By: Casey Johnston (@DarthHockey)
Warning: This post will contain spoilers for past and possibly future episodes. You’ve been warned.
If you have been paying attention to Agents of SHIELD then you know the season-and-half mystery surrounding Skye. Thought to be an orphan, she was actually classified by SHIELD as an 0-8-4 (object of unknown origin) and dropped off at an orphanage when people protecting her started dying. To protect her identity, she was moved to new foster homes every few months. We are nine episodes into season two now and we know some more things. Her father is very much alive and searching for Skye. Her mother did not physically age from 1945 to 1989, and she was brutally murdered by Daniel Whitehall. As we approach the mid-season finale we now seem set to find out one more thing: the true origin of Skye.
This was a big episode for Raina. Since the end of season one the writers have been hinting at a bigger purpose for her character. That purpose was revealed this week as Raina was the character who informs Skye that she has the ability to touch the Obelisk that everyone is fighting over. However, that was not all the story. Later in the episode Raina would reveal that she comes from a long line of people who believed in the “blue angels” who came from the sky. These blue angels, she said, were the Kree, an alien race that we last saw in Guardians of the Galaxy. There are so many exciting things to infer from this scene. Raina all but said the one thing that I’ve been waiting to hear for weeks now: Skye is an Inhuman.
The Inhumans are a race of superhumans that have appeared in various Marvel comics going back to the 1960s. In their story, the Kree established a base on Uranus millions of earth years ago. From there, they began experimenting on homo sapiens. Although the experiments were successful, the Kree abandoned earth, leaving the Inhumans to create their own secluded society. From there, the Inhumans experiments on Terrigen Mist, a vapor arising from Terrigen Crystals. The mist, in most cases, would alter the biology of the Inhumans, giving them superhuman abilities. Even without the mist, the Inhumans had very long life spans as well as peak speed, strength, and endurance. The Terrigen Mist would enhance these abilities.
This brings us to Skye’s parents and what we know about them, which is, admittedly, still very little. We know that her dad can handle himself in a fight and that a group of armed Hydra agents will not intimidate him. We have yet to see anything that I would describe as superhuman abilities, but most of his violent acts have happened off-screen. He is mostly likely the person that killed all those Chinese villagers when Skye was a baby.
All we know about Skye’s mom is that she did not physically age from 1945 to 1989. Whatever was in her body allowed Daniel Whitehall to de-age from an elderly man back into his peak physical condition. Skye’s mom did not survive this brutal procedure and her body was found by her husband.
What This Means For Skye
There has been speculation for months that the Obelisk contains Terrigen Crystals. Judging by next week’s mid-season finale preview (which can always be selectively edited to build suspense), the Obelisk will be opened by Raina. If the Mist does come out of the Obelisk, then the writers are either planning to kill off Skye because Terrigen Mist is toxic to humans, or the show is about to get the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s first Inhuman. Anyone with Inhuman DNA, Skye, her dad, and maybe even Coulson, will be affected by the Terrigen Mist.
Meaning in the Greater Marvel Cinematic Universe
There have been repeated rumors that Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch will be Inhumans when they appear in Avengers: Age of Ultron. They have to be something, and 20th Century Fox will sue the pants off Marvel Studios if they use the word “mutant,” so having the twins be Inhumans seems like a logical compromise. Introducing Inhumans through AoS right now actually goes one step further to confirming that theory. We know that we will not be seeing an Inhumans film until November 2018. Introducing them now only to do nothing with them for four years seems like a waste, and we all know that is not Marvel’s style. So if you have been watching AoS this season and wondering how it will lead into Avengers: Age of Ultron, I think you just got another clue.