The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. are playing catch up to the havoc Thanos caused in Avengers: Infinity War, but they are keeping plenty busy. Glenn Talbot has become Graviton, and at the same time, the fearless leader of S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Coulson is on his deathbed. In the episode “The Force of Gravity” the team has a choice to stop Graviton and let Coulson die, or save Coulson and hope that he has a way to stop Graviton.
“The Force of Gravity” holds lots of weight in season five. Everything reaches a boiling point in this episode, Carl Creel meeting his end, Coulson, and May finally locking lips, and Graviton getting his hands on the inhuman precog Robin, making this one of the better episodes of the season.
Talbot has gone from the zany soldier who S.H.I.E.L.D. regularly gave the runaround, to the most powerful foe they have ever faced. In the episode “Option Two” Talbot places himself in the particle infusion chamber, absorbing the remaining Gravitonium. Where others went insane from the co-inhabits of the Gravitonium, Talbot claims all they needed was a little order from a military man. With just two fingers he can take out the Remorath Scavengers, who were all but destroying S.H.I.E.L.D. Using his new abilities, Graviton takes Coulson to the Confederacy and takes it over.
Future Yo-Yo told herself of Coulson’s fate and if the team tried to save him, the destruction of the Earth would happen. Coulson revealed to the team that he knew he was dying and was okay with it, but of course, the team had other plans. Quake went against Coulson’s orders to retrieve an item that would save his life, the Centipede Serum. In the episode “The Force of Gravity” the wound that is killing the director spread, and has left him in a dire condition.
Fitz and Simmons confirm that they can save Coulson and stop Graviton, all they need is more of the Centipede Serum, at which time Daisy tells them “that is not possible.” They only have enough for one. Graviton thinks he can stop Thanos by finding more Gravitonium and is willing to rip open the world to do so. S.H.I.E.L.D. knows that the Earth is ripped apart in the future and have heard Yo-Yo’s warning of trying to save Coulson. The obvious choice would be to stop Graviton, but of course, the team’s loyalty knows no bounds, not to mention, what happens when the show finally catches up with Avengers Infinity War?
In the end, my bet is on the Agents saving Coulson. With May now knowing exactly how Coulson feels, its safe to assume she will stop at nothing to save his life. Besides, the ego on Talbot will be his downfall soon enough.
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. Airing Fridays at 9 p.m.