ZOLA: Why, Agent Coulson? Why do you do it? Why get up? Why keep fighting? Do you believe you’re fighting for something? For more than your survival? Can you tell me what it is? Do you even know? Is it freedom? Or truth? Perhaps peace? Yes? No? Could it be for love? Illusions, Agent Coulson. Vagaries of perception. The temporary constructs of a feeble human intellect trying desperately to justify an existence that is without meaning or purpose. And all of them as artificial as S.H.I.E.L.D. itself, although only a human mind could invent something as insipid as love. You must be able to see it, Agent Coulson. You must know it by now. You can’t win. It’s pointless to keep fighting. Why, Agent Coulson? Why? Why do you persist?

COULSON: Because I choose to.

ZOLA: Very well… Hail Hydra!

Happy frickin Easter!

P.S. The Easter Bunny HATES you! = )

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I should put my arms down…

I know, I know. My tumblur looks like a west Texas cheerleader at a pep rally.

They’re everywhere… Your neighbors, your mail carriers, your telephone sanitizers, your SHIELD agents, your OSI agents, your travel agents… and they look just like you and me…

Well, y’know, provided we look pretty hot, even in clothes from the 1980s.

Hail Hydra

ARNIM ZOLA: [Electronically synthesized voice] Baron, the troops are enjoying the Ale Hydra and Dark Venom. The beverages are proving to be the ideal vehicle for administering our chemical and nanotech enhancements. However, I am disappointed to report that my pet project, Zola Klarmalt, appears to be a failure. It seems that very few of our agents are willing to try Zomething Different…
Ale Hydra!

ARNIM ZOLA: [Electronically synthesized voice] Baron, the troops are enjoying the Ale Hydra and Dark Venom. The beverages are proving to be the ideal vehicle for administering our chemical and nanotech enhancements. However, I am disappointed to report that my pet project, Zola Klarmalt, appears to be a failure. It seems that very few of our agents are willing to try Zomething Different…

Ale Hydra!

Hail Hydra: Heads or Limbs?

Hydra logo

In episode 17, “Turn, Turn, Turn,” I love that Garrett and Coulson have that little back and forth about the Hydra oath, Garrett thinking that it’s “Cut off a limb…” but Coulson certain that it’s “Cut off a head…” From what I think I remember from my Steranko NICK FURY reprints (“Dark Moon Rise, Heck Hound Hurt” anyone? =) and forward is “limb” but yeah, in the Marvel Movie Universe so far (FIRST AVENGER), it’s been “head.”

I never thought twice about the “limb” in the comics, as that works…

  1. graphically, for when agents do that Vishnu-looking pantomime standing behind one another…
  2. org-chartly, as it’s a nice way to describe the loyalty-slash-expendability of Hydra’s foot- or rather, limb-soldiers, and…
  3. scientifically, in reference to the microbiological hydra, which is tentacled and capable of regeneration after injury.

The image of a gooey microscopic organism with tentacles around its mouth doesn’t seem very romantic or terrifying, tho, does it? (Creepy, yes.) But in the comics, they ran with the “limb” oath, and it fairly described the organism’s actual structure.

"Head," however, *definitely* evokes the mythical Hydra. Much more awe-inspiring, no? That dude (dudes?) was all about being multi-headed with bonus two-for-one head regeneration.

You can see the legacy of the “limbs” oath in the design of the Hydra sigil. The figure is more Cthulu than Hydra, a (red) skull with tentacles below it rather than a body with multiple heads.

I wonder if the Garrett-Coulson exchange is a pet peeve of any of the writers, heh. In any case, I appreciated the in-story wink and nod to the comic book organization. I haven’t picked up any books in months now. I wonder if the “head” oath has been adapted in the comics from the MMU…

Heh. Would be awesome if AGENTS OF SHIELD encountered a, like, 5-agent rogue Hydra group that split off over the oath. Like one of the splinter Judean/People’s/Liberation/Front groups in LIFE OF BRIAN. Secret Empire, anyone? = )

Hail Hydra~

Nature spoils #AgentsOfSHIELD/Marvel plot?

That (the insecty mass at top right) is a massive centipede, busting out of (what’s left of) the body of the snake that ate it some time before. The centipede survived being swallowed by the viper and began to feed on it from the inside. In the end, what remained was a giant centipede wearing an ill-fitting snake suit. For more details check out this write-up, with links to a report w more photos. Lovely stuff.

So, what I’m talking about (very loosely =) here is a Centipede… inside a Hydra. Wubba lub dub dub!

Yeah, I know, it’s Hydra, not Cobra. A Hydra ≠ a snake (that always bugged me a bit in the comics), but historically the organization seems to embrace all things wriggly and serpent-like, no? Viper and the Gorgon are high-ranking Hydra-tors in the MCU.

Keep on keepin on~