SPOILER WARNING: This article contains major spoiler’s for “Hot Potato Soup,” the latest episode of “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”
There’s only one thing the Superior hates more than the Inhumans, and — in “Hot Potato Soup,” the latest episode of “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” — he revealed exactly what that is. The Superior told Radcliffe what — or, rather, who — he believes is behind their world’s influx of aliens and superhumans: Agent Phil Coulson.
According to the Superior, only Coulson has been present at all of the events that ushered in the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s golden age of superheroes. He pulled out a folder to show Radcliffe his proof, and this evidence included photos from Coulson’s appearances all over the MCU, including his presence at Thor’s crater. As such, the Superior believes that he can put a stop to all of this extraterrestrial activity by killing Coulson — and, if the end of the episode is any indication, Radcliffe is on board to help him.
The Superior also revealed why he hates the Inhumans so much. As it were, the Superior believes in “the old ways”; he thinks that older technology is more reliable than the quick fixes of today. That is to say, older things — like his submarine — have stood the test of time and proved their resilience, where newer technology is too hastily built and far too fragile. As such, he applies this logic to the Inhumans, who were handed their powers; the Inhumans didn’t work or suffer for their abilities, and — thereby — he believes they don’t deserve them.
This being the case, the Superior — who is Russian — has been colluding with Senator Nadeer in order to eradicate the Inhumans. The Superior also oversees the Watchdogs. In fact, Terrence Shockley — the Watchdog who defied Nadeer’s order and attempted to kill her brother Vijay — was present for Billy Koenig’s interrogation. As such, the Superior’s influence on Nadeer and her attitude is clear.
Though he agreed to help kill Coulson, Radcliffe allegiances continue to be slippery at best. While he appears to have sworn off violence by pleading to save Koenig’s life and preserving May’s, he orders Aida to kill several Watchdogs and seems willing to help the Superior get Coulson. However, Radcliffe acts only to serve his own ambitions, so it’s yet to be seen if he’ll follow through with his promise to the Superior.
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.
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