SPOILERS follow for this week’s episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. You have been warned!
Well, this week’s episode came and went, and despite a plethora of evidence, no, they didn’t say the words “Inhumans” or “Attilan” this week. However, the ABC series that is steeped in Marvel Cinematic Universe fun certainly did hint at it all a lot more.
First, of course, is actually outside the TV show. On TVGuide.com, producer Jeffrey Bell finally admitted on the record that the blue aliens are in fact the Kree, the same race seen in Guardians of the Galaxy where Lee Pace played Kree Accuser Ronan. Sure, Chloe Bennet, the show’s Skye (and central to this mystery) actually spilled those beans back in the Spring of 2014 at Paleyfest, but this is the first official word on the race.
So that’s the alien that has, effectively, saved (or returned) the lives of both Director Phil Coulson and agent Skye “That’s Not Her Real Name!” Back in the 1940s, in this week’s episode, the erstwhile Daniel Whitehall revealed that he had heard stories of these “Blue Angels” coming down from the skies. What we found out, however, eliminated some of the Kree’s possible motives.
One motive? That they’re coming just to observe - that wouldn’t be very dramatic though. How about the old classic of those coming to conquer? Not quite, we learned. Indeed, they’ve come to the Earth for one reason: Annihilation.
To that end, we found out a bit more about the Diviner, previously known as “the object,” “the obelisk,” or simply, “the first 0-8-4.” It Divines whether or not a person is special and “worthy” - that was the specific word used, of entrance into the mystery city that was revealed last week. We also saw another person handle the Diviner; well, we saw two - one turned to stone and burned up, while the other, a young Asian woman, was able to touch it merely revealing the glowing map.
And that woman is our biggest clue yet; she could not only handle the Diviner, she also has a direct connection to Skye’s Father. There’s also the small fact that she lives a very long time without aging; about 40 years, to be exact. So that’s a superpower, no question, or at least something superhuman. It’s implied, but not said, that she is in fact Skye’s Mother, meaning both of the mystery agent’s parents have exhibited some superhuman ability, not to mention the ability to hold the Diviner without dying a brutal death.
And so we come to the biggest moment of all, the one that brings us back to Attilan - that is, the S.H.I.E.L.D. team found the mystery city. Thanks to some machinations and Fitz coming through, a satellite identified the city, and it sure looks like it’s in the Atlantic Ocean, right around where Attilan has been found in the pages of Marvel Comics.
So I guess the question now is… “Are INHUMANS Coming to AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Next Episode?” (airing December 2, 2014) There are only two left before the winter break. At this point, it would be more surprising if there wasn’t some kind of resolution (along with many more questions) in those two hours.