- "I'm kind of trying to do the whole hero thing, man! Is that your pep talk? You guys get killed, who saves the world then? I told my parents not to believe in this roach-crap fairy tale, and they went and they died for it anyway. And I'm probably next in line. But there is no way in hell that I'm gonna let some blue Kreeper destroy that machine before I get to see whether or not that damn thing was worth any of this."
- ―Deke Shaw to Phil Coulson
Deke Shaw is a scavenger who lived in the Lighthouse, in the year 2091, since the remnants of Humanity were enslaved by the Kree. As Shaw had learned of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s arrival from the past, he initially tried to sell out the team to Kasius, only to eventually realize his mistakes as he then assisted the team in overthrowing Kasius and returning to the past. Shaw's actions inadvertently led to him being sent back into 2018, where he continued aiding S.H.I.E.L.D. while adapting to his new world, eventually discovering Leo Fitz and Jemma Simmons were his grandparents while he had also developed feelings for Daisy Johnson. Once Shaw had assisted S.H.I.E.L.D. with the battle against the Confederacy and Glenn Talbot, Shaw had decided he needed to find his own place in this world away from the Lighthouse, fearing the Earth could be destroyed again before he had his chance to experience the world as it once was.
A year later, Shaw had built a life for himself, by ripping off many of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s tech and building a tech empire. He also started dating Sequoia, but was still in love with Johnson. Shaw was soon forced to get back into the world of S.H.I.E.L.D. when Phil Coulson's mysterious doppelgänger, Sarge, and his squad went after him for existing when he shouldn't.
- "It's nearly impossible to get fresh fruits and vegetables. But every year for my birthday, my mom would find me a big, juicy orange."
- ―Deke Shaw
Shaw was born and raised in the Lighthouse, one of the last humans to be born through regular gestation before Kasius sterilized the entire population and regulated childbirth. Through Shaw's whole life in the Lighthouse, he only learned to count from 0 to 5 in Kree. Shaw's mother told him stories about her mother and father and how her father was the best man she knew. Shaw would come to know his grandparents as Nana and Bobo.
Every year on his birthday, Shaw's mother would find a fresh orange for him as a birthday tradition. Shaw would love the smell the orange left on his hands. Shaw's mother always told him what her mother told her as a child: "The steps you take don't need to be big. They just need to take you in the right direction." and would tell him about Albert Einstein and his idea that a playtime is a form of research. Shaw also witnessed people kill for their loved ones his whole life.
Meeting the Remorath
Sometime during Shaw's life, he and the other Lighthouse residents encountered the Remorath, space Marauders, when they took what they wanted from the Lighthouse and helped clean up the dead bodies after they left. Shaw developed a deep fear of the Remorath that would carry on to his adult life.
Losing his Family
- "I was nine, okay? When my mother got dragged away and murdered. Kasius got rid of all the elders, all the smart people, and she was one of them. And after she was gone, my dad took up the cause. He carried the torch for her. And as I got older, I begged him not to. I said that they were gonna get him, too, and I was right. He got sent to the roaches, just like the rest of them."
- ―Deke Shaw to Phil Coulson
At age 9, Shaw witnessed the arrest and murder of his mother, who was eliminated by the Kree Watch because she was considered a potential threat to the community, due to her intelligence and allegiance to the True Believers. He grew up with his father, Owen Shaw, whom he tried to stop from continuing his mother's work.
Eventually, Owen was arrested too and sent to the surface of Earth, where Shaw assumed he was killed by the Vrellnexians. Before his father was sent to the surface, Shaw begged him to leave the piece of the White Monolith that belonged to his mother so he could have something to remember her by. His father refused, believing his son couldn't be trusted with it.
Shaw also became good friends with Tess who was aware of Shaw losing his parents, and with Virgil. Growing up, Shaw did not believe Robin Hinton's stories of S.H.I.E.L.D. coming to save the future and thought she was crazy before she went to the surface with his father.
Going through Terrigenesis
At age 18, Shaw, along with the other 18-year olds of the Lighthouse, went through Terrigenesis to see if they possessed the Inhuman gene to hand over to Kasius to be sold into slavery. Shaw, however, was proven to not be an Inhuman and continued his life in the Lighthouse.
Recreating the Framework
Shaw found the remains of the old Framework system designed by Holden Radcliffe and Leo Fitz. Shaw would then create a small version of the Framework, where residents of the Lighthouse would come and get away from the horrors of the Kree. The Kree were pleased with the idea, as it kept the residents compliant. Shaw would also use the simulation to piece together what really destroyed the Earth and had come to the realization that the Inhuman S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Daisy Johnson, also known as "Quake", was responsible for its destruction.
Working with S.H.I.E.L.D.
Encounter with Melinda May
- "I was not prepared for that, I got to admit. You pack a big punch for such a small package. I got to read the fine print next time. I hate wasting the charge on that thing. Honestly, I wasn't trying to hurt you, but you had a lead pipe at the ready, and I can't ri... Okay. I guess we'll stick with the first impression."
- ―Deke Shaw to Melinda May
Having been hired by his acquaintance, Virgil, along with Jones and Jerry, to supply Metrics to a group of people, Shaw came through a cracked window of the Lighthouse, with his helmet on. He used his Gravity Puck to adjust the gravity, so he wouldn't get sucked out into space. He proceeded to find Virgil.Upon finding Jones's body who was killed by the Vrellnexians, Shaw dragged him to a storage space to remove his metric. Shaw removed his helmet and proceeded to cut out the metric with a pocket knife. Sensing he wasn't alone, Shaw pretended to leave. After Shaw "left", the other occupant, who was S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Melinda May, came out from hiding. Shaw than pinned her to the wall and told her he's been looking for her. Assuming Shaw to be hostile, May attacked him. Because of an injury that had been inflicted on her, Shaw had the upper hand. After a quick skirmish, Shaw used his Gravity Puck to pin her against the wall. He tried to talk to May afterwards, but she proceeded to kick him in the face. Having enough, Shaw muffled May as she started to threaten him.
Shaw proceeded to tie May up. He then activated a flare and threw it in the hallway to keep the roaches away. Seeing that May didn't have her metric, Shaw used his knife to cut through her wrist and insert Jones's metric as she muffled in pain.
Uniting with the Team
- "I've been looking everywhere for you guys. Man, what a mess back there, huh? These poor suckers. Virgil. You know, from R&R? He was trying to scam these guys out of some tokens. This one came running to me begging for help, the poor thing. When I get my hands on that no-good louse, he's gonna have some explaining to do. So where is Virgil, anyway?"
- ―Deke Shaw and Phil Coulson
Sometime after the Kree Soldiers captured S.H.I.E.L.D. agents Phil Coulson, Daisy Johnson, and Jemma Simmons, Shaw and Melinda May came to their rescue. Shaw managed to talk the Kree guards into believing that Virgil stole their Metrics. Coulson than revealed that Virgil was dead. As the team talked, Shaw had a brief staredown with the Kree soldier. Shaw than offered if he lets them go, he would give him a couple of hours in the Framework, to which he agreed too.
Once in the clear, Shaw asked the team if the roaches got Virgil, to which Coulson confirmed. Shaw would tell them that Virgil was an acquaintance and that he hired him to help the team swap metrics out. Seeing that the team didn't have the money Virgil owed him, Shaw planned on leaving, but Johnson stopped him, saying that they need his help rescuing Alphonso Mackenzie and Yo-Yo Rodriguez from the Kree. After telling Johnson her friends were doomed, Shaw became confused as Coulson referred to the Trawler as a spacecraft. Shaw planned on leaving them again, but Coulson stopped him by asking for his name. After Shaw revealed it to be Deke, they heard the screams of Rodriguez. So, May cunningly pinned him against the wall with his Gravity Puck. Simmons than demanded the location of the Trawler. Shaw told her it was on Level 9. So May left with Simmons to the Trawler, while Johnson left Shaw with Coulson to question him, while she went in search of Mackenzie and Rodriguez.
Coulson released Shaw from the wall and continued to question him about what the Kree wanted with Humaniity. Shaw was confused by Coulson's question of why the Kree built the Lighthouse, and told him humans did and that it was built over 90 years ago. Shaw slowly became aware that Coulson and his team aren't from this time period and recollects the prophecy of people from the past coming to save Humanity. Upon realizing this, he asked Coulson the year in which he was abducted. This made him realize that Virgil's stories were indeed sane and the people from the past had arrived.
Shaw and Phil Coulson reunited with Melinda May and Jemma Simmons, after they realized they were also in the future after seeing the destroyed Earth. Coulson asked Shaw if Virgil told him anything about his plan, which Shaw said he was still trying to come to grips with the idea of time travel. Coulson continued to question Shaw about his knowledge of the White Monolith, but Shaw denied any knowledge of it. Realizing that at the moment, they had to blend in, the three turned to Shaw, who offered three Metrics. At first May refused, but Shaw argued that this was the only way to blend in. Realizing Shaw was right, Coulson took the metrics. Shaw than led the three away.
Tess, Shaw's friend and colleague, arrived and demanded to know if Shaw used the Trawler without Virgil. She was, however, met with the horrible news that Virgil was killed by the Vrellnexians. Tess started to get into an argument with Shaw before he calmed her down and tells her that the people he's with are the people from the prophecy that Virgil talked about. At first, Tess was hesitant to believe it until Coulson gave her evidence by showing her a nickel that was still brand new. When Tess found out that Alphonso Mackenzie and Yo-Yo Rodriguez were in the hands of the Kree, she tried to convince Shaw to go help them. At first, Shaw denied and tried to leave. But Tess stopped him by offering to double what Virgil was going to pay him. Shaw agreed and told Tess to get Coulson, May, and Simmons to blend in while he went to help the others.
When Shaw arrived at the room where Mackenzie and Rodriguez were held captive, he saw them with the help of Daisy Johnson having killed the guards. An upset Shaw yelled at the trio, as the Kree would retaliate and kill a horde of humans in revenge. Shaw searched for a way to cover up the mess. When Mackenzie suggested taking the Kree to where the other bodies were so the roaches could dine on them, Shaw argued that they can't be seen in the elevator with two dead Kree. Mackenzie suggested they put them on top of the elevator, to which Shaw agreed with.
On the way up to Level 3, Mackenzie made note that Shaw didn't mention the elevator had a sky lite and that the Kree bodies could be seen. Shaw asked what a sky lite was, and the three just ignored his question. Johnson than asked Shaw if they were indeed in the future. Shaw sarcastically confirmed. He then deduced that Johnson's friends were the brains while she was the brawn. The elevator soon stopped and a Kree soldier entered. Shaw and the others quickly realized that one of the Kree bodies was about to drip blood on the soldier. Shaw tried to distract him by making small talk, to no avail. Just when it seemed the group was going to be caught, Shaw felt a whoosh and the blood drop was gone. After the Kree left the elevator, Shaw asked the relieved SHIELD agents what had happened.
Shaw helped them drag the guards to where the roaches were and told them not to kill anymore Kree. After the four dragged the bodies into the room where the roaches were, Johnson's first name, "Daisy", was revealed to Shaw, after Rodriguez told her to close the door. When Shaw showed a sign of affection towards Johnson, she denied it and the four went to regroup up with the others.
When Shaw, Daisy Johnson, Alphonso Mackenzie, and Yo-Yo Rodriguez met up with Phil Coulson, Melinda May, and Tess, they learned that Jemma Simmons was taken up to Kasius. Shaw pulled Tess away from the others and asked what happened. Tess told him that a servant was injured and Simmons saved him. While Tess admired what Simmons did, Shaw considered it dangerous. Tess started talking about how Virgil might have been right, but Shaw denied it, saying that anyone who believed was dead. Tess acknowledged the deaths of Shaw's mother and father, but tried to assure him that maybe they didn't die in vain. Shaw still refused to accept it and told Tess to get them to blend in and left for his Framework cantina.
Johnson grew suspicious of Shaw and tailed him. Shaw, however, knew she was following him. On his way to the cantina, Shaw gave a resident some scraps and entered the secure area where the cantina was located. When Johnson found him, he was asleep with other residents. When she approached him, a device on the ceiling put her to sleep and into the Framework.
In the Framework, Johnson found Shaw in a bar arguing with the bartender, Rick, about the newspapers Shaw wanted was thrown out. Shaw told Rick to find the papers and revealed to Johnson that he knew she was there. He offered her a beer, but she denied. She sat next to Shaw and asked where she was. Shaw told her that she's in his recreated version of the Framework that he cobbled together from what remained of the old software. Shaw then told her that he uses the Framework as an escape for people. When Johnson compared the Lighthouse to a prison, Shaw was disgusted and told her that prison would be nicer than the Lighthouse.
The two got into an argument of rescuing Simmons from Kasius. When Johnson threatened to tell the Kree about Shaw's little business, he revealed they already knew and approved of it. As Shaw was giving the people something other than endless working, Johnson believed the Kree were okay with Shaw's business because it kept the people compliant. The two started speaking over each other about fighting back before Shaw yelled at her that she had no idea what fighting the Kree would do to the remaining human population.
When their argument reached a stalemate Shaw noticed a news report of Johnson as a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent and paused it. Shaw soon realized who Johnson really was. He revealed that he was the only one who pieced the history together. That it was "Quake", who cracked the Earth apart. Shaw than showed Johnson a virtual screen of the Earth "quaked" apart, much to her horror.
Playing the Long Game
After learning the truth and coming out of the Framework, Shaw and Johnson went to meet up with Phil Coulson, Melinda May, Alphonso Mackenzie, and Yo-Yo Rodriguez where they planned to, only to find them nowhere to be found. While Shaw figured they finally took his advice in blending in, Johnson believed something went wrong. Shaw believed Johnson was defecting because of what Shaw told her about her role in the Earth's destruction, but Johnson argued that she wasn't nearly as powerful as it would take to crack the Earth apart. Shaw countered with the Multiverse theory, and that there were multiple universes. But before Shaw could continue, Johnson slapped him in the face. Before the two could continue their discussion, Shaw noticed something wrong with "The Shoe Guy". He went over to see what happened, and he was informed that there was a Renewal and there were vacancies at Grill's salvage. Shaw relayed this information to Johnson, who decided to act on it. After Johnson left, Shaw begged her not to do anything stupid.
Shaw met up with Johnson after she received a Kree datapad from Rodriguez. Knowing Johnson was going to try and rescue Jemma Simmons from Kasius, Shaw tried to talk her out of it, saying she needs to play the long game. He tells her that with time, he can get her to Kasius with an invitation, but she ignores his warnings. As she tries to leave, Shaw grabs her arm, telling her he was not going to allow her to destroy the world a second time. Johnson quaked Shaw off her. He exhaled and called Johnson "Quake, Destroyer of Worlds". Johnson angrily left, telling Shaw never to call her that again. Feeling as though Johnson would cause more harm than good, Shaw went to Kasius and warned him of Johnson's arrival.
After suffering a few hiccups, Johnson entered the hallway to Kasius' chamber, only to become trapped between two glass walls. She was then exposed to a gas that made her woozy. Moments later, Shaw appeared alongside Kasius, Sinara, and Kree soldiers. Johnson swore that she would kill Shaw, only for him to tell her that he was just playing the "long game" before she fell unconscious.
- "I want to thank you for bringing her to me. But Sinara is concerned about the prophecy that others from the past might have come."
"Guess that means you are, too."
"Prophecies are hard to decipher. Could be two people, could be twenty."
"Well, maybe the prophecy wouldn't be such a mystery if you didn't kill everyone that knew anything about it."
- ―Deke Shaw and Kasius
Once Shaw helped Kasius in the capture of Daisy Johnson, he waited for Basha to leave to ask for payment for delivery Johnson to him. Shaw was rewarded with a valuable Rhodium coin. But Kasius became concerned that there were more S.H.I.E.L.D. agents from the past that arrived at The Lighthouse as the prophecy never clarified how many people would come. Shaw made a sly comment that the prophecy would be less confusing if Kasius hadn't killed everyone who knew about it. Kasius asked Shaw to help him find the rest, promising to compensate him if he succeeded. Not letting on of his knowledge of Phil Coulson and the others, Shaw agreed to do what he could.
When Shaw returned to processing to find the others, he was approached by Coulson and Melinda May. Coulson wondered where Johnson was. Shaw lied and told them that she was searching for Jemma Simmons. Believing him, Coulson asked for his help in infiltrating Level 35 of the Lighthouse to find any Kree technology so they can investigate the surface. At first, Shaw thought they were kidding, but realized they were serious. Feeling they were suicidal, Shaw didn't want anything to do with their mission until Coulson shared one of Virgil's messages from the surface. Recognizing the voice of his father, who he thought was long dead, Shaw agreed to help, much to the suspicion of May.
Taking the elevator down to level thirty six, Shaw used his Gravity Puck to get up to level thirty fiveand hack the elevator's controls to get Coulson and May to the level. While waiting for Shaw, Coulson and May debated on whether or not to trust him.
Entering a Research and Development lab, Shaw kept Coulson from being spotted by a Kree doctor. After the doctor left, the trio looked for anything they could use. Finding a baby, Shaw revealed that people don't get pregnant anymore and that he was the last one to be born the old way. Shaw went on to explain that Kasius sterilized the population through the food and decided who gets to have kids. And that they started making children themselves to increase the possibility they would become Inhumans.
Interrupting their conversation, May realized that Shaw had turned in Johnson to Kasius after seeing she was processed long before Shaw said he last saw her, and thus, punched him hard in his face. Before Shaw could explain, they were intercepted by some of the Kree Watch. Shaw tried to talk them out of a fight, but Coulson attacked one of the guards with a chair. Though the trio managed to get the better of the guards, Shaw was stabbed in his abdomen. May told Coulson to help Shaw out and find out what he knew, while she faced off against Sinara.
Back at Shaw's cabin, Coulson patched Shaw up. After making sure Shaw was fine, he punched him for his betrayal. Coulson demanded Shaw to tell him where Johnson was. Shaw tried to defend his actions, saying if he hadn't done what he did, Kasius would've murdered countless lives in retribution. Coulson, however, didn't believe him and figured he wanted to turn over the people on the surface over to Kasius. At that point, Shaw accused Coulson of not knowing him. He then told Coulson how his mother was murdered by the Kree and his father sent to the surface. But was shocked to hear his voice on the radio. Coulson, not believing he can trust Shaw yet, demanded the payment he got for Johnson. Giving Coulson the Rhodium, Shaw asked if it bought him to trust. Coulson tells him it buys him time and sealed him inside his cabin to prevent him from betraying others.
- "This is the guy who sold me to Kasius."
"Oh, kill him. He's a snake."
"I'm gonna cut his throat open."
"I'm a pragmatist! All right. Just listen. Just listen. I told you I would lead you to your friend. There she is. And I stopped you from doing something drastic, that would've gotten a lot of people killed in the process."
- ―Daisy Johnson, Jemma Simmons, and Leo Fitz
After being locked in his cabin by Phil Coulson, Shaw cracked a window into space to escape. Loosing many of his personal valuables in the process. With his helmet on, Shaw entered the Lighthouse. He then followed the buzz of Daisy Johnson's escape from Kasius with Jemma Simmons and Leo Fitz, who, in the meantime, had also come from the past to rescue the others.
Shaw, wearing his helmet, met up with Johnson, Simmons, and Fitz who was trying to escape from Maston-Dar sent by Faulnak. Johnson, unaware that was Shaw, attacked and pinned him to a wall. When Johnson recognized the voice, she removed his helmet and assumed Shaw was there to collect the bounty on them, but he told her he was there to save them. Not willing to trust Shaw, Johnson revealed to Simmons and Fitz, Shaw's role in her being enslaved to Kasius. When Simmons and Fitz threatened to kill Shaw for his actions, he tried to defend himself by telling Johnson that he led her to Simmons and stopped her from doing something reckless. Hearing Dar getting closer, Shaw urged them to follow him. Johnson questioned how they would know Shaw wasn't leading them into a trap, he simply tells her that they don't and leaves with them behind him.
Shaw accompanied the trio back to Grill's salvage yard where they reunited with the rest of the team. Initially, the others were displeased to see Shaw but knew they didn't have time to argue about it. Realizing that the Inhuman Kasius was after, Flint left the group to avenge Tess's death, Coulson, Johnson, and Alphonso Mackenzie went after him while Shaw stayed behind with Simmons, Fitz, and Yo-Yo Rodriguez to secure the salvage yard.
Returning with Flint, Coulson told the group that they would escape via the Trawler. When Shaw asked where they were escaping to, Coulson bitterly told him the Earth's surface. Saying the Kree wouldn't follow them, and that Shaw doesn't have to come either. Shaw assured Coulson that he's sticking with them to the end, but before they could get into an argument, Flint used his Earth Manipulation powers to get them to stop and figure out what they were going to do.
Blockading both entrances with rocks, the group assumed that would hold of Dar and Sinara while they figured out an escape plan. Unfortunately, Dar used a machine gun to break holes in the wall to come through. Shaw figured out an escape plan by using his Gravity Puck as an elevator to the Trawler dock. Shaw intended to go first to show how to use it and then pass the Puck down to the person, but Coulson and Johnson didn't trust him not to run off and leave them to their deaths. Johnson declared Shaw would be last.
After they all made it to the Trawler dock, Coulson questioned if Shaw was ready to the pilot it. Shaw was bewildered who he was talking to as he wasn't a pilot. Johnson became annoyed, but Shaw argued that he never said he could pilot it and got in. While Coulson, Johnson, Simmons, and Fitz joined him, Mackenzie, Rodriguez, and Flint stayed behind to help the people of the Lighthouse.
Getting ready to take off, Shaw became confused at Coulson mentioning his flying car and stared at Simmons and Fitz for an explanation, to which they had none. Shaw got buckled in with the hope of possibly finding his father. Shaw became furious, as they started to crash land on the surface, referring to them as stupid.
Becoming a Believer
Learning the Truth About his Father
After crash-landing the Trawler on the surface of the Earth, Shaw and the others were rescued and brought to the defunct Zephyr One aircraft, which served as the headquarters for the True Believers, a faction led by Robin Hinton and Owen Shaw's best friend, Samuel Voss. After talking about the Zephyr with Leo Fitz and Jemma Simmons, Voss welcomed Shaw with warm greetings and told him that his father was at a transmission tower and would be back soon. Shaw, though eager to reunite with his father, was afraid he was still angry with him after their falling out before he was sent to the surface. Shaw informed Voss that Fitz and Simmons were full of questions.
While Daisy Johnson was heading the medical facility on the Zephyr, she spotted Shaw fooling around with a Grappling Claw. The two got into a conversation about their respected fathers, with Johnson assuring Shaw that his father would want to make amends with him just her father wanted to with her.
Shaw was present in the medical facility with Johnson, Simmons, and Fitz, as the two scientists tried to find ways to remove Johnson's Inhuman Control Device without potentially paralyzing her. When Phil Coulson and Melinda May found a piece of the White Monolith that brought them to the future, Shaw recalled it belonging to his mother. Thus, it was one of his father's most prized possessions. Shaw asked Coulson and May where they found it, only for May to tell him that it was in Voss' locker. While the team discussed the machine that was powered by the White Monolith, Shaw snuck out.
Shaw went to question Voss on why the Monolith shard was in his locker when his father would never give it up. Voss tried to cover it up, but Shaw soon realized that Voss had killed his father. Shaw was knocked unconscious by Voss and locked in a cage.
Shaw was later set free by Johnson who too encountered Voss and the other Believers who tried to kill her. After finding out that Voss murdered Shaw's father, Johnson gave him her condolences. She then revealed to him that Voss also killed Hinton.
Shaw and Johnson rejoined the rest of the team. When asked what they would do now, Shaw solemnly suggested they stay in the Zephyr until they get killed by the Vrellnexians or the gravity storm. May then revealed that Hinton told her that Flint was the key to them returning to the present. Shaw was later informed that Tess had been killed by the Kree.
Choosing a Side
- "Finally starting to get the hang of this whole good guy thing."
"Yeah, just in time for the sky to fall and kill us all."
"Perfect timing Deke."
"What makes you say that?."
"Voss. You let him live."
"Doesn't mean I'm good. Maybe I'm just spineless."
"Killing is never the better option."
"If it can prevent more pain, maybe. I'm sure you've done it. My dad could be very violent, but, only when he needed to be. You learn that in the Lighthouse. A life spent, a life earned."
"Never a life saved."
"That's my point. Shouldn't I be able to pull the trigger if I think that person could do more harm?"
- ―Daisy Johnson and Deke Shaw
As the team contemplates what they will make of the approaching gravity storm, Shaw was chosen to deal with Samuel Voss by Phil Coulson. Although intending to shoot Voss, Shaw was conflicted after Voss explained the scuffle between himself and Owen Shaw. Owen, after coming at Voss with a knife, was killed in the struggle. Voss told Shaw to see their current situation from his perspective. He said he needed to hand over Daisy Johnson to Kasius before she returned to the past and destroy the world. Shaw was unable to shoot Voss and returned to the others.
Returning to the others as they were getting Zephyr One online, Coulson asked if Shaw had killed Voss. Shaw, uncertain what to do, told Coulson that Voss knew things they didn't while staring at Johnson. The team prepared the takeoff, only for the Zephyr malfunction. The team soon realized they had to retreat to the caves with everyone else.
Later, while Shaw and Johnson were helping the others get ready to leave, they discussed Shaw’s inability to shoot Voss. Shaw thought to let Voss live made him spineless, while Johnson believed that sparing a life was always the better option. Shaw argued that killing a dangerous person was best while Johnson explained that Voss was only a threat to her. Not realizing Shaw meant her, he nodded in agreement and went to help the others leave the Zephyr.
When it was time to leave, Shaw went to get Voss. Shaw stood back as he heard his conversation with Coulson about doing what is needed to do. Shaw then came out of the shadows and took Voss. When they were out of Coulson's earshot, Voss asked if he was waiting to get Johnson alone to kill her. Shaw denied Voss's question, claiming the only person he would kill was Voss himself. Voss didn't believe Shaw, claiming unlike the others, he'll do what's right. Shaw then pushed Voss out before telling Coulson he was going to stay with them.
As the team prepared to retreat to the cave, Jemma Simmons told them to cut the anger, as the Zephyr was upgraded to fly in space. So they could use the upgrades to travel to the Lighthouse. Shaw was against it, thinking of it as crazy. The team agreed to go with Simmons' plan, while Shaw yelled at them; saying he used to be really good at protecting himself.
The team struggled to get the Zephyr in the air and return to The Lighthouse, so Johnson went to fix the anchors. Shaw followed after her, conflicted. Shaw managed to stay in the shadows when Sinara showed up and a fight broke out between her and Johnson. Shaw’s loyalties were up in the air before he made the decision to save Johnson by attacking Sinara with a Grappling Claw, cementing himself alongside team S.H.I.E.L.D.. Shaw tried to fight Sinara, only to be knocked to the side. After Johnson killed Sinara with a metal pipe, she nodded to Shaw in appreciation for his help. Which he returned. With the anchors fixed, Shaw and the team took off towards the Lighthouse.
On the way to the Lighthouse, Shaw reluctantly broke the White Monolith shard in half, at the insistence of Simmons and Leo Fitz, as it was necessary for the plan. Shaw was happy to hear that Alphonso Mackenzie and Yo-Yo Rodriguez were still alive and waiting for them.
S.H.I.E.L.D. vs. Kasius
- "You two get that thing to Flint. We'll worry about survivors."
"And then kill Kasius."
"Get them to safety."
"And then we kill Kasius? When does that happen? Because, some of us aren't getting out of here on a magic rock."
"We won't leave until humanity is in charge of its future."
- ―Phil Coulson and Deke Shaw
Shaw and the rest infiltrated the Lighthouse using the Containment Module and by using the Zephyr One as a decoy. While Enoch stayed back on the Zephyr to get the machine ready for when Flint had built the White Monolith.
On the way to Flint, Alphonso Mackenzie, and Yo-Yo Rodriguez, Shaw asked for a little more clarity on how the Monolith worked. Despite Jemma Simmons and Leo Fitz trying to explain, Shaw was still at a lost. Phil Coulson then had the team split up. Having Simmons and Fitz meet up with Mackenzie, Rodriguez, and Flint, while he, Shaw, Melinda May, and Daisy Johnson went to rescue the Inhumans. Before leaving, Shaw asked when killing Kasius will come into play. Coulson assured Shaw that they weren't leaving until Humanity was in control again.
Shaw, Coulson, May, and Johnson were able to ambush and rescue the Inhumans from the Kree. Shaw was able to kill a Kree guard and complimented the use of guns to May, and how only good people should be allowed to use them. May sarcastically told Shaw that there should be a law in place for it.
The group made it to the Trawler docks, where Shaw was reunited with Tess. Shaw was unable to think of the words to say to Tess as he was told that she was dead. While Shaw rambled, Tess told Shaw it was good to see him, and he went to help the others get ready for the Trawler. After securing the Inhumans, Shaw exited the Trawler and listened to Tess thank Coulson for giving the people hope.
As the team headed to the Rendezvous point in order to trigger the Monolith, Enoch called for help on the Zephyr as he was tracked down by the Kree. After learning Enoch could only hold out for 12 minutes, Shaw complained that he knew meeting S.H.I.E.L.D. would kill him. He decided to leave to help Enoch, much to the surprise of the others. Johnson volunteered to help but Shaw denied her assistance. Reminding her that all the time-travelers had to be a the rendezvous point. Coulson tried to talk him out of it, but Shaw was determined to finish what his parents started. Johnson, however, told Shaw that she was coming. The two got into an argument before Shaw convinced her to stay when he told her that the world needed the good person that she is. Before leaving, Shaw told Johnson not to destroy the Earth when she got back, to which she said it was almost nice knowing Shaw. Shaw replied by telling her that she infuriated him and left to help Enoch.
- "You know, your parents would be proud of you."
"I'll find out soon enough. But we're about to give 'em a hell of a show."
- ―Phil Coulson and Deke Shaw
Once back on Zephyr One, Shaw rescued Enoch from a Kree soldier. Shaw went on to wonder where guns had been all his life. Not realizing Shaw was joking, Enoch told him they were hidden on Level 3. Rolling his eyes, Shaw examined Enoch's damages and asked what he should do to repair him. Enoch believed that they should focus their effort on repairing the machine that powers the White Monolith. Which was accidentally damaged when Shaw killed the Kree.
Trying to repair the damage, Shaw yelled at the machine after it shocked him. Realizing the Zephyr was too damaged, Enoch decided to have himself power the machine. Shaw asked Enoch what would happen to him, to which Enoch revealed he would perish and take several levels of the Lighthouse with him. Shaw realized that would mean his own demise as well. Enoch informed Shaw that he would vaporize into sub-atomic levels. Getting a call from Phil Coulson that the Monolith was built, Shaw put on a brave face and told Coulson that the machine would be ready. Coulson went on to tell Shaw that his parents would be proud of what he is doing.
Shaw hooked Enoch up to the machine, but Enoch realized that he would be offline sooner then he thought. Enoch told Shaw he needed to power the machine immediately. Shaw contacted Coulson and informed him of their dilemma. Leo Fitz went to talk to Shaw and told him that the rest of the team wasn't back yet. Realizing they were out of time, Shaw turned on the machine and cursed as the White Monolith liquidized.
Blast to the Past
Embracing Earth's Customs
- "All right, I got some of it right. Barkeep! I'd like to try a beer, a real one, please."
- ―Deke Shaw to Mike
Shaw was transported onto a street in River's End, New York. Upon materializing, he was confused as to where he was, but he quickly noticed that he was in the past timeframe of Earth. In his first encounter with a tree, a woman passed him who believed he was under the influence of drugs. Shaw became mesmerized with the customs of Earth and was about to eat an ice cream cone out of a trash can when he saw a nearby bar.
Entering the bar, he commented on how similar the bar was to his replica in the Framework. Shaw pulled up to the main bar and greeted Mike the bartender with joy. Although Shaw did not like the taste of beer, Mike then treated Shaw to a bottle of Zima, to Shaw's delight. Shaw then began drinking heavy amounts of alcohol, and enjoyed a cheeseburger with onion rings, all the while playing darts and watching television.
Now heavily intoxicated, Shaw set to leave the bar, but Mike reminded him that he had to pay for all the drinks he had consumed. When Shaw attempted to pay off the drinks with his Metric, Mike reminded him that only credit cards and cash were allowed. Shaw, realizing he was in an awkward predicament attempted to run, but due to being drunk, he quickly tripped over a pool table. When Shaw told Mike that he was from the future, he called the local police, and had Shaw arrested, believing he was delusional.
- "I thought you'd be, like, emotionally distraught or something."
"Emotionally distraught? This is awesome!"
- ―Daisy Johnson and Deke Shaw
Shaw was locked in a cell at the River's End Police Station where he kept talking about his discoveries on Earth to Chief Wellins. He then saw Daisy Johnson, posing as Shaw's social worker Sinara Smith, which Shaw snorted at. She claimed that Shaw had escaped during one of his walks. Being asked by Wellins about Shaw's issues, Johnson listed many, much to Shaw's annoyance.
Johnson had Shaw released from custody and scoffed him for his behavior, subtly mocking him by reminding him of their first encounter. As they were about to exit the police station, Officer Kennedy told them they had some documents to sign. While Kennedy looked for the papers, Shaw explained to Johnson that he had been transported to Earth after activating the White Monolith and assured her that he had not told the police anything about S.H.I.E.L.D.. He went on to tell Johnson that he loved living here and that he didn't miss his horrible life in the future.
After Johnson signed the last paper, she and Shaw went back to the Lighthouse, where Shaw complimented the "fancy stuff". Noah then introduced himself and informed Shaw that he believed having released him was a mistake. The discussion was interrupted when the rest of the S.H.I.E.L.D team returned after fighting against Ruby Hale.
The Lighthouse of the Past
- "I just got to a world that's got ice cream and the sun and orange-scented stuff. So, no. No, no, no. And in case any of you forgot, I already did the heroic sacrifice thing to get you all here. So I'm done."
"I'm not asking you to sacrifice yourself. I just want to borrow your belt buckle."
- ―Deke Shaw and Leo Fitz
Shaw helped Daisy Johnson gather medical supplies for Yo-Yo Rodriguez. While going through the Lighthouse's supplies, Shaw mistakenly tried orange scented spray and was disgusted by the taste. He then recalled about his mother finding a fresh orange every year for his birthday. He asked Johnson if she used to have something similar, only to be told that she had grown up in an orphanage. Shaw apologized and told her that he thought they were sharing a moment, but Johnson bluntly answered that they were not.
Right after that, Shaw and Johnson were attacked by a Kree warrior who wounded Shaw in the arm and nearly killed them with his Kree Battle Axe. As the Kree was on the verge of killing Shaw, Johnson shot him in the head, which caused the Kree to vanish into thin air much to their confusion.
They reported the event to their S.H.I.E.L.D.'s colleagues and Leo Fitz explained that when the Kree Orb had exploded and destroyed the Monoliths, it created a tear through space-time which materially generated their greatest fears, the Kree warrior having been created from Johnson's mind. Shaw's fear manifested into the form of a luxurious forest in another subterranean level of the Lighthouse, as this was an extremely overwhelming experience to him.
Fitz explained that he had a plan for closing the rift, but it involved the sacrifice of one of them. When he mentioned Shaw's name, the former scavenger believed that Fitz wanted him to be the sacrifice, but Shaw refused, stating that he had already done so to ensure their return to the present. Fitz explained he only needed Shaw's Gravity Puck for his plan, which Shaw agreed to hand over. In the end, Phil Coulson decided to be the one to give his life.
Gathering a Team
- "I'm not gonna lie, I was pretty freaked out when I punched the coordinates into the phone and it led me into the middle of a grassy field. And it's like, "Can the Quinjet get here a little bit quicker, please?", you know? But I managed to grave the critters."
- ―Deke Shaw to Phil Coulson and Leo Fitz
With Phil Coulson being forced to reveal the consequences of his deal with the Ghost Rider, which endangered his life, Shaw was tasked to gather former S.H.I.E.L.D. agents who were on the run since the agency had been delegitimized and supplies for Fitz and Jemma Simmons wedding. Before leaving, Shaw offered Coulson his condolences.
Shaw went to the outside passage of River's End and spotted military in the area. Nevertheless, after getting an ice cream cone, Shaw carried on his mission and called the backup required by Coulson and spread the word of multiple Daisy Johnsons to throw the military off their trail. Shaw also went to a pawn shop and collected several objects; He found a ring for Fitz's "little boy fingers" and a ring that looked like his grandmother's for Simmons. He also got a wedding gown for Simmons, but couldn't find any "Haig", so instead got Zima.
Shaw then waited for the backup to show up in a grassy field and begun to freak out when bugs came towards him. But Shaw managed to "grave the critters" long enough for the Quinjet to arrive with the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents. The Quinjet's crew turned out to be Deathlok, Davis, Kim, Thomas, Wahl, and other S.H.I.E.L.D. agents. Shaw took them to the Lighthouse and was greeted by May and Johnson. The arrival of Deathlok enabled Coulson to fight his visions and successfully contain the space-time rift.
The threat being momentarily averted, Shaw joined Fitz and Coulson in the elevator, accompanying the former to his wedding with Simmons. Fitz told them that they had one man to thank for avoiding the catastrophe, Shaw took the compliment for himself and bragged a little about it while Fitz actually referred to Deathlok. Shaw also informed them that he could not find Haig and had replaced it with Zima. Shaw was amused when Fitz started to become nervous about marrying Simmons, but was nonetheless, happy for the couple.
Shaw attended Fitz's and Simmons' wedding in the Lighthouse's forest created by his fear before it collapsed. During the celebration, he exchanged some comments with Deathlok and casually noticed that the ring he had reclaimed for Simmons looked exactly like the one his own mother had, which came from his grandmother. Shaw was unaware that Fitz and Simmons were his actual grandparents, hence the resemblance between the two rings. When asked if he was either bride or groom, he simply told Deathlok that he barely knew the couple.
Suspecting the Truth
- "Deke, are you coming or is it just another play day?"
"Yeah, after you, Grandpa."
- ―Leo Fitz and Deke Shaw
Shaw was called by Phil Coulson to the control room to discuss how to permanently seal the Fear Dimension rift as he had knowledge about Gravitonium. He volunteered to go with Coulson and the others on the mission to find Murray Jacobson, but he was ordered to stay back with Leo Fitz and Jemma Simmons which was looked down by the former. This upset Shaw also and he started to brag about how he survived in the future just with his skills much to everyone's chagrin.
After Shaw found a baseball and mitten, he tried to convince Fitz to play catch with him. After making a joke about Fitz having some alone time with Simmons, Fitz broke and told Shaw they would play fetch. Before they could start playing, the scanners started reporting that more Fear Dimension illusions were appearing.
Shaw was in the control room with Fitz and Simmons when they were tracking the ship Principia in the ocean on their computer. Shaw was so fascinated with all the water in the ocean that he started to ask all sorts of questions about oceans which greatly annoyed Fitz and he snapped at Shaw. In response, Shaw blamed the S.H.I.E.L.D. agent for the destruction of Earth and angrily left.
Retreating to a storage room, Shaw marveled at the creation of Twinkies. He was then approached by an illusion of his mother. Knowing it to be an illusion, Shaw tried to attack it but she remained caring towards him, causing Shaw to lower his guard. The illusion expressed joy about him making friends and teasing him about his crush on Daisy Johnson, though Shaw denied his affections toward the Inhuman agent.
The illusion then repeated a quote that her mother used to always say to her. After the illusion tried to convince Shaw to leave S.H.I.E.L.D., he was horrified when she was murdered by an illusion of a Kree Warrior who then attacked Shaw. Shaw managed to destroy it before being found by Simmons, who comforted him and apologized to him on behalf of Fitz. After Shaw ranted about his time in the future, he realized that the Principia might have gone up in the sky due to the thunderstorm charging Gravitonium. He explains his theory to Fitz and Simmons who agreed with him.
Shaw was present near the communications when Coulson, Johnson and Alphonso Mackenzie were on the ship which was correctly found in the sky. They told only a small chunk of Gravitonium was available which was holding the ship in the sky. Shaw advised them to place it in a plastic box without touching it and to get out before the original gravity came into motion within the next ninety seconds. After the team defeated some of General Hale's Sleeper Mechs that were left onboard, Shaw waited with Fitz and Simmons for the team's return.
Later, Shaw came to the medical room to inform Simmons and Yo-Yo Rodriguez that the team had returned successfully their mission. Upon hearing Simmons telling Rodriguez the very quote his mother used to tell him and the shard of the White Monolith in her hand that belonged to his mother in the future, he realized that Fitz and Simmons were his grandparents but kept it to himself.
While Shaw and the others waited for Coulson and his team, Fitz noticed Shaw staring at him strangely and asked what was wrong. Still in shock, Shaw denied anything was wrong. After the team returned, and Coulson handed Fitz the Gravitonium, Fitz invited Shaw to help him with the Gravitonium. Shaw agreed, but quietly referred to him as "Grandpa".
Revealing the Truth
- "My mom used to tell me about her parents all the time. She always spoke about her dad with so much love and admiration on her face. Said that he was the best man she ever knew. So I know that you can help Fitz. And I know that you two are gonna be okay. Because the steps you take don't need to be big..."
"They just need to take you in the right direction. You're our grandson?"
- ―Deke Shaw and Jemma Simmons
When Leo Fitz and Jemma Simmons struggled to find answers about how to permanently close the Fear Dimension rift after being attacked by another fear illusion, Fitz asked Shaw for assistance in understanding his Gravity Puck, but Shaw would be in his own world staring at his grandparents. After Fitz slammed his fist on the table, Shaw came to and told them that he didn't understand what was inside the puck, while still staring at Simmons. When Fitz and Simmons were about to leave the control station to figure out the problem, Shaw begged them to be careful, while trying to cover up his concern for them by saying they need their brains. After the left, Shaw asked Daisy Johnson if they'll be all right, stating he's become invested in their relationship. Shaw was then interrupted by the alert that they had found Hale thanks to intel provided by Piper.
Shaw later found Fitz working on a disabled Sleeper Mech and informed him that they captured Hale. When Fitz didn't respond to Shaw's news, he offered to help Fitz with the Mech; saying that engineering is in his DNA. He was then knocked unconscious by Fitz after the latter suffered a mental break and became his Framework persona "The Doctor".
Though he made it back to consciousness, Shaw was held at gunpoint by a Sleeper Mech which had been reprogrammed by Fitz. Shaw then watched in horror with Simmons, as Fitz pulled out Johnson's Inhuman Control Device. After successfully reviving Johnson's powers and closing the Fear Dimension rift, Fitz willingly surrendered.
Shaw decided to comfort a distraught Simmons. When Simmons started to believe she was losing Fitz he told her that Fitz would eventually be fine because his mother always spoke highly of her parents, especially her father. Finally, when Shaw quoted what Simmons told Yo-Yo Rodriguez, she realized that Shaw was none other than her grandson before throwing up.
Simmons would later reveal the truth about Shaw being their grandson to Fitz in his cell, much to the latter's shock and dismay. The revelation of Shaw being their grandson led Simmons to believe that she and Fitz were invincible.
Bonding with Grandparents
Later Shaw visited Leo Fitz in his cell and they discussed him being their grandson. Fitz revealed that he had a hard time digesting the fact that Shaw was his grandson as there was lack of anything common between them and he liked Flint better. Shaw instead told Fitz that he respected him for the removal of the Inhuman Control Device from Daisy Johnson to close the Fear Dimension rift, as it resembled the tactics he used to survive in the future. He then informed him that they were preparing for a mission to find Phil Coulson and expressed his opinion about Johnson being rude since she began leading the operations to which Fitz agreed.
As Shaw left Fitz's cell, he was approached by Jemma Simmons and she inquired about their life in the future. Shaw claimed he didn't know much as all of their names were changed for their safety, claiming he only knew her and Fitz as "Nana" and "Bobo". Shaw then claimed Simmons reminded him a lot of his mother and offered to tell Simmons about her, which she denied, expressing her happiness that they live long enough to conceive a daughter. Shaw then told Simmons he had to meet up with Johnson to find Coulson, telling her the same thing he told Fitz, of Johnson being rude, which Simmons agreed.
As Daisy Johnson and Melinda May were finishing up a conversation on Zephyr One about rescuing Phil Coulson by bringing Robin Hinton out of hiding, Shaw came up to them with Jemma Simmons and apologized for being late much to their confusion. He then went up to the command center after giving Simmons a nod.
After bringing Hinton and her mother Polly Hinton up to the Zephyr, Hinton was completely traumatized as she saw her death in future. Shaw became frustrated about relying on Hinton's drawings again. Johnson told him it was hard to witness all of the timelines together to which Shaw thanked her for understanding him. Johnson made it clear she was referring to Hinton, much to his embarrassment.
Hinton soon recovered after being comforted by May and made another drawing of Coulson and Glenn Talbot bring present on a snowy mountain. Shaw joined Johnson and May as they examined the drawing to see where in the world the location was.
After searching for hours, Shaw became convinced that what Hinton drew could've been in a month or a year. This resulted in a heated argument with May, before Johnson broke it up and recommended they land the Zephyr and let Coulson find them.
Near Death Experience
- "Is Daisy here? She's so pretty."
"I want to put my mouth on her mouth and move it around a lot. But I don't want to do that unless she wants to, too, 'cause that's what makes it nice. But I don't think she wants that, 'cause she does not like me one bit."
"I mean, she's not my type, but I get it."
- ―Deke Shaw, Alphonso Mackenzie and Piper
After a while of searching for Phil Coulson and Glenn Talbot in the snowy mountains, they came across them fighting Ruby Hale. As Melinda May helped Coulson and Talbot get to their feet, Shaw was ordered by Daisy Johnson to provide cover for them to Zephyr One while Johnson fought off Ruby.
Shaw, however, disobeyed Johnson's orders and hung back to help her, attempting to fire on Ruby in their scuffle. Shaw revealed himself after Johnson took Ruby down, but he was immediately shot in the right shoulder by Hale, who had just arrived. Johnson helped him back to the Zephyr. Johnson and Coulson proceeded to administer medical treatment until the team made it back to the Lighthouse, but Jemma Simmons had since left with Leo Fitz and Yo-Yo Rodriguez to stop Hale's plans.
On their way back to the Lighthouse, after giving Shaw a couple of pills, Johnson lashed out at Shaw for disobeying her order to assist the others. Shaw stated that he was trying to be a good S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, only for Johnson to tell him he wasn't an Agent like the rest of them. An argument then ensued between the two, with Shaw insulting Johnson’s leadership abilities and how she's constantly threatened to kill him. Their squabble was cut short, however, as Shaw began coughing blood. Johnson stayed with Shaw until help arrived.
The team made it back to the Lighthouse and quickly prepped Shaw for medical attention. With Simmons gone, Piper took the lead on initiating Shaw’s treatment, with Alphonso Mackenzie as her backup. During surgery, the two started talking about current events, before Shaw started seizing. The pair performed a tricky surgery with some complications, but Shaw pulled through.
After surgery, (and under the influence of drugs) Shaw woke up and started babbling nonsensically. He confessed his feelings for Johnson and how he wanted to kiss her (but only with her consent). He also acknowledged her disliking of him. Having enough, Mackenzie asked Piper if pumping Shaw with more drugs would hurt him, which she answered no and Mackenzie put him under just as Johnson entered. Mackenzie and Piper elected not to inform Johnson about what Shaw just said, much to Johnson's confusion.
Shaw was back on his feet soon after surgery, wearing a sling for his right arm. He was eager to assist Daisy Johnson in any way possible. Shaw put on body spray, which was noticed by Alphonso Mackenzie. While briefing the team on their assault on Hale's base, Shaw asked Johnson if she wanted him to back her up. She denied his assistance and ordered him to assist Mackenzie on upgrading Zephyr One for space flight, which he gladly agreed too. Mackenzie, however, after listening to Shaw’s rambling about Johnson after surgery, wasn’t pleased. Shaw, Mackenzie and Phil Coulson went to work on the Zephyr while Johnson and Melinda May infiltrated Hale’s base.
During the work on the upgrades for the Zephyr, Mackenzie noted Shaw’s obvious attraction to Johnson and told him what he said after the surgery. Shaw tried to lie about his feelings but eventually confessed his affections. He proceeds to ask for advice from Mackenzie and Coulson, but they both admitted to their own relationship struggles as of late. Shaw then explained the act of leaving a lemon on someone’s bunk, and it’s a sign of affection in the future. He asked if that custom is still around today. Mackenzie and Coulson encouraged Shaw to leave a lemon on Johnson’s bunk, despite knowing how this would appear.
Later, Shaw, Coulson, and Mackenzie were in the control room where they got an update from Johnson and May. They reported they had Hale and what happened to Carl Creel when he touched the Gravitonium. They also revealed the fate of Ian Quinn, and that the Gravitonium consumed his mind, to which Shaw had a hard time believing. When Coulson said they had to help Creel, Johnson said they had to focus on stopping Ruby Hale from powering herself with the Gravitonium. After May revealed that Jemma Simmons and Leo Fitz were her prisoners, Shaw showed concerned for their safety. Shaw expressed concern over Johnson’s wellbeing as well when she intended to go after Ruby to save Simmons and Fitz. Ignoring Shaw's worries, she ordered him, Coulson, and Mackenzie to go through Robin Hinton's drawings and see if there was anything that could help them. After Johnson hung up, Shaw made a comment on the difficulty of women, much to Mackenzie's annoyance.
As Coulson and Mackenzie argued over one of Hinton's drawings, Shaw came back with a lemon he planned on giving to Johnson. After noticing that the camera to Hinton's room was frozen, the trio went to investigate. They found Hinton's mother, Polly Hinton unconscious. Realizing that Glenn Talbot has been brainwashed by HYDRA, and had taken Hinton, Coulson and Mackenzie went to intercept Talbot, while Shaw volunteered to stay with Polly. Coulson and Mackenzie were able to contain Talbot and save Hinton.
War with the Confederacy
- "No, we didn't stop them. We just... We just gave them whatever they wanted, and then said thank you and cleaned up the bodies after they left."
- ―Deke Shaw
After Daisy Johnson and Melinda May returned with Jemma Simmons, Leo Fitz, and Yo-Yo Rodriguez, the team set out to dispose of the Gravitonium for good. Phil Coulson debriefed Shaw and everyone else in the Lighthouse's control room on how they were to slingshot the Gravitonium into the sun once Zephyr One was ready for space travel. When Coulson asked Simmons and Fitz how the Zephyrs' upgrades were doing, Shaw chimed in and informed them that they were close, as he was providing assistance.
The debriefing soon turned into an argument once Johnson revealed that Rodriguez had slit Ruby Hale's throat. Rodriguez tried to defend her actions by saying she killed the one named "Destroyer of Worlds". Shaw argued that Johnson was called the very same thing in the future before Johnson told him to stop talking. When the argument started to get out of hand, Coulson silenced everyone and ordered all of them to get back to work. Shaw followed Simmons and Fitz.
While Fitz got the Gravitonium ready to put in the Zephyr, Shaw explained the Multiverse theory to him and how he was proof that they could move between them. Simmons entered and gave Fitz the capsule to put the Gravitonium in while Shaw explained how he was going to remain in the present even if the loop breaks. Shaw soon noticed the looks on Simmons and Fitz's faces and asked what the problem was. Fitz revealed to Shaw that they wouldn't know if the loop broke unless Shaw blinked out of existence. Simmons decided to change the subject and handed Shaw the container of Gravitonium to deliver to the Zephyr. When Fitz begged him to be careful, Shaw tossed it in the air, but assured them that he's got it, as he wore the Gravity Puck for years. Shaw then reminded Simmons and Fitz to stick together as they promised too so that nothing could happen to Shaw's existence. While Simmons found Shaw's interest in their relationship sweet, Fitz found it selfish. Simmons then urged Shaw to deliver the Gravitonium to the Zephyr.
After Confederacy member Qovas, arrived in his ship, Coulson mistakenly put the Lighthouse on lockdown after pressing the nuclear attack option. When informing everyone over the comms that it could remain that way for around fifteen years, Shaw started to freak out about being locked in the Lighthouse again.
While walking through the hallway, Shaw noticed the lights were shutting off. Shaw soon came to the horrible realization of who was attacking, as three aliens came out of the shadows to lay siege to retrieve the Gravitonium. When they killed Agent Thomas, Shaw ran for his life and reached an air vent. He crawled in and waited for the aliens to pass as they killed another agent. Once the coast was clear, Shaw headed to the control room through the ventilation system.
Once busting through the air vent to the control room, Shaw informed everyone that the aliens were inside the Lighthouse. Alphonso Mackenzie went on to say they had no idea who the aliens were. Shaw revealed he did. After Simmons and Fitz were present through viewscreen, Shaw explained that the aliens were named the Remorath and history with them in the future. He went on to say that they were Marauders with no planet of their own and that darkness follows them wherever they go. Mackenzie asked Shaw how to stop them. But Shaw explained they had no way of stopping them in the future and just cleaned up the bodies after they took what they wanted.
Taking Shaw's warning seriously, Coulson ordered an evacuation. Fitz was able to find the location of the manual override on Level 17. Mackenzie believed if Fitz could reach the override, he and Shaw could get the Zephyrs' engines going, to which Shaw agreed. When Simmons and Fitz decided to split up to complete their objectives, Shaw argued against it. Saying they have to stick together. When Shaw suggested to have Johnson give them back up, Simmons and Fitz grew tired and left. Shaw soon realized that Johnson could just quake them out of the Lighthouse and asked Coulson why she wasn't back yet from dropping Robin and Polly Hinton off with Tony Caine. Coulson disappointingly told Shaw to ask May. Shaw then learned of Johnson's side mission to find a way to save Coulson from dying.
Refusing to leave Simmons or Fitz alone, Shaw followed Fitz to Level 17 and arrived just in time to save him from a Remorath that just killed Agent Wahl. Shaw used a fire extinguisher to distract while he and Fitz retreated to where the override switch was. Fitz asked Shaw what he was doing there, only for Shaw to remind Fitz that without him, Shaw won't exist. Their family reunion was cut short when they realized the Remorath destroyed the manual override.
When Coulson contacted everyone on the plan to stop the Remorath, Simmons revealed that she, Piper, and Davis couldn't move the Gravitonium via the stairs. Fitz informed her that Shaw believes he could get one of the elevators working and they could use that. While Shaw got to work fixing the elevator, Fitz informed everyone that the Remorath could be using an E.M.P. to disable all things electronic.
Once Shaw got the elevator moving, he started to freak out that he might get stuck in the Lighthouse again and miss out on all the Earth has to offer. When Fitz made fun of his multiverse theory, Shaw told him to shut up. Fitz contacted Simmons and realized that splitting up was a mistake. When Simmons asked Fitz if Shaw had blinked out of existence, Fitz turned to Shaw and told her no. Reaching the control room level, the two met up with Mackenzie. When the Remorath reached the level, the trio ran towards the control room with the Remorath on their tale.
Reaching the control room, everyone prepared for the fight. While Fitz and May got fires started so they could see when the Remorath shut the lights out, Shaw referred Fitz as "Gramps" and assured him that he would protect the Gravitonium. Fitz stopped Shaw and told him never to call him Gramps again.
As the lights went out, Shaw became terrified as the Remorath were starting to break through the barricade. The Remorath soon broke through and Shaw fought them off with the rest. When all hope seemed lost, the Gravitonium infused Glenn Talbot entered the control room and crushed the Remorath. Shaw and the others watched as Talbot broke a hole in the ceiling and took Coulson up to Qovas' ship. Because the Lighthouse was exposed to air, it was taken off lockdown, as it was clear of nuclear exposition.
After Talbot took Coulson to Qovas' ship, Simmons revealed he absorbed all of the Gravitonium. Shaw didn't find it bad as he saved them from the Remorath while the others suspected with Talbot's brain injury, he couldn't handle the Gravitonium.
Aftermath of the Siege
- "Just took Talbot flying out of here like some sort of a wizard in order to be able to breathe fresh air again."
"Well, being a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent has its risks."
"Yeah, but that's just it. I'm not a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent. But for some reason, I'm still hanging around this rusty drainpipe."
"Well, you do have family here."
"Yeah, I don't think it's that. Oh, well, don't get me wrong. You guys are great, totally not disappointments at all."
- ―Deke Shaw and Leo Fitz
After the Siege of the Lighthouse, Shaw and Leo Fitz got to work repairing the Lighthouses' systems. While Fitz believed it would take forever to get the systems back online, Shaw repaired it in a few minutes, telling his grandfather he's used to working with technology of this time. Fitz tried to give his grandson a high five, only for Shaw to reject it, telling him it wasn't cool. While Fitz looked over the systems, Shaw was pleased to breathe fresh air again. Fitz reminded him that being a S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent is full of risks, only for Shaw to rebut that he wasn't an agent, but still stuck around. Fitz believed it was because Shaw had family here. He chuckled at that but assured Fitz that he and Jemma Simmons were great. At that moment Daisy Johnson contacted the Lighthouse. Before Fitz could answer, Shaw answered for him. When Johnson asked Shaw why she couldn't reach them for thirty minutes, he informed her of their situation.
After hearing of Johnson's fight with Yo-Yo Rodriguez, Shaw went to see if she was okay. Entering her room, he noticed a bag and asked what was in it. Johnson told him her mother. Not knowing what to say to that, Shaw asked if Johnson was okay after her fight with Rodriguez. Johnson told Shaw that she should've stayed in the future. She was also disturbed by all the lemons on her bed. Realizing he was misled by Phil Coulson and Alphonso Mackenzie, Shaw blamed it on Fitz. He then assured that Johnson was right where she belonged. While he felt like the Lighthouse was a leash that kept pulling him back, even without Kasius and the Kree. When Johnson told him she was happy that he came back with them, he decided it was time to tell her how he felt about her. Before Shaw could, Johnson mentioned Lincoln Campbell. Confused, Shaw asked her who Campbell was. Johnson revealed that Campbell was her late boyfriend that died for her. Johnson then told Shaw that she couldn't lose Coulson like she lost Campbell and he quickly assured her that they would find a way to save him.
Realizing she got off topic, Johnson asked Shaw what he wanted to tell her. Seeing that Johnson was still in love with her late boyfriend, Shaw opted not to express his feelings and instead, told Johnson that FitzSimmons were his grandparents, much to her shock. Glad the revaluation wasn't going to make things awkward between them, Johnson asked why it would. Shaw just denied any reason.
Wanting to get away from the Lighthouse, Shaw joined Daisy Johnson, Melinda May and Davis on Zephyr One, on their mission to infiltrate Qovas' ship. Shaw also removed his sling as he felt he didn't need it anymore.
Having buckled in, the Zephyr took off into space using its upgrades. Experiencing turbulence, Johnson apologized to Shaw for not talking him out of going with them. Shaw unconvincingly assured her that he was fine. Holding Shaw's arm to reassure him, Johnson thanked him for coming along. Noticing this, Shaw closed his eyes and calmed down for the rest of the voyage. Shaw remained on the Zephyr while Johnson and May infiltrated Qovas' ship to rescue Phil Coulson and Glenn Talbot.
While waiting for Johnson and May to return with Coulson and Talbot, Davis told Shaw the story of how he survived Aida. While Kim grew tired of listening to the story, Shaw found it more amazing then him being the same age has his grandparents. Kim then revealed that he finished rerouting oxygen from all nonessential parts of the Zephyr, which pleased Shaw. All of a sudden, the lights on the Zephyr started malfunctioning and Kim was pulled out of the Zephyr and killed. Shaw and Davis hid, only to be horrified to see Talbot enter the Zephyr with a squad of Remorath heading towards the Quinjet.
Once the coast was clear, Shaw contacted Alphonso Mackenzie and informed him of the situation. Shaw was then alerted that Talbot took off in the Quinjet and told Mackenzie. Feeling as though the others were in danger, Shaw went to rescue them, while Davis readied the Zephyr.
Destroying Qovas' Ship
Once aboard Qovas' ship, Shaw reached the prison level. He knocked out a Remorath guard and unlocked Phil Coulson and Melinda May's cell. Shaw informed Coulson and May of his encounter with Glenn Talbot and Kim's death. He then looked around for Daisy Johnson only to be informed that Qovas' men have her. As they left the cell, Shaw told Coulson and May that Talbot took the Quinjet down to Earth.
Believing they were lost, Coulson noticed symbols that were the same from the Lighthouse in the future, and asked Shaw what they meant. Shaw revealed that he had no idea and that he could only count to 5, much to Coulson and May's dismay. Shaw and May got into a squabble after she found it unbelievable that the former scavenger survived the future. Shaw argued that he could lead them back to Zephyr One and that he wasn't the one who lost Johnson. Knowing they didn't have time to argue, Coulson stopped their bickering and told Shaw to pick a direction. Deciding to go right, Coulson and May followed him.
Running into two Remorath warriors, the three decided to fight, only for Johnson to quake them. Shaw was overjoyed to see Johnson but tried to play it as if he wasn't really concerned. Johnson assured them she was fine and that she met Kasius' father, much to Shaw's horror. He demanded they get back to the Zephyr, only for May to say they can't leave, as Qovas has Ionizer Missiles aimed at the Lighthouse. Shaw argued that the Lighthouse could survive the missiles, only for Coulson to argue that the people of River's End wouldn't be so lucky.
As the four headed to the bridge, Shaw tried to convince them to head back to the Zephyr. Coulson denied his plea as they weren't leaving until they succeeded. May then revealed that Coulson was leaving with Johnson on the Zephyr while she and Shaw finished the mission. Shaw tried to leave with Coulson and Johnson, only for May to stop him, as he was to set the coordinates for their way back. More Remorath soon showed up, and while Shaw and Johnson dealt with them, they were stunned by Coulson and May making out. May and the still stunned Shaw headed for the bridge as Coulson and Johnson left.
Once on the bridge, Shaw lured the two Remorath stationed there out and strangled one to death while May handled the other one. Shaw was disgusted by May pulling out the Remorath knives. May ordered Shaw to transfer the target numbers to the Phase Harmonic Teleportation Device. Understanding her plan, Shaw got to work trying to find the launch system. During his search, Shaw found the chip that controlled the navigation and took it just in case they needed it. He soon found the launch codes and asked May if he should deactivate the missiles. May informed Shaw that they weren't there to deactivate them. Shaw demanded what they were doing there then and May replied that they were giving the missiles a new target.
As Shaw assisted May in redirecting the missiles, Qovas showed up and attacked May. Leaving Shaw to finish the recalculations. After some hiccups, Shaw was able to finish the recalculations and informed May of it. With Qovas unable to best May, he resorted to launching the missiles. The S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent revealed to Qovas that they changed the coordinates to his own ship. Qovas demanded how they managed to succeed, only for Shaw to retort that he knew 0 and transported out of the ship with May before the missiles destroyed the ship and Qovas.
Shaw and May made it back to the Lighthouse and contacted Coulson and Johnson to assure them they were fine. Their victory was short lived, however, as they were informed by Jemma Simmons of Talbot absorbing Carl Creel and Coulson finally succumbing to his life threatening injury and passing out.
Once Johnson returned to the Lighthouse with the unconscious Coulson, Shaw listened, with the others, to Leo Fitz and Simmons solution of using the Centipede Serum to save Coulson's life. When Mackenzie asked about their situation with Talbot, Fitz suggested if they could combine the Centipede Serum with the Odium and inject it into Talbot's blood stream, it could stop him for good. Johnson, however, revealed that the serum she brought back was all that was left, leaving everyone to decide whether to save Coulson or the world.
- "Come on. I never totally fit in with the gang, anyway."
"Is that what we are?"
"You know, when I first met you guys, I'd never seen anything like that. I'd seen people kill for each other without hesitation all the time, but I'd never seen a group that was willing to die for each other. Your trust, it just seemed too strong to break. And you trying to fix Coulson, that's great. I love the guy, but if you really want to lead one day, then you got to fix that."
- ―Deke Shaw and Daisy Johnson
Feeling as though he didn't belong in the decision of what happened to Phil Coulson, Shaw left the room and waited outside, peeling a lemon as the others argued over what to do with the Centipede Serum. Piper walked over to him and told him that Davis has reported no change in Coulson's condition. Hearing the others argue, Piper asked Shaw why he wasn't in there with them. Shaw told her it was up to them to decide what happened to Coulson. Eventually, Melinda May forced the decision on everyone when she destroyed the Odium.
Shaw later helped the S.H.I.E.L.D. Agents prepare the Lighthouse in case the Earth was destroyed. Spotting Daisy Johnson walking up to him, he asked if Zephyr One was fueled up, to which she replied yes. Johnson then told him that the Quinjet was also fueled up and all they were waiting for was the location on Glenn Talbot. Johnson was glad that Shaw was taking a point at the Lighthouse, only for Shaw to reveal he wasn't sticking around. When Johnson asked why Shaw showed her his room and how he hoards whatever he can find. Shaw then told Johnson that if the Earth cracks apart again he would want to see it before it does, to which Johnson agreed to. Shaw would then tell her Leo Fitz's theory that he would disappear anyway if they change the timeline. Johnson didn't know how to reassure him, but Shaw assured her that it was fine as he never fitted in with "the gang" anyway.
When Shaw was about to leave, Johnson muttered how she wasn't too sure they were a team anymore. Shaw told her that he's never seen anything like what she had with her team in 2091. That while he'd seen people willing to kill for one another, he never saw anyone willing to die for someone. He then offered his advice on how before they fix Coulson or her leading, she had to fix what the rift in the team. Piper then arrived and informed that Talbot was in Chicago.
Following them to the Zephyr, Piper explained to the confused Shaw how to use a phone. Arriving at the Zephyr's entrance, Shaw listened to Jemma Simmons and Fitz as they told Johnson that the Centipede Serum was ready. Before Johnson followed May onboard, she gave Shaw a grateful smile and pat on the shoulder. Stopping his grandparents before they got on the Zephyr, Shaw wished them good luck. He proceeded to give Simmons a warm hug and Fitz a high five and an awkward hug. After the Zephyr left, Shaw pulled out the phone Piper gave him and called the River's End Police Department. He requested to talk to Chief Wellins about the Lighthouse and how it will protect humanity in case SHIELD couldn't stop Talbot.
Johnson later took Shaw's advice and ended things with Yo-Yo Rodriguez and the rest of the team and made Alphonso Mackenzie the new Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. After Talbot was defeated by Johnson and Fitz died during the conflict, Simmons went to Shaw's room, only to find him, and everything he collected, was gone.
Starting a New Life
Sometime after he left, Shaw was able to start his own tech company using many ideas and technology from the future and S.H.I.E.L.D., including the Framework, which he made into a VR game called Remorath Rumble. He also planned to make the world a better place with the profit he makes off of his company, such as keeping humanity from going hungry. He befriended Trevor Khan and thought of him as his best friend. The two attended a Phish concert and tried out an Escape Room, and though Khan froze up, Shaw was confident he could've solved a word cypher and beat the record.
Shaw also started dating a Coachella-chic social media influencer named Sequoia who helped get more famous with his company. Despite dating someone else, Shaw still had deep feelings for Daisy Johnson and coded a sexually exaggerated Framework version of her to rescue in Remorath Rumble.
Getting Back into the Fight
Shaw's Technological Empire
In 2019, Shaw was in the middle of simulation in Remorath Rumble with Trevor Khan battling Remorath. Khan informed Shaw that he was out of ammo, so Shaw passed his best friend the Shotgun-Axe, before he was swiftly "killed" by a Remorath. Taking out the Remorath who "killed" his best friend, Shaw declared it had gotten personal and finished off the last Remorath. As he recovered, a Kree appeared behind him, much to Shaw's annoyance. He avaided the simulation and grabbed the Shotgun-Axe to finish him off.
Walking to the containment room, Shaw freed Daisy Johnson from her captivity. She walked up and slapped Shaw for being late and questioned his tardiness. When Shaw quipped about the traffic, Johnson huffed in amusement. The two were about to kiss, when the Framework was shutoff. Hearing Sequoia's voice calling him, Shaw reluctantly deactivated the simulation.
Waking up to his girlfriend's face, Shaw was met with Sequoia's desire for Boba tea. Khan came up to him and congratulated him on winning. After kissing Sequoia on the cheek, the three left the VR room. Walking through his company, Shaw talked about how his Framework game was going to pave the way for his initiative to change the world for the better. His employee Kaya then walked up to him and offered him their first smartwatch. At first Shaw was hesitant to put anything on his wrest, but eventually succumbed. Kaya informed Shaw that while they haven't cracked the Gravity Puck, R&D loved his idea of a hand with a Energy Shield. Sequoia remained in awe of all his ideas, to which Shaw smiled at.
While Shaw, Khan, and Sequoia walked on, Shaw tested his food pellets, but was disgusted by them. Shaw's secretary Lindsay came up to him to inform that a "Weird Guy" was waiting for him in the conference room. Khan was worried that their planned meeting was moved up, but Shaw assured him he'll handle it. He gave out orders and proceeded to the conference after telling the impatient Sequoia to get the Boba tea and bring it back for them so he can close the deal.
Walking into the conference room, Shaw was pleased to see it was Phil Coulson. He assured "Coulson" that all the tech from S.H.I.E.L.D. was just inspiration for Remorath Rumble and was happy Coulson understood. After a moment of awkward silence, Shaw questioned why Coulson hadn't just called him to set up a meeting. When Coulson answered in a weird way, Shaw became confused, but changed the topic to how Coulson survived his illness. Coulson informed him he was oblivious to how they saved him and asked Shaw what he knew. He, however, told Coulson that he had rarely spoken to the team since he left last year. Shaw then deduced that S.H.I.E.L.D. put him through the T.A.H.I.T.I. protocal and wiped his memory. Coulson agreed and asked Shaw what he remembered.
Shaw talked about all his heroism, but Coulson was drawing a blank. Disappointed, Shaw figured Leo Fitz didn't make it easy on Coulson. Remebering his grandparents, Shaw asked how they were doing, regretting not getting a proper goodbye. When Coulson talked about then "slowing down", Shaw became suspicious and asked where Melinda May was. Coulson's answer made Shaw even more suspicious and asked how "Agent Doug" was doing. When Coulson talked about Doug as if he was a real person, Shaw deduced that the man standing in front of him wasn't Coulson. He tried to leave, only for Sarge to grab him and pull out a knife. Shaw quickly stabbed Sarge where Coulson's prosthetic hand would be and ran out. He bumped into a "Large Large Man" and witnessed his security guard Ray get killed by the man's partner. Saw tried to make a run for it, but ran into a woman with knives. Shaw swiftly fled.
Shaw hid from his attackers in a workstation, but heard Sarge come in talking about he'll always find "his kind". When he referred to himself as Coulson, Shaw activated his smartwatch and told him he wasn't Phil Coulson. He then mislead Sarge by projecting his voice from a desk. Shaw was about to try and escape, when Khan muffled him and informed him to make it to the exit while he covered him. Confused, Shaw questioned Khan really was. Taking out flash bomb, he revealed he was a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent and the two made a break for it as Sarge was blinded.
As the two made it outside, Shaw questioned Khan, who revealed S.H.I.E.L.D. wasn't going to let him rip off their technology. They then turned around and saw a Quinjet land, much to haw's dismay. Getting onboard, Shaw was reunited with Alphonso Mackenzie and May, but was mostly ignored as Khan briefed the two of the situation. Mackenzie ordered Shaw to stay onboard and ignored his questions about Johnson, Fitz, and Jemma Simmons coming to protect him. Just before they left, May sarcastically congratulated Shaw for not getting himself killed.
When Shaw heard gunfire, he tried to persuade the pilot to take him to safety, but he refused. Shaw then got a call from Sequoia and answered. To his horror, he learned that his girlfriend was in the building and was forced to go and rescue her, wearing a Bulletproof Vest. Shaw met Sequoia in the ladies room. Shaw tried to explain the situation, but Sequoia had trouble believing him. Shaw assured her he would get her out as surviving was what he was great at and the two fled, leaving the Boba behind.
As the couple tried making their way out, they were attacked by Pax, who cut Shaw. He begged Pax for mercy, but the mercenary refused. Fortunately, Mackenzie showed up and handed Shaw an I.C.E.R. to protect Sequoia while he fought Pax. After Mackenzie knocked him unconscious, Shaw unloaded the I.C.E.R.'s entire mag on Pax. Shaw then introduced Sequoia to Mackenzie as Khan arrived. They were soon joined by Jaco. Shaw tried to shoot the I.C.E.R. at him, but realized he used them all. He ordered Khan to get Sequoia to safety while Mackenzie went with him as Jaco followed.
Shaw led Mackenzie to the VR room where he activated Remorath Rumble as Jaco entered and trapped him in the video game. The two watched as the Johnson in Remorath Rumble flirted with Jaco and Mackenzie stared at Shaw in baffled bewilderment over his creation of the simulated Johnson. Shaw, not wanting this information to reach Johnson, attempted to bribe Mackenzie with 2% of his company to keep this between them. The two regrouped outside where they started to get into an argument about Khan being a mole for S.H.I.E.L.D.. Shaw was taken back to the Lighthouse where he went through surgery to recover from the cut wound inflected by Pax. He pulled through and was soon sedated.
- "I'm a damaged person. From a damaged world."
- ―Deke Shaw
Shaw is intelligent and useful, though he is initially considered untrustworthy. He did care for the people of the Lighthouse, as the risk that Daisy Johnson made to save Jemma Simmons could have resulted in mass murder by the Kree in retaliation. He is somewhat selfish, as his payment for Johnson was extremely difficult for him to give up. However, his desire to find his father on Earth drove him to help the team. His past could reflect his efforts to avoid ending up like his parents, though it is evident that he cared for them dearly. Though seemingly always looking out for himself, Shaw was close friends with fellow Lighthouse resident Tess and was happy to know that she was still alive after hearing she was dead.
At first, Shaw saw the S.H.I.E.L.D. team as a burden and was willing to sell them out to survive. However, after spending enough time with them, and seeing what his parents believed in, Shaw had come to think of them as friends and to an extent, family. The S.H.I.E.L.D. team had enough of an impact on Shaw, that he gave up most of his survival instincts and was willing to give his life to send them back to the past. Shaw has a great deal of respect for Phil Coulson, as he was saddened to know of Coulson's illness and followed all of his orders, even when he didn't agree with them, without question. During Shaws' time with S.H.I.E.L.D., he had come to admire the relationship they had and how they were willing to die for one another. As the only thing he witnessed in the future was people willing to kill for each other.
Despite his intelligence, Shaw can be bumbling and incompetent (mostly under the influence of alcohol), as he was unfamiliar with Earth's customs. This led to his arrest, as he mistook a Metric for currency. Nevertheless, he remained lucid enough and kept being loyal to the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents and, knowing that they were being chased, did not disclose any information about them to the police. Because of the conditions he lived in, Shaw only learned how to count to 5.
Even with all their bickering, Shaw has strong feelings for Johnson. He admires the good person that she is. Shaw also doesn't want anything to happen to her, refusing to leave her while she fought Ruby Hale. After nearly dying, and under the influence of drugs, Shaw admitted to Alphonso Mackenzie and Piper that he wants to kiss Johnson and asked if he should shave his head to impress her. He later went to Coulson and Mackenzie for advice on how to express his feelings. He finally decided to give her a lemon, as that was how people from the future expressed their feelings. After feeling it was time to tell Johnson how he feels about her, Shaw decided against it when he learned that Johnson was still in love with her late boyfriend Lincoln Campbell and he didn't want to put something else on her already large plate. Before leaving the Lighthouse to see what the Earth had to offer, Shaw gave Johnson advice on how to reconcile with the team. Johnson appreciated Shaws' advice and used it to make peace with Yo-Yo Rodriguez and the others.
After arriving in the past, Shaw immediately fell in love with life there, becoming "addicted" to Zima, and being fascinated by everything the past had to offer. Because of his fascination for the customs and cultures on Earth, Shaw sometimes came off as immature and annoying. However, Shaw shows a disliking of any form of insect. This could remind him of the Vrellnexians in the future. Despite his love of life in the past, Shaw still has a hard time figuring out where he belongs. Feeling as though he does not fit in with S.H.I.E.L.D. and feeling restrained to the Lighthouse, as he was in the future. Shaw eventually decided to leave the Lighthouse and S.H.I.E.L.D. as he wanted to explore Earth and felt like he never fitted in with the team anyway.
After learning that Jemma Simmons and Leo Fitz were his maternal grandparents, Shaw expressed the desire to keep them alive. As if they were to be killed, Shaw would no longer exist. While the act seemed selfish to Fitz, Shaw has shown genuine care for Simmons. Comforting her after Fitz had his mental break, and seeing much of his mother in her. Shaw also has a newfound respect for Fitz after he demonstrated the willingness to do what was necessary to get the job done. Much like what Shaw did in the future to survive.
- "You need a hand? I'm pretty good with metalwork. I guess it runs in my DNA."
- ―Deke Shaw to Leo Fitz
- Expert Engineer: Shaw displayed high enough technical skills to recreate the Framework in the future for the people of the Lighthouse to use to get away from the horrors of the Kree, only using fragments of the equipment which had been abandoned years before. Thanks to his frequent use of his Gravity Puck, Shaw also acquired sufficient knowledge about Gravitonium, being able to assist S.H.I.E.L.D. in their quest for the element and advise them about how they ought to transport it. Because of his knowledge of the presents' electronics in the future, Shaw was able to repair the Lighthouse's systems after the Siege of the Lighthouse easily.
- Expert Combatant: Shaw was able to go toe-to-toe with an injured Melinda May. He was, however, no match for the well-trained Sinara. Shaw, however, held his own against a Fear Dimension illusion of a Kree and won. Shaw was also able to take down two Remorath warriors with little trouble, and later effectively defended himself from Sarge.
- Marksman: Shaw was able to successfully use a handgun and kill two Kree Watch members with it when rebelling against the Kree with his S.H.I.E.L.D. allies despite no previous experience in handling a firearm.
- "Guns, man! It's like cheating! You shouldn't give these to anyone who isn't a really really good person!"
"You think there'd be a law."
- ―Deke Shaw and Melinda May
- Tokarev TT-33: After being given permission by Phil Coulson to deal with Samuel Voss, Shaw threatened to shoot him with the gun. Later, when rebelling against the Kree with his S.H.I.E.L.D. allies, Shaw used the gun to kill two Kree soldiers. During the rescue attempt on Coulson and Glenn Talbot, Shaw tried using the gun against Ruby Hale to help Daisy Johnson. Shaw later used the gun during the siege of the Lighthouse against the Remorath.
- Shotgun-Axe: In the Framework VR Remorath Rumble, Shaw utilized the Shotgun-Axe to take down a Framework simulated Kree.
- I.C.E.R.: After being rescued from Sarge's Squad by Alphonso Mackenzie, he was given an I.C.E.R. for protection. Once Mackenzie had defeated Pax, Shaw emptied the chamber all on Pax's unconscious body.
- Bulletproof Vest: Shaw wore a bulletproof vest to protect himself while trying to rescue his girlfriend Sequoia from Sarge's Squad.
- Helmet: Shaw wore a helmet to protect himself from the vacuum of outer space. The helmet was given to Flint during the last stand at the Lighthouse and remained in the future when Shaw traveled to the past with his S.H.I.E.L.D. colleagues.
- Gravity Puck: Shaw wears a device on his belt that allows him to manipulate gravity. He uses it to hover in midair, but also for offensive purposes like restraining someone by placing the device onto them and making them cling to a surface. However, the device can be easily used against him. In order to contain the Fear Dimension rift, Shaw gave up his Gravity Puck to Leo Fitz, so he can use the Gravitonium inside it to seal the rift.
- Pocket Knife: Shaw used a pocket knife to cut out metrics from the corpses of Lighthouse residents and for close quarter combat.
- Metric: Like any other human inhabitants of the Lighthouse, Shaw wears the Metric device which helps the Kree monitor his activities and movements. After he traveled to the past with his S.H.I.E.L.D. allies, Shaw had his metric removed. However, the memory of the Metric implanted in his wrist still haunted Shaw, who was reluctant to wear anything around his wrist like a smartwatch.
- Grappling Claw: Shaw examined a Grappling Claw that the True Believers utilized to protect themselves from the Vrellnexians after being rescued by them. He later used one to save Daisy Johnson from Sinara during their duel in Zephyr One.
- Lighthouse: Shaw was born in the Lighthouse and spent his whole life there. After the S.H.I.E.L.D. team arrived from the past, Shaw helped them free the Humans living under the rule of the Kree Watch to reclaim control of their fate. Shaw and his SHIELD allies then traveled to the past and took possession of the present day Lighthouse, which became S.H.I.E.L.D.'s base of operations. Shaw help defend the Lighthouse when the Remorath attacked it. Due to feeling confined to the Lighthouse, Shaw eventually opted to leave it behind before the Battle of Chicago.
- River's End Police Station: Having been arrested by River's End Police Department, with the belief that he was delusional, Shaw was imprisoned in the River's End police station. After talking about his fascinations of what Earth had to offer to his capturers, Shaw was rescued by Daisy Johnson disguised as his social worker "Sinara Smith".
|Appearances for Deke Shaw|
In chronological order:
In the original timeline:
Behind the Scenes
- G. Grant Jewett was a stunt double for Jeff Ward in the role of Deke Shaw.
- The ambiguous ending for Deke Shaw at the end of Season Five was written intentionally for fans of the show to wonder his ultimate fate.
- Jeff Ward had originally been cast as Virgil. During the table read of the episode, the main cast felt Ward "nailed it" as Virgil and wanted him to stay on as Deke Shaw, who had not yet been cast. The producers of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. reached out to Ward after the reading to audition for Shaw, and was ultimately cast in the part.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 5.18: All Roads Lead...
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 5.04: A Life Earned
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 5.21: The Force of Gravity
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 5.14: The Devil Complex
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 5.16: Inside Voices
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 5.12: The Real Deal
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 5.13: Principia
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 8.2 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 5.22: The End
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 5.19: Option Two
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 10.2 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 5.08: The Last Day
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 5.02: Orientation Part Two
- ↑ 12.0 12.1 12.2 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 5.01: Orientation Part One
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 5.06: Fun & Games
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 5:02: Orientation Part Two Deleted Scene
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 5.03: A Life Spent
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 5.07: Together or Not at All
- ↑ 17.0 17.1 17.2 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 5.10: Past Life
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 5.09: Best Laid Plans
- ↑ 19.0 19.1 19.2 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 5.11: All the Comforts of Home
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 5.15: Rise and Shine
- ↑ 21.0 21.1 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 5.17: The Honeymoon
- ↑ 22.0 22.1 22.2 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 5.20: The One Who Will Save Us All
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 5:22: The End Deleted Scene
- ↑ 24.0 24.1 24.2 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 6.04: Code Yellow
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 6.05: The Other Thing
- ↑ 'Agents of SHIELD' Gets a Very Early Season 7 Renewal at ABC