While I have spent two articles discussing the DC side of television I must confess that I am quite a fan of the Marvel produced Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter shows. I enjoy the way continuity is used to expand parts of a world we would probably never get to see in a movie, especially with the prospects of the upcoming Netflix TV series potentially showing us heroes on a smaller scale. As many people are mixed on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 1, as it was more focused on working towards the reveal coming out of [Captain America: The Winter Soldier](movie:254973) it couldn't truly build up its own mythology until much later. With Season 2 many things have changed and the show has certainly been heading into an interesting direction by introducing what seems to be our first steps towards the Inhumans.
I, like many, enjoy theorizing what they are planning for the other shows and especially the movies, but after having an off-script discussion with a good friend @JoshuaWMurcray, we have taken a look at the various theories and rumors surrounding Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but one of the most interesting ones we came up with surrounded the future of Agent Carter beyond its current season, and what direction [Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.](series:722469) may be heading towards after the Inhuman arc comes to an end.
The following video and text will contain potential spoilers for the upcoming films and TV shows, but they are still only theories and rumors surrounding various productions at this time. Also the video is almost two hours long, so you will find the essential theory from the video in the text below, but if you are interested in people having a fun discussion about the MCU and even more, please enjoy the video.
The Zodiac Issue
The entire theory revolves around [Marvel's Agent Carter](series:1119765)’s original One-Shot that introduced us to the Zodiac serum. After further research by Joshua, he uncovered a powerful object within the Marvel universe called the Zodiac Key. In the comics, Jake Fury, the brother of Nick Fury, wielded the Zodiac Key at one point. The most interesting aspect behind the object was the fact that it gave sentience to the LMD of Nick Fury, who was renamed Max Fury. Now, we face the issue that the first season of Agent Carter strongly focuses on: Leviathan, and takes place before the entire One-Shot. But it seems they could be keeping this storyline for a summer season, or for the next year. What would be interesting is how similar the Zodiac Key’s powers of creating or giving life - which sounds awfully similar to the powers of the Soul Gem - are to one of the missing Infinity stones.
The original Human Torch
So, what can you do with a Soul gem? Well, in Captain America: The First Avenger we actually got a sneak peak at the original Human Torch, a member of the Invaders alongside Namor and Captain America in the comics. While Cap is still a capsicle at this point, the Human Torch, or Jim Hammond, is one of the first androids in this universe, and who developed his own conscious in the comics. Already made the connection? Our prediction or hope is that in Season 2 of Agent Carter we could see Howard Stark get his hands on the Zodiac Key and manages to bring life to the machine that was the original Human Torch, whose body one day would even serve as the basis of the Vision, who will be appearing in the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron. It would certainly serve as a great way to give relevance to Agent Carter’s adventures affecting the films even if this series takes place in the far past.
What about Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.?
Of course, if one considers continuity across the Mavel Cinematic Universe one cannot forget Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. As stated before, it started introducing its viewers to the Inhumans in its current season, but could potentially hold more relevance due to the connections with one of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s founders, Peggy Carter. Look at the characters played by Patton Oswalt, the Koenig triplets. Anyone else wonder why these characters all look exactly the same and even share the same character traits? One fan theory is that they are LMDs, but let us take this concept one step further. How about they have been LMDs ever since the Zodiac Key was uncovered by Carter. Eric Koenig? The first one we were introduced to was actually a Howling Commando in the comics. So he could either have lived in the 1940s and received an LMD that lived until the modern age, or maybe the Eric Koenig LMD was a part of the Howling Commandos.
Not only would this give Patton Oswalt some scenes in Agent Carter, but would also make his character more relevant as he might hold the key to where the Zodiac Key is being held. Imagine the team finding it, which turns out to be one of the key objects Thanos is trying to get his hands on. Not only would that make the show an essential part of the franchise, but also would give it a great tie in as the movies build up towards the Infinity War.
So, what do you think? Are these interesting theories? Are we grasping for straws? Did we miss something you think could be added? Leave a comment below!
And if you still haven't checked out Agent Carter make sure to do so!