By: Casey (@DarthHockey)
WARNING: There are spoilers for ahead for the most recent episode of Agents of SHIELD as well as speculation on the plot of Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Skye reunited with the team and helped them storm the Hydra base in the arctic. Ward finally got his redemption story (kind of). Coulson and Gonzalez have entered into a reluctant alliance, but neither realizes quite what they’re in for.
Phil Coulson, Director of Not the Real SHIELD, has been keeping some secrets from the rest of the team. That should come as a surprise to no one. Tonight, we got our biggest glimpse at what those secrets are. While everyone else thought Coulson was going on recruiting missions, it appears he was actually searching for Hydra, Strucker, and Loki’s scepter. The writers weaved this into the story so well. It was actually reminiscent of the scene in Captain America: The Winter Soldier when Fury gave Romanoff a side mission during the Lumerian Star hostage rescue.
There’s still much to be revealed, like what THETA protocol is, but we got to see Coulson re-assert his dominance over Gonzalez and the other SHIELD. The look on Gonzalez’s face when Coulson let slip that Fury was still alive and would be coming for his tool box was priceless. I actually laughed out loud. In case there were any doubts, Coulson is still very much the director of SHIELD, even if everyone else fails to realize that fact.
Skye is back with the team and that makes things much more interesting. Now that she can control her powers, everyone seems much more comfortable around her. We didn’t get a scene between her and Bobbi, but it doesn’t appear that Bobbi blames her for the death of Agent Calderon. The only one who doesn’t seem to trust Skye is Gonzalez (does Gonzalez trust anyone?). File this thought away for future use, but it still appears to me that the Inhumans may be the centerpiece of a Superhuman Registration Act that leads to Captain America: Civil War
But I digress. Skye is the best chance the Inhumans have of showing SHIELD that enhanced people can be trusted. That’s very important. With everything the past couple of weeks hinting at an Age of Ultron tie-in, the Skye storyline has gotten lost in the mix. If the end of this episode is any indication, the last two episodes will focus on Gonzalez and whatever he has planned for Skye and Lincoln.
Age of Ultron
Did anyone else get a chill at the end of this episode when Coulson said, “It’s time for Avengers?” That wasn’t just me, right? I made one wrong prediction last week when I said that the film would start off with the Avengers rescuing Coulson and his team on the raid, but I’m still holding out hope that Coulson appears in Age of Ultron. I realize that Joss Whedon has said that won’t happen, but directors tell little fibs all the time to save surprises in their films, and Coulson coming back in a film is would be a big deal. He’s played a big part in the story up to this point, and his actions on the show are leading right into the movie. He went through the trouble of finding the scepter, and he has called in the Avengers. It’s only logical that he appears in the film.
Did We See the Last of Ward?
I doubt it, but I wouldn’t look for him again until next season.
Thanks for reading, and be sure to check out my thoughts post on Avengers: Age of Ultron some time on Sunday!