SPOILER WARNING: This article contains major spoilers for "The Patriot," the latest episode of "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."
The jig is up! The news is out! Director Jeffrey Mace isn't actually an Inhuman!
In "The Patriot," the most recent episode of "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.", Mace got caught in a compromising situation. After a Quinjet crash, he was separated from his briefcase, which can only unlock with his bio-metric scan. In his attempt to recover it, he took on an ex-Hydra agent, only to get shot in the leg. Fortunately, Coulson and Mack came to his rescue, but the two immediately demanded to know why Mace didn't use his super strength to take care of his adversary -- and that's when the truth came out.
As it turns out, Mace gets his superpowers from a serum, in much the same way as Captain America. The formula is based on his DNA, which makes it specific only to him, but -- without regular injections -- he's just an average man. Since Brigadier General Talbot couldn't find a beloved Enhanced person to take over S.H.I.E.L.D., he made one up, and the result was the Patriot.
And that's not all: Talbot and his team of scientists used a very specific formula to give Mace his powers. Mace's formula is based on the serum that Calvin Zabo -- that is, Daisy's father -- created to become Mr. Hyde. Of course, Talbot's scientists tinkered with the formula in order to strip away the negative effects, but it is unclear at this time if it will have any side effects on Mace.
Additionally, Mace revealed what really happened when Helmut Zemo blew up the United Nations during the events of "Captain America: Civil War." He literally stumbled his way to becoming a popular hero. In the explosion, he became disoriented and the smoke distorted his vision, which caused him to trip and fall. A photographer happened to take his photo in that moment, but Mace admitted that he didn't even see the woman he allegedly protected from the blast.
After this last admission, Coulson made one thing clear: he's in charge now. While Mace will remain as S.H.I.E.L.D.'s public face, Coulson will run operations for the spy organizations, particularly considering Mace's lack of experience in the field.
Agent May also had a moment of self-discovery in "The Patriot." During a showdown with ex-Hydra agents, the LMD version of May took a bad hit to the shoulder, which punctured her skin. When she returned to base, she inspected the wound, only to discover metal underneath. She appeared to be suitably freaked out by the discovery, but immediately covered herself up when Daisy asked if she needed any help. Moving into next week's episode, it seems that May will be fully aware that she is an LMD -- but it's yet to be seen if she will divulge this information to anyone else.
Airing Tuesdays at 10 pm ET/PT on ABC, “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” stars Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson, Chloe Bennet as Daisy “Quake” Johnson, Ming-Na Wen as Melinda May, Iain De Caestecker as Leo Fitz, Elizabeth Henstridge as Jemma Simmons, Henry Simmons as Alphonso “Mack” Mackenzie and more.