Marvel Easter Eggs on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. May Introduce Inhumans, Punisher, and Baron von Strucker
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. likes to hit us over the head with the "It's all connected" bit, but this Tuesday's episode, "The Writing on the Wall," was legitimately chock-full of Marvel Easter Eggs, and may have given us further insight into the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Here are all of the characters that were potentially introduced in episode 7 of the second season:
This episode went a long way towards solving one of the longstanding mysteries of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: what exactly is the alien serum injected into Coulson, and what are those strange markings he and others injected with the serum started carving when they lost their marbles a little? The agents thought the carvings were some kind of map, but it was revealed that they were a blueprint to a mysterious lost city. And since the source of the serum seems to be a blue alien that resembles a Kree, a race of aliens that are extremely militaristic and technologically advanced, it stands to reason that the serum is Kree blood and the lost city is the Kree society of Attilan.
This would make sense, not only because Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is notoriously tied to the MCU and an Inhumans solo movie was recently announced, but also because it would help explain Skye's elusive backstory. She was unaffected by the serum, and she has been labeled a 0-8-4, or an "object of unknown origin." Furthermore, the city of Attilan was, at one point in the comics, located in China, and Skye was found as a child in a Chinese village that had been massacred by her parents, who were described as "monsters."
In this episode, the origin of the alien serum is discovered partially thanks to intel from Skye's "friend," Micro, whom she describes as a "crime scene junkie." Many fans believe that she is referring to Microchip, a hacker who serves as tech support for Frank Castle, AKA The Punisher. This theory is promising, considering that Marvel recently acquired the film and television rights to the anti-superhero.
The Punisher, a nihilistic and morally questionable vigilante, is very possibly too dark for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which often employs a more lighthearted tone. But this easter egg could lead to bigger and better things. First, there's the possibility of a Punisher Netflix show, as the early buzz about the Daredevil Netflix series seems to indicate that the shift in medium lends itself better to a darker, more serious take on superheroes. Marvel is nothing if not canny about replicating successful methods, so if the Defenders series are successful, then a Punisher series likely wouldn't be out of the question. The character also plays a significant role in the Civil War comics, which means he could appear in Captain American 3 or, since it's likely that the Civil War arc will last longer than one film, in other future Avengers films.
Baron Wolfgang von Strucker
We already know that Baron Wolfgang von Strucker, a former Nazi officer and a leader of Hydra, is a major player in the MCU. He was introduced in the post-credits scene of Captain America: Winter Soldier, shown keeping Scarlet Witch and Quiksilver captive in a secret underground lab. He will, unsurprisingly, play a large role in Avengers: Age of Ultron, as he is featured heavily in the origin stories of the newest additions to the Avengers team. But now we know that he may also appear on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., as he was referenced directly by the nefarious Ward during a Hydra meeting.
And speaking of Marvel Easter eggs, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns on Tuesday, November 18th, with "The Things We Bury," which will also feature Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter.