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More specifically, has Death come to Marvel's [Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.](tag:722469) Before we really get started with the article, be forewarned that I'm about to drop some massive spoilers for the show, and potentially for the entire MCU.

That being said, let's get started! So, Elizabeth Henstridge wowed audiences this week with an episode revolving around the 4,722 hours Simmons spent on a foreign planet, after being sucked in by the Monolith. To recap, she ends up lasting for quite a while on her own, then meets up with a stranded astronaut (subjected to the same portal) named Will. Besides the fact that he has a great name, he also has a cave, and knowledge of the planet. They band together as they try to find a way home. During that time, bad stuff happens, and flashbacks, and this mysterious sandstorm that Will calls "Death".

And then this happened:

Simmons visited a place dubbed the "No fly zone" by Will: an area of desolation and really bad stuff. The sandstorm comes in, and this apparition accosts our heroine. Simmons escapes of course, but it becomes clear that Death is no longer an idea, but a being.

If any of you are familiar with Marvel comics, you understand the importance of this. For those of you who don't yet get this, allow me to explain. You see, in the Marvel universe, Death is a person.

Death personified is one of the most powerful beings in the universe. Thanos the Mad Titan becomes infatuated with her, and begins his downward spiral into the pit of psychosis. His entire plan to destroy the universe (which includes building the Infinity Gauntlet) is his attempt to prove his love to Death. Each time he boasts of his genocides, however, she essentially friend-zones him. Which is sad, but not really the point. The point is that she's integral to Thanos' story and the Infinity Gauntlet. So, it was extremely likely that she would appear at some point.

The Theory:

Here's what I believe: Simmons was transported to Titan, Thanos' homeworld, and met Death while she was there. The Monolith was either of Death's making, or something Titan in origin.

Look at this planet! Barren, devoid of nearly all life, and with thirty seconds of sun every eighteen years. Sounds like a perfect place for a summer home. Not. This planet looks as if it was decimated. To add a little exposition: Thanos nearly destroyed his homeworld of Titan. It would have been left something like what we saw in the episode. Yes, I know that the comics use Saturn's moon as his homeworld, but that wouldn't make much sense in the MCU.

Then there's the shadow from the episode. It seems to be wearing a dark cloak. However, everyone and their aunt in Marvel seems to be wearing a dark cloak. The difference this time is Will's repeated reference to it as "Death". And there is the fact that "It" killed everyone else who wound up on the planet. Either Simmons jumped universes and that's Kylo Ren, or we have a bad case of Death on our hands.

Finally, we come to the Monolith. Everyone thought it was Kree, and the Inhumans were terrified of it. However, I don't believe that it was made by the Kree, but that it simply resided with them for a while. My theory is that it is Titan in origin, but it seems too organic for that. Another thought is that the Monolith is a tool made by Death herself, much like a web. Beings are caught by the stone, and like a spider, she eats them when she chooses, for they are trapped in her net.

What do you think? Is it possible that Marvel has introduced us to Lady Death? Will we see her in more episodes, or even the Infinity War films to come? What role will she be playing, and how will that effect the rest of the MCU? Let me know in the comments, or write an article about what you think is going to happen to the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.


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