It’s powerful enough to make ghost people believe they can play god. It’s dangerous enough that Daisy (Chloe Bennet) and Ghost Rider (Gabriel Luna) are willing to step out of the shadows and team up with Coulson (Clark Gregg) to find it. And it’s probably Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s major link to the upcoming Doctor Strange movie.
Well, in Marvel lore, it’s just the most dangerous mystical artifact in the universe. Created by a demonic entity named Chthon, it’s been at the center of the darkest magic, responsible for creating both the first vampire and the first werewolf. Simply reading it opens the reader up to the Chthon’s sinister and corrupting forces, putting the reader in danger of becoming either a vampire or werewolf themselves.
In short, the thing’s bad news.
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As the Doctor Strange Prelude #1 prequel comic book revealed, the Ancient One’s (played in the movie by Tilda Swinton) disciples have organized to protect the world from dark magic, operating under the title Masters of the Mystic Arts. They’re the magical world’s equivalent of S.H.I.E.L.D.—and they’re the reason S.H.I.E.L.D. had no idea this mysticism existed. They’re very good at their job.
And with just a few weeks left before the release of Doctor Strange, it’s an even safer bet that things are only going to get weirder for Coulson and the crew. We can hardly wait.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. on ABC.