Season 4 of #AgentsOfSHIELD is already through its sixth episode and they are on fire. Their version of Robbie Reyes as #GhostRider has captured the hearts of many fans. With the origin of Robbie now tied to Johnny Blaze, 10PM on ABC has become the Tuesday-night audience’s main attraction.
Episode 6, “The Good Samaritan,” not only introduced Johnny Blaze to the #MCU, but Eli Morrow, Robbie’s evil uncle, also inherited powers – leaving many fans to theorize that Eli Morrow is now the Molecule Man.
Brief Recap Of 'The Good Samaritan'
In addition to the cameo from Johnny Blaze and an intense battle between S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Jeffrey Mace and Ghost Rider Robbie, the episode also gave us a glimpse at the “Book of Sins,” the Darkhold.
The book was the last ingredient needed to complete Eli Morrow’s evil experiment for “godhood.” However, his plans have been thwarted now that the book is in the hands of Coulson and Agent May. The book revealed that Morrow was not the happy and caring uncle we believed him to be in the previous episodes.
Also, Jemma was sent on a secret mission by the Director, and both the Director and Coulson decided to bring Robbie into the team – unofficially.
The episode ended with Eli Morrow going through a transmutation that was similar in style to the way Doctor Manhattan received his powers in #Watchmen. The last scene of the episode depicted Eli creating a levitating rock out of thin air. With powers like that, it didn’t take long for fans to speculate who Eli had become.
Is Eli Morrow The Molecule Man?
Based on that scene alone, it's a possibility, but before we jump to conclusions we have to take into account what happened to the other scientists who tried the body-altering procedure.
Scientist Lucy Bauer, her husband and the other scientists were betrayed by Eli -- who was the one responsible for turning them into ghosts. Their ghostly state was produced by their presence inside Momentum Lab’s energy machine, the same way Eli received his new powers.
The difference then, was that they hadn’t finished the full procedure as listed in the Darkhold. Eli knew this and proceeded to betray them. The machine then grants the receiver some type of other-dimensional powers – possibly a link to a dark dimension or maybe even Hell. At least that’s what appeared to happen when Robbie delivered his type of “penance stare” and they instantly disintegrated.
Like Eli Morrow in “The Good Samaritan,” the Molecule Man in #Marvel Comics got his powers in a similar fashion. In that storyline, Owen Reece was a technician working at Acme Atomic Corp. After a laboratory accident, he was struck by radiation and acquired the power to control molecules, allowing him to manipulate matter as he desired.
It wouldn’t be a surprise if Eli was made into Molecule Man in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, since we’ve already seen how the characters in the show have diverted from their comic book counterparts. One example is Daisy Johnson, who initially was Skye. Another is Hellfire, who was made into an Inhuman.
In the comics, his powers are tied to mysticism and the Phantom Rider. Nevertheless, I believe that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is heading in a totally different direction with Eli Morrow.
If Not The Molecule Man, Then Who Has Eli Morrow Become?
Since the show often creates original characters (like Lincoln), then it's possible Eli isn't the Molecule Man. He could be a new character who is just a pawn of a larger game. Eli obtaining powers could be a part of an original story that has nothing to do with the character fans believe him to be at this point. We may find that later in the Season, the other dimension from where Eli possibly derives his powers is where this Season's real villain resides.
Eli Morrow gaining powers from a dark dimension sounds a lot like Kaecilius from #DoctorStrange.
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The Darkhold is a book dating back to a time when Elder Gods roamed the Earth. That being said, Eli could have obtained his powers from #Dormammu’s Dark Dimension or from a demonic being like Chthon, or even Mephisto. However, it's unlikely that the Darkhold belongs to Dormammu’s Dark Dimension -- though that would be a perfect tie-in to Doctor Strange.
The most plausible connection must be to a demonic being that has yet to be introduced. What this ultimately means is that the MCU is entering its darkest phase yet and appears to be setting up a very interesting twist.
With Dormammu from Doctor Strange and Hela from #ThorRagnarok in the movie universe, a demonic Big Bad in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and Sigourney Weaver speculated to be playing a demon in #Netflix’s #TheDefenders, it's possible all of these devils could be working together.
Eli Morrow Could Introduce Chthon, Mephisto Or Another Demon
Eli Morrow’s new powers and Johnny Blaze’s cameo just made things a whole lot interesting in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. While many fans believe Eli could be a version of Molecule Man, I believe that he is another character who is actually harnessing powers from an evil dimension like Kaecilius in Doctor Strange.
What do you think? Let me know in the comments and poll below!