Okay, so we have just a few hours (less than a day) left until the first season finale for the recently-renewed Marvel's Agents of SHIELD. And, of course, fans of the show are way excited, as they should be (whether they're long time Marvel fans, or just getting around to loving what the Marvel universe has to offer). As any avid watcher of the show is surely aware of, a lot of questions still remain to be answered, before the Agents leave the small screen for the summer.
And no, this isn't referring to the inter- and intra-agency secrets. As interested as we may be in discovering the secrets of SHIELD/HYDRA, Cybertek, etc, the secrets to which this article alludes, have more immediate potential for not just global, but interplanetary consequences. That's right, boys and girls (and variations thereupon); now is the time to keep an eye out for the Kree.
Now, for those of you who didn't know, the Kree are a highly-technologically-advanced humanoid alien race from the planet Hala, in the Magellanic Cloud. And as you've seen within the series so far, the Kree can have a blue skin color, and their genetics can lend to the production of very powerfully effective medicines, which humans can use to overcome some quite grave injuries.
Though, since the blue creature pictured above is (with MAOS star Chloe Bennet's confirmation) a Kree alien, a species based on the comics, a look back to the comics can probably give us an idea of what to expect from them later on in the series. Not to mention, it should be great to keep in mind for upcoming Marvel Movies (*hint hint* Guardians of the Galaxy *hint*).
First off, according to the comics, the Kree are highly technologically advanced (as mentioned above). And the SHIELD facility known as the Fridge is known to have access to a lot of technology. Undoubtedly, in the recovery of the Kree body from which the GH-325 serum is derived, some alien tech was also pulled up.
Not to mention, the series name-dropped a Professor Vaughn about halfway through the season. And as we all know Marvel rarely mentions names for nothing. The 'Vaughn' reference is likely an allusion to Wendell Vaughn, who becomes a cosmic superhero by the name Quasar, and ends up developing an alliance with Kree-soldier-turned-Earth-superhero Mar-Vell (aka the first Captain Marvel).
And the potential just gets better from there. Not only does this bring forth the potential for Quasar and Mar-Vell, but it should also put fans on the look-out for another ally of Mar-Vell, Ms. Carol Danvers. Danvers gains powers similar to her alien ally, after an accident involving contact with Kree technology combines her genetics with Kree DNA. After some time as Mar-Vell's female counterpart Ms. Marvel, she ends up assuming the mantle of Captain Marvel herself.
And speaking of alien tech, the Kree are not just involved with your run-of-the-mill set-your-phasers-on-stun sort of technological dabbling. During a thousand-year conflict with another alien race (the Skrulls), the Kree sought a way to genetically modify an army of powerful warriors to help them tip the scales in their favor.
The test subjects for this genetic experimentation would be a young, developing race: the ancestors of the Human race. The creatures produced by these experiments would come to be known as Inhumans. That's right; this episode of MAOS could well be setting up for the events of an Inhumans movie.
Further evidence toward this possibility includes that terrible, heart-wrenching scene from last week in which *SPOILER ALERT* Agent Ward chases Agent Fitz and Agent Simmons into a room, which he then ejects from The Bus, into the ocean. *SPOILER ALERT OVER* True enough, that scene was quite sad to see. Though, according to the comics, the water is actually a perfect place for yet another Kree-borne discovery to work its magic: The Terrigen Mists.
The Terrigen Crystals are an incredibly rare mineral found within the Inhumans' homeland, Attilan. They were discovered by an Inhuman scientist, and revealed to react with water of a certain temperature, to produce a gas called the Terrigen Mists. These, in the presence of the right genetic specimen, would cause that specimen to gain superhuman abilities (and sometimes also a physical mutation).
To that end, it's quite possible that this is not the last we've seen of Fitz/Simmons. They're obviously not going to emerge as Black Bolt and Medusa, king and queen of the Inhumans, but they could very well return, gifted with certain abilities and body alterations--specifically aquatic ones, as the Terrigen Mists are said to manifest abilities as a projection of a subject's deepest desire or worst fear.
And speaking of being the 'right genetic specimen', let's have a look at perhaps the most immediately relevant effects of extraterrestrial contact with earth: our resident 'living code 0-8-4', Skye. Fairly early into the series, it was made clear that Skye's origin was a particular point of interest. Nobody has any idea who her parents are, nobody can seem to track them down.
Then, the term '0-8-4' is brought up, as a designation for an object, item or subject of alien origin. It is later discovered that Skye is herself a '0-8-4', having been discovered abandoned as a little baby in China, after some devastating attack, that killed up everybody else in the town. And, recently, Raina revealed to Ward that not only was the attack carried out by two frightening monsters, but the monsters were believed to be Skye's true biological parents.
Now, some might ask how it is possible for the Kree to be monstrous, and yet produce a child that is mistaken for human? The answer is quite simple, really. the Kree are composed of several sub-races: the primary archetype (the base form of the species) is the Blue-skinned humanoid shape, like the one showed on TV. Though, there also exist other sub-races, including a 'Pink-skinned' variation (which looks similar to Caucasian humans), the Succubus Kree (females which could manipulate desires and potentially drain life force) and others.
Among those others, exists a sub-species of Kree called the Ruul. These aliens are not blue, but gray, with long shoulder-length tentacles. Their genetics were synthetically altered by an old ruler of the Kree. As a result, they gained shapeshifting powers, allowing them to survive in nearly any environment.
As to what happens next, think back to a more familiar Marvel shapeshifter, our beloved Asgardian god of mischief, Loki. When Odin conquered Loki's people, and spared him as an adopted son, Loki subconsciously changed his form to match that of the adult he was now in the care of. Skye could very well have done the same thing, when discovered by human agents, after her true biological parents were hauled away and/or killed.
If that happens to be the case, then perhaps getting injected with yet another infusion of Kree-DNA (ie the drug GH-325, derived from the dead Kree alien) will be enough to not only heal Skye's gunshot wound, but also to help reawaken long-dormant superhuman Kree shapeshifting powers.
Of course, in less than a day's time, this theory will be confirmed or denied. Until then, though, what do you think? Do you like this theory? Does it seem solid? Are there facts not being taken into account? Do you have more to add; do you think something needs to be removed? Let us know in the comments below! We don't have long before a summer-long wait for season 2 of Marvel's Agents of SHIELD. Comment now, and then after the finale, let's compare notes!