So, it seems we should have a separate Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Thread for those of us who have seen the new Captain America movie.
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The last episode ended with Coulson’s speculation that The Clairvoyant was actually an Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. Now, from the Capatin America movie, we know that Hydra has been working within S.H.I.E.L.D. for decades.
I am inclined now to think that we are not going to meet any one single character called The Clairvoyant. The various Hydra operatives in S.H.I.E.L.D. no doubt have a hieracrchy- and there’s someone at the top of that hieracrchy- but I think “The Clairvoyant” was made up to throw everybody off, get the good guys out searching for a single bad guy, and to keep the lower level bad guys in the dark about for whom they are actually working.
Alternately, the Armin Zola AI could maybe be The Clairvoyant but Cap 2 had me under the impression that actual warm blooded Hydra operatives were more using the Zola algorithm as a resource rather than following AI Zola as a leader.
We know that Sitwell is/was a bad guy now. I want to rewatch the last episode for a reminder of the explanation that was given for pulling him off the hunt for The Clairvoyant. I was a little upset to see him as a Hydra operative, I’ve liked his character since he was introduced in the MCU and I think this reveal is a little out of place with his previous characterization- example, in the Marvel One Shot Item 47, I don’t think a Hydra operative would have made the call that Sitwell made at the end. I have thought he’s been a little less likeable in his appearances on the T.V. show- and now his getting shot by Simmons is even funnier. I did think his death in Cap 2 is one of the best deaths ever!
I still don’t think Agent Hand is a Hydra operative, though I do believe she has been unwittingly reporting to and manipulated by Hyrda operatives. As I understand it, her character in the comic books is among the more complex Marvel characters (this, just from reading her Wiki page, I’m not a reader of the comics). Given that she’s been a long running complex character, I just don’t think she’s going to be revealed as the Big Bad.
I think it’s clear that Fury’s suspicions about evil lurking within S.H.I.E.L.D. go back a ways. I think his suspicions go back as least as far as the events of The Avengers, maybe farther back than that. I think it will be revealed that this was his motivation for resurrecting Coulson. He resurrected Coulson completely off the grid at a non-S.H.I.E.L.D. facility, then gave him the resources to operate completely independently. I think Fury deliberately lied to Coulson so as to plant a seed of doubt that would grow and put Coulson on a path of seeking answers. Fury suspected evil operating within S.H.I.E.L.D. so he put the one man he trusted above all others on the job of investigating.
I think May is reporting to Fury. I don’t think she’s one of the bad guys. I think she has always had information that Coulson didn’t know about and that her mission has been to watch after Coulson and report back to Fury. Yes, Coulson chose her for the team but I think Fury set Coulson up to choose her- an agent of her skill set having retired to a desk job? Sitting there conveniently ready to be recruited as Coulson was putting his team together? I think it was set up by Fury.
In terms of timeline: I’m inclined to think that the coming episodes will lead up to the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. I don’t think the very next episode with be after the events of the movie. I think all remaining episodes of this season will take place immediately prior to the events of the movie.