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By Marc Strom
For the series’ second episode, “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” brought Coulson and his team to the jungles of Peru to investigate a mysterious “0-8-4,” or an object of unknown origin.
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That object turned out to be powered by Tesseract energy, but that proved the least of Coulson’s concerns when the newborn unit came under attack in their very home.
Now look back at some of the Marvel-ous tips of the hat from this week’s episode, and don’t miss an all-new adventure with “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” next Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC!
Agent May uses the callsign “six-one-six” for the Bus, a nod to the designation “Earth-616” which many fans use to describe the dimension in which the original Marvel Universe exists.
First used in a 1983 Captain Britain story published by Marvel UK, the term has only occasionally appeared within the Marvel comics themselves.
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The Red Skull and HYDRA utilized the Tesseract and its energies in Marvel’s “Captain America: The First Avenger” in an attempt to take over the world. Once housed in Odin’s vault, the Skull tracked it down in a Norweigan monastery during World War II and would go on to use the device for his own ends.
Little is known of the Tesseract’s origins, and following Captain America’s final battle with the Red Skull the object was later found at the bottom of the ocean by Howard Stark. In the present day, Loki then used the Tesseract to bring his Chitauri army to New York before the Avengers assembled to put the kibosh on his scheme.
Coulson notes that the last “0-8-4” S.H.I.E.L.D. investigated turned out to be rather interesting—a hammer.
This is, of course, the mystical hammer Mjolnir, which Coulson discovered in Marvel’s “Thor.” That event marked Coulson’s first interaction with Thor, whose step-brother, Loki, would eventually stab and apparently kill the S.H.I.E.L.D. agent in “Marvel’s The Avengers.” While Coulson has apparently recovered from that encounter, the exact nature of his return remains shrouded in mystery.
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