I've been scanning the rumor mills and thinking through how my prediction for what's to come in the MCU applies to the new revelations in the latest episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (not with the goal of fitting tidbits of speculation to my theory, but seeing if it could still work given what we "know"). There are all kinds of ideas out there of who Skye will become--from Ms. Marvel, Spider Woman, Sin, and seemingly everyone in between. That being said, I'm here to share what I think are the top 4 fan theories making their rounds for who or what Skye is (and, for that matter, her father, "the Doctor")--with a few of my own ideas tossed in for good measure. We'll start with the least probable:
Mantis is the half-Vietnamese, half-German daughter of Gustav Brandt—Libra—and was born in Huế, Vietnam. In her childhood, her father leaves her in Vietnam at the Temple of the alien Priests of Pama, a sect of the Kree. The Kree believe she might become the Celestial Madonna and mate with the eldest Cotati on Earth to become the mother of the Celestial Messiah, "the most important being in the universe."
Okay... I know this theory only has loose ties to how Skye's story has unfolded thus far (the reason it's at #4 in my mind), but it's undeniably close. Abandoned, found in Asia (Skye was found in a Chinese providence, not Vietnam, but that could be changed without much fuss), Kree connections, Coulson's unbridled belief in Skye and her abilities. I'm just saying, the groundwork is there. Also, Mantis' father--Libra, a member of the Zodiac--would bridge nicely to over to Fury's family or, to stick with the Ultimate universe, Nick Fury himself, but I think that is all better suited for another article.
3. Abigail Brand
Abigail Brand's father was an extraterrestrial. She inherited the X-Gene from her mother. She has the mutant ability to coat at least her hands in some type of blue energy flame that is potent enough to burn through most metals. Her tongue is shaped differently allowing her the ability to speak alien languages that humans cannot. She is a Special Agent of the United States Government and the head of S.W.O.R.D., a subdivision of S.H.I.E.L.D., charged with defending the Earth from extra-terrestrial threats.
Not much is known about Brand's history, so this could be a good opportunity to make one (with Skye's story filling in the blanks). This theory too has some issues though, with the whole X-Gene being a part of her story; however, that's being ignored/changed for Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, so why not here as well? It's rumored that the Inhumans will sort of replace the mutants in the MCU and with the undeniable connections that AoS has shown so far to the Kree and Attilan (the Inhuman city), discovering that Skye is an Inhuman (rather than mutant) wouldn't be a shocker. This theory would make her father an extraterrestial of sorts, which wouldn't be hard to explain. Though, in the comics, Abigal had closer ties to Nick Fury, she eventually took over S.W.O.R.D. ("a subdivision of SHIELD"? Sounds something like the new S.H.I.E.L.D.).
2. Original character/Inhuman
This theory seems to be one of the most accepted out there,with the Inhumans movie green lit, and it sounds a lot like the Abigail Brand Theory without the specific ties to a little known character.
Daisy Johnson is the illegitimate daughter of Calvin Zabo, the supervillain known as Mister Hyde. Taken in by S.H.I.E.L.D. she is under the direct supervision of its longtime executive director, Nick Fury, even after the latter's defection from the agency during the events of the "Secret War".
I knew little to nothing about this character before doing research for this article, but the correlations with Skye's story and where the MCU is/is going are insane. Let's start with Daisy's father, Calvin Zabo:
Dr. Calvin Zabo was a morally abject but brilliant medical researcher who was fascinated by the effect of hormones on human physiology... He was eventually successful in creating the Hyde Formula, and turned into a huge, Hulk-like creature he called "Mister Hyde", named after the Mr. Hyde in the book. In this new form he found he had vast superhuman strength enabling him to crush cars and tear through steel as though it were made of cardboard.
At some point Hyde fathered a daughter, Daisy Johnson, who became a member of S.H.I.E.L.D. The girl was put up for adoption after birth, subsequently manifesting superpowers due to Zabo's mutated genetic code being passed on to her.
What do we know about Skye’s father? He’s a doctor with some form of control issues and unspecified super strength (no wonder he hates being seen as a monster... perhaps, Hulk like?), AND he knows a lot about The Obelisk and other alien artifacts (presumably).
Also, Hyde has connections to the Masters of Evil, Cobra (Serpent Society, anyone?), and the Civil War (though he's unfortunately more connected to Spiderman's part of the story).
Some time after the Civil War, Fury discovered Skrull (or, in the case of the MCU, Chitauri) sleeper agents...
Recognizing that Earth was being invaded by alien sleeper agents hidden among the society, Fury have assembled a team of Secret Warriors to defend it. The Secret Warriors recruit were a varied lot. Fury chose them not only for their competence, but also for their relative anonymity: he knew that obscure heroes would be ones least likely to be targeted...
He began with seismic-wielding former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Daisy Johnson (Quake); Phobos (Alex) the 10-year old son of Ares; Yo Yo Rodriguez, the super-fast mutant daughter of The Griffin; Hellfire (J.T. Slade), the mystical mercenary grandson of the Phantom Rider (Carter Slade); the son of Dr. Druid, Sebastian Druid; and the muscle-bound Stonewall (Jerry Sledge), [son of Absorbing Man].
Though the timeline will look much different in it's cinematic form, it's hard to look at these events without seeing the MCU connections:
Fury's Secret Warriors found a new purpose when Fury discovered that S.H.I.E.L.D. had been under HYDRA's control since its creation and that HYDRA's influence had reached even some of the highest levels of the United States government. They made the purpose of destroying both organizations
This has basically been the storyline of AoS since Captain America: The Winter Soldier, iof you replace Fury with Coulson, and with The Civil War coming up (after Age of Ulton and Ant-man), we've got some real crossover potential with AoS sooner, rather than later... all the more reason you should be watching Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Let me know what you think in the comments.