It’s a game of survival on Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D, and some agents are more equipped at handling their day jobs than others. Which ones make the cut?
In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. were an elite force of spies and soldiers who help keep the world a safer place from the weird threats. The Avengers and their associated heroes have usurped them in the movie arm of the universe, but they still reign supreme in the television arm – at least until the series ends with its seventh season later this year.
Over the course of the series, fans have been introduced to some of the best Agent Of S.H.I.E.L.D. has to offer. Not every agent, however, can be a member of the elite. The series has seen plenty of unnamed agents who have lost their lives by being in the wrong place at the wrong time. We’re not discussing those unfortunate red shirts, but instead, the best and the worst of the named agents the series has had to offer.
Best: Phil Coulson
Phil Coulson is the reason the television series exists, so it stands to reason that he would be one of the best S.H.I.E.L.D. has. He might have made his debut in the Iron Man trilogy, but the audience has been able to see him grow as an agent thanks to the series and an appearance in Captain Marvel – where he was just a rookie.
Coulson is able to master the mechanics of being an agent: the fighting skills, the undercover work, and even diplomacy. He also understands the need to be a team player, the necessary secrecy, and when it’s time to reveal those secrets. Coulson is great at reading situations and people, knowing when he’s not the right person for a job, and just who needs to be the one to do it. There are few agents better than him at his job.
Best: Bobbi Morse
The Mockingbird made quite the entrance while undercover at Hydra in season two. Bobbi Morse has a reputation for her undercover work. She can become anyone to get intelligence, and she isn’t just good at hiding in plain sight.
Bobbi also proved herself as more than just capable in a fight with a variety of weapons and fighting skills. She’s on par with Black Widow. Bobbi is also one smart cookie, able to fill in doing lab work when the team is down one of their most intelligent members. She also makes a heartbreaking sacrifice for the good of S.H.I.E.L.D., allowing herself to become disavowed in season three so that the rest of the organization doesn’t become compromised. Bobbi is an exemplary agent.
Best: The Koenig Siblings
The Koenig siblings make this list as a group because they serve a very specific function within S.H.I.E.L.D. that seemingly no one else would be able to do. Each of the Koenig brothers maintains a secret base while their sister is a field agent.
Yes, the first Koenig brother the audience meets is killed by a traitor in S.H.I.E.L.D.’s midst, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that each of them maintains a base for years without being detected. Each Koenig is able to operate the base completely on his own, has a direct connection to Fury, and is able to operate in the field even without the same high-level training that someone like Bobbi Morse receives. They’re the secret backbone to S.H.I.E.L.D. being able to operate in the shadows.
Best: Daisy Johnson
Once upon a time, fans only knew her as Skye. Now, she uses her birth name, Daisy Johnson, and the alias Quake. She’s grown from a young woman whose only skills are computer hacking and lying, to someone who can easily take on a room full of Hydra agents alone, and that’s not just because of her powers.
In addition to having those quaking abilities and hacking skills, Daisy continues to grow as an agent. She understands when things need transparency and when they need secrecy, and she understands the part she plays in a larger team. Daisy thinks of the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents around her as family, which keeps her invested in the fight even when she thinks she might want to walk away. She’s been through more than most people will go through in a lifetime, but she’s still willing to learn and help keep the world safe.
Best: Melinda May
When the series begins, Melinda May is the most senior member of the team other than Coulson. She’s only there to drive the bus, but it becomes clear very quickly that she has a lot of other skills besides flying.
May is able to compartmentalize better than anyone else on the team. She’s also able to recognize when the emotions she’s setting aside aren’t healthy and do something about it, like taking an extended vacation from work. May can transform herself to go undercover, there’s no better fighter on the team (without superpowers), and she’s willing to take on whatever role the organization needs her to. She’s truly the best of the best.