10 Best Quotes From Agents of SHIELD

  • "It means someone really wanted our initials to spell out 'S.H.I.E.L.D.'" - Grant Ward, Season 1, Episode 1
  • "It's A Magical Place" - Phil Coulson, Season 1
  • "Join S.H.I.E.L.D. Travel to exotic... - and kill them." - Lance Hunter, Season 2, Episode 10
While the state of Marvel's Agents of SHIELD might not be canon to the events of Earth-616 (yet), that doesn't mean that the ABC show didn't have some of the best and most iconic quotes from its version of the MCU. Featuring the resurrected Agent Phil Coulson and his team of dedicated agents, Agents of SHIELD ran for seven dynamic seasons. Exploring the Marvel universe in ways that had never been seen before, the Marvel series also featured some incredibly memorable and iconic lines.
Having begun just one year after the first Avengers movie, Agents of SHIELD's series finale aired just over a year after Avengers: Endgame at the end of the Infinity Saga. As such, Agents of SHIELD did just as much to propel fan engagement in the MCU during those years as any of the movies or its fellow Marvel shows on Netflix, seeing as how the dawn of the MCU's series on Disney+ had yet to begin. To that end, here are 10 of the best and most iconic lines from Marvel's Agents of the SHIELD.
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10 "It means someone really wanted our initials to spell out "S.H.I.E.L.D." Grant Ward - Season 1, Episode 1 Right from the very beginning in the first few minutes of the show's pilot, Agents of SHIELD featured a great quote regarding the all-too-convenient name of the Marvel universe's foremost intelligence agency. When Agent Grant Ward is pulled from active duty by Maria Hill, he's asked by the Deputy Director what the name SHIELD means to him. Naturally, his response makes the obvious yet humorous point that the Strategic Homeland Intelligence Enforcement and Logistics Division and its acronym were by no means created by accident.
The quote is also rather fitting considering SHIELD's original debut in the MCU with Agent Phil Coulson in 2008's Iron Man. After all, the first MCU movie featured the recurring joke about the spy organization desperately needing a shorter name. Of course, this was resolved by the movie's end and Nick Fury's first appearance in Iron Man's post-credits scene, though Ward's quote logically argues the SHIELD acronym likely had to have come first.
9 "It's A Magical Place" Season 1, Various Close The reason for Phil Coulson's resurrection after his death in 2012's Avengers was thanks to the TAHITI project, a program using the blood of an alien Kree corpse to revive fallen Avengers. Although the project was overseen by Coulson himself, it was recommended that memory wiping was the best way to counteract the mental side effects resulting from the procedure and subsequent resurrection. As such, Coulson had no memory of leading the project nor his own resurrection once Fury decided to use the program on Phil himself, believing Coulson to be just as important as one of Earth's Mightiest.
As a result, Coulson continually tells people in SHIELD's first season that his "recovery" occurred on the sandy beaches of the real Tahiti, and that it was "a magical place". It wasn't until Coulson began uncovering the truth that he released "it's a magical place" was actually an implanted trigger response whenever he was asked about Tahiti. To that end, the recurring phrase is certainly one of the most memorable from Agents of SHIELD's first season.
8 "We are not agents of nothing! We are Agents of SHIELD, and that still carries weight. It has to carry weight!" Phil Coulson - Season 1, Episode 18 Agents of SHIELD gradually grew further and further away from the events in the MCU occurring on the big screen. However, the end of the first season was massively impacted by the events of 2014's Captain America: The Winter Soldier. After all, there was certainly no way for the show to avoid the reveal that Hydra had been embedded within SHIELD for decades (including the highest levels of the World Security Council), nor Steve Rogers' decision to dismantle SHIELD in the name of exposing Hydra in full.
As a result, the episodes of Agents of SHIELD released just before and after Winter Soldier's theatrical release effectively serve as dynamic prologue and epilogue for the MCU film. This includes Agents of SHIELD season 1, episode 18 where Coulson refuses to give up even when members of his team are ready to. As such, his unwavering belief that there was still a plan for SHIELD to live on was rewarded with Fury naming Coulson as director of a far more covert version of SHIELD going forward. As such, Coulson was absolutely right that the SHIELD badge would continue to carry weight long into the future.
7 "Join S.H.I.E.L.D. Travel to exotic, distant lands; meet exciting, unusual people - and kill them." Lance Hunter - Season 2, Episode 10 Close As seen in Agents of SHIELD season 2, new faces join Coulson's team as his branch of SHIELD both clashed and allied with another remnant of the organization following the events of Captain America: Winter Soldier. This includes Agents Bobbi Morse and Lance Hunter, divorcees who find themselves thrust back into each other's lives thanks to their work for Director Coulson. To that end, Lance provides an all-encompassing quote that truly captures what it's like to be a SHIELD agent, all while an agent of Hydra opens fire on him and his ex.
The episode in its entirety further supports Lance's quip about working for SHIELD as well. This is especially true due to SHIELD's final conflict and defeat of the long-lived Hydra leader Daniel Whitehall, as well as the massive power upgrade received by Skye aka Daisy Johnson, having inadvertently undergone Terrigenesis which turns her into the Inhuman Quake. Lance is absolutely right in that the life of a SHIELD agent is anything but boring, and more often than not involves levels of violence.
6 "I gotta tell ya, it's not easy keeping something as big as a Helicarrier secret." Sam Koenig - Season 2, Episode 20 The majority of Agents of the SHIELD season 2 sees Director Coulson being met with ample amounts of suspicion and mistrust. He's keeping secrets, ones that make other factions of SHIELD question his loyalty given the ongoing threat of Hydra. That said, Agents of SHIELD season 2, episode 20 finally reveals Coulson's work with Theta Protocol, a secret off-the-books project proposed by Fury in the event of a major crisis, the work itself being the prepping of the original Helicarrier from the first Avengers movie and was featured in the second during the Battle of Sokovia (all thanks to Coulson).
The reveal of Theta Protocol and its true nature is one of the most exciting moments of Agents of SHIELD season 2. It's also one of the most significant moments in which Agents of SHIELD interacts with the MCU movies outside the show's first season. Regardless, it certainly enhances the viewing experience of Age of Ultron, even if the show is no longer considered canon by Marvel Studios (yet).
5 “We're cursed! The bloody cosmos wants us to be apart!” Leo Fitz to Jemma Simmons Season 3, Episode 8 In Agents of SHIELD season 3, Jemma Simmons spends a very long time in another reality, having been sucked into it by a Kree monolith. Despite saving Jemma, Leo Fitz was saddened to learn the love of his life spent months bonding with an Air Force pilot who'd been sent to this alt-reality alongside astronauts sacrificed and sent through the portal by Hydra. With Jemma struggling with her feelings for both men, Fitz declares they're cursed, only having the courage to share how they truly feel for each other in the most dire of circumstances and when they're about to be driven apart.
As one of the first mentions of the FitzSimmons curse, this quote is quite iconic considering how the rest of the Marvel series plays out. Regardless of the circumstance or "curse" that attempts to keep Leo and Jemma apart across vast quantities of space and/or time, they always reunite no matter the obstacle. To that end, one of the true great dynamics of Agents of SHIELD as it progresses is seeing not if Fitz and Simmons will get back together, but simply how and when.
4 "I've met gods. Gods bleed." Phil Coulson, Season 3, Episode 17 Close Hydra leader Gideon Malick is horrified by what he's helped unleash upon the world in the final episodes of Agents of the SHIELD season 3. As such, the former World Security Council member tells Coulson that the Inhuman whom members of Hydra had long worshiped as a god who could not be stopped. However, this simply prompts Coulson to counter with the above, one of his most badass quotes and one of the most hardcore lines in the entire MCU.
Naturally, Coulson is referencing the likes of Thor and Loki, the Asgardian gods he met and interacted with in 2012's Avengers. However, his confidence that "gods bleed" comes from his own actions just prior to his death, having shot the God of Mischief himself with the gun SHIELD made from Odin's Destroyer armor. As such, Coulson hardly doubted that he and his team could eventually handle and defeat Alveus/Hive, one of the first Inhumans who served as the inspirational basis for Hydra's iconography and much of their devotion.
3 "You want to save my soul? I'm telling you, girl, I sold mine." "To the devil?" "He was the only one buying, you know?" Robbie Reyes and Daisy Johnson, Season 4, Episode 2 Close Investigating Robbie Reyes in the first few episodes of Agents of SHIELD season 4, the second episode sees Daisy Johnson aka Quake assuming that Robbie's flaming skull and car are the result of Inhuman abilities. However, Robbie corrects her by telling her that he sold his soul to the devil, the only one who was buying at the time. Simply trying to survive and take care of his brother, Robbie's deal involved his own resurrection by the hands of the first Ghost Rider Johnny Blaze following his murder by the Fifth Street Locos gang.
Seeking vengeance for himself and his brother who was severely injured during the attack, Robbie would go after the gang members as a lethal new Ghost Rider before Daisy finds him. To that end, Robbie and his power as the Ghost Rider rids the world of a copy of the Darkhold with Reyes becoming an ally to SHIELD, not unlike his comic counterpart who became an Avenger on the page. This proved that Reyes' "deal with the devil" wasn't so bad with the proof that his own Spirit of Vengeance could be used for good.
2 “I’m Stronger Than You Know… I’m The Destroyer Of Worlds.” Daisy Johnson - Season 5, Episode 21 Your browser does not support the video tag. In Agents of SHIELD season 5, several members of Coulson's team are sent into the future via the Kree time monolith. Ending up onboard a Kree space station in the year 2091, it's revealed that Daisy at some point caused a major earthquake that broke the planet, earning Quake the name "Destroyer of Worlds". Upon returning to their timeline in the present following an uprising against the Kree in charge named Kasius, SHIELD manages to rewrite the future to prevent the dystopian future from happening, including Quake's planetary destruction.
However, that doesn't stop Quake from using the moniker when she frees herself from the custody of the alien Confederacy, which had a longstanding agreement with Hydra's General Hale to "protect" Earth in exchange for Gravitonium and Inhumans. Even if Quake didn't end up cracking the entire planet apart while fighting Glenn Talbot thanks to a power boost provided by a serum from Coulson, a name like "Destroyer of Worlds" is still quite epic. It's a testament to the full extent and evolution of Quake's powers in the Marvel universe.
1 “Well, it's not exactly your first go at being separated by space and time.” “Practice makes perfect, I suppose.” Yo-Yo and Jemma Simmons - Season 7, Episode 1 One of the final times in which Fitz and Simmons are separated by time and space, the fact that Jemma isn't even worried proves how much Agents of SHIELD accomplished over seven seasons. By this point, they've had multiple instances in which she and Leo overcame the "curse". As such, the mentality of "practice makes perfect" is incredibly sweet. She knows she and Fitz will eventually find their way back to one another, just like always. The fact that Fitz's final reunion with Simmons involved using time travel via The Quantum Realm (a tie to Endgame) is just an epic bonus for Agents of SHIELD's final season.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Sci-FiActionAdventureSuperhero After the events of The Avengers and with his friends and allies believing him to be dead, Agent Coulson puts together a small, secretive S.H.I.E.L.D. team to handle the cases that haven't been classified yet. In a world now filled with the strange and unknown, not to mention, superheroes, Coulson, along with Agents Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen), Grant Ward (Brett Dalton), Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker), Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge), and hacker Skye (Chloe Bennet) aim to prove that the non-powered heroes can work together to make a difference.
Cast Ming-Na Wen , Brett Dalton , Chloe Bennet , Clark Gregg , Elizabeth Henstridge , Iain De Caestecker , Henry Simmons Release Date September 24, 2013 Seasons 7 Network ABC Franchise(s) Marvel , Marvel Cinematic Universe Writers Jed Whedon , Maurissa Tancharoen , Joss Whedon Directors Kevin Tancharoen , Jesse Bochco , Billy Gierhart , Vincent Misiano , Garry A. Brown Showrunner Jed Whedon Expand


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