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"The principle S.H.I.E.L.D. was founded upon was pure."
"Protection. One word. Sometimes, to protect one man against himself. Other times, to protect the planet against an alien invasion from another universe. It's a broad job description."
Nick Fury and Melinda May[src]

The Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division, better known by its acronym S.H.I.E.L.D., is an American extra-governmental counter-terrorism and intelligence agency tasked with maintaining both national and global security.

Founded in the wake of the Allied victory over the Axis powers and HYDRA during World War II, S.H.I.E.L.D. was organized to protect the United States from all possible threats. With its advanced weapons and extraordinary agents, S.H.I.E.L.D. was maybe the greatest military power on Earth. Following his encounter with Captain Marvel, S.H.I.E.L.D. was run by Nick Fury and the World Security Council in the modern age; S.H.I.E.L.D. had to deal with the significant rise in enhanced individuals, dangerous advanced technology, and alien contact. But all the problems that S.H.I.E.L.D. had to solve eventually led to the formation of the Avengers, initially a response team that was recruited to save the world during the alien invasion of Earth in 2012. The agency became publicly known after the Battle of New York, partially because of the Rising Tide website.

In 2014, through the actions of Black Widow and Nick Fury, the world became aware of the fact that S.H.I.E.L.D. was infiltrated and largely controlled by HYDRA. After the battle in which S.H.I.E.L.D.'s primary headquarters, the Triskelion, was heavily damaged, all of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s classified files were dumped on the Internet, and the agency was disavowed by the United States government and labeled a terrorist organization. Many S.H.I.E.L.D. officials were taken into custody and subjected to rigorous questioning. However, despite the massive manhunt on S.H.I.E.L.D.'s agents, a few operatives scattered across the world in most secret bases remained loyal to their oath, saving the most necessary technology for future use. But the team most responsible for the survival of S.H.I.E.L.D. was the team of Agent Phil Coulson, who valiantly led his teammates against the forces of HYDRA led by the traitors John Garrett and Grant Ward, winning the battle in which Garrett's plan ultimately failed. After that battle, Fury appointed Phil Coulson as the new director of S.H.I.E.L.D. and tasked him with rebuilding the agency from scratch, becoming a shadow para-policial agency.

Now working from the shadows and hunted by almost every army in the world, Coulson used his old team as the core of S.H.I.E.L.D. and recruited mercenaries, former agents, and others to help fill the organization's ranks while simultaneously continuing the fight against HYDRA. At the same time, another faction of S.H.I.E.L.D. arose, this one led by Robert Gonzales, who refused to accept Coulson's authority, believing his faction to be the only "real S.H.I.E.L.D." After the Battle for the Kree City, Gonzales' faction revealed its existence, attacking and capturing Coulson's base, the Playground. This ignited an open conflict between the two S.H.I.E.L.D. factions. However, after successfully working together to attack and destroy the Arctic HYDRA Research Facility, Coulson successfully proposed a merger of the two factions, which occurred in mid-2015. But the peace did not last long, as the Inhumans, a super-powered humanoid race led by Jiaying, declared war on S.H.I.E.L.D. The fight was short, and S.H.I.E.L.D. was able to prevent any further damage. After the war, Coulson started a new program of recruiting and training Inhumans for a team to deal with various threats.

The Inhuman Outbreak soon followed, and S.H.I.E.L.D. had to stand against the implications it caused. Following the exposure and abrupt end of HYDRA's infiltration of the ATCU, S.H.I.E.L.D. was semi-legalized as the black ops division of President Matthew Ellis' administration, with the ATCU serving as S.H.I.E.L.D.'s public face. With HYDRA suffering a crippling blow, S.H.I.E.L.D. became aware of the dark Inhuman, Hive, and soon had to fight against his Inhuman army, which intended to transform all of humanity into Inhumans. As the war with Hive reached its end, Lincoln Campbell sacrificed his life to destroy Hive in a nuclear explosion in space.

In the aftermath of Hive's defeat, S.H.I.E.L.D. was once again legalized following the signing of the Sokovia Accords, but under a new Director, Jeffrey Mace. Daisy Johnson abandoned S.H.I.E.L.D. and became a vigilante known as Quake. At the same time, they had to deal with new threats, namely that of Eli Morrow, who, with the knowledge of the mysterious book called the Darkhold, managed to gain incredible powers. In order to defeat him, S.H.I.E.L.D. worked together with Johnson and Ghost Rider. After the victory over Morrow, Johnson rejoined the organization. The revelation that Mace was not an Inhuman caused Coulson to return to the position as the de facto Director. Following Holden Radcliffe's betrayal for the Watchdogs and the replacement of almost every key agent by an LMD by him, Agents Johnson and Jemma Simmons entered the Framework in order to rescue their missing friends. Despite the operation's success, they soon had to deal with Aida, who became an Inhuman seeking to destroy S.H.I.E.L.D. With the help of Ghost Rider, they killed her, but it caused the organization's shutdown, as Aida and the Superior managed to frame Johnson for the attempted assassination of Glenn Talbot.

A short time after that, a Chronicom named Enoch sent the team, except Leo Fitz, to the year 2091 to fulfill a prophecy. They found themselves in the Lighthouse bunker, which was populated with what remained of the human race, following a catastrophic event that caused Earth's destruction. For the team to survive there, they had to blend in among the humans and fight the Kree, who ruled the place under Kasius' orders while also finding a way back to the present. They eventually managed to return, joining with agents rallied by Deathlok and started a race against time to prevent Earth's destruction. After fighting against HYDRA led by Hale, the Confederacy, and Glenn Talbot, S.H.I.E.L.D changed the course of history and saved Earth. However, Fitz died in the process. Since Coulson was dying, he and Melinda May left S.H.I.E.L.D. to spend time together until his death, and Mackenzie took over the mantle of Director. The remaining S.H.I.E.L.D. agents then took off on a mission to find the present version of Fitz, who was frozen in suspended animation in deep space.

One year later, Mackenzie managed to rebuild S.H.I.E.L.D., recruiting more agents. After searching for signals of paranormal activities, S.H.I.E.L.D. found themselves in conflict with a mysterious group, led by someone who looked exactly like Coulson named Sarge. Meanwhile, Simmons and Johnson were still on their deep-space search for Fitz, finding themselves at odds with the Chronicoms, who also wanted to find Fitz to save their planet. After rescuing Deke Shaw from Sarge's Squad, May was captured by them, where she learned about Sarge's mission to eliminate the Shrike and their creator. May was able to get free and brought Sarge to the Lighthouse. Back in space, Simmons reunited with Fitz while the rest of the team returned to Earth. Fitz and Simmons were brought back home with the help of Izel, who turned out to be who Sarge was hunting. After an uneasy alliance with Sarge, S.H.I.E.L.D. fought against Izel, while the Lighthouse fell under attack by the Chronicoms. They were able to defeat Izel and Sarge, but they lost the Lighthouse. When the Chronicoms traveled back in time to attack S.H.I.E.L.D.'s history, S.H.I.E.L.D. worked with Enoch to stop this threat, building an advanced Life-Model Decoy of Phil Coulson to help them.

In the War Against the Chronicoms, S.H.I.E.L.D. began their time-travel quest to stop the Chronicoms from killing Wilfred Malick, a HYDRA operative from the 1930s who delivered an ingredient of the Super Soldier Serum to the Red Skull. They then traveled to 1955, where they met Agent Daniel Sousa while stopping Sibyl and the Chronicoms from activating Helius ― and in turn ― saving Sousa from HYDRA. Later in the 1970s, S.H.I.E.L.D. stopped the alternate S.H.I.E.L.D. from activating Project Insight and lost the Coulson LMD in the process of destroying the main Chronicom time ship underneath the Lighthouse. After regrouping in the 1980s, the Inhuman sanctuary Afterlife was attacked by Nathaniel Malick, who allied himself with the destructive Inhuman Kora to conquer Afterlife and cause anarchy. The S.H.I.E.L.D. team were then trapped in a time storm, forcing Daisy Johnson and the Coulson LMD to relive time-loops while trying to stop it before Enoch gave up his life, which allowed the team to repair the Time Drive and escape the storm. Once they escaped, S.H.I.E.L.D. proceeded to rescue the trapped Inhumans at Afterlife from Nathaniel Malick's Crew. Malick, on the other hand, killed Jiaying and kidnapped Simmons to use her to find Fitz. After witnessing the Destruction of S.H.I.E.L.D. Facilities, S.H.I.E.L.D. set out to defeat the Chronicoms in a final battle that resulted in S.H.I.E.L.D. returning to the main timeline and defeating the Chronicoms. Deke Shaw stayed behind in the alternate 1983 to help the team return, thus allowing Alphonso Mackenzie to continue S.H.I.E.L.D. as the Director in the main timeline, and Shaw became the Director in the alternate timeline.

Following the Blip, an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. was present during the Battle of Earth and published a book about the battle. Months later, S.H.I.E.L.D. also lent its support to Nick Fury during the Elemental attacks in Europe by creating a stealth suit for Spider-Man, allowing him to operate as Night Monkey.


The First Years[]


"S.H.I.E.L.D. was founded after the SSR was able to defeat the nearly indomitable force known as HYDRA."
Leo Fitz[src]

The founders of S.H.I.E.L.D.

S.H.I.E.L.D. was formed in the 1950s[3] as a successor to the Strategic Scientific Reserve,[4] an Allied deep science agency which fought against the Nazi-sponsored special weapons division HYDRA during the war.[5] The founders of the new agency were Chester Phillips, the director of the SSR, Howard Stark, an industrialist of great wealth and a scientific genius, and Margaret "Peggy" Carter, the former partner of the American war hero Steve Rogers, better known as Captain America.[6]

The agency's full name was the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division, but most members of the agency preferred to call it by its acronym. The SSR was reformed as the scientific division of S.H.I.E.L.D.[7] and continued to work on researching the advanced weapons captured from HYDRA as well as the mysterious Tesseract.[8]

HYDRA's Rebirth[]


Arnim Zola as a S.H.I.E.L.D. scientist

"After the war, S.H.I.E.L.D. was founded, and I was recruited. The new HYDRA grew, a beautiful parasite, inside S.H.I.E.L.D."
Arnim Zola[src]

Shortly after the war, as part of Operation Paperclip, S.H.I.E.L.D. recruited the scientists of Nazi Germany into their organization to prevent their expertise from falling into the hands of the Soviet Union. The infamous Arnim Zola was among the recruited scientists, but he used his new position to secretly rebuild HYDRA. With no one suspecting, HYDRA secretly grew within S.H.I.E.L.D., orchestrating many national and global crises over the following decades.[6]

Project Helius[]

"Helius. Yeah, that was an early attempt at an Ion Fusion Reactor. But it... it was never fully realized, and the tech was mothballed."
Jemma Simmons[src]

In 1955, a team of scientists under Dr. Pascal Vega and West Coast Security Chief Daniel Sousa worked on Project Helius at Area 51. The project included several prototype gadgets such as the Walkie-Talkie Wristwatch and the EMP Generator. The centerpiece of the project was the Helius ion fusion reactor. Unfortunately, the reactor was not powerful enough to reach it's maximum velocity.[9] One of the scientists, Dr. Niles Lindmore had a device that would be a key component to S.H.I.E.L.D.'s future technology.

The device was later given to Agent Sousa. He was ordered to take the item to Hotel Roosevelt in Los Angeles in order to deliver it to Howard Stark. During this time, Sousa believed that S.H.I.E.L.D. had been infiltrated by sleeper agents from HYDRA. He informed his superior, Wilfred Malick of this, but was unaware that he was loyal to HYDRA. Sousa was able to deliver the device, but he was followed by several of Malick's goons. Malick's goons shot Sousa once in the chest, twice in the back and left him to die in the hotel's pool. Due to Sousa's death, S.H.I.E.L.D. was unaware of HYDRA's presence within itself nor Malick's true loyalty. However, Sousa became a legend and symbol for S.H.I.E.L.D. and its agents commitment to the agency.[10]

Project Reclamation[]

"As you know, certain world events, should they occur, trigger what we in S.H.I.E.L.D. call Project Reclamation. This protocol was designed as a black-ops action known only to the highest-ranking S.H.I.E.L.D. operatives. Once initiated, Project Reclamation is conducted through secure communication known as electronic mail. Our agents were instructed to gather you, the selected elite, from a host of nations, and bring you here to give..."
Rick Stoner[src]

Under the supervision of General Rick Stoner, S.H.I.E.L.D. started Project Reclamation, a protocol known only to the highest-ranking S.H.I.E.L.D. operatives and designed as a precaution in case of a catastrophic event that would destroy the world as mankind knew it. A gigantic installation called the Lighthouse was built below ground on the shores of Lake Ontario to serve as a survival bunker for the selected elite from a host of nations. However, the 1972 Hydrogen Wave Crisis was averted and the protocol was never initiated. The Lighthouse and its original purpose eventually fell into obscurity.[11]

Project G.O.L.I.A.T.H.[]

"Back in the day, I was Hank's partner on a project called G.O.L.I.A.T.H.."
"Excuse me? You were my partner?"
Bill Foster and Hank Pym[src]

S.H.I.E.L.D. scientists Hank Pym and Bill Foster cooperated in Project G.O.L.I.A.T.H., where they experimented with the Pym Particles in order to expand their body mass. Foster was able to achieve a maximum height of twenty one feet. However, Foster decided to leave the project and then it was quickly abandoned, in the wake of Pym's resignation from S.H.I.E.L.D.[12]

Cold War[]

S.H.I.E.L.D. was very active during the Cold War, working on behalf of the United States.[13] In the 1980s, a group of radicals in the Soviet-controlled East Berlin obtained a piece of HYDRA technology and attempted to reverse-engineer it. The leaders of S.H.I.E.L.D. decided to send an agent to Germany and stop their plans. However, a unique piece of equipment was needed for this mission: the Ant-Man Suit, which could shrink a human being to the size of an ant.

The suit's inventor, Doctor Hank Pym, was unwilling to give it to anyone else, despite Howard Stark's demands, so Peggy Carter had to convince Pym to go on a mission personally. Thanks to his suit, Pym was able to infiltrate the headquarters of the enemy group, discovering, they were actually a HYDRA cell continuing their old memory suppression experiments from World War II. Pym used his Ant-Man Suit to ruin the laboratory, free the prisoner and knock down all the guards. Later, he gave a report to Carter and Stark.[14]


Ghost is used as a weapon for S.H.I.E.L.D.

S.H.I.E.L.D. sent their consultant, Bill Foster, to check Ava Starr, who had been exposed to Quantum Energy and now could phase through matters. With the promise to eventually cure her, S.H.I.E.L.D. recruited Starr as an assassin and over the years she did many missions for them. However, they never had intention to find a cure.[12]


S.H.I.E.L.D. board of directors with Hank Pym

In 1989, after his wife was apparently killed during a mission in 1987, Pym discovered that S.H.I.E.L.D. was trying to replicate the Pym Particles from the Ant-Man technology. He confronted Carter, Stark and Mitchell Carson at the Triskelion which was under construction. He pointed out that this technology was dangerous and should not be used. He resigned before them from the organization and left the room furiously.[15]

World Wide Actions[]

HYDRA's Moves[]

Assassination of the Starks

Howard and Maria Stark are assassinated

Over the years, one of the highest ranking S.H.I.E.L.D. members and the US Secretary of Defense Alexander Pierce was persuaded to join HYDRA. Later, he met Colonel Nick Fury, a distinguished officer of the United States Army and espionage veteran of the Cold War, and persuaded him to join the agency.[16] In 1989, Alexander Pierce granted Werner Reinhardt medical parole from his life sentence in the Rat and allowed the HYDRA general to return to Austria.[17] When Howard Stark became suspicious, he and his wife Maria were killed in an automobile "accident" secretly arranged by HYDRA on Long Island in 1991.[6]



Linda Avery dies protecting Daisy Johnson

"We were headed into the Hunan province of China. A senior agent had called in an 0-8-4. An object of unknown origin. We've dealt with those before. He said the entire village had died trying to protect this one."
Richard Lumley[src]

In 1989, the entire population of a small village in Hunan Province, China, were killed defending a small infant. Designated as an 0-8-4 by S.H.I.E.L.D., a team was sent in to investigate. After losing contact with the main team, the back-end team, consisting of Richard Lumley, Linda Avery, and three other agents, investigated only to find the infant sleeping in the arms of the dead lead agent. The rest of the main team were dead. After returning to the United States, the other members of the team started to be eliminated. To ensure her safety, the infant was dropped off by Avery at the Saint Agnes Orphanage and arrangements were made for her to be moved to different foster homes to keep her safe.[7]


"I got fragged by an I.E.D. outside of Sarajevo. When I radioed for medevac, I got nothing but an earful of excuses. That's when I realized I was more loyal to S.H.I.E.L.D. than S.H.I.E.L.D. was to me."
John Garrett to Grant Ward[src]

In 1990, Agent John Garrett was sent on a mission to Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. During the mission, he was heavily wounded by an improvised exploding device. When he called for medical evacuation, his superiors replied that they could not send anyone. Angered, Garrett duct-taped his wounds, humped out of the city, and promised himself that he would one day repay S.H.I.E.L.D. for their treatment.[18]

Kree-Skrull War[]

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Agent Nick Fury meets Vers

"Been riding a desk for the past six years trying to figure out where our future enemies are coming from. Never occured to me they would be coming from above."
Nick Fury to Vers[src]

In 1995, Agents Nick Fury and Phil Coulson were sent to investigate a mysterious woman, who had apparently crashed on Earth. The woman claimed to be Vers, a Kree warrior who tried to stop the shape-shifting Skrulls from taking over the planet. Fury encountered some of the Skrulls after he followed Vers' pursuit after one of them and killed a Skrull who impersonated Coulson.

Nick Fury & Talos Keller

Talos impersonates Director R. Keller

Fury located Vers and together they learned about her origin on Earth as a pilot who had helped the Kree Mar-Vell in testing a Light-Speed Engine. However, they had to run from the Skrull Talos who impersonated Director R. Keller. Fury and Vers visited Maria Rambeau, a friend of Vers at her time on Earth, who helped her learn her real name, Carol Danvers.

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Agent Nick Fury assists in the Kree-Skrull War

Talos tracked them down but he revealed that he only want to find a new home for his people and that the Kree army was after the source of the Light-Speed Engine. Fury, Danvers, Rambeau, Talos and the Flerken Goose flew to Mar-Vell's laboratory in space, where they found the Light-Speed Engine source, the Tesseract, and Talos' people. However, the Kree found them, so as Danvers fought their army, Fury and the rest returned to Earth with the Tesseract and the Skrulls. Danvers eventually made the Kree retreat.

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The Tesseract in S.H.I.E.L.D.'s possession

Fury was asked by Danvers to keep the Tesseract while she would find for the Skrulls a new home and try to end the Kree-Skrull War. Before she left, she gave back to Fury his Transmitter Pager, now capable of calling Danvers galaxies away in case of emergency.[19]

The Avengers Initiative[]


The Avengers Initiative preliminary report

"S.H.I.E.L.D. alone can't protect us. We need to find more."
"More weapons?"
"More heroes."
―Nick Fury and Phil Coulson[src]

Following his encounter with Captain Marvel, Nick Fury had an idea to employ people with special powers and abilities to defend the Earth against threats that could be too complicated for S.H.I.E.L.D. to handle. He named that operation the Avengers Initiative after Carol Danvers' Air Force callsign.[19][8]

North Institute[]


S.H.I.E.L.D. agents pursue the Russian spies

"We infiltrated the North Institute in Ohio. It was a front for S.H.I.E.L.D. scientists. Actually, it was HYDRA scientists at that time."
Melina Vostokoff to Natasha Romanoff[src]

By 1992, S.H.I.E.L.D. used the North Institute in Ohio as a front for cognitive research, unaware that the S.H.I.E.L.D. scientists were actually agents of HYDRA, who were using the research to improve the Winter Soldier Program. Russia, under the command of Dreykov, a high ranking general, sent Alexei Shostakov and Melina Vostokoff undercover to Ohio in order to infiltrate the facility and obtain the data, while Natasha Romanoff and Yelena Belova were assigned to pretend to be their daughters. After three years undercover, Shostakov was able to steal the data and the "family" fled to a private airfield, with S.H.I.E.L.D. in pursuit. This resulted in a brief firefight between S.H.I.E.L.D. and Shostakov, although the four Russians were successfully able to takeoff, fleeing to Cuba.[20]

Fury's Secret Skrull Network[]

"You didn't start ascending the ranks until me and nineteen of my people signed on as your invisible spy network. You know, we fed you more dirt and intel than you could've uncovered on your own in a lifetime, so please. I mean, every time you were promoted inside S.H.I.E.L.D., we did that. Every terror attack you prevented, we did that. Every enemy you sabotaged and ally you leveraged with dirt no one else in the world had access to, we did that."
Talos to Nick Fury[src]

In 1997, two years after his encounter with the Skrulls, Nick Fury recruited a small group of Skrull refugees, led by Talos, to serve as his personal spy network.[21] The Skrulls went undercover and performed missions for Fury along with giving him a wealth of classified information they were able to obtain due to their shapeshifting abilities, which Fury was able to pass on to his superiors. As S.H.I.E.L.D. was unaware of the existence of Skrulls and their service, Fury received full credit for their actions and intel discoveries, which led to Fury's many promotions within the agency.[22]

Nick Fury's Directorship[]

New Leadership[]

Fury and Pierce

Nick Fury is promoted for his bravery

"S.H.I.E.L.D., Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division. Your tax dollars at work. Hard work. We keep our fingers on America's pulse, and believe me, America has veins in every section of the world."
Phil Coulson to Tony Stark[src]

During a hostage situation in Bogotá, Colombia, Agent Nick Fury successfully saved all the hostages, including Alexander Pierce's daughter from ELN rebels. Pierce was surprised by Fury's performance and later made him director of S.H.I.E.L.D.[6]


Hawkeye and Black Widow on a mission

Under Fury's leadership, the agency recruited the greatest marksman on the planet, Clint Barton, and the world's deadliest spy, Natasha Romanoff, becoming some of the agency's most elite agents, as well as the few people that Fury would trust. At that time, Agent Phil Coulson served as Fury's right-hand man, though the actual deputy director of the agency was Maria Hill.[8]

Projects and Problems[]

Russian 0-8-4[]

Phil Coulson and Melinda May on a mission

"What was the mission you were on here?"
"May and I were sent to retrieve an 0-8-4. Years and years ago."
Daisy Johnson and Phil Coulson[src]

Agents Phil Coulson and Melinda May were assigned to retrieve an 0-8-4 in Russia. As Coulson distracted the SVR agents, May retrieve the object. She then freed Coulson from the Russians and the two escaped with the 0-8-4.[23]

Budapest Operation[]
Budapest Operation

Black Widow seemingly kills Dreykov and his daughter

"Killing Dreykov was the final step in my defection to S.H.I.E.L.D."
Natasha Romanoff[src]

As General Dreykov and his Red Room program were determined too dangerous by S.H.I.E.L.D., Agents Clint Barton and Natasha Romanoff were sent to kill him. The two located Dreykov's office in Budapest, planted five bombs inside the building, and waited until his daughter entered the building to confirm his presence. When Dreykov's daughter went into the building, Romanoff detonated the bombs, seemingly killing Dreykov and his daughter. Romanoff and Barton were then chased by the Hungarian Special Forces and had to stay hidden for ten days before they were able to escape the city.[20]

The Legend of the Cavalry[]

The S.H.I.E.L.D. team in Bahrain

"She took it upon herself to get them out. Said she could fix the problem. So she went in, crossed off the enemy force. Didn't say how."
Phil Coulson to Skye[src]

In 2008, S.H.I.E.L.D. took notice of Eva Belyakov's superpowered activities and tracked her down to Manama, Bahrain. A team led by Agents Phil Coulson and Melinda May was dispatched to analyze Belyakov for the Index. Belyakov assumed control of a group of gangsters and then held the entire S.H.I.E.L.D. team, minus Coulson and May, and a little girl, hostage within a warehouse.

Becoming The Cavalry

Melinda May is forced to kill Katya Belyakov

May ventured into the warehouse alone and crossed off the controlled gangsters and Belyakov. The little girl revealed herself as the controller of Belyakov, who was her mother, to May and nearly used her powers to kill the subjugated S.H.I.E.L.D. team, forcing May to kill her. For her role in saving them, the S.H.I.E.L.D. team gave May the nickname "The Cavalry",[24] a moniker she grew to despise.[25] The story of "The Cavalry" became a legend at the S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy, with the story growing bigger and more inaccurate with each new class.[26]

Kidnapping of Tony Stark[]
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A while later, wealthy industrialist Tony Stark was kidnapped in Afghanistan by the terrorist group called the Ten Rings. Since Stark was involved in making many weapons for the United States Armed Forces, Nick Fury sent Phil Coulson to Stark's business partner Obadiah Stane to investigate the possibility of Stark selling his country to save his own skin. Coulson returned with the negative reply, and offered to go searching for Stark himself, but Fury refused the offer. Three months later, Stark was found by the Army in the desert and brought back to the USA.[27]

Birth of Iron Man[]
Pepper Coulson

Agent Phil Coulson talks with Pepper Potts

"I'm Agent Phil Coulson with the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division."
"That's quite a mouthful."
"I know. We're working on it."
"You know, we've been approached already by the DOD, the FBI, the CIA..."
"We're a separate division with a more specific focus."
Phil Coulson and Pepper Potts[src]

S.H.I.E.L.D. sent Phil Coulson to Stark Industries Headquarters as Tony Stark returned and gave a press conference. Coulson asked to be able to debrief Stark about his escape, and Potts assured him that she would set up a meeting. Stark and Coulson did not meet for a significant amount of time, so Coulson was sent to a party at Walt Disney Concert Hall, where he asked Stark for a meeting. Stark and Coulson sent up a time to meet, but Stark brushed him off to talk to Pepper Potts.

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S.H.I.E.L.D. looking for Obadiah Stane

Coulson went to Stark Industries, where he encountered Potts for their meeting. Potts rushed Coulson out of the building and informed him about Obadiah Stane's involvement in Stark's kidnapping and attempted homicide as they went to S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Los Angeles office. Coulson and a team of agents returned to Stark Industries Headquarters, where they were attacked by Stane wearing his own armor. However, Stark was able to defeat Stane.[27] Shortly after the battle, Stark and his friend Lt. Col. James Rhodes were taken to a secret S.H.I.E.L.D. base where Coulson told them that Stark should be trained to become a real fighter, and that S.H.I.E.L.D. would provide the teachers.[28]

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Phil Coulson giving Tony Stark a cover story

The next morning, Coulson came to Stark Industries Headquarters with the cover story for the incident with the "Iron Man". When Pepper thanked him for his help, he said they'll hear from his agency again. When she tried to say the whole name of the agency, he interrupted her and spoke the acronym "S.H.I.E.L.D." instead.[27] That night Fury visited Stark in his Malibu home and informed him of the Avengers Initiative,[29] but Stark refused to join.[30]

The Ten Rings[]
"Intel was right about the money, Sir. A Ten Rings cell controls this vessel."
Garrett to Nick Fury[src]

After Stark's refusal to join the agency, S.H.I.E.L.D. began fighting the Ten Rings. On one occasion, Nick Fury sent a team of U.S. Navy SEALs to board a ship controlled by the Ten Rings in the port of Aden. However, Iron Man suddenly appeared and attacked the terrorists. Though the Seals were outnumbered by the terrorists, Iron Man had no problems with killing all the terrorists and saving the Seals.[31] Later, S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Natasha Romanoff was sent to ruin an operation of the Ten Rings. She boarded the Ten Rings plane and caused its explosion.[32]

Project T.A.H.I.T.I.[]
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Phil Coulson discusses Project T.A.H.I.T.I.

"Good morning, Director Fury, I regret to inform you that I’m handing in my resignation. I know you brought me on to Project T.A.H.I.T.I. because you trusted my judgment, and it’s that judgment that’s telling me I can no longer, in my good conscience, let the testing continue."
Phil Coulson[src]

In coordination with the Avengers Initiative, Fury started Project T.A.H.I.T.I., an effort to create a medicine that could save a mortally wounded Avenger. Harvesting the bodily fluids from a decaying extraterrestrial corpse at the secret facility called the Guest House, the scientists managed to make the serum that could regenerate the damaged tissue and cure deadly diseases.

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Goodman erasing Cameron Klein's memories

Six agents who suffered from deadly diseases volunteered for the project and were injected with the serum. The initial tests were partially successful, showing complete physical recovery, but later the experiments went horribly wrong, causing the test subjects to mentally deteriorate, and the project's director Phil Coulson recommended its shutdown. The memories of the patients were erased and they were given the new civilian identities. However, Nick Fury secretly decided to continue with the project.[33][34]

The Big Week[]

Day One[]
"Were you able to locate the Super-Soldier?"
"No. We did locate an important clue that could have pointed us in the right direction, but with the ever shifting topography of the Greenland ice sheet, I imagine we'll be starting from scratch again."
―The World Security Council member and Nick Fury[src]

A few months later, Nick Fury and Phil Coulson led an expedition to Greenland in hopes of finding Steve Rogers, the American war hero from World War II. The same day when they found one of the disabled flying bombs from HYDRA's super bomber, the Valkyrie, the World Security Council ordered them to shut down the operation and return to New York City. Twelve hours later, the Council ordered Fury to stop wasting time on what they called "wasteful programs" and focus on reigniting the Tesseract, naming that operation "Project P.E.G.A.S.U.S.". Despite the direct order, Fury decided to continue with his usual activities, and he told Coulson to do the same.[35]

Day Two[]
"Is there a 50% chance that this "atmospheric disturbance" is just a powerful lightning storm?"
"Closer to a 5% chance, sir."
"That still puts it at the bottom of my to-do list. But keep up the good work!"
Nick Fury and Phil Coulson[src]

The S.H.I.E.L.D. scientists informed Nick Fury that Tony Stark would die in three days of palladium poisoning. They gave him a dose of the Lithium Dioxide that could postpone the inevitable. Also at this time Fury was told that Bruce Banner has passed through US Customs and he orders Jasper Sitwell to track him. Agent Coulson informed Fury of 'atmospheric disturbances' they were picking up in the 'south west' region but Fury decided that wasn't so important.

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Natasha Romanoff is sent to watch Tony Stark

At the same time, Agent Natasha Romanoff, secretly sent to watch over Tony Stark under the guise of Natalie Rushman, called Fury and informed him of Stark's battle with James Rhodes at his own birthday party. Fury tried to talk with the World Security Council but he was interrupted by an agent who informed him that Tony Stark was located. Fury then left the base, picked up Agent Romanoff, and went to rendezvous with Stark.[35]

Day Three[]

Nick Fury's conversation with Tony Stark

"What do you want from me?"
"What do we want from you? Uh-uh. What do you want from me? You have become a problem, a problem I have to deal with. Contrary to your belief, you are not the center of my universe. I have bigger problems in the southwest region to deal with."
Tony Stark and Nick Fury[src]

Nick Fury and Natasha Romanoff were able to find Tony Stark on the top of the Randy's Donuts restaurant in Inglewood, California. Inside the restaurant Fury confronted Tony Stark for becoming a problem that he had to deal with. As Stark complained about none of the elements being a suitable replacement for the palladium arc reactor that was killing him, Fury told him that he hasn't tried all the elements yet. Agent Romanoff then injected Stark with the Lithium Dioxide, slowing down the poisoning.

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S.H.I.E.L.D. with Tony Stark at his mansion

Later, at Stark's Malibu Mansion, Fury provided Stark the information on the background of the man who tried to kill him, Ivan Vanko. Fury also gave information and materials from his father Howard, one of the founders of S.H.I.E.L.D. Before Fury departed, he assigned Agent Phil Coulson to watch over Stark and keep him in the mansion. Coulson said to Stark that if he tries to leave the mansion, he would taze him and watch Supernanny while he drools on the carpet.[36]

Meanwhile, Jane Foster contacted her mentor, Dr. Erik Selvig, who flew out to New Mexico to help her monitor the atmospheric disturbances. Foster's message was intercepted by S.H.I.E.L.D. and delivered to Agent Coulson.[35]

Day Four[]
"Sorry for the short notice. Think you can handle things here on your own?"
"What could possibly go wrong?"
Phil Coulson and Natasha Romanoff[src]

When Phil Coulson once again informed Nick Fury about the appearance of a wormhole over New Mexico, Fury agreed to send an expedition led by Coulson himself. Before he departed, Coulson visited Tony Stark in his laboratory, and assisted in his current project of making the new element. Just as he was leaving, Coulson asked Agent Natasha Romanoff if she could handle the situation, and she said she would have no problems.[35]

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Agent Natasha Romanoff in action

That night at the Stark Expo, Agent Natasha Romanoff attended and when Ivan Vanko took control of the Hammer Drones, she went with Happy Hogan to go to Hammer Industries. They broke into the Hammer Industries Headquarters. Hogan took out one enemy combatant while Romanoff dealt with the rest, then proceeded to use a Hammer computer system to restore control of James Rhodes's battle suit to Rhodes.[36] She then retrieved Hammer Industries data before Ivan Vanko's bombs went off.

The same day Agent Coulson arrived at S.H.I.E.L.D. outpost at Roswell, New Mexico to assemble his team of agents.[35]

Day Five[]
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Phil Coulson arrives at the location of an 0-8-4

"Why don't you tell me where you received your training? Pakistan? Chechnya? Afghanistan? You know, you strike me more as the soldier of fortune type. Where was it? South Africa? Certain groups pay very well for a mercenary like you. Who are you? One way or another we'll find out what we need to know. We're good at that."
Phil Coulson to Thor[src]

Upon arriving in the deserts of New Mexico, Phil Coulson and his team discovered the crater site with the mysterious hammer at the center.[37] Coulson and his men quickly set up a perimeter and a base of operations around the crater.[38] A professor who specialized in the fields of Norse mythology named Elliot Randolph helped Coulson and his group with discovering what the hammer was.[39] At the same time, under orders from Director Nick Fury, Agent Clint Barton was sent to Puente Antiguo to assist Coulson.[35]

S.H.I.E.L.D. agents then went to confiscate all of the research about the mysterious wormhole that Jane Foster and her scientific team had collected. They traveled to Puente Antiguo, and despite Foster's protests, Coulson and his men took all of their equipment.


Clint Barton takes aim at an intruder

The same night, an unknown man infiltrated Coulson's base and managed to single-highhandedly take out a dozen of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents with various fighting styles. Coulson observed from a distance but not before asking Clint Barton to prepare to take action if necessary. When the attacker tried and failed to lift the hammer, Coulson's men easily captured him.

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Phil Coulson interrogates Thor

Shortly after, Coulson interrogated the stranger about his identity and his training believing him to be a warrior of some type. However, the stranger refused to answer his questions.[38] Agent Barton advised Coulson to release the intruder and then send agents to follow him.[35] The interrogation was interrupted when Dr. Erik Selvig arrived and informed Coulson that the stranger is Donald Blake, a member of his scientific staff. An agent confirmed Selvig's story by running a background check in the computer database and finding a falsified document created by Jane Foster. Though Coulson knew that Selvig was lying, he agreed to free "Donald", only to secretly assign agents to follow Selvig and "his friend".[38]

Meanwhile, after Ivan Vanko's battle with Tony Stark and James Rhodes at the Stark Expo and the arrest of Justin Hammer, Agent Romanoff returned to the S.H.I.E.L.D. Headquarters to deliver the data obtained at Hammer Industries Headquarters to Director Fury. When she noticed that he doesn't look "so hot", he replied that he hasn't slept much during the last few days. Aware that General Thaddeus Ross and the Strategic Operations Command Center could go hunt Bruce Banner any minute, Fury ordered her to follow Banner's movements. When Romanoff asked why Agent Sitwell wasn't following Banner anymore, Fury replied that he had to send him to New Mexico because of the appearance of an alien object. Romanoff immediately departed for Culver University.[35]

Day Six[]
"I need you to get to Culver University and put eyes on Dr. Banner. I got word that General Ross is about to make a move on him."
"I thought Sitwell was on Banner."
"He was, but I had to send him to New Mexico."
"Because I got an alien object in New Mexico, that's why!"
Black Widow and Nick Fury[src]

At Culver University, disguised as a student, Agent Natasha Romanoff witnessed Bruce Banner being chased by General Thaddeus Ross and the Strategic Operations Command Center; Banner then transformed into Hulk and a battle ensued. She called Nick Fury and barely escaped uninjured.[35]

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Nick Fury informs Tony Stark of their decision

At the S.H.I.E.L.D. Headquarters, Nick Fury informed Tony Stark that while Iron Man was a suitable candidate for the "Avengers Initiative", Stark himself was not. S.H.I.E.L.D. wanted Tony only in a consultant position, to which Stark agreed, on the condition that Senator Stern presented himself and James Rhodes with medals for bravery.[36] When Stark departed, Agent Romanoff showed up, and revealed to Fury that she witnessed Emil Blonsky in action against Hulk and that the Army had enhanced him.[35]

An hour earlier in New Mexico, an agent discovered the coordinates of another potential crater site that appeared to have an exact signature match to the mysterious hammer. Phil Coulson, Jasper Sitwell and a unit of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents went to investigate, eventually finding a gigantic armor of unknown origin. As the armor slowly approached them, Agent Jasper Sitwell asked Coulson if the armor was one of Stark's. Coulson replied that Stark doesn't tell him anything, and tried to speak with the armor, but the iron giant attacked them.[38] Coulson called Fury and informed him about the "little problem", interrupting his conversation with Agent Romanoff.[35]

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Phil Coulson speaks with Thor again

Agent Coulson managed to survive the attack from the armor and assembled all uninjured agents to follow it. When the armor attacked Puente Antiguo, Coulson saw "Donald Blake" gaining mysterious supernatural powers. When "Donald" summoned the hammer and defeated the armor, Coulson realized that "Donald" is actually Thor, the Norse God of Thunder and Prince of Asgard. Coulson confronted Thor who offered his services in protecting Earth under the sole condition that Coulson returns all of Jane's research and material back to her. Coulson agreed to Thor's terms and requested that they be debriefed just before Thor flew upwards with Jane in his arms.[38]

Later, Coulson and Clint Barton supervised the transport of the armor to the S.H.I.E.L.D. Headquarters.[35] At the same time Dr. Erik Selvig was taken to a S.H.I.E.L.D. facility where he met Nick Fury. Fury asked Selvig to study the Tesseract, an object of limitless power, and Selvig agreed.[40]

Meanwhile, S.H.I.E.L.D.'s encrypted database was breached by General Thaddeus Ross who wanted to find information on Bruce Banner. An Agent informed Director Fury about the breach and he decided to have a word with the General.[35]

Day Seven[]
"I don't like it any more than you do, Sir... but we are outmatched. The sooner we accept it the sooner we can fix it... Or the sooner we can stop wasting our time pretending that we can make a difference."
Natasha Romanoff to Nick Fury[src]

At the Andrews Air Force base in Maryland Nick Fury confronted General Thaddeus Ross, as the Strategic Operations Command Center was preparing to depart in search for Hulk. As Fury warned Ross that his Super Soldier is dangerous and that Emil Blonsky should be removed from the field immediately, Ross replied that he doesn't take orders from him, and then boarded the helicopter and departed. Fury then called his agents and ordered them to find Banner's location and send that information to Agent Natasha Romanoff so she could bring in Banner before Ross could capture him.

When Agent Romanoff arrived to Grayburn College it was too late. Banner was already captured by Ross' soldiers and they were taking him away in a helicopter. Romanoff informed Fury about the development of the situation and he ordered her to make sure that Banner did not leave anything for Dr. Samuel Sterns, who he had recently been with, to work on. As she headed up the front steps, she witnessed Blonsky, now transformed into the giant-sized Abomination, emerge from the building. She was buried in rubble, but still managed to make her way upstairs. She stumbled upon Dr. Sterns, whose head and brain seemed to be mutated.

After a brief dialogue with him, during which Sterns identified Romanoff's birthplace from a hint of accent in her voice, she shot him in the leg. Romanoff called in a S.H.I.E.L.D. cleanup team, and signaled her location on the roof with flares. She saw the chaos of Abomination and Hulk's battle in the distance.

Back at S.H.I.E.L.D. Headquarters, Romanoff confronted Fury, stating that all of the events going on were too much to handle. Fury then called the World Security Council and asked them to increase funding for the agency, expand jurisdiction for his agents, and augment his strategic authority. When they asked what was done about reigniting the Tesseract, he told them about the events of the past week, including how his agents saved Tony Stark's life who then made the new element, formed an alliance with Thor and captured the Destroyer, and saved New York City from being destroyed by General Ross' maniacal enhanced soldier. The Councilmen then replied he would have everything he requires by the end of the month.[35]

New Actions[]

The Abomination Problem[]
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Phil Coulson meeting with Jasper Sitwell

"I got it - we send a patsy to sabotage the debriefing."
"A patsy?"
"Yes. Someone to screw it up. Someone so inept General Ross will refuse to release Blonsky."
Jasper Sitwell and Phil Coulson[src]

When the World Security Council ordered S.H.I.E.L.D. to recruit Emil Blonsky, the Abomination, for the Avengers Initiative, Phil Coulson met with Agent Jasper Sitwell in a café to discuss that order. The Council considered Blonsky a war hero, and that he destroyed half of Harlem just because he was attacked by the Hulk. Now S.H.I.E.L.D. had to convince General Thaddeus Ross to free Blonsky.

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Tony Stark is sent in as the Consultant

Both Coulson and Sitwell agreed that releasing Blonsky from the Army's custody would be foolish, and they decided to send a consultant to talk to Ross and convince him not to free Blonsky, someone so irritating and annoying that Ross would simply refuse to free Blonsky. Unwillingly, Coulson decided to send Tony Stark. Later, Coulson and Sitwell met at the same café. Their plan worked as they expected because Stark's annoying behavior made Ross so angry that he refused to free Blonsky.[41]

Discovery of Captain America[]
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Captain America is found by S.H.I.E.L.D.

"My God. Base, give me a line to the Colonel."
"It's 3 AM, sir."
"I don't care what time it is. This one's waited long enough."
―A lieutenant calling a S.H.I.E.L.D. base after finding Steve's body[src]

Nearly 70 years after Steve Rogers' crash landing, a S.H.I.E.L.D. team discovered the remains of the Valkyrie on Greenland. Rogers' body was inside, perfectly preserved in ice. Nick Fury was immediately called, and he informed Phil Coulson about the discovery. They both watched the recovery of the body,[35] which was defrosted and then shipped to S.H.I.E.L.D. Headquarters in New York City. Rogers was kept in a simulated 1942 environment to try and ease him into what was happening.

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Nick Fury greets an awake Steve Rogers

When Rogers awoke, he quickly realized it was not real and escaped into the streets of a modern New York City. In Times Square, Rogers encountered Nick Fury, who told him that he had been "asleep" for nearly seventy years. Rogers then realized that many of his old friends were very likely dead, including his love interest, Peggy Carter.[5]

Return of the Ten Rings[]
"S.H.I.E.L.D. has found us. Wipe them out."
Richard Frampton[src]

Agent Natasha Romanoff was sent to Moscow, Russia to find the missing Stark Industries technology. In one of the nightclubs she attempted to interrogate the illegal arms dealer Mikhail Fjodorov but he was killed by an assassin and Romanoff was forced to escape. At her hotel she was attacked by a team of masked mercenaries, but she defeated them and contacted Sofia, the mysterious woman from the nightclub who challenged her to a duel. Natasha agreed to meet with Sofia and broke all her contacts with S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Phil Coulson then sent two agents to search for Sofia.

A few days later, the two agents were killed by Sofia in a sport hall in Sochi. Agent Romanoff was almost killed but she was saved at the last moment by Coulson, who was following a pair of goons working for the arms dealer General Starodoub. Later, Agent Romanoff managed to infiltrate the yacht belonging to Yuri Klementiev, one of General Starodoub's business partners, where she encountered Sofia again, which cost them the life of agent Gennady Markov.

After discovering that Sofia's employer was the billionaire Richard Frampton, Coulson sent Agent Romanoff to infiltrate his headquarters in Vladivostok, where she discovered that Frampton works for the Ten Rings terrorist organization. She also discovered that he has made a Jericho missile, planning to launch it near the border between Russia and North Korea, where its explosion would greatly destabilize world peace. Romanoff managed to infiltrate the launching area and destroyed the missile. Both Frampton and Sofia were killed in the explosion. A S.H.I.E.L.D. team led by Coulson and Director Fury later came to clean the area.[42]

Chitauri Invasion[]

Destruction of Project P.E.G.A.S.U.S.[]
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Nick Fury is informed of the Tesseract's status

"Coulson, get back to base. This is a Level 7. As of right now, we are at war."
Nick Fury to Phil Coulson[src]

When Loki stole the Tesseract from the Joint Dark Energy Mission Facility and escaped along with several enslaved S.H.I.E.L.D. personnel, Director Nick Fury reactivated the Avengers Initiative to counter the threat. Agent Natasha Romanoff was sent to bring in Dr. Bruce Banner, Agent Phil Coulson was sent to retrieve Tony Stark, and Fury himself approached Steve Rogers, all in the hope that together these individuals might combine their respective talents to help with the problem of Loki and the missing Tesseract.[8]

Assembling the Avengers[]
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Director Nick Fury with some of the Avengers

"We're running the world's greatest covert security network and you're gonna leave the fate of human race to a handful of freaks."
"I'm not leaving anything to anyone. We need a response team. These people may be isolated, unbalanced even, but I believe with the right push they can be exactly what we need."
Gideon Malick and Nick Fury[src]

S.H.I.E.L.D. assisted Rogers in his capture of Loki, and then provided a prison on the Helicarrier once Loki had been apprehended. It transpired that Loki had intended to be captured; however, a ruse to sow the seeds of discord throughout the ranks of the forces assembled against him. His mind-controlled agents later attacked the Helicarrier to free him, heavily damaging it in the process. The attack became a bitter defeat for S.H.I.E.L.D, although Fury turned one of its defining losses into the motivational push that Stark and Rogers needed. In short order the remaining heroes set off in pursuit of Loki, and began referring to themselves as the Avengers.[8]

Battle of New York[]

Nick Fury and Maria Hill during the battle

"Director, you're closer than any of our subs, you scramble that jet..."
"That is the island of Manhattan, Councilman. Until I'm certain my team can't hold it, I will not order a nuclear strike against a civilian population."
Gideon Malick and Nick Fury[src]

During the Chitauri invasion in New York City, the World Security Council ordered the deployment of nuclear missile to the city in the hope of stopping the invasion. Nick Fury was able to stop a jet carrying a nuke from taking off, but was unable to prevent another. With Fury's help, Iron Man was able to prevent the other missile from detonating over New York City. After the battle, Director Fury gave his report to the World Security Council. Though some of the members were displeased with his actions, he told them that now every world knows about the Avengers.[8]

Post-War Actions[]

Resurrection of Phil Coulson[]
"After New York, you weren't dead for 8 seconds or 40 seconds or whatever they put in your file. You were dead for days."
"That's impossible."
"It should be, but Director Fury moved heaven and Earth. He had a team of scientists working around the clock using procedures that no good doctor would ever allow."
J. Streiten and Phil Coulson[src]

Days after the death of Phil Coulson at the hands of Loki, Nick Fury ordered extreme measures be taken to save him. He was taken to a former World War II bunker called the Guest House. S.H.I.E.L.D. medical staff used a experimental drug to repair the wounded organs at a cellular level.[43]

After at least seven operations, Fury's doctors were actually able to bring Coulson back to life days after he had been killed. The process was extremely, inhumanly agonizing for Coulson, who begged the doctors to let him die.


Phil Coulson during the resurrection operation

During the process, they altered some of his memories with a robotic-assisted neural micro-surgery, to make him believe that he was revived in Tahiti, in order to cope with the pain he felt and to make him less suicidal, as he wanted to die due to the intense agony he was experiencing. S.H.I.E.L.D. Doctor J. Streiten maintained that the methods used to restore Coulson to life were unethical and felt that they should have let him die.[44] The details of his revival are only available for agents with Clearance Level 10 or above.

Dr. J. Streiten was reluctant to release him back into active duty given the horrific nature of his recovery and was astonished to realize that Coulson was unaware of the truth of his survival. Agent Maria Hill told Streiten that Coulson could never know the truth.[45]

Item 47[]
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Jasper Sitwell with "Item 47"

"Agent Blake, I'd like you to meet Claire Weiss and Benjamin Pollack. Benjamin here is the latest addition to the S.H.I.E.L.D R&D think tech. He's gonna help us reverse engineer some of the alien tech."
Jasper Sitwell to Felix Blake[src]

When two bank robbers, Claire Weiss and Benjamin Pollack, come into possession of a Chitauri weapon, Felix Blake sent Jasper Sitwell to kill them and retrieve the weapon. Sitwell tracked them to a motel and stayed in the room next to theirs. He disturbed them with loud music and Benny went to investigate. Sitwell attacked Benny, who warned Claire of the ambush. Claire then attacked Sitwell with the Chitauri weapon. During the struggle, the gun destroyed most of the room, but was broken in the process.

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Agent Benjamin Pollack and Agent Claire Weiss

Sitwell then tied up Benny and Claire, but decided not to kill them when he discovered that the gun was working because Benny, who was a scientist, had repaired it. Seeing a great potential in the couple, Sitwell recruited Benny and Claire in S.H.I.E.L.D. as special agents, much to Blake's disappointment.[46] This event raised awareness that Chitauri weaponry could end up in the black market, as noted by Phil Coulson in a file sent to Nick Fury.[47]

Nick Fury's Secret Bases[]
"Secret base, huh? Sounds just like Fury."
John Garrett[src]

After the Battle of New York, now always on the alert, Nick Fury set up several secret bases around the globe, manned only by the most loyal S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, the Koenig brothers. One of the brothers, Eric Koenig, referred to his base as "Providence".[48] Another named Billy was stationed at the Playground.[49]

Project Insight[]
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Helicarriers being built under the Triskelion

"This is Project Insight. Three next generation Helicarriers linked to a network of targeting satellites."
"Launched from the Lemurian Star."
"Once we get them in the air they never need to come down."
Nick Fury to Captain America[src]

After the Avengers' victory and departure, S.H.I.E.L.D. was given more resources than they ever had before in order to make sure that if a threat similar to the Chitauri attacks Earth, they would be prepared. With more funds to invest in homeland security, the leaders of S.H.I.E.L.D. started "Project Insight", a security network formed by three heavily armed Helicarriers to protect the United States of America. In S.H.I.E.L.D.'s plans, the Helicarriers would proactively strike out against potential threats before they actually happened. However, HYDRA's undercover operatives in S.H.I.E.L.D. intended to use the Helicarriers to exterminate any person that would pose a threat to HYDRA's plans of world domination. Soon, the crews of all three Helicarriers were composed entirely of HYDRA's undercover agents.[6]

Coulson's Team[]


Coulson's Team

"I assembled this team!"
Melinda May to Phil Coulson[src]

A year after the Battle of New York, Melinda May assembled a team of agents to keep an eye on Phil Coulson's recovery for Nick Fury. Coulson, however, believed he had set up the small, highly trained team of agents to tackle the cases that have not been classified yet. The team originally consisted of Coulson, May, Grant Ward, Leo Fitz and Jemma Simmons.[50] They later recruited Skye to the team as a consultant and took part in missions in Los Angeles[45] and Peru.[25]

The Asset[]

Ian Quinn with Skye

"We could've worked with you on this."
"S.H.I.E.L.D.? S.H.I.E.L.D. is just as guilty of the same thing! Experimentation without thought of consequence! Your search for an unlimited power source - brought an alien invasion."
Phil Coulson and Franklin Hall[src]

In 2013, S.H.I.E.L.D. searched for one of its assets, Dr. Franklin Hall, who was kidnapped by his former research partner and CEO of Quinn Worldwide named Ian Quinn. His soldiers used a gravity device on the S.H.I.E.L.D. convoy that was transporting him. Quinn wanted to use Hall to take control of the planet's gravity by building a giant Gravitonium generator. Phil Coulson and his team headed to Malta and Skye volunteered to infiltrate Quinn's mansion during his party so that Coulson and Ward could rescue Hall. Skye tricked Quinn into believing she is betraying S.H.I.E.L.D. for Rising Tide to get his guard down.


Phil Coulson fails to rescue Franklin Hall

However, Coulson discovered that Hall perpetrated his own escape and wanted to destroy the massive device as believed he is in the right. Coulson warned him that doing so would end up killing millions. There is a violent disagreement which lead to Coulson being forced to leave Hall to die as he fell into the middle of the generator. Coulson ordered that the Gravitonium be placed under high security and off the books in the Fridge.[51]

Centipede Project[]
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Coulson's Team discussing Centipede

"We didn't cut off the head of the Centipede. Whoever sponsored that little experiment is still out there, among other things."
Phil Coulson to Skye[src]

The Centipede Project first came to the attention of Coulson's Team in Los Angeles but the rest of S.H.I.E.L.D. learnt about them when Index-registered pyrokinetic Chan Ho Yin was kidnapped from his Hong Kong apartment by a woman named Raina, who worked for the Centipede Project. Chan was brought to a nearby lab where Debbie managed to harvest the fire-resistant platelets in Chan's blood. The platelets allowed the Extremis element of the Centipede Serum to be stabilized without the explosive after-effects. Having gotten what they needed from him, Debbie ordered Chan be drained, killing him.

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S.H.I.E.L.D. attempt to stop Scorch

But before that could happen, Chan was released by a S.H.I.E.L.D. extraction team led by Phil Coulson and Agent Quan Chen. Unfortunately, Chan (Now going by the name "Scorch"), was tired of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s interference in his life, and killed Quan. Chan then confronted Debbie and Raina. Raina abandoned Debbie, leaving her to be incinerated by Chan. Raina escaped, but the lab was destroyed when Chan detonated from an Extremis overdose. Before the destruction of the lab, S.H.I.E.L.D. consultant Skye managed to extract a few files from the building's mainframe, enough to give S.H.I.E.L.D some new leads on their activities.[52]

Battle of Greenwich[]
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S.H.I.E.L.D. clean up the Battle of Greenwich

"What are you doing?"
"Out of sight, out of mind. That's why we're here. Keep everything under control."
Leo Fitz and Grant Ward[src]

S.H.I.E.L.D. was not present during the Battle of Greenwich[53] but arrived for cleanup after the event. The pieces of Dark Elves technology left behind after the battle were collected by S.H.I.E.L.D., and the damage was cleaned up.[39]

Kidnapping of Phil Coulson[]

Michael Peterson working for S.H.I.E.L.D.

"S.H.I.E.L.D.'s gonna find me before you break me."
Phil Coulson to Raina[src]

Edison Po was broken out of Havenworth Federal Penitentiary by a squadron of Centipede Soldiers. They took him to the new Centipede lab in Oakland, California, where Raina updated him on the project's status. Po determined that S.H.I.E.L.D. presented a threat that needed to be taken care of. He set a trap for S.H.I.E.L.D. with three Centipede soldiers lying in wait.

However, S.H.I.E.L.D. had recruited the Centipede Serum-powered Michael Peterson. Peterson's presence turned the tide against the Centipede soldiers, but it also gave Po and Raina the inspiration for a plan of action.

Raina kidnapped Michael's son Ace and threatened to have him killed if Peterson didn't obey her instructions. Believing that Centipede wanted to exchange Peterson for his son, Phil Coulson accompanied Peterson to the exchange site in Long Beach, California. Seeing no other way to save his son, Peterson betrayed Coulson to Raina. After seeing to his son's safety, Peterson tried to make up for his actions by returning to rescue Coulson, but he was seemingly killed in an explosion.


Phil Coulson is kidnapped by Raina

Raina escaped the scene with Coulson by way of helicopter. Upon leaving the scene, Raina explained to Coulson that their true interest was in the nature of Coulson's mysterious revival after his "death" before the Battle of New York, as this is seemingly the key to "Stage Three" of the Group's plans.[54] S.H.I.E.L.D. left no stone unturned in their search for Coulson. A sting operation performed by Coulson's Team under the direction of Agent Victoria Hand netted the international criminal T. Vanchat, who had had dealings with Centipede Project in the past.


Coulson's Team arrive in the Mojave Desert

Between the intel gained from Vanchat, as well as an independent study of Vanchat's finances by S.H.I.E.L.D. consultant Skye, S.H.I.E.L.D. determined the locations of several Centipede operations around the globe, as well as Coulson's location in the Mojave Desert. S.H.I.E.L.D. teams struck simultaneously at multiple Centipede locations across the globe, Coulson's team headed to Mojave to rescue Coulson. After subduing a cadre of Centipede-powered soldiers, Coulson was located and Raina taken into custody. [44]

The Phantom Terrorist[]
"I've compiled a Mandarin database for you, sir, drawn from S.H.I.E.L.D., FBI, and CIA intercepts."
J.A.R.V.I.S. to Tony Stark[src]

In late 2013, a series of bombings occurred around the world, some of them in the American military bases. A man calling himself the Mandarin began appearing in video broadcasts, claiming responsibility for those terrorist attacks. S.H.I.E.L.D. began collecting Intel on the bombings, and the collected information were later used by Tony Stark in his fight against Aldrich Killian and the Advanced Idea Mechanics.[55] Around the same time, S.H.I.E.L.D. made a file on every Iron Man Armor Stark had built.[47]

The Guest House[]
Dead skye

Skye in a Hyperbaric Chamber

"This is S.H.I.E.L.D.. There are always secrets."
"That's my fear, sir. Your file is filled with secrets experimental drugs; unknown surgical procedures we've never even heard of."
Phil Coulson and Jemma Simmons[src]

After the events of Phil Coulson's kidnapping, S.H.I.E.L.D. became interested in finding the Clairvoyant. Coulson's Team boarded a train in Italy on which a Cybertek security group were shipping a package to Ian Quinn. Skye and Leo Fitz tracked the Cybertek package to Quinn's mansion, where, in the basement, Skye was confronted by Quinn, who revealed that Michael Peterson was alive, having been kept in a Hyperbaric Chamber. The Cybertek package contained a high-tech prosthetic leg which Quinn then fitted onto Peterson's amputated right leg. Quinn then shot Skye twice in the stomach and left her for dead while Peterson escapes. S.H.I.E.L.D. then raided the mansion and Quinn was arrested. Skye; however, was left near death and was temporarily sustained by being placed into Peterson's hyperbaric chamber.[56]

Garrett's Team

John Garrett and Antoine Triplett on the Bus

Skye was rushed to a S.H.I.E.L.D. Trauma Zentrum to save her life. The doctors were only able to stabilize her, which forced Coulson to bring her to the S.H.I.E.L.D. location where he was revived. Agents John Garrett and Antoine Triplett boarded the Bus in order to claim Ian Quinn but instead helped Coulson's team in recovering the drug that revived him from the "Guest House", which was a former top-secret storage facility at a classified location that was previously affiliated with S.H.I.E.L.D.

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Phil Coulson finds a Blue Skinned Alien

Coulson, Grant Ward, Garrett and Fitz entered and found the place rigged with explosives after they took out the only two guards. Fitz was able to find the drug, while Coulson found a room marked T.A.H.I.T.I. Fitz got back to the Bus to deliver the drug while Coulson explored the room. Inside, Coulson found more of the drug as well as discovering that the drug is coming from the upper half of a blue-skinned humanoid corpse. The team was able to get out before the facility exploded, but Coulson raced to prevent Fitz giving Skye the drug, based on what he has seen in the T.A.H.I.T.I. room. Fitz managed to give the drug to Skye quickly enough to save her.[43]

Hunt for Lorelei[]

S.H.I.E.L.D. works with Lady Sif

"You are of S.H.I.E.L.D.?"
"I am Lady Sif, of Asgard. Your world is in grave danger."
Sif and Grant Ward[src]

Coulson's team was ordered to investigate an energy reading in the desert consistent with the imminent arrival of an Asgardian. They encountered Lady Sif, who had come to Earth seeking Lorelei, an Asgardian criminal who had traveled to Earth seeking to enslave humanity.


Lady Sif alongside Melinda May

Phil Coulson's team and Sif traveled to a biker bar Lorelei was using as a hideout, but after a short battle, Lorelei enthralled Agent Grant Ward and escaped with him. The pair traveled to Las Vegas, where Lorelei learned much of Earth's governments from Ward and used this information to formulate a planetary takeover. However, Ward informed Lorelei of the threat posed by his team, and together, the two infiltrated the Bus in an attempt to kill them. Lorelei enthralled Leo Fitz, who in turn isolated the rest of the team while Ward took control of the plane. However, Lorelei's plans were ruined before they could even begin, as she underestimated the threat posed by Melinda May, who distracted Ward from Sif as Lorelei dueled her. Sif bested Lorelei in combat, silencing her with the collar. The enthralled were freed from Lorelei's control immediately. Sif took Lorelei back to Asgard, where she returned to imprisonment.[57]

Search for the Clairvoyant[]
End of the Beginning

Victoria Hand, Felix Blake and Jasper Sitwell

"Think about it. The Clairvoyant only knew you'd be at Quinn's villa..."
"After I dropped a tracker. And the only thing he's had trouble seeing is what happened to you after you died."
"Because Director Fury wouldn't release that file to anyone."
"The Clairvoyant doesn't have abilities. He has security clearance. He's an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D."
Phil Coulson and Skye[src]

After Agents John Garrett and Antoine Triplett were attacked in a S.H.I.E.L.D. safehouse by former S.H.I.E.L.D. Trainee Michael Peterson (now going by the name Deathlok), Phil Coulson invited them, Victoria Hand, Felix Blake and Jasper Sitwell to the Bus to hunt for the Clairvoyant. The agents were split into teams so that they could pursue leads on different Clairvoyant candidates. Before Sitwell could take part in the mission, he was ordered by Director Nick Fury to go to the Lemurian Star.


Felix Blake is attacked by Deathlok

Felix Blake and Melinda May were sent to a Tranquility Bridge nursing home to search for Thomas Nash who was a catatonic man who claimed to be a psychic. The pair, however, encountered Deathlok and Blake was critically injured by him. Before Deathlok escaped, Blake managed to tag him with Tag Rounds. S.H.I.E.L.D. concluded that Nash is the Clairvoyant because of Deathlok's presence along with the falsifying of his nursing home records. A S.H.I.E.L.D. team converged on Deathlok's next location which was an abandoned horse racing track. Meanwhile, Triplett and Jemma Simmons stayed behind at the Hub with Hand.


Grant Ward kills Thomas Nash

The team encountered Deathlok again, but he fled into the sewers soon after being engaged. The team, however, discovered a hidden room where Thomas Nash who was a vegetative man on life support who had to speak through a computer, was hiding. Nash surrendered and boasted that as the Clairvoyant, he would always be watching them. When he said that Centipede Project will kill Skye, Ward shot him in the chest, killing him. Ward was detained for his actions and accused by Coulson for working with the Clairvoyant by shooting Nash to misdirect away from the Clairvoyant's true identity.[58]

The HYDRA Conspiracy[]

The Lemurian Star[]

Captain America, Black Widow and STRIKE

"Target is a mobile satellite launch platform, the Lemurian Star. Setting up their last payload when pirates took 'em, 93 minutes ago."
Brock Rumlow[src]

After the arrival of Jasper Sitwell to the S.H.I.E.L.D. ship Lemurian Star, a group of pirates led by Georges Batroc attacked the ship. Captain America, Black Widow and STRIKE were sent to the mobile satellite launch platform to retake command and free its hostages, when it was setting up its last payload in the Indian Ocean. The team successfully infiltrated the ship and rescued the hostages; however, unbeknownst to Captain America, Black Widow was sent to get valuable data about S.H.I.E.L.D. for Director Nick Fury. Batroc escaped but was later captured in Algiers, Algeria and interrogated by another S.H.I.E.L.D. team.[6]

Attack on Nick Fury[]
Fury beaten

Nick Fury attacked by the Winter Soldier

"Nick Fury was murdered in cold blood. To any reasonable person, that would make him a martyr, not a traitor."
"You know what makes him a traitor? Hiring a mercenary to hijack his own ship."
Alexander Pierce and Douglas Rockwell[src]

After receiving the files from the Lemurian Star, Nick Fury discovered that the data was unable to be accessed. Fury reported this to Alexander Pierce, who had just been speaking with the World Security Council about whether or not to let Fury continue to run S.H.I.E.L.D. Afterwards, while driving through Washington, D.C., Nick Fury was attacked by mercenaries disguised as the police. After getting the systems back online on his SUV he managed to escape but was then stopped by a surprise attack from the Winter Soldier. Although his car was totaled and he was badly injured he managed to escape using the Mouse Hole device and hid in Steve Rogers' apartment.

Tetrodotoxine B

Nick Fury fakes his death

When Rogers arrived at his apartment he found Nick Fury sitting on his couch. He told Rogers that S.H.I.E.L.D. is compromised and not to trust anyone. Fury gave Rogers the USB with the data and was then shot suddenly three times in the chest from a nearby rooftop. Rogers gave chase to the gunman but eventually lost him. Fury was taken to hospital but after some time he was pronounced dead. Maria Hill took care of the body.[6]

The Big Revelation[]

S.H.I.E.L.D. receiving the encrypted message

"S.H.I.E.L.D. is not what we thought it was. It's been taken over by HYDRA."
Captain America[src]

After Captain America and Black Widow found Arnim Zola's consciousness in a S.H.I.E.L.D. facility now in a computer body, the digital Zola revealed that HYDRA grew inside S.H.I.E.L.D. with the intention of creating the fascist new world order. When the short-range missile launched by S.H.I.E.L.D. destroyed the base, the STRIKE team came to find their bodies, but the two fugitives were already gone.


Jasper Sitwell reveals HYDRA's plans

Joining forces with Sam Wilson, Cap and Natasha kidnapped the HYDRA mole Jasper Sitwell and forced him to reveal HYDRA's plans. Sitwell revealed that HYDRA intended to use the Project Insight Helicarriers to kill 20 million people who would pose a threat to HYDRA. However, the trio was attacked by the HYDRA assassin known as the Winter Soldier, and later captured by the STRIKE team. Thanks to Maria Hill, Rogers, Romanoff, and Wilson were saved and taken to a secret base where Nick Fury was recovering from his wounds.[6]

Battle at the Triskelion[]
Helicarrier under attack TWS

The Insight Helicarriers fire at each other

"If you launch those Helicarriers today, HYDRA will be able to kill anyone that stands in their way... unless we stop them. I know I'm asking a lot, but the price of freedom is high; it always has been. And it's a price I'm willing to pay. And if I'm the only one, then so be it. But I'm willing to bet I'm not."
Captain America[src]

Though Fury objected to Rogers' plan to take down S.H.I.E.L.D. to expose HYDRA's existence to the world, all others agreed, because HYDRA's infiltration was too deep. After infiltrating the Triskelion, they posted all of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s classified files on the internet, exposing the truth. They succeeded in preventing three Helicarriers from killing innocents by having them target each other.[6]

HYDRA signal

HYDRA reveals itself within S.H.I.E.L.D.

During all this, an encrypted message was sent out saying "OUT OF THE SHADOWS AND INTO THE LIGHT" and the word "HYDRA". This was a trigger message to all HYDRA sleeper agents that the time for hiding themselves was over. In the ensuing internal conflict, HYDRA attempted to pre-emptively take over several S.H.I.E.L.D. installations, including the Hub, the Treehouse and S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy. They were successful in some of these locations, but were denied the Hub by the actions of Victoria Hand and Coulson's Team who swiftly identified most of the traitors.[50]

Last stand

S.H.I.E.L.D. take back the Iliad from HYDRA

The crew of the aircraft carrier Iliad managed to defeat the HYDRA infiltrators, but suffered heavy casualties.[59] Subsequent to this, S.H.I.E.L.D. was in disarray - Fury was believed dead, Pierce and Sitwell dead and disowned, Hill abandoned the organization, Garrett was arrested, Blake was in the hospital and as far as any in the Hub could tell, Hand and Coulson were the highest-ranking agents left. However, the situation worsened further when Agent Grant Ward killed Hand and released Garrett.[50]

War for Survival[]

Save What You Can[]

Phil Coulson and Skye at the Hub base

"Today, world leaders are scrambling for answers after the world's most advanced spy agency was crippled by a series of attacks. The president contends this is the biggest intelligence leak in world history. But what's even more disturbing, the documents released from S.H.I.E.L.D. show clear evidence of human experimentation, stockpiles of WMD, all concealed by a massive cover up."
WHiH World News Reporter[src]

After this first insurrection, only four S.H.I.E.L.D. installations were confirmed to have resisted HYDRA (the Triskelion, the Hub, the Fridge, the Cube), and the Treehouse and another unnamed base in East Africa were confirmed to have been taken over by HYDRA.[48] The aircraft carrier Iliad was controlled by S.H.I.E.L.D. agents led by Robert Gonzales, but they had no contact with the rest of S.H.I.E.L.D.[59]

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S.H.I.E.L.D. is declared a terrorist organization

One of the bases that had resisted the initial insurrection did not last long as Grant Ward and John Garrett raided the Fridge, acquiring various weapons that the Slingshot supposedly had fired into the Sun (in reality, each item had been kept and catalogued) and freed the prisoners held there. The U.S. government declared S.H.I.E.L.D. a terrorist organization and sent Colonel Glenn Talbot to take the agents at the Hub into custody. Phil Coulson, the ranking agent on-site, decided to order the base's evacuation before Talbot's forces could arrive and went on the run. After taking his team on the Bus and erasing their identities, Coulson received a signal from Nick Fury (who he thought was dead) which led him to the top-secret Providence Base.[48]


Agent Phil Coulson meets agent Eric Koenig

"We have no jurisdiction now that S.H.I.E.L.D.'s been labeled a terrorist organization."
Jemma Simmons to Leo Fitz[src]

Although the Black Widow testified at a committee hearing on the events at the Triskelion and insisted S.H.I.E.L.D. had done its best, the U.S. government declared S.H.I.E.L.D. a terrorist organization and many former agents were now to be considered fugitives.[6] Phil Coulson's team evaded capture and erased their identities.[48] Maria Hill took a job at Stark Industries where she would have protection through Tony Stark's network of top lawyers.[60]


Coulson's Team find the Providence empty

Once inside the Providence, Coulson's team could take some rest, but not for long. The Fridge facility was attacked by HYDRA with devastating results. The most dangerous items and weapons S.H.I.E.L.D. has ever recovered were now controlled by HYDRA and all the inmates were liberated.[48] Pretending that he was still a loyal S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, Grant Ward came to the Providence base, staying there with Eric Koenig and Skye while the rest of Coulson's Team went to Portland to hunt Marcus Daniels, one of the escaped inmates from the Fridge. When they left, Ward killed Koenig and flew off on the Bus with Skye. When Coulson and his agents returned, the base was empty.[60]

Hunt for the Centipede[]

Maria Hill talks with Phil Coulson

"We're not bringing the band back together again, Coulson. It's over. There is no S.H.I.E.L.D. anymore."
"Well, not officially."
"Look, I get it, okay? You have to take Ward and Garrett down. But don't act like it's some officially sanctioned mission. It's a personal vendetta, and when it's done, you should walk."
Maria Hill and Phil Coulson[src]

Meanwhile, the United States Air Force contacted Maria Hill, the former deputy director of S.H.I.E.L.D., and convinced her to lead them to the Providence base. Led by Glenn Talbot, a team of soldiers broke into the facility. As Talbot was interrogating his agents, Coulson spoke with Hill about Ward's betrayal, convincing her to help him escape from Talbot's custody. The S.H.I.E.L.D. agents attacked Talbot and his men, overpowered them, boarded the S.H.I.E.L.D. Jump Jet, and escaped.

Agents of SHIELD - Episode 1

Phil Coulson and Melinda May

Later, in Los Angeles, the team confronted Ward and saved Skye, though Ward managed to escape with the Bus. Later, at the hotel, Maria Hill tried to talk Coulson out of continuing his hunt for the Centipede Group, as S.H.I.E.L.D. was, in her opinion, no longer existing, but Coulson still decided to continue his mission.[60] A few days later, Coulson's team infiltrated a Cybertek facility, stealing a file on Project Deathlok. In Havana, Cuba, Leo Fitz and Jemma Simmons were captured by Ward and Garrett, while the rest of the team was ambushed at the Barbershop Headquarters. The ambush was unsuccessful, but Fitz and Simmons, trapped in a locked room on the Bus, were ejected into the ocean.[18]

The Final Victory[]

Phil Coulson and Nick Fury fight John Garrett

"It'll be just the four of us. We'll be outmanned and outgunned. But Fury always said... a man can accomplish anything when he realizes he's a part of something bigger. A team of people who share that conviction can change the world. So, what do you say? You ready to change the world?"
"No. But I'm ready to kick some ass."
"That works, too."
Phil Coulson and Melinda May[src]

Using a tracker, Leo Fitz and Jemma Simmons were able to plant on the Bus, Coulson and his remaining teammates attacked the Cybertek Manufacturing Facility in New Mexico. Meanwhile, Simmons and Fitz were saved by Nick Fury who took them both to the Playground, one of his secret bases. Later, Fury joined Coulson and helped him defeat John Garrett and his Centipede Soldiers. After the battle, Fury appointed Coulson as the new Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. and gave him the Toolbox so he could rebuild the organization. Coulson and his team then went to the Playground base, where they were reunited with Simmons and met Agent Billy Koenig.[49]

Robert Gonzales' S.H.I.E.L.D.[]

Robert Gonzales' S.H.I.E.L.D. faction

"For a while there, it all went to hell. It was bad. But now Bobbi and I work for an organization, an outlier that came out of the wreckage from what Fury left."
Alphonso Mackenzie[src]

In the meantime, Agent Robert Gonzales managed to assemble some S.H.I.E.L.D. agents and scientists, the survivors of the battles on the Iliad and the S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy, including Bobbi Morse, Alphonso Mackenzie, Isabelle Hartley, Tomas Calderon, and Anne Weaver. Using the aircraft carrier Iliad as his mobile headquarters, he successfully reorganized these remnants and became the leader of the group, not knowing about Fury's survival. Once he found out about Phil Coulson's faction, and not knowing about Coulson's appointment and mission, Gonzales decided not to accept Coulson's authority, and instead sent Agents Morse, Hartley, and Mackenzie to infiltrate Coulson's organization[61] and gather intel. Once they found out about the Toolbox, Gonzales started believing that he could use it to find the objects and people of terrifying power hidden across the world by Nick Fury, so he ordered his agents to retrieve it.[62][59]

Phil Coulson's Directorship[]


Starting From Scratch[]

S.H.I.E.L.D.'s allies outnumbered by HYDRA's

"What is it?"
"Toolbox. To help you build it back up."
"You want me to start over, rebuild S.H.I.E.L.D."
"From scratch. Take your time, and do it right."
Phil Coulson and Nick Fury[src]

Now possessing merely a shadow of its former strength, S.H.I.E.L.D. had to confront threats posed by HYDRA from the organization's new headquarters at the Playground base. Phil Coulson became a busy man with S.H.I.E.L.D.; between the traitors, those who chose not to return, and those who chose private security, Coulson found it hard to recruit members.


S.H.I.E.L.D. recruits new members

He chose three mercenaries, Idaho, Lance Hunter, and former agent Isabelle Hartley, to join his team on missions, and a mechanic named Alphonso Mackenzie to assist Billy Koenig in the Playground. The brain damage of Leo Fitz was severe, Jemma Simmons was not with them, and Grant Ward was suicidal and in isolation, refusing to speak to anyone but Skye.[63] Simmons was ordered by Coulson to infiltrate HYDRA's science division acting as his source within HYDRA.[64] Coulson also had Bobbi Morse infiltrate HYDRA in its security division and to keep an eye on Simmons.[65] The first team mission had May, Triplett, and Skye act as back-up for the mercenaries while they attempted to purchase information on an 0-8-4 that a former agent once guarded. The negotiation failed when the Absorbing Man killed the agent and took the file.[63]

New Battles[]
Episode 2

Phil Coulson and his agents at the Playground

"If we went down today, we'd probably be down for good. But now we have a chance to survive. We have soldiers willing to sacrifice, but they need weapons. The enemy has the advantage. We need one of our own. Disappear. Become ghosts. That's how we have to live now, in the shadows, to save people even when they don't know it, don't want it."
Phil Coulson to Alphonso Mackenzie[src]

After Coulson confronted Glenn Talbot, he sent the six on a two-pronged mission: obtaining the Obelisk and a Quinjet. The Absorbing Man attacked and killed Hartley and Idaho to get the Obelisk for HYDRA, while Coulson's team escaped in a cloaked Quinjet.[63] Despite this loss the team was able to capture and secure Carl Creel, thanks to assistance of Fitz and Mackenzie, dropping him off in the custody Glenn Talbot. They were able to equip the Bus with the cloaking technology from the Quinjet.[66]


Jemma Simmons goes undercover in HYDRA

Coulson then tried to recruit Agent 33, but was too late before HYDRA captured her. Coulson, after receiving intel from Simmons, tried to rescue the gifted-scientist Donnie Gill from HYDRA. However, Coulson and his agents were unable to stop HYDRA from triggering Gill's brainwashing program. Hence, Skye was forced to shoot Gill off the side of the Maribel del Mar. Though they do not know if Gill survived, Coulson's team was able to confiscate HYDRA's cargo on the ship.[64]


Phil Coulson and Melinda May on a mission

Coulson then had S.H.I.E.L.D. continue to look into the alien symbols. He then learned of painting that survived a fire at a church in Miami.[67] The painting had been carved on by former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent and Project T.A.H.I.T.I. patient Lewis Seaver, who was killed in the fire by Sebastian Derik.[34] Coulson and May then infiltrated the fundraiser to get their hands on the painting; however, Coulson and May encountered General Talbot, who was actually the HYDRA agent Sunil Bakshi in disguise. Coulson and May eventually escaped with the painting.[67]

New Enemies[]

S.H.I.E.L.D. planning their next operation

"S.H.I.E.L.D.'s becoming a problem. Do we know who's in charge?"
"I'm afraid not."
Daniel Whitehall and Sunil Bakshi[src]

HYDRA later sent a team of mercenaries to attack a United Nations summit posing as S.H.I.E.L.D., killing and injuring many people with Glenn Talbot among the injured. When Senator Christian Ward planned to make a police force to capture any S.H.I.EL.D. agents, Coulson, in an attempt to keep his allies safe, made a deal with Christian.


Phil Coulson hands over Grant Ward

If the Senator called off the manhunt, Coulson would give him his brother, Grant Ward. Knowing this would save his reputation and his election campaign, Christian agreed. Later Hunter, Morse, and May told Coulson that Julien Beckers' offering of his country as a safe haven for S.H.I.E.L.D. agents was a ruse to draw them in. While Agents Morse, May, and Hunter managed to defeat the HYDRA agents, they lost six of their own in the trap.[68]

War on HYDRA[]

Search for the City[]
Coulson Brain Machine

Phil Coulson has his memories accessed

"I know in the past few months I may have seemed like I was leading you on some fool's errand. Chasing after strange carvings and artifacts. At times, I questioned it myself, wondering if I was chasing windmills, trying to solve some unsolvable puzzle. But the pieces are coming together. The puzzle's taking shape. The bad news, HYDRA's trying to solve the same puzzle, and they have more resources. The good news, we now have a piece they don't have. Everything we've been doing, it all... leads here. Our job: find it before anyone else."
Phil Coulson[src]

When Coulson saw news on the ritualistic murder of artist Janice Robbins, he recognized her as Rebecca Stevens, a Level 6 agent from the Triskelion. Coulson and Skye then investigated and figured out that she was a T.A.H.I.T.I patient due to her paintings which contained the Words of Creation. Robbins' corpse was taken to the playground where Dr. Simmons confirmed that she was a T.A.H.I.T.I. patient and was killed by a fellow T.A.H.I.T.I. patient. Knowing that they needed more information, Coulson had himself put back into the Theta Brain-Wave Frequency Machine to learn the names of the T.A.H.I.T.I. patients. Coulson then found out that there were two left from the six patients; Sebastian Derik and Hank Thompson (former agent Cameron Klein).

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Antoine Triplett and Melinda May in Boston

At the same time, Antoine Triplett and Bobbi Morse followed Grant Ward to Atlanta but they gave up after discovering that he was wired to lots of C-4. Later, in Boston, Melinda May, Triplett, Lance Hunter and Morse entered the pub owned by HYDRA, discovering Sunil Bakshi who was left there tied up by Ward. Meanwhile, Coulson went after Thompson but was subdued by Derik. However, Coulson and Thompson were then able to free themselves and stop Derik. Coulson then found out the secret of the symbols which were actually blueprints of a city. Coulson told all his agents of their new mission; find the city before HYDRA.[34]

S2E8 Coulson Skye Trip

Skye and Antoine Triplett before for a mission

While Melinda May stayed behind to be in charge of the Playground, Phil Coulson took Leo Fitz, Antoine Triplett and Skye to Hawaii. He gave each a particular mission, then had the Bus take them to Australia. At Laura Creek, there was a satellite relaying station that was easier to infiltrate than the Kaena Point Air Force Base in Oahu. The assignments Coulson gave earlier was to cause an EMP blackout at that base which would cause the one at Laura Creek to be used as back-up. Coulson wanted their satellites hacked so he could find the city that matched the Words of Creation. However, while there, the team was ambushed by HYDRA and Triplett was seriously shot.

Laura Creek Station

S.H.I.E.L.D. arrives at Laura Creek Station

An unknown man suddenly appeared and offered to save Triplett's life. Revealing himself as Skye's father, he severed one of Trip's arteries, holding Trip's life in his hands. After talking to Coulson about the city, the temple, the Diviner, and Skye, though he insisted on calling her Daisy, the man escaped so he could rejoin HYDRA. The agents then took Triplett back to the Bus, and the computers soon found the location of the city in Puerto Rico.[17]

Battle for the Kree City[]

Lance Hunter and Billy Koenig in Vancouver

"Now they need the lock, a temple inside the city."
"Any idea where this temple is?"
"Glad you asked. No. But it's in the city, and we now know where that is. Even better, HYDRA doesn't."
Skye, Jemma Simmons, and Phil Coulson[src]

With the location of the mysterious city finally known, Coulson split his agents into two groups. One group, consisting of Agents May, Skye, Hunter, and Triplett, would go to Canada to help the Koenig brothers in protecting Raina, while the other, consisting of Agents Morse, Mackenzie, Fitz, and Simmons, and which he himself would lead, would go to Puerto Rico to look for the city.


Grant Ward boards the Bus

In Vancouver, the agents had a confrontation with a group of HYDRA operatives led by Agent 33. When Raina learned from Skye that Whitehall had the Obelisk, Raina tried to surrender to HYDRA; but May prevented that from happening. Raina was then taken to the Bus, but during the flight to Puerto Rico, the plane was surrounded with four HYDRA quinjets. Grant Ward and a team of HYDRA agents then boarded the Bus, forcing May to hand over Raina and Skye. Once the plane with Ward, Raina, and Skye departed, the remaining quinjets tried to destroy the Bus, but May managed to pilot the plane to safety.


S.H.I.E.L.D. inside the Kree City

Meanwhile, Coulson and his team discovered the entrance to the alien city beneath Castillo San Cristóbal, an old fort in San Juan. When Mackenzie got down there, he was possessed by some invisible force. When he was hoisted up, he attacked his colleagues and Morse electrocuted him. He then fell back into the shaft.[13] Later, the Bus landed near San Juan, and the teammates reunited, preparing to attack the Ponce de León Theater where HYDRA's operatives were drilling a hole to the Kree City.


Bobbi Morse and Lance Hunter in the theater

The agents successfully infiltrated the theater, attacking and killing several HYDRA operatives, including their leader, Daniel Whitehall. However, when they entered the Kree City, planning to destroy it, Agent Skye entered the temple in the center of the city. Agent Triplett defused the bombs, but later died while trying to save Skye from the mysterious substance that engulfed her in a cocoon. As the temple started shaking from an earthquake, Coulson found and saved Mack, bringing him back to the surface.[69]

Cutting off the Heads[]
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Skye is put into quarantine

"We did not fail! Trip prevented a disaster, and Whitehall's dead. We cut off the head. And while HYDRA scrambles for a new one, I will crush them! I'm gonna make someone pay... whoever the hell it is."
Phil Coulson[src]

Upon the return from the Kree City, Skye was quarantined in the Playground in order to see if she harbored any ill effects from her time underground. Meanwhile, Jemma Simmons and a team of scientists stayed in San Juan to map the Kree City. They were attacked by a humanoid creature that turned out to be a transformed Raina. Simmons hit Raina several times, but she escaped.

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Phil Coulson makes a deal with Glenn Talbot

In the meantime, Coulson made a deal with General Glenn Talbot about giving him Sunil Bakshi in exchange for Talbot's assistance in taking down the remaining HYDRA forces. Unbeknownst to Bakshi, they planned to organize a fake escape to see where Bakshi would go. After the escape, Bakshi was deceived by Agent Hunter into thinking one of the HYDRA leaders was making a move to kill the others. With this Octavian Bloom ordered the other leaders killed. In the resulting chain reaction, most of the HYDRA leaders died. Bloom was then promptly shot and killed and Bakshi was recaptured by Agents Hunter and Morse.[62] Coulson later secretly sent Agent Michael Peterson to search for Doctor List, one of the few surviving heads of HYDRA.[70]

The Gifted and the Enhanced[]

S.H.I.E.L.D. and Lady Sif in Portugal

"Sir, these people are on the Index, but they are not exactly gifted."
"They were considered highly dangerous, larger part of the Index functions as more of a watch-list."
Bobbi Morse and Phil Coulson[src]

When the Asgardian warrior Lady Sif appeared in Portugal, Coulson and a few agents traveled there to find out what was she doing on Earth. To their surprise, she did not recognize them. Soon they discovered she was following a dangerous man, who turned out to be an extraterrestrial just like Sif. They found and captured him in the Portuguese city of Chaves, the same place where the HYDRA leader Daniel Whitehall discovered the Obelisk during World War II.


Melinda May attempts to protect Skye

Back in the Playground, the stranger revealed himself as a Kree called Vin-Tak. His mission was to find the Inhumans recently activated by the Terrigen Mist in the Kree City beneath San Juan. As a sign of good faith, he used his Truncheon to restore Sif's memories, and they questioned Skye about what happened in the temple. When the base started shaking they realized Raina wasn't the only Inhuman activated that day.


S.H.I.E.L.D. try to stop Vin-Tak

When Sif asked Coulson to let her take Skye to Asgard, he said no and Vin-Tak attacked him. May took Skye to Vault D while Morse and Mackenzie tried to stop Vin-Tak. Mackenzie was defeated but Morse distracted Vin-Tak long enough for Leo Fitz to fire the Destroyer Armor Prototype Gun at him. When Sif entered Vault D, Skye shot herself with May's I.C.E.R. which finally convinced Sif that Skye could be handled by her own team. Later, when Lance Hunter confronted Mackenzie and demanded full disclosure about his secret mission with Morse, Mackenzie knocked him unconscious.[71] Mackenzie took Hunter to a S.H.I.E.L.D. Safe House where he left him locked and handcuffed.

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Andrew Garner is recruited to help Skye

A few days later, while Jemma Simmons was analyzing Skye's blood, Phil Coulson and Melinda May decided to place Skye on the Index. Coulson then asked May to request the help of Andrew Garner, her ex-husband. May brought Garner to the Playground and he boarded the Bus where Skye had made a residence.


Melinda May threatens Skye

Meanwhile, Coulson and Morse went to the Brynmore Psychiatric Facility. One dangerous patient, David Angar, was freed from the facility by Skye's father, Calvin Zabo, and his team of enhanced people from the Index. Coulson and Morse then followed Zabo to Manitowoc, Wisconsin. At the high school stadium, Coulson was surrounded by members of Zabo's team, when May arrived with Skye at gunpoint. Suddenly, an unknown eyeless man appeared and teleported Zabo away. Coulson and his agents then easily defeated Zabo's teammates.[61]

S.H.I.E.L.D. Civil War[]

True Loyalty[]

Robert Gonzales meets Lance Hunter

"We founded S.H.I.E.L.D. – the real S.H.I.E.L.D. – on the belief that leadership should operate with transparency and not from the shadows."
"Nick Fury simply kept too many secrets."
Robert Gonzales and Anne Weaver[src]

Mackenzie brought Hunter on board the Iliad, revealing that his loyalty lies with "the real S.H.I.E.L.D."[61] Hunter was then introduced to Robert Gonzales and the rest of the leadership of his S.H.I.E.L.D. faction. Gonzales explained to Hunter that they saw Coulson and his erratic behavior as a threat that needs to be neutralized, and tried to convince Hunter to join them.


Skye is brought to the Retreat

In the meantime, Coulson decided to pull Skye from active duty. He took her to the Retreat, Nick Fury's Safe House designed to house gifted individuals. After giving Skye special gloves made by Jemma Simmons and designed to help suppress her abilities, Coulson asked her to take some time to learn to control her powers.


Bobbi Morse suggests attacking S.H.I.E.L.D.

That night on the Iliad, though Morse tried to convince him to join them, Hunter rejected Gonzales' offer and stole an escape pod, escaping from the ship. At the meeting of the leaders, Morse decided it was time to attack Coulson's S.H.I.E.L.D. before Hunter could reach the Playground. In the Playground, after the video conversation with General Glenn Talbot who informed them about Grant Ward and Agent 33 breaking into his base to free Sunil Bakshi, both Coulson and May noticed that Mackenzie was hiding something.[72]

Attack on the Playground[]
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Melinda May catches Bobbi Morse

"Phil Coulson has no right to call this S.H.I.E.L.D."
Anne Weaver[src]

The next day, both Morse and Mackenzie were in the Playground, still searching for the Toolbox. While Coulson confronted Mackenzie about his secret, Agent May found Morse trying to steal the Toolbox in Coulson's office. When the EMP burst through the base, both Morse and Mackenzie escaped. Morse then called Gonzales and he ordered the attack. A gas began pumping through the Playground's vents, knocking out Coulson and all of his agents, while Gonzales' men entered the base, quickly taking complete control of it.


Robert Gonzales speaks with Phil Coulson

Once the base was captured and all of Coulson's agents were apprehended with the exception of Melinda May, Gonzales called for Coulson to be brought to him. Gonzales greeted Coulson and they exchanged pleasantries for a short period, until Coulson revealed that he knew exactly who Gonzales was and his history with working for S.H.I.E.L.D., even revealing that he had intended for Gonzales to join his team. Gonzales explained his own knowledge of Coulson, expressing his concerns over Coulson's recovery with the help of alien blood and Skye's new powers. Gonzales revealed that he needed Coulson to show him how to open the Toolbox. Coulson refused to open the Toolbox for Gonzales, who gave it to one of his agents to give to Anne Weaver. Suddenly, Melinda May entered the office, knocking out Gonzales and two of his agents with an I.C.E.R. Coulson then escaped from the base via the secret elevator while May stayed behind and surrendered to Gonzales' agents.


Skye uses her powers on Tomas Calderon

Before she surrendered, May had just enough time to call Skye at the Retreat and warn her about S.H.I.E.L.D. coming for her. Just when Skye tried to leave the area around the cabin, a group of agents led by Bobbi Morse and Tomas Calderon arrived. When Skye managed to knock down one agent, Agent Calderon fired a bullet at her, and she lost control of her powers, creating a pulse that sent the attackers flying back and obliterating the nearby trees. The same eyeless man that kidnapped Skye's father a few days earlier suddenly appeared, and teleported Skye away. Later, Coulson met Hunter at the bar on a tropical beach and Hunter accepted his offer to become a full-time S.H.I.E.L.D. agent.[59]

The Hunt Begins[]

Robert Gonzales speaks with FitzSimmons

"This is not about Coulson. It's not about me. It's not about anyone on this ship. It's about S.H.I.E.L.D. We cannot afford to be enemies to each other when there are new threats out there waiting for the moment we are at our weakest. A house built on shifting sand will fall. And without a strong and united foundation, S.H.I.E.L.D. will fall again."
Robert Gonzales to Melinda May[src]

In the Playground, Robert Gonzales and Bobbi Morse tried to convince Leo Fitz and Jemma Simmons to open Fury's Toolbox, but Fitz openly refused. Since Gonzales was still following S.H.I.E.L.D.'s rules, he agreed to let Fitz go undisturbed. However, that wasn't true for Melinda May, who was locked in Vault D. When Gonzales visited May, he tried to convince her into seeing things his way about the enhanced persons and Coulson, but May told him that S.H.I.E.L.D. should be hunting HYDRA, and not wasting time on a witch hunt.


Mike Peterson assists Phil Coulson

Meanwhile, Coulson and Hunter arrived at the Retreat in a stolen jeep. Watching the security footage, they saw what Skye did the night before. The next morning, Coulson deliberately activated the silent alarm, which was immediately noticed by Gonzales and Morse in the Playground. Using the holograms inside the cabin, Coulson and Hunter managed to distract Gonzales' men long enough to knock down two of them and steal their uniforms. However, they were eventually captured and brought into one of the agents' two Quinjets. Michael Peterson then suddenly entered the quinjet, liberating Coulson and Hunter and knocking down all the agents inside. He also prevented the other quinjet from flying off.

Not about me

Robert Gonzales makes Melinda May an offer

Hearing the news about the failure of his men, Gonzales decided to try another tactic with Agent May. She was taken on the Iliad and Gonzales offered her a seat on his board, saying that Coulson should need someone who would defend him once he's captured. He also gave her a gun to shoot him if she thought of him as a traitor to S.H.I.E.L.D. May gave him the gun back, not believing that the weapon was loaded, but Gonzales showed her that it was. Later, despite Mack's attempts to get him to stay, Fitz left the Playground. When he entered the taxi and looked through his bag, he found the Toolbox, which was hidden inside by Jemma when she made a copy to deceive Gonzales' men.[70]


Alphonso Mackenzie explains his theory

Agent May eventually accepted Gonzales' offer and asked to take command of the Playground base, which was granted. Anne Weaver gave her their file on Coulson and what they called Theta Protocol. Back in the Playground, with Simmons' help, May found evidences that Coulson was operating a large number of shell corporations and burning through money. Mackenzie explained that Coulson was probably building another base for powered individuals. May then ordered Simmons to open the Toolbox, unaware that the object in Simmons' possession was a replica. Meanwhile, followed by Gonzales' men, Leo Fitz ended up stuck in the restroom in a bar. Using the Toolbox, he managed to contact Coulson and Hunter, who assured him everything would end just fine.[24]

The Deal with the Devil[]
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Phil Coulson and Grant Ward in Mexico

"Desperate times, desperate measures. Count me in."
"I'm relieved to hear you say that. We're making a deal with Ward."
Leo Fitz and Phil Coulson[src]

After picking up Leo Fitz, Coulson, Hunter, and Peterson traveled to Tijuana, Mexico, to find Grant Ward. They managed to capture Agent 33, forcing Ward to have a talk with Coulson. Coulson and Ward then made a deal, Ward would help Coulson stop Strucker and List in their experiments on the enhanced people, and Coulson would let Ward got free, after he goes through the T.A.H.I.T.I. protocol to wipe his memory clean.

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Phil Coulson and Grant Ward work together

Coulson and Ward then organized a meeting between the brainwashed Sunil Bakshi and List. Peterson went with Bakshi to List's plane, playing his bodyguard. On the meeting, Bakshi offered Peterson to List, saying that he could become a great asset to HYDRA. While flying to Baron von Strucker's European base, List's plane made a stop in San Francisco. List explained to Bakshi that he was following "quantum entanglements" that could come from an enhanced individual, a teleporter.


Deathlok fights Lincoln Campbell

Coulson and his team followed List and Bakshi, entering the abandoned building where they were confronted by several HYDRA agents. Though they managed to kill some of them, Hunter was wounded, and Bakshi apparently broke out of Ward's mental control, ordering his men to fire on Peterson, who managed to knock out an unknown man. When Coulson encountered Skye and her father, the teleporter appeared and took Skye and her father away.

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Phil Coulson is taken in by S.H.I.E.L.D.

Some time later, Bobbi Morse and Alphonso Mackenzie came to the building and Coulson showed himself to them, asking them to take him to their boss, Robert Gonzales.[73]


Coulson's Team is reunited for a mission

"We have a chance to hit HYDRA hard. They're operating on powered people. We can shut that down and save lives."
"Perhaps, but I'm gonna ask again - why should I trust you?"
"Because we all have our secrets. You have one sitting in the cargo hold of your ship, but I'm still willing to work with you."
Phil Coulson and Robert Gonzales[src]

Coulson was brought to the Playground, and he and Robert Gonzales had a discussion on the Bus. Coulson informed Gonzales about the HYDRA facility in the Arctic that should be taken down.

Though Gonzales didn't trust Coulson at first, they agreed to work together to save the enhanced people that HYDRA was experimenting on. Temporarily reassembled, Coulson's Team would infiltrate the facility and once the prisoners were rescued, Gonzales' men would bombard the place, destroying it.


Skye and Phil Coulson in Dr. List's base

When the Bus approached the facility, HYDRA's missiles destroyed it, but the team safely landed in a cloaked Quinjet. When they entered the base, they quickly disposed of most of HYDRA soldiers, mostly thanks to Sunil Bakshi, who was actually still under Ward's mental control. During the battle, Jemma Simmons tried to kill Ward, but Bakshi died instead. Doctor List managed to escape, but Mike Peterson and Lincoln Campbell were rescued and brought to the Playground, though Ward preferred to stay free and leave Agent 33 in the base.


Phil Coulson gives intel to Maria Hill

After the battle, Coulson gave Gonzales the Toolbox, only to inform him that a very much alive Nick Fury would probably want it back soon. Coulson then called Maria Hill and gave her intel gathered in List's base, including the info on Loki's Scepter and its position.[74]

Battle of Sokovia[]
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The Helicarrier assists in the Battle of Sokovia

"Captain America and the Avengers, with the aid of S.H.I.E.L.D., worked tirelessly through the attack to save innocent citizens from the floating city."
Smithsonian Institution[src]

In 2015, thanks to Coulson's men keeping the Helicarrier No. 64 safe and hidden through Theta Protocol, the former director Nick Fury, Maria Hill, and a group of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents were able to use the Helicarrier and assist the Avengers in Sokovia when the genocidal robot Ultron attempted to eradicate humanity by turning the capitol Novi Grad into a meteor. During the battle, Fury and his men were able to save the inhabitants of Novi Grad before the flying city was destroyed.[75]

One S.H.I.E.L.D.[]
Coulson Gonzales

The two S.H.I.E.L.D. factions work together

"What are you suggesting?"
"One S.H.I.E.L.D., where I operate as director, under your advisement. This way, we'll have a cool underground base and a boat."
Robert Gonzales and Phil Coulson[src]

After the Battle of Sokovia, Coulson and the leadership of Gonzales' S.H.I.E.L.D. faction were on the Iliad, where they discussed the recent events. Coulson then proposed that he and Gonzales join forces to build one S.H.I.E.L.D., with Coulson as director and Gonzales and his council as his advisers. Gonzales and his men eventually agreed, thus ending the conflict between the two factions.[76]

The Inhuman Threat[]

Finding a Solution[]

S.H.I.E.L.D. encounters the Inhumans

"What's our plan of attack?"
"Who said anything about an attack?"
"These people are a threat."
"We don't know that. We don't know anything about them."
Robert Gonzales and Phil Coulson[src]

Suddenly, the mysterious teleporter and Raina appeared on the Iliad, and Lance Hunter set off the alarm. Phil Coulson and Gonzales saw Raina and Gordon through the security cameras, and Gonzales realized that they were looking for their special cargo. Just as the teleporter and Raina discovered the location of the cargo, Melinda May and Bobbi Morse found them, forcing them to teleport back to their base.


S.H.I.E.L.D. plan a meeting with the Inhumans

Later, at the Playground, Gonzales' people successfully found Afterlife. Robert Gonzales called for them to prepare for an attack, but Coulson convinced him that instead they should have a meeting with the Inhuman leader Jiaying and try and resolve the matter peacefully. The first move they chose to perform was sending Skye and Lincoln Campbell back to the Inhumans' base, so they could inform Jiaying about the arrival of S.H.I.E.L.D. The two were teleported by Gordon back to Afterlife, and Skye convinced Jiaying to speak with Coulson. Back to the Playground, the council changed the plan by choosing Gonzales as the representative of S.H.I.E.L.D.,[76] using the creation of Ultron by Tony Stark[75] as an argument to this decision. Coulson agreed to stay in the Playground.[76]

Ambush in Afterlife[]

S.H.I.E.L.D. arrives at the Afterlife

"Skye's mother orchestrated the whole thing. It was a performance."
Phil Coulson[src]

As several S.H.E.I.L.D. agents, including Gonzales, Anne Weaver, Melinda May and Jemma Simmons, used Quinjets to fly to Afterlife, Alphonso Mackenzie announced to Coulson about his resignation and Bobbi Morse was kidnapped by Agent 33 and Grant Ward. In the Inhumans' base, Gonzales went to Jiaying's room where he found her with Skye and Calvin Zabo. Jiaying delivered to Gonzales Zabo as a first salvo towards peace.

Gonzales' Death

Robert Gonzales is killed by Jiaying

As Skye left the room so the ambassadors could talk, Gonzales explained to Jiaying that their only goal was to protect the population from powered individuals, so he asked her to put her people in the Index in case one of them would try to harm the public. Jiaying showed him a crystal but she used it to release a mist that killed Gonzales. S.H.I.E.L.D. agents and Inhumans heard gunfire from the room and saw Jiayng walking bleeding from it, claiming that Gonzales had tried to kill her.[76]


S.H.I.E.L.D. discuss Robert Gonzales' action

Simmons then informed Coulson and Weaver about the scenario and the announcement of Gonzales' death was spread. Although there were divided opinions whether Gonzales had shot or not, Coulson agreed that the security of the agents was the important part. But new problems were emerged, as a single Quintet fired two missiles at a house, what made Skye and the other Inhumans to believe that S.H.I.E.L.D. wanted to start a war.[77]

Pressing Matters[]

Bobbi Morse is tortured by Grant Ward

"They just want to live in peace. Is that such a crime?"
"Your wife assassinated a high-ranking S.H.I.E.L.D. officer, then staged it to look like we attacked them. Wake up, Cal. She's trying to start a war, and your daughter's gonna be caught in the middle of it."
Calvin Zabo and Phil Coulson[src]

Meanwhile, Bobbi Morse was tortured by Grant Ward and Agent 33 in order to make her regret of extradite Agent 33's safe house location while she was hiding there, during Morse's time as an undercover HYDRA agent. This action caused Agent 33 be brainwashed. Morse didn't show any regret, so Ward tied Morse back to a chair and rigged a rifle behind her. Ward explained that he would make her to watch as someone else was killed while attempting to save her. He told her that the rifle was set to fire at the doorway when someone opened it, killing them instantly in front of her eyes.


Phil Coulson questions Calvin Zabo

In the Playground, Coulson discovered that Jiaying killed Gonzales and orchestrated the attack of S.H.I.E.L.D. on the Afterlife. Lance Hunter and Leo Fitz then located Morse's location and Hunter and May flew to there to save her. While Calvin Zabo was locked up in Vault D, Coulson presented him all the facts that Jiaying wanted to start a war and she was using him, just like when she used him to kill all the people in the village in Hunan province. Coulson also said that she had probably ordered him to take his formula that was killing him. Zabo said that he took it so he could have the power to kill every agent he can. Coulson continued to argue with Zabo about the true nature of Jiaying, until Zabo got a heart attack.


S.H.I.E.L.D. facing the enhanced Calvin Zabo

Zabo was brought to the lab, where Jemma Simmons injected adrenaline. The material transformed him into a powerful monster. Coulson wanted to talk in reason with him, so Simmons and Fitz led him to the hangar where Coulson captured him and started talking with him. During that time, a group of Inhumans led by Gordon took control on the Iliad, killed and captured most of the agents on the ship. Only Alphonso Mackenzie was left to fight them. Anne Weaver sent to Coulson a message and asked for his help. After the hijack succeed, Jiaying was welcome aboard and said that they will start the next step.[77]

Hijacking and Retaking of the Iliad[]

Alphonso Mackenzie defending the Iliad

"We'll need every asset we've got to shut these Inhumans down."
Phil Coulson[src]

Eventually, Coulson and Zabo agreed they should work together to save Skye from Jiaying. Meanwhile, Mackenzie freed Skye from her cell in the Iliad, and asked for her hacking skills. In the Command Room of the ship, Jiaying ordered her men to take a case of Terrigen Crystals to the ventilation room and the rest to the Quinjet. Lincoln Campbell then entered, saying that an emergency beacon had been sent to Coulson's base.


Jiaying kills Oliver with a Terrigen Crystal

Jiaying asked Anne Weaver and Oliver if they could expand the beacon. The two refused, and Jiaying used a Crystal to kill Oliver. Once she saw Oliver, Weaver agreed to do her bidding. Skye and Mackenzie watched the event and realized that Jiaying's plan was to kill every S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who was on the ship, making a plan to cut off the beacon. In the Playground, where Zabo was stabilized, Leo Fitz informed Coulson that the emergency beacon from the ship came. Coulson said to him that they would need every available agent they had to shut the Inhumans down.


Lance Hunter searches for Bobbi Morse

Meanwhile, Melinda May, Lance Hunter and their team entered an abandoned warehouse, where Bobbi Morse was being held by Grant Ward and Agent 33. Hunter found Morse bleeding after she saved him from a rigged rifle shot. May tricked Ward and used him to kill Agent 33. They then flew to the Playground to save Morse's life. Fitz then informed Coulson he had created a device that could make Gordon stay in a single location and not teleport. Coulson told him that there were Quinjets all over the world which flew to answer with them to the emergency beacon. May and Hunter returned with Morse to the base and Simmons started to operate on her.


Calvin Zabo agrees to work with S.H.I.E.L.D.

When the squadron of Quinjets flew to the Iliad, Coulson, May, Fitz and Zabo, who were in the lead Quinjet, received a message from Skye, saying that they were entering a trap. Coulson then ordered the other Quinjets to fall back, but his Quinjet continued with the plan. As they landed on the ship, they received another message from Skye, warning them of the Terrigen Crystals. Zabo then realized Jiaying's plan and explained it to them. Despite the risks, the S.H.I.E.L.D. team went to free the ship.


Phil Coulson arm is cut off

Mackenzie protected the Crystals in the ventilation room while Gordon attempted to reach them. Meanwhile, Skye fought Alisha and her duplicates. Though Alisha almost overpowered Skye, May and Lincoln helped her and defeated Alisha. Coulson and Fitz then joined Mackenzie in his battle, with Fitz placing the device that would hinder Gordon. The device kept Gordon in the room, and he teleported onto a pole Fitz was holding, impaling himself. However, as he died, he dropped a Crystal with Coulson instinctively caught. As his arm petrified, Mackenzie used his axe to cut it off.


Jiaying is killed by Calvin Zabo

Skye then found her mother entering the Terrigen Crystal-laden Quinjet to finish her plan of dropping the Crystals and killing non-Inhumans. The two women fought each other, each using her powers to overcome the other. Skye gathered one burst of energy and blasted the Quinjet into the ocean, ruining Jiaying's plan. As Jiaying tried to kill her daughter, Zabo appeared and broke the two apart, killing Jiaying to spare Skye the pain of killing her own mother. The human race was saved and the Inhuman threat was no more.[78]

Search for Inhumans[]

New Order[]
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Phil Coulson explains changes to S.H.I.E.L.D.

"We have to do this. We don't have a choice. It may feel like things have cooled down right now, but this... this is my permanent reminder that we'll always be paying the price, that we'll never get ahead of the consequences that I, that you, that S.H.I.E.L.D. have set in motion."
Phil Coulson to Skye[src]

With the Inhuman threat eliminated, Phil Coulson returned to work and began planning out new ways of dealing with threats against the earth, employing his S.H.I.E.L.D. agents into new positions which best supported their views. He brought Andrew Garner back to assess his team and judge their readiness to continue working in the field. They discussed having Alphonso Mackenzie back on the team in charge of all alien dealings before Coulson teased Garner about getting back together with Melinda May, who took time off as an agent. Garner then handed Coulson a file of his recommendation for Coulson's new program.


Project T.A.H.I.T.I. is used on Calvin Zabo

Coulson put the order in for Calvin Zabo to go through the T.A.H.I.T.I. Program, allowing him to begin a new, peaceful life as a vet named Dr. Winslow. Coulson joined Skye as she went to visit Zabo at his new office before asking Skye about her thoughts on leading a new team for people with powers, where they could use their abilities to help protect the world. Skye insisted that if they did this, the team should be kept a secret so the people involved could still live their own private lives. Coulson agreed, noting that his missing arm would be his personal reminder of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s past mistakes. Bobbi Morse recovered from the operation and talked with Lance Hunter, saying she could not do it anymore.

Jemma Simmons later was swallowed by the Monolith.[78]

Inhuman Outbreak[]
"The rate of new cases is increasing."
"We knew it would after the initial reports."
"A new Inhuman could emerge anywhere without having any idea what's happened."
"Only in the continental U.S. so far."
Daisy Johnson and Phil Coulson[src]

The agency tried to find where Hulk was by tracking down the Avengers Quinjet he used to escape Sokovia. The information was given to Nick Fury.[79] A few months later, S.H.I.E.L.D. had to deal with a new threat: the new Inhumans that were created by the Nature Max Supplements Fish Oil pills that had the Terrigen Crystals material inside it. S.H.I.E.L.D. tracked the fish oil pills and managed to get them off the market as soon as they discovered they had been manufactured from an area contaminated by Terrigen Mist. However, they were unable to track down the pills that were already bought, and at least five individuals managed to take them before S.H.I.E.L.D. could locate them. S.H.I.E.L.D. thought that the new Advanced Threat Containment Unit was responsible for the capture and the deaths of those Inhumans. Phil Coulson appointed Skye, who now was going with her birth name Daisy Johnson, and Alphonso Mackenzie to track the Inhumans and get to them before the mysterious organization could with the help of their new plane, Zephyr One. They also tracked HYDRA financing activities, but no HYDRA member did such action.

At the same time, S.H.I.E.L.D. had already discovered that Jemma Simmons had been swallowed by the Monolith and was now probably dead. However, Leo Fitz refused to believe that and he went on a search across the world to prove Simmons was still alive. While Fitz went to different locations in the world, Bobbi Morse covered his assignments in the Playground. Lance Hunter was planning revenge on Grant Ward for what he had done to Morse. He was sure that Ward returned to HYDRA in order to rebuild it and fight against S.H.I.E.L.D.[80]

First Encounters[]

S.H.I.E.L.D. rescues Joey Gutierrez

"My name's Daisy and I'm with S.H.I.E.L.D. and we're here for your protection."
Daisy Johnson to Joey Gutierrez[src]

Joey Gutierrez was the sixth person who went through Terrigenesis because of the Nature Max Supplements Fish Oil pills. He possessed the power of melting every metal. The Advanced Threat Containment Unit quickly showed up to arrest him but he managed to escape them. Daisy Johnson, Alphonso Mackenzie and Lance Hunter came to rescue him from the soldiers and succeeded to bring Gutierrez to Zephyr One safely. After the fight, Phil Coulson took a picture of who he assumed was the leader of the unit.


Leo Fitz's mission to save Jemma Simmons

In the Playground, Johnson explained to Gutierrez what had happened to him and that his life could not be normal anymore. Coulson discovered that the woman he pictured had many identities and worked for many agencies. Meanwhile, Leo Fitz went to Morocco to retrieve an old parchment that describe exactly what the Monolith was so he could know how to save Jemma Simmons. He tricked Yusef Hadad to give him the parchment and he then returned to the base.


Phil Coulson speaks with Rosalind Price

Johnson and Mackenzie went to see Lincoln Campbell to ask him to help Gutierrez adapt to the change he had experienced. Coulson and Hunter went to meet the leader of the Advanced Threat Containment Unit in a subway train but entered into an ambush. Rosalind Price revealed to Coulson that she knew that she had been killed and came back to life in Project T.A.H.I.T.I. She also thought that S.H.I.E.L.D. had killed all the Inhumans with an energy weapon, but Coulson said that he thought it was her who killed them. She asked him then who had killed them. Coulson and Hunter managed to escape the train with a Containment Module from Zephyr One.


S.H.I.E.L.D. and Lincoln Campbell see Lash

In the hospital where Campbell worked, Johnson asked for his help, but he refused, saying that being Inhuman was a curse and he just wanted to have a normal life. To the hospital came an monstrous man who was looking for Campbell. The three fought against him. He ultimately escaped and the three as well after the ATCU came. As all the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents watched President Matthew Ellis' press conference as he revealed that he ordered the foundation of the ATCU, Fitz translated the words on the parchment to "Death." Coulson said to him to accept the death of Simmons.[80]

Saving Jemma Simmons[]
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S.H.I.E.L.D. and Elliot Randolph in the castle

"No. No, I'm proving that it's a portal, okay, to another planet, a very old planet, a crack in space-time that carried Simmons away and carried the sand back. Which means-"
"She's out there. But it's been months."
Leo Fitz and Phil Coulson[src]

After Coulson, Johnson, Mackenzie, Morse and Hunter pulled out Fitz from the Monolith's containment, Fitz found on Morse's finger sand grains. He explained that the Monolith was a portal to another world and Jemma Simmons must be there. Coulson asked for Elliot Randolph's help to understand the Monolith, while Johnson and Mack helped Andrew Garner's assessment on Joey Gutierrez and Hunter went to his revenge campaigning against Grant Ward and he also recruited Melinda May for the mission. Randolph led them to a room in an English castle where the Monolith could be opened and become a portal.

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Leo Fitz rescues Jemma Simmons

Mackenzie and Johnson brought the Monolith and after Fitz activated the machines of the room, the Monolith changed to his liquid form, but the machines broke and it changed back to solid. But Fitz had an idea that they could use Johnson power to change the Monolith to a portal. Johnson indeed opened it and Fitz jumped through it to search for Simmons, and so he did. Simmons was brought to Earth and the Monolith was exploded.[81]

Cooperation with the ATCU[]
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Phil Coulson meets Rosalind Price again

"So... so now we're working with them?"
"I'm done fighting with people over who gets to fight the real fight. It's a colossal waste of time and resources. I went against Talbot. I went against another faction of S.H.I.E.L.D. We know what we're doing, they don't. Hopefully, they can learn from us."
Daisy Johnson and Phil Coulson[src]

With the Advanced Threat Containment Unit continued hunting Lincoln Campbell , Phil Coulson ordered Daisy Johnson to find him. Campbell called for her for help and Johnson and Alphonso Mackenzie went to his location. Coulson arranged a meeting with Rosalind Price and the two met. Coulson, knowing she had a picture of Johnson, agreed to let the ATCU take Campbell. However, Campbell escaped, so Luther Banks ordered his soldiers to arrest Johnson. Coulson offered an alliance between S.H.I.E.L.D. and the ATCU. Pierce agreed and ordered her men to leave the place.[82]

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S.H.I.E.L.D. outside Dwight Frye' home

A recruit mission for the Caterpillars program was interrupted by the monstrous man. The ATCU helped S.H.I.E.L.D. to hunt him. Johnson suspected Dwight Frye that he might be the Inhuman killer, and shred the information with the ATCU. Outside Frye's house, Coulson, Johnson and Alphonso Mackenzie met Rosalind Price and Luther Banks. They entered the house together and found Frye hiding. He told them that the killer was called Lash, and he gave him the Inhumans' names Lash wanted to kill. When the ATCU drove with Johnson and Mackenzie to their base to put Frye in custody, Lash broke in the truck and killed Frye. Johnson managed to see him transform into a human.

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S.H.I.E.L.D. fight Grant Ward and his men

Meanwhile, Lance Hunter managed to get high enough in the ranks of HYDRA to meet Grant Ward. Melinda May was afraid that he will fail and possibly be killed if he storms alone against Ward. May went to the Playground and asked Coulson for backup. Hunter and May fought against Ward and his men. Ward ordered Werner von Strucker to get close to Andrew Garner in order to make May and Hunter surrender. May asked Coulson, who was on his way to help them, to save Garner.[83] One of Coulson's men guarded Garner, but he was killed by one of Ward's men.[84] Hunter refused to let Ward escape and shot him but only hurt him. Ward managed to escape alive. As a result, May thought that Garner was probably dead,[83] but he survived the explosion of the shop that was caused by HYDRA.[84]


S.H.I.E.L.D. find Werner von Strucker

S.H.E.L.D. brought the wounded Garner to the Playground. May recruited Bobbi Morse to kill Ward. They followed Werner von Strucker in order to find him so he would lead them to Ward. They tracked von Strucker's location in Lisbon, Portugal. They entered his home, only to find him being tortured by Kebo. A fight brook between May and Morse to Kebo and his man. Morse managed to kill Kebo and May tried t questioning von Strucker, but he went into a coma.


S.H.I.E.L.D. follow Luther Banks

Meanwhile, Coulson was invited by Price to the ATCU Endotex Labs. After Johnson explained to him why she thought Luther Banks might be Lash, Coulson ordered her to follow him. Johnson, Mackenzie and Hunter kidnapped him and took a blood sample from him and sent it to Jemma Simmons, to confirm that he was an Inhuman. Simmons confirmed he was not. Then, they arrived to the Labs where Banks was scheduled to arrive and sent a D.W.A.R.F. inside. They found Price and Coulson there with a composed and imprisoned Inhuman. The three were appalled, but noticed that Coulson did not seem to have the same reaction.[84]

Lash's Identity[]
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Melinda May confronts Andrew Garner

"She kept a genealogy of Inhumans. She was the only one allowed to use it, until..."
"Until S.H.I.E.L.D. recovered it. And there's only one person I know who had access."
"Dr. Garner? But there's no way. It's not possible."
Lincoln Campbell, Alphonso Mackenzie and Phil Coulson[src]

Phil Coulson, Daisy Johnson and Andrew Garner argued about the cure the ATCU tried to develop for the Inhumans. Coulson then told them that he and Rosalind Price would meet with president Matthew Ellis and discuss about the Inhumans issue. Garner went to the Cocoon for Joey Gutierrez's evaluation, when suddenly Melinda May interrupted and demanded Garner to talk with her. Price came on Zephyr One and so Alphonso Mackenzie and Lincoln Campbell, who explained that Garner might be Lash. Coulson, after he had learned the Garner and May were missing, changed direction to find them. Campbell explained that Garner was in period of transition to become Lash forever.


Melinda May calms down Lash

S.H.I.E.L.D. found them in an abandoned building in Culver University. Coulson saw her shackled in a tank. Coulson and Garner were talking about Lash's actions, when Campbell entered the room. Garner turned into Lash and Campbell attacked him. May freed herself while Lash attacked everyone he came across with. May stopped him and talked with him and as he turned back to Garner, she shot him and he felt right into the Containment Module. After the battle, Campbell joined S.H.I.E.L.D. and Garner was hold in the Module in his human form to prevent him becoming Lash.[85]

Operation Spotlight[]
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Phil Coulson explains Operation Spotlight

"Today, we're launching Operation Spotlight. The objective... to peer into every shadowy corner of the ATCU."
Phil Coulson[src]

As the ATCU took Andrew Garner in the Containment Module to the Endotex Labs to find a cure for him, Phil Coulson invited Rosalind Price to the Playground so they can discuss this situation. In the base, Coulson summoned his agents and explained Operation Spotlight, an undercover mission in which S.H.I.E.L.D. would infiltrate the ATCU base and reveal their secrets. Bobbi Morse and Lance Hunter managed to infiltrate the base. Morse came to a classified area, where she discovered that the ATCU did not try to find a cure, but instead they tried to turn every person they could into and Inhuman.


Jemma Simmons reveals HYDRA's involvement

Coulson got the information and interrogated Price if she was an HYDRA operator. Price said that the updates she reserved from that section came from Gideon Malick, who Price suspected might be in HYDRA. She called Luther Banks and ordered him to escort Morse and Hunter, who had fought the Inhuman R. Giyera, until Melinda May would take them back to the base. Afterwards, Jemma Simmons and Leo Fitz, who were working on a way to go back to Maveth and save Will Daniels, who had been in the planet at same time Simmons was, explained to the team that HYDRA was actually an ancient organization who supported a project of delegations to Maveth.[86]

Secret Warriors[]

Hunting Grant Ward[]

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"Here's the deal. What HYDRA's planning is gonna hurt a lot of innocent people, maybe people you care about. I wouldn't be asking you for your help if I didn't think we had a chance. So either you step up and do the damn job or you let the bad guys win. The choice is yours."
Alphonso Mackenzie to Joey Gutierrez and Lincoln Campbell[src]

When Phil Coulson and Rosalind Price had a dinner in her place, she was assassinated by Grant Ward. Ward sent after him assassins and Coulson fought them and escaped with the assistance of Alphonso Mackenzie. At the Playground, Coulson interrogated each member of his original team in an attempt to find anything about Ward he could use against him. Before he went to find Ward with the help of Bobbi Morse and Lance Hunter, he had appointed Mackenzie to be the acting Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. until he would return. He also sent Jemma Simmons and Leo Fitz, alongside Luther Banks, to an abandoned Project Distant Star Return facility, but they were ambushed by R. Giyera, who killed Banks and kidnapped Fitz and Simmons.


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Mackenzie got the information about Fitz and Simmons kidnapping and sent it to Coulson. Coulson, knowing that he could not fail, raided with Hunter a bank and kidnapped Ward's brother, Thomas. He called Ward and let him talk with his brother until they traced the call and found his location in the HYDRA Castle. Meanwhile, Mackenzie also found HYDRA's location and asked Melinda May for advice since the Castle was heavily fortified and he believed Coulson was on a suicide run; May advised him to be a leader. Mackenzie green-lighted the Caterpillars project and made Joey Gutierrez and Lincoln Campbell official agents and Daisy Johnson as their leader, as all prepared for an Attack on the HYDRA Castle. Coulson saw Ward, through the heat signal, entering the portal to Maveth with Fitz or Simmons with him, so he jumped from the Quinjet straight through it and landed on the planet.[87]

Attack on the HYDRA Castle[]
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Alphonso Mackenzie leads S.H.I.E.L.D.

"Okay. So, are we rescuing Inhumans or saving Coulson or attacking HYDRA or is there some kind of combo? Sorry. New guy just trying to understand how this whole S.H.I.E.L.D. thing works."
"This is how S.H.I.E.L.D. works. You make a plan, plan turns to rubbish, we make a new plan."
Joey Gutierrez and Lance Hunter[src]

Bobbi Morse and Lance Hunter landed on Zephyr One and told Alphonso Mackenzie why Phil Coulson had jumped to the portal. Daisy Johnson informed the team that HYDRA had brought a dozen contained Inhumans to the castle. Mackenzie then came up with a plan: one team would predominant the portal chamber while another team would search for Leo Fitz or Jemma Simmons. Johnson located an aqueduct that led straight to the castle. Once the team reached the aqueduct, Mackenzie, Morse and Hunter went to predominant the chamber while the Secret Warriors and Melinda May went to search for Fitz and Simmons. The two teams succeeded in their tasks and they reunited in the portal chamber.

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S.H.I.E.L.D. in the portal chamber

As they discussed what to do next, they noticed that May was missing, so Simmons explained that Andrew Garner was in the castle and had saved her life, so May probably searched for him. She also told them that Gideon Malick wanted to bring back from Maveth the ancient HYDRA leader, so he had sent Fitz and Grant Ward to find him. The Inhumans in the castle were meant to serve him as an army. May entered the chamber and informed them that all of the Inhumans were killed by Garner. As the HYDRA soldiers were getting closer to the chamber, Mackenzie ordered his agents to go back to Zephyr One and blow the castle in case the HYDRA leader would return to Earth. Only he and Johnson stayed and waited for Coulson and Fitz to return, while the rest returned to Zephyr One and waited for Mackenzie's orders. Then, Mackenzie ordered May to blow the castle, as he and Johnson returned to the plane inside the Containment Module, along with Fitz and Coulson, who had killed Ward on Maveth.[88]

Meeting President Matthew Ellis[]
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Phil Coulson meets President Matthew Ellis

"The image of Helicarriers crashing down on the nation's capital is hard to forget."
"Then why is this meeting happening if S.H.I.E.L.D. doesn't exist?"
"Because I need you to keep doing what you're doing. Privately. Publicly, the ATCU will still be the face of my administration's response to advanced threats."
Matthew Ellis and Phil Coulson[src]

President Matthew Ellis and Phil Coulson met together in residence of the recently deceased Rosalind Price. President Ellis recognized that he needed S.H.I.E.L.D. to help deal with the alien threat, but he couldn't bring S.H.I.E.L.D. out of the shadows just yet, as the public still remembered what happened in Washington, D.C. However, the President and Coulson arranged for S.H.I.E.L.D. to take point on containing the alien threat while the ATCU would act as a supporting organization.

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Phil Coulson contacts Gideon Malick

Coulson wanted to find Gideon Malick, so he used the Theta Brain-Wave Frequency Machine on Werner von Strucker and discovered a location where he could communicate with him. He went there and called him, saying to Malick that he was after him. However, Malick was not so threatened by Coulson.


S.H.I.E.L.D. assist Elena Rodriguez

Meanwhile, in Bogotá, Colombia, S.H.I.E.L.D. tracked the new Inhuman, Elena Rodriguez, who possessed super-speed ability. After they understood Rodriguez used her ability to get rid of the weapons in the city, Daisy Johnson, Alphonso Mackenzie, Bobbi Morse, Lance Hunter and Joey Gutierrez assisted her to destroy the National Police of Colombia's gear of weapons. After the battle, Johnson and Mackenzie agreed they should join Rodriguez to the Secret Warriors.[89]

Last Battle against HYDRA[]

Symposium on Alien Contagion[]
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Bobbi Morse and Lance Hunter fight HYDRA

"We need to know if any of these countries are harboring Inhumans."
"So it's a sneaky, little spy mission."
"S.H.I.E.L.D., remember? That's how we roll."
Phil Coulson and Glenn Talbot[src]

Phil Coulson was informed by Matthew Ellis that Glenn Talbot was the new head of the ATCU.[89] The two met and discussed the Symposium on Alien Contagion. Despite his agents' resistance, Coulson agreed that Talbot's bodyguard, Carl Creel, would join in their mission, to discover who of the symposium' delegates was Gideon Malick's inside man. While Coulson and Talbot were in the meeting, May, Morse, and Hunter searched in the delegates' rooms for clues. Hunter discovered that Talbot's son was inside Suspension Gel. Malick entered the meeting room and accused Coulson to be HYDRA's director. Coulson discovered that Talbot was Malick's inside man due to blackmail on his son's life. He ordered his men to kill Coulson and Talbot, but, with the help of Creel, they escaped. Morse and Hunter penetrated Malick's plane.[90]

Spy's Goodbye[]
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Phil Coulson oversights the mission in Russia

"We took an oath to be the shield."
"To protect those in danger."
"Well, now S.H.I.E.L.D., this team, is in the cross hairs. And the right thing for us to do is take the bullet."
Bobbi Morse and Lance Hunter to Phil Coulson[src]

Bobbi Morse and Lance Hunter arrived in Siberia and the rest of the team followed them. Morse infiltrated the meeting between Gideon Malick and Russian leaders, discussing the Inhumans and the proposed sanctuary for them. The team learned that the Russian minister of defense, General Androvich, was an Inhuman, and Phil Coulson realized that Malick planned to use the minister to stage a coup and kill the prime minister of Russia. Coulson ordered his team on the ground to rescue the prime minister. To do so, Morse killed Androvich but was captured along with Hunter.

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Bobbi Morse and Lance Hunter are disavowed

The two did not tell that they were S.H.I.E.L.D. agents during their interrogation. With the help of President Matthew Ellis, Coulson was granted permission to speak with Morse and Hunter. As Coulson explained his plan of escape, the two refused to run, stating that to keep S.H.I.E.L.D. a secret, they would allow themselves to be disowned. Coulson and his team said their goodbyes to them at a bar.[91]

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Lincoln Campbell fires at "Felix Blake"

"They gave up their right to civil liberties when they started imploding buildings."
"Maybe, but it's not about how they act. It's about how we respond."
Daisy Johnson and Alphonso Mackenzie[src]

After the Watchdogs destroyed the headquarters of the ATCU, Phil Coulson found out that the leader of the group was the former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, Felix Blake. To test Lincoln Campbell's loyalty to S.H.I.E.L.D., Coulson went with him to one of Blake's safe houses, where they met him. Blake told them his aversion, with the Inhumans, so Coulson ordered Campbell to kill him. Despite his disagreement, Campbell fired a blast of electricity at Blake only to learn it was merely a hologram. Coulson was satisfied with Campbell.


S.H.I.E.L.D. in the Watchdogs's base

Meanwhile, Daisy Johnson found the operations base of the Watchdogs. There, the Watchdogs mistook Alphonso Mackenzie to be an Inhuman, and went to kill him. Mackenzie and his brother dealt with them, with Mackenzie suffering with a moderate injury. Later, Johnson told Coulson that Gideon Malick secretly supported the Watchdogs with weaponry.[92]

Fighting the Future[]
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S.H.I.E.L.D. discuss changing the future

"Wish we could practice every moment of our life like this."
Phil Coulson[src]

S.H.I.E.L.D. traced an emergency call of Edwin Abbott, who asked for Daisy Johnson's help against HYDRA. She met him and he told her the Inhuman, Charles Hinton, had made him see the future and his death by HYDRA. And indeed, an HYDRA QuadCopter arrived, killed Abbott and escaped with Hinton. At the Playground, Johnson told the team about a vision she had seen as she had tried to rescue Hinton. She told about a fight she would do to save Hinton. Phil Coulson suggested to let Melinda May go to save him instead since Johnson had not seen her in her vision.

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Melinda May trains for the battle

Johnson trained May for the battle. They found the building where Hinton was held was owned by Transia Corporation. May was ready to go there but suddenly, Andrew Garner entered the base and told her he was soon to permanently be Lash. As May stayed in the base with Garner, Johnson replaced her. Leo Fitz was able to hack the security cameras of the building.

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S.H.I.E.L.D. learns Hive has returned

To the team's surprise, Grant Ward was shown before the transmission was cut off. Fitz said that he feared he was Hive. Coulson and Lincoln Campbell entered the building to find him. Johnson fought the HYDRA guards and was saved by Coulson. He ordered her to go to the roof where Hinton was held. Campbell saw Ward but Coulson ordered him not to attack him. Johnson arrived at the roof, where Gideon Malick waited for her. The two had a duel and with Hinton's help, Johnson defeated Malick but Hinton was killed by him.[93]

Hijacking and Retaking of Zephyr One[]
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Phil Coulson explains Hive

"Everyone from our team is on that plane."
"Not everyone. You put together the Secret Warriors Initiative for a reason."
"No, Lincoln, what-what if..."
"You can't be afraid of that vision. We both know we got to do something."
"Let's call them in."
Daisy Johnson and Lincoln Campbell[src]

With the acknowledgement that Hive had returned to Earth inside Grant Ward's corpse, Phil Coulson briefed his agents about their next move against him. He told them that after Gideon Malick had taken over Transia Corporation, HYDRA raided its subsidiary GT Agrochemical and confiscated equipment.

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Melinda May fights R. Giyera

While riding Zephyr One, they received a footage of R. Giyera inside the facility, so they planned to kidnap him. Coulson, Melinda May and Alphonso Mackenzie entered the facility and saw the destroyed research. Mackenzie discovered the facility's data had been transferred. Giyera discovered them and after a brief fight with May, she knocked him out and they brought him to the Containment Module in Zephyr One.


The Zephyr One is hijacked by R. Giyera

Leo Fitz found that the data had been transferred to Schoonebeek Oil Field. Jemma Simmons told Coulson that Hive was maybe afraid of the research so he had ordered its destruction. They realized that Hive was a parasite that could consume human skin and keep the memories of the bodies he took over. Suddenly, Giyera managed to escape the Module and took control of the plane and landed it in the oil field. May called Daisy Johnson for help. Johnson and Lincoln Campbell knew they had to reassemble the Secret Warriors in order to save their friends.[94]

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The Secret Warriors in Gideon Malick's base

Daisy Johnson and Lincoln Campbell recruited Joey Gutierrez and Elena Rodriguez on their way to save the agents locked in Gideon Malick's base. Once the Secret Warriors reunited, Johnson led her team to an attack on the base. Meanwhile, Phil Coulson, Melinda May, Jemma Simmons, Leo Fitz and Alphonso Mackenzie locked themselves inside a room in Zephyr One and prepared to strike HYDRA back. Using their powers, Johnson opened the hangar's hatch, Campbell caught Malick, Rodriguez rescued the rest of the team and Gutierrez killed Lucio. With Zephyr One being retaken, the team escaped from the base back to the Playground.[95]

War on Hive[]

Fallen Agent[]

Phil Coulson traps the Secret Warriors

"Hive can sway Inhumans. Your team may have been exposed in the rescue."
"Wait. Sway. Like mind control?"
"One of you killed Malick. I'm trying to keep everyone safe, including you."
Phil Coulson and Lincoln Campbell[src]

At the Playground, Phil Coulson interrogated Gideon Malick, who revealed to him that Hive could control Inhumans' minds. Fearing that one of the Secret Warriors had been swayed by the dark Inhuman, Coulson ordered Alphonso Mackenzie to lock down the base. Coulson kept the information from the Inhumans and asked Leo Fitz and Jemma Simmons to find in Lucio's corpse something to prove Malick was right. The pair found an infection in Lucio's brain. Suddenly, the power in the base was turned off. S.H.I.E.L.D. agents surrounded the Secret Warriors, suspecting that one of them caused the power outage and Malick's death. The team barricaded themselves. Mackenzie found in Lincoln Campbell's locker the Kree Orb. Daisy Johnson led the team into a room where Coulson waited for them. He accused Campbell of being under Hive's control since their first encounter with Hive. Campbell tried to escape but Johnson knocked him out.

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Daisy Johnson attacks the Playground

As every Secret Warriors member was in isolation, Coulson said to Johnson that he disbanded her team. Later, the base started shaking, revealing that Johnson was the one who was under Hive's control. She escaped from the Playground with the Kree Orb and some Terrigen Crystals.[95]

Search for Hive[]
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Jemma Simmons and Leo Fitz go undercover

"Daisy's still one of us. What she did here was not of her own free will. Hive infected her. She's his hostage. We need to remember that. But this alien creature messed with the wrong team. It thinks if it breaks our legs, we'll stop fighting, but it doesn't know how damn stubborn we are, especially when it comes to protecting our own. Hive is building an Inhuman army, but we're not gonna let that happen."
Phil Coulson[src]

As S.H.I.E.L.D. agents were repairing the base, their planned their next move: finding Daisy Johnson and cuing her. Jemma Simmons, Leo Fitz and Alphonso Mackenzie went to Bucharest to ask Holden Radcliffe's help to cure their friends, while Phil Coulson, Melinda May and Lincoln Campbell searched for Hive. Simmons, Fitz and Mackenzie encountered Hive, Johnson and Hellfire, who kidnapped Radcliffe and warned the three not to follow them. After they failed finding Hive, Coulson and May returned to the base, he showed her the attack of Glenn Talbot on all known HYDRA bases across the world given by Gideon Malick, putting end for HYDRA.[96]

Battle of Union City[]
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S.H.I.E.L.D. in Union City searching for Hive

"This may be our only chance to catch Hive by surprise."
"And worst-case scenario, if Hive can't be killed?"
"I suggest running, very fast away."
Phil Coulson and Alphonso Mackenzie[src]

With the facial scan program, Phil Coulson found Daisy Johnson in Union City. Coulson explained to Alphonso Mackenzie that they were going to kill Hive. Mackenzie, Melinda May, O'Brien and Piper used Zephyr One to arrive to Union City. Upon their arrival, May seduced Hellfire to tell her where Hive was. After he told her, the team entered an abandoned facility where they saw the Kree Orb in action. Coulson on Zephyr One saw an object in space heading to their location. The object crashed and two Kree came out of what appeared to be their satellite.

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Alphonso Mackenzie is hurt by Daisy Johnson

The team observed as the Kree killed everyone they encountered. One of them fought against Hive while the other was killed by Johnson. Mackenzie tried to convince Johnson to come with him, but she refused, telling him that Hive planned to turn every human into an inhuman. Hive killed his opponent, so May and Piper tried to kill him, but he could not be killed. They ran from him, saved Mackenzie from Johnson and escaped in the Containment Module from the scene.[97]

Return of Agent Johnson[]
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Phil Coulson gives Glenn Talbot a tour

"It's time for S.H.I.E.L.D. to come in from the cold relegitimize."
"In exchange for revealing and registering any Inhumans we may have? Not gonna happen."
"Why are you so pigheaded? It's good enough for the Avengers."
"Not all of them. And the Avengers operate in the spotlight. We work in the shadows."
Glenn Talbot and Phil Coulson[src]

Phil Coulson gave Glenn Talbot a tour in the Playground, showing him the Inhumans S.H.I.E.L.D. agents and even Lash. Talbot tried to make Coulson sign the Sokovia Accords, but he refused. Coulson, Jemma Simmons and Leo Fitz told Talbot about Hive, his control over Daisy Johnson and his plan to turn Humans into Inhumans, with them he wanted to rule the world. Lincoln Campbell managed to escape from his isolation with the help of Johnson. It seemed he managed to take a Quinjet to fly to Johnson.


Lash frees Daisy Johnson of Hive's control

However, he and Melinda May revealed that they had actually put Lash inside the Quinjet, so he could kill Lash, thus saving Johnson. Johnson returned to the base on the Quinjet and told the agents that Lash had sacrificed himself to free Johnson, but he had failed to kill Hive. Simmons and Fitz explained to Coulson and Talbot that with the new information Johnson had given to them, they feared that Hive plan to release a virus that turned Humans into swayed Primitives. Talbot revealed that Hive had taken from the ATCU a warhead, capable of creating a shockwave to infect a huge amount of Humans.[98]

Showdown Against Hive[]
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S.H.I.E.L.D. finally captures Hive

"We're two sides of the same coin, Coulson, commanders leading soldiers."
"The only difference is, when you give an order, you followers have no choice but to obey. But when I gave my team the order to stay behind, they just wouldn't listen."
Hive and Phil Coulson[src]

Using Daisy Johnson's information, S.H.I.E.L.D. found out that Hive planned to launch his nuclear missile from an island in the Pacific into Earth's atmosphere. Melinda May, Alphonso Mackenzie, Lincoln Campbell and Elena Rodriguez used the Quinjet to get there and to stop the launch. Phil Coulson got the government cancellation code and he delivered it to Leo Fitz, who successfully stopped the launch. May rescued Holden Radcliffe from the Primitives; however, she could not stop R. Giyera from taking the warhead. With the dismantled Theta Brain-Wave Frequency Machine, the rest of the on the ground detained Hive to follow them as they rescued the staff of the base he had taken. As they ran to the Quinjet, Hive was about to attack them, but they put him inside the Suspension Gel.

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Daisy Johnson fights against Hive

Upon arriving of the team, Coulson put the Suspension Gel in the hangar and locked down the base. As Fitz and O'Brien checked on the Suspension Gel, a blast from the amendment parts for the hangar released the Absolution Virus. O'Brien and other agents turned into Primitives. Jemma Simmons managed to get Fitz out of the hangar. The Primitives then freed Hive. Mackenzie rushed to Coulson's office and told him that Hive knew what Zephyr One was capable of and he could use it as his new missile.[99] Johnson brought her Containment Module to Zephyr One and dulled Hive by herself.

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The Primitives infiltrate the Playground

Meanwhile, the Primitives managed to enter the base. May and Fitz hid in Zephyr One as Hive took control on the plane and flew to the atmosphere. One of the Primitives shot Rodriguez as three turned off the power of the base. Coulson, Mackenzie, Campbell and Radcliffe locked themselves in a room, there they threaded Rodriguez wounds. They sensed that the heat increased, so Radcliffe realized Simmons had done it to blind the Primitives. They got out from the room and went to Coulson's office. At the same time, May and Fitz found Johnson inside the Containment Module. However, R. Giyera knocked May out and threatened to kill Fitz, but the latter used a Cloaked Gun to kill Giyera. Fitz freed Johnson.

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Phil Coulson and Hive meet each other

In Coulson's office, he called a Quinjet with which the team brought Rodriguez in an hospital and then flew to Zephyr One. Coulson refused that they would come with him, but they insisted to stop Hive with him. As they arrived, Coulson distracted Hive with an hologram so they could sneak into the plane. Coulson explained to his team that he would set the Quinjet to fly to outer space with the warhead inside it. They found that Johnson was missing and Campbell said she went to put the warhead inside the Quinjet.

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Lincoln Campbell and Hive wait for their death

Suddenly Hive and the Primitives came and the team defeated the creatures, but Hive went after Johnson. Campbell got to the Quinjet before Johnson and flew from Zephyr One to space with Hive and the warhead with him, the team watched as Johnson begged Campbell to come back, but he was willing to sacrifice himself. They saw through the screen as the Quinjet exploded in space, killing Campbell and Hive. The team sorrowed the death of their colleague. Believing that it was the best course of action to protect those she loved, Johnson left S.H.I.E.L.D. to become the rogue vigilante later known as "Quake". She traveled to California to pursue leads on the Watchdogs.[100]

Helping the Secret Avengers[]

"Rogers' new team consisting of fellow former Avengers, including Natasha Romanoff, Wanda Maximoff, and Sam Wilson, was forced to operate off the grid and live a new life as fugitives after aiding and abetting the accused Barnes. With some ties to S.H.I.E.L.D. and the intelligence community still in tact, the team still worked to aid in the protection of Earth and its citizens."
Smithsonian Institution[src]

S.H.I.E.L.D. aided Steve Rogers, Wanda Maximoff, Natasha Romanoff and Sam Wilson when they used their ties to the organization to ask for assistance in the protection of Earth and its citizens.[101]

Jeffrey Mace's Directorship[]


Manhunt after Quake[]
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Yo-Yo Rodriguez signs the Sokovia Accords

"I don't trust the new Director, but he trusts me, so now, in order to keep that trust, I must take the appropriate action to address this break in protocol. I'm sending you and your strike team to take Coulson and Mack out of the field, by force, if necessary."
Jemma Simmons to Melinda May[src]

Several months after Hive's defeat and Lincoln Campbell's sacrifice, S.H.I.E.L.D. was once again legalized and the agency accepted the Sokovia Accords. In order to keep the fact that he was alive a secret, and to help improve the standing of Inhumans, Phil Coulson resigned from his position as director of S.H.I.E.L.D. and was replaced by Jeffrey Mace,[102] who pretended to be an Inhuman.[103] Mace appointed Jemma Simmons as Special Advisor to the Director in Science and Technology, being one of his most trusted advisors. Also, as part of his moves to separate Coulson's former inner circle, Mace assigned Melinda May the task of creating, training and leading a specialist strike team.[104] After Yo-Yo Rodriguez signed the Accords,[105] and with the help of the team,[106] she revenged her cousin's death on Victor Ramon.[107]

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S.H.I.E.L.D. fail to chase after Quake

Mace appointed Coulson and Alphonso Mackenzie to run the pursuit after Daisy Johnson, who had abandoned S.H.I.E.L.D. and became a vigilante known as Quake. One day, Coulson found Johnson speaking to Polly Hinton. He ordered the agents to get her, but she escaped from them. Coulson ordered to seal the perimeter, although he knew they lost her. He and Mackenzie then discussed where they would be assigned.[100] The Director pulled them from the pursuit, convinced that Coulson was letting Johnson to escape.

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Agents Phil Coulson and Alphonso Mackenzie

May got information from one of her contacts in law enforcement that Johnson might be in Los Angeles, as part of her fight against organized crime. Making sure Mace would not know it, May called Coulson and Mackenzie to the Playground and gave them the information. Contrary to the orders they had been given, Coulson and Mackenzie investigated Johnson's fight against the criminal organization, Aryan Brotherhood. They found out that they stole a truck with bodies inside it.

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Jemma Simmons gives orders to Melinda May

Meanwhile, Leo Fitz met with Holden Radcliffe and the latter showed him Aida, a Life-Model Decoy which would serve as a decoy target for Agents in battle. Fitz said they should wait since he did not know how the Director would use it. At the same time, Simmons found out that May helped Coulson and Mackenzie perusing Johnson. Simmons ordered her team to bring them back. Coulson and Mackenzie waited for Johnson as they were watching through the cameras how the Aryan Brotherhood made a deal with the Chinatown Crew over a mysterious box. Suddenly, they could not see the feed and then they saw the criminals killing each other. May's team came and used I.C.E.R.s to get the box. On Zephyr One, the Chinatown Crew members were threaded and May told Coulson the director wanted to speak with him.[104]

The Tour[]
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Phil Coulson meets Director Jeffrey Mace

"I count on you to be one of my top advisors. There's no one better than you, truly."
"Okay. So..."
"But, when it comes to May and Daisy, you can't be objective. And to that, I take exception. So, you focus on being the best agent we got, and I'll focus on being the best Director I can."
Jeffrey Mace and Phil Coulson[src]

Director Jeffrey Mace called Phil Coulson and Melinda May to his office. He assured the two that he was not angry about Coulson chasing Daisy Johnson behind his back, but she was a problem, since S.H.I.E.L.D. was about to be re-exposure. Mace asked Coulson to accompanied him while he would do a tour to United States Congress members in the Playground in order they would fund S.H.I.E.L.D. Meanwhile, with Jemma Simmons help, Alphonso Mackenzie and Leo Fitz were headed to a laboratory where the mysterious box contained Lucy Bauer was made. Upon arriving, the two were attacked by another man who threw Mackenzie into a reactor. Suddenly, Ghost Rider entered the room and killed the ghost, and Johnson came and freed Mackenzie.

Director Mace stops May

Jeffrey Mace reveals himself as an Inhuman

After Ghost Rider left, Mackenzie asked Johnson to come with him so they could take care of her, only to realize that Yo-Yo Rodriguez had been in contact with her all this time. They were angry at her for leaving them, but Johnson said she did what she needed to do and left. At the same time, May developed the same symptoms Chen from the Chinatown Crew had had. To retrain her, Coulson and her team tried to knock her out, but May resisted. But only when Mace came he used his Inhuman strength and durability to knock her out. By the end of the tour, Coulson asked Mace how he planned to help May, but Mace remained him that he was now the director, therefore he could not tell him. May was taken on a Quinjet away from the base.[102]

Into the Lights[]
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S.H.I.E.L.D. investigating the Blackout Attack

"And it won't work because there's an old friend back in town, here to deal with this threat and any other threat that comes our way. And last night, that old friend turned all the lights back on, saving countless lives. And that old friend is S.H.I.E.L.D."
Jeffrey Mace[src]

A group of Watchdogs, claiming to be Inhumans in order to incite fear and hate, caused a blackout in Miami, claiming that they would do the same thing to more American cities if the registration did not stop. Jeffrey Mace sent Phil Coulson, Leo Fitz and Alphonso Mackenzie to investigate the attack. As more and more cities across the nation went dark and violence against Inhumans rose, Fitz figured out that an EMP was causing the blackouts. The three went to a party and saved Yo-Yo Rodriguez from a Watchdogs team that went after her. They found out that the Watchdogs were behind the attack and used the Inhumans list from the Sokovia Accords to track them down. Fitz found the location of the EMP device, so the four defeated the Watchdogs guards and brought back the lights to Miami and the other affected cities.


Jeffrey Mace announces S.H.I.E.L.D.'s return

Meanwhile, Jemma Simmons, with the help of Holden Radcliffe, saved Melinda May from her illness. After Coulson returned to the Playground, he suggested to Mace to publicly announce the re-legalization. Mace organized a press conference, where he revealed to the public that S.H.I.E.L.D. had stopped the blackouts and it will serve both Humans and Inhumans.[108]

The Darkhold[]

Working with Vigilantes[]
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Phil Coulson visits Eli Morrow in jail

"So you may want to be solo, but forces beyond our control are driving us together. You don't need us? Fine. Right now, we need you."
Phil Coulson to Daisy Johnson and Robbie Reyes[src]

Phil Coulson failed to get more information about the incident in Momentum Labs from Eli Morrow. Outside the prison, he and Alphonso Mackenzie noticed Robbie Reyes, whom Mackenzie knew as Ghost Rider. After a short car chase, the two managed to catch Reyes. On Zephyr One, however, Coulson freed Reyes from the Containment Module after learning they were both searching for the same things. Reyes agreed to work with them and managed to get from his uncle that before she had turned into a ghost, Lucy Bauer was after a book called Darkhold.

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S.H.I.E.L.D. outside the firework warehouse

Suddenly, Mackenzie told to Coulson that JT James had broken tracking bracelet. Reyes came with the two to a warehouse, there they found Watchdogs soldiers. To their surprise, they saw Jemma Simmons and Daisy Johnson. Ghost Rider brought to the four James alive. Later, Coulson offered to Johnson and Reyes an alliance with S.H.I.E.L.D. to find the Darkhold before Bauer would. At evening, Coulson and Simmons came to Holden Radcliffe's house to visit Melinda May and Leo Fitz, and also Radcliffe's assistant, Aida.[109]


Phil Coulson secretly works with Quake

Coulson went to an operation to free Morrow from prison without Jeffrey Mace would know about it. He and May came to the prison, however, Bauer and other ghosts had come before them and caused the wardens to attack them. Mackenzie, Johnson and Reyes arrived to save them. Meanwhile, Mace, with the help of Simmons, had a debate with Senator Ellen Nadeer, during which he revealed to the world that he was an Inhuman. Reyes killed the rest of the ghosts, but Bauer freed all the Watchdogs prisoners, who were defeated by Coulson, May and Johnson. Bauer managed to kidnap Morrow.[110]

Conflict with Ghost Rider[]
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Jeffrey Mace searches the Zephyr One

"It doesn't change the fact that we have no way to contain Mr. Reyes. He's also the only person we know who can take out Lucy Bauer. We need him."
"He'll have to pay for what he did."
"I agree. But today's not that day."
Phil Coulson and Jeffrey Mace[src]

Coulson and his team tried to find Eli Morrow in Momentum Labs, but Lucy Bauer had already left the place. Jeffrey Mace came to Zephyr One with a team to search for Daisy Johnson and Robbie Reyes, so Coulson hid them and Gabe Reyes inside a Containment Module under the plane. Mace, however, found them. Leo Fitz told Mace that he had found Morrow in an old Roxxon Corporation facility.


Ghost Rider attacks Jeffrey Mace

Suddenly, Reyes broke the Module's doors and transformed into Ghost Rider. He almost killed Mace, but his brother prevented it. After a short conversation with Coulson, Mace agreed that Reyes would come with S.H.I.E.L.D. to kill Bauer. There, Coulson asked May to take the Darkhold and hide it. Reyes killed Bauer, but an explosion inside the facility caused him, Coulson and Fitz to disappear.[111] May and Mackenzie searched for them, but couldn't find them. Only after the two saw the bodies of four agents they realized Morrow had caused the explosion and received material production powers.[112]

Interdimensional Experience[]
Coulson is Sucked into Hell

Phil Coulson is nearly aspired into the Hell Dimension

"She is the tech we need to save them."
Melinda May to Holden Radcliffe[src]

Jeffrey Mace did not allow Alphonso Mackenzie to investigate the Chinatown Crew about Eli Morrow's location. With nowhere else to turn and Mackenzie's and Daisy Johnson's sudden disappearance, May asked Holden Radcliffe's help to find a way to bring back Phil Coulson and Leo Fitz. She showed him the Darkhold but he refused to use it. Instead he suggested that his assistant, Aida, would use it, revealing that she was actually an Android. With the knowledge she read, Aida built a machine that opened an Interdenominational gate which showed Coulson and Fitz were in trouble. However, the two managed to return to Earth safely, Fitz, after learning that Mace had taken Jemma Simmons away, demanded to see her, only to be surprised to her and he reunited with her.[112]

Battle at the Chinatown Crew Headquarters[]
The Big Guns

Yo-Yo Rodriguez, Robbie Reyes and Quake

"In case you haven't noticed, Phil, we're not a team that trusts. We're not a team at all."
"Maybe you're right. But we damn well better become one if we're gonna stop Eli Morrow from blowing up half of Los Angeles."
Jeffrey Mace and Phil Coulson[src]

S.H.I.E.L.D. located Eli Morrow and his Chinatown Crew members in Los Angeles. After Phil Coulson revealed to Jeffrey Mace was an Android, he sent Daisy Johnson, Robbie Reyes and Yo-Yo Rodriguez to investigate Morrow's hideout. Reyes came into a hall where a large Quantum Battery full with energy from another dimension was placed. He managed to send the feed to Leo Fitz before he was trapped inside the box by his uncle. Fitz detected a material inside the box which could destroy half of Los Angeles if it would drop. Mace brought to the mission Holden Radcliffe and Aida to assist them deliver the box into another dimension with the Inter-Dimensional Gate. Fitz also realized that Morrow harnessed the energy from the other dimension and unknowingly caused earthquakes.


Patriot declares Quake a S.H.I.E.L.D agent

As part of their plan, Coulson surrendered himself to Morrow as Fitz, Jemma Simmons, Radcliffe and Aida placed the Inter-Dimensional Gate beneath the box and Johnson tried to observe the earthquakes. Coulson tried to convince Morrow to stop his plan but since he did not listen, Coulson ordered the team to operate. He, Melinda May, Alphonso Mackenzie, Rodriguez and Mace defeated the Chinatown Crew members and threw Morrow into the box. Coulson tried to get Reyes out of the box, but as the Inter-Dimensional Gate gate opened, Reyes stayed to kill his uncle and he vanished with the box. Johnson tried to escape the scene, but as she landed near to crowd of journalists. Mace hurried to explain that Johnson had been a S.H.I.E.L.D agent all along. In the Playground, Coulson said to Johnson that he had wanted she would become the new Director. Johnson officially rejoined S.H.I.E.L.D. and Mace ordered Radcliffe to do his Life-Model Decoy experiments in their labs.[113]

A Rogue LMD[]

S.H.I.E.L.D. on a mission to rescue Vijay Nadeer

"You know, I have to admit Jemma is much tougher than I had originally given her credit for."
"Yeah, well, being in S.H.I.E.L.D. will do that to you."
Jeffrey Mace and Daisy Johnson[src]

At the Playground, Jeffrey Mace debriefed Phil Coulson, Leo Fitz, Alphonso Mackenzie, Holden Radcliffe and Melinda May about the situation regarding the Darkhold. Coulson planned to have the book destroyed, while Fitz and Radcliffe would wipe out Aida's memory, since she could not be trusted. Mace then gave Daisy Johnson their next mission - to save the Inhuman held against his will by Senator Ellen Nadeer. Since Simmons had already figured out the Inhuman was the Senator's brother, Vijay, she, Mace and Johnson went to the Senator's home to find him, only to rescuing from the Watchdogs. However, Vijay left with his sister.

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Aida fights against S.H.I.E.L.D.

Meanwhile, Aida resisting from being wiped from her memories and escaped. Finding also Nathan B. Nathanson's body, the team realized she was after the Darkhold. The LMD attacked the base by entering its system. After she found the book, Fitz and Radcliffe got back the control on the system and stopped Aida before she was about to leave. Mackenzie then cut off her head and the book was safe again.[114]

Phil Coulson's Shots[]

Jeffrey Mace's Secret[]
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Jeffrey Mace is almost assassinated

"What do you want me to do?"
"Same thing you've been doing. Defend S.H.I.E.L.D. to the public, play the hero. Keep the title, handle the politics. I never loved that part, anyway. But when it comes to operations, make no mistake. From now on, I'm calling the shots."
Jeffrey Mace and Phil Coulson[src]

During an appreciation ceremony for Daisy Johnson, a sniper tried to assassinate Jeffrey Mace. Phil Coulson, Alphonso Mackenzie, Mace and Burrows flew with a Quinjet to a safe house. However, the plane crashed in wood, killing Burrows. Glenn Talbot helped S.H.I.E.L.D. to find the three missing by also telling Leo Fitz and Jemma Simmons that Mace was not an Inhuman, but rather a person who used a special serum to gain abilities. The three faced a group of ex-HYDRA agents hired by the Watchdogs to kill Mace. Eventually, Johnson and Melinda May found and rescue them. At the Playground, Coulson clarified to Mace that from now on, he would make the orders while Mace would still be the face of S.H.I.E.L.D.[103]

Infiltrate the Capitol Building[]
Wake Up 1

Phil Coulson and Yo-Yo Rodriguez break in

"Daisy now represents S.H.I.E.L.D. Everything has to be aboveboard."
"But marching into the Capitol Building so Daisy can sign the Sokovia Accords? Senator Nadeer will be there. It seems risky."
"We're all aware of the dangers, some of us more than others."
Glenn Talbot, Jemma Simmons and Jeffrey Mace[src]

Daisy Johnson decided to sign the Sokovia Accords in a hearing of the United States Congress. Phil Coulson saw an opportunity to implant surveillance cameras inside Ellen Nadeer's office. As Johnson, Jeffrey Mace and Glenn Talbot attended the hearing, during which Senator Nadeer blamed her and S.H.I.E.L.D. for breaking the law, Coulson and Yo-Yo Rodriguez were inside the office. However, the two were caught. Coulson realized that there was a leak inside of S.H.I.E.L.D., that led to Leo Fitz discovering that it was Holden Radcliffe. They arrested him, only to realize they had arrested his LMD.[115]

Attack on the Watchdogs[]
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Melinda May's LMD reveals herself

"But it's not too late to do the right thing. Grab what you need. It's time to show the world what S.H.I.E.L.D. stands for."
Jeffrey Mace[src]

The Watchdogs kidnapped Billy Koenig. Knowing that the Watchdogs had taken him for the Darkhold, Coulson asked Daisy Johnson to identify the kidnappers. Johnson managed to identify the financier of the Watchdogs, Anton Ivanov. Coulson asked Sam Koenig where was the Darkhold, but he replied that only LT Koenig knew. After they recruited LT, she revealed that the book was hidden inside the Labyrinth. They arrived at the place, but as Sam recovered the Darkhold, Watchdogs arrived with Billy. Additionally, Leo Fitz and Jemma Simmons told Johnson that Melinda May had been replaced with an LMD. Johnson stopped LMD May from shooting Coulson. Then they rescued Billy, but Holden Radcliffe took the Darkhold and escaped.[116]


Daisy Johnson catches Tucker Shockley

While Coulson and Alphonso Mackenzie were trying to find a way to locate May], Senator Ellen Nadeer was killed in an explosion in her office. Mace, Johnson, Fitz and Simmons investigated the scene and discovered that Tucker Shockley had visited the Senator prior to the explosion. Johnson caught him and interrogated him on Zephyr One. However, he revealed himself as an Inhuman and tried to use his powers to explode himself, but they managed to throw him out of the plane. Shockley was still alive, so the four came out with a plan to catch him. Johnson exploded Shockley with her powers, but as he was about the reform his body, he was trapped in gas state inside a container by Fitz and Simmons. Mace, on the other hand, was kidnapped by Anton Ivanov.[117]

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Life-Model Decoys infiltrate the Playground

The team located Mace in a mining facility in Russia. Coulson confronted Ivanov, who saw Coulson responsible for the alien troubles on Earth. Johnson managed to hurt Ivanov severely. They found Mace, but Aida escaped with Radcliffe and May on a submarine. At the Playground, Fitz and Simmons discovered that Coulson, Johnson, Mackenzie and Mace had been replaced by LMDs during the mission.[23]

Fight against the LMDs[]
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Daisy Johnson fights the Life-Model Decoys

"This is not a sacrifice play. You know why? Because I will beat them. You hear me? I know it. If for no other reason than this through all the insane crap we have gone through, the one thing I've known, without a doubt, the whole time is you and Fitz belong together."
Daisy Johnson to Jemma Simmons[src]

The LMDs planned to bring all the tacked Inhumans to the Playground in order to kill them. Meanwhile, Jemma Simmons discovered also Leo Fitz had been replaced by an LMD and deactivated it. While Simmons was hiding from the rest of the LMDs, Daisy Johnson also discovered the truth and convinced Simmons she was the real her. LMD Mace and LMD Coulson turned all the agents against Johnson and Simmons and they searched all over the base for the two. Johnson managed to destroy LMD Mace and LMD Mackenzie. Johnson and Simmons went with James Davis, Piper and Prince to Zephyr One in order to escape the base. They convinced the LMD May to help them and she blew part of the base and destroyed LMD Coulson.[118]

Aida's Change[]

The Framework[]
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Jemma Simmons plugged into the Framework

"So you just plug yourself into these avatars?"
"Hook up with our people and find out where on Earth their bodies are being held."
"And rescue them."
"That sounds easy. Will it be easy?"
"They don't know."
Piper, Daisy Johnson and Yo-Yo Rodriguez[src]

On Zephyr One, the agents and Yo-Yo Rodriguez helped Daisy Johnson and Jemma Simmons entering the Framework, so they would find there the missing agents and free them from Aida.[118] During that time, Jeffrey Mace's avatar died, killing the Director himself.[119] The agents on the Zephyr were hunted by the Superior. Eventually, Johnson and Simmons managed to wake all the agents, with the exception with Alphonso Mackenzie, but Aida created for herself an Inhuman body.[120]

From the Tin to the Bottom[]
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S.H.I.E.L.D. are threatened by Glenn Talbot

As Phil Coulson, Melinda May and Leo Fitz were still shocked from their experience, Aida revealed herself to them and used her abilities to transport her and Fitz away from Ivanov Oil Platform. On Zephyr One, the agents located the missing agents' location and went to rescue them. They saved Coulson and May and brought them on board, but surprisingly Aida saved the still plugged into the Framework Alphonso Mackenzie. They returned to the Playground and found it burned down. Glenn Talbot and his unit suspected the agents to be Life-Model Decoy and threatened them. Meanwhile, Aida lost her mind upon learning Fitz did not want to be with her. She used her Inhuman abilities to attack James Davis and Prince, so the agents had to abounded the base and leave Aida behind. On their run, Yo-Yo Rodriguez entered the Framework to bring Mackenzie back.[121]

Return of the Rider[]
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Ghost Rider joins the fight

"We were all in the Framework together. We understand how confusing and screwed-up that world is. And trust me, it's gonna take me years to process everything that happened in there. But the one thing that I don't need time to understand is that we are all in this together."
Daisy Johnson to Leo Fitz[src]

To their surprise, Robbie Reyes returned to Earth to get the Darkhold and kill Aida. Glenn Talbot informed Phil Coulson that there was a conference regarding S.H.I.E.L.D.'s future, with Aida's spawn Anton Ivanov attending. Together with Reyes, they found Talbot shot by Daisy Johnson' LMD. They retrieved the Darkhold from Aida's LMD army and planned their next move, after realizing Aida wanted to use Daisy Johnson to create similar events which led to HYDRA's domination over the Framework world.

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The team is apprehended by Enoch

In order to draw Aida to them, they returned to the Playground. They used Jemma Simmon's LMD and Leo Fitz so Aida would encounter Coulson, who with the powers generated by the Spirit of Vengeance managed to kill Aida. Yo-Yo Rodriguez managed to get Alphonso Mackenzie out of the Framework before it was deleted. Coulson handed Reyes the Darkhold and the latter returned to Dark Dimension.[122] Coincidentally, when the team was finally reunited, the alien Enoch captured them all. With the exception of Fitz, they were sent through a Time Di'Alla to the year 2091, where Earth had been destroyed and the survivor humans lived in the Lighthouse bunker on the ruins of the planet. The agents had to blend among the locals to hide from the Kree, who had the control over the station.[123][124] They eventually managed to return to the present.[125]

Second Shutdown[]

Hunted by the Government[]

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Lance Hunter rescues Leo Fitz

"I'm a general in the United States Air Force. You're the leader of a domestic terrorist organization. I'm just trying to bring you to justice."
Hale to Phil Coulson[src]

Due to the death of Director Jeffrey Mace, the assassination attempt of Glenn Talbot by Daisy Johnson's LMD and the sudden disappearance of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, S.H.I.E.L.D. was labeled defunct and was dissolved. A manhunt for its agents was ordered. United States Air Force General Hale was among those who actively tracked down the agents.[126] However, most of the remaining agents had actually disappeared, having been sent into the 2091 by Enoch.[123] The only S.H.I.E.L.D. agents Hale was able to find were Leo Fitz, who remained imprisoned in Blue Raven Ridge for six months before being rescued by former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Lance Hunter[126] and Piper, who was promised by Hale that no harm would come to her fellow S.H.I.E.L.D. agents if she helped to find them.[11]

The Lighthouse[]

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S.H.I.E.L.D. returns into the present

During their stay in the future, S.H.I.E.L.D. was informed that their actions could be the cause of a cataclysmic event causing the destruction of the entire planet.[127] Once they got back into their time, they took possession of an old Project Reclamation facility, the Lighthouse, which they turned into their primary base of operations. Despite still being labeled as criminals, S.H.I.E.L.D. carried on its efforts to prevent the destruction of Earth from happening, reclaiming the Zephyr One and escaping from operatives sent by Hale.[11] Thanks to Deke Shaw, several S.H.I.E.L.D. former agents and allies, including James Davis and Deathlok, returned to the organization to help their former colleagues, thus increasing S.H.I.E.L.D.'s range of actions.[128]

HYDRA and the Confederacy[]

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The S.H.I.E.L.D. and HYDRA leaders talk

It was during this underground existence that S.H.I.E.L.D. discovered the continued existence of their archenemy: HYDRA, under the leadership of Hale. Although S.H.I.E.L.D. leader Phil Coulson was offered to initiate a collaboration between S.H.I.E.L.D. and HYDRA to fight against the extraterrestrial alliance known as the Confederacy, he refused, fearing that it was precisely such actions which could lead to a cataclysm, thus sparking a renewed conflict between the two organizations.[129] The conflict did not last long, however, with HYDRA losing much of its power due to its misguided plans involving Gravitonium, leaving S.H.I.E.L.D. alone to face the Confederacy.[130]

Siege of the Lighthouse[]

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S.H.I.E.L.D. faces off with the Remorath

S.H.I.E.L.D. went under harsh assault when its headquarters were besieged by the Confederacy and its Remorath soldiers, causing several agents to be killed. The invaders were eventually routed by Glenn Talbot, who had been sheltered by S.H.I.E.L.D. after his imprisonment in the HYDRA Preparatory Academy,[131] but Talbot, who had been infused with Gravitonium and gained incredibly dangerous abilities, actually turned out to be the ultimate threat S.H.I.E.L.D. had to fight since he was the one who could cause the destruction of Earth.[132]

A Difficult Decision[]

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S.H.I.E.L.D. contemplate Phil Coulson's fate

This caused S.H.I.E.L.D. to work on a way to end Talbot for good, although they also had been aware that their own Director was dying, and that any effort to save him could be related to the cataclysm they were trying to avert, leading to tensions between the most prominent members of the organization.[133]

Alphonso Mackenzie's Directorship[]

The Gravitonium Threat[]

Unanimous Vote[]
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Alphonso Mackenzie is voted as the Director

"Coulson wants me to call the shots in his absence... well, that's my decision: Mack should call the shots. He has the biggest heart... I mean physically, but also, you know. You are our moral center. And look, I never want to stop being a soldier... he's a general we can all rally behind. Anyone who thinks I'm hundred percent right about this raise your hand."
Daisy Johnson[src]

While Daisy Johnson had initially been chosen by Phil Coulson to lead S.H.I.E.L.D. once he would be unable to assume this task, she heavily struggled to be a reliable and respected leader. Her difficulties culminated in an unsanctioned mission undertaken by some of her teammates.[134] Acknowledging that she was unable to lead in the end, Johnson decided to let Alphonso Mackenzie be the new Director of S.H.I.E.L.D., feeling that he would be a far better leader than herself. This choice was approved by everybody else, including Coulson himself.[135]

Battle of Chicago[]
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S.H.I.E.L.D. comes to Chicago's rescue

"This is S.H.I.E.L.D., we're here to help. We have an aircraft to evacuate any civilians trapped near the center of the city, you'll know it when you see it. Get them there. We will clear the high floors of the impacted buildings before they collapse. And most importantly, do not engage the enemy. I repeat, do not engage the enemy. We will handle it."
Alphonso Mackenzie[src]

Under their new Director, S.H.I.E.L.D. immediately revealed its continued existence to the public when they intervened in Chicago, where Glenn Talbot had begun a rampage looking for Gravitonium. S.H.I.E.L.D. obtained a decisive victory over the new member of the Confederacy, although it was at the cost of the life of Leo Fitz. In the aftermath of the battle, Coulson officially announced that he would retire in Tahiti and recognized Mackenzie as his successor.[135]

Rebuilding S.H.I.E.L.D.[]
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S.H.I.E.L.D.'s top agents in the Zephyr One

"I'll never be the Director Coulson was."
"No, you're a different Director. That's not a bad thing."
Alphonso Mackenzie and Melinda May[src]

A year later, thanks to the efforts of Alphonso Mackenzie and Melinda May as well as S.H.I.E.L.D.'s help during the Battle of Chicago, the agency was relegalized. They were able to recruit a significant number of new agents and to acquire new technology. Although the agents had faith in their new Director, Mackenzie would question himself in the position, not thinking he could live up to Phil Coulson.[136]

Search for Leo Fitz[]

A Year-Long Search[]

Agents Johnson, Simmons, Piper, and Davis hide from the Confederacy

"He's out there, isn't he?"
"Yes, sir."
"Then get to work."
Phil Coulson and Jemma Simmons[src]

Daisy Johnson, Jemma Simmons, Piper and James Davis went on a search on Zephyr One in deep-space to find Leo Fitz, whom they thought was still inside a Cryo-Freeze Chamber. However, their search led them to find the chamber empty inside a wrecked Chronicom Vessel on the planet D'Rill. As Johnson, Piper and Davis argued in favor of returning to Earth, Simmons was against it, insisting Fitz was on the planet Naro-Atzia. Suddenly, the Confederacy attacked them, so Simmons tricked her teammates and they used the Phase Harmonic Teleportation Device to teleport to her suggested planet.[136]

Arrival on Kitson[]

Simmons asks Pretorious Pryce where Leo Fitz is

Upon arriving on Naro-Atzia, Zephyr-One was boarded by Pretorious Pryce, whom Johnson and Simmons questioned about Fitz. Suddenly, Malachi, a Chronicom Hunter, appeared and attacked the agents, but Davis was able to knock him out. After interrogating both Pryce and Malachi, the four agents discovered that Fitz was supposed to arrive on Naro-Atzia, but changed course to Kitson and that Malachi was after Fitz for tampering with the laws of the universe.

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Johnson and Simmons in the House of Games

The four and a prisoned Malachi traveled to Kitson and tracked Fitz's ship and its new owners, Boyle and Toad, who told the agents that Fitz and Enoch were probably in the House of Games casino. Johnson, Simmons, and Davis then took some Puffies candies from the two of them. On Zephyr One, Davis started hallucinating due to the Puffies and let Malachi escape who called other Chronicom Hunters for help. In the casino, Johnson and Simmons hallucinated as well. They were unsuccessfully looking for Fitz when suddenly, three Chronicom Hunters entered. While Johnson was fighting them, Simmons found Fitz, however, Malachi used teleportation to kidnap him.[137]

Encountering the Chronicoms[]

The S.H.I.E.L.D. team about to fight the Chronicoms

As they were flying with Enoch, Zephyr One was taken control by Chronicoms led by Atarah. She informed the agents that their home planet had been destroyed by some kind of cosmic plague and they needed the S.H.I.E.L.D.'s knowledge of time-travel to restore their planet. Johnson and Simmons told her that they did not understand how they had been able to travel through time, so Atarah threatened to execute Fitz and all of them if they did not help her. Enoch intervened and said that Fitz could be helpful, but he needed Simmons to be motivated. Surprised to hear that, the agents tried to escape from the Chronicoms, but Simmons told Johnson, Piper, and Davis to return to Earth and that she would stay with the Chronicoms and be reunited with Fitz. The three agents agreed and made their last jump back to Earth.[138]

Sarge's Campaign[]

Arrival of Sarge's Crew[]

S.H.I.E.L.D. tracks the signals

"The Shrike are a cancer. I'm going to make sure this is the last planet they ever infect."
"How do you plan to do that?"
"To stop the spread, you cut off the limb. When their creator arrives, I'm going to burn it all down."
Sarge and Melinda May[src]

S.H.I.E.L.D. was tracking signals of paranormal activities around the world. They traced one in India, so Mackenzie ordered May and Damon Keller to investigate. They found Jaco coming out of a wall and Tinker who came only halfway through it. Jaco fired at the agents and ran away. Later, Mackenzie asked for Dr. Marcus Benson to assist S.H.I.E.L.D. in their science division and to establish a future S.H.I.E.L.D. academy. He agreed and helped them to examine Tinker. They found on him a timer and coordinates for the next anomaly. S.H.I.E.L.D. arrived to the Museum of Natural History in Indiana, but a mysterious group had destroyed the site and from the ruins emerged a truck with on it a man with an appearance identical to Coulson.[136]

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The STRIKE team in Charmont Jewelers

S.H.I.E.L.D. were able to retrieve a DNA sample of the Sarge, which Benson discovered had a match of 100% to Coulson's DNA. After locating the mysterious group in Cincinnati, Ohio, Mackenzie sent May and Yo-Yo Rodriguez to a shipping yard where they had been spotted. However, the two were redirected to the Charmont Jewelers store nearby as Sarge and his squad were robbing it. The squad barricaded themselves inside the vault and the STRIKE team tried to break in. They found out that the squad had a way to teleport to another place so May drove back to the shipping yard and found the squad's cloaked truck. After a fight between her and the squad, they managed to escape with the robbed jewelry. In the Lighthouse, Benson showed Mackenzie a footage he had discovered in Tinker's device of Sarge and his squad destroying a planet.[139]

Attack on Deke Shaw[]

Mackenzie leads his agents to Deke Shaw's Company

Harold Simcoe's body was found and brought to the Lighthouse. He was stabbed by Sarge and mineral protrusions appeared on his skin. Benson, with the assistance of Rodriguez and Keller, found a winged creature inside the body which acted as a parasitic to its hosts. The creature flew outside the body and flew into Keller's mouth. While Rodriguez and Benson were trying to help him, Keller's body transformed into a large mineral. Rodriguez, in sorrow, had to kill him in order to cause less damage. Meanwhile, Agent Trevor Khan, who was undercover in Deke Shaw's company in order to watch him, informed Mackenzie that Shaw was under attack by Sarge's squad. Mackenzie, May and a team flew to the company's office and tried to capture the assailants. May went after Snowflake, but was kidnapped by Sarge; however, Jaco and Pax were apprehended.[140]

Discovering More About the Threat[]
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Mackenzie hugs Johnson

In the Lighthouse, Rodriguez realized that the Shrike was made of the same material as the Monoliths that they had encountered. With that knowledge, Benson informed Mackenzie that if the Shrike connected to the Earth's energy lines, the results could be catastrophic. After doing research on the word "Pachakutiq" mentioned by Tinker, Benson requested permission to go to Yucatán and South America to investigate the monoliths origins. All of the sudden, Daisy Johnson contacted the base and landed Zephyr One. She, Piper, and James Davis were greeted by Mackenzie and Rodriguez but they did not return with Jemma Simmons and Leo Fitz. Agent Khan then informed them that May had managed to escape Sarge's captivity and she was heading to the base with Sarge as a captive.[138] Mackenzie and Johnson then updated each other on their missions and what they were up against.[141]

Working with Sarge[]

Sarge is questioned by S.H.I.E.L.D.

When Melinda May arrived at the Lighthouse with Sarge and Snowflake, every agent at the base was at unease seeing Phil Coulson's lookalike. He was questioned by Alphonso Mackenzie and told him that the Shrike would cause the end of the world and as his mission was to stop the creatures for good, Sarge ensured Mackenzie that he would need him eventually. Deke Shaw was able to activate Sarge's Tracker and located two hosts of the Shrike. Melinda May and Yo-Yo Rodriguez were sent to capture the hosts. Meanwhile, Jaco tried to escape from his cell with his fire breathing ability but he was stopped by Mackenzie and Daisy Johnson.

Search for the Shrike

The Shrike break out of S.H.I.E.L.D. custody

After the two hosts were locked inside the Containment Module, they started to evolve into large crystals. Mackenzie brought Sarge to help them find a solution before the Shrike destroyed Zephyr One, so Sarge demanded that he and his squad be set free. Mackenzie agreed and Sarge revealed that the Shrike were sensitive to cold. With that information, Rodriguez opened the plane's ramp midair and destroyed the crystals. At the Lighthouse, Sarge said that there were more Shrike out there and their maker, Izel, was coming. The agents reluctantly turned to him for guidance on what to do next.[142]

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S.H.I.E.L.D. work with Sarge to stop the Shrike

S.H.I.E.L.D. located the convergence point of the Shrike hosts and where Izel would come to meet them. Mackenzie altered his deal with Sarge and had him, May, Johnson, Shaw, and Snowflake take Sarge's Truck and go to the location. Mackenzie tailed them on Zephyr One with Jaco and Pax as prisoners. As they were heading to the location, Marcus Benson sent to Mackenzie his research on Izel. May and Johnson informed the Director that a Shrike Tower was under construction, as James Davis informed him about a space ship, with Izel seemingly on it, that was heading toward the Tower.[143]

Betrayed by Sarge[]
Diasy and May confront Sarge

S.H.I.E.L.D. learns about Sarge's true plan

Rodriguez caught Pax killing an agent and freeing Jaco, so she locked them up again; however, Pax had become so nervous he told her Sarge's real plan: to smash his truck in the tower and activate an Atom Bomb to kill Izel and the Shrike for good. After Rodriguez told May and Johnson abut the plan, they confronted Sarge and told him that the bomb would kill thousand of citizens. Sarge then escaped from the truck without telling them anything and Shaw found the bomb.[143]

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Sarge hijacks Zephyr One from S.H.I.E.L.D.

After Shaw failed to defuse the bomb and the truck crashed into the tower, Johnson used her powers to contain the bomb. The tower was destroyed but the Shrike started attacking the truck. Sarge teleported onto Zephyr One, taking control of the plane with his squad. He protected the bridge from Rodriguez using Shelter Charges. After he learned that the bomb had not been activated and monitored Izel's ship getting away, he forced Davis to pursue it. Rodriguez caught Pax and pushed him against the plasma wall, so Jaco lowered the shields to tend his wounds, giving an opportunity to Rodriguez to give Mackenzie the keys to his handcuffs. Sarge then killed Pax and ordered Jaco to find her.[144]

Infiltration into the Lazy Comet[]
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S.H.I.E.L.D. stop the Shrike and save FitzSimmons

Suddenly, Jemma Simmons and Leo Fitz contacted Zephyr One from Izel's ship, allowing Sarge and Izel to communicate and they threatened one another. Roudriguez was able to convince Jaco to help S.H.I.E.L.D. instead of Sarge and together they retook control of the plane. Mackenzie, Rodriguez, Davis, and Jaco took a Quinjet and boarded Izel's ship to face her and her Shrike hosts. Mackenzie and Rodriguez found Simmons and Fitz while Daivs and Jaco tried to engage Izel, but she somehow disappeared. The Shrike hosts took over the Quinjet, so the agents used Jaco's Spray Paint Transporter to return to the ground, on Sarge's truck. After Johnson used her powers to destroy all of the Shrike, the team reunited at last. Jaco took the bomb back on the ship, choosing to sacrifice himself to destroy it. With the Shrike threat on Earth eliminated and the return of Fitz and Simmons, the agents celebrated at the Lighthouse.[144]

Izel's Campaign[]

Infiltrated by Izel[]
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Daisy Johnson and Yo-Yo Rodriguez investigate

"Our wish?"
"To give this gift to the rest of our kind, open the door, bring them forth, give them form."
"The Shrike."
"Created billions of willing hosts, waiting throughout this galaxy."
Sarge and Izel[src]

To everyone's surprise, Melinda May shot Sarge in his cell. However, when she was later confronted about it she could not recall herself doing it. Daisy Johnson and Yo-Yo Rodriguez investigated more agents and came to the conclusion that Izel had possessed James Davis's body when he infiltrated the Lazy Comet and later possessed May in order to shoot Sarge.

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Izel infiltrates the Lighthouse

In the control room, the agents questioned one another to find out if Izel was amongst them. Alphonso Mackenzie correctly guessed that she possessed Leo Fitz, so she revealed herself to the agents. In order to force them to reveal who the Director was, she killed Davis and then possessed Mackenzie. With him as her host, Izel got away. Fitz theorized that she and Sarge came from the Fear Dimension that Phil Coulson had sealed and Izel was after the Gravity Containment Device which held the Di'Allas' energy. Fitz also explained that Coulson's exposure to the space-time rift had caused the creation of a duplicate body of him in Izel's world which Sarge had possessed.

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Izel steals the Gravity Containment Device

Meanwhile, Sarge was somehow resurrected and went after Izel. Johnson and Rodriguez found Mackenzie outside the room of the containment device. Izel exited the room with the device and possessed Rodriguez's body. She demanded to get on Zephyr One, so Mackenzie agreed only if he would come with her. Later, Fitz and Deke Shaw watched the footage from the room where Sarge and Izel had spoken, realizing that her plan was to give her entire non-corporeal species bodies to possess.[145]

Interrogating Sarge[]
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Sarge killed by Daisy Johnson

S.H.I.E.L.D. tried to track the Zephyr One. At the same time, May and Johnson interrogated Sarge hoping to see if Coulson was maybe buried inside his mind, but it was no use, although his strength increased. Johnson then killed Sarge again, thinking his resurrection would strengthen him more, so they could use him to kill Izel. Sarge then came back to life and escaped his cell. Johnson reclaimed Sarge's Sword and went after him. However, Sarge, afraid of his true nature, was actually trying to sacrifice himself. Johnson acknowledged that he acted like Coulson, so she decided to trust him.

Team FitzSimmons

FitzSimmons and Deke Shaw work to stop Izel

Meanwhile, Fitz, Simmons, and Shaw had created bullets made from the material of the Shrike Daggers to fight the Shrike hosts and also Sonic Barrier Cuffs to defend themselves from Izel's powers. Piper than contacted Marcus Benson from a Containment Module after he had escaped from Izel and he told her that Izel was heading to the Temple of the Forgotten.[146]

Stopping Izel[]
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S.H.I.E.L.D. and Sarge go to stop Izel

Johnson, May, Piper, and Sarge arrived on a Quinjet near the Temple and encountered Shrike hosts. At the base, Shaw revealed to Fitz and Simmons that he had secretly moved his company to the base and showed them his version of the Phase Harmonic Teleportation Device, which he used to teleport himself to the Temple and rescue Mackenzie, Rodriguez, and a Monolith recreation of Flint, who Izel had possessed to recreate the Di'Allas.

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Melinda May is stabbed by Sarge

As they were running away from her, Shaw placed a camera which broadcasted to the base allowing the rest of S.H.I.E.L.D. to see Izel using the Di'Allas to open the portal to her world. Mackenzie and Rodriguez brought a wounded Flint to Piper so she could treat his injuries. After Johnson kept the Shrike hosts away from the temple, they followed her to Zephyr One, forcing her, Mackenzie, and Rodriguez to barricade themselves inside the plane. May and Sarge faced Izel, who had opened the portal, but Izel was able to turn Sarge to her side, making him to stab May. Sarge then threw her through the portal.[147]

Ambush at the Lighthouse[]
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FitzSimmons are rescued by Enoch

As the agents at the Lighthouse were witnessing May's apparent death, Chronicom Hunters invaded the base. They killed several agents and collected the Toolbox. Fitz and Simmons feared they were after the agents' data that was stored in the Framework, so they were ready to blow the servers up with them to prevent them from collecting it. However, Enoch saved them and told them that he had a plan to stop Malachi from turning Earth into the new Chronicom world.[148]

Battle at the Temple of the Forgotten[]
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Izel is killed by Melinda May

Meanwhile, as the Shrike hosts were closing on Mackenzie, Johnson, and Rodriguez, they guided Shaw to land a Quinjet on Zephyr One. The three then killed all of the hosts, however, a Shrike flew inside Rodriguez's mouth. They regrouped with Shaw and went inside the temple and encountered Sarge. Mackenzie was fighting him as Rodriguez was struggling with the Shrike inside her, urging Johnson to kill her. Izel returned from the portal and was about to kill Johnson, but May emerged from the portal as well and stabbed Izel with Sarge's sword. She then passed it to Mackenzie and with Johnson's help, he killed Sarge. The portal was shut down and the Shrike, including the one inside Rodriguez, died.


Jemma Simmons rescues the S.H.I.E.L.D. team

May, still wounded from her injury, was in fatal condition, but Simmons suddenly appeared with a team of agents, put May inside a Cryo-Freeze Chamber and took a sample of the Time Di'Alla. They all boarded Zephyr One, which had new features, and Simmons informed them about the Chronicoms' plan to conquer Earth. She then activated the plane's Phase Harmonic Teleportation Device, which caused the Zephyr to teleport, and the Ionizer Missiles shot by the Chronicoms missed them and instead destroyed the temple.[148]

War Against the Chronicoms[]

The Return of Phil Coulson[]
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Phil Coulson is brought back as a Chronicom LMD

"The Chronicoms want to establish Chronyca-3 as their new home planet here, on Earth. They believe only S.H.I.E.L.D. can stop them, so they sent Hunters to destroy S.H.I.E.L.D. and everyone within it."
Jemma Simmons[src]

Zephyr One was teleported above the skies of New York City and the S.H.I.E.L.D. team realized that the Jump Drive took them back in time to 1931. Jemma Simmons explained that they needed time to figure out exactly what S.H.I.E.L.D. secrets the Chronicoms were after. Simmons then revealed their last asset, created with Enoch to act as an expert in S.H.I.E.L.D history: a new Life-Model Decoy of Phil Coulson, which was activated by Daisy Johnson despite Alphonso Mackenzie's hesitation.[148] Simmons then explained to the rest of the team that Leo Fitz's location was unknown in order to keep that information away from the Chronicoms and he was controlling the Zephyr's jumps to different points in time which allowed the team to chase the Chronicoms.[3]

Ensuring HYDRA's Rise[]
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S.H.I.E.L.D. fight the Chronicoms in the 30s

The team was investigating the Chronicoms' moves and found out they were after Wilfred Malick. The Chronicoms tried to kill him and prevent him from delivering HYDRA a key ingredient of the Super Soldier Serum, so in order to preserve the timeline, S.H.I.E.L.D. helped the future HYDRA leader accomplish his mission, while the team hunted by the Chronicom Hunters.[3] Although they succeeded and made sure Malick delivered the ingredient, Enoch was not on the Zephyr when it made the next jump and he was left behind.[149]

Infiltration into Area 51[]
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Phil Coulson and Jemma Simmons infiltrate Area 51

The team arrived to the year 1955, where they sneaked into Area 51 to stop the Chronicoms from using Project Helius to kill the S.H.I.E.L.D. scientists at the base. They were able to stop the Chronicoms, but Coulson was captured by Agent Daniel Sousa. Meanwhile, Melinda May was healed from her fatal wound, but due to her presence at Izel's Realm, she developed the ability to sense other's feelings by touch.[9]

Saving Daniel Sousa[]