My thoughts on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent’s Coulson death and subsequent rebirth. EXTREMELY LONG, POTENTIAL SPOILERS FOR ALL OF MARVEL’S CINEMATIC UNIVERSE – In a recent episode, Coulson showed the scar in his chest where Loki’s staff struck and killed him. It has also been hinted at that the cause of his death was also tied to how he was brought back. It’s been noted that it may have been an LMD – Life-size model decoy – that faced Loki but the scar refutes that. Now I’ve been doing some digging.
Tahiti has shown up in Marvel comics on several locations, it’s often the place where people go to have a vacation, the Wayfarer Hotel in fact. At the end of last night’s episode they showed a dream sequence of Coulson’s where he was getting a massage, in what appeared to be Tahiti, perhaps at the very same hotel.
In one story arc, there was an underwater temple blah blah blah…but that doesn’t really matter (look up Marvel, Kaine and Decay) because that’s not at all tied to the story of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU)…
But what *IS* tied to it, is Thanos, who gave Loki the staff in the first place.
Thanos, the Mad Titan, he who loves death and created…the INFINITY GAUNTLET, which will probably play a key role in the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy film (woo!), also set in the MCU.
Story synopsis: jet pilot gets stranded in space, and must unite a diverse team of aliens to form a squad capable of defeating cosmic threats. I loved the Guardians when I was a kid, but I digress.
The Infinity Gauntlet
The Infinity Gauntlet held six Infinity gems each with a separate color and purpose… one of them was the Mind gem, it was blue. The tesseract-powered gem in the center of Loki’s staff…was blue.
We already know Thanos has his mind set on Earth for one reason or another since he masterminded the Loki-Chitauri invasion. So it stands to reason that the whole thing ties back together when Guardians pops off next year. We know the next Avengers movie is all about Ultron, so that means Thanos fits into Guardians, which might then, lead into a third Avengers movie, when Thanos comes to Earth to obtain the lost Mind Gem (Gamora, a Guardian, once had the Time Gem, Thanos already had the Reality gem back in Infinity Watch, Drax, a Guardian, had the power gem) to complete the Infinity Gauntlet…
Agent Coulson, who was killed by Loki’s staff, which held the Infinity Mind Gem, had his mind transferred into the stone…
Powers of the Mind Gem
Allows the user to greatly strengthen and enhance mental and psionic power and access the thoughts and dreams of other beings. Backed by the Power Gem, the Mind Gem can access all minds in existence simultaneously. When searching for it, the Illuminati apparently discovered that the Mind Gem was the personification of the universal subconscious.
When Coulson’s physical form was repaired, his consciousness was then transferred back into his body. Where did his consciousness believe itself to be while it was inside the Mind Gem? On vacation in Tahiti…it’s a magical place. Quite possibly because he was telepathically instructed to believe he was there… Moondragon? (who has been tied to Thanos, Drax and others in all of this)
Also of note, in the Marvel comics universe, Iron Man currently holds the Reality gem, Black Panther the Space Gem (film in development – is also, an Avenger), Mister Fantastic the Time Gem and Doctor Strange the Soul Gem. There have been rumblings of a Fantastic Four reboot and a Doctor Strange movie. Beast, of the X-men holds the Mind gem (who was also an Avenger) and Namor holds the Power gem (also a film in development)