Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 5 has seen Coulson and his team stranded in a dystopian future, one in which the Earth has been destroyed. Their mission is to save humanity in the future, then return to the past and avert global disaster.
The latest episode, 'The Last Day,' finally gave an answer to one important question: Just how can the Earth be saved? It seems the solution is a new character, the Inhuman known as Flint.
Page 1 (this page): Who is Flint?
Who is Flint?
Flint was created by Charles Soule and Joe Madureira back in 2013. He was part of a community who, although they were descended from Inhumans, had shunned their ancient heritage. They had dedicated themselves to living normal lives, and had avoided Terrigenesis. That came to an end when Black Bolt, king of the Inhumans, released Terrigen into the Earth's atmosphere. The Terrigen cloud traveled across Minnesota, and Flint was one of the people who was transformed.
Tragically, Flint was the only member of his family to survive exposure to the Terrigen cloud. He was recruited by Lash, and initially manipulated into fighting the Inhuman Royal Family. Against all the odds, Flint formed an uneasy alliance with Gorgon, and soon found himself joining the Inhumans in their latest settlement in the Hudson River.
Flint has been a recurring character in Soule's comics and played a major role in the Royals comic. There, Soule has expanded Flint's powerset dramatically, revealing just what this particular young Inhuman is capable of.
What are Flint's Powers?
In the comics, Flint is a so-called "geokinetic." That allows him to manipulate the rocks around him, and Soule first gave readers a hint of his power-levels in All-New Inhumans #10. Under the influence of a powerful mind-controller, he was actually able to tear down half a mountain. Great exertions tend to leave Inhumans drained, but Flint was back in action within moments. That suggested that his power-levels are off the charts.
All that was confirmed in the more recent Royals #2. An Inhuman spacecraft was in serious trouble, under attack from a Chitauri horde. Flint was literally able to shift the orbit of the planet Pluto, drawing the Chitauri army into its gravitational pull.
Exploring Flint's Role in The Future
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has reinvented Flint as an inhabitant of the Lighthouse, and so far it's only hinted at his true power. He's only recently undergone Terrigenesis, and as a result is new to his Inhuman abilities. The most he's done is lift a couple of rocks, and toss them at his enemies. Clearly he has the potential to be so much more.
Flint lives in a time where the Earth has been fractured, shattered like an egg. That makes him one of the most powerful, dangerous Inhumans of all. After all, the Lighthouse is surrounded by a range of asteroids, the shattered fragments of the planet Earth. Flint could control any of these, regardless of their size, and use them as a weapon against the Kree. He is humanity's last, greatest defense.
But Flint's powers have even more potential. If Coulson and his team take S.H.I.E.L.D. back to the past, he could actually save the planet.