Skye: The secret is out. For decades, your organization stayed in the shadows, hiding the truth, but now we know—they're among us. Heroes... and monsters. The world is full of wonders.
Skye: We can't explain everything we see. But our eyes are open. So what now? There are no more shadows for you to hide in. Something impossible just happened. What are you going to do about it?
Agent Maria Hill: What does SHIELD stand for, Agent Ward?
Grant: Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division.
Agent Maria Hill: And what does that mean to you?
Grant: It means someone really wanted our initials to spell out SHIELD.
Grant: What changed?
Agent Maria Hill: Everything's changing. A little while ago, most people went to bed thinking that the crazier thing in the world was a billionaire in a flying military suit. Then aliens invaded New York and were beaten back by, among others, a giant green monster, a costumed hero from the 50's, and a god.
Grant: I don't think he's a god.
Agent Maria Hill: Well, you haven't been near his arms.
(stepping out of the shadows)
Coulson: Sorry--that corner was really dark and I couldn't help myself. I think there's a bulb out.
Agent Maria Hill: Well, the death of a common ally is an effective team builder.
Coulson: Plus, it wasn't that much of a stretch. I stopped breathing for about 40 seconds.
Agent Maria Hill: Eight. It gets longer every time you tell it.
Coulson: Yeah, well you get shanked by the Asgardian Mussolini, you can tell it your way. I was looking at the big white light and it felt like a lot longer than eight seconds.
Coulson: Agent Hill did a very detailed assessment of your last three missions. Combat, top grades. Espionage, she gave you the highest marks since Romanoff. Under people skills she drew a... I think it's a little poop with knives sticking out of it.
Coulson: That's bad, right?
Agent Maria Hill: It was a porcupine. It was not a poop. It just means he...
Coulson: No, I'm pretty sure.
Dr. Streiten: I would've been very happy not to clear you, Phil. I'd love for you to rest up some more.
Coulson: I've had plenty of that. Thanks.
Agent Maria Hill: You sure?
Coulson: You should go sometime.
Agent Maria Hill: Where?
Coulson: Tahiti. It's a magical place.
Agent Maria Hill: Three days in, I'd be begging for an assignment.
Skye: Listen, you cannot walk away from this. With great power comes a... ton of weird crap that you are not prepared to deal with.
Skye: How will you come at us? From the air? From the ground? How will you silence us this time? How can you? The truth is in the wind. It's everywhere. You cannot stop the rising tide. You will not find us. You will never see our faces but rest assures—we will rise against those who shield us from the truth. And nothing--nothing can stop us in the... (Coulson comes in) Hey. What up?
Skye: You guys are making a big mistake.
Grant: You don't look that big.
Grant: Okay, there are two ways we can do this.
Skye: Oh. Is one of them the easy way?
Grant: She might as well be one of those sweaty cosplay girls, crowding around Stark Tower.
Skye: What? I would... it was one time.
Coulson: She's an asset.
Grant: She is such an… wait, "asset"?
Fitz: And, with a little luck, get some images from before the blast. And by "luck," I mean "unappreciated genius."
Mike: You said if we worked hard, if we did right, we'd have a place. You said it was enough to be a man. But there's better than man. There's gods. And the rest of us... what are we? They're giants. We're what they step on.
Coulson: I know. I've seen giants--up close. And that privilege cost me... nearly everything. But the good ones, the real deal, they're not heroes because of what they have that we don't. It's what they do with it. You're right, Mike. It matters who you are.
Skye: With great power comes a... ton of weird crap that you are not prepared to deal with.
This is a variation on Marvel Comic character Spider-Man's ethical guideline, "With great power comes great responsibility.
Gemma: I'm not Hermione. I can't create instant paralysis with that.
Hermoine Granger is a female student and wizard in the Harry Potter books.
Gemma: So are you excited to be coming on our journey into mystery?
Journey Into Mystery was a horror comic under Atlas Comics. When it switched to Marvel Comics, they eventually used it to debut Thor in 1962.
Skye: Me, not the T-1000 here.
The T-1000 is the liquid-metal Terminator featured in the 1991 movie Terminator 2: Judgment Day.