Another episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. down means another MCUExchange Breakdown, where we highlight some of the biggest parts of the week’s episode. Make sure to check out Matt’s review of this week’s episode “Meet the New Boss” here.
1) “What did he do to us?” “Hugo, we’ve been in there for years.”
Last week we saw a group of Chinese gangsters seemingly possessed after opening a box that housed a ghost, who we found out this week is actually named Lucy.
After terrorizing a father and son in which is presumably Lucy’s old house, we’re introduced to three more ghosts that were trapped in the same containment modules as Lucy including Hugo. It’s through a conversation between Lucy and Hugo that we find out that they have been trapped for “years” and were “ghostified” by someone (something?) using the ancient spell book The Darkhold, which brings us to..
2) The Darkhold
When we saw the way the infected/possessed people saw other characters on the show, a lot of the internet was claiming it looked a lot like Kaecilius, the antagonist of the Doctor Strange film being released in November.
When we saw Lucy, Hugo, and the other two spectral figures discussing how they got the way they were, one of the characters mentions The Darkhold, an ancient text in the comics that is often associated with Dr. Strange, dark magic, and the Occult.
The Darkhold was originally created by Chthon, an Elder God and the first person to practice black magic in the Marvel Comics Universe. In the comics, the text was responsible for both the creation of the first vampire as well as the creation of the curse of the werewolf.
As the indestructible book does revolve around dark magic, it’s often found in the protection of the Sorcerer Supreme himself, Dr. Strange so if the MCU follows the comics, this might be the connection we see between Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Doctor Strange
3) Jeffrey Mace, Director of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Believe it or not, the biggest plot point of “Meet the New Boss” was…well, introducing the new Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Over the course of the first episode, anytime a character mentioned their boss, he was always referred to as “The Director”, which created somewhat of an ominous feeling surrounding the new man at the top of the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement, and Logistics Division.
During a meeting between The Director, Agent Coulson, and Agent May about the off-the-books mission in the first episode involving former Agent-turned-rogue Daisy Johnson/Quake, we finally learn the Director’s name: Jeffrey. And thanks to subtitles and some internet super-sleuthing, we find out the director’s full name is Jeffrey Mace, or Patriot as he’s known in the comics world.
Not only do we find out the new Director’s name, we also find out he’s an Inhuman after Agent May runs amok after falling ill due to possession/infection of the aforementioned spectral beings.
One of the oldest characters in the entire Marvel Comics Universe, Jeffrey Mace a.k.a Patriot, was created by Ray Gill and George Mandel in 1941 in The Human Torch #4. For those with comics knowledge, 1941 falls in the period of time many collectors call the Golden Age of Comic Books and the character was introduced when Marvel was known as Timely Comics.
While Mace primarily serves as the super-strong crimefighter Patriot, there was also a run where he served as Captain America. While I doubt that he’ll be carrying the red, white, and blue vibranium shield anytime soon, could we be seeing Mace, as portrayed by actor Jason O’Mara, fill the large void left behind by Steve Rogers after the events of Captain America: Civil War?