If you are one of those who gave up on Agents of SHIELD halfway through its first season, you’ve got a lot of catching up to do.

Even before this week’s episode (more on that later), executive producers Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen had revealed that future episodes leading up to The Avengers: Age of Ultron will indeed have links to the summer blockbuster.

“You should expect something…The Avengers is the big tent that all the franchises play under. Obviously, we’re included in that.”

I’ll bet that it has something to do with the rise of superpowered humans. Since it isn’t possible to incorporate mutants into the MCU, it’s a neat way of adding more superpowered people to the ranks.

This development is really no surprise, but it’s still nice to get official confirmation from the Powers That Be. Agents of SHIELD has now graduated from just being okay to must-watch TV.

It’s also fast becoming the key to unlocking the secrets of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, or at least giving us more backstory and context for future events.

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I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling a bit blue. © ABC

We’ve already seen the fallout from Captain America: The Winter Soldier play out in the show, as well as a crossover with Thor: The Dark World (2013). In fact, the confirmation that the big blue alien that saved Coulson (Clark Gregg) was a Kree only came after the release of Guardians of the Galaxy (2014).

Now to address this week’s AoS episode, entitled “What They Became”. Chloe Bennet, who plays Skye, was the centre of much speculation in the lead up to it, and she played it up by tweeting this:

As we’ve speculated before, it turns out that Skye (Chloe Bennet) and Raina (Ruth Negga) are indeed Inhumans. Cue slamming of palms on tables and high fives.

And we even have confirmation that Skye’s real name is Daisy. In the comics, Johnson is a SHIELD agent – and trusted confidant of (white) Nick Fury – with the power to create earthquakes. And not only that: it turns out her father’s name is Cal – as in, Calvin Zabo, a.k.a. supervillain Mr Hyde.

Now that the Inhumans have been officially introduced in the MCU, I think it’s safe to say that Raina and Skye Daisy will have an important part to play in the Inhumans movie in 2018.

So the latest Agents of SHIELD episode proved that the show isn’t just a second-rate Marvel franchise after all. Now, Marvel hasn’t so much brought the audience along for the ride as sprint ahead and hope that people will eventually catch up.

Source: Hollywood Reporter, Entertainment Weekly

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