Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has been a way for Marvel Studios to branch out and expand their universe into the realm of broadcast television. While heavy hitters like Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor aren’t featured on the show, the episodes focus on a new team of unknown S.H.I.E.L.D. agents comprised of rookies and veterans, and led by Agent Coulson, played by Clark Gregg. If you’re wondering to yourself, “Hey! Didn’t Loki kill Agent Coulson in The Avengers?” Well… yes and no, and the answer may involve the Kree Empire.
The mysteries of Coulson’s return have been teased through Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s first season. In the premiere, his resurrection came as a surprise to everyone, while Coulson himself had no memory about how he returned to life. The writers used the misdirection term “sent to Tahiti” (or T.A.H.I.T.I.) as a shortcut to what really happened. One member of the new team, Skye (Chloe Bennett), was taken to the same facility when her life was on the line. S.H.I.E.L.D. injected her with a serum made from a blue alien, the same serum that saved Coulson. Skye’s life was saved, but the blue alien has been another puzzle. As it turns out, it might have had something to do with the Kree Empire.
On the red carpet for PaleyFest 2014 in Los Angeles, Bennett confirmed that the serum is, in fact, from a Kree. While she doesn’t know much about how the serum will affect her character, we can see how Guardians of the Galaxy, as well as the existing Marvel Cinematic Universe on Earth (Midgard) and Asgard, could crossover with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. The Kree Empire will play heavily in Guardians as the central villain, Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace), is a member of the Kree. Bennett said:
I know that the alien was a Kree, as they say it. And I know that I was injected with a serum made from that. And I am cured and to normal humans like Coulson, he almost died, for me, for some reason, nothing happened…. They’re not going to tell me.
Many believed that the blue alien was an Atlantean, which could’ve opened the door for Namor, the Prince of Atlantis, to enter into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The central threat through every Marvel movie is S.H.I.E.L.D. The secret agency is probably the best way to connect Earth with Guardians of the Galaxy. Considering that S.H.I.E.L.D. has half of a Kree alien somewhere on the facility, it’s only a matter of time before the series can connect to the movies as well. Possibly a Kree invasion on Earth and The Avengers are assembled to stop the threat.
As for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the TV show has been somewhat of a disappointment to Marvel, ABC, and comic book fans alike. While the premiere generated high ratings, it’s fallen off drastically with every new episode. It’s unclear if the show will get a season two, but it’s in need of help.
Guardians of the Galaxy hits theaters everywhere on August 1, while Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns to ABC on April 1.