If you're one of the people who tuned out from [Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.](series:722469) last year right after the premiere, I don't blame you. I was not nearly impressed with the show last year as I am now. Last night's episode literally rocked the world. However I realized that I should have seen this coming because it seems like the producers are using one comic book to continually reveal more and more of its secrets. And its totally fantastic. Of course the whole thing with the Inhumans is an entirely separate deal but I honestly thought their dabble with this comic was over and done with. Until last night. This is a look at how this one comic has been the cause of all the change in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and possible insight on what to expect next.
Disclaimer: This does have nothing to do with the Inhumans, and if you really want to read up on why Skye went into a cocoon, just read the Inhumans book they have at Barnes and Noble. Or Infinity cause the terrigen bombs are mentioned there as well.
Secret Warriors was a limited series that premiered in 2009 featuring the white Nick Fury and his band of covert teenage superheroes. Together, they waged a secret war under the radar of most political entities against Hydra and the Russian equivalent, Leviathan. It can be collected in a single 30-something issue omnibus which I highly recommend. Because it will blow your mind. But lets get something straight first.
Nick Fury in this comic is white. Now most people don't even believe in the existence of white Nick Fury. He's up there with Santa Claus and the tooth fairy. I just would like to clarify that while race should not be an issue, for some reason this Nick Fury is a lot more badass than the one you see in the MCU. Seriously.
Do you guys remember the Absorbing Man? In this page, Fury just beat up his son who has the same exact powers. There's a lot more hands-on approach with this Fury than Samuel L. Jackson's. When Jackson's Fury has a gun, he never seems to hit anything. Case and point the Avengers. Plus all he seems to do is stand there and scream orders.
Sure he had some action in Cap 2. But he ended up running away head between his heels. Honestly white Fury would have destroyed everything.
White Fury isn't afraid to tussle with gods and men. But enough of the pissing contest. This is about Agents of Shield.
The whole premise of the Marvel Cinematic Universe going belly-up is the fact that Hydra has been infiltrating SHIELD the entire time. Which is basically the plot of Secret Warriors and why Fury left SHIELD. Hence its the only factor that gives Agents of SHIELD an actual purpose.
This douchebag actually was never mentioned in the Marvel Universe until Secret Warriors. However like everyone else in Secret Warriors, Whitehall's origin as well as level of badassery is severely overloaded.
In the comic, Daniel Whitehall was a superpowered leader of Hydra who had a mystical suit of armor and fought Fury on equal terms. I feel personally that he was more imposing in the comic because he was not an atypical villain but much more in control of his emotions, actions, and genius. I was really looking forward to them bringing in the suit, but right now it seems unlikely.
The Koenigs seem to be the running gag of this show. They're like the oompa-loompas of Coulson's SHIELD. Honestly I don't know how they even got to be this way because the source material was way cooler.
In the Marvel Universe, there's only one Koenig, Eric, who fought alongside Fury in World War II and kicked total ass in Secret Warriors. Koenig unfortunately dies like his MCU counterpart but in a much cooler way while blowing away Hydra agents and facing down the Gorgon who I'll get into later.
I was actually very excited for John Garrett because in all of season one, he seemed like the only person to step up to the plate and be an actual badass. But then he went nuts.
Garrett is a cyborg like he is in the show. But he's not a Deathlok. And he's certainly not crazy. He acts as a mentor to the team as well as helps Fury screw Norman Osbourne over.
Baron Von Strucker
For those of you who've heard his name dropped through the series and after the credits, this is Baron von Strucker, Fury's nemesis because they fought each other during World War II. Only I have no idea how thats going to play out because it doesn't seem like MCU Fury had any part of World War II.
Strucker and Fury's rivalry was one of the strongest veins running through Warriors because this is a story spanning decades. Literally these two have been at each others throats as long as Joker and Batman. Strucker is also a badass.
Hopefully this level of badass appears in the MCU.
While they've really stolen character left and right from this narrative as well as the plot, I think that the final nail in the coffin happened last night:
Skye finally revealed her Inhuman heritage and is now known as Daisy Johnson, a.k.a. Quake. While the whole Inhuman thing is not this comic, Daisy Johnson is the second major character of the story and probably the hero.
Daisy Johnson was first introduced during the Secret War series which came out in 2004. Fury introduced her as the mystery member of his strike force on Latveria as well as a SHIELD agent.
In the series, Daisy is chosen by Fury to recruit her team as well as lead it into battle. What's telling is the relationship Daisy has with Fury, a man renown for not trusting anyone. His faith in Daisy is what keeps the team running and from running away.
So What does this all Mean?
Marvel seems to being going with the Inhuman arc mashed together with Hydra. Which either means at some point we're going to include the Inhuman royal family or something fun with Kree. However I believe that the creative team is going to keep pulling elements from the Secret Warriors Narrative. Here are some more predictions for the future:
Introduction of Members of the Team
They might not even have the whole team show up. But I'm betting there's going to have at least one of these other guys. The team goes clockwise starting from Daisy: Sebastian Druid, Stonewall, Fury, Yo-yo Rodriguez, J.T. Hellfire, Phobos, and not pictured, Eden Fesi. Fesi is probably the most likely because he's more popular than the others as they added him to the Avengers roster. The second most likely would possibly be Stonewall because they've already introduced his father, the Absorbing Man, into the MCU.
Introduction of More Hydra Leaders
There actually are a whole bunch more Hydra leaders including the cool Viper (Not the silly one from the Wolverine, the Hive, and below, the Gorgon.
The Gorgon has the same powers as the mythical Gorgon. And honestly with everyone turning into stone in the show, it wouldn't be a stretch for this to happen.
Leviathan is basically the Russian version of Hydra. They're separate entities but have the same goal: world domination. However most of their foot soldiers were turned into mutant bug men when Leviathan tried to put them in alien preservation cylinders for suspended animation. While I think its a stretch that they would include Leviathan because there is so much going on right now, I would not dismiss it for a future story arc.
White Nick Fury
This by far is the longest stretch. Currently they have been erasing every trace of White Nick Fury from the mainstream Marvel continuity because of the popularity of Samuel L. Jackson's. Every kids show, action figure, lunch box, and notebook has the Samuel L. Jackson Fury plastered all over. However I still think they could pull what they did in the main continuity and make the white Fury the father of the black one. But again, this seems like the unlikeliest of them all.
I wholeheartedly recommend this series, it is by far one of the best limited comic series ever. It also sets a weird contrast between the show and the actual Howling Commandos. My initial complaints had to do with the characters in the show not being that strong or any of them being that hard-ass. Coulson has stepped up to the job of being director, but honestly he simply isn't as ruthless or conniving as you need to be for the job. This comic has the feel of the Expendables with better writing. A bunch of old dogs who'll give their lives before they see the world burn.
The show has gotten a lot better thanks to the narrative being taken to new levels as well as better characters. I'm excited to see them continue to pull things from the Secret Warriors series.