Those of us that stuck with Marvel‘s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. through that difficult first season are reaping the benefits of the AOS and Captain America: The Winter Soldier crossover that literally blew up Agent Coulson’s super spy world. The aftermath of that destruction has rejuvenated the series and put Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. back on the must watch the night it airs television list. The latest episode, The Writing on the Wall ended with a nifty little nugget that we won’t discuss until after the jump, mainly because we don’t want to spoil anything for those that haven’t watched the episode yet. So insert your favorite spoiler warning here and stop until you’re caught up with the AOS episodes, or throw caution to the wind and click-through to find out just what we think about this crazy new thing Marvel has introduced.
OK, now that we’ve given a spoiler warning and written a rather bland opening to keep things un-spoilerish, we can get right down to it. If you’re up to date on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. then you know that the alien writing that agent Coulson was compelled to carve on his office walls eventually lead to others with the same compulsion. When the carvings, paintings, and the model train constructed at another GH-325 test subjects house reveals that the drawings should be viewed in three dimensions, Coulson and group decide that it creates a city map.
Now we should all be wondering what city this might be. While brainstorming about the episode late last night, there seemed to be two possibilities. The Inhumans city Attilan, which is my choice, and the out-of-left-field-change-everything-up capital city of Wakanda.
Now I have to say that I personally don’t buy into the Wakanda city theory. I’m only mentioning it because there is a remote, very remote, chance that Marvel might try to tie some things together in Marvel’s ancient past. I’m not going to go into too much detail, but the theory was that Wakanda, being the only source of Vibrainium, was where the aliens (We all know them to be the blue skinned Kree) built their base and proceeded to enslave the Proto-humans to mine the resources as well as experimenting on said Proto-humans which lead to the creation of the Inhumans. At some point the Inhumans rebel or the aliens leave because of the war raging against between the Kree and the Skrulls. Maybe they just get tired and leave. Well, all but one left and then something bad happened to him and he ended up blown in half.
Then the Inhumans that remained moved the city to hide it from the Kree that might return. The left over technology and the remaining humans became the super science country of Wakanda. It kind of ties them all together, but I think it’s simpler than that.
The theory that seems more plausible to me is that the city in the carvings is the hidden Inhuman city of Attilan. Although when AOS first started, a lot of people thought that Sky was part Kree and would become Captain Marvel, the more likely theory at this point is that Sky is an Inhuman. The Inhumans do look just like regular humans until they are exposed to the Terrigan Mists.
That could make Sky’s father Maximus the Mad. The brother of Black Bolt that tried to take over the throne, failed, and was expelled from the Inhuman city. Here’s some of the various incarnations of Maximus the Mad from the comics:
Now look at the actor playing Sky’s un-named father, Kyle MacLachlan:
Not a great leap to make that connection now. Here’s the Wiki on Maximus and his powers:
Maximus has a genius-level intellect and great inventiveness. His Inhuman telepathic powers granted by the mutagenic effects from exposure to Terrigen Mist give him the ability to numb, override, and even efface a person’s mind. He has the ability to induce short-term amnesia in others, and the ability to exchange his consciousness with another’s. Maximus’s mental powers have a limited range as well as variability – he can only affect minds in a certain radius and only create one effect at a time. His influence generally functions while Maximus concentrates, but he has left long-buried influence in his subjects as well. Maximus, despite his mind-control powers, is not a true telepath.
Maximus’s mental instability often prevents him from making full use of his powers. Also, like all Inhumans, Maximus’s immune system is weaker than that of an average human.
He is an extraordinarily gifted inventor, with advanced knowledge of physics, mechanics, and biology. He has invented an Atmo-gun (able to create seismic shockwaves and “negative zone” force fields), and a Hypno-gun (able to control minds at a far distance).
If this is the case, then after Maximus fails to overthrow his brother Black Bolt, he is cast from the city, most likely with those that followed him which could have included a woman who was or would eventually become his wife, bear him a child, and then die when attacked in that village that Sky was found in by those S.H.I.E.L.D. agents.
How does this all tie into that Blue Alien GH-325 blood? Although it has not been confirmed on-screen yet, most in the know think that the blue alien is a member of the Kree Race. If you’ve seen James Gunn‘s Guardians of the Galaxy then you’ve seen some Kree. Ronan the Accuser is Kree. Marvel.com says it all started like this:
At the beginning of the Kree-Skrull War, millions of years ago in Earth time, the alien Kree established a station on the planet Uranus, a strategic position between the Kree and Skrull empires. Through their work at this station, they discovered that sentient life on nearby Earth had genetic potential invested in it by the alien Celestials. Intrigued, the Kree began to experiment on Earth’s then-primitive Homo sapiens by splicing Eternals DNA into Cro-Magnons.
Their goal was apparently twofold — to investigate possible ways of circumventing their own evolutionary stagnation, and to create a powerful mutant race of soldiers for use against the Skrulls. However, although their experiments were successful in creating a strain of humanity with extraordinary abilities, the Kree abandoned their experiment for reasons which are not yet clear.
Their test subjects, the Inhumans, went on to form a society of their own, which thrived in seclusion from the rest of humanity and developed advanced technology. Experiments with the mutagenic Terrigen Mist gave them various powers, but also caused lasting genetic damage and deformities. This led to a long-term selective breeding program to try to mitigate the effects of these mutations. Their city Attilan has frequently been relocated and, as of 2005 stories, rests in the oxygen-bearing Blue Area of the Moon.
All this will help tie Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to the upcoming Inhumans movie due out in 2018. Now I’m sure a lot of you are worried that this crossover is four years away. That is a valid concern, but don’t worry. Marvel isn’t going to just drop it in, they have a long-range plan on how these things happen, laying the ground work now will help deliver a big payoff in a few years. Who knows, we might actually see some of the Inhumans on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. BEFORE they show up on the big screen. What better way to introduce them to the public and build some excitement about the movie?
Don’t forget that the Avengers: Age of Ultron‘s Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver are thought to be Inhumans, perhaps Sky isn’t the only child of Inhumans on Earth. If a group was exiled along with Maximus then perhaps they also had children who they some how exposed to the Terrigen Mists or gave infusions of their Terrigen Mist laden blood? S.H.I.E.L.D. was able to grab Sky, but what if they failed to find Wanda and Pietro Maximoff before Hydra grabbed them?
That throws a lot more into the crazy theory ring. Maximoff… Maximus the Mad… could they be the older brother and sister to Sky? The whole mess that is Marvel’s Movie character rights might make this change inevitable. If the Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver on the big screen can’t be Mutants, or the children of Magneto, then making them Inhumans and perhaps the children of Maximus or another of the exiled Inhumans would tie things up nicely.
Let’s go back to those exiled Inhumans. A recent inhuman storyline Infinity bring some very interesting changes to the Earth of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe.Start with the thought that the Inhumans have lived hidden from us, yet sometimes venturing out among the humans, either by choice or by force in the case of Maximus and his followers. Those Inhumans would have built lives among the humans, had families, which had more children etc.. etc.. Flash forward and you have an Earth with a lot of people of mixed ancestry of Human and Inhuman DNA. This is where the Infinity storyline comes in.
During the events of Infinity, Thanos and his forces attack Attilan and offer to spare the city in exchange for a tribute: the deaths of all Inhumans between the ages of 16 and 22. Black Bolt surmises that the offering is a ruse to hide the fact that Thanos actually desires the death of Thane, a half-Inhuman youth he had fathered years earlier. The search for Thane eventually reveals that secret Inhuman tribes have existed on Earth for years and mated with its population, producing a number of seemingly-normal humans who possess dormant Inhuman genes. In response to Thanos’ threat, Black Bolt and Maximus evacuate Attilan before destroying it as a show of defiance. The destruction of the city activates the Terrigenisis Bomb, a creation of Maximus, which spreads the Terrigen Mist across the globe and activates special abilities within numerous unsuspecting humans who were Inhuman descendants.
That would make a hell of a movie wouldn’t it? Now, that would expose the descendants of mixed Inhuman DNA to suddenly get powers and then Marvel’s Cinematic Universe has their mutants in Inhuman form!
How crazy would that be!!
What do you think? Is the city in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Attilan?