Blue Alien in 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Explained - What Does It Mean For Coulson?

Agents of SHIELD Blue Alien TAHITI

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is currently on break (again) before returning next week on April 1st to complete its final non-stop run until its season finale on May 13th, and more than ever the wait has been unbearable for fans following along. The latest few sporadic episodes were host to several major revelations along with more unanswered questions, as information about Agent Coulson's miraculous recovery and Skye's mysterious origins begins to surface.

While we don't exactly know why just yet, Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) is special (read our theories here). He's not a normal agent and because of that, he was forced to endure an "inhuman" series of operations to bring him back to life. He should have been dead but S.H.I.E.L.D. director Nick Fury "moved heaven and earth" to ensure that he lived, providing Coulson with special treatment that no ordinary S.H.I.E.L.D. agent or officer would ever receive. But thanks to the operations that had him begging to die, Coulson is back... but he's different.

Coulson now leads a special ops team that's growing increasingly suspicious with the organization they work for, and with the help of Agent John Garrett (Bill Paxton), they managed to locate a secret bunker run by an unknown group housing the mysterious cure that saved Coulson in the first place. This "cure" is simply known as GH-325, but as we now know, it's not of human origins.

The blue serum we saw injected into Coulson during his operation is the same blue juice we saw siphoned off the the remains of a blue being. It wasn't human and the revelation shocked Coulson, who's dealt with otherworldly beings before, to the point of being speechless. The GH-325 worked on him and it worked on Skye, saving her life as well. It worked on her because she, similar to what we believe about Coulson, isn't quite normal either. We learned in episode 12 ("Seeds") a bit of her backstory where agents died protecting her as a child and that she's a 084, a code S.H.I.E.L.D. uses to label an "object of unknown origin." More on that later.

Agents of SHIELD Blue Alien Face Closeup

The immediate mystery, now that Skye is safe and sound, seemingly healthy with normal DNA, is about the alien. The following week in episode 15 ("Yes Men") - and still the most recent episode - a pair of Asgardians come to Earth, including of course the fan-fave warrior, Lady Sif (Jaimie Alexander) from Thor and Thor: The Dark World. Coulson rightfully took the opportunity to ask Sif about blue aliens and in a showcase of the Marvel Comics knowledge the writers of the series have, they listed off some of the possibilities, narrowing down the possibilities of what the blue being really is. Here are six Marvel alien species the blue man could originate from (with some Wikipedia text for details).

  • Interdites - A humanoid race with blue skin, they have developed precognition as well as other psionic powers. They come from the planet Interdis, seventh from the sun in the Tartaru star system in the Milky Way galaxy. Their civilization was demolished by the Badoon, and surviving Interdites have turned to mysticism and live like hermits scattered across the galaxy. First seen in Warlock #15 (November 1974).
  • Levians - A humanoid race with blue skin that otherwise looks very similar to Earth humans. Surviving Levians live aboard the "world-ship" Levianon. Their homeworld Levia was destroyed as they depleted the planet of magma and resources. First seen in Thor #256 (February 1977).
  • Pheragots - A semi-humanoid race with light blue skin that averages 10' in height. They come from the planet Arago-7 in the Arago star system in the Andromeda galaxy. They have extraordinary superhuman strength due in part to their dense molecular structure. First seen in Hercules #1 (September 1982).
  • Kree - Also known as the Ruul, they are a scientifically and technologically advanced militaristic alien race in the fictional Marvel Universe. They are native to the planet Hala in the Large Magellanic Cloud. Their first on-panel appearance was in Fantastic Four #65 (August 1967), created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.
  • Sarks - A humanoid race with light blue skin, standing 6'1" on average. They come from the planet Sarka, third from the sun in the Tilnast star system in the Milky Way galaxy. Sarks were among the highest officials in the Universal Church of Truth. Captain Autolycus is a Sark. First seen in Strange Tales #179 (April 1975).
  • Centaurians - First appeared in The Marvel Super Heroes. A humanoid race with blue skin and a sizeable red dorsal fin along the back and atop their head that gives them an average height of 7 feet (2.1 m). Some demonstrate "psionic" abilities. They are a primitive tribal race, using bows and arrows in hunting. Centaurians are native to Centauri IV, Yondu of the Guardians of the Galaxy is a Centaurian.

We won't even bother mentioning the Frost Giants because it's not a possibility. The Kree and Centaurians stand out the most since both are featured in Guardians of the Galaxy, hitting theaters in August. The Kree is the race of Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace), the primary antagonist of Guardians and Yondu (Michael Rooker) - another new character in the film - is a Centaurian.

If we look closely at the scarring and details on the remains of Mr. Blue Man, we can see white markings seemingly etched or tattooed on his left pectoral muscle. Here's a closer look:

Agents of SHIELD Blue Alien Kree Tattoo

Look familiar? Check out this photo we snapped at Toy Fair of Ronan the Accuser and look closely as this chest armor:

Ronan the Accuser Action Figure (Hasbro Guardians of the Galaxy) - Toy Fair 2014
Ronan the Accuser Toy

Interesting match, right? Similar cross-line markings appear on the Ronan LEGO and Minimates toy figures. We were saving this discussion for another article - which we still may augment and post - about what we know the Kree body, Skye, Coulson and other interesting Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. connections and mysteries but Chloe Bennet had to go spoil it for us at Payleyfest 2014 (skip to 1:30 mark):

So, it's no longer a question or mystery. The blue alien is a Kree. Agent Coulson and Agent Skye have Kree blood inside of them and somehow, S.H.I.E.L.D. or another shady organization knows about the species and has housed this body for sometime. Where did it come from? Is Coulson Kree as well? Remember, in the comics there are the blue Kree we see above and the pink Kree which are much more human in appearance.

Could this plot point lead to those old rumors about Agent Coulson becoming or actually already being some version of Captain Mar-Vell from the comics? The horrifying operations that saved Coulson's life and messed with his memories - could they have involved the transfer of memories from the alien into him?

We won't get too deep into comics lore (in this post, anyway) but in the Ultimate Marvel universe, from which much of the cinematic universe draws inspiration from, Captain Marvel (Mahr Vehl) looks human (can disguise himself) and is named Geheneris HalaSon. He's a Kree spy sent to Earth who switches sides, crosses paths with Nick Fury and Thanos. Could that name be what the "GH" in the show actually means instead of "Guest House" as Fitz and Simmons surmised in episode 14 when they located the bunker housing the alien? Adding to this theory, the Ultimate version of Captain Marvel takes on the human alias "Philip Lawson" and that's not too far off from "Phil Coulson" even if it is a stretch.

Ultimate Captain Marvel Mahr Vehl
Mahr Vehl

We hope this is some fun food for thought to hold you over until next week's return of the series where more information will slowly unravel. Needless to say, the cast and crew keep hyping up the tagline "everything is connected" and with rumors that Ms. Marvel may still appear in The Avengers: Age of Ultron, and a lot more aliens coming our way later this year in Guardians of the Galaxy, perhaps Coulson and Skye have a much larger role to play in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.


More: What’s Special About Agent Coulson?


Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns on Tuesday, April 1st @ 8pm on ABC. Captain America: The Winter Soldier - which connects to the series - hits theaters April 4, 2014.

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Sources: ABC, Marvel

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