“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Recap: The Well

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has made plenty of references to its big-screen brethren over the course of the last 7 episodes, ranging from appearances by Nick Fury and Maria Hill to less-then-subtle Iron Man and Captain America name drops. However, this week’s episode, “The Well”, takes it to a whole new level as a direct follow-up to Thor: The Dark World, the latest Marvel adventure to grace movie theaters.

Clean Up on Aisle Midgard

After a brief Dark World recap for the handful of viewers who didn’t make it to theaters, we find Coulson’s team literally picking up the pieces at Greenwich University after the showdown between Thor and Malekith. After the events of “FZZT”, leftover alien artifacts clearly pose a potential threat, so everything needs to be identified and appropriately disposed of. The agents lead a charmed life, to say the least. While on cleanup duty, Simmons receives a call from her parents, which she promptly ignores, citing that she does not have the answers to their questions about what has transpired. As the cleanup continues, Fitz picks up a piece of the rubble that promptly begins to beep. Ward is quick to act, snatching the object spraying it with an unknown substance, and locking it away in a case. Totally had a Warehouse 13 flashback with that one.

Meanwhile, in the Trillemarka National Park in Norway, a couple makes their way through the woods, suddenly stopping when they come to a tree that matches the description in their guide. With their trusty chainsaw, they bring down the tree and open it up to reveal a metal rod. Upon taking hold of the object, the girl Hulks out and attacks the two park rangers who have come to investigate. May I present your villain for the evening!

Naturally, the agents arrive on the scene to investigate. Simmons identifies the surrounding tree to be over 9,000 years old, making the artifact in question just as ancient since it is feasible that the tree grew around it. Through the joint efforts of Fitz-Simmons, it is confirmed that the object is alien in origin and also matches readings taken from Thor’s hammer, Mjolnir, making it an Asgardian relic.

The team has no trouble locating the couple in question as they appear on TV terrorizing Oslo and burning the words “We Are Gods” in the streets for all to see. This helps the team identify the couple as Jakob Nystrom and girlfriend Petra Larsson, the leaders of a Norse Paganist hate group.

Hit the jump for our full recap of The Well!

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