Agents of SHIELD Has Been Building to Thanos' Arrival All Season

SPOILER WARNING: This article contains major spoilers for Avengers: Infinity War and "The One Who Will Save Us All," the latest episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is on a collision course with Avengers: Infinity War. In "The One Who Will Save Us All," the latest episode, the Kree member of the Confederacy revealed that there is indeed an alien invasion coming to Earth -- but there's nothing anyone can do to stop it. After all, even the combined forces of the Confederacy are no match for Thanos the Mad Titan.

Glenn Talbot, aka Graviton, learned the truth about the Confederacy's deal to "protect" Earth when he forced Qovas to introduce him to the other council members. The former Brigadier General had no doubts about his role in the proceedings: "It's time you met Earth's mightiest hero: me."

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Unsurprisingly, the Confederacy was less-than-thrilled to meet Earth's new champion. They refused to take him seriously -- up until he killed one of their own in order to make a space for himself in their "little secret society," that is. The other council members fled, leaving only Qovas and the Kree representative in the room with Talbot. The Kree approached and introduced himself as Taryan of the House Kasius -- the very same House Kasius that ruled over the Lighthouse in the future.

"I fear your Earth faces a far more pressing threat than anything posed by our Confederacy," Taryan confessed.

"Is this the attack Qovas warned might be coming?" Talbot asked, to which Qovas confirmed, "It shall be the end of your planet."

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"The Confederacy never intended to honor this agreement, nor could it, even if it so desired. It was merely a deception to extort the resources from your planet before time ran out, which now it has," Taryan explained. "Thanos and his forces have begun an assault on your world even as we speak."

Talbot immediately wanted to take action. "Well, then, I've got to get down there with the Avengers and take on this Thanos!" he said.

"Thanos' strength is unrivaled. You will lose, even with your powerful friends fighting alongside you," Taryan replied. He then insisted that Talbot find the rest of the Earth's gravitonium reserves, so that he could become even more powerful; however, Taryan's intentions likely aren't as pure as he made them seem.

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Though this is the first time Thanos has been namedropped on the show, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has been building to a full-scale alien invasion all season. It started when Phil Coulson and his team were sent forward in time to the year 2091, where they found the world destroyed and the remnants of humanity living in a bunker under the Kree's tyrannical rule. When they arrived back in the present day, they swore to stop this future from coming to pass.

However, Coulson's team soon found themselves in the crosshairs of General Hale, who had inherited the Confederacy's teleportation device -- and their previous arrangement with Earth -- from her Hydra compatriots. She enlisted Coulson to help her fight back against the Confederacy, before he inadvertently renewed the S.H.I.E.L.D./Hydra rivalry and things went sideways again. Every step since then has brought the world closer to the brink of destruction, particularly with the creation of Graviton.

Seeing as Thanos was ultimately successful in his goal of killing half the universe, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will likely suffer the consequences. It also seems that they will be too busy grappling with Graviton and the Confederacy to join the fight against Thanos, as depicted in Avengers: Infinity War. At this point, it's only a matter of time before half of S.H.I.E.L.D. turns to dust.

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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