3) The Inhumans. What?
The Marvel Studios movies are going to be jumping deeper into the cosmos beginning this August with Guardians of the Galaxy. They’re also collecting Infinity Stones/Gems as we saw in the post-credits scene of Thor: The Dark World, leading to the inevitable brawl with Thanos and the formation of the all-powerful Infinity Gauntlet artifact (more on that here).
Guardians of the Galaxy will likely be another stepping stone on that Infinity path and we’d expect The Inhumans to be as well – assuming Marvel Studios announces it as one of their 2016-17 releases. The Inhumans have been widely talked about by Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige as a hot property they want to explore, and we believe it could make for an interesting followup to Guardians of the Galaxy, another possible source of an Infinity Stone, and a potential tie-in for characters like Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver who have superpowers with unknown origins (at this point). With Twentieth Century Fox owning the film rights to all things mutant-related from Marvel Comics, The Inhumans can serve as their workaround to explain Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver. In fact, for Agents of SHIELD, Marvel secured the trademark “Registered Gifted” to label people with special abilities. And although that hasn’t reared its head too much yet in the show (outside of Scorch in Episode 5), with most of the powered antagonists finding their origins in Extremis/Centipede tech, it will eventually.
What does this all have to do with Coulson? Outside of the playful tweet above by Clark Gregg (direct reference to The Inhumans or misdirection?), back in the day when the Skrulls and the Kree were rumored aliens to appear in The Avengers, we heard rumors that Coulson may not be all that he appears to be. We even heard he might have Kree connections/origins, and when we asked someone at Marvel, they asked where we heard that, playing coy. Take that for what you will. While the Skrull (enemies of the Kree) rights are confusing and sort of shared between Fox and Marvel, the Kree rights haven’t been officially confirmed either way. With key Kree character Ronan the Accuser appearing in Guardians of the Galaxy, however, there’s a good chance his people will play a part as well. If they do, that will undoubtedly service the background story behind any film based on The Inhumans, should one exist one day.
To make sense of this, The Inhumans are super-powered individuals, the result of experiments done on early humans in the past by the Kree Empire, back when they setup a science outpost in our solar system. The lore and connections this property offer up, especially in connecting the Guardians of the Galaxy to what’s going on here on Earth, are very intriguing. Perhaps Coulson is of Kree descent – human but not really? Maybe he’s an Inhuman? While an exciting idea for us, we’re not sure if Agents of SHIELD is going that big in setting up The Inhumans, let alone offering meaningful connections to Ultron, Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver. While it would work (we think), we’re not sure if Marvel is bold enough to put that much into the TV show – at least from what they’ve done with their connections thus far (see: Thor 2 tie-in episode). We don’t even know if The Inhumans are really in the cards for Phase 3 of the movie franchise.
Coulson being a member of the Kree ties into one of our older #CoulsonLives theories that he could be Captain Mar-Vell, initially put on Earth to spy on humans for the Kree. If not an actual Kree, perhaps a result of their experiments, an Inhuman.
Still, Coulson being different, special, and seemingly having occasional, ever-so-slight hints of superhuman powers would make this theory interesting. By superhuman hints, we’re referring to the Marvel One-Shot “A Funny Thing Happened On The Way to Thor’s Hammer,” where Coulson took out a pair of would-be robbers.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., starring Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Iain De Caestecker and Elizabeth Henstridge, returns next Tuesday with “Seeds” @8pm on ABC.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier hits theaters April 4, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014, The Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1, 2015, Ant-Man on July 31, 2015, with unannounced films coming May 6 2016, July 8 2016 and May 5 2017.
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