Agents of SHIELD: How Fitz Got to the Future

SPOILER WARNING: This article contains major spoilers for "Rewind," the latest episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Leo Fitz has arrived in the future. In last week's episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the longtime agent turned up in the year 2091 just in time for Kasius' Inhuman auction. Now, thanks to this week's episode "Rewind," we know exactly how he got there: a cryofreeze chamber.

After his friends disappeared, Fitz spent months trying to track them down. His quest led him right to Enoch, an alien anthropologist who arrived on Earth over three thousand years ago. When Fitz confronted him, Enoch explained that he sent Director Phil Coulson and the rest of the team into the future in order "to fulfill a prophecy" made by a young Inhuman girl named Robin who can see the future. However, since Fitz was not included in Robin's prophecy, he was left behind.

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Fitz demanded to meet Robin and, after a moment's hesitation, Enoch brought him to her. Subsequently, Polly -- who experiences the past, present and future simultaneously -- made a new prophecy: Fitz will also go to the future “because you have to save them.” Her prediction was accompanied by a drawing, which showed four mysterious figures and a death.

Once Polly made her prophecy, Enoch was willing to help Fitz get to the year 2091 to join his friends. He invited Fitz to use his cryofreeze chamber, saying, “I came to Earth in a small capsule. It was discovered decades ago... It might be able to take you to them.” Using the chamber, Fitz would enter a 74-year-long stasis. To keep Fitz safe, Enoch "summoned a chronicom vessel. We’ll orbit a planet hidden safely away from Earth until he wakes up.”

Before he did this, Fitz stashed some weapons in the walls of the Lighthouse, including Daisy's gauntlets, some spare hands for Coulson and Mack's shotgun-ax. He also left the postcard from the first episode with Robin, who will likely remain in the Lighthouse after the world is torn apart.

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Enoch made good on his word and monitored Fitz's stasis on board the chonricom vessel until 2091 arrived. The alien greeted Fitz when he woke up with an ominous message. "While you were asleep, I had time to put a plan in motion," he explained. "We have a few days before we arrive at the Lighthouse. That should give me enough time to prepare you." When Fitz asked what he was being prepared for, Enoch responded, "For facing off against some of the most ruthless and brutal mobsters, monsters and mercenaries in the galaxy."

Enoch's plan may provide some insight into what happened at the end of "A Life Earned," where Fitz demanded that Daisy take part in a fight to the death. "Rewind" clarified that Fitz wants to save -- not destroy -- his friends, so his demand likely has something to do with Enoch's plan to save them. However, we won't know what that plan is until the next episode.

Airing Fridays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on ABC, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 5 stars Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Chloe Bennet, Henry Simmons, Ian De Caestecker, Natalia Cordova-Buckley, Elizabeth Henstridge, Nick Blood, Jeff Ward, Eve Harlow, Pruitt Taylor Vince and Coy Stewart.

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