Over the past 14 episodes, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D
. has developed from being a disappointingly bland addition to the Marvel universe, to something engaging enough to wring a tear or two from those reluctant fangirl/fanboy eyeballs. And they can drop the “Marvel” from the beginning of that title because at this point, it’s pretty damn obvious where Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D
. is coming from. Thor: The Dark World
and Captain America: The Winter Soldier
both had (or will have) tie-in episodes, and various Marvel comics universe characters are beginning to come out of the woodwork.
There may not be room for hints of Deathlok, Victoria Hand or weird Extremis experiments in the background of the current big three Avengers franchises, but Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is picking up the slack. This week’s episode (spoiler alert!) even saw the appearance of a new alien that fans are already speculating may be a Kree.
Screencap via adventure-team / Tumblr
Of course, a blue torso in a tank doesn’t necessarily tell us anything. This guy could be Dr. Manhattan from Watchmen, or one of the naked Space Jesus dudes from Prometheus, or an entirely new Marvel species altogether. However, the show’s new “Uprising” subtitle may be a hint at an upcoming retelling of the famous Kree-Skull War or Secret Invasion storylines, both considered to be epics of the Marvel universe.
A TV/movie adaptation of either of these comicbook arcs would be a major undertaking, but by no means an impossible one. Taking into account the number of characters Marvel will bring to the big screen over the next few years, they should have enough manpower to handle a major crossover like this once everyone’s finished with Avengers: Age of Ultron in 2015. Of course, right now this is all little more than speculation. [READ MORE]