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- Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1 (May 4, 2018)
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- Captain Marvel (March 8, 2019)
- Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2 (May 8, 2019)
- Inhumans (July 12, 2019)
- The Defenders: Daredevil, Iron Fist, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones
The Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
The Avengers (2012)
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., or simply Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., is an American television series created for ABC by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon, and Maurissa Tancharoen, based on the Marvel Comics organization S.H.I.E.L.D. (Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division), a fictional peacekeeping and spy agency in a world populated with superheroes and numerous supernatural phenomena. It is set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), sharing continuity with the films of the franchise.
The series revolves around the character of Phil Coulson, with Clark Gregg reprising his role from the film series, and his team of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, who must deal with various unusual cases and enemies. Several characters from Marvel Cinematic Universe films and Marvel One-Shots appear throughout the series, while some episodes directly crossover with films or other television series. It is produced by ABC Studios, Marvel Television, and Mutant Enemy Productions, with Jed Whedon, Tancharoen, and Jeffrey Bell serving as showrunners.
The first season originally aired from September 24, 2013, to May 13, 2014, while a second season began airing on September 23, 2014. After initially high ratings but mixed reviews, ratings steadily dropped, while reviews steadily improved, throughout the first season. This led to much lower but more consistent ratings, as well as positive reviews, in the second season. Several characters created for the series have since been introduced to the comic universe.
In July 2014 at San Diego Comic Con International, Marvel Comics announced an ongoing series titled S.H.I.E.L.D., to be set in the mainstream Marvel Universe, and written by Mark Waid, beginning December 2014. Art will be by a rotating group of artists including Carlos Pacheco, Alan Davis, and Chris Sprouse.
The series is led by Agent Phil Coulson, and sees the canonical introduction of the characters Melinda May, Jemma Simmons, and Leo Fitz – who originated from the television series – to the Marvel comics universe, on which Waid said, "This is our chance to introduce a lot of the other characters into the Marvel Universe, and give them the Marvel Universe spin."
Waid described the series as "done-in-one. Coulson and his team have a mission, and if we need someone for a mission, everyone in the Marvel Universe is available as a potential Agent." Elaborating on this, Waid said that the series is episodic and stand-alone in nature, which he finds as a "fun challenge," saying, "My job is to get in, get the job done, get out – kind of like S.H.I.E.L.D.’s overall M.O." Although it does not share events with the television series, the comic will maintain the characters' relationships and personalities.
Agents of SHIELD: Season 1 (2013)
(Entire First Season 2013-2014 Available on Netflix)
The first season sees S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Phil Coulson putting together a small team of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents to handle strange new cases. They investigate Project Centipede and their leader, "The Clairvoyant", eventually uncovering that Project Centipede is backed by Hydra, who has infiltrated S.H.I.E.L.D.
The complete first season was first released on Blu-ray and DVD on September 9, 2014, and became available for streaming on Netflix on November 20, 2014.
Agents of SHIELD: Season 2 (2014)
(2014-2015 Season 2 on ABC TV & Hulu)
In the second season, following the destruction of S.H.I.E.L.D., Coulson and his team look to restore trust from the government and public while dealing with Hydra and the newly revealed Inhumans, people who possess special abilities. Coulson's work is further complicated by the appearance of another faction of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents who do not trust his leadership.
Agents of SHIELD: Season 3 (2015)
(2015-2016 Season 3 on ABC TV & Hulu)
The series was renewed for a third season on May 7, 2015, which premiered on September 29, 2015. As of November 17, 2015, 52 episodes of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. have aired.
During the third season, in the wake of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s wars with Hydra and the Inhumans, Coulson begins a secret mission to protect the world from new threats.
Agents of SHIELD: Season 4 (2016)
(2016-2017 Season 4 on ABC TV & Hulu)
The fourth season of the American television series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., based on the Marvel Comics organization S.H.I.E.L.D. (Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement, and Logistics Division), revolves around the character of Phil Coulson and other S.H.I.E.L.D. agents and allies as they deal with various enhanced individuals following the signing of the Sokovia Accords. It is set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), sharing continuity with the films of the franchise. The season is produced by ABC Studios, Marvel Television, and Mutant Enemy Productions, with Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen, and Jeffrey Bell serving as showrunners.
The season was ordered in March 2016, and production began that July. Alongside Clark Gregg, who reprises his role as Coulson from the film series, principal cast members Ming-Na Wen, Chloe Bennet, Iain De Caestecker, Elizabeth Henstridge, and Henry Simmons return from previous seasons while John Hannah was promoted to the principal cast after appearing in a recurring role in season three. Due to its broadcast schedule, the season was split into three "pods": Ghost Rider for the first eight episodes, featuring recurring guest star Gabriel Luna as the supernatural Robbie Reyes / Ghost Rider to coincide with the film Doctor Strange (which explores mysticism in the MCU); LMD, referring to the new Life Model Decoy program, for the next seven episodes, focusing on recurring guest star Mallory Jansen as the LMD Aida; and a third pod for the final seven episodes, which sees a "what if" virtual reality that includes the return of former series regular Brett Dalton as Grant Ward. The season also deals with the consequences of the events of the film Captain America: Civil War, and continues storylines established in the canceled series Agent Carter.
Agents of SHIELD: Slingshot (2016)
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Slingshot, or simply Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Slingshot, is an American digital series created for ABC.com by Geoffrey Colo, based on the Marvel Comics organization S.H.I.E.L.D. (Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement, and Logistics Division) and the character Yo-Yo Rodriguez. It is set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), sharing continuity with the films and television series of the franchise, and is a supplement to Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The series is produced by ABC Studios and Marvel Television.
The digital series revolves around a mission Rodriguez embarks on before the events of the fourth season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Natalia Cordova-Buckley reprises her role from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., having been cast in the role in February 2016, with Clark Gregg, Chloe Bennet, Jason O'Mara, Ming-Na Wen, Iain De Caestecker, Elizabeth Henstridge and Henry Simmons also appearing in their Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. roles. Slingshot was first revealed at the end of the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode "The Laws of Inferno Dynamics", with members of the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. production team also working on the series.
All episodes of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Slingshot were released on December 13, 2016.
Clark Gregg as Phil Coulson:
A S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who oversees many of the division's field operations. At the 2012 New York Comic Con, Joss Whedon and Kevin Feige announced that Gregg would be reprising his film role in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., despite the character dying in The Avengers, with Whedon saying "He's headlining the S.H.I.E.L.D. show and always was." In April 2013, Gregg said of Whedon's explanation for Coulson's resurrection, "I found it so fascinating and so true to the world of the comics and mythology in general as I understand them that I was immediately in." On whether the resurrected Coulson would be the same as before he died, Gregg said "I don’t know how you could not change going through what he went through. I think if he hadn’t gone through some kind of change, it wouldn’t be any good. That said, I don’t know if he understands how much he’s changed." After Coulson was promoted to Director of S.H.I.E.L.D., Gregg said "He kind of got his dream job that I don’t even think he would have ever dreamed he would be given. ... The main thing is doing this job the way he can do it best seems like it’s going to require him to move a little bit in the direction of a more pragmatic figure like Nick Fury".
Ming-Na Wen as Melinda May:
A S.H.I.E.L.D. ace pilot and weapons expert, nicknamed "the Cavalry". Joss Whedon had the character, who was originally listed with the name Agent Althea Rice on casting sheets, "rolling around in his head" for a long time. In preparation for the role, Wen was "given a couple of background stories about her", but found it challenging to play a character who is respected by those around her, even though the audience doesn't know why, stating "It's a challenge in different ways. I think, at this point, I really am starting to know who she is and the stuff that I use to help me understand what could have happened to her to have brought her out of the field and into a desk job, I think we've all pretty much experienced that. So I use some of my own personal experience where we've been scarred or we've been greatly disappointed". Talking about May's reasons for staying with S.H.I.E.L.D., Wen explained "[H]er loyalty and her love for Coulson. Maybe not romantic [love], it’s just really – it’s hard to describe – it’s a bond, it’s unbreakable, and she will watch over Coulson and take care of him and help him through whatever he needs to at this point in his life ... She wants to be there for him, and if it serves S.H.I.E.L.D., that’s just more or less a side effect, really."
Brett Dalton as Grant Ward:
A Hydra agent who poses as a S.H.I.E.L.D. black ops specialist. From the conception of the series it was decided that Grant Ward would be a traitor, with Jed Whedon saying "since this is an infiltration based on betrayal on a massive scale, we wanted to have it on the small scale, and have it be a really personal dagger to the heart." Following the death of his Hydra superior, John Garrett, Dalton said on Ward's allegiances "I think he’s a wildcard. At this point his allegiances are kind of put into question because he wasn’t really loyal to Hydra. He was loyal to Agent Garrett. He was loyal to what became a father figure, and he was more about his teammates rather than the team." Dalton later elaborated that "It’s not quite good guy, it’s not quite bad guy. It’s not trying to get in with S.H.I.E.L.D. again, it’s not trying to get in with Hydra. He’s really on his own path. He’s living by his code at this particular point in life."
Chloe Bennet as Daisy "Skye" Johnson:
A civilian hacktivist recruit, revealed to be an Inhuman. When the character of Skye was introduced to the series, it was always intended that she would be the MCU version of Johnson, as Tancharoen explained, "there are always the series of clearances, but we always knew we wanted to evolve Skye into something else [Earthquake]. Daisy Johnson was the main character that we wanted to go for. We got confirmation on that very early on, so we’ve been on that track ever since." Bennet noted on the character, "I think she’s always someone who will wear her heart on her sleeve, but I think she’s much smarter about it now, if that makes any sense. I don’t think she’s the type of person who can halfass anything, and that includes emotions. If she feels something, she feels something. But she knows how to control it more". Talking about the changes to the character after it was revealed that she was Daisy Johnson and an Inhuman, Tancharoen said "With this discovery will come some consequences, especially in her relationships with everyone around her, specifically Coulson ... Needless to say, it’s going to be a very complex, emotional journey for her."
Iain De Caestecker as Leo Fitz:
An agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. who specializes in engineering, especially weapons technology. De Caestecker has stated that "Fitz has got this funny kind of temper. He's quite passionate about what he does. So those moments where – I don't think he's someone that really responds very quickly to emotion; he doesn't really understand emotions as much, so when you do see that kind of side to him, I think it's quite interesting." Fitz has a lot of interaction with Simmons in the series, with De Caestecker explaining "My character, he's Engineering, so he's on the computer and tech side of everything. He's consumed within that world, and he works very closely with Simmons, who's Biochem. They've got this kind of weird chemistry together, and they just kind of fit each other in a very weird way."
Elizabeth Henstridge as Jemma Simmons:
An agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. who specializes in life sciences (both human and alien). Henstridge described her character as "young and hungry and she's a great woman to play because she's intelligent and focused and curious and she doesn't apologize for it. She's got a wonderful relationship with Fitz. They kind of bounce off each other." She also talked about the characters being separated, saying "That's interesting because then you see that they've never been without each other. When you see them without each other, that brings a whole new dynamic just to them as characters in discovering what it's like to have to be independent because this whole S.H.I.E.L.D. team has come together and everybody is on their own apart from Fitz-Simmons. We will get to see that and it's quite funny."
Nick Blood as Lance Hunter:
A mercenary before agreeing to join S.H.I.E.L.D.
Inhumans on Agents of SHIELD (2015)
The Inhumans are introduced into the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the second season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., revealed in "Who You Really Are" as part of an experiment by a rogue faction of the Kree to create genetically altered soldiers on various planets. The Inhumans are only surviving specimens as the faction were killed by the Kree Emperor, continuing the Terrigenesis with the remaining Diviners. The episode "The Things We Bury" featured a slow-aging Inhuman named Jiaying (portrayed by Dichen Lachman) who helped young Inhumans control their abilities as revealed in the episode "Aftershocks." She was the wife of Calvin Zabo before she was killed in the vivisecting experiments conducted by Daniel Whitehall.
In the episode "What They Become", a recurring character named Raina, believing she was meant for greater purpose, causes the Terrigenesis of herself and Skye, revealed to be an Inhuman herself. In "Aftershocks," Raina is horrified to find herself in a thorn-covered form (and suffering from constant pains) and attempted suicide after Calvin abandoned her. However, Raina ends up being saved by an eyeless teleporter Inhuman named Gordon (played by Jamie Harris), who was alerted to her Terrigenesis. The Terrigenesis also alerted a Kree who attempted to kill Skye and erase the Inhumans' existence in "Who You Really Are". The episode "Afterlife" introduces another Inhuman named Lincoln Campbell (played by Luke Mitchell) who helps Skye understand her heritage and has the ability to electrically-charge anything. It is shown that Jiaying had somehow survived Daniel Whitehall's experiments and has resumed training the recently-transformed Inhumans starting with Raina.
The television series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has introduced multiple Inhumans to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Among these Inhumans are:
- Daisy "Skye" Johnson: A S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who has the power to manipulate vibration following her exposure to the Terrigen mists. She is able to tap into the vibrational energy of everything around her.
- Raina: A former member of Project Centipede who after the Terrigenesis became a thorn-covered Inhuman with claws. She has also gained enhanced strength and durability. Her new form is apparently uncomfortable even for her, as her insides feel malformed.
- Gordon: An eyeless Inhuman, with abilities such as teleportation and force field generation of reflective blue energy.
- Jiaying: Skye's mother and Calvin Zabo's wife who helped new Inhumans manage their new found powers and appearances. She had the power of longevity which was realized by aging Hydra member Daniel Whitehall, who vivisected and experimented on her living body to obtain the secret to eternal youth. She somehow survived the experiments as seen in "Aftershock" and resumes helping the new Inhumans.
- Lincoln Campbell: An Inhuman who can electrically-charge anything.
Marvel Cinematic Universe Tie-ins
In July 2013, Jed Whedon said the series will work in tandem with the Marvel films, both past and upcoming, saying, "We plan on trying to weave in between the films and try to make them more rewarding on both ends." In March 2014, the producers stated at the show's PaleyFest panel that they and the writers are able to read the screenplays for upcoming MCU films to know where the universe is heading, which allowed them to form a general plan for the show through the end of a third season, should the show be renewed for such.
Jed Whedon later explained that, "The idea with every Marvel property is for them to exist on their own and then interweave. No one backswipes; Thor didn’t show up in Iron Man 3. It’s not that these things are dependent on one another. They had the opportunity to interact and they exist in the same universe and we are in the same universe and when we establish something in our universe, in our show, it becomes a rule in the universe so we have to make sure we’re respectful of what they’re planning to do and that we’re all on the same page." Elaborating, Bell said, "If you look at all the Marvel movies, there are only a couple of superheroes ... For us to have powers every week kind of explodes their movie universe in a way we didn't want to do. Finding occasional characters who are superheroes -- and whether that's someone new like Mike Peterson in the pilot, or whether later on there are a couple of places when people hear the name, that will be meaningful to the Marvel fans. But we have to be judicious, otherwise we've got 20-some new superheroes running around at the end of the first season, and suddenly [Avengers: Age of Ultron] is a very different movie."
The series' first tie-in episode with the Marvel Cinematic Universe is "The Well", which takes place after the events of the 2013 film Thor: The Dark World. Another tie-in takes place in the episodes "End of the Beginning" and "Turn, Turn, Turn", which revolve around the events of the 2014 film Captain America: The Winter Soldier. This led to a retooling of the series. Flashback sequences in "Shadows" and "The Things We Bury" featuring Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter tie into the Agent Carter television series. The second season will also feature a tie-in with Avengers: Age of Ultron.
The episode "T.A.H.I.T.I." introduces the alien race the Kree to the MCU, members of which play a significant role in the 2014 film Guardians of the Galaxy. This begins a storyline that recurs throughout the series, and introduces the Inhumans to the MCU, with Jed Whedon saying, "It's been something in the works for a long time. It's an important property in the comics, and they have obviously announced plans for a feature in the cinematic universe. It's one of the first instances where we get to start planting the seeds on the show before the film."
Agent Carter TV Series (2015)
Marvel's Agent Carter, or simply Agent Carter, is an American television series created for ABC by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, inspired by the films Captain America: The First Avenger and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and the Marvel One-Shot short film of the same name. It is set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), sharing continuity with the films of the franchise.
The series features the Marvel Comics character Peggy Carter, with Hayley Atwell reprising her role from the film series, as she must balance doing administrative work and going on secret missions for Howard Stark while trying to navigate life as a single woman in 1940s America. Several characters from Marvel Cinematic Universe films, Marvel One-Shots, and other Marvel Cinematic Universe television series appear throughout the series. It is produced by ABC Studios and Marvel Television, with Tara Butters, Michele Fazekas, and Chris Dingess serving as showrunners.
The series was officially ordered on May 8, 2014, and debuted on January 6, 2015, during the season two mid-season break of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Marvel's Most Wanted (TV Pilot)
By April 2015, Marvel was developing a spin-off series to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The series, which was being developed by Bell and writer Paul Zbyszewski, would be based off storylines occurring at the end of the second season, and would receive its own pilot rather than a backdoor pilot. Though Palicki and Blood were reportedly in final discussions to headline the potential new series, ABC passed on the project by May 7, 2015, when they announced their series renewals and cancellations, and new series pickups. On passing on the intended series, ABC entertainment president Paul Lee stated that it was thought that the best thing would be to leave Palicki and Blood on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as it is "so strong on the moment," though he did not rule out returning to the spin-off in the future.
In August 2015, the spin-off series received new life as a reworked series, titled Marvel's Most Wanted, with a pilot order. Bell and Zbyszewski once again developed the series, while also serving as co-writers of the pilot, executive producers, and showrunners, with Jeph Loeb also attached as executive producer. The series would still focus on Morse and Hunter, with Palicki and Blood both attached, and was described as "a new take focusing on the same duo and their continuing adventures."
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Agents of SHIELD Season #1 Episodes
The first season of the American television series Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., or simply Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., is based on the Marvel Comics organization S.H.I.E.L.D. (Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division), a fictional peacekeeping and spy agency in a world populated with superheroes and numerous supernatural phenomena. It is set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), sharing continuity with the films of the franchise. The season originally aired on ABC from September 24 2013, through May 13 2014, over 22 episodes.
The season revolves around the character of Phil Coulson, with Clark Gregg reprising his role from the film series, and his team of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, who are assigned to several dangerous cases revolving around Project Centipede and its leader, The Clairvoyant, while Coulson also searches for answers concerning his mysterious resurrection after dying in The Avengers. Several other characters from MCU films and Marvel One-Shots also appear throughout the season, while some episodes directly crossover with the films Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. It was produced by ABC Studios, Marvel Television, and Mutant Enemy Productions, and the executive producers were Joe Quesada, Jeffrey Bell, Jeph Loeb, Alan Fine, S.H.I.E.L.D. creator Stan Lee, and series creators Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen.
The series premiere was watched by 12.12 million viewers, the highest ratings received by the first episode of a drama series in the United States since the pilot episode of V in 2009. The season initially received a mixed reception, which also mirrored a decrease in ratings as the season progressed. However, reception grew more positive as the season progressed into its second half, which led to more consistent ratings. A second season began airing on ABC on September 23, 2014.
Episode #1 "Pilot" - September 24, 2013
After the events of Iron Man 3, Agent Phil Coulson, having survived his apparent death in The Avengers, assembles a team of agents (May, Ward, Fitz, and Simmons) to investigate a superhuman, Mike Peterson, who was supplied with an extremis-containing serum by Project Centipede. Skye, a hactivist who saw Peterson in action, warns him about S.H.I.E.L.D. and offers to help him, but he declines. While visiting the scene where Peterson rescued a woman from a burning building, the team is able to learn that the fire was caused by another subject exploding due to the Extremis. Skye is kidnapped by Peterson, who is now on the run and makes her erase all his personal information. Coulson's team is able to track them down and subdue Peterson, taking him into S.H.I.E.L.D. custody. Afterwards, viewing Skye as an asset, Coulson offers her a place on the team.
Episode #2 "0-8-4" - October 1, 2013
Skye is now integrated into Coulson's team as a consultant. Their next assignment is in Peru, tracking an "0-8-4", a S.H.I.E.L.D. code for "an object of unknown origin". Once there, the team quickly realizes that the object is actually a piece of forgotten Hydra technology powered by Tesseract energy. Coulson meets with a former colleague and officer in the Peruvian military, Camilla Reyes, and brings her team aboard their plane, the Bus. Later, Reyes betrays Coulson in order to take the Hydra weapon for herself so she can defeat Peruvian rebels. The squabbling team members band together, utilizing each of their talents, and take out Reyes's men. When the plane lands at a S.H.I.E.L.D. base, Reyes is taken into custody. Later, Skye texts another member of the Rising Tide, confirming that she has infiltrated Coulson's team, while Director Nick Fury scolds Coulson for the damage to the plane, and reminds him about the risk Skye poses.
Episode #3 "The Asset" - October 8, 2013
S.H.I.E.L.D. searches for one of its assets, Dr. Franklin Hall, who was kidnapped by Ian Quinn using a gravity-based device. Quinn wants to use Hall to take control of the planet's gravity by building a giant "gravitonium" generator. Heading to Malta with the team, Skye volunteers to infiltrate Quinn's mansion during a party so that Coulson and Ward can rescue Hall. Skye tricks Quinn into believing she is betraying S.H.I.E.L.D. for the Rising Tide. However, Coulson soon discovers that Hall perpetrated his own escape in order to find the gravitonium and the generator and destroy both. Coulson warns him that doing so would end up killing millions. Their violent disagreement forces Coulson to send Hall into the generator, seemingly vaporizing him, but shutting the machine down at the same time. Coulson orders that the gravitonium be placed under S.H.I.E.L.D. high security and off the books; however, S.H.I.E.L.D. does not notice that Hall is still somehow alive within the gravitonium.
Episode #4 "Eye Spy" - October 15, 2013
Coulson and his team investigate a series of diamond thefts by Coulson’s former protégé Akela Amador, who is being blackmailed by an unknown handler using an explosive cybernetic eye. Coulson is able to take Amador to the Bus, while Fitz and Simmons create a pair of glasses that hijack her feed, allowing Ward to carry out Amador’s mission while the team attempts to disarm and remove her cybernetic eye. Ward completes the mission, discovering mysterious carvings, while Coulson finds who he thinks is Amador's handler, only for that man to be killed through a similar device to Amador's. With the cybernetic eye now removed, Amador is taken away by S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, though Coulson promises her she will have a fair trial in which he will testify for her. Before she goes, Amador tells May that something seems different to her about Coulson.
#5 "Girl in the Flower Dress" - October 21, 2013
The team attempts to find Chan Ho Yin, a Chinese street performer with pyrokinetic abilities, after he is kidnapped by Project Centipede recruiter Raina, who injects him with Extremis to increase his power, before harvesting his blood platelets for further experimentation. Skye knows a hacker who could have released the information on Chan’s location and abilities, and secretly sleeps with him, trying to undercover the truth. May finds them and, not trusting Skye, arrests them both. S.H.I.E.L.D. attacks the Centipede facility, and attempts to help Chan, but he refuses and May activates the unstable Extremis within him to kill him. Coulson questions Skye, and she reveals that she joined the Rising Tide and S.H.I.E.L.D to find her parents. Coulson agrees to help her, but fits her with a device to block any computer access. Raina visits Centipede member Po in prison, telling him to inform the "Clairvoyant" of the experiment results.
Episode #6 "FZZT" - November 5, 2013
The team investigate a series of deaths involving levitation and electrostatic anomalies, and although the team initially assumed the deaths were caused by some form of weapon, the cause is found to be an alien virus from a Chitauri helmet salvaged from the Battle of New York. When Simmons is infected by the fatal virus, she and Fitz work feverishly on a cure while Coulson ignores a direct order from Agent Blake to sacrifice Simmons and save the rest of the team. With time running out and unaware that their last attempt at a vaccine was actually successful, Simmons leaps from the plane, though Ward manages to save her and inoculate her before she dies. May tells Coulson, who feels different to before he died, that anyone would be changed by such an experience. The helmet is delivered to Agent Blake, who warns Coulson of the consequences of disobeying a direct order from headquarters, though Coulson dismisses this, accepting that he is different now.
Episode #7 "The Hub" - November 12, 2013
At The Hub, a S.H.I.E.L.D. command facility, Agent Victoria Hand assigns Ward and Fitz to a mission in South Ossetia, where they must disable a weapon called "the Overkill Device", which turns enemy weapons against their users. Skye and Simmons try to find out more information about the mission, which has been classified as Level 8, with Simmons tranquilizes Agent Jasper Sitwell when he catches her hacking into Level 8 files. Skye learns that there is no extraction team for Ward and Fitz, and informs Coulson, who takes his team to rescue Ward and Fitz, who are successful in their mission. While at The Hub, Coulson discovers that the person who brought Skye to the orphanage was an unidentified S.H.I.E.L.D. agent. However, Coulson does not tell Skye the full truth about the file, and asks May to discreetly investigate further. Coulson is later denied access to information about his recuperation in Tahiti, despite his Level 8 clearance.
Episode #8 "The Well" - November 19, 2013
The team look into a plot to find and assemble three parts of an Asgardian Berserker Staff which imbues the holder with super strength and an uncontrollable rage. They are opposed by a pagan hate group who have already discovered the first piece of the staff. With Thor off the grid, Coulson's team is assisted by Dr. Elliot Randolph. While retrieving the second piece of the staff, Ward touches it and relives a traumatic childhood memory involving his abusive older brother. He becomes irritable, aggressive, and possesses increased strength. The team realizes that Randolph is himself an Asgardian who has lived on Earth for centuries, and he gives them the location of the third staff piece. The team recovers it, and Ward and May use the completed staff to defeat the pagans. In a hotel, Ward declines Skye's invitation to talk, instead following May into her room, while Coulson has a nightmare about his recuperation in Tahiti.
Episode #9 "Repairs" - October 26, 2013
A mysterious force threatens Coulson's team when they bring in a safety inspector named Hannah Hutchins, who is blamed for an explosion that killed four technicians, and who Coulson believes has developed telekinesis from the explosion. After the plane makes an emergency landing, the team discovers that the mysterious force is actually one of the technicians named Tobias Ford who is trapped between Earth and "Hell" following the explosion. Tobias "targets" Hannah in order to protect her from those who would try to harm her. It is later revealed that Tobias caused minor safety issues and filed safety reports to get time with Hannah. One of his issues inadvertently caused the explosion. May manages to defeat Tobias and convinces him to let go, causing Tobias to disappear to an unknown location. Coulson tells more about May's difficult past and how he wants to help her recover. May later pulls a prank on Fitz, revealing that she is healing.
Episode #10 "The Bridge" - December 10, 2013
Coulson recruits Peterson to his team for super soldier support when Edison Po is sprung from prison by upgraded Centipede super soldiers. Coulson's team traces a Centipede-powered soldier to an abandoned factory and are ambushed by a squad of super soldiers, who were subjected to the same eye implant as Akela Amador. Edison recommends to Raina to stop inquiring after the Clairvoyant or it could mean her death. Meanwhile, Coulson and May are keeping information regarding Skye's parents from her. When Peterson contacts his son, he learns that he has been kidnapped by Centipede, who suggest a trade – Peterson for Ace. Coulson escorts Peterson to the arranged exchange, where Peterson reveals that Centipede want Coulson, not Peterson, for Ace. Coulson, agrees to be taken prisoner. After the exchange, Peterson attempts to rescue Coulson, but is apparently killed in an explosion. Raina tells Coulson that they want to know how he was resurrected.
#11 "The Magical Place" - January 7, 2014
Victoria Hand leads S.H.I.E.L.D.'s efforts to rescue Coulson while Centipede tortures him to learn the secret of his resurrection. Believing Skye to be untrustworthy, and after seeking May's input, Hand has Skye removed from the Bus. Skye sets out on her own investigation which leads the team to Coulson's location. After the Clairvoyant kills Po, Raina takes over Coulson's interrogation. She uses a scanning device to compel him to remember aspects of his being brought back to life. Coulson experiences flashbacks and after his rescue he confronts Streiten, who tells Coulson he had been dead days, and was resurrected at the orders of Director Fury. Streiten reveals that after his revival, Coulson had lost the will to live, and that the doctors manipulated Coulson's brain to give him false memories in order for him to continue his work. It is later revealed that Peterson is alive, albeit badly burned, missing the lower half of his right leg, and with an explosive surveillance eye implanted in him by someone working for the Clairvoyant.
Episode #12 "Seeds" - January 14, 2014
While at a S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy Ward, Fitz, Simmons, and Skye investigate an attack upon Seth, a popular cadet, with an "ice machine" that can freeze people and their surroundings. Another ice machine soon freezes cadet Donnie Gill, though the agents are able to save him. While the rest of the team interrogates the other cadets, Fitz befriends Donnie, seeing much of himself in him, and helps him solve a problem with a new power source. Meanwhile, Coulson and May go to Mexico City to find a former agent named Richard Lumley, who tells them of a mission 24 years earlier involving Skye, an 0-8-4 with apparent superhuman abilities. The team deduces that the cadets are building a bigger ice machine for Quinn, and with the better power source, Seth and Donnie give Quinn a demonstration, creating a massive ice storm. Though the team apprehends Donnie, Seth is killed by the storm, and Donnie gains apparent cryokinetic abilities. Later, Coulson calls Quinn, who has connections to the "Clairvoyant".
Episode #13 "T.R.A.C.K.S." - February 4, 2014
Hunting the Clairvoyant, the team boards a train in Italy on which a Cybertek Inc. security group is shipping a package to Quinn. The group is exposed, forcing Coulson and Ward to flee the train. Meeting up with May, they get back to the train and Simmons, but Fitz and Skye are gone, having already followed the package to Quinn's mansion. Skye is confronted by Quinn, and discovers the alive Peterson in a hyperbaric chamber. Inside the package is a high-tech prosthetic leg from Cybertek's "Project Deathlok" that Quinn fits onto Peterson's amputated right leg. Peterson leaves to carry out the Clairvoyant's orders, while Quinn shoots Skye twice in the stomach and leaves her for dead. S.H.I.E.L.D. raids the mansion and finds Skye after capturing Quinn. Simmons can only sustain Skye temporarily by placing her in the hyperbaric chamber.
Episode #14 "T.A.H.I.T.I." - March 4, 2014
Skye is rushed to a S.H.I.E.L.D. medical facility, but the doctors are only able to stabilize her. Agents John Garrett and Antoine Triplett arrive to take Quinn for questioning, but Coulson refuses to turn him over. Garrett decides to interrogate Quinn on the Bus, learning that the Clairvoyant ordered Quinn to shoot Skye so they could learn about Coulson's resurrection. Fitz and Simmons, after looking over Coulson's files, realize that Coulson was revived at a place known as the "Guest House", where Coulson, Ward, Garrett, and Fitz find many explosives after taking out the only guards. Fitz finds the drug, while Coulson finds a room marked "T.A.H.I.T.I." where he finds the source of the drug, the upper half of a blue-skinned humanoid corpse. Everyone escapes before the facility implodes, and despite Coulson attempting to prevent Fitz from giving Skye the drug based on what he saw in the T.A.H.I.T.I. room, Fitz gets the drug to Simmons in time to successfully save Skye.
Episode #15 "Yes Men" - March 11, 2014
The Asgardian Lorelei enslaves a biker gang and begins to create an army, while the team is summoned to investigate an energy reading from the Bifrost, encountering Sif, who is seeking Lorelei. She explains that Lorelei escaped imprisonment during the attack of the Dark Elves and that, to neutralize her power to control the minds of men, Sif must fit a special collar around her neck that prevents her from speaking. They fight Lorelei and her men, but Lorelei enchants Ward and they commandeer the Bus. Lorelei tells May that Ward loves someone else. Sif confronts Lorelei while May fights Ward and fixes the collar to her neck, undoing her enchantment. Sif returns Lorelei to Asgard, and May ends her relationship with Ward. Coulson tells Skye the origin of the drug used to revive them, and despite how disturbed Coulson is by this fact, Skye remains optimistic. He orders Skye to keep the origin of the drug a secret until Fury gives them the truth. Unknown to them, May is monitoring their conversation, and reporting to someone else.
#16 "End of the Beginning" - April 1, 2014
Agents Garrett, Triplett, Hand, Sitwell, and Blake join the team to hunt for the Clairvoyant. The agents pair up to pursue different candidates. While searching for Thomas Nash, May and Blake encounter Peterson / Deathlok and tag him with a tracker. They soon converge on his new location while Triplett and Simmons stay at the Hub with Hand. The team finds Nash, a vegetative man on life support who must speak through a computer, and when Nash boasts about being the Clairvoyant and says that Centipede will kill Skye, Ward kills him. Coulson and Skye soon realize that Nash was not the Clairvoyant, and that the Clairvoyant is really a high-ranking member of S.H.I.E.L.D. Coulson accuses Ward of working with the Clairvoyant and shooting Nash, but they are interrupted when Fitz discovers May's secret phone line. As Coulson and Skye standoff with May in the hangar, control of the Bus is hijacked by the Hub, where Hand orders everyone onboard to be killed.
Episode #17 "Turn, Turn, Turn" - April 8, 2014
Garrett's jet is attacked by S.H.I.E.L.D. drones after the Bus is hijacked, and he rejoins the team. At the Hub, Simmons and Triplett begin working together to secretly upload Simmons's research on Skye's blood, only for a Hydra assault on all S.H.I.E.L.D. facilities to force them into hiding. Coulson locks May in the interrogation room with Ward, still believing she is the traitor. Skye discovers a secret code in a signal on S.H.I.E.L.D.'s network that she deciphers to reveal Hydra's infiltration. When the Bus arrives at the Hub, the group splits into teams to capture Hand. However, Hand reveals that she is not a member of Hydra but believes that Coulson is, and recruits Triplett and Simmons to aid her in stopping them. Garrett accidentally discloses information that reveals himself as the true Clairvoyant, and is captured by Coulson and May. Ward accompanies Hand to the Fridge so he can see to Garrett's imprisonment personally, but shortly reveals his own allegiance to Hydra by killing Hand and freeing Garrett.
Episode #18 "Providence" - April 15, 2014
Ward frees Raina and introduces Garrett to her as the Clairvoyant. Though disappointed that he is not actually clairvoyant, she agrees to try to replicate the "Guest House" drug. Colonel Glenn Talbot sends a military team to the Hub, so Coulson leaves with the team and Triplett, ordering Skye to erase all their identities, including Ward's. Coulson discovers a message with coordinates in the Canadian wilderness, where they discover the hidden S.H.I.E.L.D. base Providence, run by Agent Eric Koenig. Coulson learns from Koenig that Fury is alive but is told to keep the information secret. He also learns from May that Fury did not oversee the T.A.H.I.T.I. project. Ward and Garrett infiltrate the Fridge, freeing its prisoners and stealing weapons, including the Berserker Staff, the 0-8-4 from Peru, and the gravitonium. Raina informs Garrett that the hard drive containing all of Skye and Simmons' research is locked so that only Skye can access it, prompting Garrett to send Ward to Providence.
#19 "The Only Light in the Darkness"
April 22, 2014
Koenig subjects Coulson's team to a rigorous lie detector test, which Ward narrowly beats to maintain his cover. Coulson then takes Fitz, Simmons, and Triplett to stop Marcus Daniels, a superhuman possessing the Darkforce and former Fridge inmate who is obsessed with cellist Audrey Nathan, Coulson's former love interest. After rescuing Audrey, they devise a plan to lure out Daniels. The group overload him with energy, causing him to explode. Coulson briefly comforts Audrey before withdrawing, as he plans on telling her he is alive some other day. Meanwhile, May leaves the team, tired of Coulson not trusting her. Skye and Koenig hack the NSA to get eyes on the Hydra attack at the Fridge, forcing Ward to murder Koenig to prevent discovery. Skye finds Koenig's body and realizes that Ward is with Hydra. In order to avoid suspicion by Ward, Skye joins him as they steal the Bus before Coulson and the others return to Providence. Later, May is picked up by her mother in Ontario, Canada who helps her look for Maria Hill.
Episode #20 "Nothing Personal" - April 29, 2014
Fitz finds a message left by Skye informing them that Ward is a member of Hydra. Hill and a Special Forces team lead by Talbot arrive at Providence where Hill tries to convince Coulson's team to surrender themselves. However upon hearing of Ward's betrayal, Hill decides to aid the team directly in their hunt. Skye leads Ward to the diner where she met Peterson and secretly tips off the police. She reveals that she knows his secret and escapes while he fights the police, but is captured by Deathlok. As Ward tries to fly the Bus away, he is confronted by Hill and Triplett, who stall long enough for Coulson to sneak on board. Coulson frees Skye and they escape. The team retreats to a hotel where Skye reveals she left a trap in the hard drive. Hill departs for D.C. while May returns and shows Coulson the contents of a flash drive she recovered from his false grave. The file is a video of Coulson himself, who was apparently the head of Project T.A.H.I.T.I., informing Fury that the project must be shut down due to horrific side effects.
Episode #21 "Ragtag" - May 6, 2014
In flashbacks, a teenage Ward is seen in juvenile detention where he first meets Garrett, and accepts his offer to join his organization. Over the years, Garrett trains Ward, and eventually tells him about Hydra. In the present, Cybertek is revealed to fund Hydra and Centipede. Coulson and May infiltrate Cybertek to hack their system, only to find that all of Cybertek's documents were paper. They also learn that the first subject of Project Deathlok was Garrett, whose implants are failing, and who needs the Guest House drug to survive. The team travels to Havana, Cuba, where they find the H.Y.D.R.A. base, recently abandoned, and Fitz and Simmons find the captured Bus. The latter are captured by Ward, and taken aboard the Bus, which departs. Fitz uses an EMP to disable Garrett's implants. The dying Garrett orders Ward to kill them, and after the two agents lock themselves in the Bus' infirmary, Ward ejects the infirmary into the ocean. Raina injects Garrett with her synthesized Guest House drug. Initially, the drug seems to cause an Extremis reaction, but Garrett recovers. Quinn attempts to sell Deathlok soldiers to the government, agreeing to give them a tour of Cybertek’s facility.
#22 "Beginning of the End" - May 13, 2014
At Cybertek, Quinn begins his presentation to U.S. military officials only for Garrett to interrupt and kill one of them. Evading the Centipede soldiers, Coulson and his team attack the Cybertek facility, with Skye saving Peterson's son, May defeating Ward, and Coulson confronting Garrett. Fury rescues Fitz and Simmons, though Fitz is barely alive, before joining with Coulson to face Garrett, who is ultimately dispatched by Peterson when he learns that Skye has saved his son. Peterson, unable to face his son, goes off on his own to redeem himself. Fury expresses his respect for Coulson, who he sees as an Avenger, and appoints him as the new Director of S.H.I.E.L.D., leading the team to a secret base run by Agent Billy Koenig. Raina delivers a photo of Skye to a mysterious, blood-soaked man, telling him she has found his daughter. Later, Coulson awakens in the middle of the night and begins exhibiting signs of the same enhanced mental capacities and fixation that Garrett experienced.
Agents of SHIELD Season #2 Episodes
The second season of the American television series Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., or simply Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., is based on the Marvel Comics organization S.H.I.E.L.D. (Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement, and Logistics Division), a fictional peacekeeping and spy agency in a world populated with superheroes and numerous supernatural phenomena. It is set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), sharing continuity with the films of the franchise. The season premiered on ABC on September 23, 2014, and is set to run until May 19, 2015, over 22 episodes.
The season revolves around the character of Phil Coulson, with Clark Gregg reprising his role from the film series, and his team of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents and allies, who attempt to rebuild the organization following its collapse with the infiltration of the terrorist organization Hydra. They are forced to operate in secrecy due to being wanted fugitives and hunt down the remaining threats of Hydra, while also dealing with the emergence of the Inhumans. Several other characters from Marvel Cinematic Universe films and Marvel One-Shots also appear throughout the season, while some episodes directly crossover with the television series Agent Carter and the film Avengers: Age of Ultron. It is produced by ABC Studios, Marvel Television, and Mutant Enemy Productions, and the executive producers are Joe Quesada, Jeffrey Bell, Jeph Loeb, Alan Fine, S.H.I.E.L.D. creator Stan Lee, and series creators Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon, and Maurissa Tancharoen.
Episode #1 "Shadows" - September 23, 2014
In 1945, Peggy Carter and the S.S.R. raid the last known Hydra base (led by Werner Reinhardt) and confiscate many items, including the Obelisk and a blue body. In the present, Coulson's team monitors a deal revolving around the Obelisk, which goes awry when Carl Creel arrives, killing the ex-S.H.I.E.L.D. agent offering the intel and then escaping with it. Skye interrogates Ward and learns that Hydra is using communication channels not monitored by S.H.I.E.L.D. The team realizes that General Talbot is in trouble and rushes to rescue him from Creel, before abducting Talbot themselves and using him to break into a military facility full of confiscated S.H.I.E.L.D. assets. Agent Hartley finds the Obelisk, while Skye and Triplett steal a cloak-capable quinjet. Lance Hunter leaves with his team of mercenaries enlisted by S.H.I.E.L.D., only to be ambushed by Creel, whose attack kills Idaho and Agent Hartley. Creel steals the Obelisk for an ageless Reinhardt, now going by the name Daniel Whitehall.
#2 "Heavy Is the Head" - September 30, 2014
Following Carl Creel's theft of the Obelisk, Lance Hunter is captured by General Talbot's men. Meanwhile, Creel absorbs the properties of the Obelisk and accidentally kills a waitress in a bar. He later meets Raina, who offers to help him but Creel refuses. Talbot tries to persuade Hunter to work for him and sets him free, but Hunter returns to S.H.I.E.L.D. wanting revenge for his fallen friends. Fitz and Mack are able to build a weapon that can incapacitate Creel. As the team observes Creel making a deal with Whitehall's associate Sunil Bakshi, Hunter disarms the other agents and tries to kill Creel himself. However, Creel easily defeats him and just when he is about to kill Hunter, Coulson incapacitates Creel. Coulson later offers Hunter to formally join S.H.I.E.L.D. He then tells Talbot that he is wasting his time tracking S.H.I.E.L.D. and turns Creel over to him. The Obelisk is later shown in the possession of Raina and Skye's father – "The Doctor" – who is asking her to find his daughter.
"Making Friends and Influencing People"
Episode #3 - October 7, 2014
Coulson learns from Simmons, who is working undercover within Hydra, that their next planned target for recruitment is Donnie Gill, and Ward explains to Skye that Hydra brainwashes promising recruits such as Creel. S.H.I.E.L.D. traces Gill to a Hydra ship in Morocco, while Hydra sends Simmons with a team to find Donnie themselves, as a test of her loyalty. Fitz reveals to Ward that Gill is the target, and Ward warns that Gill was a Hydra asset already, and that Hydra would try to reactivate his brainwashing. May, who knows of Simmons' mission, allows her and Gill to escape, to maintain Simmons' cover, and Hydra successfully re-brainwashes Gill. Skye manages to shoot him, and he falls into the water and freezes, but government forces are later unable to locate his body. Coulson informs Fitz of Simmons' mission, while Whitehall decides to promote her despite their failure to retrieve Gill, and Ward tells Skye that her father is alive and offers to bring her to him.
Episode #4 "Face My Enemy" - October 14, 2014
Coulson and May go undercover to a charity function to get a painting that is carved with the alien symbols, and encounter Talbot, who has already claimed it, and asks to meet with Coulson in private. Coulson sends May to scout ahead, and she discovers the brainwashed S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent 33 in Talbot's hotel room, realizing that the Talbot at the party was actually Bakshi in disguise. Bakshi tortures May while Agent 33 disguises herself as May to pick up Coulson and sabotage the Bus. Coulson realizes that "May" is a fake because of inconsistencies in her behavior. He rescues the real May, who defeats Agent 33, while Fitz and Hunter work together to save the Bus from Hydra's computer virus. Though Bakshi escapes, S.H.I.E.L.D. claims the painting, hiding its survival from the real Talbot. Raina is later confronted by Whitehall, who orders her to deliver the Obelisk to Hydra or face death.
#5 "A Hen in the Wolf House" - October 21, 2014
Raina begs Skye's father to give her the Obelisk, but he angrily berates her for not delivering Skye, then kills two men who he was performing surgery for. Raina discovers Simmons' cover and attempts to blackmail Coulson: she will not reveal Simmons to Hydra if she can take Skye to her father. Coulson refuses the offer and Simmons' identity is exposed, though Hydra security chief Bobbi Morse, another undercover S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, rescues her. Coulson has Raina tagged so she can lead them to Hydra, and she discloses the location of Skye's father. At his abandoned hideout, the team finds the bodies of the men he murdered, and he realizes, watching through hidden cameras, that Skye thinks he is a monster. Coulson later shows Skye his carvings, which she believes are a map. Fitz and Simmons are reunited while Morse — who is Hunter's ex-wife — joins the team. Skye's father delivers the Obelisk to Whitehall himself and offers to join forces with Hydra.
#6 "A Fractured House" - October 28, 2014
During a United Nations meeting on S.H.I.E.L.D., Hydra agents posing as S.H.I.E.L.D. operatives attack and kill several world representatives. Senator Christian Ward, the brother of Grant Ward, decides to use this incident to propose a multinational anti-S.H.I.E.L.D. initiative. As Coulson meets Christian to proposes a win-win solution, Skye interrogates Grant about Christian. Grant explains to Skye that Christian is a master manipulator, Christian tells Coulson that this is a lie, with both S.H.I.E.L.D. agents attempting to ascertain which Ward brother is being truthful. Christian and Coulson agree to abandon the anti-S.H.I.E.L.D. proposal in exchange for Grant's transfer to Christian to stand trial, but Grant escapes while being transferred. May leads a team that attacks the Hydra agents who attacked the UN, capturing several agents, and turning them over to Talbot, who begins to agree with Coulson's mission. Meanwhile, a man is having his body tattooed with the alien writing.
#7 "The Writing on the Wall"
November 11, 2014
Coulson's compulsion to carve increases, and he is no longer able to sleep. When a former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent and a patient of Project T.A.H.I.T.I. is killed and her body carved with the symbols, Coulson goes back to the memory machine to find other patients who were injected with GH–325. He locks Skye in the holding cell and goes after the remaining members, trying to find an end to the madness. It turns out the writing is actually a 3D diagram of a city, a city that the alien host used to make GH–325 apparently wished to find. Seeing the completed design ends Coulson's need to carve, but since Hydra is also searching for the city, he makes it a priority for S.H.I.E.L.D. to find its location first. Meanwhile, the other members of the team try to capture Ward, who also betrays Hydra by capturing Bakshi and leaving him for S.H.I.E.L.D., before preparing to meet his brother.
#8 "The Things We Bury" - November 18, 2014
Bakshi accidentally reveals to Morse that Whitehall is actually Reinhardt, a Nazi scientist who was working on the Obelisk before being captured by the S.S.R. and imprisoned for life by Peggy Carter in 1945. In 1989, Reinhardt was released from prison by Alexander Pierce, to find that a woman he had found in 1945 was still the same age. Dissecting her, Reinhardt discovered the secret to her immortality, and used it to make himself 44 years younger. "The Doctor" finds the remains of the woman, who was his wife, and vows vengeance against Whitehall, who he is now pretending to be allied with. Grant Ward also appears to join in an alliance with Whitehall, after having tortured Christian into confessing past sins, and then apparently murdering him and their parents. S.H.I.E.L.D. hacks a USAF mapping satellite and use it to find the hidden city. Coulson meets "The Doctor", who knows that the Obelisk (or the Diviner) is a key that must be taken to the city by someone it deems to be worthy.
#9 "...Ye Who Enter Here" - December 2, 2014
The team splits up, with Coulson and Morse leading a group to begin searching for the hidden city under San Juan, and May, Skye, and Hunter leaving to help Sam and Billy Koenig rescue Raina from a Hydra attempt to kidnap her in Vancouver. Raina tells Skye that they are two of the "worthy ones" who could enter the temple in the city, and that any others who try will die. She also reveals that the temple and the Diviner was built by the Kree. Skye tries to warn the main team, but Whitehall blocks their communications, and Ward boards the Bus to take Raina. He also takes Skye, promising to take her to her father, and in exchange agrees to let the others go. Mack has already entered the city where he touches a pattern on the floor which causes him great pain and compels him to attack the others, until he is subdued and falls down a shaft back into the city. Whitehall, surprised to learn that Ward took Skye and did not destroy the Bus as ordered, gives Agent 33 (who still has May's face, but is now horribly disfigured) orders to do so.
#10 "What They Become" - December 9, 2014
The Inhumans! May evades Hydra's attempt to shoot down the Bus. Ward brings Skye to meet her father, Cal, who explains that her name is Daisy, and that Whitehall killed her mother. Arriving at the Hydra base in San Juan where they are drilling into the temple, Whitehall immobilizes Cal and menaces Skye, but is interrupted as Coulson's team assaults the base. Coulson kills Whitehall, taking Cal's chance of vengeance, leading the latter to attack Coulson. Skye shoots Ward and forces Cal to leave, before following Raina and the Diviner into the temple. Agent 33 assists Ward in escaping. Coulson and Triplett race to the temple, with Triplett making it in and Coulson being delayed by Mack, who soon after breaks from the city's control when the temple closes itself and the Diviner opens, revealing a large crystal. Skye and Raina are encased in cocoons, while Triplett is killed by the Diviner. Skye erupts out of her cocoon as an earthquake shakes the city. Elsewhere, another Diviner reveals to a man with no eyes that "there's someone new".
Episode #11 "Aftershocks" - March 3, 2015
In the wake of Triplett's death Coulson looks to hit back at Hydra, who are considering having Bakshi fill Whitehall's leadership position. S.H.I.E.L.D. enacts a plan that sees Bakshi escaping and leading them to other high-ranking Hydra agents, who are then killed. In San Juan, the alien city is flooded, but not before a transformed Raina escapes, now with a monstrous appearance. When Cal turns his back on her, reminding her that she got what she wanted, Raina attempts to commit suicide, but she is taken by the man with no eyes, Gordon, who can teleport. Fitz and Skye realize that she has also been transformed – she caused the earthquake in San Juan, but has no control over this ability. Fitz agrees to keep her secret and hides the truth from the rest of the team. Meanwhile, a model car that Mack built for Coulson scans the latter's office and finds the "toolbox” that previous S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Nick Fury gave to Coulson. Mack secretly reports this to Morse.
#12 "Who You Really Are" - March 10, 2015
S.H.I.E.L.D. is called in to help an amnesiac Sif, who was last seen fighting an incredibly strong man, and is searching for something called "Kava", which they soon discover is the location where Whitehall had discovered the Diviner. There they capture the man, who restores Sif's memories and introduces himself as a Kree named Vin-Tak who has come to destroy all the Diviners on Earth, and kill all those affected by it. When Skye's abilities are revealed, Sif and Vin-Tak attempt to capture / kill her, but Morse takes out Vin-Tak and wipes his memories (using his Kree weapon) while Coulson convinces Sif to leave Skye be. Sif takes Vin-Tak back to his planet, warning Coulson that though the Kree should not be a problem anymore, Skye may be a greater danger than he realizes. Meanwhile, Morse tries to end her rekindled relationship with Hunter when Mack warns her that he is getting too close, but Hunter angrily confronts Mack about this and his suspicions that Mack and Morse are hiding something, forcing Mack to knock him unconscious.
Episode #13 "One of Us" - March 17, 2015
Skye's father Cal recruits dangerous individuals from S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Gifted Index to settle his vendetta. Coulson and Morse investigate, and Coulson soon realizes that they have traveled to his hometown of Manitowoc, where they have seized the local school stadium. Meanwhile, as Skye attempts to cope with her abilities, May goes to Dr. Andrew Garner, her ex-husband and a psychoanalyst, to help work with Skye. During one of Garner's talks with Skye, Coulson requests back-up, prompting May to fly the Bus with Garner and Skye on board. At the stadium, Coulson is confronted by Cal, while May arrives bluffing to execute Skye. In the stand-off, Gordon suddenly appears and leaves with Cal. As Coulson's team subdue Cal's group, Skye starts causing tremors. She manages to stop, but she sustains mysterious bruises and collapses. After she awakes, it is revealed that she was only directing her abilities inward, causing injuries throughout her body. Elsewhere, Mack has been in hiding with Hunter, with Morse covering for their absence, and Hunter is eventually brought to a place that Mack claims is "the real S.H.I.E.L.D.". Meanwhile, Cal has been taken into an unknown location by Gordon.
"Love in the Time of Hydra"
Episode #14 - March 24, 2015
On Garner's recommendation, Coulson pulls Skye from active duty, and leaves her at a safe house with gloves designed to help repress her abilities, asking her to take some time to learn to control her powers. Ward and Agent 33 hunt down the man who created the technology that allowed Agent 33 to take on May's appearance. He fixes her mask so she can revert to her original appearance, albeit still scarred, and change her appearance to anyone she wishes. Using this, they infiltrate Talbot's base and break out Bakshi, who S.H.I.E.L.D. had handed over as a sign of good faith. From Bakshi they learn about Agent 33's life before he brainwashed her, including her name, Kara, before brainwashing him themselves. Mack introduces Hunter to Robert Gonzales and the leadership of the "real S.H.I.E.L.D.", founded on the ideal of transparency, rather than Fury's mantra of compartmentalization. They see Coulson and his erratic behavior as a threat, and as Hunter escapes, Morse decides to attack Coulson's group immediately.
Episode #15 "One Door Closes" - March 31, 2015
Gordon visits Skye to tell her of his home, where she can be safe and learn to control her powers. Coulson confronts Mack about the model car and his behavior, deducing that he is a mole. Morse steals the toolbox from Coulson’s office and takes over the base's systems, allowing her and Mack to evade capture, and the rest of their faction to attack. This organization was formed when S.H.I.E.L.D. fell (Captain America: Winter Soldier) and Morse, Gonzales, Mack, and Hartley disobeyed Fury’s orders onboard the S.H.I.E.L.D. aircraft carrier Iliad, saving hundreds of loyal S.H.I.E.L.D. agents. Gonzales realized all the harm caused by Fury and his secrets, and now wants S.H.I.E.L.D. to continue in a new and better fashion. He and his colleagues are also wary of other alien / superhuman phenomena, including Skye, but when Morse leads a team to detain Skye, the latter accidentally unleashes her abilities. Horrified at what she can do, Skye agrees to go with Gordon. May helps Coulson escape from Gonzales’ control, and he soon regroups with Hunter.
Episode #16 "Afterlife" - April 7, 2015
Gordon takes Skye to Afterlife, a haven, where Lincoln Campbell explains to her that most people who are transformed are chosen and prepared for it, and then a guide is selected to help these people master their new abilities. Skye's guide is the founder of Afterlife, Jiaying, who is also her (un-revealed and somehow alive) mother. When Gonzales asks Fitz and Simmons to help them open Fury's toolbox, Fitz refuses and decides to leave S.H.I.E.L.D., while Simmons agrees to help, though this is a ruse so that Fitz can take the toolbox with him. Coulson and Hunter steal a quinjet from Gonzales' agents with the help of Agent Mike Peterson, who has been hunting Hydra scientist Dr. List, and found him experimenting on gifted people. With the appearance of Peterson, Gonzales fears how many super powered operatives Coulson has, but believes that he still deserves fair representation, and so asks May to serve on their S.H.I.E.L.D. board. Coulson soon realizes that the person most involved in this Hydra threat that they can turn to is Ward.
Episode #17 "Melinda" - April 14, 2015
Now in charge of Coulson's base, May agrees to look into his actions since he became Director, finding that Coulson has been secretly building another base and consulting with Garner, which Mack believes is because he is creating a gifted army. Skye is training with Jiaying, and begins to focus her abilities to manipulate objects' natural frequencies. Jiaying soon reveals that she is Skye's mother – Cal had pieced her back together, her healing factor revived her, and they searched for Skye, who S.H.I.E.L.D. had taken, until Jiaying realized what monsters they had become, and left Cal to build a new and peaceful life. Their relationship must remain a secret because once a member of their group stole Terrigen crystals for her daughter, who then forced her mother to hurt others to feed on their pain. They were stopped when May killed them both, scarring her for life. However, Jiaying and Skye do agree to join Cal for dinner, a moment that Raina apparently foresaw in a nightmare. Fitz opens the toolbox, and uses it to contact Coulson.
#18 "The Frenemy of My Enemy" April 21, 2015
Fitz manages to elude Gonzales' agents to meet up with Coulson, Hunter and Peterson, who reveal they intend to recruit Ward to find Skye. They capture Ward and Agent 33 in Tijuana and make a deal to infiltrate Hydra in exchange for giving Ward a clean slate by wiping his memories. Using a brainwashed Bakshi to get close to Hydra leader, Doctor List, they learn that List had been following Gordon and seeks to capture him. Meanwhile, Jiaying seeks to banish Cal from Afterlife, but Skye, fearing he may harm innocents, goes with him before calling the Playground for help. Lincoln is soon revealed to be spying on them before they are attacked by Hydra, resulting in Lincoln being captured. Skye is about to be reunited with Coulson before Gordon appears and takes her and Cal away. With no options left, Coulson surrenders himself to Bobbi and Mack.
#19 "The Dirty Half Dozen" - April 28, 2015
Coulson offers to take his own team to infiltrate List's base and free Peterson and Campbell. Raina foresees Skye saving Campbell's life, and they convince Gordon to take her to S.H.I.E.L.D. without telling Jiaying, who allows Cal to stay in Afterlife (though he does accidentally reveal to the community that Skye is their daughter). Coulson, May, Skye, Fitz, Simmons, and Ward infiltrate the Hydra base with the help of Bakshi on the inside. Simmons and Ward save Peterson, but Simmons attempts to kill Ward for all that he has done to them. Bakshi sacrifices himself to save Ward, who decides to leave by himself. Skye does save Campbell, while Coulson discovers the base of Hydra's leader, Baron Wolfgang von Strucker. He gives the location to Maria Hill so that the Avengers can defeat Hydra. Ward leaves Kara with S.H.I.E.L.D., hoping that she can reclaim her lost life as an agent, while Gonzales reveals to Morse his intentions to use Skye and Campbell to get to their "friends". Raina foresees metal men destroying cities.
The Avengers: Age of Ultron Timeline
Episode #20 "Scars" - May 5, 2015
The S.H.I.E.L.D. board is grateful to Coulson after Fury uses Coulson's secret helicarrier to help save the world (in Avengers: Age of Ultron), and they agree to merge their factions, with Coulson remaining as director, and the board acting as his oversight and advisory council. Raina has a vision of an ancient Kree weapon, designed to destroy the Inhumans – those who were altered by the Kree. Gordon takes her to search for it, finding it in the cargo hold of Gonzales' ship. S.H.I.E.L.D. discovers the intruders, and uses Hydra technology to track them when they teleport away, learning the location of Afterlife. Palamas reveals Ward's true plan when she helps him kidnap Morse. Gonzales leads a delegation to Afterlife to meet Jiaying and index the community. Raina foresees war if Jiaying meets with S.H.I.E.L.D., but it is assumed that she is lying in order to seize power. When Jiaying and Gonzales meet, she delivers Cal into S.H.I.E.L.D. custody, before killing Gonzales and shooting herself to start a war with S.H.I.E.L.D. rather than let her people be indexed.
Episodes #21 & #22 "S.O.S." - May 12, 2015
S.H.I.E.L.D. quickly realizes that this is all a ruse in an attempt to start a war, but the people of Afterlife, including Skye, fall for it, and agree to fight alongside Jiaying. Ward tortures Morse, wanting her to confess to the fact that she had revealed Palamas' location to Hydra while undercover there. Realizing that Morse is not remorseful for her actions, Ward sets a trap that will end with a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, presumably Hunter, being killed in front of her. However, Morse takes the bullet for Hunter, barely surviving, while Ward accidentally kills Palamas, believing her to be May. As part of Jiaying's plan, Cal takes a serum that he created to give himself Inhuman strength. However, it is killing him, and Coulson helps him see the truth: Jiaying is the true monster, and ever since he had pieced her back together she had been convincing him to do terrible things, including bringing her humans, whose life she absorbs in order to heal and remain young.
After failing to convince Skye that Jiaying is dangerous, Raina confronts Jiaying, who kills her. Seeing this, Skye turns her back on Jiaying. The Inhumans take her prisoner, and attack the S.H.I.E.L.D. ship, planning to use their artificial Terrigen crystals (laced with Diviner metal) to reveal all Inhumans, and kill all humans. Mack frees Skye, who warns Coulson of Jiaying's plan; Coulson, Fitz, and Cal infiltrate the ship. Fitz kills Gordon, preventing him from unleashing Terrigen mist through the ship's ventilation, but Coulson loses an arm when he stops one of the crystals from shattering on Fitz and Mack. Skye confronts Jiaying, who is attempting to spread more crystals around the world with a Quinjet. When Skye pushes the plane into the ocean, Jiaying begins draining her life, until Cal kills her. S.H.I.E.L.D. later wipes Cal's memories, allowing him to live a new life in peace, while Skye joins a new S.H.I.E.L.D. team of gifted people; May takes a break from the team with Garner, and Ward plans to lead Hydra against Coulson in revenge. Traces of the crystals from the ocean make their way around the world anyway, and Simmons is absorbed by the Kree weapon.
Agents of SHIELD Season #3 Episodes
The third season of the American television series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which is based on the Marvel Comics organization S.H.I.E.L.D. (Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement, and Logistics Division), revolves around the character of Phil Coulson and his team of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, who assemble a team of Inhumans to deal with new threats to the world. It is set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), sharing continuity with the films of the franchise. The first episode of the season premiered in Los Angeles on September 23, 2015, with the season, consisting of 22 episodes, airing on ABC beginning on September 29. It is produced by ABC Studios, Marvel Television, and Mutant Enemy Productions, with Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen, and Jeffrey Bell serving as showrunners.
A third season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was ordered in May 2015, with production beginning late that July. Alongside Clark Gregg, who reprises his role as Coulson from the film series, principal cast members Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Iain De Caestecker, Elizabeth Henstridge, Nick Blood, Adrianne Palicki, Henry Simmons, and Luke Mitchell return from previous seasons, the latter two promoted from their status as recurring characters in season two. Other characters from previous MCU media also appear. The season takes inspiration from the Secret Warriors comic series, combining it with the series' Inhuman and Hydra storylines. Glenn Hetrick created prosthetics for the less-human looking Inhumans, Legacy Effects provided additional practical effects, and FuseFX returned to create the visual effects.
The season premiere was watched by 4.90 million viewers, higher than any episode of the entire second half of season two. The series was renewed for a fourth season on March 3, 2016.
Episode #1 "Laws of Nature"
September 29, 2015
After developing metal-melting abilities, Joey Gutierrez is saved from the hostile Advanced Threat Containment Unit—President Matthew Ellis's replacement for the underground S.H.I.E.L.D.—by S.H.I.E.L.D. agents. When Agent Daisy Johnson struggles to explain to Gutierrez their Inhuman heritage, activated by exposure to the recently released compound Terrigen, she seeks the help of Lincoln Campbell, who taught her but now wants to live a normal life. S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Phil Coulson finds the leader of the ATCU, Rosalind Price, and the two realize that there is a third party interested in new Inhumans: the monstrous Inhuman Lash, who attacks Johnson and Campbell. The subsequent arrival of the ATCU causes both Lash and Campbell to flee; the organization begins hunting them. Agent Leo Fitz acquires an ancient Hebrew scroll describing the Kree Monolith—that consumed his partner Jemma Simmons—as "Death" (Hebrew: מות), which Fitz is unable to accept. Simmons, meanwhile, is on a desolate alien planet.
#2 "Purpose in the Machine" - Oct. 6, 2015
Dr. Andrew Garner evaluates Gutierrez and deems him not yet ready to join the Secret Warriors, Johnson's potential team of Inhumans. Grant Ward, looking to rebuild Hydra, recruits Werner von Strucker, son of previous leader Baron Wolfgang von Strucker. Tasked with hunting down and killing Ward, Agent Lance Hunter tracks down Garner's ex-wife Agent Melinda May, who has been on leave from S.H.I.E.L.D. for six months. May is convinced not to run from her life despite difficulties in her relationships with Garner and Coulson, and eventually agrees to join Hunter in his mission. Fitz realizes that the Monolith is a portal, and S.H.I.E.L.D. enlists Asgardian Elliot Randolph. Randolph takes them to an old English castle where a now-deteriorated machine was constructed to open the Monolith using vibrations. Johnson is able to replicate this effect with her abilities and Fitz sends a flare through, before entering the portal himself. He finds Simmons and is able to bring her back just as Johnson's power destroys the Monolith.
#3 "A Wanted (Inhu)man" - Oct. 13, 2015
The ATCU closes in on Campbell, who is betrayed by an old friend when the ATCU asks for public help in capturing the "alien". He calls Johnson for help. Coulson meets with Price, asking her to let S.H.I.E.L.D. take Campbell instead, but realizes that they know of Johnson too, and that to keep her safe he must let the ATCU take Campbell. Unaware of this, Johnson finds Campbell, but is followed by the ATCU. Campbell attacks them and escapes, so they try to take Johnson instead. To save her, Coulson agrees to work with Price to capture the Inhumans together. Hunter and May meet with a contact Hunter has in Hydra, who takes them to the new initiation system: Hunter must fight to the death to prove himself worthy of Hydra. Hunter fights his contact, kills him, and is accepted into Hydra's ranks. Fitz attempts to help Simmons acclimatize to her old life, but she is struggling with both the different physics of Earth, and mental trauma. Later, Agent Bobbi Morse finds Simmons wanting to reopen the portal and return to the planet.
#4 "Devils You Know"" - October 20, 2015
Johnson discovers an encoded email at the scene of a Lash attack and traces it to Dwight Frye, an Inhuman who is negatively affected by the presence of other Inhumans that Lash has been using to find targets. May visits S.H.I.E.L.D. to warn Coulson that Hunter's mission is becoming too personal and reckless, but refuses to talk to Garner, who had left her while they were trying to rekindle their relationship. The ATCU takes Frye, with Johnson and Agent Mack allowed to go with them to see their base and Inhuman facilities. However, Lash ambushes their van, kills Frye, and injures Mack, but spares Daisy, who witnesses him transforming into an ordinary human afterward. Hunter is brought in on a mission with Hydra, but is seen by Ward and attacks him. May arrives to help, but Ward reveals Strucker is prepared to kill Garner unless Hunter and May allow him to escape. May, unable to sacrifice Garner, is willing to back off, but Hunter attacks Ward, shooting him in the shoulder as he flees. In retaliation, Strucker seemingly kills Garner.
#5 "4,722 Hours" - October 27, 2015
Simmons agrees to tell Fitz of her six months on the planet. After being dragged through the portal, she found herself on an apparently sun-less, deserted planet, where she came across a pool of water and an alien life form inhabiting it, allowing her to sustain herself until she met stranded astronaut Will Daniels. Daniels had traveled through the portal with a team of scientists in 2001, when the monolith was in the possession of NASA, but over time they had been driven mad by the planet and an evil entity upon it, each eventually dying. Simmons realized that the opening of the portal can be predicted by studying the stars and alignment of the planet's moons, and over months they were able to anticipate the next opening of the portal. When they missed it, Simmons lost hope, but found solace with Daniels and fell in love with him. When they saw Fitz's flare, Simmons was able to make it to him while Daniels distracted the entity. Now, Simmons wants to reopen the portal so they can return to save Daniels, which Fitz agrees to help with.
#6 "Among Us Hide..." - November 3, 2015
S.H.I.E.L.D. finds Garner alive after Strucker fled the scene. Hunter is replaced by Morse on the Ward mission; she and May begin tracking Strucker. Since Johnson and Mack never made it to the ATCU facility, Coulson visits it himself, while Johnson, Mack, and Hunter believe that Price's right-hand man, Luther Banks, may be Lash. They find Banks, knock him out, take some of his blood, and sneak a camera into the facility to which he was headed. As an analysis proves that Banks is not an Inhuman, they realize that they are at the ATCU facility and witness Coulson seeing a captured Inhuman arrive in suspended animation. Price tells Coulson that she wants to 'cure' the Inhumans because she could not help her husband, who died of cancer. May and Morse trace Strucker to the apartment of Gideon Malick, with whom Strucker sought sanctuary. Malick, instead, turned him over to Hydra in exchange for a future favor. As Morse fights off the Hydra members, Strucker tells May that Garner survived his attack because Garner is Lash.
#7 "Chaos Theory" - November 10, 2015
May confronts Garner, who explains that, while researching for S.H.I.E.L.D., he opened a ledger of known Inhumans belonging to Johnson's late mother which was booby trapped to release Terrigen on its reader. Inhuman abilities within Garner were unlocked and, when Garner was subsequently drawn to an 'unworthy' Inhuman, transformed into Lash, and killed him, Garner broke things off with May. Coulson joins Price for a meeting with the President about the outbreak of enhanced people, but is interrupted en route by Campbell, who has deduced that Lash must have access to the ledger. S.H.I.E.L.D. and the ATCU track down Garner and May, the latter being held hostage, and Coulson tries to talk down Garner. Garner's Lash instincts want him to kill Campbell and, after the latter attacks Lash, only May is able to calm him down and return him to his human form. Campbell warns that the Lash form will soon be permanent, so May has the ATCU put Garner in stasis until their cure is complete. Coulson then spends the night with Price.
#8 "Many Heads, One Tale" - Nov. 17, 2015
Malick knows that Ward wants access to one of Baron Strucker's vaults—said to contain the true power of Hydra, which he wishes to use to kill Coulson—so he sends men to kill Ward. Ward defeats them and tortures the vault's location from them. Hunter and Morse enter the ATCU, disguised as FBI agents investigating a security breach triggered by Garner's containment module. Morse discovers that the ATCU is keeping the Inhumans offsite, and is trying to make more instead of curing them. Coulson confronts Price, but she was unaware of this because her long-time business partner, Malick, had been running that side. Ward breaks into the vault and is confronted by an impressed Malick. As Fitz and Simmons realize that Daniels was sent through the portal by Hydra as a sacrifice to the entity, Malick explains to Ward that the entity is the ancient Inhuman Hive, who was banished through the portal, and Hydra was founded to return it to Earth. Malick agrees to help Ward take down S.H.I.E.L.D., if Ward helps Hydra bring Hive back.
#9 "Closure" - December 1, 2015
At dinner with Coulson, Price reveals plans to confront Malick, before being abruptly sniped by Ward and dying in Coulson's arms. Promoting Mack to interim director of S.H.I.E.L.D., Coulson sets out for revenge, and goes off-book with Hunter and Morse to kidnap Ward's younger brother, Thomas. Fitz and Simmons go with Banks to investigate the ATCU, but Banks is killed and the two are captured by Hydra. Simmons is tortured until Fitz agrees to help Hydra return Hive to Earth, while Coulson uses a phone call between the Ward brothers, where Grant attempts to justify himself and his past actions to Thomas, to locate Hydra: they have set up base at the English castle. Mack clears Gutierrez and Campbell for field duty and mobilizes the rest of S.H.I.E.L.D. for a rescue mission. Hydra reopens the portal, and Malick convinces Ward to lead Hydra through it with Fitz and return with Hive, promising that Coulson will die when they return. Determined to kill Ward, Coulson manages to enter the portal as well.
#10 "Maveth" - December 8, 2015
Fitz finds Daniels and convinces Ward that they will need him to find the exit point. Mack sends May and the Secret Warriors (Johnson, Campbell, and Gutierrez) to find Simmons while he, Morse, and Hunter infiltrate the castle and secure the portal room. Simmons escapes herself after Campbell shuts down Hydra's power, and discovers several Inhumans that Malick has gathered as an army, including Garner. Simmons agrees to unleash Lash on Hydra before making her way to the others. Fitz and Daniels lead Ward to the ruins of an ancient civilization where they manage to get away, while Coulson catches up to Ward and overpowers him, forcing him to follow them. At the exit, Daniels attacks Fitz: Hive had killed Daniels as Simmons escaped, and now inhabits his body. Ward attacks Coulson when he is distracted by Fitz, but Coulson uses his prosthetic hand to kill Ward, while Fitz uses a flare to destroy Daniels' body. Fitz and Coulson return to Earth, but Hive secretly does as well, now inhabiting Ward's body.
#11 "Bouncing Back" - March 8, 2016
S.H.I.E.L.D. agents arrive in Bogotá to investigate an Inhuman who stole weapons from the police. The woman, Elena Rodriguez, is apprehended despite her super speed (with the limitation of returning to where she began moving from after one heartbeat) and reveals that she was destroying the weapons to prevent their misuse by corrupt police officers. Coulson uses the machine that restored his memories on Strucker—who is in a vegetative state following brutal treatment by Malick's men—and discovers where he contacted Malick. Coulson uses the phone there to find many of Malick's facilities, which are promptly shut down by Malick. The police kidnap Morse and Hunter using their own Inhuman who can temporarily petrify anyone using eye contact and Rodriguez aids S.H.I.E.L.D. in rescuing them. Though the other Inhuman is captured by Hydra, Rodriguez agrees to join the Secret Warriors; she remains in Colombia, on call. Ellis informs Coulson that the new head of the ATCU will be Glenn Talbot, who will report directly to Coulson.
#12 "The Inside Man" - March 15, 2016
Talbot and Coulson meet with delegates from several countries to discuss Inhumans, accompanied by Carl Creel—a human who survived terrigenesis thanks to Hydra experimentation, and whose blood Simmons believes could be used to "cure" Inhumans who have not yet transitioned. Coulson suspects that one of the delegates is an inside man for Malick, and sends Hunter, Morse, and May to find who, with Hunter, seeing Creel acting suspiciously, discovers Talbot's son in ATCU stasis. They also discover that the Australian government has captured an Inhuman, Eden Fesi, for experimentation. Talbot turns on Coulson when Malick arrives, the latter convincing the delegates that Coulson is Hydra, and that they should carry out their plans with Malick instead, namely the building of an Inhuman sanctuary in Russia. May saves Talbot's son, allowing him to escape with Coulson. Hunter and Morse track Malick to Russia, S.H.I.E.L.D. agents rescue Fesi, and Hive restores Ward's corpse to full strength by sacrificing several humans.
#13 "Parting Shot" - March 22, 2016
Hunter and Morse follow Malick to a decommissioned facility in Siberia, where Russian delegate Anton Petrov wishes to build the sanctuary, against the wishes of Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Olshenko. Olshenko sends his attache to shut down the operation, but he is murdered by General Androvich, an opposition minister and Inhuman whose shadow is made of sentient darkforce. Malick suggests that the Prime Minister be invited to the facility himself, and that Androvich be unleashed upon him. Hunter kills Petrov to protect Olshenko, while Morse kills Androvich to destroy his shadow. Olshenko, unaware of the attempt on his life, has the two arrested. Their Interpol interrogator threatens to turn them over to the Russians for execution unless they confirm that S.H.I.E.L.D. still exists, but Morse and Hunter refuse. Ellis intervenes with Coulson; they save the pair's lives, on the condition that they never work for the U.S. government again. With the option of working in secret out of the field, Morse and Hunter instead choose to leave S.H.I.E.L.D.
#14 "Watchdogs" - March 29, 2016
Mack, struggling with the departure of Morse and Hunter, takes time off to be with his brother Ruben. When an online hate group called the Watchdogs uses Howard Stark-developed nitramene bombs to perform a terrorist attack on an ATCU facility, Coulson suspects that former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Felix Blake—who had been committed to the advancement of nitramene technology and has been missing since having his back broken by Deathlok—has taken over the group. Ruben becomes disillusioned with Mack when he leaves to investigate a Watchdog base and accidentally reveals his S.H.I.E.L.D. agent status, but Mack is able to improve their relationship when he fends off a group of the terrorists that attack the brothers. Coulson takes Campbell to search Blake's known safe houses, and the two are confronted by Blake in one via hologram; he reveals that Hydra is backing him and the Watchdogs in their crusade to kill all Inhumans, and S.H.I.E.L.D. realizes that the attack was a cover for Hydra to steal something from the ATCU.
#15 "Spacetime" - April 5, 2016
S.H.I.E.L.D. picks up an emergency call about Johnson, and finds the caller, who was shown a vision of his death by the Inhuman Charles Hinton, in time for him to learn Johnson's name before being murdered by Hydra, who capture Hinton. Johnson is able to touch Hinton first, giving her a vision of his death. Hive promises to reward Malick with "true power" for sending Ward through the portal; they use Hinton to obtain a powerful exoskeleton from a private corporation. Desperate to prove that fate is not fixed, S.H.I.E.L.D. seeks to stop Johnson's vision from playing out by sending May to find Hinton instead of Johnson, as the vision showed, but at the last minute Garner arrives, stating that he wants to say goodbye to May before he transforms into Lash for good. Subsequently, Johnson goes to the corporation, where S.H.I.E.L.D. has tracked Hydra and Hinton, and faces Malick and his exoskeleton. Hinton saves Johnson by distracting Malick, giving them both visions—hers of a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent dying in space—before dying himself.
#16 "Paradise Lost" - April 12, 2016
Malick's father died in 1970, leaving him and his brother Nathaniel to lead the "religious" side of Hydra, including periodically sending a sacrificial "traveler"—chosen at random from Hydra's inner circle—through the portal for Hive to inhabit until his return. Discovering that their father used a trick to never be chosen as the traveler, Gideon does the same and Nathaniel is chosen. In the present, Gideon tells his daughter Stephanie of his vision: he believes he saw his own death at the hands of Hive. Johnson and Campbell track down James, an untransitioned Inhuman with knowledge of Hive who gives them an ancient Kree device. The rest of S.H.I.E.L.D. captures Giyera, Gideon's right-hand man who is now loyal to Hive; a telekinetic Inhuman, Giyera takes control of their plane and directs it to a Hydra base with most of S.H.I.E.L.D. as his prisoners. Hive comes to the Malicks' house and reveals to Gideon that he has Nathaniel's memories. As punishment for Gideon's betrayal of Nathaniel, Hive murders Stephanie in front of him.
#17 "The Team" - April 19, 2016
Johnson and Campbell unite with Gutierrez and Rodriguez as the Secret Warriors, and infiltrate the Hydra base to free S.H.I.E.L.D. Gutierrez kills Lucio in the process, while Campbell captures Malick. During questioning, Malick explains to Coulson that Hive can infect the minds of Inhumans, warning him against trusting any of the Secret Warriors. Simmons confirms from an autopsy of Lucio that Hive parasites infected his brain, and the same could have happened to any of the Secret Warriors. When Malick is found dead, the human agents trap the Inhumans in quarantine and search their belongings. They discover the Kree device in Campbell's possession rather than in asset lockup; Campbell protests, but the other three are released. That night, Johnson visits Campbell and offers to break him out. Campbell refuses when he realizes that Hive is controlling Johnson, and used her to murder Malick and frame Campbell. Johnson leaves on her own, creating an earthquake to destroy the S.H.I.E.L.D. base with everyone inside.
#18 "The Singularity" - April 26, 2016
Escaping the base mostly unharmed, S.H.I.E.L.D. know that Johnson could have killed them all, and believe there is hope of freeing her from Hive. Fitz and Simmons seek out transhumanist Holden Radcliffe, who believes in the improvement of humanity through enhancement, and whose studies of parasites could help with counteracting Hive's abilities. Hive turns Alisha Whitley (a duplicating Inhuman ally of S.H.I.E.L.D.) and James (after first giving him terrigen which allows him to imbue objects with fire) to his cause, and takes this fledgling army to interrupt Fitz and Simmons: Johnson warns Fitz of her vision; Hive's memories of Daniels petition Simmons to move on with her romantic life; and the others kidnap Radcliffe, taking him to a town that Hive bought with Malick's remaining fortune, where he intends to recreate the original Kree experiments that made the first Inhumans. Talbot and the ATCU use Malick's final intel to completely dismantle Hydra's remaining infrastructure, and Fitz and Simmons finally consummate their relationship.
#19 "Failed Experiments" - May 3, 2016
Radcliffe's first attempt to turn humans into Inhumans fails, as he requires Kree blood. Fitz and Simmons attempt to combine their potential Inhuman cure with what they know of Radcliffe's research, but require an Inhuman test subject; Campbell volunteers himself, severely compromising his immune system and seemingly proving that the cure cannot free the Inhumans of Hive's connection. S.H.I.E.L.D. locates Hive's town and Mack and May lead a team to hopefully free the others by simply killing Hive. The latter activates the Kree artifact, a beacon which calls two Kree reapers to the town. They promptly murder Whitley. Johnson and Hive each confront a reaper, with Johnson managing to begin harvesting hers' blood until the process is sabotaged by Mack. Hive, not realizing this, destroys the other reaper. Johnson attacks Mack, nearly killing him, but is interrupted by May, who helps Mack retreat with the rest of their team. Johnson then offers her own blood as an alternative for Radcliffe's experiment, as it was recently infused with Kree blood.
#20 "Emancipation" - May 10, 2016
Following the signing of the Sokovia Accords, Talbot and Coulson discuss registering the Inhuman agents, with Coulson taking Talbot to the S.H.I.E.L.D. base to introduce him to Rodriguez and Lash, explain the Hive situation, and show him the need to keep the Secret Warriors anonymous. Hive captures several Watchdogs for Radcliffe's next experiment attempt; they are horrifically mutated into primitive Inhumans, but do fall under Hive's sway, prompting him to proceed with his ultimate plan—to use a warhead (what was stolen from the ATCU) to spread Radcliffe's new pathogen around the world and transform all humans into these primitives. Campbell contacts Johnson and convinces her that he wants to be with her. Hacking into S.H.I.E.L.D.'s systems as her blood is drained, Johnson helps him escape the S.H.I.E.L.D. base in a quinjet. However, this was a ruse on S.H.I.E.L.D.'s part, with Lash arriving instead of Campbell. Lash uses his abilities to free Johnson from Hive's sway, but is killed by James. Johnson escapes back to S.H.I.E.L.D.
#21 "Absolution" - May 17, 2016
S.H.I.E.L.D. keeps Johnson in containment while she is showing withdrawal symptoms after losing her connection with Hive, but her intel allows them to find the base where Hive is attempting to launch the warhead. With Talbot's military contacts S.H.I.E.L.D. is able to disable the rocket, while a team of agents infiltrates the base, captures Hive, and extracts Radcliffe, with the latter agreeing to cooperate with S.H.I.E.L.D. and revealing that the Primitive process is irreversible. Giyera and James steal the warhead, and while S.H.I.E.L.D. is focused on locating it, they detonate a bomb that they had smuggled into the S.H.I.E.L.D. base which releases some of Radcliffe's pathogen. Several S.H.I.E.L.D. agents transform into Primitives and free Hive from his containment, and he proceeds to steal Zephyr One, S.H.I.E.L.D.'s airborne mobile command that could take the warhead high enough for the pathogen to transform most of humanity. Johnson escapes and confronts Hive, begging him to connect with her again.
#22 "Ascension" - May 17, 2016
Hive realizes that Lash has made Johnson impervious to his influence, and so instead overpowers and abducts her. Giyera and James bring him the warhead, while many of the Primitives remain to kill the rest of S.H.I.E.L.D. May and Fitz infiltrate Zephyr One and free Johnson. Fitz kills Giyera, while Coulson and the others evade the Primitives and escape the base in a quinjet, boarding Zephyr One. Coulson plans to send the warhead into space in the quinjet to detonate safely, and Johnson believes that she must go with it to atone for her actions under Hive's sway, and fulfill her vision. She enters the quinjet where she is confronted by Hive, but Campbell throws her out and overrides the jet's controls, ascending to space, where the warhead detonates and kills both him and Hive (fulfilling Johnson's vision anyway). Six months later, Johnson has left S.H.I.E.L.D. and is operating as the vigilante "Quake", evading Coulson, who is no longer director of S.H.I.E.L.D. Radcliffe turns his artificial intelligence AIDA into a Life Model Decoy.
"Agents of SHIELD" Season 4 Episodes (2016-2017)
Agents of SHIELD: Ghost Rider
While planning the fourth season, Marvel suggested that the series introduce Ghost Rider, after the character's film rights had returned to Marvel from Sony in May 2013. Loeb felt that this made the season unquestionably "the series' biggest" with the "most ambitious story yet". Loeb stated on the character, "One of the things that we talked about is, S.H.I.E.L.D. always looked out for the weird, the unusual, the things that were and could be a problem for the public," adding that Marvel realized that Ghost Rider's abilities, which are more mystical than anything seen in the series to date, opened up "a quarter of the universe that we haven't really spent a lot of time exploring ... what happens if our very real, our very grounded agents who are very much a family have to take on something that is as bizarre and powerful and unique as Ghost Rider." Bell added that the producers would have been willing to give an entire season of the show to a Ghost Rider arc if the season was 13 episodes or less, but 22 episodes seemed too long to "feel like one flavor".
On choosing the Robbie Reyes version of Ghost Rider over other versions that have existed in the Marvel Universe, Loeb noted it was his relationship with his brother Gabe that harkened back to the familial nature of the series. This also helped the series distance itself from the Ghost Rider films from Sony that starred Nicolas Cage as the Johnny Blaze version of the character, with Bell describing the series' version as more grounded than Cage's "larger-than-life version". However, a new MCU version of Johnny Blaze does briefly appear as part of the series' take on Reyes' origin story. Given the disparity between the other science-based aspects of the series and the mystical Ghost Rider in the season, Whedon noted that "some very advanced technology [would be developed] this season, and maybe–as that becomes more advanced and we have strange people… possessed people–those things somehow merge down the line." As part of combining technology and mysticism, the series depicts Hell as another dimension that can be reached through a portal, and the Ghost Rider's Spirit of Vengeance as a being from that other dimension.
Marvel trusted the producers of S.H.I.E.L.D. with creating and using Ghost Rider how they wanted to, but did ask them "to be true to what it is" in the comics. They looked to do this by taking the original elements from the comic, but putting their own spin on them. This included Reyes' uncle Eli, who is the spirit possessing Reyes in the comic, appearing as an external villain. Reyes' is instead possessed by the Spirit of Vengeance, which is passed to him by Blaze; in the comics, multiple Ghost Riders exist at once, but for the series this was changed so the power can only be used by one at a time, and they pass it on to the next Ghost Rider. Beyond briefly depicting Blaze doing this, and including a poster of the Quentin Carnival in the background of a scene to hint at the character's comic book history, the producers did not intend to feature or explore that character further.
Episode #1: "The Ghost" - September 20, 2016
Former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Daisy Johnson, now the vigilante "Quake", is hunting gang affiliates of the terrorist group Watchdogs in Los Angeles when Aryan Brotherhood members are murdered by the fiery "Ghost Rider". Agents Phil Coulson and Mack, who were forbidden from searching for Johnson by new S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Jeffrey Mace, are tipped off to her location by Agent Melinda May. Agent Leo Fitz discovers that S.H.I.E.L.D. ally Holden Radcliffe has created the android Aida, and agrees to help perfect her. He keeps this from his girlfriend Agent Jemma Simmons, who is in the Director's inner circle. Simmons discovers that Coulson and Mack are investigating Johnson, and orders May to stop them. The latter arrives to find them surveilling Chinese gangsters who bought a weapon off the Brotherhood: a mystical figure, who turns the gang members berserk, and secretly infects May as well. Johnson tracks down the Ghost Rider, but it defeats her. She later sees its human form, mechanic Robbie Reyes, looking after his disabled brother Gabe.
#2 "Meet the New Boss" - September 27, 2016
S.H.I.E.L.D. and Johnson independently investigate the figure, an apparent ghost of a woman named Lucy Bauer, both concluding that she worked at an abandoned facility, Momentum Energy. Johnson confronts Reyes again, and he once more overpowers her. Restraining her, Reyes searches Johnson's belongings and discovers her research on Momentum. He leaves, and Johnson escapes her restraints. As Mace plans to officially announce S.H.I.E.L.D. as a legitimate organization again, the infected May grows increasingly paranoid, seeing all people as monsters, and eventually attacking other agents. Mace restrains May with his Inhuman strength, and promises to take care of her. Mack and Fitz arrive at Momentum to find more ghosts, who attempt to blow it up with them inside. Ghost Rider intervenes, destroying one of the ghosts, and Johnson arrives to stop S.H.I.E.L.D. from taking him in. Rather than rejoin S.H.I.E.L.D., Johnson agrees to work with Reyes, who believes that the actions of the ghosts and Watchdogs may be tied to him.
#3 "Uprising" - October 11, 2016
Inhuman S.H.I.E.L.D. asset Elena Rodriguez is caught in a blackout in Miami. Reyes and Johnson are caught in another in Los Angeles. A group claiming to be the Inhuman resistance, fighting registration with the Sokovia Accords, take responsibility. Reyes explains that his uncle, Eli Morrow, was imprisoned for causing an explosion at Momentum that apparently created the ghosts; he believes that atoning for Morrow's sins will pay his debt to the Devil, and rid Reyes of the Ghost Rider. At the Reyes' house, Gabe realizes that Johnson is Quake and asks her to leave Robbie alone. Radcliffe and Simmons "cure" May by killing and reviving her. Coulson, Mack, and Fitz save Rodriguez from a group of Watchdogs, and find the EMP that caused the blackout—it was set off by the Watchdogs, who had access to S.H.I.E.L.D.'s list of registered Inhumans, and have backing from Senator Ellen Nadeer, whose brother Vijay is encased in an Inhuman terrigen cocoon. Hoping to assuage public fears of the Inhumans, Mace announces the return of S.H.I.E.L.D.
#4 "Let Me Stand Next to Your Fire"
October 18, 2016
Johnson coerces Simmons to help track the Watchdogs' actions, discovering that the group hacked the Inhuman list using an Inhuman's monitoring device. Coulson visits Morrow in prison, but gets no answers. Reyes arrives to talk to Morrow, and Mack recognizes him as the Ghost Rider; they capture Reyes and earn his trust. He visits Morrow, and learns that the Momentum explosion was caused by a group of scientists studying the Darkhold, a mysterious book. Only Lucy's husband Joseph, whom Morrow had put in a coma trying to stop the experiments, survived. Johnson and Simmons find the next Inhuman on the list, J.T. James, and destroy his monitor, but he betrays them—he hates being an Inhuman and is aiding the Watchdogs. Coulson and Mack, alerted by the monitor's destruction, arrive to save Johnson and Simmons. The Ghost Rider defeats James. They then get May to help find the Darkhold. Aida supervised May's recovery as a Turing test by Radcliffe, but Simmons deduces her true nature, while being set to take a lie-detection test for Mace.
#5 "Lockup" - October 25, 2016
Lucy uses her ghostly state to wake Joseph and ask where he hid the Darkhold. Coulson arrives, and is able to learn of this before Joseph dies from her 'infection'. Coulson decides to use Morrow against Lucy, but doesn't tell Mace. The latter, whose public approval was high after heroics during a bombing in Vienna, becomes more popular after he reveals his Inhuman status in a television debate with Nadeer. However, Simmons threatens to reveal the truth about his Vienna actions, and he agrees to exempt her from any lie-detection tests. At the prison, Lucy infects the staff, who attack Coulson and May. Johnson saves them while Mack and Reyes break Morrow out. Reyes confronts the last member of the "Fifth Street Locos" gang who had paralyzed Gabe in a paid hit. Reyes loses control, and the Ghost Rider kills the prisoner. This allows Lucy to kidnap Morrow, whose help she needs. Mace secretly meets with Nadeer, and agrees to help her when she blackmails him with footage of the Ghost Rider's actions while working with S.H.I.E.L.D.
#6 "The Good Samaritan" - November 1, 2016
Mace sends Simmons on a secret assignment, then takes a team to board Coulson's plane and arrest Reyes and Johnson. The pair hide with a newly picked up Gabe, where Robbie explains that he and Gabe sneaked out to race in Morrow's car, but they were attacked by the Locos. Gabe was paralyzed and Robbie was killed. Robbie promised an unknown voice that he would seek vengeance if given a second chance, and was resurrected when the spirit of the Ghost Rider was passed to him by a stranger.[N 1] Mace finds the fugitives, but is overpowered by the Ghost Rider. He agrees to use Robbie against Lucy, and Fitz tracks her to an abandoned Roxxon power plant. May takes and hides the Darkhold while Robbie destroys Lucy, after the latter reveals that Morrow craves the Darkhold's power himself—his own experiments created the ghosts, and Joseph had ordered the hit on Morrow's car to stop him. Morrow now uses an improved version of the Momentum machine to gain the power to create matter. Robbie, Fitz, and Coulson disappear.
#7 "Deals with Our Devils" - November 29, 2016
Coulson, Fitz, and Reyes are trapped between dimensions, and helplessly watch as Morrow kills several agents and escapes. Fitz overhears Mace arguing with Nadeer; he needs Simmons to understand Morrow's technology, but she has been taken to Nadeer's brother, who she helps escape from his terrigen cocoon. In Simmons' absence, Radcliffe studies the technology, and is presented with the Darkhold by May in her desperation to save Coulson. Radcliffe believes the book contains too much knowledge for a person to process, but Aida is able to read it, revealing her android nature to Coulson and May. Aida constructs a portal through which Coulson and Fitz return. During this time, the Ghost Rider spirit had left Reyes and possessed Mack to avoid the other dimension, where it had been before. Reyes confronts the spirit, promising to serve it even after they defeat Morrow if it leaves Mack. It agrees, and Reyes returns with it through the portal. Secretly, Aida begins experimenting with her new knowledge from the Darkhold, creating an artificial brain.
#8 "The Laws of Inferno Dynamics"
December 6, 2016
Coulson tells Mace that Aida is an android and he agrees to use her in the fight against Morrow. He also approves a strike team consisting of Rodriguez, Reyes, and Johnson, as long as the latter two keep a low profile. The team attempts to enter an abandoned building in which Morrow has barricaded himself via his growing abilities but, at first, only Reyes can make it through Morrow's initial trap. By viewing Reyes' body-cam, Fitz deduces that Morrow is drawing his power from the other dimension and has created a demon core that could destroy half the city if activated. Aida creates a new dimensional portal beneath the demon core, through which the device and Morrow are dragged. Reyes also falls through the portal after using the Ghost Rider to hold Morrow in place. Johnson is seen by local media and Mace publicly clears her name, reinstating her as an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. He then allows Radcliffe to continuing working on his Life Model Decoy (LMD) program after his success with Aida, who has secretly replaced May with an LMD.
Agents of SHIELD: Slingshot
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Slingshot, or simply Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Slingshot, is an American digital series created for ABC.com by Geoffrey Colo, based on the Marvel Comics organization S.H.I.E.L.D. (Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement, and Logistics Division) and the character Yo-Yo Rodriguez. It is set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), sharing continuity with the films and television series of the franchise, and is a supplement to Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The series is produced by ABC Studios and Marvel Television.
Elena "Yo-Yo" Rodriguez is forced to sign the Sokovia Accords as an Inhuman. However, by signing the Accords, she creates a direct conflict with a personal mission she is looking to complete.
#1 "Vendetta" - December 13, 2016
Elena Rodriguez meets with Daisy Johnson privately. The two discuss a secret mission they shared around the time Johnson went rogue from S.H.I.E.L.D. Now that Johnson has returned, Rodriguez wants to make sure their stories are consistent in efforts of throwing off Director Jeffrey Mace. In a flashback, Rodriguez meets with Phil Coulson as he clears out his office after stepping down as director of S.H.I.E.L.D. Rodriguez contemplates signing the Sokovia Accords, but is hoping to seek out Victor Ramon, the man responsible for the death of her cousin.
#2 "John Hancock" - December 13, 2016
Director Mace sets a meeting with Rodriguez to have her sign the Sokovia Accords. As she does, she informs Mace about Ramon, who tells her that under the agreement of the Sokovia Accords, Rodriguez has to follow a certain procedure before going after Ramon. Unsatisfied, Rodriguez steals Mace's S.H.I.E.L.D. access card to help her get more information on Ramon.
#3 "Progress" - December 13, 2016
Leo Fitz and Jemma Simmons examine Rodriguez, during which she secretly learns Ramon is in Baltimore, Maryland. As she sets forth with the mission, she runs into Mack, who is on a mission with Coulson to track down Johnson. As Coulson and Mack's Quinjet takes off, Melinda May informs Rodriguez that Mace's credentials have been reported missing. Rodriguez realizes that May is aware that she took them.
#4 "Reunion" - December 13, 2016
Agent May accuses Rodriguez of stealing Mace's credentials, with Rodriguez reluctantly returning his access card. May advises Rodriguez to be mindful of her "sloppy" work and that she would not tell Mace. Instead, May grants Rodriguez access to another Quinjet headed to Baltimore, allowing her to move forward with her mission. Rodriguez finds Ramon and botches his plans to leave the city. She reminds him that he is responsible for her cousin's murder. As their encounter intensifies, one of Ramon's henchmen knocks out Rodriguez.
#5 "Deal Breaker" - December 13, 2016
Held captive by Ramon, Rodriguez realizes that he is attempting to sell an Inhuman weapon to members of the terrorist organization called the Watchdogs. Rodriguez is rescued by Johnson, who had come for the weapon, and holds off the Watchdogs attacks for Rodriguez to go after Ramon, who had tried to escape.
#6 "Justicia" - December 13, 2016
Rodriguez chooses not to kill Ramon, who is inadvertently vaporized by the Inhuman weapon as S.H.I.E.L.D. arrives. Back in the present, Rodriguez has Johnson erase any trace in S.H.I.E.L.D.'s system that she was in Baltimore.
Agents of SHIELD: LMD
Since the beginning of the show, the producers had wanted to introduce the concept of LMDs, which Marvel Television head Jeph Loeb noted "have always been part of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s history in the comics". However, they were unable to before Avengers: Age of Ultron, which sees the introductions of Ultron and Vision in a similar manner to LMDs. For the fourth season, they particularly pushed the idea, and Whedon noted that the introduction of Ghost Rider and mysticism allowed the series to introduce new technology that could launch LMDs in a way deemed rewarding, so the Ghost Rider storyline "dovetails" into the LMD storyline. The S.H.I.E.L.D. program is introduced through the character Aida, an android. Additionally, with LMDs chosen as one of the pods for the season, Whedon said the writers questioned, "what are all the things we could do? You don't want to do the ones that have been done [in similar tropes], and you don't want to leave any on the table. We had an idea early of what are the bombs you can drop with this and how do we subvert those expectations. It's the zombie movie moment of, 'Which of us is a zombie? We all are.' That was a moment we knew we wanted to have early on. We knew we wanted that to be our jumping off point."
Tancharoen hinted that the series would continue Age of Ultron's theme of "diving into the world of A.I. [and] things may not go as planned". On what makes Aida different from the villain Ultron, Whedon explained that "Aida started as something that was supposed to mimic human behavior. Ultron came out almost a fully fleshed-out creature with his own agenda, where she’s been discovering hers along the way." He added that instead of thousands of robots, the LMDs would be presented as android versions of the other characters in the series. Whedon said of themes that are raised in the second pod, "there are issues of reality and identity. Trust is always an issue in a spy organization. It’s much worse when you don’t know if the person next to you is the person next to you ... When you get into trust, that’s when things get emotional." Loeb added that there was a possibility of further elements from the Squadron Supreme comics, which Aida originated from, being introduced to the series. The pod ends with the Melinda May LMD seemingly destroying herself and all the other known LMDs besides Aida. Asked if any of these LMDs survived this act, and could carry over to the third pod of the season, Whedon said "We’ll see, but the idea was to put that chapter behind us."
#9 "Broken Promises" - January 10, 2017
Fitz and Radcliffe are sent to clear Aida's memory of the Darkhold, but she reveals her new-found sentience and overpowers them. Taking control of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s systems, Aida finds the Darkhold after Coulson gives its location to the May LMD (which doesn't know it isn't the real May). Fitz is able to take control of the systems before Aida escapes and Mack beheads her. Radcliffe later laments about this to a new model of Aida, as he had programmed the original's apparent sentience in an attempt to steal the Darkhold for himself. Senator Nadeer orders a group of Watchdogs to kill a now recovered Vijay, but he convinces her to spare him as his long terrigenesis appears not to have affected him. Simmons, having identified Vijay from photographs, arrives with Mace and Johnson, as Vijay discovers he now has super-reflexes. Ellen convinces him to leave with her, but then shoots him in the stomach. Ellen asks the Watchdogs for reinforcements from "The Superior" as Vijay's body is dropped into a lake and enveloped by another terrigenesis cocoon.
#10 "The Patriot" - January 17, 2017
Mace holds a press conference for Johnson, celebrating her "undercover" actions, until a sniper attempts to assassinate him. Coulson and Mack escort Mace and PR agent Burrows—who is often seen near Mace with a mysterious briefcase—to a quinjet, but it explodes mid-flight. Burrows is flung from the plane with the briefcase and the others crash land in a forest. There, they find ex-Hydra agents, hired by the Watchdogs, who have recovered Burrows' body. In the ensuing fight, Mace tries to get a serum from the briefcase, but it is destroyed and he is injured. Mace explains that he is not an Inhuman and that he was given his abilities by a super-serum from the government to create a trustworthy, enhanced leader of S.H.I.E.L.D. After their rescue by Johnson and the May LMD, Coulson tells Mace to continue as "the Patriot", the face and political leader of S.H.I.E.L.D, while Coulson takes back command of operations. The May LMD discovers her robotic skeleton from a wound and Fitz secretly begins studying Aida's decapitated head.
#11 "Wake Up" - January 24, 2017
Johnson and Mace attend a Senate hearing to ratify the former's signing of the Sokovia Accords, with Senator Nadeer questioning Johnson's undercover actions. Coulson and Rodriguez infiltrate Nadeer's office to install surveillance devices, but are caught, giving Nadeer an excuse to start a full investigation of S.H.I.E.L.D. The May LMD realizes that she subconsciously leaked the details of Coulson's plan and confronts Radcliffe, as Fitz discovers Radcliffe's treachery from the original Aida's programming. Radcliffe explains to the LMD that her programming will not allow her to reveal her nature to anyone else, just before S.H.I.E.L.D. arrives and arrests him. Fitz later confronts Radcliffe in his cell and deduces that he is also an LMD—the real Radcliffe sought protection from Nadeer after Aida's initial failure. He and Aida have May captive with them, her mind in a virtual reality simulation of a tragic past event. Meanwhile, Mack and Rodriguez have grown close and he tells her of his daughter Hope from a past marriage who died as an infant.
#12 "Hot Potato Soup" - January 31, 2017
Agent Billy Koenig, whom Coulson entrusted with the Darkhold, is abducted by the Watchdogs. Nadeer directs Radcliffe to the Superior, reclusive industrialist Anton Ivanov, and Radcliffe scans Koenig's brain to learn that the Darkhold was hidden in the Labyrinth, a S.H.I.E.L.D. facility known only to the Koenig family. Coulson secures the rest of the Koenig family, who take him, the May LMD, and Johnson to get the book. The Radcliffe LMD reveals that Radcliffe knows Fitz's estranged father and has created another LMD. Simmons remembers that Radcliffe scanned May's brain when they were curing her of Lucy's influence and warns Johnson of the May LMD in time to stop it from taking the Darkhold and killing Coulson. The Watchdogs arrive with Billy and Radcliffe steals the Darkhold in the ensuing fight. S.H.I.E.L.D. later destroys the remains of the first Aida and the Radcliffe LMD. Ivanov explains to Radcliffe that he plans to use the Darkhold to destroy both the Inhumans and the man who appears to be behind the recent alien crises—Coulson.
#13 "BOOM" - February 7, 2017
Coulson and Mack locate Agnes Kitsworth, Radcliffe's former lover and partner. Radcliffe left Kitsworth after she was diagnosed with terminal cancer, and modeled Aida after her. Coulson convinces Kitsworth to meet with Radcliffe. In case Nadeer is an Inhuman like her brother, Ivanov sends Watchdog Tucker Shockley to expose her to terrigen (provided by Radcliffe), but the substance transforms him instead. Shockley explodes, killing Nadeer, and then his molecules reassemble. Ivanov agrees to use Shockley's new ability against S.H.I.E.L.D. Radcliffe meets with Kitsworth and convinces her he can save her life if she escapes with him before S.H.I.E.L.D. captures them. Johnson confronts Shockley, and distracts him long enough for Fitz and Simmons to contain him in a specially-made device. Ivanov uses this as a distraction to attack and kidnap Mace, who has learned that each time he uses his super-serum there is a chance that it will kill him. As Kitsworth dies of the cancer, Radcliffe places her consciousness in the virtual "Framework" with May.
#14 "The Man Behind the Shield" - Feb. 14, 2017
Years ago, Coulson and May recovered an unknown object from a Russian outpost, besting an SVR team that included Ivanov. For the failure, the SVR agents other than Ivanov were tortured and killed. Now, Ivanov leads S.H.I.E.L.D. on a treasure hunt around the world, including to that outpost, in their search for Mace. Ivanov has been torturing Mace, disgusted at his attempts to emulate the Inhumans. The team eventually finds Ivanov, and Johnson overpowers him. Coulson and Mack save a near-death Mace while Fitz and Simmons attempt to locate any sign of the Framework in hopes of finding May. Unsuccessful, the pair reunite with the others and they return to base. Aida, whom Radcliffe has left to carry out his plans while he spends time in the Framework, finds a crippled Ivanov. At base, Fitz and Simmons are alerted by their LMD security system, learning that four agents were replaced with LMDs by Aida while Fitz and Simmons were separated from the group. This includes Coulson, as the Coulson LMD wakes the May LMD from storage.
#15 "Self Control" - February 21, 2017
The new LMDs are aware of their nature, and plan to carry out Ivanov's goal of destroying all Inhumans. Simmons soon discovers that Mace, Mack, and Fitz are the other new LMDs, and overpowers Fitz. Johnson also discovers the subterfuge, and plans with Simmons to escape the base and hack into the Framework remotely to find the others from the inside. Johnson overpowers the Mace, Mack, and Coulson LMDs, while Simmons recruits other S.H.I.E.L.D. agents. They find the May LMD waiting for them at the base entrance, tasked with detonating a large explosive to prevent their escape. The May LMD instead lets them leave, and destroys the base with the LMDs inside. In the Framework, the agents find an altered reality: Johnson is in a relationship with an alive Grant Ward; Coulson is teaching about Inhumans; Mack's child is alive; Fitz is rich; Simmons is dead; and May works for Hydra, which has replaced S.H.I.E.L.D. In the real world, Aida severs Ivanov's head from his crippled body and builds an android body for his mind to control.
Agents of SHIELD: Agents of Hydra
The third pod of the season "ties together [the season] thematically", taking the characters into the virtual world of the Framework, where their lives are different to the real world. This explores "what if" scenarios for many of the characters by showing who they may have been if a major regret of their life was changed. This continues the season's focus on the nature of identity and reality, having "payoff[s] to all the reflection[s] on the past" such as Mack's tragic loss of his daughter and Fitz's troubled relationship with his father. Bennet called the pod "very relevant. It's definitely a theme that I think has been kind of hopping around in pop culture at the moment. But it's kind of like a fun Marvel take on that. For all those people who wished to see these characters in a different light, this is going to be the time for that to happen." Whedon felt that this sort of "what if" storyline would not be interesting early in a series, but is rewarding after spending "80-plus episodes with these characters".
On having S.H.I.E.L.D. replaced with Hydra in the Framework, Whedon explained that the intention was to show "that this world was not what was intended, and what really symbolizes the opposite of S.H.I.E.L.D. or the ultimate evil in our world is Hydra. It's more about our people than it is about the organization itself this time around. No better villain in S.H.I.E.L.D. than Hydra, so why not?" It was noted that "the bad guy [Hydra] is in charge and Inhumans are being hunted", a commentary on the political climate under the Presidency of Donald Trump. On approaching this subject, Tancharoen said that there was no nervousness in the writer's room, and Whedon said that the similarities to Trump's America was simply an attempt to "paint the reality where, what if the world just turned upside down?" The pod sees Hydra based out of the Triskelion, a S.H.I.E.L.D. building that was destroyed by Hydra previously in the MCU. It also features the return of the character Grant Ward to the series, with Whedon explaining, "We figured when you get dropped into an alternate reality, what better way to show that it might not be everything you imagined than the return of one of our most loved and most hated characters."
Saying that the pod was meant to "reward loyal fans of the series" with "a lot of changes" and payoffs to storylines left unresolved from earlier seasons, Whedon hinted that a follow-up to the Gravitonium cliffhanger from the third episode of the first season, "The Asset", would be featured. He also noted that the entire pod does not take place in the Framework, "but we’ll be spending some time there for sure."
#16 "What If..." - April 4, 2017
In the Framework, Johnson discovers that she and Ward are agents of Hydra, working under May and Fitz. The tragic event from May's past has no longer happened; in the real world she killed a young Inhuman girl, but in the Framework she brought the girl back to America as a refugee, who then became a mass murderer and the catalyst for Hydra to take power. Simmons awakens in a mass grave of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, and eventually comes across Coulson who is teaching a Hydra-approved curriculum that warns against the dangers of Inhumans. Simmons is unable to convince Coulson that he is inside a virtual simulation, and he calls Hydra. Johnson races to find Simmons before the rest of Hydra, and is followed by Ward, who reveals himself to be a mole inside Hydra for the Resistance. Johnson and Simmons try to exit the Framework using a safeguard the latter created, but it has been blocked by Aida, who has entered the Framework as the Director of Hydra and Fitz' lover. Johnson then goes to Coulson, and he remembers her name.
#17 "Identity and Change" - April 11, 2017
Hoping Radcliffe can help them escape, Johnson returns to Hydra and locates him, but May gives her a new mission on the orders of Fitz and Aida, the latter choosing to go by Ophelia, or Madame Hydra. Ward directs Coulson (who can remember some things, thanks to previous tampering with his mind) and Simmons to the Resistance, the remnants of S.H.I.E.L.D. under the command of an Inhuman Mace. Ward, Simmons, and Coulson take a stolen Hydra quinjet to extract Radcliffe. May and Johnson arrest Mack, and May forces him to trick Johnson into confessing her true allegiance. The others find Radcliffe living in seclusion with Kitsworth, and he explains that he and Kitsworth cannot leave the Framework due to their real bodies having died. Fitz and Madame Hydra arrive, and Radcliffe attempts to appeal to Fitz, though Fitz already knows of the "other world" and that Radcliffe had enslaved Aida there. He kills Kitsworth and imprisons Radcliffe, torturing him and Johnson. Regretting his actions, Mack joins the Resistance.
#18 "No Regrets" - April 18, 2017
Mace and Coulson infiltrate a Hydra "Enlightenment Camp" to free an undercover agent—Antoine Triplett, a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who died in the real world. They are tracked there by May, who uses a super serum to fight Mace. Through the vents in their holding cells, Daisy learns from Radcliffe of a backdoor he installed to escape the Framework that Aida is unable to disable. Coulson attempts to save one of his former students who he sees being held in the camp, and Mace follows him into a building to help. Hydra uses a missile to bring the building down, and May enters the rubble to ensure Mace is dead. She finds him stopping debris from crushing the student, with Coulson and Triplett helping other children escape the building. May is horrified to find children being victimized by Hydra. With the others to safety, Mace is crushed beneath the debris, and in the real world Aida finds his physical body dead as well. Turning on Hydra, May sneaks a Terrigen crystal to Johnson so she can gain her Inhuman abilities within the Framework.
#19 "All the Madame's Men" - April 25, 2017
May and Johnson escape Hydra, with Johnson using her abilities to break Ophelia's back. Ophelia insists that Fitz complete work on their secret Project: Looking Glass, after which her Framework body will no longer matter. May and Johnson join up with S.H.I.E.L.D., who are struggling to regroup after Mace's death. May provides them with body cam footage from the attack on the Enlightenment Center, which Coulson broadcasts to the world to counteract Hydra's propaganda. Meanwhile, Simmons and Triplett investigate a Russian oil platform which he believes is the location of Looking Glass from his time undercover; the platform is the Framework equivalent of Ivanov's oil platform in the real world, from where Aida is running the Framework. The pair find the platform empty, and Simmons deduces that Looking Glass consists of a machine built on the real world platform, to be connected to a machine in the Framework using knowledge from the Darkhold, allowing Ophelia to go from the Framework to a true human body in the real world.
#20 "Farewell, Cruel World!" - May 2, 2017
After Johnson and Simmons entered the Framework, their bodies were protected by Rodriguez aboard the S.H.I.E.L.D. aircraft Zephyr One. With their connection to the Framework draining the plane's power, Rodriguez chose to shut off its cloaking ability, revealing their location to Ivanov and his men. In the Framework, Simmons visits and accidentally kills Fitz's father Alistair, and Fitz begins hunting her with help from Radcliffe (Fitz offers to send Radcliffe through the machine, restoring his living body). Ophelia initiates her transference into her new body. Johnson takes the group to Radcliffe's exit point, where she, Coulson, and May cross back into the real world. Fitz arrives and confronts Simmons, but is overpowered by Radcliffe, who regrets all his actions since he first saw and wanted the Darkhold. Radcliffe sends Fitz through, followed by Simmons. Mack decides to stay, not wanting to live in a world without Hope. At Ivanov's platform, the newly human Ophelia confronts Coulson, May, and Fitz, teleporting away with the latter.
#21 "The Return" - May 9, 2017
The agents on Zephyr One fight off Ivanov's men and race to the platform to save Coulson and May from Ivanov's android bodies. Ivanov launches torpedoes at the platform that threaten Mack's body, but the latter is saved by Ophelia, convinced by Fitz to put to good use the Inhuman abilities his machine had given her new body. In isolation at S.H.I.E.L.D., Fitz and Ophelia discuss her newly discovered human emotions and the fact that he remembers all the terrible things he did inside the Framework. He admits that he ultimately still loves Simmons over her, outraging Ophelia. Talbot arrives at the ruined S.H.I.E.L.D. base, where Ophelia kills several of his soldiers and other S.H.I.E.L.D. agents. Coulson and the others flee in the Zephyr once more, while Ophelia returns to Ivanov, who plans to use knowledge from the Darkhold to apply the changed reality of the Framework to the real world. Meanwhile, Rodriguez enters the Framework herself to try convince Mack to leave, and the Ghost Rider returns through a portal from the other dimension.
#22 "World's End" - May 16, 2017
Ivanov takes the Darkhold to an international meeting on S.H.I.E.L.D. and the recent events. He proposes to use the book against the Inhumans, which is timed with an attack on the group by an LMD of Johnson, who shoots Talbot and leaves him comatose. In the ensuing fight, S.H.I.E.L.D. is able to retrieve the Darkhold with Reyes' help. In the Framework, Rodriguez is unable to convince Mack to leave, but he returns with her after Ophelia shuts down the simulation and Hope's code is deleted. Radcliffe is also deleted, after accepting that immortality without Kitsworth would not have been worth it. Ophelia comes for the Darkhold, and Coulson surprises her by unleashing the Spirit of Vengeance himself—he made a deal to become the Ghost Rider for a short time, and destroys Ophelia. The Spirit of Vengeance returns to Reyes, who takes the Darkhold back to the dark dimension. The S.H.I.E.L.D. agents then wait to be arrested by the government, but are instead taken by an unknown group; some time later, Coulson is working in space.
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