By: Casey (@DarthHockey)
WARNING: There are spoilers ahead.
The Inhumans and SHIELD
For the first time, the Inhumans were actually given their proper name. Marvel Studios may play around with the origins of certain characters, but they have kept the story of the Inhumans (Kree experimentation) intact. What may change is their role in the world. Ever since the upcoming Inhumans film was announced for 2019, there has been some speculation that the group may take the place of mutants in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This doesn’t mean that we will be seeing a regenerating Inhuman with
adamantium vibranium claws in his hands, but we will be seeing some of the same themes that are familiar to us from the X-Men stories. I think that started tonight.
The writers have been laying the groundwork for conflict between SHIELD and the Inhumans for weeks. It all came to a head tonight in the final moments of this episode when, much to my surprise, the first shots were fired by Jiaying. Seriously, raise your hand if you were sure Gonzalez would start this little war. Now here’s where things could get interesting for the Inhumans in the MCU. SHIELD definitely fears the Inhumans, and the Inhumans fear SHIELD. They fear all outsiders, and why wouldn’t they? As Jiaying said, she has witnessed people being profiled for no other reason than fear. SHIELD is profiling the Inhumans just like the Inhumans are profiling SHIELD.
This is where we can start making the comparison between the MCU Inhumans and the comic-universe mutants. Jiaying is being set up as a Magneto-like character. She doesn’t trust non-Inhumans and she wants to do what she feels is right for her people. For better or worse, that involves starting a war with SHIELD. For someone who was hacked to pieces by Hydra for being different, she doesn’t want to take the chance of being put on the Index. Cue the next X-men comparison. To date, the Index has been used to catalog all people with special gifts or powers. In the MCU, it can take the place of the Mutant Registration Act. Anyone familiar with the comics or X-Men films knows where this is going. Jiaying is dead set on leading a resistance against having her people registered. The first shots have been fired; the war is here.
Caught in the middle of all this is Skye. She’s about to experience her own little civil war. SHIELD is her family, but so are the Inhumans (literally and figuratively). There can be no more middle ground for Skye; she has to choose a side. If I were a betting person, I’d bet that she chooses SHIELD. Why? I think she will find out what Jiaying has done to Gonzalez. It will spark an inner-conflict that will ultimately see SHIELD win out. After all, it’s SHIELD’s show and they are the good guys, right?
For weeks there have been rumors that Bobbi is actually a triple agent still working for Hydra. I’ve ignored them all because, frankly, I thought they were ridiculous. Now I’m not so sure. What does Kara/Agent 33 know that Bobbi wants kept secret? It looks like we’re about to get one more revelation about Hydra before this season ends.
Separating From the Films
Agents of SHIELD really did a good job of standing on its own tonight. While last season’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier tie-in saved the series, the show got away with only referencing Avengers: Age of Ultron and then getting on with its own story. The fact that this was such a strong episode is a good sign for the series. Gone are the days of either sinking or swimming with the rest of the MCU. Agents of SHIELD is standing on its own two feet now, and nothing demonstrated that more than the fact that the last three hours of the season will not be spent continuing the Age of Ultron storyline. Bravo, Agents of SHIELD. You’re all grown up now.
Yes, I was dead wrong about not seeing him until next season, just as I was wrong about Coulson appearing in Age of Ultron. Thank you all for paying attention to these posts anyway.
Yes, but it was a flashback (and I’m pretty sure those were Patton Oswalt’s actual bed sheets and socks). We still don’t know where he is in the present-day.
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