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  • Skye tells Mike that "with great power comes... a ton of weird crap that you're not ready for!"
  • Simmons asks Ward if he is excited to join them on their "journey into mystery." Journey into Mystery is a former Marvel Comics anthology title. It was also the comic that debuted The Mighty Thor, and in recent years has been brought back as a secondary Thor title.
  • At the end of the pilot, Coulson quips that they have yet to "cut the head off the Centipede", which might be a reference to HYDRA's (S.H.I.E.L.D.'s rival organization) motto "Cut off one head, two more will take its place." The connection is later confirmed as it's revealed that Centipede is part of HYDRA.
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  • Coulson mentions cleaning up a fragment of Anti-Matter that crashed down near Miami - the Anti-Matter Universe being a sizable part of the Fantastic Four's mythos.
  • Coulson's mobile command is designated S.H.I.E.L.D. 616. The primary Marvel comics universe is designated in-universe as Universe 616.
    • The mobile command is also destroyed in "The Dirty Half Dozen", only two weeks before Earth-616 is destroyed in Secret Wars (2015).
  • Supervillain Graviton was created in the Marvel universe in a complex called Research City, in the Rocky Mountains. The truck at the start of the episode that provides his origin story is emblazoned "Rocky Mountain Office Supplies."
  • The equation that Ward is sent to photograph in "Eye-Spy" had some sections written in Skrull.
  • Akela mentions that she was held prisoner in the small village of Shang-Chi, which is named for a longtime Marvel character.
  • The climax of "Girl in the Flower Dress" has Coulson confronting Chan, just to distract him as May puts two syringes into him to mess up his powers, mimicking the climax of X-Men: The Last Stand.
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  • According to Simmons, there is a S.H.I.E.L.D. base called the Triskelion that is even bigger than the Hub. Not only is the Triskelion taken from the Ultimate Marvel universe, but in a rare case of preemptive Continuity Nod it is also the base seen in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
  • A Freeze-Frame Bonus example in "The Hub," as when the Team is walking through the Hub itself there are numerous signs pointing out other divisions of S.H.I.E.L.D., such as PsyOps and H.A.M.M.E.R.
  • The gas station in the beginning of "Repairs" is called "Roxxon", an energy corporation in the Marvel Comics.
  • In "Seeds", it is mentioned that a "Professor Vaughn" is a member of the faculty at the S.H.I.E.L.D. academy.
  • In "Yes Men", Lady Sif rattles off a list of blue-skinned alien races from the Marvel Universe, including the Kree and Centaurians.
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  • In hindsight, the fact that Mike Peterson's first name is "Mike", much like Michael Collins, one Deathlok in the comics.
  • When Skye uses an X-Ray on Deathlok in End of the Beginning, it makes him look a lot more like his comic counterpart (half the head is metal, the skin looks more grey, etc.)
  • In "End of the Beginning", there is a reference to Department H, the Canadian governmental organization responsible for the creation of Wolverine and Alpha Flight.
  • In "Turn, Turn, Turn", there's a brief disagreement between Garrett and Coulson as to what HYDRA's motto talks about getting cut off, a "limb" or a "head". Their original appearance had it as the former, and it was changed to the latter by the time the MCU got started.
  • In "Turn, Turn, Turn", In response to Coulson asking whether The Clairvoyant really believes in the HYDRA goals of spreading death and destruction, he answers "I wouldn't Say I'm a True Believer". This is in reference to Stan Lee's famous quote from the comics editorial pages.
  • "Providence":
    • Garret mentions putting away a guy named Johnny Horton, who had replaced his hands with lion paws. Johnny Horton was a C-list marvel villain named "the Griffin".
    • The HYDRA base in the same episode is accessed via a barbershop chair, just like the old S.H.I.E.L.D. barbershop locations in the comics.
    • Skye says they're now "Agents of nothing". Nick Fury: Agent of Nothing was the title of the oneshot comic that led into Secret Warriors, also a story about an unofficial team after S.H.I.E.L.D. gets disbanded, and revelations that S.H.I.E.L.D. were controlled by HYDRA the whole time.
    • Skye mentions that the Cube has been retaken. The Cube was a prison in the comic books which Marvel Boy (Noh-Varr) briefly took over.
  • "The Only Light in Darkness":
    • It is stated that Blackout got his powers from the Darkforce - a two-fer, since in this continuity it's a form of Cosmic Radiation.
    • In the scene where Koenig questions the team, it's revealed that Triplett's grandfather was a Howling Commando. Upon hearing this, Koenig says that he would be "thrilled to have a grandfather that was a Howling Commando" - a reference to the fact that in the comics, Koenig was one of the Howling Commandos.
  • In "Nothing Personal," Maria Hill is questioned about a "Man-Thing".
  • The X-Men are Exiled from Continuity, but they still had a man in a chair with psychic powers. A quadriplegic man with his whole body immobilized, not just his legs. Still, they found later that things were more complicated than that.invoked
  • When the Absorbing Man tries to kidnap Talbot in the Season 2 premiere, he ends up with an Improvised Weapon that looks a lot like a ball and chain.
  • He doesn't go by a code name like he does in the comics, but Agent Hartley does refer to him as "an absorbing man" at one point.
  • Triplett's undercover identity in the Season 2 premiere as "General Jones" is likely a reference to the Howling Commandos character Gabe Jones - who, as the only African-American member of the company, is popularly believed to be Triplett's as-yet unnamed grandfather.
  • While he himself is never referred to by that name, HYDRA's operations to recover Donnie Gill are referred to as "Project Blizzard" - a reference to his supervillain moniker in the comics
  • HYDRA's brainwashing method is referred to as "The Faustus technique"-likely a reference to Captain America's foe Dr. Faustus.
  • One of the names listed in May's cellphone is "Woo", likely in reference to Jimmy Woo, a prominent S.H.I.E.L.D. agent from the comics.
  • "The Hen in the Wolfhouse":
    • Bobbi Morse takes down a hallway of mooks reminiscent of Black Widow in Iron Man 2. Having a past with a fellow S.H.I.E.L.D. agent (who even brings up her blonde hair) alludes to her relationship with Hawkeye.
    • Melinda May remarks that Lance Hunter calls her ex-wife She-Devil, who ends up being Barbara Morse. In the comics, She-Devil is the moniker of Shanna, wife of Ka-Zar. It's also from a Ka-Zar story where Bobbi Morse debuted.
    • HYDRA are studying a sample of vividly red milk. Jemma asks what kind of hellcow could have produced it, and is told the file just says "Bessie". In the comics Bessie/Hellcow is a vampire cow who has encountered Howard the Duck and Deadpool and whose milk has healing properties.
  • Marcus Scarlotti ("Whiplash" in the comics) wields a chain weapon with a blade at the end, acting as a nod to the whip he used in the comics.
  • While speculating about the hidden city in "Ye Who Enter Here", one of the guesses Trip has is "Atlantis?"
  • The garrison used to access the hidden Kree /Inhuman city is called "The Devil's Sentry". In the comics, Kree Sentries are giant robots designed to protect assets to the empire.
  • Those who are able to touch a Diviner are called "Worthy", which is the moniker for the 8 lieutenants of the "Old Serpent" Cul Borson.
    • The Diviner contains a Terrigen Crystal which emits a shockwave of Terrigen Mist: this mist is known to be lethal to normal humans. When Trip destroyed the crystal, shards were embedded into his chest which turns him into stone. However, the mist triggered the latent powers of Skye and Raina.
  • "Aftershock"
    • Raina's new appearance since her exposure to the Terrigen Mists kinda resembles the Ultimate Universe version of Gorgon.
  • It's mentioned in "Who You Really Are" that Heimdall from the Thor movies was responsible for seeing a Kree on Earth. Sif's attraction to Thor is once again alluded to.
    • The Kree warrior Vin-Tak wields a specialized mallet that is capable of erasing people's memories. This is similar to the Universal Weapon, the special hammer wielded by Ronan the Accuser.
  • In "Melinda", Gordon suggests taking Raina to an island untouched by man. This is a possible reference to Savage Land, which is also where a comic character named Raina (but not much like the SHIELD version) resided.
  • It is revealed in "Many Heads, One Tale" that HYDRA is much older than was believed, which is true in the comics.
  • "The Singularity": Coulson is revealed to have the Hard Light version of Cap's shield from the comics installed in his robotic arm.
  • The scene in "The Ghost" where the Hell Charger flips through the air after being blasted by a rocket launcher is taken directly from All-New Ghost Rider.
  • A reporter in "Lockup" refers to Jeffery Mace as a patriot, which is his superhero identity in the comics.
  • In "Let Me Stand Near Your Fire", J.T. James uses his fire-powers to ignite a length of chain, only for it to be grabbed by Ghost Rider Robbie Reyes, who uses it against him. In the comics, a flaming chain is Ghost Rider's Weapon of Choice. Robbie continues to use the chain in later episodes.
  • Heavily lampshaded in "The Laws of Inferno Dynamics"; Coulson suggests he wanted Daisy to succeed him as director of S.H.I.E.L.D., to which Daisy sarcastically replies "Yeah, right. Maybe in the comic book version." The comic book Daisy was made head of S.H.I.E.L.D. when it was reformed following Dark Reign, and actually recruited Coulson and Nick Fury Jr.
  • The episode "What If..." is named after the comic of the same name, which showed alternate realities where stories took a different turn at a critical point.
  • In "The Return", Anton Ivanov tells Aida that his LMD bodies are "designed only for killing".
  • Towards the ending of "World's End", Coulson entrusts Robbie with The Darkhold, who proceeds to generate a portal with his chain in the style of the portals Stephen Strange was taught to create, with the same special effect at that.
  • The first half of "Orientation" sees Elena ask why S.H.I.E.L.D. doesn't have a branch reserved for outer space phenomena called S.P.E.A.R., which is the purpose of S.W.O.R.D. serves in the comics.
  • Quake's costume for Season 6 appears to be inspired by the one she wears in Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors.

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