Can't you feel the anticipatory shiver of Captain America: Civil War on the horizon? A new player and a new organization entered the Marvel Cinematic Universe Tuesday night, and we don't know whether or not to trust them. What is Rosalind Price's endgame of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. ? The new character played by Constance Zimmer is smooth. She's prepared. She has a bob that makes her look like she should be running Jurassic World instead of a government black ops organization.
We first saw Rosalind and her team as they attempted to get to an Inhuman named Joey before S.H.I.E.L.D. and failed. Newly christened Agent Daisy Johnson told the audience that said organization was often ahead of S.H.I.E.L.D. when it came to tracking newly turned Inhumans. Coulson was making it his side mission to figure out this woman's identity and track her down. At first, it seemed Rosalind's group was not only capturing Inhumans, they were dissecting them. Their labs were filled with bodies that had many holes in them.
"How are these guys are any different than Hydra," I thought to myself. "That's basically what Daniel Whitehall was doing under S.H.I.E.L.D.'s eyes." However, Lance Hunter insisted that they were not Hydra. Then, in a delectable scene between her and Coulson, we learned that those bodies weren't killed by her people after all. They were killed by Lash, an Inhuman who isn't exactly fond of playing by the rules.
Instead, Price and her team are part of the Advanced Threat Containment Unit that was created by the United States government (shoutout to President Ellis, we don't see him often enough in the MCU), publicly as a response to the Chitauri alien attacks, the Sokovia incident, and whatever happened in Thor 2. However, we are made to understand that privately, this is the government's way of dealing with the insurgence of Inhumans thanks to those pesky fish oil pills. Since Rosalind Price and Agent Coulson seemed to be on the same page by the end of their chat, I would say that her endgame is just to protect and learn about powered people.
However, I'm sure that they will find some reason to be at odds soon. I don't like the way that one ATCU guy talks without moving his chin. It's unsettling and obviously evil. At the end of last season, Coulson and Daisy agreed that the existence of Inhumans should be organized but also kept secret, and I think that's going to be a big conflict in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 3.
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