[Big time SPOILERS below, you've been warned.]
What the hell was that? Who? Where? WHAT?
That’s how we all reacted Tuesday night as the show that comic book fans love to bitch about threw us something new. Every one of us is going crazy trying to figure out who this thing is and where the show is going from here. I’ve compiled a few theories. I’ll admit I was wrong about Deathlok (totally thought it would be Rage) but I cant be wrong all the time!
Saul AKA Garbha-Hsien
A lot of people like this theory because of the “Guest House” references in the episode (Guest House – GH – Garbha Hsien). Saul is also an Eternal mutant who can “regenerate injured or missing cells”, which could be used to heal Coulson and Skye. Problem with this theory is he’s a mutant, and all mutants fall under 20th Century Fox’s X-Men movie deal and thus are unavailable for the Marvel movie universe.
No one has seen a denizen of Atlantis yet in the Marvel movies, or any of the Marvel comics movies from other studios (according to this graphic, Universal owns the movie rights to Namor). However, taking the comics into consideration, some if not all of them are larger than the average human and have blue skin. We all expect to see Namor the Sub Mariner on screen at some point, but chances are it will be within the Fantastic Four franchise. Because of that the citizens of his kingdom must also be eliminated from possibility.
A Frost Giant
This would make a lot of sense. We’ve seen Frost Giants in the Thor movies. They are established. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has had Asgardians in multiple episodes. It all works. The problem here is that the big blue guy doesn’t quite look like a Frost Giant. He is similar, but just different enough that we’re going to have to give this one a pass as well.
The Zatoans are an alien race scheduled to debut in the Marvel movie universe this summer within Guardians of the Galaxy. One of them, Yondu, is rumored to play a large part in GOTG. Since the Guardians concept is so out there compared to the rest of the Marvel movies, something may need to be utilized in order to tie it all in together. Introducing an alien race on S.H.I.E.L.D. and then expanding that idea within GOTG would be a clever idea.
A Kree (and Captain Marvel)
I honestly believe this to be the most likely possibility. So much can fall into place if you’re willing to play armchair super hero. Follow this theory: The big blue guy is a member of the Kree race, specifically he is Captain Marvel. Or as he is also known, Geheneris HalaSon Mahr Vehl. There’s that GH again. Captain Marvel’s body is needed for the blood (or whatever other fluid they’re stealing from him) but it couldn’t support his brain. His mind was transferred into a dead agent known as Phil Coulson. Coulson’s true memories were layered over top but he still has the Kree brain in his sub conscious trying to get out, which is why he looked like he saw a ghost. He did see a ghost- himself.
The bigger reveal will be that the Kree have been coming for years and experimenting with genetics, creating Kree-human hybrids, which S.H.I.E.L.D. is aware of and labels, as 084s (Just like Skye, which would also explaining why it healed her so fast).
So what do you think?