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!
The Dude - Skye makes a reference to The Dude from The Big Lebowski, who was played by Jeff Bridges. Jeff Bridges also played the villainous Obidiah Stane in Iron Man.
Agent Blake - Agent Blake first appeared in the Marvel One Shot "Item 47", which gave fans a first look at a post Chitauri invasion Battle of New York. As seen this episode, he has a much more no nonsense approach to his job than Coulson or Agent Sitwell (who's set to appear next episode!). He's also touched Lola, so he's probably a bit of a dick.
Blake's first appearance in the Marvel movieverse can be seen here.
Blake is played by Titus Wellever, an actor who's best known for his appearances in LOST, Deadwood and Sons of Anarchy.
Psy-Ops - Simmons mentioned that she and Fitz worked together in Psy-Ops, the psychic division of S.H.I.E.L.D.. I guess this confirms that Fitz and Simmons were lying to Skye about the existence of psychic powers back in "Eye Spy".
Tony Diaz - The third firefighter to die, Tony Diaz, was played by Vincent Laresca, who had a bit role in Amazing Spider-Man as a construction worker.
Typhoid Mary - Typhoid Mary was a real life historical figure who caused several outbreaks of typhoid in New York City in the early 1900s. While she carried the typhoid bacteria, she suffered none of the symptoms. Coupled with her work as a cook, she spread the disease throughout New York City before she was quarantined for the rest of her life.
Of course, there's also a Typhoid Mary in the Marvel comics as well. In the comics, Mary Walker suffers from a multiple personality disorder and has low level psionic (telekenisis, pyrokenesis) powers. She's frequently been a foe of Daredevil as one of Kingpin's many assassins.
Someone to...punish - Ward mentions that he wishes there was someone around to "punish". It's a coincidence, probably, but the live action rights to the Punisher are back in Marvel's hands, so we may eventually see Frank Castle appearing in the Cinematic Universe.
On a personal aside, this was my favorite episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. so far, and the first to elicit a positive reaction from my wife. She was actually bawling when Simmons jumped off the plane. So, good job Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.