The long-awaited Inhumans movie has mutated into a new TV series with it's first two episodes premiering in cinemas this summer. (Hello, #IMAX!) The series will debut on ABC in September 2017 and will reportedly feature Black Bolt and the Inhuman Royal Family.
Will the show directly tie-in with #AgentsOfSHIELD?
I believe it will and the key to that connection is Brett Dalton’s Hive.
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The Inhuman God
Hive was introduced in the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 3 episode “Maveth.” The Inhuman inhabited Grant Ward’s dead body and used it as a host for the rest of the season. That storyline revealed that he was venerated as a god by Hydra, making his return to Earth the evil organization’s main mission on the show.
When Hive finally arrived on Earth, he killed every single ranking operative of Hydra, leaving the organization without a head. His powers of parasite manipulation rendered him almost invincible and was the cause for Daisy Johnson’s (Chloe Bennet) emotional breakdown.
How Hive Is The Interconnecting Link
Hive was one of the show’s most powerful Inhumans, but even more interesting was his origin, and that's what could ultimately connect Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. with The Inhumans.
Hive is said to be one of the first successful Inhuman test experiments of the Kree. Being one of the first means that over the course of history he would’ve eventually had to come in contact with Black Bolt and the rest of the Royal Family. Since he was exiled to the planet Maveth by a group of Inhumans and those Inhumans might as well be the Royal Family.
So if Hive has already come in contact with Black Bolt, then could the plot of The Inhumans be centered around this event? Maybe not entirely, but it would be the perfect way to tie-in the Inhuman Royal Family to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the rest of the MCU.
However, while I see this as a perfect opportunity to bridge the shows, I propose a better alternative that includes the return of fan-favorite Brett Dalton.
Days Of Future Past
If ABC's The Inhumans explores the period in time when Hive was exiled to Maveth, then we would not see Brett Dalton reprise the role since Hive inhabited Grant Ward’s body many years later.
The alternative would be to have Black Bolt and the Royal Family time travel from the future, back to our present, or to the point in time when Hive was killed in Season 3's finale.
This would make the most sense since we haven’t heard of Attilan (Inhuman City) or the Royal Family at all in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Picture this, if an Inhuman pandemic hits the world and all of a sudden people start having these incredible powers (AKA the plot of Season 3), wouldn’t the Inhuman Royal Family intervene?
Even more, if world governments and terrorist organizations like the Watchdogs declare war on the Inhumans (current plot of Season 4), wouldn’t the Royal Family intervene as well?
Their absence could be due to them currently being in the future. Something terrible could happen that causes them to travel to the past; our present. And what better moment for them to return than when Hive was about to release artificial Terrigenesis to the entire world population.
With their return, Hive could’ve survived and from that point forward we could see The Inhumans #TV show run its course.
Is Hive The Link Between The Shows?
Hive was one of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s most beloved characters due to the portrayal of Brett Dalton. Since Hive was one of the first created Inhumans, then he could be the link that connects The Inhumans with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the MCU.
Here’s hoping for the return of Brett Dalton!
What do you think? Will Hive connect The Inhumans to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the MCU? And should Brett Dalton reprise the role?
Let me know in the comments!