The First Years
- And S.H.I.E.L.D. was founded after the SSR was able to defeat the nearly indomitable force known as HYDRA.
- --Leo Fitz
S.H.I.E.L.D. was formed shortly after World War II as a successor to the Strategic Scientific Reserve (SSR), an Allied deep science agency which fought against the Nazi sponsored special weapons division HYDRA during the war.
The founders of the new agency were Chester Phillips, the director of the SSR, Howard Stark, an industrialist of great wealth and a scientific genius, and Margaret "Peggy" Carter, the former partner of the American war hero Steve Rogers, better known as Captain America.
The agency's full name was the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division, but some members of the agency preferred to call it by its acronym. The SSR was reformed as the scientific division of S.H.I.E.L.D. and continued to work on researching the advanced weapons captured from HYDRA as well as the mysterious Tesseract.
- After the war, S.H.I.E.L.D. was founded, and I was recruited. The new HYDRA grew, a beautiful parasite, inside S.H.I.E.L.D.
Shortly after the war, as part of Operation Paperclip, S.H.I.E.L.D. recruited the scientists of Nazi Germany as a think tank for the newborn agency. The infamous Arnim Zola was among the recruited scientists, but he used his new position to secretly rebuild HYDRA. With no one suspecting, HYDRA secretly grew within S.H.I.E.L.D., orchestrating many crises in the world over the next decades.
World Wide Actions
Over the years, one of the highest ranking S.H.I.E.L.D. members and the US Secretary of Defense Alexander Pierce was persuaded to join HYDRA. Later, he met Colonel Nick Fury, a distinguished officer of the United States Armed Forces and espionage veteran of the Cold War, and persuaded him to join the agency.
In 1989, Alexander Pierce granted Werner Reinhardt medical parole from his life sentence in the Rat and allowed the HYDRA general to return to Austria.
When Howard Stark became suspicious, he and his wife Maria were killed in an automobile "accident" secretly arranged by HYDRA on Long Island in 1991.
- We were headed into the Hunan province of China. A senior agent had called in an 0-8-4. An object of unknown origin. We've dealt with those before. He said the entire village had died trying to protect this one.
In 1989, the entire population of a small village in Hunan Province, China, were killed defending a small infant. Designated as an 0-8-4 by S.H.I.E.L.D., a team was sent in to investigate. After losing contact with the main team, the back-end team, consisting of Richard Lumley, Linda Avery, and three other agents, investigated only to find the infant sleeping in the arms of the dead lead agent. The rest of the main team were dead. After returning to the United States, the other members of the team started to be eliminated. To ensure her safety, the infant was dropped off by Avery at the Saint Agnes Orphanage and arrangements were made for her to be moved to different foster homes to keep her safe.
- I got fragged by an I.E.D. outside of Sarajevo. When I radioed for medevac, I got nothing but an earful of excuses. That's when I realized I was more loyal to S.H.I.E.L.D. than S.H.I.E.L.D. was to me.
In 1990, Agent John Garrett was sent on a mission to Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. During the mission, he was heavily wounded by an improvised exploding device. When he called for medical evacuation, his superiors replied that they could not send anyone. Angered, Garrett duct-taped his wounds, humped out of the city, and promised himself that he would repay S.H.I.E.L.D. one day for their treatment.
- What is all this?"
"S.H.I.E.L.D. Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division. Your tax dollars at work. Hard work. We keep our fingers on America's pulse, and believe me, America has veins in every section of the world.
During a hostage situation in Bogota, Agent Nick Fury successfully saved all the hostages, including Alexander Pierce's daughter from ELN rebels. Pierce was surprised by Fury's performance and later made him director of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Under Fury's leadership, the agency recruited some of the best marksmen and spies in the world, including Clint Barton and Natasha Romanoff. At that time, Agent Phil Coulson served as Fury's right hand man, though the actual deputy director of the agency was Maria Hill.
Nick Fury's Directorship
Projects and Problems
The Avengers Initiative
- There was an idea, Stark knows this. Called the Avengers Initiative. The idea was to bring together a group of remarkable people, see if they become something more. See if they can work together when we needed them to. To fight the battles that we never could.
During his directorship, Nick Fury had an idea to employ people with special powers and abilities to defend the Earth against threats that could be too complicated for S.H.I.E.L.D. to handle. He named that operation the Avengers Initiative.
The Legend of the Cavalry
- She took it upon herself to get them out. Said she could fix the problem. So she went in, crossed off the enemy force. Didn't say how.
In 2008, S.H.I.E.L.D. took notice of Eva Belyakov's superpowered activities and tracked her down to Manama, Bahrain. A team led by Agents Phil Coulson and Melinda May was dispatched to analyze Belyakov for the Index. Belyakov assumed control of a group of gangsters and then held the entire S.H.I.E.L.D. team, minus Coulson and May, and a little girl, hostage within a warehouse. May ventured into the warehouse alone and crossed off the controlled gangsters and Belyakov. The little girl revealed herself as the controller of Belyakov, who was her mother, to May and nearly used her powers to kill the subjugated S.H.I.E.L.D. team, forcing May to kill her. For her role in saving them, the S.H.I.E.L.D. team gave May the nickname "The Cavalry", a moniker she grew to despise.
The story of "The Cavalry" became a legend at the S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy, with the story growing bigger and more inaccurate with each new class.
Kidnapping of Tony Stark
- I can be in Afghanistan by sunrise, Director Fury."
"You can. But you won't. We're the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division. Note the word "Homeland". We're not currently authorized for foreign ops.
In 2010, wealthy industrialist Tony Stark was kidnapped in Afghanistan by the terrorist group called the Ten Rings. Since Stark was involved in making many weapons for the United States Armed Forces, Nick Fury sent Phil Coulson to Stark's business partner Obadiah Stane to investigate the possibility of Stark selling his country to save his own skin. Coulson returned with the negative reply, and offered to go searching for Stark himself, but Fury refused the offer. Three months later, Stark was found by the Army in the desert and brought back to the USA.
Birth of Iron Man
- I'm Agent Phil Coulson with the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division."
"That's quite a mouthful."
"I know. We're working on it."
"You know, we've been approached already by the DOD, the FBI, the CIA..."
"We're a separate division with a more specific focus.
Still suspicious of Stark, Fury sent Agent Coulson to talk with him, but without success. Shortly after, they discovered that Stark actually made an armored suit and used it not just to escape but also to repay to his kidnappers. A few days later, the agency's satellites detected an unmanned aerial vehicle flying through the streets of Los Angeles. It turned out the "vehicle" was actually Stark in the improved armored suit. Hacking of Stark's computers confirmed that Stark was working on the development of the armored suit.
A few days later, Fury and Coulson led a team of agents to the village of Gulmira in Afghanistan where they found an abandoned camera with the footage of Stark in another armor attacking the Ten Rings and destroying their piles of weapons. When Stark saved the pilot of a damaged F-22 Raptor plane that was pursuing him, Fury realized that he was wrong about Stark. Fury then ordered Coulson to check Obadiah Stane's activities with Stark's financials, and he discovered that Stane was selling the Stark Industries weapons to the terrorists.
With the team of agents Coulson went to Stark Industries where he encountered Stark's secretary Pepper Potts who informed him about Stane's involvement in Stark's kidnapping and attempted homicide. Coulson and his men were then attacked by Stane who was now wearing his own armor. However, Stark was able to defeat Stane. Shortly after the battle, Stark and his friend Lt. Col. James Rhodes were taken to a secret S.H.I.E.L.D. base where Coulson told them that Stark should be trained to become a real fighter, and that S.H.I.E.L.D. would provide the teachers.
The next morning, Coulson came to Stark Industries Headquarters with the cover story for the incident with the "Iron Man". When Pepper thanked him for his help, he said they'll hear from his agency again. When she tried to say the whole name of the agency, he interrupted her and spoke the acronym "S.H.I.E.L.D." instead. Later, at the S.H.I.E.L.D. Headquarters, Coulson and Fury watched the press conference where Stark publicly revealed that he is Iron Man. That night Fury visited Stark in his Malibu home and informed him of the Avengers Initiative but Stark refused to join Fury's "superhero boy band".
The Ten Rings
After Stark's refusal to join the agency, S.H.I.E.L.D. began fighting the Ten Rings. On one occasion, Nick Fury sent a team of U.S. Navy SEALs to board a ship controlled by the Ten Rings in the port of Aden. However, Iron Man suddenly appeared and attacked the terrorists. Though the Seals were outnumbered by the terrorists, Iron Man had no problems with killing all the terrorists and saving the Seals. Later, S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Natasha Romanoff was sent to ruin an operation of the Ten Rings. She boarded the Ten Rings plane and caused its explosion.
- Good Morning Director Fury, I regret to inform you that I’m handing in my resignation. I know you brought me on to Project T.A.H.I.T.I. because you trusted my judgment, and it’s that judgment that’s telling me I can no longer, in my good conscience, let the testing continue.
In coordination with the Avengers Initiative, Fury started Project T.A.H.I.T.I., an effort to create a medicine that could save a mortally wounded Avenger. Harvesting the bodily fluids from a decaying extraterrestrial corpse at the secret facility called the Guest House, the scientists managed to make the serum that could regenerate the damaged tissue and cure deadly diseases. Six agents who suffered from deadly diseases volunteered for the project and were injected with the serum. The initial tests were partially successful, showing complete physical recovery, but later the experiments went horribly wrong, causing the test subjects to mentally deteriorate, and the project's director Phil Coulson recommended its shutdown. The memories of the patients were erased and they were given the new civilian identities. However, Nick Fury secretly decided to continue with the project.
The Big Week
- Were you able to locate the Super-Soldier?"
"No. We did locate an important clue that could have pointed us in the right direction, but with the ever shifting topography of the Greenland ice sheet, I imagine we'll be starting from scratch again.
A few months later, Nick Fury and Phil Coulson led an expedition to Greenland in hopes of finding Steve Rogers, the American war hero from World War II. The same day when they found one of the disabled flying bombs from HYDRA's super bomber, the Valkyrie, the World Security Council ordered them to shut down the operation and return to New York City. Twelve hours later, the Council ordered Fury to stop wasting time on what they called "wasteful programs" and focus on reigniting the Tesseract, naming that operation "Project P.E.G.A.S.U.S.". Despite the direct order, Fury decided to continue with his usual activities, and he told Coulson to do the same.
- Is there a 50% chance that this "atmospheric disturbance" is just a powerful lightning storm?"
"Closer to a 5% chance, Sir."
"That still puts it at the bottom of my to-do list. But keep up the good work!
The S.H.I.E.L.D. scientists informed Fury that Tony Stark would die in three days of palladium poisoning. They gave him a dose of the Lithium Dioxide that could postpone the inevitable. Also at this time Fury was told that Bruce Banner has passed through US Customs and he orders Jasper Sitwell to track him. Agent Coulson informed Fury of 'atmospheric disturbances' they were picking up in the 'south west' region but Fury decided that wasn't so important.
At the same time, Agent Natasha Romanoff, secretly sent to watch over Tony Stark under the guise of Natalie Rushman, called Fury and informed him of Stark's battle with James Rhodes at his own birthday party. Fury tried to talk with the World Security Council but he was interrupted by an agent who informed him that Tony Stark was located. Fury then left the base, picked up Agent Romanoff, and went to rendezvous with Stark.
- What do you want from me?"
"What do we want from you? Uh-uh. What do you want from me? You have become a problem, a problem I have to deal with. Contrary to your belief, you are not the center of my universe. I have bigger problems in the southwest region to deal with.
Fury and Romanoff were able to find Stark on the top of the Randy's Donuts restaurant in Inglewood, California. Inside the restaurant Fury confronted Tony Stark for becoming a problem that he had to deal with. As Stark complained about none of the elements being a suitable replacement for the palladium arc reactor that was killing him, Fury told him that he hasn't tried all the elements yet. Agent Romanoff then injected Stark with the Lithium Dioxide, slowing down the poisoning.
Later, at Stark's Malibu Mansion, Fury provided Stark the information on the background of the man who tried to kill him, Ivan Vanko. Fury also gave information and materials from his father Howard, one of the founders of S.H.I.E.L.D. Before Fury departed, he assigned Agent Coulson to watch over Stark and keep him in the mansion. Coulson said to Stark that if he tries to leave the mansion, he would taze him and watch Supernanny while he drools on the carpet.
Meanwhile, Jane Foster contacted her mentor, Dr. Erik Selvig, who flew out to New Mexico to help her monitor the atmospheric disturbances. Foster's message was intercepted by S.H.I.E.L.D. and delivered to Agent Coulson.
- Sorry for the short notice. Think you can handle things here on your own?"
"What could possibly go wrong?
When Coulson once again informed Fury about the appearance of a wormhole over New Mexico, Fury agreed to send an expedition led by Coulson himself. Before he departed, Coulson visited Stark in his laboratory, and assisted in his current project of making the new element. Just as he was leaving, Coulson asked Agent Romanoff is she could handle the situation, and she said she would have no problems.
That night at the Stark Expo, Agent Romanoff attended and when Ivan Vanko took control of the Hammer Drones, she went with Happy Hogan to go to Hammer Industries. They broke into the Hammer Industries Headquarters. Hogan took out one enemy combatant while Romanoff dealt with the rest, then proceeded to use a Hammer computer system to restore control of James Rhodes's battle suit to Rhodes. She then retrieved Hammer Industries data before Ivan Vanko's bombs went off.
The same day Agent Coulson arrived at S.H.I.E.L.D. outpost at Roswell, New Mexico to assemble his team of agents.
- Why don't you tell me where you received your training? Pakistan? Chechnya? Afghanistan? You know, you strike me more as the soldier of fortune type. Where was it? South Africa? Certain groups pay very well for a mercenary like you. Who are you? One way or another we'll find out what we need to know. We're good at that.
Upon arriving in the deserts of New Mexico, Phil Coulson and his team discovered the crater site with the mysterious hammer at the center. Coulson and his men quickly set up a perimeter and a base of operations around the crater. A professor who specialized in the fields of Norse mythology named Elliot Randolph helped Coulson and his group with discovering what the hammer was. At the same time, under orders from Director Fury, Agent Clint Barton was sent to Puente Antiguo to assist Coulson.
S.H.I.E.L.D. agents then went to confiscate all of the research about the mysterious wormhole that Jane Foster and her scientific team had collected. They traveled to Puente Antiguo, and despite Foster's protests, Coulson and his men took all of their equipment.
The same night, an unknown man infiltrated Coulson's base and managed to single-highhandedly take out a dozen of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents with various fighting styles. Coulson observed from a distance but not before asking Clint Barton to prepare to take action if necessary. When the attacker tried and failed to lift the hammer, Coulson's men easily captured him.
Shortly after, Coulson interrogated the stranger about his identity and his training believing him to be a warrior of some type. However, the stranger refused to answer his questions. Agent Barton advised Coulson to release the intruder and then send agents to follow him. The interrogation was interrupted when Dr. Erik Selvig arrived and informed Coulson that the stranger is Donald Blake, a member of his scientific staff. An agent confirmed Selving's story by running a background check in the computer database and finding a falsified document created by Jane Foster. Though Coulson knew that Selvig was lying, he agreed to free "Donald", only to secretly assign agents to follow Selvig and "his friend".
Meanwhile, after Ivan Vanko's battle with Tony Stark and James Rhodes at the Stark Expo and the arrest of Justin Hammer, Agent Romanoff returned to the S.H.I.E.L.D. Headquarters to deliver the data obtained at Hammer Industries Headquarters to Director Fury. When she noticed that he doesn't look "so hot", he replied that he hasn't slept much during the last few days. Aware that General Thaddeus Ross and the Strategic Operations Command Center could go hunt Bruce Banner any minute, Fury ordered her to follow Banner's movements. When Romanoff asked why Agent Sitwell wasn't following Banner anymore, Fury replied that he had to send him to New Mexico because of the appearance of an alien object. Romanoff immediately departed for Culver University.
- I need you to get to Culver University and put eyes on Dr. Banner. I got word that General Ross is about to make a move on him."
"I thought Sitwell was on Banner."
"He was, but I had to send him to New Mexico."
"Because I got an alien object in New Mexico, that's why!
At Culver University, disguised as a student, Agent Romanoff witnessed Bruce Banner being chased by General Ross and the Strategic Operations Command Center; Banner then transformed into Hulk and a battle ensued. She called Fury and barely escaped uninjured.
At the S.H.I.E.L.D. Headquarters, Nick Fury informed Tony Stark that while Iron Man was a suitable candidate for the "Avengers Initiative", Stark himself was not. S.H.I.E.L.D. wanted Tony only in a consultant position, to which Stark agreed, on the condition that Senator Stern presented himself and James Rhodes with medals for bravery. When Stark departed, Agent Romanoff showed up, and revealed to Fury that she witnessed Emil Blonsky in action against Hulk and that Army had enhanced him.
An hour earlier in New Mexico, an agent discovered the coordinates of another potential crater site that appeared to have an exact signature match to the mysterious hammer. Phil Coulson, Jasper Sitwell and a unit of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents went to investigate, eventually finding a gigantic armor of unknown origin. As the armor slowly approached them, Agent Jasper Sitwell asked Coulson if the armor was one of Stark's. Coulson replied that Stark doesn't tell him anything, and tried to speak with the armor, but the iron giant attacked them. Coulson called Fury and informed him about the "little problem", interrupting his conversation with Agent Romanoff.
Agent Coulson managed to survive the attack from the armor and assembled all uninjured agents to follow it. When the armor attacked Puente Antiguo, Coulson saw "Donald Blake" gaining mysterious supernatural powers. When "Donald" summoned the hammer and defeated the armor, Coulson realized that "Donald" is actually Thor, the Norse God of Thunder and Prince of Asgard. Coulson confronted Thor who offered his services in protecting Earth under the sole condition that Coulson returns all of Jane's research and material back to her. Coulson agreed to Thor's terms and requested that they be debriefed just before Thor flew upwards with Jane in his arms.
Later, Coulson and Clint Barton supervised the transport of the armor to the S.H.I.E.L.D. Headquarters. At the same time Dr. Erik Selvig was taken to a S.H.I.E.L.D. facility where he met Nick Fury. Fury asked Selvig to study the Tesseract, an object of limitless power, and Selvig agreed.
Meanwhile, S.H.I.E.L.D.'s encrypted database was breached by General Thaddeus Ross who wanted to find information on Bruce Banner. An Agent informed Director Fury about the breach and he decided to have a word with the General.
- I don't like it any more than you do, Sir... but we are outmatched. The sooner we accept it the sooner we can fix it... Or the sooner we can stop wasting our time pretending that we can make a difference.
At the Andrews Air Force base in Maryland Fury confronted General Ross, as the Strategic Operations Command Center was preparing to depart in search for Hulk. As Fury warned Ross that his Super Soldier is dangerous and that Captain Blonsky should be removed from the field immediately, Ross replied that he doesn't take orders from him, and then boarded the helicopter and departed. Fury then called his agents and ordered them to find Banner's location and send that information to Agent Romanoff so she could bring in Banner before Ross could capture him.
When Agent Romanoff arrived to Grayburn College it was too late. Banner was already captured by Ross' soldiers and they were taking him away in a helicopter. Romanoff informed Fury about the development of the situation and he ordered her to make sure that Banner did not leave anything for Dr. Samuel Sterns, who he had recently been with, to work on. As she headed up the front steps, she witnessed Blonsky, now transformed into the giant-sized Abomination, emerge from the building. She was buried in rubble, but still managed to make her way upstairs. She stumbled upon Dr. Sterns, whose head and brain seemed to be mutated.
After a brief dialogue with him, during which Sterns identified Romanoff's birth place from a hint of accent in her voice, she shot him in the leg. Romanoff called in a S.H.I.E.L.D. cleanup team, and signaled her location on the roof with flares. She saw the chaos of Abomination and Hulk's battle in the distance.
Back at S.H.I.E.L.D. Headquarters, Romanoff confronted Fury, stating that all of the events going on were too much to handle. Fury then called the World Security Council and asked them to increase funding for the agency, expand jurisdiction for his agents, and augment his strategic authority. When they asked what was done about reigniting the Tesseract, he told them about the events of the past week, including how his agents saved Tony Stark's life who then made the new element, formed an alliance with Thor and captured the Destroyer, and saved New York City from being destroyed by General Ross' maniacal enhanced soldier. The Councilmen then replied he would have everything he requires by the end of the month.
The Abomination Problem
- I got it - we send a patsy to sabotage the debriefing."
"Yes. Someone to screw it up. Someone so inept General Ross will refuse to release Blonsky. I could do it. I do a great patsy."
"Yes, you do. Your patsy's legendary. In fact, when I think of the word "patsy"..."
When the World Security Council ordered S.H.I.E.L.D. to recruit Emil Blonsky, the Abomination, for the Avengers Initiative, Phil Coulson met with Agent Jasper Sitwell in a cafe to discuss that order. The Council considered Blonsky a war hero, and that he destroyed half of Harlem just because he was attacked by the Hulk. Now S.H.I.E.L.D. had to convince General Thaddeus Ross to free Blonsky.
Both Coulson and Sitwell agreed that releasing Blonsky from the Army's custody would be foolish, and they decided to send a consultant to talk to Ross and convince him not to free Blonsky, someone so irritating and annoying that Ross would simply refuse to free Blonksy. Unwillingly, Coulson decided to send Tony Stark.
A few days later, Coulson and Sitwell met at the same cafe. Their plan worked as they expected because Stark's annoying behavior made Ross so angry that he refused to free Blonsky.
Return of the Ten Rings
Agent Natasha Romanoff was sent to Moscow, Russia to find the missing Stark Industries technology. In one of the night clubs she attempted to interrogate the illegal arms dealer Mikhail Fjodorov but he was killed by an assassin and Romanoff was forced to escape. At her hotel she was attacked by a team of masked mercenaries, but she defeated them and contacted Sofia, the mysterious woman from the night club who challenged her to a duel. Natasha agreed to meet with Sofia and broke all her contacts with S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Phil Coulson then sent two agents to search for Sofia.
A few days later, the two agents were killed by Sofia in a sport hall in Sochi. Agent Romanoff was almost killed but she was saved at the last moment by Coulson, who was following a pair of goons working for the arms dealer General Starodoub. Later, Agent Romanoff managed to infiltrate the yacht belonging to Yuri Klementiev, one of General Starodoub's business partners, where she encountered Sofia again, which cost them the life of agent Gennady Markov.
After discovering that Sofia's employer was the billionaire Richard Frampton, Coulson sent Agent Romanoff to infiltrate his headquarters in Vladivostok, where she discovered that Frampton works for the Ten Rings terrorist organization. She also discovered that he has made a Jericho missile, planing to launch it near the border between Russia and North Korea, where its explosion would greatly destabilize the world peace. Romanoff managed to infiltrate the launching area and destroyed the missile. Both Frampton and Sofia were killed in the explosion. A S.H.I.E.L.D. team led by Coulson and Director Fury later came to to clean the area.
Discovery of Captain America
- My God. Base, give me a line to the Colonel."
"It's 3 AM, sir."
"I don't care what time it is. This one's waited long enough.
- --A lieutenant calling a S.H.I.E.L.D. base after finding Steve's body
Sixty-five years after Steve Rogers' crash landing, a S.H.I.E.L.D. team discovered the remains of the Valkyrie on Greenland. Rogers' body was inside, perfectly preserved in ice. Nick Fury was immediately called, and he informed Phil Coulson about the discovery. They both watched the recovery of the body, which was defrosted and then shipped to S.H.I.E.L.D. Headquarters in New York City. Rogers was kept in a simulated 1942 environment to try and ease him into what was happening.
When Rogers awoke, he quickly realized it was not real and escaped into the streets of a modern New York City. In Times Square, Rogers encountered Nick Fury, who told him that he had been "asleep" for nearly seventy years. Rogers then realized that many of his old friends were very likely dead, including his love interest, Peggy Carter.
Destruction of Project P.E.G.A.S.U.S.
- Coulson, get back to base. This is a LEVEL SEVEN. As of right now, we are at war."
"What do we do?
When Loki stole the Tesseract from the Joint Dark Energy Mission Facility and escaped along with several enslaved S.H.I.E.L.D. personnel, Director Nick Fury reactivated the Avengers Initiative to counter the threat. Agent Natasha Romanoff was sent to bring in Dr. Bruce Banner, Agent Phil Coulson was sent to retrieve Tony Stark, and Fury himself approached Steve Rogers, all in the hope that together these individuals might combine their respective talents to help with the problem of Loki and the missing Tesseract.
Assembling the Avengers
- We're running the world's greatest covert security network and you're gonna leave the fate of human race to a handful of freaks."
"I'm not leaving anything to anyone. We need a response team. These people may be isolated, unbalanced even, but I believe with the right push they can be exactly what we need.
S.H.I.E.L.D. assisted Rogers in his capture of Loki, and then provided a prison on the Helicarrier once Loki had been apprehended. It transpired that Loki had intended to be captured however, a ruse to sow the seeds of discord throughout the ranks of the forces assembled against him. His mind-controlled agents later attacked the Helicarrier to free him, heavily damaging it in the process. The attack became a bitter defeat for S.H.I.E.L.D, although Fury turned one of its defining losses into the motivational push that Stark and Rogers needed. In short order the remaining heroes set off in pursuit of Loki, and began referring to themselves as the Avengers.
Battle of New York
- Director, you're closer than any of our subs, you scramble that jet..."
"That is the island of Manhattan, Councilman. Until I'm certain my team can't hold it, I will not order a nuclear strike against a civilian population.
During the Chitauri invasion in New York City, the World Security Council ordered the deployment of nuclear missile to the city in the hope of stopping the invasion. Nick Fury was able to stop a jet carrying a nuke from taking off, but was unable to prevent another. With Fury's help, Iron Man was able to prevent the other missile from detonating over New York City. After the battle, Director Fury gave his report to the World Security Council. Though some of the members were displeased with his actions, he told them that now every world knows about the Avengers.
Resurrection of Phil Coulson
- After New York, you weren't dead for 8 seconds or 40 seconds or whatever they put in your file. You were dead for days."
"It should be, but Director Fury moved heaven and Earth. He had a team of scientists working around the clock using procedures that no good doctor would ever allow.
Days after the death of Phil Coulson at the hands of Loki, Nick Fury ordered extreme measures be taken to save him. He was taken to a former World War II bunker called the Guest House. S.H.I.E.L.D. medical staff used a experimental drug to repair the wounded organs at a cellular level.
After at least seven operations, Fury's doctors were actually able to bring Coulson back to life days after he had been killed. The process was extremely, inhumanly agonizing for Coulson, who begged the doctors to let him die.
During the process, they altered some of his memories with a robotic-assisted neural micro-surgery, to make him believe that he was revived in Tahiti, in order to cope with the pain he felt and to make him less suicidal, as he wanted to die due to the intense agony he was experiencing. S.H.I.E.L.D. Doctor Streiten maintained that the methods used to restore Coulson to life were unethical and felt that they should have let him die. The details of his revival are only available for agents with Clearance Level 10 or above.
Dr. Streiten was reluctant to release him back into active duty given the horrific nature of his recovery and was astonished to realize that Coulson was unaware of the truth of his survival. Agent Maria Hill told Streiten that Coulson could never know the truth.
- Agent Blake, I'd like you to meet Claire Wise and Benjamin Pollack. Benjamin here is the latest addition to the S.H.I.E.L.D R&D think tech. He's gonna help us reverse engineer some of the alien tech.
When two bank robbers, Claire Wise and Benjamin Pollack, come into possession of a Chitauri weapon, Felix Blake sent Jasper Sitwell to kill them and retrieve the weapon. Sitwell tracked them to a motel and stayed in the room next to theirs. He disturbed them with loud music and Benny went to investigate. Sitwell attacked Benny, who warned Claire of the ambush. Claire then attacked Sitwell with the Chitauri weapon. During the struggle, the gun destroyed most of the room, but was broken in the process. Sitwell then tied up Benny and Claire, but decided not to kill them when he discovered that the gun was working because Benny, who was a scientist, had repaired it. Seeing a great potential in the couple, Sitwell recruited Benny and Claire in S.H.I.E.L.D. as special agents, much to Blake's disappointment.
Fury's Secret Bases
After the Battle of New York, now always on the alert, Nick Fury set up several secret bases around the globe, manned only by the most loyal S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, the Koenig brothers. One of the brothers, Eric Koenig, referred to his base as "Providence". Another named Billy was stationed at the Playground.
- This is Project Insight. Three next generation Helicarriers linked to a network of targeting satellites."
"Launched from the Lemurian Star."
"Once we get them in the air they never need to come down.
After the Avengers' victory and departure, S.H.I.E.L.D. was given more resources than they ever had before in order to make sure that if a threat similar to the Chitauri attacks Earth, they would be prepared. With more funds to invest in homeland security, the leaders of S.H.I.E.L.D. started "Project Insight", a security network formed by three heavily-armed Helicarriers to protect the Earth. In S.H.I.E.L.D.'s plans, the Helicarriers would proactively strike out against potential threats before they actually happened. However, HYDRA's undercover operatives in S.H.I.E.L.D. intended to use the Helicarriers to exterminate any person that would pose a threat to HYDRA's plans of world domination. Soon, the crews of all three Helicarriers were composed entirely of HYDRA's undercover agents.
The Phantom Terrorist
- I've compiled a Mandarin database for you, sir, drawn from S.H.I.E.L.D., FBI, and CIA intercepts.
In 2012, a series of bombings occurred around the world, some of them in the American military bases. A man calling himself the Mandarin began appearing in video broadcasts, claiming responsibility for those terrorist attacks. S.H.I.E.L.D began collecting Intel on the bombings, and the collected informations were later used by Tony Stark in his fight against Aldrich Killian and the Advanced Idea Mechanics.
Some time after the battle of New York, Melinda May assembled a team of agents to keep an eye on Phil Coulson's recovery for Nick Fury. Coulson however believed he had set up the small, highly trained team of agents to tackle the cases that have not been classified yet. The team originally consisted of Coulson, May, Grant Ward, Leo Fitz and Jemma Simmons. They later recruited Skye to the team as a consultant and took part in missions in Los Angeles and Peru.
- We could've worked with you on this."
"S.H.I.E.L.D.? S.H.I.E.L.D. is just as guilty of the same thing! Experimentation without thought of consequence! Your search for an unlimited power source - brought an alien invasion.
In 2013, S.H.I.E.L.D. searched for one of its assets, Dr. Franklin Hall, who was kidnapped by his former research partner and CEO of Quinn Worldwide named Ian Quinn. His soldiers used a gravity device on the S.H.I.E.L.D. convoy that was transporting him. Quinn wanted to use Hall to take control of the planet's gravity by building a giant Gravitonium generator. Phil Coulson and his team headed to Malta and Skye volunteered to infiltrate Quinn's mansion during his party so that Coulson and Ward could rescue Hall. Skye tricked Quinn into believing she is betraying S.H.I.E.L.D. for Rising Tide to get his guard down. However, Coulson discovered that Hall perpetrated his own escape and wanted to destroy the massive device as believed he is in the right. Coulson warned him that doing so would end up killing millions. There is a violent disagreement which lead to Coulson being forced to leave Hall to die as he fell into the middle of the generator. Coulson ordered that the Gravitonium be placed under high security and off the books in the Fridge.
- We didn't cut off the head of the Centipede. Whoever sponsored that little experiment is still out there, among other things.
The Centipede Project first came to the attention of Coulson's Team in Los Angeles but the rest of S.H.I.E.L.D. learnt about them when Index-registered pyrokinetic Chan Ho Yin was kidnapped from his Hong Kong apartment by a woman named Raina, who worked for the Centipede Project.
Chan was brought to a nearby lab where Debbie managed to harvest the fire-resistant platelets in Chan's blood. The platelets allowed the Extremis element of the Centipede Serum to be stabilized without the explosive after-effects. Having gotten what they needed from him, Debbie ordered Chan be drained, killing him.
But before that could happen, Chan was released by a S.H.I.E.L.D. extraction team led by Phil Coulson and Agent Quan Chen. Unfortunately, Chan (Now going by the name "Scorch"), was tired of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s interference in his life, and killed Quan. Chan then confronted Debbie and Raina. Raina abandoned Debbie, leaving her to be incinerated by Chan. Raina escaped, but the lab was destroyed when Chan detonated from an Extremis overdose.
Before the destruction of the lab, S.H.I.E.L.D. consultant Skye managed to extract a few files from the building's mainframe, enough to give S.H.I.E.L.D some new leads on their activities.
Kidnapping of Phil Coulson
Edison Po was broken out of Havenworth Federal Penitentiary by a squadron of Centipede Soldiers. They took him to the new Centipede lab in Oakland, California, where Raina updated him on the project's status. Po determined that S.H.I.E.L.D. presented a threat that needed to be taken care of. He set a trap for S.H.I.E.L.D. with three Centipede soldiers laying in wait.
However S.H.I.E.L.D. had recruited the Centipede Serum-powered Michael Peterson. Peterson's presence turned the tide against the Centipede soldiers, but it also gave Po and Raina the inspiration for a plan of action.
Raina kidnapped Michael's son Ace and threatened to have him killed if Peterson didn't obey her instructions. Believing that Centipede wanted to exchange Peterson for his son, Phil Coulson accompanied Peterson to the exchange site in Long Beach, California. Seeing no other way to save his son, Peterson betrayed Coulson to Raina. After seeing to his son's safety, Peterson tried to make up for his actions by returning to rescue Coulson, but he was seemingly killed in an explosion.
Raina escaped the scene with Coulson by way of helicopter. Upon leaving the scene, Raina explained to Coulson that their true interest was in the nature of Coulson's mysterious revival after his "death" before the Battle of New York, as this is seemingly the key to "Stage Three" of the Group's plans.
S.H.I.E.L.D. left no stone unturned in their search for Coulson. A sting operation performed by Coulson's Team under the direction of Agent Victoria Hand netted the international criminal Vanchat, who had had dealings with Centipede Project in the past. Between the intel gained from Vanchat, as well as an independent study of Vanchat's finances by S.H.I.E.L.D. consultant Skye, S.H.I.E.L.D. determined the locations of several Centipede operations around the globe, as well as Coulson's location in the Mojave Desert.
S.H.I.E.L.D. teams struck simultaneously at multiple Centipede locations across the globe, Coulson's team headed to Mojave to rescue Coulson. After subduing a cadre of Centipede-powered soldiers, Coulson was located and Raina taken into custody.
The Guest House
- This is S.H.I.E.L.D. There are always secrets."
"That's my fear, sir. Your file is filled with secrets experimental drugs; unknown surgical procedures we've never even heard of.
After the events of Phil Coulson's kidnapping, S.H.I.E.L.D. became interested in finding the Clairvoyant. Coulson's Team boarded a train in Italy on which a Cybertek security group were shipping a package to Ian Quinn. Skye and Leo Fitz tracked the Cybertek package to Quinn's mansion, where, in the basement, Skye was confronted by Quinn, who revealed that Michael Peterson was alive, having been kept in a Hyperbaric Chamber. The Cybertek package contained a high-tech prosthetic leg which Quinn then fitted onto Peterson's amputated right leg. Quinn then shot Skye twice in the stomach and left her for dead while Peterson escapes. S.H.I.E.L.D. then raided the mansion and Quinn was arrested. Skye; however, was left near death and was temporarily sustained by being placed into Peterson's hyperbaric chamber.
Skye was rushed to a S.H.I.E.L.D. Trauma Zentrum to save her life. The doctors were only able to stabilize her, which forced Coulson to bring her to the S.H.I.E.L.D. location where he was revived. Agents John Garrett and Antoine Triplett boarded the Bus in order to claim Ian Quinn but instead helped Coulson's team in recovering the drug that revived him from the "Guest House", which was a former top-secret storage facility at a classified location that was previously affiliated with S.H.I.E.L.D.
Coulson, Grant Ward, Garrett and Fitz entered and found the place rigged with explosives after they took out the only two guards. Fitz was able to find the drug, while Coulson found a room marked T.A.H.I.T.I. Fitz got back to the Bus to deliver the drug while Coulson explored the room. Inside, Coulson found more of the drug as well as discovering that the drug is coming from the upper half of a blue-skinned humanoid corpse.
The team was able to get out before the facility exploded, but Coulson raced to prevent Fitz giving Skye the drug, based on what he has seen in the T.A.H.I.T.I. room. Fitz managed to give the drug to Skye quickly enough to save her.
Hunt for Lorelei
- You are of S.H.I.E.L.D.?"
"I am Lady Sif, of Asgard. Your world is in grave danger.
Coulson's team was ordered to investigate an energy reading in the desert consistent with the imminent arrival of an Asgardian. They encountered Lady Sif, who had come to Earth seeking Lorelei, an Asgardian criminal who had traveled to Earth seeking to enslave humanity. Phil Coulson's team and Sif traveled to a biker bar Lorelei was using as a hideout, but after a short battle, Lorelei enthralled Agent Grant Ward and escaped with him. The pair traveled to Las Vegas, where Lorelei learned much of Earth's governments from Ward, and used this information to formulate a planetary takeover. However, Ward informed Lorelei of the threat posed by his team, and together, the two infiltrated the Bus in an attempt to kill them. Lorelei enthralled Leo Fitz, who in turn isolated the rest of the team while Ward took control of the plane. However, Lorelei's plans were ruined before they could even begin, as she underestimated the threat posed by Melinda May, who distracted Ward from Sif as Lorelei dueled her. Sif bested Lorelei in combat, silencing her with the collar. The enthralled were freed from Lorelei's control immediately.
Sif took Lorelei back to Asgard, where she returned to imprisonment.
Search for the Clairvoyant
- Think about it. The Clairvoyant only knew you'd be at Quinn's villa..."
"After I dropped a tracker. And the only thing he's had trouble seeing is what happened to you after you died."
"Because Director Fury wouldn't release that file to anyone."
"The Clairvoyant doesn't have abilities. He has security clearance. He's an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.!
After Agents John Garrett and Antoine Triplett were attacked in a S.H.I.E.L.D. safehouse by former S.H.I.E.L.D. Trainee Michael Peterson (now going by the name Deathlok), Phil Coulson invited them, Victoria Hand, Felix Blake and Jasper Sitwell to the Bus to hunt for the Clairvoyant. The agents were split into teams so that they could pursue leads on different Clairvoyant candidates. Before Sitwell could take part in the mission, he was ordered by Director Nick Fury to go to the Lemurian Star.
Felix Blake and Melinda May were sent to a Tranquility Bridge nursing home to search for Thomas Nash who was a catatonic man who claimed to be a psychic. The pair however encountered Deathlok and Blake was critically injured by him. Before Deathlok escaped, Blake managed to tag him with Tag Rounds. S.H.I.E.L.D. concluded that Nash is the Clairvoyant because of Deathlok's presence along with the falsifying of his nursing home records. A S.H.I.E.L.D. team converged on Deathlok's next location which was an abandoned horse racing track. Meanwhile Triplett and Jemma Simmons stayed behind at the Hub with Hand.
The team encountered Deathlok again, but he fled into the sewers soon after being engaged. The team however discovered a hidden room where Thomas Nash who was a vegetative man on life support who had to speak through a computer, was hiding. Nash surrendered and boasted that as the Clairvoyant, he would always be watching them. When he said that Centipede Project will kill Skye, Ward shot him in the chest, killing him. Ward was detained for his actions and accused by Coulson for working with the Clairvoyant by shooting Nash to misdirect away from the Clairvoyant's true identity.
The HYDRA Conspiracy
The Lemurian Star
- Target is a mobile satellite launch platform, the Lemurian Star. Setting up their last payload when pirates took 'em, 93 minutes ago.
After the arrival of Jasper Sitwell to the S.H.I.E.L.D. ship Lemurian Star, a group of pirates led by Georges Batroc attacked the ship. Captain America, Black Widow and STRIKE were sent to the mobile satellite launch platform to retake command and free its hostages, when it was setting up its last payload in the Indian Ocean. The team successfully infiltrated the ship and rescued the hostages, however unbeknownst to Captain America, Black Widow was sent to get valuable data about S.H.I.E.L.D. for Director Nick Fury. Batroc escaped but was later captured in Algiers, Algeria and interrogated by another S.H.I.E.L.D. team.
Attack on Nick Fury
- Nick Fury was murdered in cold blood. To any reasonable person, that would make him a martyr, not a traitor."
"You know what makes him a traitor? Hiring a mercenary to hijack his own ship.
After receiving the files from the Lemurian Star, Nick Fury discovered that the data was unable to be accessed. Fury reported this to Alexander Pierce, who had just been speaking with the World Security Council about whether or not to let Fury continue to run S.H.I.E.L.D. Afterwards, while driving through Washington, D.C., Nick Fury was attacked by mercenaries disguised as the police. After getting the systems back online on his SUV he managed to escape but was then stopped by a surprise attack from the Winter Soldier. Although his car was totaled and he was badly injured he managed to escape using the Mouse Hole device and hid in Steve Rogers' apartment.
When Rogers arrived at his apartment he found Nick Fury sitting on his couch. He told Rogers that S.H.I.E.L.D. is compromised and not to trust anyone. Fury gave Rogers the USB with the data and was then shot suddenly three times in the chest from a nearby rooftop. Rogers gave chase to the gunman but eventually lost him. Fury was taken to hospital but after some time he was pronounced dead. Maria Hill took care of the body.
The Big Revelation
After Captain America and Black Widow found Arnim Zola's consciousness in a S.H.I.E.L.D. facility now in a computer body, the digital Zola revealed that HYDRA grew inside S.H.I.E.L.D. with the intention of creating the fascist new world order. When the short-range missile launched by S.H.I.E.L.D. destroyed the base, the STRIKE team came to find their bodies, but the two fugitives were already gone.
Joining forces with Falcon, Hawkeye and Mockingbird, Cap and Natasha kidnapped the HYDRA mole Jasper Sitwell and forced him to reveal HYDRA's plans. Sitwell revealed that HYDRA intended to use the Project Insight Helicarriers to kill 20 million people who would pose a threat to HYDRA. However, the trio were attacked by the HYDRA assassin known as the Winter Soldier, and later captured by the STRIKE team. Thanks to Maria Hill, Rogers, Romanoff, Wilson, Barton and Morse were saved, and taken to a secret base where Nick Fury was recovering from his wounds.
Battle at the Triskelion
- If you launch those Helicarriers today, HYDRA will be able to kill anyone that stands in their way...unless we stop them. I know I'm asking a lot, but the price of freedom is high; it always has been. And it's a price I'm willing to pay. And if I'm the only one, then so be it. But I'm willing to bet I'm not.
- --Captain America to S.H.I.E.L.D. agents at the Triskelion
Though Fury objected to Rogers' plan to take down S.H.I.E.L.D. to expose HYDRA's existence to the world, all others agreed, because HYDRA's infiltration was too deep. After infiltrating the Triskelion, they posted all of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s classified files on the internet, exposing the truth. They succeeded in preventing three Helicarriers from killing innocents by having them target each other. During all this, an encrypted message was sent out saying "OUT OF THE SHADOWS AND INTO THE LIGHT" and the word "HYDRA". This was a trigger message to all HYDRA sleeper agents that the time for hiding themselves was over. In the ensuing internal conflict HYDRA attempted to pre-emptively take over several S.H.I.E.L.D. installations, including the Hub, the Treehouse and S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy. They were successful in some of these locations, but were denied the Hub by the actions of Victoria Hand and Coulson's Team who swiftly identified most of the traitors. The crew of the aircraft carrier Iliad managed to defeat the HYDRA infiltrators, but suffered heavy casualties. Subsequent to this, S.H.I.E.L.D. was in disarray - Fury was believed dead, Pierce and Sitwell dead and disowned, Hill abandoned the organization, Garrett was arrested, Blake was in hospital and as far as any in the Hub could tell, Hand and Coulson were the highest-ranking agents left. However the situation worsened further when Agent Grant Ward killed Hand and released Garrett.
War for Survival
Save What You Can
- You were right all along. Having all this out there in the world makes it too dangerous, and now there's no one left to protect it."
"There's us. We were lucky enough to make it through. The Triskelion, the Hub, those battles are just the beginning of this war. HYDRA's out there now, but at least our team's still intact. We can fight them, and we will.
After this first insurrection, only four S.H.I.E.L.D. installations were confirmed to have resisted HYDRA (the Triskelion, the Hub, the Fridge, the Cube), and the Treehouse and another unnamed base in East Africa were confirmed to have been taken over by HYDRA. The aircraft carrier Iliad was controlled by S.H.I.E.L.D. agents led by Robert Gonzales, but they had no contact with the rest of S.H.I.E.L.D.. One of the bases that had resisted the initial insurrection did not last long as Grant Ward and John Garrett raided the Fridge, acquiring various weapons that the Slingshot supposedly had fired into the Sun (in reality, each item had been kept and catalogued) and freed the prisoners held there. The U.S. government declared S.H.I.E.L.D. a terrorist organization and sent Major Glenn Talbot to take the agents at the Hub into custody. Phil Coulson, the ranking agent on-site, decided to order the base's evacuation before Talbot's forces could arrive and went on the run. After taking his team on the Bus and erasing their identities, Coulson received a signal from Nick Fury (who he thought was dead) which led him to the top-secret Providence Base.
- We have no jurisdiction now that S.H.I.E.L.D.'s been labeled a terrorist organization.
Although the Black Widow testified at a committee hearing on the events at the Triskelion and insisted S.H.I.E.L.D. had done its best, the U.S. government declared S.H.I.E.L.D. a terrorist organization and many former agents were now to be considered fugitives. Phil Coulson's team evaded capture and erased their identities. Maria Hill took a job at Stark Industries where she would have protection through Tony Stark's network of top lawyers.
Once inside the Providence, Coulson's team could take some rest, but not for long. The Fridge facility was attacked by HYDRA with devastating results. The most dangerous items and weapons S.H.I.E.L.D. has ever recovered were now controlled by HYDRA and all the inmates were liberated. Pretending that he was still a loyal S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, Grant Ward came to the Providence base, staying there with Agent Koenig and Skye while the rest of Coulson's team went to Portland to hunt Blackout, one of the escaped inmates from the Fridge. When they left, Ward killed Koenig and flew off on the Bus with Skye. When Coulson and his agents returned, the base was empty.
Hunt for the Centipede
- We're not bringing the band back together again, Coulson. It's over. There is no S.H.I.E.L.D. anymore."
"Well, not officially."
"Look, I get it, okay? You have to take Ward and Garrett down. But don't act like it's some officially sanctioned mission. It's a personal vendetta, and when it's done, you should walk.
Meanwhile, the USAF contacted Maria Hill, the former Deputy Director of S.H.I.E.L.D., and convinced her to lead them to the Providence base. Led by Major Glenn Talbot, a team of soldiers broke into the facility. A the Colonel was interrogating his agents, Coulson spoke with Hill about Ward's betrayal, convincing her to help him escape from Talbot's custody. The S.H.I.E.L.D. agents attacked Talbot and his men, overpowered them, boarded the S.H.I.E.L.D. Jump Jet, and escaped.
Later, in Los Angeles, the team confronted Ward and saved Skye, though Ward managed to escape with the Bus. Later, at the hotel, Maria Hill tried to talk Coulson out of continuing his hunt for the Centipede Group, as S.H.I.E.L.D. was, in her opinion, no longer existing, but Coulson still decided to continue his mission. A few days later, Coulson's team infiltrated a Cybertek facility, stealing a file on Project Deathlok. In Havana, Cuba, Leo Fitz and Jemma Simmons were captured by Ward and Garrett, while the rest of the team was ambushed at the Barbershop Headquarters. The ambush was unsuccessful, but Fitz and Simmons, trapped in a locked room on the Bus, were ejected into the ocean.
The Final Victory
- It'll be just the four of us. We'll be outmanned and outgunned. But Fury always said... a man can accomplish anything when he realizes he's a part of something bigger. A team of people who share that conviction can change the world. So, what do you say? You ready to change the world?"
"No. But I'm ready to kick some ass."
"That works, too.
Using a tracker Leo Fitz and Jemma Simmons were able to plant on the Bus, Coulson and his remaining teammates attacked the Cybertek Manufacturing Facility in New Mexico. Meanwhile, Simmons and Fitz were saved by Nick Fury who took them both to the Playground, one of his secret bases. Later, Fury joined Coulson and helped him defeat John Garrett and his Centipede Soldiers. After the battle, Fury appointed Coulson as the new Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. and gave him the Toolbox so he could rebuild the organization. Coulson and his team then went to the Playground base, where they were reunited with Simmons and met Agent Billy Koenig.
Robert Gonzales' S.H.I.E.L.D.
- For a while there, it all went to hell. It was bad. But now I work for an organization, an outlier that came out of the wreckage from what Fury left.
In the meantime, Agent Robert Gonzales managed to assemble some S.H.I.E.L.D. agents and scientists, the survivors of the battles on the Iliad and the S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy, including Alphonso Mackenzie, Isabelle Hartley, Tomas Calderon and Anne Weaver. Using the aircraft carrier Iliad as his mobile headquarters, he successfully reorganized these remnants and became the leader of the group, not knowing about Fury's survival. Once he found out about Phil Coulson's faction, and not knowing about Coulson's appointment and mission, Gonzales decided not to accept Coulson's authority, and instead sent Agents Hartley and Mackenzie to infiltrate Coulson's organization and gather intel. Once they found out about the Toolbox, Gonzales started believing that he could use it to find the objects and people of terrifying power hidden across the world by Nick Fury, so he ordered his agents to retrieve it.
Phil Coulson's Directorship
Starting From Scratch
- What is it?"
"Toolbox. To help you build it back up."
"You want me to start over, rebuild S.H.I.E.L.D."
"From scratch. Take your time, and do it right.
Now possessing merely a shadow of its former strength, S.H.I.E.L.D. had to confront threats posed by HYDRA from the organization's new headquarters at the Playground base. Phil Coulson became a busy man with S.H.I.E.L.D.; between the traitors, those who chose not to return, and those who chose private security, Coulson found it hard to recruit members. He chose three mercenaries, Idaho, Lance Hunter, and former agent Isabelle Hartley, to join his team on missions, and a mechanic named Alphonso Mackenzie to assist Billy Koenig in the Playground. The brain damage of Leo Fitz was severe, Jemma Simmons was not with them, and Grant Ward was suicidal and in isolation, refusing to speak to anyone but Skye. Simmons was ordered by Coulson to infiltrate HYDRA's science division acting as his source within HYDRA. Coulson also had Bobbi Morse infiltrate HYDRA in its security division and to keep an eye on Simmons.
The first team mission had May, Triplett, and Skye act as back-up for the mercenaries while they attempted to purchase information on an 0-8-4 that a former agent once guarded. The negotiation failed when the Absorbing Man killed the agent and took the file.
- If we went down today, we'd probably be down for good. But now we have a chance to survive. We have soldiers willing to sacrifice, but they need weapons. The enemy has the advantage. We need one of our own. Disappear. Become ghosts. That's how we have to live now, in the shadows, to save people even when they don't know it, don't want it.
After Coulson confronted Glenn Talbot, he sent the six on a two-pronged mission: obtaining the Obelisk and a Quinjet. The Absorbing Man attacked and killed Hartley and Idaho to get the Obelisk for HYDRA, while Coulson's team escaped in a cloaked Quinjet. Despite this loss the team was able to capture and secure Carl Creel, thanks to assistance of Fitz and Mackenzie, dropping him off in the custody Glenn Talbot. They were able to equip the Bus with the cloaking technology from the Quinjet.
Coulson then tried to recruit Agent 33, but was too late before HYDRA captured her. Coulson, after receiving intel from Simmons, tried to rescue the gifted-scientist Donnie Gill from HYDRA. However, Coulson and his agents were unable to stop HYDRA from triggering Gill's brainwashing program. Hence, Skye was forced to shoot Gill off the side of the Maribel del Mar. Though they do not know if Gill survived, Coulson's team was able to confiscate HYDRA's cargo on the ship.
Coulson then had S.H.I.E.L.D. continue to look into the alien symbols. He then learned of painting that survived a fire at a church in Miami. The painting had been carved on by former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent and Project T.A.H.I.T.I. patient Lewis Seaver, who was killed in the fire by Sebastian Derik. Coulson and May then infiltrated the fundraiser to get their hands on the painting; however, Coulson and May encountered Major Talbot, who was actually the HYDRA agent Sunil Bakshi in disguise. Coulson and May eventually escaped with the painting.
- S.H.I.E.L.D.'s becoming a problem. Do we know who's in charge?"
"I'm afraid not.
HYDRA later sent a team of mercenaries to attack a United Nations summit posing as S.H.I.E.L.D., killing and injuring many people with Glenn Talbot among the injured. When Senator Christian Ward planned to make a police force to capture any S.H.I.EL.D agents, Coulson, in an attempt to keep his allies safe, made a deal with Christian. If the Senator called off the manhunt, Coulson would give him his brother, Grant Ward. Knowing this would save his reputation and his election campaign, Christian agreed. Later Hunter, Morse, and May told Coulson that Julien Beckers' offering of his country as a safe haven for S.H.I.E.L.D. agents was a ruse to draw them in. While Agents Morse, May, and Hunter managed to defeat the HYDRA agents, they lost six of their own in the trap.
War on HYDRA
Search for the City
- Now they need the lock, a temple inside the city."
"Any idea where this temple is?"
"Glad you asked. No. But it's in the city, and we now know where that is. Even better, HYDRA doesn't.
When Coulson saw news on the ritualistic murder of artist Janice Robbins, he recognized her as Rebecca Stevens, a Level 6 agent from the Triskelion. Coulson and Skye then investigated and figured out that she was a T.A.H.I.T.I patient due to her paintings which contained the Words of Creation. Robbins' corpse was taken to the playground where Dr. Simmons confirmed that she was a T.A.H.I.T.I. patient and was killed by a fellow T.A.H.I.T.I. patient. Knowing that they needed more information, Coulson had himself put back into the Theta Brain-Wave Frequency Machine to learn the names of the T.A.H.I.T.I. patients. Coulson then found out that there were two left from the six patients; Sebastian Derik and Hank Thompson (former agent Cameron Klein).
At the same time, Antoine Triplett and Bobbi Morse followed Grant Ward to Atlanta but they gave up after discovering that he was wired to lots of C-4. Later, in Boston, Melinda May, Triplett, Lance Hunter and Morse entered the pub owned by HYDRA, discovering Sunil Bakshi who was left there tied up by Ward.
Meanwhile Coulson went after Thompson but was subdued by Derik. However, Coulson and Thompson were then able to free themeselves and stop Derik. Coulson then found out the secret of the symbols which were actually blueprints of a city. Coulson told all his agents of their new mission; find the city before HYDRA.
While Melinda May stayed behind to be in charge of the Playground, Phil Coulson took Leo Fitz, Antoine Triplett and Skye to Hawaii. He gave each a particular mission, then had the Bus take them to Australia. At Laura Creek, there was a satellite relaying station that was easier to infiltrate than the Kaena Point Air Force Base in Oahu. The assignments Coulson gave earlier was to cause an EMP blackout at that base which would cause the one at Laura Creek to be used as back-up. Coulson wanted their satellites hacked so he could find the city that matched the Words of Creation. However, while there, the team was ambushed by HYDRA and Triplett was seriously shot.
An unknown man suddenly appeared and offered to save Triplett's life. Revealing himself as Skye's father, he severed one of Trip's arteries, holding Trip's life in his hands. After talking to Coulson about the city, the temple, the Diviner, and Skye, though he insisted on calling her Daisy, the man escaped so he could rejoin HYDRA. The agents then took Triplett back to the Bus, and the computers soon found the location of the city in Puerto Rico.
Battle for the Kree City
- Here's what we know. HYDRA's on the move. They have the Obelisk and an expert who knows how to use it. We can't let that happen, obviously.
With the location of the mysterious city finally known, Coulson split his agents into two groups. One group, consisting of Agents May, Skye, Hunter, and Triplett, would go to Canada to help the Koenig brothers in protecting Raina, while the other, consisting of Agents Morse, Mackenzie, Fitz, and Simmons, and which he himself would lead, would go to Puerto Rico to look for the city.
In Vancouver, the agents had a confrontation with a group of HYDRA operatives led by Agent 33. When Raina learned from Skye that Whitehall had the Obelisk, Raina tried to surrender to HYDRA; but May prevented that from happening. Raina was then taken to the Bus, but during the flight to Puerto Rico, the plane was surrounded with four HYDRA quinjets. Grant Ward and a team of HYDRA agents then boarded the Bus, forcing May to hand over Raina and Skye. Once the plane with Ward, Raina, and Skye departed, the remaining quinjets tried to destroy the Bus, but May managed to pilot the plane to safety.
Meanwhile, Coulson and his team discovered the entrance to the alien city beneath Castillo San Cristóbal, an old fort in San Juan. When Mackenzie got down there, he was possessed by some invisible force. When he was hoisted up, he attacked his colleagues and Morse electrocuted him. He then fell back into the the shaft. Later, the Bus landed near San Juan, and the teammates reunited, preparing to attack the Ponce de León Theater where HYDRA's operatives were drilling a hole to the Kree City.
The agents successfully infiltrated the theater, attacking and killing several HYDRA operatives, including their leader, Daniel Whitehall. However, when they entered the Kree City, planing to destroy it, Agent Skye entered the temple in the center of the city. Agent Triplett defused the bombs, but later died while trying to save Skye from the mysterious substance that engulfed her in a cocoon. As the temple started shaking from an earthquake, Coulson found and saved Mack, bringing him back to the surface.
Cutting off the Heads
- We did not fail! Trip prevented a disaster, and Whitehall's dead. We cut off the head. And while HYDRA scrambles for a new one, I will crush them! I'm gonna make someone pay... whoever the hell it is.
Upon the return from the Kree City, Skye was quarantined in the Playground in order to see if she harbored any ill effects from her time underground. Meanwhile, Jemma Simmons and a team of scientists stayed in San Juan to map the Kree City. They were attacked by a humanoid creature that turned out to be a transformed Raina. Simmons hit Raina several times, but she escaped.
In the meantime, Coulson made a deal with Major Glenn Talbot about giving him Sunil Bakshi in exchange for Talbot's assistance in taking down the remaining HYDRA forces. Unbeknownst to Bakshi, they planned to organize a fake escape to see where Bakshi would go. After the escape, Bakshi was deceoved by Agent Hunter into thinking one of the HYDRA leaders was making a move to kill the others. With this Octavian Bloom ordered the other leaders killed. In the resulting chain reaction, most of the HYDRA leaders died. Bloom was then promptly shot and killed and Bakshi was recaptured by Agents Hunter and Morse. Coulson later secretly sent Agent Michael Peterson to search for Doctor List, one of the few surviving heads of HYDRA.
The Gifted and the Enhanced
- Sir, these people are on the Index, but they are not exactly gifted."
"They were considered highly dangerous, larger part of the Index functions as more of a watch-list.
When the Asgardian warrior Lady Sif appeared in Portugal, Coulson and a few agents traveled there to find out what was she doing on Earth. To their surprise, she did not recognize them. Soon they discovered she was following a dangerous man, who turned out to be an extraterrestrial just like Sif. They found and captured him in the Portuguese city of Chaves, the same place where the HYDRA leader Daniel Whitehall discovered the Obelisk during World War II.
Back in the Playground, the stranger revealed himself as a Kree called Vin-Tak. His mission was to find the Inhumans recently activated by the Terrigen Mist in the Kree City beneath San Juan. As a sign of good faith, he used his Truncheon to restore Sif's memories, and they questioned Skye about what happened in the temple. When the base started shaking they realized Raina wasn't the only Inhuman activated that day.
When Sif asked Coulson to let her take Skye to Asgard, he said no and Vin-Tak attacked him. May took Skye to Vault D while Morse and Mackenzie tried to stop Vin-Tak. Mackenzie was defeated but Morse distracted Vin-Tak long enough for Leo Fitz to fire the Destroyer Armor Prototype Gun at him. When Sif entered Vault D, Skye shot herself with May's I.C.E.R. which finally convinced Sif that Skye could be handled by her own team. Later, when Lance Hunter confronted Mackenzie and demanded full disclosure about his secret mission with Morse, Mackenzie knocked him unconscious. Mackenzie took Hunter to a S.H.I.E.L.D. Safe House where he left him locked and handcuffed.
A few days later, while Jemma Simmons was analyzing Skye's blood, Phil Coulson and Melinda May decided to place Skye on the Index. Coulson then asked May to request the help of Andrew Garner, her ex-husband. May brought Garner to the Playground and he boarded the Bus where Skye had made a residence.
Meanwhile, Coulson and Morse went to the Brynmore Psychiatric Facility. One dangerous patient, David Angar, was freed from the facility by Skye's father, Calvin Zabo, and his team of enhanced people from the Index. Coulson and Morse then followed Zabo to Manitowoc, Wisconsin. At the high school stadium, Coulson was surrounded by members of Zabo's team, when May arrived with Skye at gunpoint. Suddenly, an unknown eyeless man appeared and teleported Zabo away. Coulson and his agents then easily defeated Zabo's teammates.
S.H.I.E.L.D. Civil War
- We founded S.H.I.E.L.D. ... the real S.H.I.E.L.D. ... on the belief that leadership should operate with transparency and not from the shadows."
"Nick Fury simply kept too many secrets.
Mackenzie brought Hunter onboard the Iliad, revealing that his loyalty lies with "the real S.H.I.E.L.D." Hunter was then introduced to Robert Gonzales and the rest of the leadership of his S.H.I.E.L.D. faction. Gonzales explained to Hunter that they saw Coulson and his erratic behavior as a threat that needs to be neutralized, and tried to convince Hunter to join them.
In the meantime, Coulson decided to pull Skye from active duty. He took her to the Retreat, Nick Fury's Safe House designed to house gifted individuals. After giving Skye special gloves made by Jemma Simmons and designed to help suppress her abilities, Coulson asked her to take some time to learn to control her powers.
That night on the Iliad, though Mack tried to convince him to join them, Hunter rejected Gonzales' offer and stole an escape pod, escaping from the ship. At the meeting of the leaders, Mack decided it was time to attack Coulson's S.H.I.E.L.D. before Hunter could reach the Playground. In the Playground, after the video conversation with Major Glenn Talbot who informed them about Grant Ward and Agent 33 breaking into his base to free Sunil Bakshi, both Coulson and May noticed that Mackenzie was hiding something.
Attack on the Playground
The next day, Mackenzie was in the Playground, still searching for the Toolbox. While Coulson confronted Mackenzie about his secret, he found him trying to steal the Toolbox in his office. When the EMP burst through the base, Mackenzie escaped. He then called Gonzales and he ordered the attack. A gas began pumping through the Playground's vents, knocking out Coulson and all of his agents, while Gonzales' men entered the base, quickly taking complete control of it.
Once the base was captured and all of Coulson's agents were apprehended with the exception of Melinda May, Gonzales called for Coulson to be brought to him. Gonzales greeted Coulson and they exchanged pleasantries for a short period, until Coulson revealed that he knew exactly who Gonzales was and his history with working for S.H.I.E.L.D., even revealing that he had intended for Gonzales to join his team. Gonzales explained his own knowledge of Coulson, expressing his concerns over Coulson's recovery with the help of alien blood and Skye's new powers. Gonzales revealed that he needed Coulson to show him how to open the Toolbox. Coulson refused to open the Toolbox for Gonzales, who gave it to one of his agents to give to Anne Weaver. Suddenly, Melinda May entered the office, knocking out Gonzales and two of his agents with an I.C.E.R. Coulson then escaped from the base via the secret elevator while May stayed behind and surrendered to Gonzales' agents.
Before she surrendered, May had just enough time to call Skye at the Retreat and warn her about S.H.I.E.L.D. coming for her. Just when Skye tried to leave the area around the cabin, a group of agents led by Tomas Calderon arrived. When Skye managed to knock down one agent, Agent Calderon fired a bullet at her, and she lost control of her powers, creating a pulse that sent the attackers flying back and obliterating the nearby trees. The same eyeless man that kidnapped Skye's father a few days earlier suddenly appeared, and teleported Skye away. Later, Coulson met Hunter at the bar on a tropical beach and Hunter accepted his offer to become a full-time S.H.I.E.L.D. agent.
The Hunt Begins
- This is not about Coulson. It's not about me. It's not about anyone on this ship. It's about S.H.I.E.L.D. We cannot afford to be enemies to each other when there are new threats out there waiting for the moment we are at our weakest. A house built on shifting sand will fall. And without a strong and united foundation, S.H.I.E.L.D. will fall again.
In the Playground, Robert Gonzales tried to convince Leo Fitz and Jemma Simmons to open Fury's Toolbox, but Fitz openly refused. Since Gonzales was still following S.H.I.E.L.D.'s rules, he agreed to let Fitz go undisturbed. However, that wasn't true for Melinda May, who was locked in Vault D. When Gonzales visited May, he tried to convince her into seeing things his way about the enhanced persons and Coulson, but May told him that S.H.I.E.L.D. should be hunting HYDRA, and not wasting time on a witch hunt.
Meanwhile, Coulson and Hunter arrived at the Retreat in a stolen jeep. Watching the security footage, they saw what Skye did the night before. The next morning, Coulson deliberately activated the silent alarm, which was immediately noticed by Gonzales in the Playground. Using the holograms inside the cabin, Coulson and Hunter managed to distract Gonzales' men long enough to knock down two of them and steal their uniforms. However, they were eventually captured and brought into one of the agents' two Quinjets. Michael Peterson then suddenly entered the quinjet, liberating Coulson and Hunter and knocking down all the agents inside. He also prevented the other quinjet from flying off.
Hearing the news about the failure of his men, Gonzales decided to try another tactic with Agent May. She was taken on the Iliad and Gonzales offered her a seat on his board, saying that Coulson should need someone who would defend him once he's captured. He also gave her a gun to shoot him if she thought of him as a traitor to S.H.I.E.L.D. May gave him the gun back, not believing that the weapon was loaded, but Gonzales showed her that it was. Later, despite Mack's attempts to get him to stay, Fitz left the Playground. When he entered the taxi and looked through his bag, he found the Toolbox, which was hidden inside by Jemma when she made a copy to deceive Gonzales' men.
Agent May eventually accepted Gonzales' offer and asked to take command of the Playground base, which was granted. Anne Weaver gave her their file on Coulson and what they called Theta Protocol. Back in the Playground, with Simmons' help, May found evidences that Coulson was operating a large number of shell corporations and burning through money. Mackenzie explained that Coulson was probably building another base for powered individuals. May then ordered Simmons to open the Toolbox, unaware that the object in Simmons' possession was a replica. Meanwhile, followed by Gonzales' men, Leo Fitz ended up stuck in the restroom in a bar. Using the Toolbox, he managed to contact Coulson and Hunter, who assured him everything would end just fine.
The Deal with the Devil
- Desperate times, desperate measures. Count me in."
"I'm relieved to hear you say that. We're making a deal with Ward.
After picking up Leo Fitz, Coulson, Hunter, and Peterson traveled to Tijuana, Mexico, to find Grant Ward. They managed to capture Agent 33, forcing Ward to have a talk with Coulson. Coulson and Ward then made a deal, Ward would help Coulson stop Strucker and List in their experiments on the enhanced people, and Coulson would let Ward got free, after he goes through the T.A.H.I.T.I. protocol to wipe his memory clean. Coulson and Ward then organized a meeting between the brainwashed Sunil Bakshi and List. Peterson went with Bakshi to List's plane, playing his bodyguard. On the meeting, Bakshi offered Peterson to List, saying that he could become a great asset to HYDRA. While flying to Baron von Strucker's European base, List's plane made a stop in San Francisco. List explained to Bakshi that he was following "quantum entanglements" that could come from an enhanced individual, a teleporter.
Coulson and his team followed List and Bakshi, entering the abandoned building where they were confronted by several HYDRA agents. Though they managed to kill some of them, Hunter was wounded, and Bakshi apparently broke out of Ward's mental control, ordering his men to fire on Peterson, who managed to knock out an unknown man. When Coulson encountered Skye and her father, the teleporter appeared and took Skye and her father away.
Some time later, Alphonso Mackenzie came to the building and Coulson showed himself to him, asking him to take him to his boss, Robert Gonzales.
- We have a chance to hit HYDRA hard. They're operating on powered people. We can shut that down and save lives."
"Perhaps, but I'm gonna ask again - why should I trust you?"
"Because we all have our secrets. You have one sitting in the cargo hold of your ship, but I'm still willing to work with you.
Coulson was brought to the Playground, and he and Robert Gonzales had a discussion on the Bus. Coulson informed Gonzales about the HYDRA facility in the Arctic that should be taken down. Though Gonzales didn't trust Coulson at first, they agreed to work together to save the enhanced people that HYDRA was experimenting on. Temporarily reassembled, Coulson's Team would infiltrate the facility and once the prisoners were rescued, Gonzales' men would bombard the place, destroying it.
When the Bus approached the facility, HYDRA's missiles destroyed it, but the team safely landed in a cloaked Quinjet. When they entered the base, they quickly disposed of most of HYDRA soldiers, mostly thanks to Sunil Bakshi, who was actually still under Ward's mental control. During the battle, Jemma Simmons tried to kill Ward, but Bakshi died instead. HYDRA's leader Dr. List managed to escape, but Mike Peterson and Lincoln Campbell were rescued and brought to the Playground, though Ward preferred to stay free and leave Agent 33 in the base.
After the battle, Coulson gave Gonzales the Toolbox, only to inform him that a very much alive Nick Fury would probably want it back soon.
- What are you suggesting?"
"One S.H.I.E.L.D., where I operate as director, under your advisement. This way, we'll have a cool underground base and a boat.
Coulson and the leadership of Gonzales' S.H.I.E.L.D. faction were on the Iliad, where they discussed the recent events. Coulson then proposed that he and Gonzales join forces to build one S.H.I.E.L.D., with Coulson as director and Gonzales and his council as his advisors. Gonzales and his men eventually agreed, thus ending the conflict between the two factions.
The Inhuman Threat
Finding a Solution
- What's our plan of attack?"
"Who said anything about an attack?"
"These people are a threat."
"We don't know that. We don't know anything about them.
Suddenly, the mysterious teleporter and Raina appeared on the Iliad, and Lance Hunter set off the alarm. Phil Coulson and Gonzales saw Raina and Gordon through the security cameras, and Gonzales realized that they were looking for their special cargo. Just as the teleporter and Raina discovered the location of the cargo, Melinda May and Bobbi Morse found them, forcing them to teleport back to their base. Later, at the Playground, Gonzales' people successfully found Afterlife. Robert Gonzales called for them to prepare for an attack, but Coulson convinced him that instead they should have a meeting with the Inhuman leader Jiaying and try and resolve the matter peacefully. The first move they chose to perform was sending Skye and Lincoln Campbell back to the Inhumans' base, so they could inform Jiaying about the arrival of S.H.I.E.L.D. The two were teleported by Gordon back to Afterlife, and Skye convinced Jiaying to speak with Coulson. Back to the Playground, the council changed the plan by choosing Gonzales as the representative of S.H.I.E.L.D.. Coulson agreed to stay in the Playground.
Ambush in Afterlife
- Skye's mother orchestrated the whole thing. It was a performance.
As several S.H.E.I.L.D. agents, including Gonzales, Anne Weaver, Melinda May and Jemma Simmons, used Quinjets to fly to Afterlife, Alphonso Mackenzie announced to Coulson about his resignation and Bobbi Morse was kidnapped by Agent 33 and Grant Ward. In the Inhumans' base, Gonzales went to Jiaying's room where he found her with Skye and Calvin Zabo. Jiaying delivered to Gonzales Zabo as a first salvo towards peace. As Skye left the room so the ambassadors could talk, Gonzales explained to Jiaying that their only goal was to protect the population from powered individuals, so he asked her to put her people in the Index in case one of them would try to harm the public. Jiaying showed him a crystal but she used it to release a mist that killed Gonzales. S.H.I.E.L.D. agents and Inhumans heard gunfire from the room and saw Jiayng walking bleeding from it, claiming that Gonzales had tried to kill her.
Simmons then informed Coulson and Weaver about the scenario and the announcement of Gonzales' death was spread. Although there were divided opinions whether Gonzales had shot or not, Coulson agreed that the security of the agents was the important part. But new problems were emerged, as a single Quintet fired two missiles at a house, what made Skye and the other Inhumans to believe that S.H.I.E.L.D. wanted to start a war.
- They just want to live in peace. Is that such a crime?"
"Your wife assassinated a high-ranking S.H.I.E.L.D. officer, then staged it to look like we attacked them. Wake up, Cal. She's trying to start a war, and your daughter's gonna be caught in the middle of it.
Meanwhile, Bobbi Morse was tortured by Grant Ward and Agent 33 in order to make her regret of extradite Agent 33's safe house location while she was hiding there, during Morse's time as an undercover HYDRA agent. This action caused Agent 33 be brainwashed. Morse didn't show any regret, so Ward tied Morse back to a chair and rigged a rifle behind her. Ward explained that he would make her to watch as someone else was killed while attempting to save her. He told her that the rifle was set to fire at the doorway when someone opened it, killing them instantly in front of her eyes.
In the Playground, Coulson discovered that Jiaying killed Gonzales and orchestrated the attack of S.H.I.E.L.D. on the Afterlife. Lance Hunter and Leo Fitz then located Morse's location and Hunter and May flew to there to save her. While Calvin Zabo was locked up in Vault D, Coulson presented him all the facts that Jiaying wanted to start a war and she was using him, just like when she used him to kill all the people in the village in Hunan province. Coulson also said that she had probably ordered him to take his formula that was killing him. Zabo said that he took it so he could have the power to kill every agent he can. Coulson continued to argue with Zabo about the true nature of Jiaying, until Zabo got a heart attack.
Zabo was brought to the lab, where Jemma Simmons injected adrenaline. The material transformed him to a powerful monster. Coulson wanted to talk in reason with him, so Simmons and Fitz led him to the hangar where Coulson captured him and started talking with him.
During that time, a group of Inhumans led by Gordon took control on the Iliad, killed and captured most of the agents on the ship. Only Alphonso Mackenzie was left to fight them. Anne Weaver sent to Coulson a message and asked for his help. After the hijack succeed, Jiaying was welcome aboard and said that they will start the next step.
Hijacking and Retaking of the Iliad
- We'll need every asset we've got to shut these Inhumans down.
Eventually, Coulson and Zabo agreed they should work together to save Skye from Jiaying. Meanwhile, Mackenzie freed Skye from her cell in the Iliad, and asked for her hacking skills. In the Command Room of the ship, Jiaying ordered her men to take a case of Terrigen Crystals to the ventilation room and the rest to the Quinjet. Lincoln Campbell then entered, saying that a emergency beacon had been sent to Coulson's base. Jiaying asked Anne Weaver and Oliver if they could expand the beacon. The two refused, and Jiaying used a Crystal to kill Oliver. Once she saw Oliver, Weaver agreed to do her bidding. Skye and Mackenzie watched the event and realized that Jiaying's plan was to kill every S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who was on the ship, making a plan to cut off the beacon. In the Playground, where Zabo was stabilized, Leo Fitz informed Coulson that the emergency beacon from the ship came. Coulson said to him that they would need every available agent they had to shut the Inhumans down.
Meanwhile, Melinda May, Lance Hunter and their team entered an abandoned warehouse, where Bobbi Morse was being held by Grant Ward and Agent 33. Hunter found Morse bleeding after she saved him from a rigged rifle shot. May tricked Ward and used him to kill Agent 33. They then flew to the Playground to save Morse's life.
Fitz then informed Coulson he had created a device that could make Gordon stay in a single location and not teleport. Coulson told him that there were Quinjets all over the world which flew to answer with them to the emergency beacon. May and Hunter returned with Morse to the base and Simmons started to operate on her.
When the squadron of Quinjets flew to the Iliad, Coulson, May, Fitz and Zabo, who were in the lead Quinjet, received a message from Skye, saying that they were entering a trap. Coulson then ordered the other Quinjets to fall back, but his Quinjet continued with the plan.
As they landed on the ship, they received another message from Skye, warning them of the Terrgin Crystals. Zabo then realized Jiaying's plan and explained it to them. Despite the risks, the S.H.I.E.L.D. team went to free the ship.
Mackenzie protected the Crystals in the ventilation room while Gordon attempted to reach them. Meanwhile, Skye fought Alisha and her duplicates. Though Alisha almost overpowered Skye, May and Lincoln helped her and defeated Alisha. Coulson and Fitz then joined Mackenzie in his battle, with Fitz placing the device that would hinder Gordon. The device kept Gordon in the room, and he teleported onto a pole Fitz was holding, impaling himself.
Skye then found her mother entering the Terrigen Crystal-laden Quinjet to finish her plan of dropping the Crystals and killing non-Inhumans. The two women fought each other, each using her powers to overcome the other. Skye gathered one burst of energy and blasted the Quinjet into the ocean, ruining Jiaying's plan. As Jiaying tried to kill her daughter, Zabo appeared and broke the two apart, killing Jiaying to spare Skye the pain of killing her own mother. The human race was saved and the Inhuman threat was no more.
Search for Inhumans
- We have to do this. We don't have a choice. It may feel like things have cooled down right now, but this... this is my permanent reminder that we'll always be paying the price, that we'll never get ahead of the consequences that I, that you, that S.H.I.E.L.D. have set in motion.
With the Inhuman threat eliminated, Phil Coulson returned to work and began planning out new ways of dealing with threats against the earth, employing his S.H.I.E.L.D. agents into new positions which best supported their views. He brought Andrew Garner back to assess his team and judge their readiness to continue working in the field. They discussed having Alphonso Mackenzie back on the team in charge of all alien dealings before Coulson teased Garner about getting back together with Melinda May, who took time of as an agent. Garner then handed Coulson a file of his recommendation for Coulson's new program.
Coulson put the order in for Calvin Zabo to be allowed to begin a new, peaceful life. Coulson joined Skye as she went to visit Zabo at his new office before asking Skye about her thoughts on leading a new team for people with powers, where they could use their abilities to help protect the world. Skye insisted that if they did this, the team should be kept a secret so the people involved could still live their own private lives. Coulson agreed. Bobbi Morse recovered from the operation and talked with Lance Hunter, saying she could not do it anymore. Jemma Simmons later was swallowed by the Monolith and Mockingbird disappeared before the Age of Ultron
- The rate of new cases is increasing."
"We knew it would after the initial reports."
"A new Inhuman could emerge anywhere without having any idea what's happened."
"Only in the continental U.S. so far.
A few months later, S.H.I.E.L.D. had to deal with a new threat: the new Inhumans that were created by the Nature Max Supplements Fish Oil pills that had the Terrigen Crystals material inside it. S.H.I.E.L.D. tracked the fish oil pills and managed to get them off the market as soon as they discovered they had been manufactured from an area contaminated by Terrigen Mist. However, they were unable to track down the pills that were already bought, and at least five individuals managed to take them before S.H.I.E.L.D. could locate them. S.H.I.E.L.D. thought that the new Advanced Threat Containment Unit was responsible for the capture and the deaths of those Inhumans. Phil Coulson appointed Skye, who now was going with her birth name Daisy Johnson, and Alphonso Mackenzie to track the Inhumans and get to them before the mysterious organization could with the help of their new plane, Zephyr One. They also tracked HYDRA financing activities, but no HYDRA member did such action.
At the same time, S.H.I.E.L.D. had already discovered that Jemma Simmons had been swallowed by the Monolith and was now probably dead. However, Leo Fitz refused to believe that and he went on a search across the world to prove Simmons was still alive. While Fitz went to different locations in the world, Anne Weaver covered his assignments in the Playground. Lance Hunter was planning revenge on Grant Ward for what he had done to Morse, believing he had kidnapped her again. He was sure that Ward returned to HYDRA in order to rebuild it and fight against S.H.I.E.L.D.
- My name's Daisy and I'm with S.H.I.E.L.D. and we're here for your protection.
Joey Gutierrez was the sixth person who went through Terrigenesis because of the Nature Max Supplements Fish Oil pills. He possessed the power of melting every metal. The Advanced Threat Containment Unit quickly showed up to arrest him but he managed to escape them. Daisy Johnson, Alphonso Mackenzie and Lance Hunter came to rescue him from the soldiers and succeeded to bring Gutierrez to Zephyr One safely. After the fight, Phil Coulson took a picture of who he assumed was the leader of the unit.
In the Playground, Johnson explained to Gutierrez what had happened to him and that his life could not be normal anymore. Coulson discovered that the woman he pictured had many identities and worked for many agencies.
Meanwhile, Leo Fitz went to Morocco to retrieve an old parchment that describe exactly what the Monolith was so he could know how to save Jemma Simmons. He tricked Yusef Hadad to give him the parchment and he then returned to the base.
Johnson and Mackenzie went to see Lincoln Campbell to ask him to help Gutierrez adapt to the change he had experienced. Coulson and Hunter went to meet the leader of the Advanced Threat Containment Unit in a subway train but entered into an ambush. Rosalind Price revealed to Coulson that she knew that she had been killed and came back to life in Project T.A.H.I.T.I. She also thought that S.H.I.E.L.D. had killed all the Inhumans with an energy weapon, but Coulson said that he thought it was her who killed them. She asked him then who had killed them. Coulson and Hunter managed to escape the train with a Containment Module from Zephyr One.
In the hospital where Campbell worked, Johnson asked for his help, but he refused, saying that being Inhuman was a curse and he just wanted have normal life. To the hospital came a monstrous man who was looking for Campbell. The three fought against him. He ultimately escaped and the three as well after the ATCU came.
As all the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents watched President Barack Obama's press conference as he revealed that he ordered the foundation of the ATCU, Fitz translated the words on the parchment to "Death". Coulson said to him to accept the death of Simmons.
- No. No, I'm proving that it's a portal, okay, to another planet, a-a very old planet, a crack in space-time that carried Simmons away and carried the sand back. Which means-"
"She's out there. But it's been months.
After Coulson, Johnson, Mackenzie and Hunter pulled out Fitz from the Monolith's containment, Fitz found sand grains. He explained that the Monolith was a portal to another world and Jemma Simmons must be there. Coulson asked for Elliot Randolph's help to understand the Monolith, while Johnson and Mack helped Andrew Garner's assessment on Joey Gutierrez and Hunter went to his revenge camping against Grant Ward and he also recruited Melinda May for the mission. Randolph led them to a room in an English castle where the Monolith could be opened and become a portal. Mackenzie and Johnson brought the Monolith and after Fitz activated the machines of the room, the Monolith changed to his liquid form, but the machines broke and it changed back to solid. But Fitz had an idea that they could use Johnson power to change the Monolith to a portal. Johnson indeed opened it and Fitz jumped through it to search for Simmons, and so he did. Simmons was brought to Earth and the Monolith was exploded.
Cooperation with the ATCU
- So... so now we're working with them?"
"I'm done fighting with people over who gets to fight the real fight. It's a colossal waste of time and resources. I went against Talbot. I went against another faction of S.H.I.E.L.D. We know what we're doing, they don't. Hopefully, they can learn from us.
With the Advanced Threat Containment Unit continued hunting Lincoln Campbell, Phil Coulson ordered Daisy Johnson to find him. Campbell called for her for help and Johnson and Alphonso Mackenzie went to his location. Coulson arranged a meeting with Rosalind Price and the two met. Coulson, knowing she had a picture of Johnson, agreed to let the ATCU take Campbell. However, Campbell escaped, so Luther Banks ordered his soldiers to arrest Johnson. Coulson offered an alliance between S.H.I.E.L.D. and the ATCU. Pierce agreed and ordered her men to leave the place.
A recruit mission for the Caterpillars program was interrupted by the monstrous man. The ATCU helped S.H.I.E.L.D. to hunt him. Johnson suspected Dwight Frye that he might be the Inhuamn killer, and shred the information with the ATCU. Outside Frye's house, Coulson, Johnson and Alphonso Mackenzie met Rosalind Price and Luther Banks. They entered the house together and found Frye hiding. He told them that the killer was called Lash, and he gave him the Inhumans' names Lash wanted to kill. When the ATCU drove with Johnson and Mackenzie to their base to put Frye in custody, Lash broke in the truck and killed Frye. Johnson managed to see him transform into a human.
Meanwhile, Lance Hunter managed to get high enough in the ranks of HYDRA to meet Grant Ward. Melinda May was afraid that he will fail and possibly be killed if he storms alone against Ward. May went to the Playground and asked Coulson for backup. Hunter and May fought against Ward and his men. Ward ordered Werner von Strucker to get close to Andrew Garner in order to make May and Hunter surrender. May asked Coulson, who was on his way to help them, to save Garner. One of Coulson's men guarded Garner, but he was killed by one of Ward's men. Hunter refused to let Ward escape and shot him but only hurt him. Ward managed to escape alive. As a result, May thought that Garner was probably dead, but he survived the explosion of the shop that was caused by HYDRA.
S.H.E.L.D. brought the wounded Garner to the Playground. May recruited Black Widow to kill Ward. They followed Werner von Strucker in order to find him so he would lead them to Ward. They tracked von Strucker's location in Lisbon, Portugal. They entered his home, only to find him being tortured by Kebo. A fight broke between May, Natasha and Kebo and his man. Romanoff managed to kill Kebo and May tried to questioning von Strucker, but he went into a coma.
Meanwhile, Coulson was invited by Price to the ATCU Endotex Labs. After Johnson explained to him why she thought Luther Banks might be Lash, Coulson ordered her to follow him. Johnson, Mackenzie and Hunter kidnapped him and took a blood sample from him and sent it to Jemma Simmons, to conform that he was an Inhuman. Simmons conformed he was not. Then, they arrived to the Labs where Banks was scheduled to arrive and sent a D.W.A.R.F. inside. They found Price and Coulson there with a composed and imprisoned Inhuman. The three were appalled, but noticed that Coulson did not seem to have the same reaction.
- Lincoln gave me names. I checked them against the bodies we could identify."
"That's how I knew Lash was using Jiaying's ledger to find us."
"She kept a genealogy of Inhumans. She was the only one allowed to use it, until..."
"Until S.H.I.E.L.D. recovered it. And there's only one person I know who had access."
"Dr. Garner? But there's no way. It's not possible.
Phil Coulson, Daisy Johnson and Andrew Garner argued about the cure the ATCU tried to develop for the Inhumans. Coulson then told them that he and Rosalind Price would meet with president Barack Obama and discuss about the Inhumans issue. Garner went to the Cocoon for Joey Gutierrez's evaluation, when suddenly Melinda May interrupted and demanded Garner to talk with her. Price came on Zephyr One and so Alphonso Mackenzie and Lincoln Campbell, who explained that Garner might be Lash. Coulson, after he had learned the Garner and May were missing, changed direction to find them. Campbell explained that Garner was in period of transition to become Lash forever.
S.H.I.E.L.D. found them in an abandoned building in Culver University. Coulson saw her shackled in a tank. Coulson and Garner were talking about Lash's actions, when Campbell entered the room. Garner turned into Lash and Campbell attacked him. May freed herself while Lash attacked everyone he came across with. May stopped him and talked with him and as he turned back to Garner, she shot him and he felt right into the Containment Module.
After the battle, Campbell joined S.H.I.E.L.D. and Garner was hold in the Module in his human form to prevent him becoming Lash.
- Today, we're launching Operation Spotlight. The objective... to peer into every shadowy corner of the ATCU.
As the ATCU took Andrew Garner in the Containment Module to the Endotex Labs to find a cure for him, Phil Coulson invited Rosalind Price to the Playground so they can discuss this situation. In the base, Coulson summoned his agents and explained Operation Spotlight, an undercover mission in witch S.H.I.E.L.D. would infiltrate the ATCU base and reveal their secrets. Lance Hunter managed to infiltrate the base. He came to a classified area, where he discovered that the ATCU did not try to find a cure, but instead they tried to turn every person they could into and Inhuman. Coulson got the information and interrogated Price if she was an HYDRA operator. Price said that the updates she reserved from that section came from Gideon Malick, who Price suspected might be in HYDRA. She called Luther Banks and ordered him to escort Hunter, who had fought the Inhuman Giyera, until Melinda May would take them back to the base.
Afterwards, Jemma Simmons and Leo Fitz, who were working on a way to go back to Maveth and save Will Daniels, who had been in the planet at same time Simmons was, explained to the team that HYDRA was actually an ancient organization who supported a project of delegations to Maveth.
- Here's the deal. What HYDRA's planning is gonna hurt a lot of innocent people, maybe people you care about. I wouldn't be asking you for your help if I didn't think we had a chance. So either you step up and do the damn job or you let the bad guys win. The choice is yours.
When Phil Coulson and Rosalind Price had a dinner in her place, she was assassinated by Grant Ward. Ward sent after him assassins and Coulson fought them and escaped with the assistance of Alphonso Mackenzie. At the Playground, Coulson interrogated each member of his original team in an attempt to find anything about Ward he could use against him. Before he went to find Ward with the help of Agent Nekhene and Lance Hunter, he had appointed Mackenzie to be the acting Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. until he would return. He also sent Jemma Simmons and Leo Fitz, alongside Luther Banks, to an abandoned Project Distant Star Return facility, but they were ambushed by Giyera, who killed Banks and kidnapped Fitz and Simmons.
Mackenzie got the information about Fitz and Simmons kidnapping and sent it to Coulson. Coulson, knowing that he could not fail, raided with Hunter a bank and kidnapped Ward's brother, Thomas. He called Ward and let him talk with his brother until they traced the call and found his location in the HYDRA Castle. Meanwhile, Mackenzie also found HYDRA's location and asked Melinda May for advice since the Castle was heavily fortified and he believed Coulson was on a suicide run; May advised him to be a leader. Mackenzie green-lighted the Caterpillars project and made Joey Gutierrez and Lincoln Campbell official agents and Daisy Johnson as their leader, as all prepared for an Attack on the HYDRA Castle. Coulson saw Ward, through the heat signal, entering the portal to Maveth with Fitz or Simmons with him, so he jumped from the Quinjet straight through it and landed on the planet.
Attack on the HYDRA Castle
- Okay. So, are we rescuing Inhumans or saving Coulson or attacking HYDRA or is there some kind of combo? Sorry. New guy just trying to understand how this whole S.H.I.E.L.D. thing works."
"This is how S.H.I.E.L.D. works. You make a plan, plan turns to rubbish, we make a new plan.
Cerulean Garrard and Lance Hunter landed on Zephyr One and told Alphonso Mackenzie why Phil Coulson had jumped to the portal. Daisy Johnson informed the team that HYDRA had brought dozen contained Inhumans to the castle. Mackenzie came up with plan: he said that one team would predominant the portal chamber while another team would search for Leo Fitz or Jemma Simmons. Johnson located an aqueduct that led straight to the castle. Once the team reached the aqueduct, Mackenzie, Nekhene and Hunter went to predominant the chamber while the Secret Warriors and Melinda May went to search for Fitz and Simmons. The two teams succeeded in their tasks and they reunited in the portal chamber.
As they discussed what to do next, they noticed that May was missing, so Simmons explained that Andrew Garner was in the castle and had saved her life, so May probably searched for him. She also told them that Gideon Malick wanted to bring back from Maveth the ancient HYDRA leader, so he had sent Fitz and Grant Ward to find him. the Inhumans in the castle were meant to serve him as an army. May entered the chamber and informed that all of the Inhumans were killed by Garner. As the HYDRA soldiers were getting closer to the chamber, Mackenzie ordered his agents to go back to Zephyr One and blow the castle in case the HYDRA leader would return to Earth. Only he and Johnson staid and waited for Coulson and Fitz to return, while the rest returned to Zephyr One and waited for Mackenzie's orders. Then, Mackenzie ordered May to blow the castle, as he and Johnson returned to the plane inside the Containment Module, along with Fitz and Coulson, who had killed Ward on Maveth.
Meeting President Barack Obama
- The image of Helicarriers crashing down on the nation's capital is hard to forget."
"Then why is this meeting happening if S.H.I.E.L.D. doesn't exist?"
"Because I need you to keep doing what you're doing. Privately. Publicly, the ATCU will still be the face of my administration's response to advanced threats.
President Barack Obama and Phil Coulson met together in residence of the recently deceased Rosalind Price. President Obama recognized that he needed S.H.I.E.L.D. to help deal with the alien threat, but he couldn't bring S.H.I.E.L.D. out of the shadows just yet, as the public still remembered what happened in Washington, D.C.. However, the President and Coulson arranged for S.H.I.E.L.D. to take point on containing the alien threat while the ATCU would act as a supporting organization. Coulson wanted to find Gideon Malick, so he used the Theta Brain-Wave Frequency Machine on Werner von Strucker and discovered a location where he could communicate with him. He went there and called him, saying to Malick that he was after him. However, Malick was not so threatened by Coulson.
Meanwhile, in Bogotá, Colombia, S.H.I.E.L.D. tracked the new Inhuman, Elena Rodriguez, who possessed super-speed ability. After they understood Rodriguez used her ability to get rid of the weapons in the city, Daisy Johnson, Alphonso Mackenzie, Cerulean Garrard, Lance Hunter and Joey Gutierrez assisted her to destroy the National Police of Colombia's gear of weapons. After the battle, Johnson and Mackenzie agreed they should join Rodriguez to the Secret Warriors.
Last Battle against HYDRA
Symposium on Alien Contagion
- We need to know if any of these countries are harboring Inhumans."
"So it's a sneaky, little spy mission."
"S.H.I.E.L.D., remember? That's how we roll.
Phil Coulson was informed by Barack Obama that Glenn Talbot was the new head of the ATCU.The two met and discussed the Symposium on Alien Contagion. Despite his agents' resistance, Coulson agreed that Talbot's bodyguard, Carl Creel, would join in their mission, to discover who of the symposium' delegates was Gideon Malick's inside man. While Coulson and Talbot were in the meeting, May, Nekhene and Hunter searched in the delegates' rooms for clues. Hunter discovered that Talbot's son was inside Suspension Gel. Malick entered the meeting room and accused Coulson to be HYDRA's director. Coulson discovered that Talbot was Malick's inside man due to blackmail on his son's life. He ordered his men to kill Coulson and Talbot, but, with the help of Creel, they escaped. Hunter took off to find Morse.
- They gave up their right to civil liberties when they started imploding buildings."
"Maybe, but it's not about how they act. It's about how we respond.
After the Watchdogs destroyed the headquarters of the ATCU, Phil Coulson found out that the leader of the group was the former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, Felix Blake. To test Lincoln Campbell's loyalty to S.H.I.E.L.D., Coulson went with him to one of Blake's safe houses, where they met him. Blake told them his aversion, with the Inhumans, so Coulson ordered Campbell to kill him. Despite his disagreement, Campbell fired a blast of electricity at Blake only to learn it was merely a hologram. Cooulson was satisfied with Campbell.
Meanwhile, Daisy Johnson found the operations base of the Watchdogs. There, the Watchdogs mistaken Alphonso Mackenzie to be an Inhuman, and went to kill him. Mackenzie and his brother dealt with them, with Mackenzie suffering with a moderate injury.
Later, Johnson told Coulson that Gideon Malick secretly supported the Watchdogs with weaponry.
Fighting the Future
- Wish we could practice every moment of our life like this.
S.H.I.E.L.D. traced an emergency call of Edwin Abbott, who asked for Daisy Johnson's help against HYDRA. She met him and he told her the Inhuman, Charles Hinton, had made him see the future and his death by HYDRA. And indeed, an HYDRA QuadCopter arrived, killed Abbott and escaped with Hinton.
At the Playground, Johnson told the team about a vision she had seen as she had tried to rescue Hinton. She told about a fight she would do to save Hinton. Phil Coulson suggested to let Melinda May go to save him instead since Johnson had not seen her in her vision.
Johnson trained May for the battle. They found the building where Hinton was held was owned by Transia Corporation. May was ready to go there but suddenly, Andrew Garner entered the base and told her he was soon to permanently be Lash. As May stayed in the base with Garner, Johnson replaced her. Leo Fitz was able to hack the security cameras of the building.
To the team's surprise, Grant Ward was shown before the transmission was cut off. Fitz said that he feared he was Hive. Coulson and Lincoln Campbell entered the building to find him. Johnson fought the HYDRA guards and was saved by Coulson. He ordered her to go to the roof where Hinton was held. Campbell saw Ward but Coulson ordered him not to attack him. Johnson arrived at the roof, where Gideon Malick waited for her. The two had a duel and with Hinton's help, Johnson defeated Malick.
Hijacking of Zephyr One
- Everyone from our team is on that plane."
"Not everyone. You put together the Secret Warriors Initiative for a reason."
"No, Lincoln, what-what if..."
"You can't be afraid of that vision. We both know we got to do something."
"Let's call them in.
With the acknowledgement that Hive had returned to Earth inside Grant Ward's corpse, Phil Coulson briefed his agents about their next move against him. He told them that after Gideon Malick had taken over Transia Corporation, HYDRA raided its subsidiary GT Agrochemical and confiscated equipment. While riding Zephyr One, they received a footage of Giyera inside the facility, so they planned to kidnap him. Coulson, Melinda May and Alphonso Mackenzie entered the facility and saw the destroyed research. Makcenzie discovered the facility's data had been transferred. Giyera discovered them and after a brief fight with May, she knocked him out and they brought him to the Containment Module in Zephyr One.
Leo Fitz found that the data had been transferred to Schoonebeek Oil Field. Jemma Simmons told Coulson that Hive was maybe afraid of the the research so he had ordered its destruction. They realized that Hive was a parasite that could consume human skin and keep the memories of the bodies he took over. Suddenly, Giyera managed to escape the Module and took control of the plane and landed it in the oil field. May called Daisy Johnson for help. Johnson and Lincoln Campbell knew they had to reassemble the Secret Warriors in order to save their friends.
Retaking of Zephyr One
- Split up. Lincoln and I go solo. You guys take the elevator. Find our team, and report back.
Daisy Johnson and Lincoln Campbell recruited Joey Gutierrez and Elena Rodriguez on their way to save the agents locked in Gideon Malick's base. Once the Secret Warriors reunited, Johnson led her team to an attack on the base. Meanwhile, Phil Coulson, Melinda May, Jemma Simmons, Leo Fitz and Alphonso Mackenzie locked themselves inside a room in Zephyr One and prepared to strike HYDRA back. Using their powers, Johnson opened the hangar's hatch, Campbell caught Malick, Rodriguez rescued the rest of the team and Gutierrez killed Lucio. With Zephyr One being retaken, the team escaped from the base back to the Playground.
War on Hive
At the Playground, Phil Coulson interrogated Gideon Malick, who revealed to him that Hive could control Inhumans' minds. Fearing that one of the Secret Warriors had been swayed by the dark Inhuman, Coulson ordered Alphonso Mackenzie to lock down the base. Coulson kept the information from the Inhumans and asked Leo Fitz and Jemma Simmons to find in Lucio's corpse something to prove Malick was right. The pair found an infection in Lucio's brain.
Search for Hive
As S.H.I.E.L.D. agents were repairing the base, their planed their next move: finding Hive and curing the Inhumans he had swayed. Jemma Simmons, Leo Fitz and Alphonso Mackenzie went to Bucharest to ask Holden Radcliffe's help to cure their friends, while Phil Coulson, Melinda May and Lincoln Campbell searched for Hive. Simmons, Fitz and Mackenzie encountered Hive, Giyera and Hellfire, who kidnapped Radcliffe and warned the three not to follow them. After they failed finding Hive, Coulson and May returned to the base, he showed her the attack of Glenn Talbot on all known HYDRA bases across the world given by Gideon Malick, putting end for HYDRA.
Battle of Union City
- This may be our only chance to catch Hive by surprise."
"And worst-case scenario, if Hive can't be killed?"
"I suggest running, very fast away.
With the facial scan program, Phil Coulson found Hive in Union City. Coulson explained to Alphonso Mackenzie that they were going to kill Hive. Mackenzie, Melinda May, O'Brien and Piper used the Zephyr One to arrive to Union City. Upon their arrival, May seduced Hellfire to tell her where Hive was. After he told her, the team entered an abandoned facility where they saw the Kree Orb in action. Coulson on Zephyr One saw an object in space heading to their location. The object crashed and two Kree came out of what appeared to be their satellite. The team observed as the Kree killed every one they encountered. One of them fought against Hive while the other was killed by Alisha. Hive killed his opponent, so May and Piper tried to kill him, but he could not be killed. They ran from him, saved Mackenzie and escaped in the Containment Module from the scene.
Showdown against Hive
- We're two sides of the same coin, Coulson, commanders leading soldiers."
"The only difference is, when you give an order, you followers have no choice but to obey. But when I gave my team the order to stay behind, they just wouldn't listen.
S.H.I.E.L.D. found out that Hive planed to launch his nuclear missile from an island in the Pacific to the atmosphere. Melinda May, Alphonso Mackenzie, Lincoln Campbell and Elena Rodriguez used the Quinjet to get there and to stop the launch. Phil Coulson got the government cancellation code and he delivered it to Leo Fitz, who successfully stopped the launch. May rescued Holden Radcliffe from the Primitives, however she could not stop Giyera from taking the warhead. With the dismantled Theta Brain-Wave Frequency Machine, the rest of the on the ground detained Hive to follow them as they rescued the staff of the base he had taken. As they ran to the Quinjet, Hive was about to attack them, but they put him inside the Suspension Gel.
Upon arriving of the team, Coulson put the Suspension Gel in the hangar and locked down the base. As Fitz checked on the Suspension Gel, a blast from the amendment parts for the hangar released the Absolution Virus. Some agents turned into Primitives. Jemma Simmons managed to get Fitz out of the hangar. The Primitives then freed Hive. Mackenzie rushed to the Coulson's office and told him that Hive knew what Zephyr One was capable of and he could use it as his new missile. Johnson brought her Containment Module to Zephyr One and dulled Hive by herself.
Meanwhile, the Primitives managed to enter the base. May and Fitz hided in Zephyr One as Hive took control on the plane and flew to the atmosphere. One of the Primitives shot Rodriguez as three turned off the power of the base. Coulson, Mackenzie, Campbell and Radcliffe locked themselves in a room, there they threaded Rodriguez wounds. They sensed that the heat increased, so Radcliffe realized Simmons had done it to blind the Primitives. They got out from the room and went to Coulson's office. At the same time, May and Fitz found Johnson inside the Containment Module. However, Giyera knocked May out and threatened to kill Fitz, but the latter used a Cloaked Gun to kill Giyera. Fitz freed Johnson.
In Coulson's office, he called a Quinjet with which the team brought Rodriguez in an hospital and then flew to Zephyr One. Coulson refused that they would come with him, but they insisted to stop Hive with him. As they arrived, Coulson distracted Hive with an hologram so they could sneak into the plane. Coulson explained to his team that he would set the Quinjet to fly to outerspace with the war head inside it. They found that Johnson was missing and Campbell said she went to put the war head inside the Quinjet. Suddenly Hive and the Primitives came and the team defeated the creatures, but Hive went after Johnson. Campbell got to the Quinjet before Johnson and disabled the Zephyr One, making it fly to space with Hive and the war head with him.
Equipment: S.H.I.E.L.D. personnel had access to an extensive array of cutting edge technology. A supply contract with Stark Industries ensures that they have some of the most advanced weapons and equipment available.
Transportation: S.H.I.E.L.D. maintained a fleet of Acura vehicles for the regular deployment of field agents and scientists. S.H.I.E.L.D. editions of the Acura MDX, Acura TL, and the Acura ZDX are painted in black and equipped with sophisticated surveillance technology. Unmarked, non-standard vehicles further extend S.H.I.E.L.D.'s reach when missions require secrecy. The military arm of S.H.I.E.L.D. uses a range of surface vehicles suitable for urban security, and aircraft with combat capabilities extending to fighter jets and helicopters. This branch also has exclusive access to previously unknown aircraft types.
- S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarriers - Airborne aircraft carriers
- S.H.I.E.L.D. Quinjet - Armed VTOL transport
Prior to the deployment of the helicarrier, S.H.I.E.L.D. maintained mobile operations from a modified Globemaster aircraft with VTOL capabilities. After being mothballed, one of these was recommissioned as a mobile headquarters for a small multi-disciplined shield team who took to calling it the "Bus."
Weapons: Regular S.H.I.E.L.D. field agents were usually equipped with a 9mm pistol. A military branch used for heavy security has access to military grade personal armaments. A few select elite agents carry less conventional armaments, such as explosives, or bows. A S.H.I.E.L.D. project titled, "Phase Two", is dedicated to advancing high technology weapons by reverse engineering alien technology.
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