Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - Spacetime

After months skulking around the shadows, Hydra finally reemerges to make its move by abducting and Inhuman straight from the clutches of S.H.I.E.L.D. The only thing the team has working for it is Daisy's (Chloe Bennet) brief encounter with the man who imparts a dark vision of the day to come which Coulson (Clark Gregg) attempts to take steps to prevent. The team even goes over the events of upcoming battle second by second attempting to get an edge in the fight which Daisy saw in her vision. However, as Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) points out, you can't fight the future.

Throwing wrenches into S.H.I.E.L.D.'s plan is the reappearance of Andrew (Blair Underwood) who turns himself over to S.H.I.E.L.D. hoping to say goodbye to May (Ming-Na Wen) and the reappearance of Ward (Brett Dalton) who remains three-steps ahead of Coulson and his team. Neither occurrence will end well for our heroes.

With "Spacetime" Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and arguably the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe takes a hard stand on the immutability of time and the future (which is of particular interest as Marvel moves further into cosmic storytelling with Guardians of the Galaxy and The Infinity War). There's also plenty of foreshadowing, most of it none too subtle, about a death in space and Andrew's belief that Lash serves a purpose (perhaps to fight the creature walking around Ward's dead body?).

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