After Marvel Studios head honcho Kevin Feige announced that there would be an Inhumans movie coming out on November 2, 2018, he added a teasing a caveat; “You may find out where they fit into the MCU sooner than you think.” Since Feige has mentioned his love for Inhumans characters several times, it’s not far-fetched to think we may see the people of Attilan prior to the film. Could their first live-action appearance be on an upcoming episode of Agents of SHIELD?
If you’ve been watching Agents of SHIELD, and you’re familiar with Marvel comics, you can see the hints about the Inhumans piling up. The recent episode from November 11, called “The Writing on the Wall,” gave us a big piece of the puzzle. Let’s look back at the clues we’ve gotten since the show started. First of all, last season we saw the blue alien body which is the source of the important GH-325 virus (which brought Agent Coulson back to life after his demise in The Avengers.) It’s true that the mysterious corpse has never been called a Kree on-air. However, Chloe Bennett (who plays Skye on the show), let the spoiler slip out at Paley-Fest, saying, “I know it’s a kree, but we all know that.” More recently, we were told that the body is “thousands of years old,” since these aliens visited Earth a long, long time ago. This is a big clue because in the comics, Kree travelers first came to Earth back when the human race was in its infancy, and they experimented on some cro-magnon, creating the Inhuman species.
And then have Skye herself, the source of a fountain of speculation about the Inhumans. As an infant, Skye was labeled an 084, which means an object/being of unknown origin. She was first found in the Hunan province of China, which is not that far, geographically, from the Himalayas. Interestingly, in the comics, the Inhumans hidden city Attilan (more on that later) was nestled in the Himalayas for 10,000 years.
Skye may be partly Kree or Inhuman herself, because she had no reaction to the GH-325 virus, unlike Coulson and the other half dozen subjects, who became obsessed with strange figures and developed the compulsion to carve symbols into things (or people.) That means there is something very different about Skye’s biology. Also, her father—called “a monster”—has exhibited superhuman strength which has allowed him to easily slap around some Hydra agents, and massacre a whole town in China. He was also capable of holding the mysterious Obelisk in his hand without being transmuted into a stone statue as others have (Poor Lucy Lawless.) He also made a deal with Hydra on the basis of knowing what else the strange object is capable of. How does he know this?
The Obelisk, also called the “Diviner”—for those who have missed episodes—is the first ever object to be declared an 084 by SHIELD’s forerunner the SSR. It was retrieved by the lovely Agent Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) decades ago. Coincidentally (or probably not so coincidentally), it was Skye who first deduced that alien symbols on the Obelisk were a map.
This week, we finally learned that the symbols Coulson and the others were so feverishly trying to figure out were the blueprints of a city…an unusual looking one, unknown to humans. Could this city be Attilan (orignally called “the Great Refuge” in comics), home of the Inhumans, located not-so-far from where Skye was found as a baby? Given the clues we have so far, it seems very likely.
It’s not probable we’d see the whole Inhuman race before the film–that would be bad business. But perhaps we’ll see one or two or them. After all, in the comics, Medusa appeared as a member of the Frightful Four consideraby before her Inhuman roots were revealed, or any other members of her race showed up.
Here’s one last little hint, which has nothing to do with anything we’ve seen on the show…Marvel has recently told comic book direct market retailers that they’re shipping out twice the usual order of next week’s Inhuman #8 comic, for no extra fee. The comic will go on sale the day after the November 18th episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. , which will also guest-star Hayley Atwell as Agent Carter. Make of that what you will. Maybe it’s just a coincidence.