- May used to be different. She was always quiet, she was just... she was warm. Fearless in a different way. Getting in trouble, pulling pranks, thought rules were meant to be broken.
Melinda May was born to William and to the intelligence operative, Lian May. At age 7 she became an ice skater and admired the famous ice skater Dorothy Hamill, winning many rewards in competitions. However, she found the ice too hard when she fell on it, so at the age of 12, she switched to martial arts, where the floors were padded.
May eventually joined S.H.I.E.L.D., believing that the agency was the best defense of the United States of America and the world against any possible threat. During her career, she met and fell in love with Doctor Andrew Garner, and the two eventually eloped.
Trained by the best S.H.I.E.L.D. had to offer, May became an ace pilot and a weapons expert, a soldier who could perform above and beyond the call of duty. She was one of the few S.H.I.E.L.D. agents who had more black belts than the notorious Black Widow, whom she met and befriended.
May met Agent Phil Coulson, one of the highest-ranking S.H.I.E.L.D. agents and the right-hand man of Director Nick Fury, during a mission in which the two were paired up together. During the mission, their commander sent them to a coffee shop in Sausalito on a retrieval operation without an exit strategy. May wound up in the bay for five hours until Coulson eventually fished her out.
Coulson would describe May as warm, fearless and not afraid to break rules. May was quiet, but not above pulling pranks on her fellow agents. She also met Alexander Pierce, one of the leaders of S.H.I.E.L.D.
May and Coulson would often talk of being able to pick their own operations and to call their own shots without the bureaucracy and red tape.
During her time as a field agent, in 2008, she joined a S.H.I.E.L.D. team on a mission to Bahrain for an Index Asset Evaluation and Intake of Eva Belyakov, a woman with super-strength. The mission went south when Eva and a group of gunmen took a girl hostage. The S.H.I.E.L.D. team attempted to contain the situation only for them to all get abducted. With S.H.I.E.L.D. stalled by red tape and with the Bahraini military closing in, May went in alone and discovered that the agents were being mind-controlled. She managed to kill Eva, only to learn that it was her daughter, Katya, who was the one with the mind-control powers. Shot in the leg and unable to run, May chose to shoot Katya in self defence to avoid being touched, killing her and breaking her control over her thralls. The agents had no memory of their time under Katya's control and presumed that May fought through an army to save them and nicknamed her "the Cavalry". However, traumatized by what she had done, she requested reassignment to a quiet desk job in recent years.
When Agent Coulson was given permission to start a team for special assignments May was one of the first he recruited under the promise that she would only be "driving the Bus". This proved false as she was forced to use her field experience once again in their first few missions.
Agent May was revealed to have been communicating directly with Director Fury, providing status updates on the team. Agent May has been involved behind the scenes with the creation of Coulson's team from the beginning, including drawing up the team itself (and passing it off to Fury), as well as knowledge of Project T.A.H.I.T.I.
May continued in her role as a field agent after Coulson assumed the role of Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. She participated in a mission to retrieve information on an item known as the Obelisk from a former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, but the mission was aborted when a superpowered assassin killed Browning and took off with his information. Back at the Playground, May was able to match the assailant's DNA to Carl Creel, who they deduced had been working for Hydra.
After Keonig discovered that Creel was going to attack the newly-promoted Brigadier General Talbot, May and Skye were sent to Washington to protect him. During the fight, May was able to get Creel away from Talbot, and tried to fight him with little success. After the army took Creel into their custody, May abducted Talbot and brought him back to the Playground.
Later, May and a squad of fellow agents were tasked with infiltrating the army base where the Obelisk was stored to prevent it from falling into Hydra's hands. The mission objective to retrieve the Obelisk was thrown into disarray thanks to Carl Creel's interference, causing Skye to ask Coulson if they should abort the mission. Coulson ordered them to continue according to plan, but the mercenaries among the squad left anyway. Skye and Triplett were able to get away in a stolen quinjet, while May made her escape on a motorcycle.
While escaping the base, May came across the mercenaries' flipped car, and found only Lance Hunter had survived. She offered to help him get out of the car, but Hunter refused and told her to go after Creel, who had taken the Obelisk. May left Hunter a tool to cut himself out of the car and raced after Creel.
May soon caught up to Creel, and his stolen pick-up truck, but was ordered not to engage. She tailed the vehicle to a roadside diner where she waited outside until she heard a commotion and hurried in to investigate. A waitress had been petrified into a statue-like state after having come into accidental contact with Creel and the Obelisk. Creel himself had slipped away amid the commotion.
May, Skye, Triplett, and Hunter later took part in Coulson's attempt to stop Creel from handing the Obelisk off to his superiors at Hydra, but Hunter betrayed the rest of the team and disabled them with his I.C.E.R. so he could get his revenge on Creel alone. After the mission was over and Creel was in their custody, Skye confided in May that she thought something was wrong with their new director. May brushed off Skye's concerns before heading to Coulson's office. There she made the observation that he was overdue of another "episode." Not long after, May recorded Coulson meticulously recreating the alien symbols again.
When a 500-year-old painting was found to have symbols on its back, like those Coulson had been drawing, Coulson and May infiltrated a fund-raiser held by a Miami financier to take the painting for themselves. However, the painting had already been bought by the federal government, and Talbot was there to retrieve it. Leaving the party empty-handed, Coulson and May were confronted by Talbot on their way out. He offered to let Coulson have access to the painting if he would study at a government facility under his supervision. Coulson agreed, but needed an hour to give orders to his teammates.
May went to the hotel room they were to meet him at instead. In reality, Talbot was actually the Hydra agent Sunil Bakshi in disguise, and May was attacked and replaced by an impostor. Bakshi tied her up and started to torture her, trying to get any information about the new S.H.I.E.L.D. out of her. However, Coulson soon came back with the impostor, and realizing she was an impostor, attacked her. While Bakshi was distracted by the commotion outside, May escaped from her confinement and tackled Bakshi through the door, barging in on the fight. May then took over fighting her impostor from Coulson. Although they were equally matched, May eventually defeated her impostor with one of Bakshi's torture tools.
Both Coulson and May escaped with the painting and took it back to the Playground, where an analysis revealed the symbols were relatively recent. Deducing that there was another person somewhere making these carvings, Coulson reminded May that she would need to put him down if he ever went mad like Garrett. May refused, and showed him the plans she made to move him to the Australian Outback in a worst case scenario, but Coulson ordered her to kill him when the time came.
When S.H.I.E.L.D. learned of a massacre in which the U.S. Navy's anti-HYDRA taskforce was affected by a weapon resembling the effects of the Obelisk, May assumed it to be in HYDRA's possession. As she, Skye, Antoine Triplett and Lance Hunter went to Phil Coulson for information, Skye spotted Coulson scribbling the alien writing into his desk. When asked for his source on the writing, Coulson remained tight-lipped. As everyone else left, May advised Coulson that keeping Skye in the dark would not end well.
May later barged into Coulson's office in the middle of his argument with Skye, who had discovered Coulson's condition, announcing that Raina was calling them again and wanted to meet.
Coulson agreed to meet and brought May, Skye and Hunter along as his lookouts. While Hunter sat on restaurant floor, May and Skye watched through the kitchen window. After Raina entered the restaurant, she and Coulson had a debate about the Obelisk before the Director questioned what she had up her sleeve. Raina then revealed that she discovered Jemma Simmons working undercover at HYDRA and threatened to expose her if Coulson does not allow her take Skye. When questioned why, she revealed that she knows Skye's Father. Though May insisted that she was lying, Skye said that Grant Ward said Raina knew her father and it could not be a coincidence. Coulson then refused the bargain, prompting Skye to attempt to go out and surrender herself; May blocked her, ordering her to stand down. Though Skye insisted that Simmons' life was on the line, May claimed that Coulson had a plan and was forced to restrain her. Coulson allowed the situation with Raina to play it out, showing that he had a plan and was not going to be threatened by Raina.
With her leverage gone, Raina was forced to confess that she was trying to reclaim the Obelisk from Skye's father to spare herself from Daniel Whitehall's wrath. After injecting a tracker into Raina's leg and getting Skye's father's location, Coulson sent her off. May then took note that the address Raina gave was only a few blocks away. She then signaled Coulson to switch off their earpieces to privately discuss what Richard Lumley told them about Skye, suggesting that her father was the one whom the ex-agent feared. They then noticed that Skye had gone ahead and managed to catch up with her. They found the condemned building deserted, save for two corpses, one killed by a scalpel and the other by brute force. This causes Skye to label her father a monster.
Back at the Playground, while enjoying Simmons' return, May informed a confused Triplett that Bobbi Morse was Hunter's "she-devil ex-wife" he always complained about.
Melinda May led Bobbi Morse and Lance Hunter to Okinawa, Japan when they discovered that the Splinter Bombs used in an attack by HYDRA hired mercenaries on the United Nations were created there. During the flight, Morse asked May whether she still spoke to her ex-husband; May did not say a word.
May's team though arrived too late to save Noelle Walters' team from being killed by those same mercenaries. Their leader, Marcus Scarlotti, killed Walters personally. When the team did arrive, May fought Scarlotti unarmed as he used his personal weapon, the Rope Dart Knife. She eventually knocked him unconscious for Glenn Talbot to take him into custody as Talbot gave his condolences to May on losing six agents.
May was field commander of the mission to capture Grant Ward after he escaped federal custody. She told Skye that if Coulson began carving the symbols while she was away to monitor him. While she was flying the Quinjet, Antoine Triplett and Bobbi Morse both answered to her when he failed to capture Ward in Philadelphia and her cover was blown in Atlanta.
May had to stay focused on her assignment when she learned that Phil Coulson was using the Theta Brain-Wave Frequency Machine.
In Boston, May gathered her field agents, including Lance Hunter, to raid the Goldbrix Tavern to capture Ward. There she found three dead HYDRA agents and Sunil Bakshi in a back room, tied to a chair and unconscious.
Returning to the Playground with Bakshi, May witnessed Coulson ask Hank Thompson to join the organization. She then assembled with the other senior agents when Director Coulson gave them a new mission: find the city that matched the City Blueprints before HYDRA can.
May was in charge of the Playground while Coulson, Antoine Triplett, and Skye went to find the city. She told Coulson that Christian Ward wanted his own people to find his brother because S.H.I.E.L.D. was politically toxic.
Attention was given to Sunil Bakshi and Bobbi Morse's interrogation of him in Vault D. During the session, Morse wondered how Daniel Whitehall was connected to the Red Skull, so May revealed the keys to Vault B, where the Strategic Scientific Reserve kept its files. During their research, the agents learned that Whitehall was around during World War II as Werner Reinhardt, but they could not discern how he kept his youth.
When the Bus returned from Australia after finding the location of the city that matched the City Blueprints, May was among the assembled agents that Phil Coulson prepped to enter the city. However, Coulson learned from Billy Koenig that Agent 33 was assigned by HYDRA to retrieve Raina in Vancouver. So May became the mission commander of a team to protect her. Sam Koenig was looking forward to see her.
News aired of the investigation into the death of Senator Christian Ward; May told Skye that S.H.I.E.L.D. did all it could to help him. Coulson put Skye on May's team so that May could supervise her.
In Canada, May shot two HYDRA agents in a van, then used that van to hit two more operatives as they approached Raina when she attempted to surrender.
Aboard the cloaked Bus, everyone was wondering how May felt about Agent 33 having May's face. Skye came to her in a panic, talking that Coulson needed to be warned before he entered the city, but communications went down as four HYDRA Quinjets surrounded the plane.
Grant Ward traced Raina through the signal emitted by her tracker. May led the agents, guns drawn, in surrounding Ward as he entered the Bus. Ward promised that the quinjets would not fire, killing everyone, if Raina and Skye came willingly. Skye convinced May to allow her to leave.
May managed to save the rest of agents from an attack by the HYDRA Quinjets with a smart maneuver to cloak the Bus and eject the pods inside the plane to make HYDRA pilots believe they managed to destroy them. Arriving at San Juan, May told Phil Coulson what happened. In the Bus May blamed herself for letting Ward take Skye, but Coulson told her that her actions saved the others and that Skye would be fine as she trained her into a fully capable field agent.
When Coulson learned that HYDRA was in the Ponce de León Theater, May, Morse, Hunter, and Coulson prepared for the Battle for the Kree City. May landed the S.H.I.E.L.D. Quinjet upon the roof, and she and the agents went down firing as HYDRA operatives came up. When she reached the Plasma Drill at the bottom, she attempted to stop Coulson from going into the Kree City, but Coulson was determined to save Skye and to see what all of the writing meant. When Morse and Hunter came, May told them to flee before the bombs that Antoine Triplett set could explode. She was over the hole as an earthquake shook the area.
Upon return from Kree City, the senior agents were stressed; May used exercise to mentally handle the death of Antoine Triplett.
Director Phil Coulson called a meeting of the senior agents to discuss what he wanted done with Sunil Bakshi and how he planned to make HYDRA pay for Triplett's death. During the meeting, Alphonso Mackenzie and Coulson began to argue; May told Mackenzie to remember his rank when speaking to the Director. This statement was not liked by Lance Hunter who began arguing with May. Ultimately, Coulson pulled rank and dismissed the squabble.
May and Coulson began transferring Bakshi to Glenn Talbot's custody when the S.H.I.E.L.D. SUV she was driving was hit by a truck filled with mercenaries. After a firefight where May proved her marksmanship and acrobatic superiority, she was shot by a mercenary who escaped with Bakshi. However, all of this was planned to lead S.H.I.E.L.D. to HYDRA's new superior since Daniel Whitehall was dead.
May returned to the Playground and visited Skye in her quarantine. She saw Skye bleeding and asked what happened; before she could answer, Leo Fitz assured May that everything was fine. May went to call Coulson who was visiting Mrs. Triplett.
May and Skye sparred together, but May sensed that her student was holding back. When Leo Fitz interrupted the session, May challenged him but Skye asked him to leave, saying that she was fine.
Phil Coulson and she went to Portugal to retrieve Sif who had lost her memories but was seeking something called "Kava". Skye found on YouTube a video of Sif fighting a man; May showed the video to Sif but it did not help her. While talking to Sif, May complimented the Asgardian on her skills as a warrior.
Eventually, the man was apprehended and revealed himself to be a Kree named Vin-Tak. He came to Earth because a Diviner had been activated and he wanted to destroy the Inhuman who had transformed. Vin-Tak told them that he caused Sif to lose her memory using his Truncheon. He used the device on Sif again, curing her amnesia.
May continued to listen as Vin-Tak further explained the origin of the Inhumans. When Skye was questioned about what she saw in Kree City as Raina transformed, she became nervous and caused the Playground to shake. May, Coulson, Sif, and Vin-Tak all realized Skye was an Inhuman. Sif and Vin-Tak both decided that Skye needed to be destroyed. May and Skye ran with the two in pursuit.
May took Skye to Vault D and activated the Inertial Confinement Laser Barrier to be alone with her. May tried to talk Skye into using the calming techniques that they had practiced; however, Skye could not stop herself from causing the quakes. When Sif used her sword to break the barrier, Skye used May's I.C.E.R. to knock herself unconscious to keep from harming anyone. May used that act to get Sif to stand down, showing that Skye was not harmful to those she considered her friends.
May and Coulson escorted Sif and Vin-Tak away from the Playground so that the Bifrost Bridge could take them to Asgard. After they were gone, she and Coulson remembered how the first mission of Coulson's Team involved Skye and wondered if it was fate that brought everyone together.
With it known that Skye was an Inhuman, Phil Coulson and May put her in the Index. A psychological assessment was a requirement for Index candidates, so May went to Culver University to request the assistance of ex-S.H.I.E.L.D. consultant and May's ex-husband Andrew Garner. He told May that he would assist Skye, not her, not S.H.I.E.L.D. While in his office, she noticed a picture frame, but did not ask about it.
She brought Garner to the Playground, but asked him to allow her to speak to Skye first before his interview. May revealed to Skye that Garner was her ex-husband; this made Skye want to meet him to try to learn of May's past. After the interview, May and Garner had an amicable talk that Leo Fitz, who had not previously known that she was married, noticed made her smile and laugh. The conversation was interrupted by the Bus shaking; May awakened the napping Skye to stop the tremors.
Meanwhile, Coulson and Bobbi Morse were dealing with a prison break orchestrated by Calvin Zabo to release David Angar. When Zabo and his Slicing Talons were located in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, May quickly took the Bus to that location to backup Coulson, despite Garner and Skye being on-board. May told them to remain as non-combatants, but Skye insisted on helping; May decided to use Skye's relationship with Zabo to her advantage.
May brought Skye at gunpoint to the location of Zabo's and Coulson's confrontation; this caused Zabo to hesitate and explain his motives. Before David Angar could attack, Zabo was teleported away. May told Garner to take Skye off the battlefield as she ran to fight Francis Noche. She kept the super-strong villain from making contact as best as possible, but all fighting stopped when an earthquake started.
Back at the Playground, May told Skye that she would do everything she could to help her. Garner decided not to rejoin S.H.I.E.L.D.; as May escorted him off the grounds, he decided not to rejoin with her as well, because of the person in the picture frame.
May gave Garner's recommendation that Skye be relieved from field assignments to Coulson. They discussed that May was having difficulty working with Skye because May did not want to repeat what happened in Bahrain. Coulson assured her that she could adapt.
Alphonso Mackenzie returned to the Playground without Lance Hunter; when May asked why and if he saw Bobbi Morse while he was out, Mackenzie lied, telling May that he had not. May then called Phil Coulson and asked him to return from a S.H.I.E.L.D. Safe House where he had taken Skye.
May and Coulson spoke with Glenn Talbot about his difficulties with Grant Ward and how, with assistance, he released Sunil Bakshi.
Turning their attention to more immediate matters, Coulson asked May if she believed Mackenzie's alibi; they did not and decided they would confront him.
S.H.I.E.L.D. vs. S.H.I.E.L.D.
May found Leo Fitz in the sudden blackout of the Playground caused by Mack's EMP and the two found Coulson. The three compared notes; Alphonso Mackenzie was on the run and had used a Vibranium tracking device to find the Toolbox. May remembered that Mackenzie was given the blueprints of the Playground earlier, but Coulson assured her that no one knew that facility better than they did.
Searching Mack's locker for where Mackenzie would go if he left the base, May found a gas mask in a hidden compartment; she immediately realized that Mack was not leaving, but inviting an invasion.
May hid in the shadows as agents loyal to Robert Gonzales invaded the base. She listened as they discussed capturing Skye; May called Skye at the Retreat and warned her of the coming threat.
Shooting Gonzales with an I.C.E.R., May freed Coulson from his containment and sent him away through a hidden passageway before guards surrounded her. She chose to surrender.
Two days later, May sat silently as Robert Gonzales attempted to interrogate her about the whereabouts of Phil Coulson or Skye, both of whom having escaped capture. He attempted to break down her loyalty to Coulson, reminding her of her previous directive to monitor Coulson for Fury and her subsequent order to terminate Coulson if he went insane, all because he could not trust himself. When he questioned if she was loyal to Coulson or to S.H.I.E.L.D., May responded that they are one and the same. Gonzales countered that Skye injured seven agents with her powers. May defended her protege, insisting that the Diviner, not Coulson, was responsible for Skye's powers. Gonzales deconstructed that fact by reminding her of how GH.325 drove Coulson to the Kree City, but May defended that they went to stop HYDRA because it was their job, and argued that it is what S.H.I.E.L.D. should be doing instead of wasting their time on a witch-hunt. Gonzales held up the file of May's actions in Bahrain to remind her of the dangers of individuals with superpowers; this still did not make her talk. She promised Gonzales that Coulson would eventually face him on his terms.
Later, Gonzales took May aboard the Bus to the Iliad. He passed her his gun and told her to shoot him if she believed he was a traitor to S.H.I.E.L.D., if not, to hear his proposal. He asked May to join the leadership of his faction of S.H.I.E.L.D. as an advocate for Coulson, so that when he is captured, someone can understand and defend Coulson's motives against the other leaders. May gave Gonzales back his gun, citing that it was just for show; Gonzales emptied the clip and chamber of the loaded gun to show that he was deadly serious. May began to contemplate.
May was allowed to return to the Playground to investigate Robert Gonzales' accusation that Phil Coulson was gathering super-powered individuals. She was greeted warmly by Jemma Simmons, whom May asked to assist her. They discovered that Coulson was commissioning Simmons to upgrade Deathlok without her knowledge, was having clandestine meetings with Andrew Garner, and was spending a lot of money. May ordered Simmons to open the Toolbox.
In Coulson's office, Simmons revealed to May that she worked on a fake Toolbox and the real one was with Leo Fitz. May told Simmons that she would handle it, and she told Bobbi Morse about Simmons' action. When she told Simmons what she had done, May asked Simmons if she could hack into Mike Peterson's hard-drive and see, through him, where Phil Coulson was. Simmons agreed to the question but with disappointment over May's actions. May tried to convince her that the her actions were the right thing to do in order to reveal Coulson's secrets. May, Simmons and Alphonso Mackenzie were in Coulson's office when Skye called. May asked her where she was and Skye told her she was with Calvin Zabo. May signaled to Simmons to locate Skye's location. Skye told May that she wouldn't stay with Zabo much longer and S.H.I.E.L.D. needed to retrieve him before he hurt someone. Morse suggested that she take a team and retrieve Skye and her father.
Later, Simmons succeeded in hacking Peterson's hard-drive and they saw that Coulson was with Grant Ward.
Attack on the Arctic HYDRA Research Facility
Phil Coulson returned to the Playground with Grant Ward and Agent 33. Later, May, Coulson, Ward, Robert Gonzales, Bobbi Morse, Anne Weaver and Oliver had a meeting about Coulson's plan to infiltrate the Arctic HYDRA Research Facility, destroy it and rescue Deathlok with the help of Sunil Bakshi, a spy in the facility. Gonzales' board voted on whether or not to approve Coulson's plan. Before May made her vote, she spoke with Coulson about his previous lies and his meetings with Andrew Garner, but Coulson told her that the meetings with Garner were only for counseling on his alien writing compulsions. He assured May he would apologize to her at length after they had saved Peterson and the other powered people. May agreed to Coulson's plan and joined his infiltration team.
When Coulson, May, Jemma Simmons, Leo Fitz and Ward boarded the Bus, they heard a loud noise. May immediately pointed her gun toward Ward, but he said it had not been him. Skye appeared; teleported from Afterlife to assist their mission. On the way to the base, Coulson asked Ward to give the team the information about the base sent by Bakshi. As Ward was speaking, he quickly stopped and tried to explain his actions as an undercover HYDRA agent, but none of the team members were convinced of his choice. Near the base, HYDRA spotted the Bus' location and sent missiles to shoot it out of the sky, but the team escaped with a Quinjet and entered the base. Once they were inside the base, the team regrouped with Sunil Bakshi and were split into two groups: Skye, Simmons, Ward and Bakshi went to save Mike Peterson; and May, Coulson and Fitz went to take down the defense system, so Robert Gonzales' men could destroy the base. May defended Fitz while he hacked HYDRA's system. When he succeeded, she looked for Coulson and found him hacking into another computer. She ordered him to leave, and once he had finished, he did. When the team saved Peterson and Lincoln Campbell, May informed Gonzales that they had succeeded in their mission.
During a meeting with Phil Coulson, Robert Gonzales, Anne Weaver and Oliver on the Iliad, Coulson revealed that Theta Protocol was a hidden Helicarrier which, during the events in Sokovia, was activated and used. Coulson suggested that the two factions unite into one S.H.I.E.L.D. where he would be the Director and Gonzales' council would act as his advisors.
War against the Inhumans
Later, May and Morse spoke about how things had gone back to normal, but May did not believe that. May asked Morse if she thought that if she forgave Coulson, Lance Hunter would forgive her. Soon after, the ship's alarm was triggered and May and Bobbi found the invaders, Gordon and Raina in the cargo hold, where the Monolith was. However, Gordon teleported himself and Raina back to Afterlife before they could be captured.
May was present in a meeting with Coulson and his council, who discussed the new parties and the Monolith. Coulson and May returned to the Playground and asked Skye if she knew what the Monolith was, but she said neither she and Lincoln Campbell knew what that was. May watched as Coulson asked more about the new group, but Skye only said they wanted to be left alone. Coulson asked how they should call them and Skye said they called themselves Inhumans. May claimed that the Inhumans were very dangerous, but Skye retorted that the same thing could be said about May. Skye told May that Jiaying had told her the story of what happened to the little girl and her mother in Bahrain, and revealed that the two were Inhumans.
May and Coulson were in the hangar, and she told him she missed the Bus. Coulson told May that Jiaying was Skye's mother, but May didn't respond. Coulson wanted to apologize to May, as he had promised, but May didn't want to talk about it. She revealed what really happened to the little girl in Bahrain and the choice May had had to make to save the agents' lives. May also claimed that Coulson had lost control when he carved the City Blueprints. Coulson said he had control, but May said that Skye was a living proof that he had not.
In the next day, after S.H.I.E.L.D. found the Inhumans' settlement, Coulson and the council planed Coulson's meeting with the Inhumans' leader, Jiaying, and finding a solution to their conflict, but Robert Gonzales claimed that he should go to meet her because Couslon was too close to Skye. He gave the example of the Ultron's creation by Tony Stark, and how the Avengers had let one man do whatever he wanted. Coulson asked for May's opinion, and she said that Gonzales should go.
May flew Gonzales and Anne Weaver to the Inhumans' base with a Quinjet. She walked with Gonzales until he entered to meet Jiaying. She saw then Calvin Zabo arrested by S.H.I.E.L.D.. Skye asked her where Coulson was, but May told her there had to be someone objective to meet her mother. Skye said that Gonzales sent people to kill her a few weeks ago, but May said that he was a much better person than she thought. May told Skye she hoped her mother was everything Skye had wanted her to be.
May informed Coulson that the Inhumans had turned over Zabo.
May informed Phil Coulson that Bobbi Morse hadn't arrive yet and she hadn't answer her. Coulson asked how Skye was, and May replied she was disappointed that he didn't meet Jiaying. Jemma Simmons came and said that Robert Gonzales had allegedly shot Jiaying. Coulson asked her where Gonzales was now, but Simmons didn't know. He ordered the agents to find Gonzales and rescue him, so May ordered the agents to be prepared to take off when she returned and warned them about Calvin Zabo, that he might have a part of it.
May found Skye fighting against an agent, so she ordered her to stand down, but Skye claimed that May needed to stand down, after Gonzales shot her mother. May asked where he was so they could fix this, but Skye said it was too late for fix, and May needed to take her people and get away from there. May said she would leave after she found Gonzales, but Skye didn't let her keep going and eventually, the two fought each other Skye used her Inhuman powers to knock May out.
May awoke in a Quinjet to the singing of Zabo. She joined to the argument of Coulson, Simmons and Anne Weaver about whether or not Gonzales attacked Jiaying. After Weaver cut off, Coulson said he couldn't believe Skye turned against them, and May said he didn't see Skye attack her. Coulson understood Skye's confusion and Simmons asked why Jiaying had invited S.H.I.E.L.D. only to attack them. Coulson said that he didn't know why but maybe Zabo did.
Kidnapping of Bobbi Morse
After they returned to the Playground, Coulson discovered that the attack of S.H.I.E.L.D. on Afterlife was actually an order of Jiaying to her men to attack their home, so her people would think that they declared war on them. Lance Hunter and Leo Fitz then entered and said that Bobbi Morse was taken by Agent 33, disguised as May, on a Quinjet which landed in Spain. Hunter asked for a pilot, and May volunteered to join him. Coulson followed with them and their team and realized that Grant Ward left Agent 33 for this reason. May said that she was planning to kill Ward once and for all. Hunter and May found where Morse's Quinjet landed and they saw signs of a struggle in the plane. May comforted Hunter by saying that Morse could handle herself against Ward. While they flew there in their Quinjet, Hunter discovered that Morse's phone was back in service and it should not be a problem to find her location. May said that it could be a trap, so Hunter asked if she was ready. May said she had an opportunity to kill Ward, so she was all in.
May, Lance Hunter and their team raided the building where Bobbi Morse was held. May took two agents to search for Morse while Hunter took only one. During her search, she came across Agent 33 and started shooting at her, but Agent 33 avoided her shots. May noticed that Agent 33 had stolen a radio from a knocked out agent, so she had an idea how she could make Grant Ward kill Agent 33. She then issued a call on the radio for all agents to move to the south side of the building and only lower their guard once they saw her face, knowing that Agent 33 listened to this call. An agent near to her said that only Hunter was left and May responded that Agent 33 didn't know that. Eventually, her plan worked and Ward killed Agent 33 as she had disguised herself as May.
May found Hunter holding Morse while she was badly wounded and bloody. She helped him to take her to the Quinjet.
Before they landed in the Playground, Bobbi Morse stopped breathing, so May did to her resuscitation. After they landed, she and Lance Hunter brought her to the room where she will have a surgery by Jemma Simmons. As she saw Morse recovering but still in a coma, May made a phone call to Andrew Garner. After he answered the call, May said that he just wanted to hear his voice. Garner knew that something was wrong, saying that he had not made a call like this since Bahrain. He asked her bad was the situation and she responded that there was no way it was end good. She also said that there was a lot she had not said that he wished he had. Garner said that he too. He asked her to do good and she get home save.
After the Inhumans hijacked the Iliad and captured most of the crew, a distress signal was sent from the ship to all of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s channels around the world. Phil Coulson organized a squadron of Quinjets which will fly to the ship and shut down the Inhumans threat. May was with Coulson and Leo Fitz in one of the Quinjet. Also Calvin Zabo was in it, although May said to Coulson she had doubts of bringing him to the mission. Coulson responded that he had lived among the Inhumans so he knew what they were going into and he could be useful for them. Fitz recognised a code being included in the distress beacon, which Coulson knew was a message from Skye warning them they were going into a trap. Coulson ordered the other Quinjets to fall back while his own continued on.
As they landed on the ship, Fitz said that another message from Skye had came saying there were improved Terrigen Crystals and they must go to the room which controls the ventilation of the ship. Zabo said that Jiaying's plan was to gas the ship with the Terrigen Mist and kill all of the agents. Coulson and Fitz went to find the Crystals, Zabo went to find Jiaying and May went to the ventilation control room. On her way, May came across with Lincoln Campbell and they teamed up to save Skye from Alisha's duplicates. After they saved her, Skye went to find Jiaying while May and Campbell continue fighting Alisha and her duplicates, until they succeed to knock her out. Skye and S.H.I.E.L.D. were able to stop Jiaying's plans, leading to the deaths of Jiaying and the teleporter Gordon.
Time Off from S.H.I.E.L.D.
- It's time May rediscover the world outside of S.H.I.E.L.D. Don't you think?"
After the war, Andrew Garner was a few days in the Playground for Phil Coulson's evaluations. They agreed that May will take a time off from her duty as agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. and they will travel together. She then asked Coulson, for the first time in her life, a confirmation for timeout from S.H.I.E.L.D.. Garner and Caoulson disused about this and Garner said that was time for her to rediscover the world outside of S.H.I.E.L.D.. Before May left, she empty her locker and took her gun with her.
Vacation with Andrew
- Hawaiian islands couldn't rekindle that old flame, eh?
- --Lance Hunter to Melinda May
May and Andrew Garner did their vacation in Maui, but things did not work between them as May thought about a revenge from Grant Ward on her and her family. Garner returned to teach in Culver University. She also got a call from Phil Coulson and he told her that Jemma Simmons had been swallowed by the Monolith.
- Come on, Mellie. You You take a trip to Honolulu with Andre--"
"It was Maui."
"And you come back the daughter of the year. Something is not right.
- --William and Melinda May
May heard that her father, William May, had been broken his hip in a car accident. May was afraid that Grant Ward was involved in the accident, so she went to guard him in his house in Sun City, Arizona. She covered her motive from her father by saying she was with him to help him recover his hip, although her father knew she was hiding something.
They played golf and William commented on her hits. May said that he needed to work his hip. William revealed to her that he did not believe that she was with him only to help him recover. He knew something was not right because she returned from her vacation with Andrew Garner to spend time with him. May kept her silence, so he said that he would figure out by himself what was the reason.
Later, May and her father looked at an old picture of her, at the time she was an ice-skater, and they talked about her childhood. Suddenly, May saw a man coming to the door. May picked up a knife, surprised the man and neutralized him, but she saw that it was Lance Hunter.
May and Hunter sat in the yard. After Hunter explained how he found her and the rumors of May's departure from S.H.I.E.L.D., he said that he needed her help to find and kill Grant Ward. But May immediately refused, saying that her father needed her. Hunter was aware about the accident, and he knew that May was concerned that maybe Ward was behind it and that is why she was with him. May asked how he was going to kill him and he responded that he will climb the ranks of HYDRA until he will close enough to Ward to put a bullet in his head. He told her where he was going to be if she changed her mind to join him.
May then returned to the house where her father asked if Hunter's visit was an unfinished business. May remained silent, so he knew she meant for yes. May said that she wanted to know if she could have a normal life without S.H.I.E.L.D., but her father said that she couldn't have if she always expect for attack.
Revenge on Ward
Joining Hunter's Mission
May eventually decided to join Lance Hunter in his campaign for vengeance against Grant Ward for the Kidnapping of Bobbi Morse.
May took a phone call from Andrew Garner, where he informed her that Jemma Simmons had found and was safely returned to Earth. May relayed the information to Hunter who praised how smart Leo Fitz was and insisted that he and May celebrate over a beer.
- How 'bout I do you a favor and not tell anyone that a tiny little Asian woman kicked your ass.
- --Melinda May
May accompanied Lance Hunter, under the alias "Gina", to a bar to meet Spud, an associate of Hunter who worked with HYDRA in the United Kingdom; their cover was selling weapons to HYDRA and wanting to meet its leader. Upon meeting her, Spud felt that Geena looked too good for the likes of Hunter.
May wanted to talk business, but the men insisted on drinking first. Eventually, after they were so drunk they could hardly enunciate, May was allowed to tell Spud that she and Hunter had powerful weapons that they wanted to sell. Spud informed them that to get an audience with the leader, they needed to win in the fight club that was established for new members to prove themselves.
Waiting for the established time, May offered to fight instead of Hunter; Hunter noted that a small Asian woman with remarkable fighting skills would get the attention of Grant Ward too soon. May then offered to train Hunter; he planned to tire out his opponent, but he took the brass knuckles May had. Discussing her relationship with Andrew Garner, May revealed that she was not the one who left him in Maui.
Entering the warehouse where the fights occurred, May and Hunter noted that the fights were to death. When Hunter entered the fighting circle, Spud was his opponent; he began beating Hunter mercilessly.
May found herself surrounded by three huge men who insisted on buying her drink. Though she refused, they made their desires clear. May took the three to an adjacent room, then proceeded to demonstrate her superior fighting skills on them. She, needing to keep her cover, told them that they would be embarrassed if they let it be known that a little Asian woman beat them.
May returned to the fight circle in time to see Hunter use the brass knuckles to kill Spud and gain entrance to its higher levels.
- Hunter needs back-up."
"More than I can provide."
"That's saying a lot!
- --Phil Coulson and Melinda May
A week later, Lance Hunter got an assignment from Kebo. He had no idea what the assignment was or where it would be; May berated Hunter for going to a mission ignorant. The two agreed that they both wanted Grant Ward dead; however, Hunter was going to have his revenge, no matter the cost.
May went to the Playground and alerted Phil Coulson that Hunter was in a situation too deep for her to handle alone. Coulson assured her that he would assist when needed; he also wanted to know if his working with Andrew Garner was what caused her not to return. May was not considered about that, only that Hunter was in danger. May noted that Coulson was not wearing a tie; showing her his prosthetic hand, Coulson said he was stilling learning.
Garner caught May as she was leaving; he wanted to talk, but May had few words. Garner told her that, though he had a good time with her in Hawaii, he was to blame for why they separated again. May agreed, citing that it was payback for what she had done years ago. Garner asked her to dinner, but she refused and left.
May followed Hunter to his rendezvous with Kebo and killed five of the eleven HYDRA operatives surrounding Hunter as he attacked Grant Ward. During the assault, May called Coulson, but he said he was twenty minutes away and recommended that they escape; Hunter refused and pressed the attack. Ward revealed that he had Andrew Garner surrounded, but he would release him if Hunter allowed Ward to escape. Once again, Hunter refused, despite May's concern for her ex-husband. Ultimately, Ward escaped, leaving May angry.
Return to S.H.I.E.L.D.
- Are you back?"
"Yeah, I'm back.
- --Black Widow and Melinda May
May and Lance Hunter returned to the Playground, timely enough to see Andrew Garner in a gurney and being helped by S.H.I.E.L.D. medics. May asked Garner how he survived the assassination attempt; he revealed that Phil Coulson had sent an agent to tail him, who engaged the HYDRA operatives who pursued him. Garner then told a tale of how he escaped. Deciding to allow the medics to care for him, May left Garner and ran into Hunter who had wished to see Garner; May adamantly refused to allow that. Coulson exited the room and saw the conversation; he took Hunter off the assignment for his failure and emotional issues.
Search for Strucker
May revealed to Romanoff that she had researched the Attack on Andrew Garner and had learned that Werner von Strucker was one of its participants. She also had learned that Strucker had activated a bank account in the Cayman Islands. After assuring that Romanoff knew how to speak Mandarin Chinese and that Leo Fitz had made appropriate aliases for them, May and Romanoff went to Grand Cayman Island.
There, May pretended to be a socialite who only spoke Mandarin and had Romanoff as a translator; in reality, May and Romanoff were communicating secretly. The two met Jerome Deschamps who left them alone in the bank vault. As they were going through Strucker's lock box, an alarm was activated and Deschamps returned with security. May, in Chinese, told Romanoff to prepare for battle, but the Black Widow tried to talk her out of the situation. One of the guards was not fooled and a fight to escape the bank happened anyway.
May and Romanoff discovered that Strucker was in a penthouse in Lisbon, Portugal. The two kicked in the door and saw Kebo torturing the young man. Kebo remembered May from the Attack on Grant Ward she performed earlier, stabbed Strucker, then attempted to escape. Black Widow gave pursuit while May fought and defeated the other HYDRA operatives.
Finding Out About Lash
May removed the restraints that were holding the gravely injured Werner von Strucker and demanded that he reveal the location of Grant Ward. Strucker started to breathe heavily and, upon hearing Ward's name, told May that he was trying to follow directions and feared Ward because he failed in his Attack on Andrew Garner. May requested to know the truth about the incident and Strucker slowly told her of how Andrew Garner transformed and killed his HYDRA teammate before Strucker barely escaped; May was in disbelief. When asked what Garner was, May answered that she did not know.
- Go on. Might as well. I've thought about my death enough times. The different ways that I could go. I just never thought it'd be you. I never knew why you married me. I was never as kind and empathetic as you. That's why it was so easy for me to walk away, why I gave up on you. I lost something when I left you. I won't do it again. But you have to stop this.
- --Melinda May attempting to talk down Lash
Returning from Lisbon, May struggled to believe that her husband was Lash. She realized that she could check Werner von Strucker's story, immediately searching for Garner's flight records. She learned that Garner had been within thirty miles of several Inhuman deaths. May went to the lab and found Garner's medical file, but could not find his blood samples, all but confirming von Strucker's story. Asking where Garner was, she learned that he was in a different S.H.I.E.L.D. facility reassessing Joey Gutierrez. May immediately left to find him.
At the Cocoon, May pushed her way past several guards and interrupted Garner as he was interviewing Gutierrez. She ordered the others out of the room, and told Garner that von Strucker was alive, and that he had told her that Garner was Lash. She also informed him of her search into his records. As May confronted him, Garner grew unstable, drew an I.C.E.R. and shot May unconscious.
Showdown with Lash
May awoke in an old building at Culver University, chained to a water tank. Immediately, Garner ran to her side and apologized for her treatment, saying that he had needed to get away from S.H.I.E.L.D. to explain. May listened as Garner explained when and how he had undergone Terrigenesis, and his first transformation into Lash. She asked if Garner would have killed Joey Gutierrez; he assured her he would not have. May and Garner reminisced about their relationship, and the two shared a kiss, only to be interrupted by Phil Coulson. May assured Coulson she was all right, then watched as Coulson informed Garner that he wished to bring him in safely. Garner explained to Coulson that he had only done what he needed to do; suddenly, the lights flickered and burned out. May watched as Lincoln Campbell entered, angrily claiming Garner had torn his friends apart and had no rights to do so. Garner, in a rage, transformed into Lash as May watched, sadly accepting what her former husband had become. As Garner and Campbell fought through the building, Coulson gave May a file, which she used to escape her chains.
Following the battle, May blocked Garner's path just as he was about to kill Campbell. May begged Garner to stop and asked that he kill her, noting that she never would have though he would be the reason she died. May told Garner that she had never known why he had married her, and assured him that she would not walk out on him again. Her words caused Garner to revert to human form, and as he stood before her, May shot him in the chest, knocking him back into the Containment Module and closing the door just as he transformed back into Lash. May watched as gas from the chamber sedated Garner.
With Garner sedated and safe, Rosalind Price offered May the chance to have Garner put in a medical coma to slow his transformation. May asked Daisy Johnson what she would do; Johnson replied that she would take the chance. May told Price to do it, then walked away.
May returned to the Playground saddened and angry. She attended a meeting and listened as Phil Coulson described Operation Spotlight. Learning she was in charge of extracting Lance Hunter, she requested Lincoln Campbell as her partner in the mission.
On the Zephyr One, May listened as Hunter infiltrated Endotex Labs, and left to extract them in a Quinjet with a reluctant Campbell following. In the Quinjet, she tried to find words to apologize for Lash's killing Campbell's friends, only to have Campbell confront her over her silence. May told Campbell that she was sorry for Lash's killings and that she should have known. Campbell told her that he should be thanking her for shooting Lash; he was interrupted by a warning that the extraction needed to be sped up. May increased the Quinjet's speed.
At Endotex Labs, May successfully extracted Hunter, along with Luther Banks, who had helped him to escape.
Back to the Field
Attack on the HYDRA Castle
After Rosalind Price was assassinated by Grant Ward, Phil Coulson interrogated his original team members in order to find a weakness in Ward. May expressed her condolences to Coulson and was asked about her intimate moment with him. May told him that the had not talked so much.
As Coulson went to find and kill Ward, he appointed Alphonso Mackenzie to the acting Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. by the time he was missing. Mackenzie asked about May opinion about Andrew Garner's evaluation on Lincoln Campbell, but she replied that she was not sure whether Garner had written that or Lash. She saw satellite photo of the HYDRA Castle, where Leo Fitz and Jemma Simmons were hold by Ward and Gideon Malick. Mackenzie, knowing he was outmanned and outguned, did not know what to do, so May told him that she thought he knew what to do, implying to activate Caterpillars project.
May listened to Mackenzie as he tried to convince Campbell and Joey Gutierrez to join there mission and stopping HYDRA. After they agreed, May complimented his speech.
On their way to the castle, Daisy Johnson discovered that HYDRA brought to the compound dozen Inhumans inside Suspension Gels. May thought that Garner might be there as well. Mackenzie suggested that two teams would enter the castle, one for finding Fitz or Simmons and the second to secure the portal chamber. Johnson also discovered an aqueduct which led straight to the castle.
As they entered the aqueduct, May went with the Secret Warriors to find Fitz or Simmons. They hided in the castle's field and May managed to take one soldier down. Johnson warned them from Giyera and Campbell and Gutierrez revealed their fears. Johnson tried to calm them down by saying they all feared, but May said she was not. Campbell used his powers to turn off the lights. The Secret Warriors entered the castle and May stayed outside. When a soldier found Simmons, May threw at him a knife. May asked about Fitz and Simmons said that Grant Ward had taken him through the portal. She also told May that Garner was there and he had saved her life. May said to Simmons that she did not want to look for him and she informed Johnson she found Simmons.
However, May did searched for Garner, and she found out that he had killed all the Inhumans that were in the castle. She entered the portal chamber and informed the team what she had found and also that she could not find a difference between Garner and Lash. As HYDRA tried to entered the chamber, Mackenzie ordered May to take the team to Zephyr One, and blast the castle in case Hive would return to Earth or HYDRA would enter the room. He also told them that May would be the Director if he died. Mackenzie and Johnson stayed in the chamber and waited Phil Coulson and Fitz, while the team returned to Zephyr One. May readied the rockets to be fired, and Mackenzie ordered her to shoot them at the castle, as he returned in the Containment Module to the plane with Johnson, Coulson and Fitz. While the group were reunited with each other and celebrated their victory over HYDRA, May embraced Coulson, knowing he had killed Grant Ward for good.
- I don't know what happened there, on that planet."
"I do. You joined the cavalry.
- --Phil Coulson and Melinda May
Phil Coulson and President Barack Obama had a meeting in Rosalind Price' apartment. May said to him that it was probably not easy for him and asked him why the meeting was there. Coulson responded that he wanted the President would see where Price had been killed and that he did not want to give the location of the Playground. The President entered and the two were talking about the Advanced Threat Containment Unit would severe as S.H.I.E.L.D.'s public face. As Coulson asked him if he could help him finding Gideon Malick, the President said he could not. May then said she was sorry for that, but Coulson responded that the President might helped him.
She then helped carrying Werner von Strucker to the Theta Brain-Wave Frequency Machine, so he could help them find Malick. After Coulson found a way to communicate with Malick, May found out where the phone was connected. Later, May and Coulson were in his office and May felt his new robotic hand. May saw that he was upset, so she said to him that maybe he could not overcome this feeling. Coulson said he did not know what had happened to him on Maveth, and May said that he joined the Calvary. The two watched as the stocks of Malick's company dropped. May said that sometimes you get hurt and sometimes you wound.
Infiltrating the Taiwan Symposium
- Great. Coulson's in trouble, the place is crawling with armed HYDRA Agents, and we have no weapons."
"Not strictly true.
- --Melinda May and Lance Hunter
Under the guidance of May, Lincoln Campbell protected Phil Coulson during his meeting with Glenn Talbot, the new head of the Advanced Threat Containment Unit. May advised Campbell to blend in the best he could while she watched him through CCTV, when Campbell caught sight of Major Talbot, he joked about his terrible haircut until he spotted someone seemingly following the pair, warning May that it was not a joke this time. Campbell then suspected someone who followed Coulson. May discovered it was Carl Creel. She warned Coulson about it and ran to defend the director. She tricked him into turning into metal. Campbell's powers almost killed Creel until Coulson ordered him to stop. When Talbot was freed, he revealed that Creel was not attacking them but was now Talbot's personal bodyguard.
In Coulson's office, his agents disagreed with him that Creel should join the mission to the Symposium on Alien Contagion. May noted that Creel had a criminal record long before he joined HYDRA. Eventually, Coulson accepted Creel to the mission. He asked May to accompanied Talbot to Creel. On Zephyr One, she informed Lance Hunter that the briefing was about to start. She saw him watching Creel and he said that he still did not trust him after he had killed Isabelle Hartley and Idaho. She said to him that the mission was more important, but he said that he was tired to hear that, since it was not valid when it had come to Andrew Garner. She stated that the only reason he called himself an agent was because of Bobbi Morse. He said that he was a friend who tried to keep her save, but May said that they weren't friends.
In symposium, May, Hunter and Morse disguised as waiter and entered the delegates' room to find a clue that one of them was Gideon Malick' inside man. May entered Haruto Yakimura's room. She heard as the delegate Ellen King said harsh things on the Inhumans. May tracked a message to King. She decrypted it and the words "MOVE HIM OUT" appeared. Morse informed him that Hunter had gone after Creel and went to her room. May was informed by Morse that King had an Inhuman for military experiments. As Hunter was threatened in guns by HYDRA operatives, May knocked them out. Hunter informed her that Talbot's son was there, inside a Suspension Gel. May realized that Malick blackmailed Talbot. Hunter gave them their weapons he had managed to smuggle. May said he hated him less now. She took a motorcycle and drove to find Talbot's son. She found him inside a truck, so she drove to take Coulson, Talbot and Creel.
On Zephyr One, Coulson told May that he suspected Malick answered to someone else. May asked if he was someone more powerful, so he answered that he was someone or something.
- May, Fitz and I have been working on the vaccine from Creel's blood. Now, it would only work on Inhumans who haven't turned yet, but Andrew hasn't finished his transition. Shouldn't we at least try?"
"No. Don't give me hope, Jemma. I don't want hope.
- --Jemma Simmons and Melinda May
May encountered Jemma Simmons practicing shooting range and gave her an advice. May asked her why she was doing it, and Simmons said that since she could not defend herself so she had let Lash kill innocent people, she needed to know how to use a gun. May told her that it was not her fault and left. In order to find Garner, May assigned some of S.H.I.E.L.D. services. She asked for Simmons' help, and Simmons told her she used them wrong, since Lash was driven by basic instincts. Simmons asked her what she was planing to do with him, so she answered that she would kill him. Simmons told her about the vaccine for pre-Terrigenesis Inhumans she was working at that could help Lash, but May refused.
Preparing for the Future
- I have an advantage."
"I can't cause earthquakes, but I'm faster than you."
"Foresight. I know what's coming."
"Then get off your ass and show me.
- --Quake and Melinda May
While riding in Zephyr One a call came through in which Edwin Abbott desperately called for Daisy Johnson's help. his team went to investigate as Abbott desperately tried to explain that he had seen these events already happening in a vision of his own death given to him by Charles Hinton. An HYDRA QuadCopter suddenly arrived and May shouted that they were HYDRA and pulled her gun at them. They killed Abbott and used the Extraction Claw to kidnap Hinton just as he gave Johnson her own vision.
The team returned to the Playground where Johnson explained her vision, telling that she had seen her fighting to save Hinton from HYDRA. They began discussing how they could try and get ahead of the vision and change the future, but Leo Fitz insisted that it was a fixed point in time which could not be altered no matter what they did. Phil Coulson suggested that they ensure that Johnson would not leave the Playground in order to change the course of the future. Instead, Coulson suggested May would go to save Hinton, since she had not appeared in Johnson's vision.
May found Johnson, Fitz and Jemma Simmons trying to find the building where the fight would accord. Fitz told her that he was using every S.H.I.E.L.D. services for it. May, knowing she had to find Andrew Garner with them, said angrily to Johnson to leave them. Simmons asked her if she believed they could change the future, to which May answered that every move they made changed the future, and the real feat was changing the past.
May asked Johnson to help her prepare for the battle she had seen. With the help of Fitz, Simmons and Lincoln Campbell, they began training May undergo her mission as fast as possible in order to change the vision's outcome. Johnson made sure the room was laid out as accurately as possible to the vision she had had the agents acted as the guards who needed to be taken out. Eventually May managed to beat the time limit. They eventually found the building where Hinton was held. Coulson gave May his last orders when suddenly the alarms in the base went off, telling them that there was an intruder. Garner was brought into the base and explained that Lash was taking over and he wanted to say goodbye to May.
- Every terrible thing that has happened to you could have been avoided, if you'd never met me."
"I wouldn't change a thing."
"Well, you're still the center of the best moments of my life.
- --Melinda May and Andrew Garner
Phil Coulson said that May could not go to the mission since Andrew Garner was going for good. May refused by saying he was a murderer. Coulson said that if she did not go to him, she would regret this for her all life. Daisy Johnson said she would go instead of May. Garner was hooked onto an I.V. which May explained was filled with a potential cure that Jemma Simmons had been working on through Carl Creel's DNA, although it was likely that it would not work. Garner explained that he felt that Lash was fighting for a cause that they may not yet understand. May asked Garner if he would change anything in regards to having met her, as she felt that everything bad that had happened was down to them meeting, but Garner assured her that he would not change a thing still viewed his time with May as the centre of the best moments of his life. May told Garner about a mission that Johnson was preparing for when Garner felt himself changing once again.
Knowing that these were his final moments in human form, Garner rushed into the Containment Module to ensure that May was safe as he felt himself being transformed into the monster inside him. As she watched from the other side of the Module, May pressed her hand against the glass and Garner did the same, sharing one final moment of intimacy together. Garner slowly fell to the ground as his body and May saw in Lash form and she took a step back, knowing the man she loved had gone forever.
Duel against Giyera
- Plus side, maybe I'll get a chance to kill him too.
- --Melinda May to Phil Coulson
May entered Phil Coulson while he was staring at a screenshot of Hive inside Grant Ward. She asked him what they were locking at, and Coulson responded that the lab was working for an answer. He gave his condolences on Andrew Garner, but May said she did not want to talk about it. She then remained him he did not have a lot of kills like in Ward's case, especially those he enjoyed. May however found a bright side which was she could also kill Ward. The team then had a meeting in Coulson's office. They discussed how the being they had encountered was not Ward, and set up a plan to defeat their enemy.
They used Zephyr One to go to GT Agrochemical facility where HYDRA had raided the facility. On their way, they saw through the cameras of the facility, that Giyera was peasant in there. May asked Leo Fitz and Jemma Simmons about a room in the facility where she could defeat Giyera. After they landed, May, Coulson and Alphonso Mackenzie entered the facility and May told them that HYDRA had taken equipment and files and the rest had been destroyed. May then prepared for Giyera inside the empty room. After Coulson led him into it, May closed the door mocking him for being now unable to use his powers to gain the advantage.
May then proceeded to attack Giyera, with the pair of highly skilled warriors engaging in a fierce fight to the death. The pair proved to be equally matched with both managing to gain hits on each other. Eventually Giyera was able to grab May by the throat and pin her against the wall, telling her that although he preferred not to get his hands dirty he was happy to if it meant killing her. May however told him not to bother and kicked him in the crotch before knocking him to the ground, and before he was able to get back up May slammed his head on the floor and knocked him unconscious.
Battle on Zephyr One
- May! You can't even walk!"
"But I can still fly.
- --Jemma Simmons and Melinda May
Giyera was put inside the Containment Module inside Zephyr One. As Mackenzie was questioning him, May told him they were close to Gideon Malick's base. Later, The alarm of the plane was set as Giyera escaped the Module. Giyera came to the the control room and managed to control the plane, with May ready to fight him again. Giyera used his power to take control on the plane, causing May flip through a glass. After the plane was in Malick's base, May checked on Simmons, but she did not respond. May then crawled to the communication system and called Daisy Johnson. She explained the situation but was knocked out by Giyera.
The plane was brought to Malick's base. Due to May's injury, she had to be carried to a safe room in Zephyr One where the team could be protected. Jemma Simmons checked on her and said that May was bleeding really bad. However, the Secret Warriors came to rescue them and saved the team. Johnson asked who could fly the plane, so May, although her injuries, managed to fly Zephyr One back to the Playground.
May was threaded in the lab. Lincoln Campbell came to give her her pain medications, but May did not want them since she knew he faints when she uses them. Daisy Johnson wanted to talk with her. May complimented Johnson's leadership with the Secret Warriors. Johnson asked if it would be easier, but May said it would be harder. Johnson then told her she felt Phil Coulson had made her lie to her team about the base's lockdown. May said that Coulson was doing it for a good reason.
May got out of her bed and came to Coulson's office to ask Alphonso Mackenzie what was going on and that the Inhumans were wondering about it. He told her about Coulson's suspicion that Hive may had brainwashed one of the Secret Warriors. Leo Fitz and Jemma Simmons confirmed that the Inhuman Lucio had been infected in the brain by Hive.
Melinda May is a quiet person who was once described as "warm", "fearless" and unafraid to break rules. May was a veteran pilot and soldier until she was 'damaged' from an incident in Bahrain.
May has an unwavering respect for Phil Coulson and follows his orders even when it conflicts with her desires, as when she yielded in her pursuit of Carl Creel. She was deeply hurt when she heard he had died. May was married to Dr. Andrew Garner, but she doesn't discuss her past with her teammates.
May is fiercely protective of her teammates, going back into the field to protect Coulson despite having retired from field missions, taking up the Berserker Staff instead of Grant Ward, and going so far as attacking Ian Quinn after he shot Skye. She is very secretive and often answer questions with a look, using short or no words at all. Despite her protectiveness of them, it took May a long time to bond with her team. Skye even claimed that she acted like a robot, as everything for her was just "Target- acquired. Threat- eliminated." Melinda May puts up a cold and stoic front but inside she is kind and selfless. She uses her own experiences to connect with other people.
Powers and Abilities
- Master Pilot: May is an accomplished pilot, able to perform such feats as flying through the eye of a storm with a plane as large as the Bus, or deceiving a series of HYDRA Quinjets into believing the plane had been destroyed using a clever cloaking manoeuvre. She, as mission commander, is usually in charge of piloting the Quinjet as well.
- Master Martial Artist: May is one of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s best martial artists, possessing more black belts than the notorious Black Widow. She was able to take down a Centipede assassin and beat Grant Ward in a sparring match and twice again, once when he was under the influence of Lorelei and the other time when they fought at Cybertek. Agent 33 underestimated May in their fight because both were trained by S.H.I.E.L.D. Even after being tortured she was able to defeat Agent 33. She has been overcome in physical combat on very few occasions, especially by opponents with superhuman strength, such as Michael Peterson when he took her by surprise in an alley in Los Angeles, or the Asgardian Lorelei.
- Master Acrobat: May is seen using her acrobatic skills to her advantage. She was able to surpass the speed of a running Cybertek security guard doing multiple handsprings to take him out.
- Expert Marksman: May prefers not to use firearms during her missions, unless strictly necessary. If forced to use them, May usually chooses handguns as her weapon, even when the agents that accompany her choose assault weapons. She has displayed high accuracy, being able to kill most of her enemies with a single shot, or being able to shoot Lance Hunter in the shoulder to avoid compromising Jemma Simmons' mission cover within HYDRA.
- Multilingualism: May is fluent in English, Cantonese, Mandarin and Spanish. She used this skill in missions in Hong Kong and Miami.
Equipment: None known.
- The Bus
Weapons: None known.
- Melinda May's sprite was made by M:AA Fanon User:Loupi
- Her current ID badge serial number is A 078624; the card was issued on 4 September 2013, and will expire on 4 September 2019.
- She admitted to Agent Coulson that she was having sex with Agent Ward.
- She is a Level 7 Agent.
- Melinda May stated that she used to be married.
- Her mother took a liking in Maria Hill, indicated they have known each other for quite some time.
- Appearances of Melinda May (Earth-1010)
- Character Gallery: Melinda May (Earth-1010)
- Quotations by Melinda May (Earth-1010)
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