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!
Roxxon - Roxxon Energy (which has already made a few appearances in the Marvel Cinematic Universe) is an energy company that's had a combative and often antagonistic role in many Marvel comics. Roxxon was first introduced in 1974 when members of the Serpent Squad captured Roxxon's CEO Hugh Jones in order to gain access to Roxxon equipment that would help them explore the lost continent of Lemuria. While Captain America rescued Jones, the kidnapping led to Jones being mentally bonded to the Serpent Crown, a malevolent artifact from an alien world. Jones would later use the Crown and Roxxon's resources to nearly take over the United States. Roxxon was created by Steve Englehart.
Roxxon was also involved in the deaths of Tony Stark's parents, and has employed and outfitted a number of supervillains to protect their company's interests. During Ed Brubaker's run on Captain America, the Red Skull (possessing the body of Aleksander Lukin) purchased Roxxon in order to gain access to its resources and infrastructure.
Roxxon has been mentioned in all three Iron Man films to date. A building carrying the Roxxon background was shown during Iron Man's battle with Obidiah Stane in Iron Man, one of the F-1 racecars during the race scene was sponsored by Roxxon in Iron Man 2, and a Roxxon executive was 'executed' by the Mandarin in Iron Man 3. Iron Man 3's final battle also took place on a Roxxon oil tanker. Agent Coulson also had an interesting encounter at a Roxxon filling station in the Marvel short 'A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor's Hammer'.
Particle Accelerator - This is the second week that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has shared a plot point with Arrow. A particle accelerator in Central City has been mentioned in every episode of Arrow this season, and presumably will tie into Barry Allen becoming the Flash.
The Fridge - Coulson mentions that they're taking Hannah to 'the Fridge'. The Fridge first appeared in 'The Asset', and was where S.H.I.E.L.D. stored Franklin Hall's gravitonium after it absorbed him.
Tobias Ford - Tobias Ford is a new character created for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and was portrayed by Robert Baker. Baker was the voice of Cobra Commander in GI Joe: Retaliation.
Shield 616 - In case you missed it, the Bus's call sign is '616', a reference to the numerical designation for the main Marvel universe. We first discussed the origins of 616 in the Dossiers for '0-8-4'.
Hell - Tobias frequently mentions that he was trapped between this world and "hell". Presumably, he's referring to Muspelheim, the Norse hell dimension that briefly made an appearance in Thor: The Dark World. This is the second week in a row that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. referenced Thor: The Dark World, although this week's reference was a bit more pertinent than last week's.
The Scrabble Game - Among the words shown on the Scrabble board are 'espionage', 'zodiac' and 'aglet'. Zodiac could be a little nod towards Zodiac, a villainous criminal organization that exists in the Marvel universe. Agent Carter fought against members of the Zodiac organization in the 'Agent Carter' Marvel short. In addition, 'Strange' and 'Tales' also appeared on the board, a reference to the Strange Tales comics in which early stories featuring Nick Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D. appeared.
Aglet - In case you didn't know what an aglet was, this song should help drill it into your head.
And that's it for this week. Have a Happy Thanksgiving and we'll see you in two weeks!
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