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Our Fanny Pack delivers her preview for the upcoming season of Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD.
Are you Inhuman? This is the looming question as Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns to primetime television for season 3. When we left S.H.I.E.L.D. in the season 2 finale, we saw Terrigen crystals sinking to the ocean floor only to seep out, affecting the ocean-life and ultimately making it into some seemingly innocuous Fish Oil pills. The Terrigen crystals are effectively causing chaos on Earth, leaving in their wake a mass of ash piles and a brand new population of Inhumans. Inhumans, as they call themselves, originated from Kree experimentation on the human race in hopes of finding a way to jump-start the Kree’s stagnant evolution. In the end, the Kree found their actions resulted in abominations and sought to destroy their creations. In Marvel cannon, a kingdom of Inhumans exists in the galaxy, but in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., we have heard no mention of this.
In season 2, episode 12 – Who You Really Are, a Kree man, Vin-Tak, visits Earth to find and destroy Skye following her transformation into a quake-inducing Inhuman. Vin-Tak mentions that the Kree have a way of knowing that a new Inhuman was born and thus he was sent to find her. Although Vin-Tak was taken back to Asgard with Lady Sif, Vin-Tak’s brief visit will likely play a much larger role in season 3 because if the Kree had some sort of inhuman alarm going off after Skye and Raina went through the Mist, then the alarm should be going bananas when we pick back up in the story.
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More Inhumans = More Kree
The Kree come from the planet Hala, in the Kree Galaxy, and are a species of humanoid beings that appear human only if their blue skin is exposed to enough nitrogen. The Kree appear in several series, and were a large part of Marvel Cinematic Universe when they appeared in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. Pulling from Marvel Comics cannon, Guardians depicted the Kree Ronan the Accuser as a servant of the Titanian villain, Thanos. Although the Guardians ultimately destroyed Ronan, the character is indicative of a much larger picture—one where a militaristic empire of Kree has a huge presence in the galaxy and where Ronan is not likely to be the only psycho Kree running around. Taking all of this into account, it seems logical that the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. are about to become a blinking target for an army of intergalactic super Smurfs. The Kree are monitoring Earth, Vin-Tak showed us at least that much. With the Terrigen Mist giving rise to new Inhumans every day, it’s only a matter of time before the Kree send in the troops.
More Kree = More Asgardians
Lady Sif came to Earth to investigate Vin-Tak’s visit to the planet since the Asgardians, as a matter of fact, do not trust the Kree and see them as a potential threat to the humans. Kree have a history, at least in Marvel Comics cannon, of war with various other species. It’s unclear at this point in the show if the Kree want to destroy the Inhumans simply because they feel responsible for creating such “abominations” or if they want to destroy them because they view them as a threat. It the latter is true, Earth is in for more than just a few attempted Inhuman kidnappings. Asgardians will probably play a larger role, at least in mention, during season 3 if they value their alliances and are consistent with their defensive tactics.
More Kree = A Ton of Marvel Crossover Opportunities
We know a sequel to Guardians of the Galaxy is slated for 2017, and considering the Marvel integration of the Avengers and Captain America movies into the S.H.I.E.L.D. show-writing, there could be some additional bang for the buck with Guardians crossover as well. The Kree presence alone adds potential for bringing in new species and conflicts we see and hear about in the films. Thanos, who appeared in Guardians and also the Avengers films, can be just the sort of name we hear in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. just as we hear Thor’s name here and there.
Looking forward to season 3 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. unraveling potential alien plot-lines is addictive, especially when it sounds like the show runners are putting Hydra on the back-burner for a while. Personally, I hope to see the story move towards Cosmic Cube and Infinity Gem storylines, which may ultimately play a part in Avengers: Infinity War (currently planned for 2018).
But, if my hopes for more Alien-related plot-lines become reality for the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., I hope Melinda May can pilot a spaceship as well as she can fly the Bus.
Watch Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on Tuesdays at 9/8C on ABC.
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