Origin of the Super Soldier Serum:
The second season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 7 dove deeper into the history of the MCU. 1931 is an era which has never made it to the films as nothing significant really happened in that year (or at least that’s what people initially thought). But now we know how important 1931 was in the formation of the MCU’s entire timeline. Not only was it crucial for the formation of Hydra and S.H.I.E.L.D., but this was the year which led to the origin of the Super Soldier Serum, and hence Captain America as well.
After watching the first episode, the Agents of SHIELD follow the Chronicoms back to the year 1931. Ultimately, they find out that the Chronicoms are actually after Wilfred ‘Freddy’ Malick, who will become the father of Gideon Malick (the American Hydra leader who was seen in The Avengers and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S3) in the future. Freddy & Gideon Malick were crucial for the formation of Hydra & even SHIELD, so it has now become a duty of the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to save Freddy. And that’s what happened in the second episode – “Know Your Onions.”
But it wasn’t just about saving Freddy to save the timeline, it was also about letting Freddy successfully deliver a package, a green vial that was given to him by the mysterious “Lady in Red.” The Lady had a job for Freddy which would’ve redeemed his family name. She told him:
“I have a job for you. A second chance, you could call it. If you could deliver this to the docks, then my employer will reward you and your family’s glory will be restored.”
When Freddy asked her what the vial actually was, she replied – “The Future.” After the episode, we broke it down that this green vial could actually be the first version of the Super Soldier Serum that Johann Schmidt will later use after further improvements. Well as it turned out, we were almost right with our assumption. “Know Your Onions” confirms that the green vial was actually a very important ingredient that’s crucial for the formation of the Serum.
Agent Gemma Simmons tested the liquid of the vial and she confirmed the truth about the ingredient that doctor Erskine would use in his Super Serum. Erskine was working on the serum since 1930 in Germany. Hydra was monitoring him and they knew what Erskine needed. So, their plan was to ship the ingredient from USA to Germany in 1931. That was crucial because without Freddie making this serum, Schmidt would not have turned into Red Skull, Erskine probably wouldn’t have ended up working with the US army, and thus, Captain America wouldn’t have been a thing. The implications of the Super Soldier Serum will further be seen in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. That show will make it even clearer as to why the transfer of the green vial was so important in the past.
Let’s see what happens in the coming episodes of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Clark Gregg mentioned that the show is supposed to take place in multiple years, and 1980s is supposed to be one of those years. 1988 was recorded to be the year when the Kree (Mar-Vell) were present on Earth. So, perhaps the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. could have something to do with that as well.
Here’s what Clark Gregg said about the events of 1980s:
“I wouldn’t be surprised if we didn’t also end up in the ’80s, and that might not even be all of the time periods. We might explore the comic book tropes of those times, some of the cinematic tropes of those times, you know what I mean?”
We won’t be surprised if the events of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 7 lead us into Captain Marvel 2. Agents of SHIELD returns next week with the third episode of Season 7.