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Score one for the internet! After months of speculating, everything we have theorized about [Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.](series:722469) has pretty much proven to be true: The Inhumans aren't just coming sooner than we think; they've already arrived.

As some fans had thought (I was, incorrectly as it turns out, not one of them), Skye is indeed Daisy Johnson, a.k.a. Quake, and her dad, exec producers Maurissa Tancharoen and Jed Whedon confirmed in an interview with IGN, is none other than Marvel supervillain Calvin Zabo/Mister Hyde.

And yes, it was also confirmed that this season's MacGuffin of "the Obelisk" (or as we now know it's named, the Diviner) was not one of the Infinity Stones, but a Terrigen Crystal (one of the things I DID guess correctly).

Go on, brush yo' shoulders off, internet. High fives all around!

So, uh...what now?

It's taking us all a while to process all the EVERYTHING IS HAPPENING that is the Marvel Universe right now. Just imagine how Our Geek and Savior Kevin Feige feels. And now, the Inhumans are officially part of the MCU tapestry a full four years before their movie is slated to be released on November 2nd, 2018 as part of Marvel's Phase Three.

And while some people might be wondering Marvel decided to go all-in on an Inhumans storyline so soon, why they essentially did a soft launch of a Phase Three storyline years before the movie hits theaters, I's brilliant. Why? Think of the possibilities. As Tancharoen said

Yes, we’re thrilled to be able to dive into the introduction of the Inhumans. Everything, as we know, everything is connected in the Marvel universe. Much like the way SHIELD, the organization, you got to see glimpses of it throughout the films, now we’re doing it the other way. And one will always affect the other, so we’re just excited to be the first to have the opportunity to start exploring that territory.

And it's smart to start exploring that territory now. Marvel has already said they have no interest in introducing characters via origin stories anymore. It takes too long to develop stories that must fit quickly and seamlessly into the larger landscape of the MCU, and, as [Guardians of the Galaxy](movie:424073) showed this year, an origin story isn't necessary as long as the introductory script is a strong one.

Still, with the Inhumans introducing a whole new set of characters and possibilities, audiences will have to be prepped at least to some extent before an Inhumans movie hits theaters. If they are going to replace the X-Men and *drops voice to a whisper* mutants in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, some explanation is needed.

What better way to do that than to take their lengthy, complicated backstory and unfold it slowly throughout the course of a full season of television, in a medium that allows, unlike film, to really put the building blocks of a key part of the MCU, as the Inhumans will be, into place?

Too soon? I say bring. it. on.


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