(Season 2 spoilers below!)
Where in the world, no… the universe is Jemma Simmons?
The last episode of season 2 of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. left us with one of the most insane cliffhangers figuratively ever. To recap, after S.H.I.E.L.D. stopped the inhumans from starting a war hell-bent on human extinction beginning with S.H.I.E.L.D., we saw a brief passing of time that gave the audience some semblance of peace and recovery for the agents. We saw Melinda heading out for a “Maycation,” Hunter and Bobbi having a sweet moment, Coulson accepting his amputation, and the sweetest of them all was the brief moment of awkward cuteness between Simmons and Fitz. Watching Fitz gather the nerve to ask Simmons to dinner was smile-inducing, and Simmons responding was essentially what we have been waiting for since the two were stuck at the bottom of the ocean. Next thing we know, Fitz nervously fumbles near the container housing the Monolith and leaves the room, leaving the container door open. About 2 seconds was all it took for the stone to liquefy and take Jemma with it back into its solid form. So, after months of waiting, FINALLY, we will soon find out WHAT HAPPENED TO SIMMONS!
BUT… in the meantime, a few hints here and there, and some interview nuggets from the cast have us thinking. Zap2it spoke with some of the cast back in August at the ABC summer TV press tour party who expressed their excitement at some of the changes coming in season 3. More CGI, new dynamics, new villains, and even new costumes are to be expected. Elizabeth Henstridge, who plays Jemma Simmons in the show, mentioned that the fate of Simmons would be revealed quickly in season 3 and that it was “so much bigger than [she] though it would be.” So big, in fact, that she had “dismissed everything in the realm of [the] idea.” What does it all mean? Well, here are a couple ideas:
It’s possible that the Monolith is a teleportation device. The Kree allegedly made the Monolith as an instrument to destroy the inhumans. So it could be a vehicle to transport them back to Hala to be dealt with. The repercussions of this situation are complicated. The Monolith would have to be impartial to human vs. inhuman for the teleportation. Otherwise, if it were to only transport inhumans, then Simmons might also be inhuman. Then, once in Hala, where would it drop her? If she is human, do the Kree let her return to Earth? Do they even know she is there? To go back to the CGI comments made by the cast, this could certainly fit the bill. To create a whole planet and city of Kree will take some serious CGI hours.
In the Marvel Comics universe, there are a bunch of alternate realities, resulting in a number of Earths. The Monolith could transport Simmons to another Earth Reality where there are no inhumans, and likely no S.H.I.E.L.D. Furthermore, life as Simmons knows it would be entirely different. No Avengers, no Asgardian relations, no Fitz. In this reality, would Simmons be a visitor? Or would she wake up in this reality believing that is where she belonged? This theory would be pretty easy to pull off and would not really require too many special effects, so I am saying this one is low probability for Simmons. Although, it’s probably that alternate Earth realities come into play at some point.
I vote Simmons gets to visit the Kree. We know that Vin-Tak came to Earth to destroy Daisy after she changed and was escorted back to Hala by Lady Sif, so Hala is out there and the Kree are still alive and kicking. The only questions that remain for me are what affect the Monolith will have on Simmons and whether or not Fitz will ever get that date.
Tune in Tuesday, September 29th at 9/8C for the Season 3 Premiere of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC.