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"Eight dead, six of them Navy."
"All part of an anti-HYDRA unit."
"Any idea what was used to carry out the attack?"
"Nope. But the effects appear similar to those from the Obelisk."
Antoine Triplett, Melinda May, Lance Hunter and Skye[src]

The Massacre at the Wedding Party was an attack on members of the United States Navy orchestrated by HYDRA agents by the use of a chemical weapon based on the effects of the Obelisk.

Background

"We recently attempted to reverse engineer the effects of an alien artifact, using tissue samples from one of its victims."
Daniel Whitehall[src]

The United States Navy created an anti-HYDRA unit; Pete Leitner was a member.[2]

Obtaining skin samples from a waitress who had been petrified by the Obelisk, Daniel Whitehall wanted to see if the effects could be replicated and weaponized for HYDRA's use.[3]

He assigned one of his top scientists, Doctor Lingenfelter, with finding a way to replicate the Obelisk's effect. With much work, Lingenfelter created a chemical weapon based on the Obelisk's effects and decided to test their creation.[2]

Massacre

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"Eight went down, dead."
"And the others? Some sick, everyone else scared but very much alive."
―Bartender and Sunil Bakshi[src]

HYDRA decided to test their weapon at the wedding of Peter and Mariah Leitner. The wedding was attended by many of Peter's colleagues from the United States Navy. As Peter's best friend Schneider was giving his toast to the couple, the wait staff started to serve champagne to the guests and would not allow them any other drink.

After the toast, the guests who drank the champagne started to petrify and died. Some of the wedding guests suffered no effects while others had to be hospitalized.[2]

Aftermath

"Unfortunately the results were less than what we'd hoped for."
"There were positives. Many of the deceased were enemies of HYDRA."
"Some of us are pleased with these small triumphs. Others have loftier aspirations, passion, even. Our founder, he had his Tesseract. As for me, well, it would be an understatement to say that I’ve waited my whole life to get possession of the Obelisk. To harness its power."
Daniel Whitehall and Lingenfelter[src]

Only a total of nine wedding guests died from drinking the poisoned champagne, which did not please Daniel Whitehall. He summoned his top scientists to discuss solutions to solving the problem of fully recreating the Obelisk's effect.

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Jemma Simmons had been asked to attend the meeting by Sunil Bakshi and was able to report HYDRA's experiments with the Obelisk back to Phil Coulson.[2]

HYDRA did keep the chemical in its arsenal. It was used by an agent of Octavian Bloom to kill the Baroness, another HYDRA leader.[4]

References

  1. In Face My Enemy, Skye jokingly states that "[May] just said more words than I've heard her say in a year", implying that she has known May for more than a year.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 2.05: A Hen in the Wolf House
  3. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 2.02: Heavy is the Head
  4. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 2.11: Aftershocks
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