SPOILER WARNING: This article contains major spoilers for “Rise and Shine,” the latest episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. may have just introduced a way for Daisy “Quake” Johnson to become powerful enough to destroy the world. In “Rise and Shine,” the latest episode, General Hale told Coulson about the particle infusion chamber, which was designed to create Hydra’s very own super soldier. If Hale has her way, Daisy will be that super soldier.
Earlier in the episode, Hale convinced Coulson that S.H.I.E.L.D. and Hydra would have to work together to face the threat of the Confederacy. “We’ve been searching for an old Whitehall program. It’s the particle infusion chamber. It’s designed to create the most powerful man,” she explained.
“Like Captain America,” Coulson suggested.
“Better than that,” she shot back. “Personally, I’d like to see the most powerful human not be a man.”
“If the idea is to put your ninja daughter into that chamber, this is going to be a long conversation. Cap was selected for his heart, not cutting off hands,” he balked, referring to the way Ruby had sliced off Yo-Yo’s arms in a brutal attack earlier in the season.
“Ruby is a perfect fit. Her physical biometrics were optimized for particle infusion,” Hale mused, but Coulson sensed a catch. “She’s not ready. I’m not sure she has the temperament. I’m wondering if your Daisy Johnson is a better fit. You made her into quite the formidable soldier.”
“As far as her heart is concerned, I hear she sacrificed her own boyfriend for the greater good. Those decisions are not easily made,” she continued. “She’s powerful. She’s intelligent. She’s calculating. If the Confederacy needs gravitonium, Daisy Johnson is the one to deliver it.”
“By infusing her with gravitonium?” he replied.
“She would have the power to level alien armies! Blow their ships apart!” Hale said. “She would be worthy of Whitehall’s codename for the project: Destroyer of Worlds.”
At the mention of that moniker, Coulson stopped dead in his tracks. He obviously recognized the phrase from his time in the future, where Daisy earned that nickname by allegedly tearing the world apart with her powers. “This is a huge mistake. A broken planet-sized mistake! Listen, my team wasn’t hiding all these months. We traveled to the future. We saw the aftermath of that program,” he revealed. “I saw the Earth cracked apart, but not because of the Confederacy or that alien ship.”
Hale looked crestfallen at that. “It was because of my actions?” she asked.
“Exactly. Call off the search. Do not let anyone enter that chamber,” he insisted.
“Let me ask you something. In this fever dream of yours, are you the big strong man who’s saving me from my mistakes?” she spat.
“It’s more complicated than that,” he interjected.
“I can’t tell if you’re delusional or if you’re playing games with me,” she snapped, ordering her androids to restrain him. “This is very disappointing. I thought you of all people could see the bigger picture. Clearly, you’re just like the rest of them.” She then made the androids drag him to his cell as he shouted dire warnings at her.
When the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents were sent to the future, they discovered a world torn apart. They soon learned that Robin’s True Believers thought Daisy was the one at fault, since footage from Earth’s finale day suggested she had done the deed. However, she was never powerful enough to pull off such a feat. If she were to go through the particle infusion chamber, though, her powers may become amplified enough to crack the world apart — something she has actively tried to prevent several times throughout the season, from attempting to stay in the future to begging Fitz not to remove the Kree inhibitor from her skull. Nevertheless, she may not be able to help herself if Hale gets her way.
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 and Elizabeth Henstridge.
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