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The series shows that Phil Coulson's personal car, Lola, can fly. In the S.H.I.E.L.D. comics, flying cars supplied by Stark Industries have been standard vehicles for the organization since 1967.
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The information given about San Juan, Puerto Rico is accurate. Even the legend regarding "La Garita del Diablo" (The Devil's Sentry Box) is correct. Still today, no one dares to get inside of it although it's closed to the public anyway. Also, the place marks exactly one of the corners of the Bermuda Triangle.
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The relationship between Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) and Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) is based on the relationship between Series Creators, Executive Producers, and Writers Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen.
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At first, Chloe Bennet had thought that her character would become She-Hulk.
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Several episodes from the first season establish the origins of several long-running Marvel characters. For example, Franklin Hall introduced in episode three, "The Asset", who becomes the supervillain, Graviton, and Donnie Gill in episode twelve, "Seeds", who becomes Blizzard, one of the foes of Iron Man.
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Chloe Bennet fractured her elbow in two places while performing a one-take fight scene in season two. She had to film the rest of the season with a broken arm.
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The character of Scorch is actually a mutant in Marvel comics, but since Twentieth Century Fox, at the time, owned the rights to use the term mutants in Marvel properties, his status was alluded to slyly by using the slang terms used for mutants in the comics like "gifted" and "special".
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S.H.I.E.L.D. stands for Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division. When originally created for the comic book in 1965, it stood for Supreme Headquarters, International Espionage, Law-Enforcement Division.
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In an August 2013 Entertainment Weekly interview, Joss Whedon said that this show is "basically a television series of 'The Zeppo' (an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997)), which was a very deliberate deconstruction of a Buffy episode in order to star the person who mattered the least. The people who are ignored are the people I've been writing as my heroes from day one." The term "Zeppo" is a reference to Zeppo Marx, one of the Marx Brothers who frequently appeared in their movies. His role was to appear as a "normal" character to contrast their own ridiculous antics and as a foil for them to bounce jokes off of.
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The call-sign number for Agent Coulson's personal plane "The Bus" is "616", which in Marvel comic continuity is a recurring motif that is used to designate the universe which mainstream Marvel comic continuity takes place.
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While this is a continuation of Coulson's first appearance (film or otherwise), this is actually the second television series in which Clark Gregg played the character. He also voiced the character on Ultimate Spider-Man (2012).
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There is a signpost in "The Hub" base that points to the H.A.M.M.E.R. hangar, a nod to the Spider-Man antagonist, Norman Osborn, who, for a while, was in charge of S.H.I.E.L.D. and re-branded the agency as H.A.M.M.E.R.
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Chloe Bennet first auditioned for the role of Jemma Simmons.
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Season one introduced the terrorist organization H.Y.D.R.A. Season two introduced Inhumans to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Season three introduced the Secret Warriors, with Daisy (Quake) as a leader. Season four introduced L.M.D.s (Life Model Decoys).
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In season three, Powers Boothe reprised his role as Gideon Malick, a corrupt member of the World Security Council from The Avengers (2012).
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By the end of season three, this show has been the longest running Marvel live-action television show, with sixty-seven episodes, surpassing Mutant X (2001), which ended with sixty-six episodes.
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On Monday, May 14, 2018, ABC announced they will renew the show for a sixth season consisting of thirteen episodes. The season five finale was written in a manner that would give a conclusion feeling of a series finale, but allowed for the possibility of a next season.
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"The Bus" is based on the U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III transport plane. The real C-17 does not have the rear wings and engines of The Bus, though. If The Bus was real, it would have some severe design flaws. The rear engines would suck in exhaust gases from the front engines, and the rear wings would not generate much lift due to being in the wake of the front wings.
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Adrianne Palicki and Brian Patrick Wade auditioned for Gamora and Drax, respectively in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014).
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Adrian Pasdar (Glenn Talbot) is no stranger to working on superhero-based projects. He is also known for playing Nathan Petrelli on Heroes (2006), and has been the voice of Tony Stark (Iron Man) on many projects such as Avengers Assemble (2013), Ultimate Spider-Man (2012), Lego Marvel Super Heroes (2013), and Phineas and Ferb (2007) season four, episode twenty-two, "Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel".
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Season four introduced Ghost Rider (Robbie Reyes), played by Gabriel Luna, who is the fifth Ghost Rider in the comics, and only had a twelve issue series in 2013.
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Inhumans, introduced in season two, is one of the least known properties of Marvel Comics and have been around for sixty years (in 2015) without any live-action adaptation. This is the first property of Marvel Comics to be introduced in live-action television first, before movie adaptation.
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Deathlok, introduced in season one, is one of the lesser known heroes of Marvel, first appearing in 1974. His only other known appearance was in the "Black Panther" animated series.
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In Son of Origins, a book showcasing origin stories of various Marvel comic book features, Stan Lee admitted that the original Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. comic book feature was inspired by the popular television spy series The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (1964). H.Y.D.R.A. was inspired by T.H.R.U.S.H. (itself inspired by S.P.E.C.T.R.E., of the James Bond movies) and in the second story, S.H.I.E.L.D. was given a New York City headquarters, with a secret entrance. In The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964), agents entered U.N.C.L.E. headquarters through Delfloria's Tailor Shop. In the S.H.I.E.L.D. comics, the entrance to S.H.I.E.L.D. was through a barbershop, where the barber chair was lowered through the floor. The S.H.I.E.L.D. comics and appearances would lead to use of the agency in the Marvel movies and the launch of the television spy series, bringing the concept full circle.
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During season one, episode eight, "The Well", Agent Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) says that she is going to give Agent Ward (Brett Dalton) 20cc's of Benzodiazepine to help calm him down. Benzodiazepine is a classification of medications, like Valium and Xanax, and not a medication itself. The use of this term is because Valium and Xanax are trademark-protected names.
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Throughout the series, certain episodes are tied into, or reference, the latest movie released under the "Marvel Cinematic Universe" banner. However, unlike other series that might have a movie tie-in, viewing the movie is not necessary for the viewer to understand the events of the episode, but it does provide for a richer viewing experience. This was "by design" by Marvel.
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During pre-production, the character of Agent Melinda May was originally named "Althea Rice". Source: "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season One Declassified" by Troy Benjamin.
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The director of S.H.I.E.L.D., as of season four, is Jeffrey Mace (Jason O'Mara). Jeffrey Mace was the third Captain America in the comic books, and Chris Evans plays Steve Rogers' Captain America in the same Marvel Universe as this television show. Jason O'Mara and Chris Evans appeared in Eastwick (2002).
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Although Daisy Johnson was born in 1988, Chloe Bennet, the actress who portrays her, was born in 1992.
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The Bus's official call sign is the CXD-23 Airborne Mobile Command Station. In the U.S. Military's alphanumeric aircraft designation system, "CXD" would stand for Cargo, Experimental, Drone Director. A more accurate designation would be something like XEV-23, for Experimental, special Electronic mission, Vertical Take-Off/Landing.
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In season three, episode eighteen, "The Singularity", Mack (Henry Simmons) is in a bar while James (Axle Whitehead) is deciding his villain name. At one point he ponders the name Firestar. That is the name of Foreshadow who, in the comics, served as an Avenger and a New Warrior.
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First time for former ER cast members Parminder Nagra and Ming-na Wen appearing on the same show, although they don't have any scenes together.
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Adrianne Palicki was cast as Bobbi Morse in a recurring role and as a principal cast member during season two.
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The Museum of Natural History in Muncie Indiana, featured in season 6 episode 1, is the same building as the Pawnee City Hall in the TV show Parks and Recreation.
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Chloe Bennet, Ming-Na Wen, and Powers Boothe appeared on Nashville (2012).
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Blair Underwood and Constance Zimmer appeared on The New Adventures of Old Christine (2006), that featured Clark Gregg.
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Briana Venskus (Agent Piper) and Zach McGowan (Anton Ivanov) have both appeared in The Walking Dead (2010) as Beatrice and Justin, respectively.
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In the season 4 episode "Let Me Stand Next to Your Fire", JT James (aka. Hellfire), the explosive Inhuman drops references to the first-person shooter Overwatch with his lines, most notably fellow Australian explosives-obsessed Jamison Fawkes (aka. Junkrat). The lines include: "stop me if you've heard this one before", "this bomb's for you", "it's a perfect night for some mayhem" and "well that's a nice how-do-ya-do". Some of Jemma Simmons' lines also reference the same game's British character, Tracer.
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Jason O'Mara who plays Jeffrey Mace and Christine Adams who plays Agent Weaver both previously worked together on the show Terra Nova. However on this show they play allies while on that show they were enemies.
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Titus Welliver and Powers Boothe appeared on HBO's Deadwood (2004).
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Constance Zimmer, Jason O'Mara, and Kyle MacLachlan appeared on ABC'S In Justice (2006).
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Kyle Maclachlan is the third Twin Peaks cast member to appear in the MCU. Harry Dean Stanton appeared in The Avengers, and Miguel Ferrer appeared in Iron Man 3. He is also one of several actors to appear in a Marvel based film and an adaptation of Dune. Patrick Stewart (1984 Dune) and James McAvoy (Children of Dune) have both appeared in the X-Men films. Josh Brolin (Dune 2020) plays Thanos in the MCU. William hurt (Dune 2000) appears in The Incredible Hulk and Captain America: Civil War. Dave Batista (Dune 2020) appears in Guardians of the Galaxy. Alice Krige (Children of Dune) appears in Thor: The Dark World. Oscar Isaac (Dune 2020) also appears in X-Men: Apocalypse. Zendaya appears in Spider-Man: Homecoming and Dune 2020.
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The creators told Brett Dalton that Ward was going to be a H.Y.D.R.A. Agent before they filmed the pilot. He was the first cast member to learn about Ward's duplicity.
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Clark Gregg reprises his role as Phil Coulson. Although Phil Coulson was killed off in The Avengers (2012), Nick Fury used Coulson's death to motivate The Avengers after Coulson had appeared to have been killed by Loki. He was later revived from the dead on Fury's orders using a TOP SECRET procedure.
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The 2014 poster for this show appears to contain an easter egg. There are only six original members (Coulson, Fitz, Simmons, May, Ward, and Skye), but there are seven pictured on the poster. It appears that Ward may be pictured twice, from two different angles, with a crack in the pavement separating one of his instances from the group, possibly teasing his double-agent role and eventual separation from the group.
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Many fans responded to Brett Dalton (Ward) badly after his character was revealed to be a double agent. However, there is a large fan base on social media called Ward's Warriors who openly support the character and a potential redemption arc for him. They often trend hashtags like #standwithward during episodes.
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Though Dichen Lachman and Chloe Bennet play mother and daughter on the show, Lachman is only ten years older than her television daughter. However, this is appropriate, given that Lachman's character can prevent herself from aging.
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This is the second Marvel appearance of Glenn Morshower playing a U.S. Military General who gets killed by another character overpowering him. He previously played Colonel Hendry in X-Men: First Class (2011).
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Agents of SHIELD ties in to the following Marvel projects: Avengers: Coulson's arc for the first two seasons spins out of his death in Avengers. Tony namedrops Life Model Decoys, a project he abandoned and was picked up in season 4. Iron Man 3: Extremis is used in the Centipede formula used throughout season one. The President regularly appears in episodes of SHIELD. Thor: The Dark World: the agents can be seen cleaning up after the final battle. In a later season one episode, a ghostlike villain is trapped between worlds after the convergence. Lady Sif makes her final MCU appearances in the show (as of the end of Phase 3). Captain America: Winter Soldier: episodes 16 to 22 of season one occur alongside this film and tie in extensively. Avengers: Age of Ultron: Doctor List appears in this film making him the first character to transition from TV to movies. The final epsiodes of season two set up the Hydra raid at the start of the movie. Agent Carter: The show was given a soft pilot at the start of season 2 and the darkforce from Agent Carter Season 2 is used occasionally in SHIELD. Inhumans: Seasons 2 and 3 set up the regretably bad Inhumans miniseries, which sets up season 5 of Agents of SHIELD in it's final moments. Marvel One-Shots: Agents Blake and Sitwell are recurring characters. Captain America: Civil War: The agents have to sign the Sokovia Accords. Doctor Strange: the agents encounter and expand upon the concepts of magic with the book of the Darkholde, which should have been in the Ancient One's library. Captain Marvel: Carol is saved by a regenerative Kree blood transfusion like Coulson and Daisy. The villain Blackout tends bar in the background of the film. Agent Coulson first earns Fury's trust in this film. A Kree was first seen in Agents of SHIELD as a corpse in a science experiment before appearing in Guardians of the Galaxy and then this film. Avengers: Infinity War: The season five finale occers simultaneously with the opening of the film. Avengers: Endgame: The rules of time travel used by the MCU are first established in the show.
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Jeff Ward was originally set to play Virgil, who got killed in the season five premiere episode, but the cast fought to have him to play Deke, saving him from being killed off.
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Dichen Lachman (Skye's mom) is married to Maximilian Osinski (Agent Davis).
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The woman Aida is based on, Agnes Kitsworth wears a necklace with a drop-shaped green gem in her scenes. Aida's power module is eerily similar in shape, color and design (even placement) as seen at the start of the season.
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