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Melinda May was a highly-skilled S.H.I.E.L.D. operative who befriended Phil Coulson on her early years as an agent. She would later join Coulson's new S.H.I.E.L.D. and act as his unofficial deputy. In 2017, May and the rest of the S.H.I.E.L.D. team were taken to a dystopian future in the year 2091 through the Time Di'Alla. There, they were warned of the apocalyptic destiny Earth would suffer with the Destruction of Earth, May and the team later went back in time to try to stop the destruction of Earth. Unfortunately, they were unable to as in 2018 Earth got destroyed.
May would survive the cataclysmic event along with Jemma Simmons, Leo Fitz, and Robin Hinton who May would later adopt and protect during their stay on the Lighthouse along with the other Humans that survived the event. May and Hinton lived together in the Lighthouse and saw how they were forced to make a deal with the Kree for resources, this would not prevent May from trying to find a way to avoid Earth's destruction in another timeline motivating Fitz and Simmons to try to create a time machine in order to activate the Time Di'Alla and sent them to the past again. By 2022, the team's efforts had resulted in failure and the only thing May could do was to hope when the loop repeated again her adoptive daughter would manage to help the new S.H.I.E.L.D. team to prevent the dystopian future from coming to pass.
Despite their knowledge of the future after returning back from 2091, May and her team were unable to prevent the Destruction of Earth. May, along with Leo Fitz, Jemma Simmons, Yo-Yo Rodriguez, and Robin Hinton, boarded Zephyr One and began to fly towards the Lighthouse. Hinton made her way into the cockpit, causing an agent to demand where her mother was, and May explained that Polly Hinton did not survive. May then told Hinton to go below the deck as it was not safe, only for Hinton to reply that she would be fine as they would survive the crash. Just as May asked what she meant, Zephyr One crashed. May, along with the other survivors, then began a journey on foot and successfully made it to the Lighthouse.
Raising Robin Hinton
As Earth broke into pieces, the Lighthouse ended up in space. Since Polly Hinton had died, May took on the task of raising Robin Hinton herself. The surviving humans formed an alliance with the Kree for resources, which Yo-Yo Rodriguez was against as she knew the Kree would proceed to enslave them. May implored Rodriguez to stay with them and to have hope in Hinton and her visions, but Rodriguez told May that she no longer had hope after Alphonso Mackenzie's death.
In order to protect themselves, May and the rest changed their names during their stay at the Lighthouse. Four years later, while trying to work on the air filtration systems, Leo Fitz complained that they were in a time loop and that the future could not be changed, although May believed that he and Jemma Simmons should focus on creating a time machine. Fitz declared that it would take them many decades to perfect the design before they could build it, and Simmons informed him that would just have to pass on that task to the next generation. Fitz later confronted May about Hinton, complaining about Hinton's constant prophesying of doom and death. May tried to explain that Hinton could not help receiving her visions, and Fitz replied that Hinton had been telling him about Simmons' death and that he could not bear to hear it.
Hinton, now having come to refer to May as "Mom", told her that she wished she did not have her powers and that she was afraid to lose May. Snuggling next to her adoptive daughter, May reminded her that they were special as they never had to say goodbye, since Hinton and May would still see each other after their respective deaths due to the time loop, with May already having witnessed Hinton's death during her trip to 2091. May then reminded Hinton that she would see her again on Zephyr One far in the future and that Hinton would have tell that May how to get back to 2017.
As her alternate counterpart, May was a quiet person who had respect for all of her teammates within S.H.I.E.L.D. being worried about them when things got worse, as she was worried and saddened when Yo-Yo Rodriguez decided to face the Kree despite knowing she would be captured and tortured. May also showed her protective mother instinct when she adopted Robin Hinton, treating her dearly and being comprehensive of her powers, while other S.H.I.E.L.D. members felt afraid of Robin's powers, May stood besides her and lifted her spirit so she could help S.H.I.E.L.D. to save the world.
- Master Pilot: May was a highly proficient pilot, able to perform such feats as flying through gravitational storms that were formed during Earth's destruction.
- Zephyr One: During her time at S.H.I.E.L.D., May learned how to use the Zephyr One and used it during many of her missions. In the first stages of the Destruction of Earth, May used for the last time the Zephyr One to take herself and the rest of the crew to the Lighthouse.
- Lighthouse: Along with some of her former teammates, May returned to the Lighthouse and started to live there along with Robin Hinton, who she had adopted.
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