A big complaint about Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen is that they do not adapt enough lore from Marvel comics. Adaption theory posits if a work piece (i.e. novel) gains new life in another medium (i.e. video game), something from the former shall change, and such change is inevitable whether the audience appreciates it or not. On the other hand, those who became religiously attached to the original work piece may condemn a revamp of it as a travesty, putting blame on anyone in charge. Characters and their arc, settings and their history, and conflicts and their resolution directly linked to the comics have been simplified, reduced, and cut for how [Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.](tag:722469) uses them; even so, the second plot points came together, these elements increased within Earth-199999’s context and now they will not stop. The quantity is going up.
Lash is the latest to join.
Who is Lash?
First appearance: Inhuman #1
Lash opposes the the Attilan Royal Family, specifically Queen Medusa. He comes from a pessimistic view point, believing only those who are capable enough to live on as an Inhuman. He cares little about everything else. His main actions consist of indoctrination, man slaughter, and betrayal, which all sound like a description for Jiaying, huh? Except... he goes to extreme lengths she would never think of. There's no grey area option here. Either you can handle being Inhuman or be given a mercy killing. He never allows much choice. That means autonomy is irrelevant to him. In fact, it's a foreign concept.
Lash interestingly reflects Mjolnir. Both are powerhouses that abide by thou art worthy. Lash is concerned if new Inhumans are worthy of the powers they are given. Can they handle it or become consumed by the madness that sometimes comes along with it? Death upon the weak! Wretched maggots unable to comprehend their existence have no place in Inhuman society. Well... he isn't cold-stone heartless. Just extreme. At least he comforts you before exploding every-bit of tissue, bone, and limbs left. To him you had a purpose and he's sorry you couldn't fulfill it, but your life will be better after death.
Lash has energy based powers.
What is the Lor Tribe?
During a time long forgotten, various fractions of the Royal Family departed away. Their opinions on how the Royal Family used Terrigen led to a disagreement, so severance was a viable option they took.
One tribe called themselves Lor. Yes they still exist. Their culture solely depends on a limited supply of Terrigen. Therefore, they select only a few people who truly deserve to undergo Terregenesis. The requirements are determined by said person's worthiness; some powers are deleterious, the individual behind those powers are possibly deleterious, and Terregenesis causes life-changing mutations that he or she might not be able to handle. The Lor took every detail into account, understanding Terrigen Crystals must be used sparingly.
Then Thane happened. Thanos once impregnated an Inhuman. It was the Lor who kept him hidden from his father. Sadly, Black Bolt unleashed a Terrigen Bomb on Earth, which caused Thane's power to immediately activate. Many Lor died in the process.
Thanks to Lash, a survivor, the tribe restarts. He recruits new Inhumans all over Earth, seeing if they would help him take down the Royal Family.
Note: The Lor live in Orollan, Greenland.
How does this fit into Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.?
Director Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) embarks on a deadly new secret mission to protect the world from new threats in the wake of SHIELD's wars with Hydra and a rogue faction of Inhumans. - Season three's synopsis.
Daisy just unintentionally caused new Inhumans to emerge against their will. The entire point of why Lash was written neatly fills in the effect to Daisy's actions. If there is one thing I learned from my experience with storytelling, it's characters who impact and control the story rather than the story (author's vision) doing whatever it wants. Daisy did something and now people are going to respond, which creates more conflict. Right now Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. needs a change in conflict to further develop its characters. The consequences are going to effect everyone's decision, their wants, and needs. They change because their status quo breaks. As long as Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen acknowledges and dramatizes the change, season three SHALL BE
Note: When I say Lash's placement in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is important I do not mean his source material's connection with the Royal Family, but a willingness to scrutinize Inhumans. Forcing Terrigenesis upon everyone would give him the opportunity to do exactly that. Remember this is someone who disregards the sanctity of life unless it proves itself worthy. He advocates ethnic cleansing. A face-to-face confrontation between our extremist and Secret Warriors will be interesting because their ideologies given them more justification to fight than I'm bad and your good, so let's brawl!
Think back to Raina. She originally sought out death, beveling suicide was her cure.
Lash wants to remove such burdens from Inhumans who didn't deserve to transform. Meanwhile, Coulson is a man of nigh-friendless; he sees the inherit good in people's hearts. Well most people (uhuhm Hydra or anyone on their level). If going by that implication why would he not involve himself with the newly presented problem, especially since Daisy is responsible for it? Yes she was justified to sink Terrigen Crystals, but never forget excuses hold little weight here. Lash gives two shits Jiaying forced my hand. The fact it was done sets things into motion for him.
As you can see, Daisy considers S.H.I.E.L.D., aka Secret Warriors, as the best way to protect her species. Jiaying obviously asserted a different opinion. Both dealt with the same predicament, yet used different methods to reach their conclusion. Lash... he isn't fond of either.
Lash has to provide an alternate viewpoint from those living in After Life rather than another replacement for Jiaying. Lucky he's a brand spankin' new character who can be interpreted rather directly into where Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s left off.
One last time, Lash is important because of his purpose. The concept behind why he was written. Someone arguing against the Royal Family's (Secret Warriors) firm set of values with dogmas they deem rightist. Sounds like season three digs deeper into ethos, an ethical application applied upon A, B, and C character that bridges the gap between us and them. Who is right? Who is good? Who is wrong? Who is evil? Exploring these topics will makes us care for input character because they're the one providing answers and it's up to Whedon family to dramatize each answer.
Why are the fish pills crucial?
Acting as a stand in for Block Bolt's T-Bomb (well almost similar idea), they forever change human history. Before Daisy learned about her origin, she was an average Otkau living life the way she saw fit. Now several everymen have no choice but to be drawn into a much weirder world considered once relevant to only Earth's holy trinity: S.H.I.E.L.D., Hydra, and Avengers. If you can't tell, humanity will need guidance when hidden truths become apparent; things we were never meant to understand creep beneath our shadows. The unknown can drive us mad if not treated carefully.
S.H.E.I.D.L.D. has the credibility of resolving superpowered outbreaks. It also has the credibility of making matters worst.
There are people out there who are suddenly waking up and they're enhanced, they're Inhuman, and they don't know what to do about it, and S.H.I.E.L.D. needs to get there and help them with that decision. And as we've seen in the past, SHIELD making that decision may not be the best thing for that individual. You immediately have that conflict. - Jeph Loeb.
Meanwhile, Lash has the credibility of understanding Inhumans either for the better or worst.
This leaves me with Daisy, an Inhuman S.H.E.I.D.L.D. agent who has the experience of standing from all sides.
Which side do you pick?
Wait... I forgot about THE REST OF HUMANITY! For the first time ever, a new agency unrelated to S.H.I.E.L.D. or Hydra responds to this Inhuman epidemic. Humans are curious by nature. Problem is... curiosity, when left unchecked, can blindly lead them down a dark path. What actions would come from another agency? Are they taking the general public's safety into consideration or chasing after Inhumans because of exploitation purposes? How does S.H.I.E.L.D.'s goal conflict with their own and vice versa.
Eventually the responses will expand from X,
, all the way up to Y,
I hope for a real game changer that effects every nation on Earth once society as a whole learns about Inhumans. Something huge or semi huge. It may take a while, nonetheless the reality is here. Finding out your next door neighbor no longer appears human sounds shocking. The response is more interesting than the immediate shock. Unfortunately all these damn fish pills limit Terragenesis. Agents of S.H.I.E.LD. isn't a surrogate for stories told through a bystander's view point either though occasionally that can occur (que Mike Peterson. Even he exists at the external level, putting more value on Daisy; her relationship to him doesn't matter to the degree of his relationship to her). Instead stories revolve around our main cast. You invest in them. I understand this part, however, Marvel Studios would be a fool not to explore the other option, especially by the time
releases. I think the audience can handle digging a little deeper. Recently turned Inhumans interestingly enough have an entire culture unknown to them that they can either embrace or reject at their own peril. It is not so much I wake up different, but holy crap my history just got complicated.
What happened to Simmons?
1: Eldrac the Door - an Inhuman who transports you where you are needed at the moment.
2: Monolith - Jack Kirby once adapted Arthur C. Clarke's Space Odyssey into Marvel comics. The Monolith was a cosmic key used to monitor and perpetuate evolutionary progress throughout space. Kriby's interpretation was similar except Celestials created it.
3: Kree Sentry - Robotic Kree weapons.
4: Psyche- Magnetron - Kree weapon that manipulates matter.
5: Romnar's substance - a substance that absorbs energy.
6: Kaptroid egg - containers housing fifty foot robots built to destroy Inhumans.
7: Kree Goo Thing - N/A.
8: Original Concept - Source of the diviners or N/A.
A variation of all these should include transpiration to X location. Simmons is somewhere else.
What is to come?
If Terrigen Crystals exist then what about their counterpart, Xerogen? It devolves lifeforms.
Does the Inhuman company Ennilux exist?
It's a family company short on family members, so join up! They have a long breeding program dating hundreds of years ago. Members are book-smart, but often hideous in appearance. Fitz and Simmons would fit right in.
Are any Pacifiers out there? Oddities that subdue powerful Inhumans.
What Inhuamns are left?
Well obviously the Royal Family is off limits. There's:
Iso - air bending powers.
Sarah Garza - plasma bending powers.
Alice Taylor - size reduction and growth.
Kacy - mouth manipulates wind.
Flint - rock bending powers.
Inferno - fire bending powers.
Grove - light bending powers.
Donnie Gild - yes he is an Inhuman.
How long will it take for the Royal Family to get involved and what would make them call out the Royal Guards? Great question that I can't theorize. Hell not even them. Bring in universal Inhumans (Dire Wraiths and Kymellians) or at least open the opportunity on the sliver screen. More Kree should show up, perhaps with Lady Sif again! Hints towards Maximus though that can happen around season sixish.. I understand ninety percent of this stuff is limited by budget and the fact no Avenger tier character will show up, but a man can dream.