The new season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. promises a very different adventure for Coulson and the team – does this include the Brood? The first trailer for S.H.I.E.L.D. season 5 debuted during the season 1 finale for Marvel’s Inhumans. Among the slew of brand-new footage teasing the series’ new characters, as well as the team’s new (or old?) Kree threat, is a small glimpse at an alien creature that’s hunting them on the unknown spaceship.
At the moment, we don’t know what the alien is – it really be anything that the Kree cooked up in one of their experiments – and won’t find out for sure until the season premieres in December. What we do know is that the aliens are called “roaches” by the ship’s inhabitants, as revealed in the first batch of footage shown during S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s panel at NYCC 2017. And that could be revealing.
The blue-ish alien creature that attacks the team and their newfound allies has a scaly outer shell and runs on all fours. While non-comic book readers may feel like the series may be ripping off the Xenomorph or the Zerg, or any other alien creature from pop culture, what’s more likely is that Marvel TV is bringing the Brood into live-action.
In the comics, the Brood are extraterrestrial parasitic insects – created by writer Chris Claremont and artist Dave Cockrum in 1982 – that infect other species with their eggs in order to reproduce so that they can expand their hive, which happens to be under the control of a queen. When Broodlings infect a host, they transfer all their memories to that host and all of the host’s memories back to the queen.
Are these coming to S.H.I.E.L.D.? The alien’s level of aggression displayed in the trailer is definitely similar to that of the Brood from the comics, although their design isn’t an exact recreation of the source material. Then again, comic book designs are rarely adapted into live-action without at least some alterations. If the alien in the trailer is, indeed, a Broodling, then S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s team could be eventually going up against the Brood as one the season’s main villains. The Brood Queens, after all, aren’t at the top of the Brood caste system; above them are the Empress and the Firstborn (the Empress’ agents).
The only thing standing in ABC and Marvel TV’s way in using the Brood in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is the fact that they are primarily enemies of the X-Men; they first appeared in Uncanny X-Men #155, which means they are most likely licensed out to 20th Century Fox, who currently hold the rights to the X-Men and the Fantastic Four (and all their supporting characters and teams). However, being X-Men villains isn’t stopping Marvel Studios from using the Skrulls in the Captain Marvel movie, so it’s certainly possible that the Brood could also be used via some loophole or arrangement with Fox.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 5 premieres with a two-hour episode on Friday, December 1.
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