHIELD" who she was. This would explain why SHIELD hasn't had her fired and jailed after hacking into their computers. They know she has powers and want to use her.
Skye will finally become a full-fledged agent.The promo for episode 1x11 seems to strongly imply this, especially since Coulson has been abducted by Centipede, and so the team is one agent short.
The Clairvoyant is someone high up in the SHIELD organizationRaina tells Coulson that The Clairvoyant can "see into any agency". A high-ranking SHIELD agent with top-level security clearance would fit this description, since a well-funded organization like SHIELD probably has access to agency files beyond just their own. It would also explain how The Clairvoyant has such deep personal knowledge about Coulson.
Those "others" Coulson mentioned would be interested in PetersonThe ones who would want to exploit him are HYDRA, and the ones who would want to dissect him are AIM.
HYDRA are the group behind the Centipede project in the pilot.They had access to the super soldier serum (or something similar), gamma radiation, alien tech, and Extremis. What other groups do we know of in the Marvel Cinematic Universe that has such access to and knowledge of such technology? Plus, they are SHIELD's canonical archenemies, so it makes sense. Maybe we'll even see Von Strucker showing up as the Big Bad.
SHIELD didn't *really* shoot the 084 into the sun.Why bother? SHIELD has had numerous examples of Hydra tech in its possession for decades, not to mention having the Tesseract itself until recently, and we know they were working to duplicate that stuff. What makes this particular item so much more dangerous? Answer: nothing. Presumably that performance was just for Skye's benefit.
Project Centipede is a HYDRA operation.That HYDRA is alive and well has been confirmed by Word of God with the announcement that Baron von Strucker will be a villain in the second Avengers movie. More importantly, in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, it turns out that HYDRA has infiltrated SHIELD and numerous SHIELD agents- including even Jasper Stilwell as well as Alexander Pierce, Fury's superior- are deep-cover for HYDRA. The movie also introduces Zola's algorithm, a computer program designed by Arnim Zola that basically allows you to predict the future, providing an explanation for the Clairvoyants' abilities.
Skye will be revived the same way Coulson wasThe next episode is titled "T.A.H.I.T.I.".
However it happened, Coulson knows more than Hill thinks he knows about the facts of his situation.Towards the end of the pilot, he muses that SHIELD knows a bit about bringing people back from the dead. Thinking of his own situation, perhaps?
Coulson's medical reports are all fabricated.Obviously, Fury doesn't want to risk Coulson figuring out something is different about him, so any medical reports Coulson receives are faked.
Coulson was resurrected in a way that required killing someone else.This would explain why he supposedly lost the will to live after being brought back.
Raina will not be in S.H.I.E.L.D. custody for longIn many recent blockbusters (e.g. The Dark Knight, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall, The Avengers) it has been a common trope for the villain to be captured early or mid-way through the film, only to either break free or be busted out by cronies. Sometimes the villain even wants to get captured. Raina may follow this trend as well, potentially in a Call Back to Edison Po being freed from jail.
Agent Ward genuinely is a HYDRA agentHe's a masterful actor. In the first episode, he tricked Skye into thinking he was under truth serum and in a later episode he talks about his "level 1 overshare".
Raina will betray The Clairvoyant.She was disappointed that he wasn't truly clairvoyant and said that Coulson is "a good man". Considering what SHIELD truly does with captive Gifted, she'll find her true calling working under Fury instead of The Clairvoyant.
It will be revealed Coulson Came Back WrongStabbed with a mindstone scepter, by a frost giant, and brought back by yet unknown means? Even if his psyche wasn't ripped to shreds, his body has to be affected in some way. A good guess would be him being a Sleeper Agent for Thanos (though not intended to be but, well, stabbed through the heart + resurrection...) or he gets some of Loki's powers.
There's still more to Coulson's ResurrectionA ridiculous amount of surgeries and mental re-organization is certainly horrific and traumatizing, but this troper can't see why it would cause him to disappear from the Clairvoyant's sights. It's possible that one of the first surgeries Coulson went through was some kind of magical ritual or alien science experiment that Fury organized that did actually change Coulson so much that he went cold.
Grant and Skye will hook up, thereby becoming the official coupleHe's an uptight MIB, she's a funny civilian hacker. They saved the world. A lot.
One of the team's missions will take them to Portland.At which point Coulson will remember that he hasn't called that cellist he was dating there since he died.
Agent Garrett is the Clairvoyant.Even though the end of the episode "The End of the Beginning" seemed to indicate that Hand is the Clairvoyant, Garrett still looks suspicious. While he may not have said or done anything overly suspicious so far, it's likely that Hand is just another red herring, like Nash was.
Hand believes that Coulson's team are HYDRA agents
The show will continue being called "Agents of SHIELD" even though the crew will no longer be official SHIELD agents
The post-Captain America: The Winter Soldier episodes will be about Coulson's team trying to rebuild a purified and reformed SHIELDConsidering the title of the show is probably not going to change, movie-that-changes-everything or no, it's likely that post Uprising arcs will focus on this plothread.
Joss wanted to kill someone at the end of the season, but didn't want to live down to his reputation.
There will be a cameo in every episodeSo in the first one we got Maria Hill, Fury goes second, Clint or Tasha could go next, then Thor will be in a broadcast for the time Dark World hits, the final season will lead directly to Winter Soldier, when there are no cameos from the movies hopefully we will get direct differences to Strange -if he did resurrect Coulson- or Dr. Voodo, Cage or Matt.
Mike Peterson will be Luke CageThink about it, they kept talking about having to invent a new identity for him, his powers are similar, and at the end of the pilot they were kept under control. Wouldn't it possible for him to return later in the season, recouped and using a new name to fight alongside the team?
Speculation on contents of the Thor crossover episode: WARNING! MILD SPOILER FOR Thor: The Dark World concerning the second stinger involving the beast from Jotunheim at the end of said movierecapturing the beast will be the focus of the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D./Thor episode. Even more awesome; they tame it.
Coulson didn't die in The AvengersHe could have easily fallen into a coma, explaining why he didn't appear in the rest of the movie, and Fury decided to tell the others he was dead in order to give them the push they needed. This obviously won't go down well with the other heroes, Tony especially, although that will most likely be discussed in their own respective movies. This concept would avoid the possibly cringe-worthy "resurrection" plot.
Coulson is now like 616 Nick FuryWhatever brought him back left him immortal and took an eye.
The bowdlerization of Coulson's being stabbed in The Avengers DVD is canon, and allowed his survival.In the theatrical version of The Avengers, Loki's spear stabbed right through his body, enough that it pierced his chest from the other side. No way he would have survived a wound that large; Loki would have at least punctured a lung and his pericardium. However, in the toned-down version of the DVD, Loki's spear doesn't poke out of his chest. Perhaps that retconned it so that Loki didn't stab Coulson as deeply as before, and thus gave him the chance for survival.
There will never be an real explanation of how Coulson survived.I wouldn't put it past the Whedonator to just have Coulson utterly side-step any attempts to find out his secret of survival. But it'd be also be hilarious if he kept changing the story of how he survived a la the badass chef from Ratatouille who 'keeled a man with zis thumb!' or Ledger's Joker regarding his facial scars.
Coulson knows full well how he survived; Hill's the one in the dark.He probably has an even higher security clearance (being Fury's "One good eye"). It's entirely possible that Hill thinks he's Locked Out of the Loop when Coulson's the one who knows the whole truth (much in the same way Ward thought the big secret was that Coulson was dead, thanks to his puny level 6 clearance) and she's been given a cover story.
Coulson's revival is mundaneHe was clinically dead for a while, had a near-death experience, and was revived. It's just like Melinda May said. Any changes in his personality are due to him coping with the stressful experience. Having the fanbase go nuts speculating about the reason for his resurrection, and then having it just be something relatively mundane, is just the kind of Untwist Joss Whedon would pull on his viewers.
Coulson is DeathlokIn the Black Panther animated series, dead soldiers resurrected into Deathlok cyborgs are seen sobbing uncontrollably until they are lobotomized. This sounds very similar to Streiten's claim that Coulson lost the will to live after being brought back.
The black man in the teaser trailer who saves someone while jumping from a building is Luke CageTying into the Heroes for Hire WMG above, they'll start introducing them early on in the series.
The black guy with powers in the trailer is PatriotThere's a joke in there that he interprets S.H.I.E.L.D as that he should carry a shield himself, just like comics-Patriot. He could also be related to the Super-Soldier program and tie into Captain America.
The black guy with powers in the trailer is Luke Cage
J. August Richards is playing Elgin Haliday/RageFrom what little we see of him, his personality seems somewhat similar. I'd prefer Luke Cage or Cloak, but the former has already been shot down, and the guy in the trailer's powers don't look anything like cloak's.
Skye's parents were killed by a SHIELD agentShe's been looking for any leads, but the murderer hid everything using SHIELD protocols. If he killed 2 other agents, he'll be exposed and pull a Face-Heel Turn for Centipede.
Skye is the civilian girl Melinda May rescued from the cult.The only information we have about what Coulson kept from Skye about the file on her parents is that it's heavily implied (if I'm remembering correctly) that there was a considerably large bloodbath surrounding the events. I looked up the Ao S wiki page for the episode ("The Hub") in which Coulson reads the file, and it said that Coulson asked May to help him uncover more information about what happened. I don't specifically recall this (I need to watch the episode again), but it could be that Coulson doesn't even know. Further, it's possible that Skye's parents were actually members of the cult, and that May killed them, which might cause some tension later.
The Clairvoyant will know what happened to Coulson.If said character actually has supernatural/psychic abilities, chances are they will find out the truth (or already know it when they appear).
The prisoner Raina visits at the end of Episode 5 is Baron von Strucker.Related to the above theory that Raina is Madame Hydra.
There is no ClairvoyantEdison Po just pretends to meet a mystical person to make the organisation look like a dangerous one.
Hand is with HydraGiven that she is up to no good at the end of ''End of the Beginning’’, and The Winter Soldier make sit clear that S.H.I.E.L.D. has been infiltrated by Hydra from the beginning.
This entire series will take place before The Avengers.This way the base might not be so broken.
"Rising Tide" is just a one-person operation that Skye runsThe trailer doesn't allude to Rising Tide being a massive villainous organization that opposes SHIELD, simply just as something that Skye presumably runs on her own to operate as a means to expose the organization's secrets. It may turn into a Myth Arc, but this seems to have been confirmed as of the pilot.
Ward lied about his childhood.Does he seem like the kind of guy who's going to spill one of his Dark and Troubled Past to someone he neither trusts nor likes? Instead he told her he was abused as a child- it's a standard backstory for people who work in law enforcement, so she won't question it, and makes him more sympathetic, thus aiding in his goal of getting Skye to open up to him. Besides, Coulson's comment about his past in the Pilot gives the impression that his past is extraordinary in it's horror-something on par with Black Widow's past, instead of your average beat cop.
Snooping through SHIELD's computers, Skye will be the first one to find out the truth about "Tahiti."She won't know what to do because not only is Coulson not supposed to know (as if Skye cared about SHIELD protocol like that), but to tell would be to admit that she'd been hacking them. Eventually, every other member of the team will know before Coulson does.
The document Skye has is fake (or at least misleading).How hard would it be to make a blacked out document and put the SHIELD logo on it, after all? Given at least one member of The Rising Tide has been tricked into stealing from SHIELD (for money), it's possible someone just steered her towards them with some goal or other in mind.
Mike Peterson survived the end of "The Bridge".He was killed in the explosion, but S.H.I.E.L.D. brought him back the same way they brought back Coulson.
Skye is the MCU's Scarlet WitchWhedon's already talked about how Avengers 2 will have the Scarlet Witch in it, except that the X-Men movies means that he can't use Magneto... so he has to redo the backstory for the character anyway. Why not use the TV show to do that? Skye has powers that caused an entire town to die to protect her, but powers that haven't manifested yet. What if Skye is a new version of the Scarlet Witch, who's powers are insanely strong and dangerous (the sort that would make people die to protect her, and cause others to want to get her for their own use), but can also manifest subtly... such as Skye's hacking ability, being able to reshape reality on some level in order to pull off the Hollywood Hacking skills she has.
Coulson is the Marvel Cinematic Universe version of the Vision.Not a new theory, to be sure, but it's just been revealed that Ultron will be the main villain of the second Avengers film (titled The Avengers: Age of Ultron). Maybe Marvel is blindsiding everyone who expects the Phase 2 movies will eventually introduce the new villain, when really, it's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. that's doing the groundwork. In which case, he's probably not the real Coulson, just an android with his brain patterns. This will be the source of much angst.
The T.A.H.I.T.I. drugs alter the user's brain chemistryThis is why the Clairvoyant can't read Coulson. And since Skye was just given the same drugs, she's now outside his sight as well.
Victoria Hand is a Double AgentShe really works for Norman Osborn. Had Marvel not been pressed for time, Os Corp Tower would have been part of the New York skyline in The Avengers. Until proven otherwise, this trooper is taking that as a sign that The Amazing Spider-Man is unofficially part of the MCU, regardless as to whether the characters can appear. The guy doesn't have to be named.
Victoria Hand is the ClairvoyantShe was very adamant about getting Skye kicked off the plane, and while her review of Skye's performance up to that point was sensible for someone who was in her position, it was bizarre that she didn't follow up on the money trail despite it being a very sound strategy. Clearly she was attempting to keep several things under wraps. 1. Why is the 'only' thing the Clairvoyant can't see Coulson's recovery/resurrection? Because it's classified for Nick Fury's eyes only. A level 8 agent could easily get access to info on Garret's agents, Mike, the Night-Night gun specs. 2. If she is following her comic version, she hates the way Fury runs things by feeling and executive decision. She wants order, and knows Fury is on thin ice. The Avengers ended with him telling his bosses to go screw themselves. The Hub plot was because she knew Coulson would extract his team, she just wanted to know if Fury would let him get away with it. 3. While she was in charge of the search for Coulson, Po's death (for being TOO SLOW) coincided with Hand's realization that the team was zeroing in on his location. 4. Both the Clairvoyant and Hand seem to prefer predictable order. Every one of Centipede's projects (except the blizzard thing) has been about creating reliable, controllable super-soldiers. 5. The implications of the Previews for the Winter Soldier and The Uprising are that something H.A.M.M.E.R. like is going to go down. Every time the clairvoyant pushes Coulson into breaking protocol and he goes un-punishedm Hand is in a better position to take over from Fury. Assuming Hill's conversations with the Council in Avengers deleted scenes are canon, Hand and Sitwell are the only options for replacement, and Jasper is not so take-charge.
Ward's brother will be The Dragon in a Big Bad who will be one of the known Marvel Villains listed above.Giving some personal conflict (to Ward at least) in the struggle against an otherwise unpersonal threat.
Zodiac will be the Season One Arc VillainThey're a criminal/espionage organization with ties to S.H.I.E.L.D. Throw in the Zodiac Key and they straddle a very interesting place between "espionage weird" and "didn't-there-used-to-be-a-building-here weird". In the comics, Nick Fury's brother Jake is a longtime associate of the group. And finally, the Iron Man 3 home release is the same day as the pilot, and includes a short in which Sharon Carter, Agent of SSR, fights the Zodiac in the 1940s.
May was unwittingly reporting on Coulson to HYDRA.
John Garrett (Bill Paxton's upcoming character) will be the last living member of the team that found Skye. That's why he joins the Bus Team temporarily - either he's being protected from the group hunting him, he's helping the team track said group, or he's still trying to protect Skye from them.
Fitz and Simmons are marriedTo be revealed casually a few episodes in when one of them (likely Leo) is kidnapped. Something along the lines of:
Fitz is Simmons' brotherShe doesn't know it. Think about the majority of the FitzSimmons ship teasing - most of it comes from Simmons' side. While Fitz does care for Simmons, it's always on the side of protection and not actual romance - he saves the latter for Skye. Fitz and Simmons were separated at birth, both of them going to different foster homes. While Simmons managed to get a nice family, Fitz was stuck with parents who simply didn't understand him (or worse - he might have just made his childhood seem a bit better in front of Donnie and his adoptive parents could've been highly abusive). As he got better at working with electronics, he managed to track down his sister in the hopes that the two could be real family. When Fitz finally met Simmons, he found out that not only did she have a happy upbringing, but she had no idea that she was adopted. Fitz couldn't bring himself to tell her, so instead he became friends with her and followed her wherever she went - even if it meant going through S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy and eventually having to follow her into the field despite his disdain for fieldwork itself. All this time it hasn't been love that drove him to guard Simmons, it was Big Brother Instinct. Unfortunately, since Simmons is totally unaware, this could lead to a very awkward Luke and Leia moment...
"Rising Tide" will be a Hydra remnant/successorJossed. In "The Girl in The Flower Dress" Skye says Rising Tide "is a huge organization of hacktivists from all over the world." One of their members had to be paid a large sum of money by CENTIPEDE to do something illegal and even then he researched them.
If Coulson dies in the series, the evil AI Ultron will upload his mind into a robot body to gain an advantage over SHIELDCode name, Vision.
The Clairvoyant is MentalloThis one seems to make the most sense. Mentallo is a rogue SHIELD agent who becomes a senior member of HYDRA, who have been confirmed to still exist in the MCU and can be expected to appear in Avengers 2 and very likely Captain America: The Winter Soldier, so hinting at them now would work to tie the show back into the wider Marvel verse. Mentallo is a psychic who specializes in reading people's minds- definitely the specific power of the Clairvoyant, as he wanted Coulson to remember what happened to him specifically so the Clairvoyant himself would know-, and whose powers are usually enhanced with technology, which explains why he doesn't know everything already: he isn't always hooked to his tech; also, it makes it more convincing that the team would be able to take a guy like this out, if he can be weakened by severing him from his machine(s). Most importantly, Mentallo was one of two villains who controlled Deathlok, along with his partner the Fixer (who will likely also appear on this show in the same capacity, and who is also a senior HYDRA figure and probably the guy who is making this advanced tech Centipede keeps using, with the help of the Clairvoyant). Mentallo is D-list enough to fit into this show but is still a significant enough threat that he could convincingly serve as a major villain in it, and he is definitely the sort of villain SHIELD goes after as he is both HYDRA and ex-SHIELD himself. Being a former SHIELD agent would also explain the lengths he goes to to protect his identity (letting nearly no-one see him, having a mans eyes gouged out for seeing him, etc.); SHIELD know who he is, and thus will be able to track him. He might even still be a SHIELD agent, as a cover.
The Clairvoyant is Arnim ZolaIn the clip shown during Marvel Studios: Assembling A Universe, the agents find the Clairvoyant in a computer room with disembodied voice. Arnim Zola is part of Captain America: Winter Soldier, and possibly he lives to present day in robotic form hinted at the end of Captain America: The First Avenger. In the Captain America: The Winter Soldier trailer, Nick Fury said that SHIELD is eliminating threat before it happens. Arnim Zola may be working for SHIELD and his computation power and knowledge base from being with SHIELD gives him clairvoyant ability. This explains why the Clairvoyant knows so much about SHIELD.
The Clairvoyant is Baron MordoThey're doing a Dr Strange movie, so why not?
The Clairvoyant is Purple ManPartially to tease him for the Luke Cage TV show, partially because he's able to kill people over the phone. Partially since he's a major villain.
The Clairvoyant is Claire Voyant.Puns. Besides, a Golden Age of Comics character might as well be a Canon Foreigner for all the information we have on her.
The Clairvoyant has genuine psychic abilities.It's been stated multiple times in the season so far that psychic abilities don't exist, so it would make for great Dramatic Irony if the Big Bad turns out to have exactly that.
The organization behind the Centipede project is the Guild of Super Evil.
Rising Tide will play a crucial part in battling Centipede organization.Since a member of Rising Tide has to be approached and hired with a hefty sum just for one hacking job, they probably are not affiliated with Centipede organization. Such natural and anonymous position makes them an idea faction to break the tie between SHIELD and its adversaries.
Project Centipede is an AIM operation.It's mentioned in the pilot that the Centipede module is partially fueled by Extremis, which is an AIM creation. It's a possibility that AIM worked to expand the efficiency of Extremis by adding other elements to it like an offshoot of the Super-Soldier Serum, plus gamma energy on top of it.
Edison Po is the Red Skull.Hugo Weaving has stated that he is not interested in reprising his role as the Red Skull and since the antagonist of the upcoming Captain America film seems to be SHIELD itself, it's unlikely that the Red Skull will be involved. His more subdued demeanor is due to the traumatizing experiences he had after being zapped into space by the Tesseract.
Edison Po is Poseidon.This could potentially mean a Namor appearance in season 2.
Project Centipede is a subsiduary of RAIDAfter the fall of Killian the Mandarin and AIM, part of the organization broke off and became RAID, an even more technology obsessed organization, but one which also gives the organization's Modus Operatus of getting stuff and then pulling out, Raiding people's lives, it makes for an interesting alternate take on what is otherwise a rather minor organization in the marvel universe.
Project Centipede is run by ZodiacEdison Po will be Aquarius (his name is an anagram for "Poseidon", god of the sea) and Raina will be Virgo (flowers are often associated with virginity). And a Zodiac is used in astrology to tell the future, which is what a Clairvoyant does.
The Clairvoyant is Samuel Sterns, a.k.a. the LeaderSamuel Sterns already exists in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the comic tie-in Fury's Big Week establishes that he is still alive. However, there are no Hulk movies planned in the immediate future, so the Leader might be allowed to appear on the show. According to the character's Wikipedia page, "[The Leader's] ability to predict probable outcomes of tactical and strategic scenarios is so advanced that it borders on clairvoyance."
Project Centipede is run by UltronThe entire show is a forerunner to Avengers 2: Rise of Ultron and is his Origin Story. Skye is a Technopath who created an Artificial Intelligence as a child because she was lonely. The A.I. went rogue and built a cult around its self. a S.H.I.E.L.D. team including agents Melinda May and Phil Coulson were sent to asses the child's abilities for the inventory but as one of Ultrons primary objective was to look after Skye the mission went wrong and May had to clean up gaining the nick name The Cavalry. Thinking that the A.I. was erased May dropped the child of at a orphanage which and S.H.I.E.L.D. kept an eye on her until she was unpersoned by Ultron who was still running redundant programming to keep her safe. His entire wanting to conquer the world thing comes from an off hand comment that she made as a four year old child that she wanted to be queen and so she could make people be her friends. Skye will either die or Ultron will be able to break free of his program allowing him to attempt to rule the world.
The Clairvoyant is a master hackerHe doesn't have any actual psychic abilities, but the reason he seems to be omniscient is because he has hacking talents that are orders of magnitude above Skye's, thus effectively making him her Evil Counterpart.
The Clairvoyant alone serves as the Evil Counterpart to each one of the six cast membersHe appears to be omniscient because he is a master hacker, like Skye. He has developed machines like the eyepiece and the memory probe, showcasing his engineering talents, like Fitz. His talent to create the Centipede serum shows his capabilities in biotechnology, much like Simmons. He appears to be leading Centipede, much like Coulson. Finally, he may be an expert in combat, much like Ward and May.
The World Security Council is a backer of CentipedeThe Avengers showed that the WSC was intending to create Tessaract-based energy weapons to combat any extra-terrestrial threats or beings that could come to Earth, after the Destroyer incident and Thor. The Tessaract's return to Asgard eliminated that possibility, since the original plans requires it as a source. One key point of interest is that the plan to create these weapons is referred to as "Phase 2" by SHIELD and the WSC. SHIELD (or at least certain parties like Fury) seems hesitant or unreliable in supporting the WSC's decisions, especially after interfering with the decision to nuke New York to stop the Chitauri invasion. The WSC decided to take an extreme plan of action. They would create their own group of superheroes and highly talented individuals. They would redo the "Avenger Initiative" to their liking (assuming they originally scrapped the plan because SHIELD didn't approve their choices, like the Abomination instead of Banner). The WSC wants to make their group full of super-powered members, given the popularity of the Avengers and what they perceive as an escalating threat that may be more than standard armies can handle. In Edison and Raina's conversations, they refer to their plan to create super-soldiers with the Centipede device as being in Phase 2, and further progress in making the method more effective (stabilizing the formula and making it less taxing on the super-soldiers' stamina, and apparently researching resurrection) as Phase 3. Implanting artifical eyes with kill-switches is just another part of the plan, to simultaneously give their soldiers an extra ability (assuming X-ray is standard) and control over them (giving mission orders, surveillance, and the ability to kill them if they goes rogue). If the WSC has no qualms about gathering intelligence on SHIELD operations and agents, the Clairvoyant could end up being revealed as having access to all that information (assuming that the show continues to stand by the "psychic abilities do not exist until proven wrong" rule). This allowed Centipede to stay off SHIELD's radar for so long, know about all the previous methods that created Earth's heroes, and even the details of Coulson that Raina uses in "The Magical Place".
The Clairvoyant is Ian QuinnA clairvoyant is someone with vision. Quinn is a man with a vision, or at least he thinks he is. Simmons suggested the Clairvoyant was Centipede's "money man"; Quinn certainly has lots of that. So far everything the Clairvoyant has allegedly revealed is information that could be gathered by a good intelligence network; nothing required any actual psychic abilities. Centipede would certainly seem to fit into Quinn's agenda.
The Clairvoyant is Obadiah Stane.Didn't He die at the end of Iron Man? Who says He didn't survive, this a comic book world after all. They Never Found the Body and The Clairvoyant is speculated to be the money. Stane is bank rolling them. Further evidence being The Clairvoyant used Stane's sonic device to kill Po.
The Clairvoyant is the MandarinThe Marvel One-Shot short film All Hail The King reveals that the Ten Rings and the Mandarin are really still out there, and they're pissed about what Trevor Slattery and Aldrich Killian did, going as far as to kidnap Slattery from Seagate Prison to bring him before the Mandarin for punishment. If the Clairvoyant really does have mental powers, they could be a variation of one of the Mandarin's rings, which grant him telepathic abilities. This would also fit with modern comic depictions of the Mandarin, which portray him as a powerful businessman, fitting in line with the speculation that the Clairvoyant finances Centipede's plans.
The Clairvoyant is using an Infinity Stone to be clairvoyant.Possibly the Mind Stone or whatever it is called or form it is in the MCU.
The Ward who killed Victoria Hand and freed Garrettisn't the real Ward When Ward left Skye in the closet and rushed out to fight the other SHIELD agents, the last we saw of him, he was getting beaten down by overwhelming numbers, then he inexplicably shows up to get Skye out of the closet. That was when the switch was made.
Agent Ward is NOT a HYDRA agentHe's in fact a Double Agent for SHIELD. He made it look like he killed Victoria Hand to make Garrett think he's HYDRA, but he's now a deep mole within HYDRA. Ward is noted as being an undercover agent on par with Black Widow, and was trained to be "the whole solution". Right at the end of Episode 17, Hand informs Coulson that she and he are the the top ranking SHIELD agents left, while also noting that this does not mean much anymore. Ward's decision to kill Hand and her guards could be viewed as a way of proving himself to Garrett by killing the "highest ranking SHIELD agent", while knowing that it would have the effect of making Coulson the de facto leader of SHIELD. It's also worth noting that he never says "Hail HYDRA".
The Soul Gem was responsible for Coulson's resurrectionWe already know that the Infinity Gauntlet is going to be a plot point, with the Space Gem and the Power Gem featuring in the Avengers and Thor Dark World. SHEILD used the Gem to put Coulson's soul inside the Soul World, allowing them time to heal his body without the worry of him dying on them. Coulson remembers his time in the Soul World as Tahiti, and, as SHIELD won't know how to use the Gem properly, the side effects he is experiencing will eventually culminate in the Gem attempting to reclaim his soul.
Coulson will die for real in the first season, or be revealed Dead All AlongBecause Joss Whedon is just that cruel.
The Coulson that we see here is actually a clone.There might be something to this one. Episode 3 has Coulson fumbling with handguns, a lot, and complaining "this should just be muscle memory." Which would be justified if the muscles weren't actually the original ones he started out life with. If SHIELD somehow had access to cloning tech and were able to grow a new body, then implant Coulson's memories- along with a cover memory of that "magical place" Tahiti- that would account for a lot, wouldn't it? OR- see the following WMG-
Coulson's memory was transplanted to a new body that was built with a Tesseract magic device.It's been established in series canon as well as the movies that the Tesseract itself wasn't the only device using that type of magic/technology (or "sufficiently advanced technology" as A. C. Clarke would have said). Somewhere SHIELD may have a resurrection/reincarnation device based on Hydra/Tesseract tech that they were reluctant to even TRY using until their darkest hour- which, for Fury, losing his "one good eye" (Coulson) would certainly have qualified. The memory of his supposed 8-second death after being stabbed and his recovery in Tahiti had to be planted to account for the actual time it took to grow a new Phil body and transfer the memories to its brain- and the bugs in the process are just starting to become apparent.
Coulson has always been an android, so when he was stabbed, Fury just re-downloaded his AI into a new body. When Coulson finds out, he goes rogue and becomes Ultron.Or maybe his 'fleshie' memories got put into an android. But anyway, this is an awesome idea and I really want this to happen.
Coulson is a ChitauriThe Chitari are based on the Skrulls, a race of shape-shifters. Coulson's memories, or even entire mind, was placed into a comatose Chitauri either on purpose or by accident. The Chitauri believes itself to BE Coulson, having no knowledge if its true self. This would explain why Coulson's "Muscle memory" doesn't work: That Chitauri body never practiced the disarming maneuver Coulson was having trouble with. It would also explain why Hill does NOT want Coulson knowing how he "survived", and why Melinda mutters "And you died" in response to Coulson noting that he once tangled with a Norse God, NOT "and you got beat" or "and you got your butt kicked".
Coulson is a LMDHe's a more advanced Life Model Decoy than normal, and doesn't realize he is one.
Coulson is literally Actually a DoombotCreated by Doctor Doom to be The Mole in S.H.I.E.L.D. (much like Akela Amador, but Coulson doesn't know it) Doom can make very convincing robots. Just ask the Scarlet Witch robot that Hawkeye slept with.
Coulson was resurrected by ThorHe was an honorable man and was Thor's friend so when he died a Valkyrie took him to Valhalla, when Thor found out about this he brought him back to earth, but if he dies again he is gonna be gone permanently.
Odin used one of the many devices in the vault to bring Coulson back.Perhaps the Infinity Gauntlet? Or some as yet unnamed/unknown device. If he's half as powerful as in the comics, he wouldn't even need one of those. Thor does not know because it is meant to be kept a secret for one reason or another. Related: Erik Selvig knows and will make an appearance on the show in the future.
Coulson was brought back by Ghost RiderHe's a government agent neck deep in all sorts of dirty business. S.H.I.E.L.D. may protect the world, but they'd have to do some nasty things to do it. Ghost Rider went right into Hell and took him back Like a Badass out of Hell.
Coulson's body is robotic but his soul was retrieved through supernatural means.Bolstered by "FZZT" in which Coulson says he's been to the afterlife. Also possibly bolstered by his 'high iron count.'
Melinda was brought back in the same way as CoulsonWhatever happened, she was brought back from the dead due to her skill, but she was so upset about her death that she quit being a field agent and took a desk job. THAT is why she was so upset about being tricked by Coulson in 0-8-4.
Coulson is going to ask Skye to steal a copy of the file discussing his recovery for him.Possibly offering her a chance to read the non-redacted file on her origins rather than just giving her a deliberately vague synopsis in exchange.
Coulson will perform a Heroic Sacrifice at the end of the seasonNow that he knows what he's gone through, it will continue to gnaw at him and his will to live will slow fade away. By the time of the season finale some catastrophe will be occurring that requires a suicide mission to be stopped, and Coulson will opt for it because "he already got his second chance". It would explain why so far there's been no word of him appearing in Age of Ultron. Jossed, he's very much alive as of the season finale.
The Guest House is run by HYDRA.One of the guards was named Bob.
Skye is Coulson's daughterHe knows, she doesn't. It's why he's looking out for her so much and why Whedon is hiding her parentage.
Skye is Melinda's daughter.Melinda conceived her during her early days as a spy, possibly while performing a Honey Trap. This would make Skye's biological father a dangerous man who likely wants his daughter back in his custody. Skye was put in an orphanage to protect her from being found. However, her activity with the Rising Tide allowed her father to find her so Coulson had her join S.H.I.E.L.D. in order to keep her safe. Also, Skye's actress is half-Chinese. Coincidence?
Alternatively, Skye is Coulson and Melinda May's daughterShe doesn't seem to know who her real parents are, and her talking about May and Coulson as "Mom and Dad" wasn't just a cute note on the dynamics. It was a hint by the writers. It's also why she has such a good head for this kind of thing. She's got genes from the two best agents. Chloe Bennet is half-Chinese.
Skye is Coulson and Hill's daughterBecause there were hints of a past relationship in the first episode, too.
Skye is Tony Stark's daughterGenius with computers, unknown family past...Tony would have been quite young, more likely to make mistakes.
Skye's parents were some kind of rebels/protesters...and were black-bagged away when she was a child (possibly even while she watched, ala Evey)- though not necessarily by S.H.I.E.L.D., creating her vehement distrust of anything resembling The Men in Black. She erased her own identity when she was old enough to know how to do so, hoping to either avenge her parents or find out what happened to them.
Skye isn't human (but doesn't know it), that's why her parents' identity is classified.She's a Skrull (shapeshifters, and Skrull text showed up in Eye Spy unless they meant for that to be Chitauri text) or Kree (some look just like humans, and the Kree will show up in Guardians). Alternatively she could be a Half-Human Hybrid.
Skye is the Clairvoyant.It could be a split personality thing or a self inflicted memory wipe (the phone conversations could be prerecorded if she really is psychic, not to mention her being conveniently exactly where she needs to be). She could be playing them all.
Skye's father is the man behind the Centipede.The same man is also behind the whole "Eye Spy" plot as well. Skye must have inherited her genius from somewhere, and it takes a genius to pull all this off. Bonus points if he's a former SHIELD agent (even more so if her mother is too) and SHIELD attempted to hide Skye from him.
Skye was born either during/as a result of an earlier Centipede experimentCoulson said that a S.H.I.E.L.D agent dropped her off at an orphanage, and that much was true, but we then get a glimpse of a couple of pictures depicting what appear to be a personnel photo and a crime scene photo depicting an unknown female victim. What if sad victim was the Agent that dropped off Skye? Lets say Agent X is investigating a possibly radical research group, finds a very twisted breeding program or some such. She grabs the first baby she can get her hand on in a bid to save the kids and get evidence to HQ, but gets herself caught in the process. In a last ditch attempt to save the baby, she drops the baby off at a nearby orphanage and keeps running, only to get herself caught and killed, her knowledge of the Research groups twisted plans dying with her.
Skye comes from a rich backgroundPeople are complaining about her casting and costume because she looks ridiculously conventionally gorgeous and well-groomed for an anarchist hacker who lives in a van, but it's actually a clue to her backstory. She's a Rebellious Princess who Unpersoned herself to hide her background and give herself street cred, as well as possibly prevent her family from finding her, but didn't think to change her dress or general appearance because, as has already been established, she's over-confident and over-reliant on her computer hacking skills and thought she was completely safe once her digital footprint was cleaned up.
Coulson's team will go rogue by the end of season 1.A running theme of SHIELD's depiction is that, while well-intentioned, it can be very shady or outright dark in its activities. If Coulson is putting together a team of out-and-out good guys, they might rebel against SHIELD's shadier directives (a la the Avengers) and strike out on their own. This would tie in well with Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which will come out around the same time as the first season finale and is supposed to get into a lot of murky territory when it comes to the government and SHIELD. For this to happen, it mean Nick Furry would have to occupy a place on the spectrum that Coulson and his team don't want to occupy (again, much like the Avengers decided in the film).
Ghost Rider is in the pilotIn the trailer, Coulson is looking at what appears to be a floating flame thing and for a few seconds before that you can see what appears to be motorbike handles/throttle. It might be a possibility.
Coulson will go rogue (or at least be declared so) in the season finale as a result of what he finds out about what really happened to him.His own team might be sent out against him but more likely, the Team will also go rogue alongside Coulson as a show of loyalty for him. The bonds that they have with one another has been one of the recurring themes thus far in the show.
Skye is un-scry-able by the Clairvoyant, making her a potential threat to their plans.That's what her 084-ness is about. We may have already had some foreshadowing in one of Coulson's lines: "We know nothing about her. Do you know how often that happens? It never happens." She also is the one that eventually finds Coulson after Centipede kidnaps him before he spills the beans on what really happened with his resurrection, and her efforts also contribute to bagging Raina, two things that may put a crimp in the Clairvoyant's Evil Plan.
Coulson has figured out that Hydra has taken over SHIELD.Obviously he doesn't know everything, such as his best friend Jasper Sitwell being a HYDRA agent, but is having concerns. This why he formed a team of mostly young agents: they're unlikely to be HYDRA Agents.
Hand believes Coulson is the Clairvoyant.Supposing that Agent Hand isn't the Clairvoyant, what reason would she have to reroute the Bus and order the extermination of all on board except Coulson? Because she thinks he is the Clairvoyant. Think of things from her perspective:
Ward isn't really with HYDRAFor one, the Shocking Swerve reveal seems insanely too out of character for him, considering the emotional arcs we've seen him take over the course of the season. Consider:
Agent Triplett is with HYDRA and he's Garrett ace in the hole
Ward set up May to look like Koenig's murderer.She's conveniently left the team. Coulson no longer trusts her. Ward took the Bus. It wouldn't be an illogical conclusion for Coulson to reach.
At the end of the season, the team will go their separate waysThey'll need to split up since SHIELD technically no longer exists.
After the Stinger in "Ragtag", Ian Quinn's proposal for super soldiers will get rejected by the US GovernmentBecause Stark Industries will present them the Ultron AI which will do all the work. This will be the seed that sets up Avengers 2, and may even get a special cameo appearance by Tony Stark himself in the Season 1 finale.