Welcome to S.H.I.E.L.D. Dossiers, a weekly look back at some of the Easter eggs from ABC's new series Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. If you've read Arrow Annotations, our weekly look at CW's Arrow show, you'll have a basic idea of what this column is about. While this won't be a comprehensive collection of Easter eggs and references to the comics/movies (I'm going to skip some of the more obvious references), I will do my darndest to catch as many as I can.
Here we go!
Raina - She's a new character created for Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The only Raina that exists in the Marvel Universe is a saurid (a humanoid creature evolved from a dinosaur) so I don't think that's her.
Chan Ho Yin - Another character created just for the television series. While there are two minor Marvel supervillains named Scorch, neither of them are Chinese or share any other characteristics with Chan. Some are claiming that this Scorch might be a version of Tommy Ng, a half-Vietnamese villain who fought Night Thrasher under the alias Scorch, but it seems unlikely.
Agent Quan- Tzi Ma, the actor who plays Quan, has appeared in a slew of television series, including 24 and Fringe, as well as two of Jackie Chan's Rush Hour movies. He also appeared in Dollhouse, one of Joss Whedon's earlier series.
Power Protocols - Seems as good a time as any to mention that S.H.I.E.L.D's Index and Power Protocols feel a bit similar to the Superhero Registration Act, a US law that required all people with extranormal abilities to register with the US government. The fallout from the implimentation of this law led to Mark Millar's Civil War series, which pitted Captain America against Iron Man.
Manning, Snowden, Aaron Swartz - Miles Lydon (Skye's hacker boyfriend) mentions Pvt. Bradley/Chelsea Manning, who leaked various military and State department memos to Wikileaks, Edward Snowden, who blew the whistle on the NSA's controversial surveillance programs, and Aaron Swartz, a co-founder of reddit and founder of the RSS feed who commited suicide after being charged with a long list of crimes after he was arrested downloading JSTOR academic journals on MIT's campus.
Centipede - The "Centipede" group from the pilot makes a return this episode, as does the evil Doctor Debbie (the redhead who Mike Peterson saved in the pilot episode). In case you've forgotten, the Centipede project looks to combine the Extremis virus (from Iron Man 3) with gamma radiation (the kind used to create the Incredible Hulk) and elements of Dr. Erskine'sformula (which created Captain America) to create new super soldiers.
Lock Exploding Device - When Coulson, May and the S.H.I.E.L.D. team storm Centipede's Hong Kong facility, Coulson used a little device to blow the lock on one of the doors. It's identical to the device he used in Iron Man to enter Obidiah Stane's secret workshop/facility with Pepper Potts.
The Clairvoyant - Honestly, Centipede's clairvoyant could refer to a lot of people in the Marvel universe, but it's interesting to note that they mentioned him/her a week after S.H.I.E.L.D. denied the existence of ESP/psychic powers.
And here's one I missed last week:
Diamonds hidden in golf balls - During a mission to infiltrate a smuggling ring, James Bond also hid diamonds inside golf balls in Diamonds are Forever.
And that's all I found this week. We've got a short break coming up, but I'll see you all in November!
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