The Destruction of Earth was the cataclysmic outcome of the Battle of Chicago where an unhinged Glenn Talbot managed to absorb Daisy Johnson and use her powers to mine Gravitonium, resulting in earthquakes too powerful for Earth to survive. Due to subsequent poor retention of historical records, the cataclysm would come to be blamed on Johnson.
However, in the meantime, a new threat arose as Glenn Talbot infused himself with Gravitonium to make amends for his mistakes since he had been captured by HYDRA and disclosed sensitive information about S.H.I.E.L.D. Although Talbot claimed to be a hero, he soon sought to pursue his own agenda and increase his powers by absorbing more Gravitonium. He kidnapped Robin Hinton so she could give him the location of untapped deposits of Gravitonium, so she directed him to Chicago.
S.H.I.E.L.D. arrived in Chicago in an attempt to stop Talbot. While the majority of the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents helped to evacuate the city with the Zephyr One, Quake went to fight against Talbot. However, unlike what happened during the Battle of Chicago, Phil Coulson had actually kept the cure with him. As a result, when Quake confronted Talbot, she was overpowered and Talbot used his Gravitonium-based physiology to absorb her, thus acquiring Quake's powers.
Using these new vibration manipulation abilities, Talbot quaked the ground in order to easily access the Gravitonium he desired. However, by doing so, he caused massive earthquakes, including an extremely powerful one which reached magnitude 12.8 on the Richter scale. This caused the Earth to be progressively cracked apart and it was ultimately completely destroyed.
S.H.I.E.L.D. managed to evacuate many civilians to the Lighthouse. However, the destruction of Earth obviously caused massive casualties and only a small fraction of Humanity survived the global cataclysm. Among the victims were Polly Hinton and Alphonso Mackenzie.
Despite being destroyed, the Earth still retained part of its atmosphere, although gravity storms frequently hit the remnants of Earth. The surface of Earth was overrun by fearsome Vrellnexians. Later, a faction of Human rebels to the Kree Watch known as the True Believers would reclaim the remnants of the fallen S.H.I.E.L.D. aircraft Zephyr One and turn it into their base.
Changing the Future
Enoch sent them into year 2091 with the White Monolith so they would know what fate befell Earth and find a way to avert the planet's destruction, which they eventually did: Phil Coulson chose not to use the Centipede Serum he had been given and gave it to Quake, who used it to power herself up and defeat Glenn Talbot during the Battle of Chicago, thus preventing the cataclysm and creating an alternate timeline.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 5.08: The Last Day
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 5.12: The Real Deal
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 5.19: Option Two
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 5.20: The One Who Will Save Us All
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 5.22: The End
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 5.21: The Force of Gravity
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 5.07: Together or Not at All
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 5.02: Orientation Part Two
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 5.16: Inside Voices
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 5.05: Rewind