The season 6 of Agents of SHIELD is finally here and it is a strange one. So far, we have seen just one episode and we are left with more questions than answers. Just like in the last two seasons, it feels that the show is starting from scratch, reinventing itself as it goes. In Season 4 we hade the Ghost Rider, Season 5 was a fully-blown sci-fi adventure and now we are back to Earth, with Mack as the new director of S.H.I.E.L.D. The organization seems reconstructed and dealing with threats as usual, while we have a group of agents doing the same in space.
The season premiere, titled Missing Links, has managed to establish a certain tone for the rest of the episodes. The problem is that we won’t know any answers to numerous new questions arising from it until the very end of the season and that can be tantalizing, but by now we are used to it from the writers of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Out of all the questions raised in the season’s premiere, we found these five to be the most important ones.
Who Is the Controller?
Fitz is apparently working for someone named The Controller. In MCU, there was one Controller before, and he was Iron Man’s enemy, able to subjugate people’s will by using slave discs. He even worked for Thanos at one point. It is unclear whether this is the same character or a different with. The controller doesn’t have to be a name, it could very well be a title.
Who Is Doctor Benson?
With both Fitz and Simmons gone, May brings in Doctor Marcus Benson to head newly-established S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy and act as a scientific adviser. Benson used to work with May’s husband Andrew Garner and is currently working as a Natural Sciences professor at Culver University. If that name rings any bells, that is because it is the site we saw in The Incredible Hulk. Doctor Marcus Benson apparently has an IQ of 160, which makes him a genius.
Are there any limits to Quake’s powers?
Back in season 5, Quake got a dose of Centipede Serum, increasing her powers so she could deal with Graviton. As we have seen her in Missing Links shaking apart three weapons without harming the aliens who were holding them, it would seem the increase was permanent. She now has far greater control of her powers than before and is able to use them with a much larger degree of control and precision. She is now more like the character she is in comics, where she is an Omega Level hero. That basically means that her powers have no upper limit. The events in season five when her powers were used to destroy Earth are now much more believable. We eagerly await to see just how far writers will take her powers in season 6.
S.H.I.E.L.D.’s department of linguistics
S.H.I.E.L.D. agents now have no trouble understating alien languages, but only spoken ones. Writing still gives them trouble, as Simmons still struggles to decipher some of the alien texts. Perhaps they have found some of those famed universal translators like the ones seen in Guardians of the Galaxy.
S.H.I.E.L.D. has finally been able to reverse engineer Hydra’s devices for opening portals through space, inherited from the Confederates. They occasionally use ships similar to those in Guardians of the Galaxy, but portals are much faster means of transport. They are similar to Tesseract portals and considering that Hydra was able to study Tesseract after the Battle of New York, it isn’t impossible that this technology is based on it.
Confederacy Is Hunting for S.H.I.E.L.D.
After the events of the last year, S.H.I.E.L.D. has become famous throughout the galaxy and some alien organizations have taken note of them. Quake even warns her friends that aliens are likely to see them as a threat, which is proven true in the Missing Links. When their ship meets a Confederacy vessel, it is fired upon immediately after introducing themselves. That would mean that S.H.I.E.L.D. has made a lot of enemies in the past season, after crossing the Remorath and the Kree. It is unclear how these events affected the Confederacy and their plans.