Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. premiered tonight. Check out our review here. It looks like Daisy and Robby Reyes are going to be a vigilante team and perhaps romantic eventually. Speaking of which, Daisy was also briefly reunited with the old team as they were investigating the mysterious ghosts. Some people can forgive her, some can’t. At S.H.I.E.L.D. headquarters, we got finally to meet the new director and learn a little bit about him.
Tonight’s episode was loaded with a bunch of Easter Eggs related to Marvel comics and the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Let’s take a look at a few of them…….
Did We See The Patriot?
Everything about the new director of S.H.I.E.L.D. is mysterious. He certainly can put on the charm offensive, especially when it came to impressing government officials. However, he still is drastically changing S.H.I.E.L.D. in regards to bureaucracy and security. He forces Coulson and May to wait two hours for a meeting and even has his own bouncer guarding his office. Something else is revealed later in the episode in regards to him which we will get to, but he might be a classic marvel character.
If you were are a close captioning person, then you would see that in the opening scene the new directors was identified as “MACE” and his first name is Jeffrey. Comic book fans know the name Jeffrey Mace from back in the days. He was “The Patriot.”
Patriot was a character from the 1940s who was so inspired by Captain America that he became his own superhero (even though he had no powers) and eventually took up the mantle of Captain America when Steve Rogers was in suspended animation. It seems that this is not a complete comic-to-screen adaptation (for reasons we will say next), but this is a good callback to old-school comic books. Now that Steve Rogers is "AWOL" and no longer Captain America, Director Mace could fit in.
The New Boss Is “Special”
When May is having her breakdown and fighting everyone she is pretty much beating everyone, including her hit squad as well as Coulson (why can’t she and Black Widow fight to settle once and for all who's the biggest badass?). After she dismantles all of them, Director Mace comes in and she tries to take him on. However no matter what she does (punches, using pipes, instead, Mace is an Inhuman who seems to have super strength and invulnerability. So why does he need that big bodyguard?
Laster on he and Coulson talk about Mace assuming the title of director instead of Coulson and it was Coulson’s idea to have the agency run by one of the Inhumans. Almost like Heroes, it’s kind of a “one of us, one of them” situation. This will help the public trust Inhumans if the world’s best agency can be run by one of them.
We Get To See Hellfire In Action
With the introduction of Robbie Reyes AKA Ghost Rider last week, we got to see his Hell Charger light up as well as his super cool skull light up. However, one of Ghost Rider’s key powers is the ability to use Hellfire. Hellfire can be burning hot, or be scorching cold. Hellfire can also burn the soul of the Ghost Riders victims as well. In tonight’s episode, we got to see Hellfire used in two different ways.
After Daisy reveals to Robbie that she knows about his younger brother, that triggers him. He previously spared her during their fight last week, but once you threaten family all bets are off. During their fight, he grabs a tool which he lights up with Hellfire and when he strikes Daisy with it. It doesn’t burn her the way normal fire would. It looks like Hellfire is having the “burning cold” properties of the comic book. In addition to her already having a hurt arm, he did some real damage to her.
When Daisy and Robbie save Mack and Fitz from the ghosts, Robbie grabs the ghost and completely disintegrates him with the Hellfire. This is an instance of the Hellfire being used as “hot fire.” The only form we haven’t seen yet is the one that burns the soul and we’ll probably see that one soon enough.