The following contains spoilers for the episode of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Season 3, Episode 20, “Emancipation”) that ABC first aired on May 10. A major part of this week’s (and next week’s) episode of Agents of SHIELD centers around a spoiler from Captain America: Civil War. The television show doesn’t go into great detail about the movie but references a major part of the conclusion throughout the episode. Aside from the information related directly to this week’s episode of S.H.I.E.L.D., no details from Civil War will be disclosed below.
As a Captain America tie-in last week, Hive mentioned that he wanted ultimately to end any sort of “civil war” (human or Inhuman), and his logic worked something like this: Humans are scared of each other and scared of Inhumans. If all humans were Inhumans, no one would have to be scared any longer, and there would be no more war. To turn humans into Inhumans, he needs the blood of a Kree, which he can only get from Daisy, who happens to be infected by Hive and offers her blood to him willingly. The Marvel Cinematic Universe connection for Agents of SHIELD gets more obvious one week before the season finale.
The Captain America references make way for a nod to Marvel’s Agent Carter and the SSR, further tying itself to the MCU. Showing that every mutant has a purpose, Lash is unleashed to fight Hive while Lincoln works to save Daisy.
Captain America: Civil War tie-in
The opening scene of “Emancipation” shows Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) in a bar watching the news. They are reporting on the Avengers and the Sokovia Accords, in which all Inhumans are required to be registered and included on a top-secret list maintained by the federal government. S.H.I.E.L.D. has been working off the books for a while, and the POTUS has sent Glenn Talbot (Adrian Pasdar) to find out if Coulson has been harboring any undocumented Inhumans.
Of course, Talbott believes that all Inhumans need to the registered for the safety of mankind. When he tells Coulson that it’s “good enough for the Avengers,” Coulson rebuts, “Not all of them.” As he says, they’re different than the Avengers and should be treated differently.
“The Avengers operate in the spotlight. We work in the shadows.”
Talbott wants to see “the good, the bad and the ugly” of what Coulson is hiding. Elena “Yo-Yo” Rodriguez’s (Natalia Cordova-Buckley) lighting fast speed and her selfless background are “the good.” Lincoln Campbell (Luke Mitchell), still being held against his will, represents “the bad.” And when Talbott freaks out over just the appearance of a caged Lash (Matthew Willig), it’s clear who represents “the ugly” in his mind.
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Daisy & Lincoln: it’s complicated
While Lincoln is physically being held captive by SHIELD, Daisy “Skye” Johnson (Chloe Bennet) is psychologically being held captive by Hive (Brett Dalton). Thanks to her amazing hacker credentials, she’s able to communicate with Lincoln, and they both appear to want to leave SHIELD and Hive behind and just be with one another.
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Swerve: Hive was in on it all along, and he’s going to be waiting for Lincoln at the rendezvous so that he can kill him. Double-swerve: Lincoln assumed this was their plan, so SHIELD sent Lash instead. Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen), for her part, was the brains behind this scheme. Thanks to Lash, Daisy was given the cure for her Hive infection and was returned to SHIELD to recover for the season finale.
Hive vs. Lash
An almost god-like, evil Inhuman in a handsome man-suit battling May’s ex-husband-turned-monster. After destroying Hive’s legion of recently-converted Inhumans (dangerous creatures with inherent child-like loyalty to Hive and a face that looks like someone microwaved a Scream mask), he does some damage to Hive. Unfortunately, Grant Ward’s most recent incarnation escapes with his life. Hellfire makes sure that Lash isn’t so lucky.
Fitz and Simmons have been busy trying to figure out Hive’s endgame. He has the formula to infect humanity, and if he can disperse it from high enough in the Earth’s atmosphere, a huge chunk of the human race is screwed. That’s when Talbot informs Coulson that Hive’s people have probably stolen a nuclear warhead from an ATCU base in Indiana that could do just that for them.
Season Finale: Who will die on Agents of SHIELD?
Next week is Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. two-hour season finale, “Absolution.” Which character will fulfill Daisy’s prophecy and end their stint within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, giving their life in the line of duty? Watch the trailer below for some clues!
Where to watch
ABC airs Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Tuesday evenings at 9/8c. The five most recent episodes of S.H.I.E.L.D. are available to stream on-demand at ABC’s website.
Beginning Wednesdays, replays of Agents of SHIELD can also be streamed on-demand with a Hulu Plus subscription. MCU fans with a Netflix subscription can also stream the first two seasons of Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD.
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