Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D's primary foe, Hydra, may have gotten a lot scarier on this week's episode, but we've got one pretty good reason to doubt whether their secret schemes will pan out. And, no, it's not just because good always triumphs over evil in the end.
For those who haven't yet spotted the flaw themselves, allow us to make a brief PowerPoint presentation to you:
As our commenters pointed out, for an organization seemingly bent on the importance of operating deep in the shadows, Hydra seems to have an awful lot of branded merchandise floating around — and perhaps even an evil sign-maker somewhere on staff:
I'm still at a loss how such an organization can remain so secretive when they seemingly put their logo everywhere. Coulson sends his top agents out to steal a plane to get some cloaking technology, while the jacket Simmons wore to go get the iceguy had a Hydra logo on the back. I swear, most of Hydra's income must be derived from logo wear at their company store and website.
I really truly believe that before Cap2, Garret constantly drank coffee out of a novelty HYDRA-branded mug ("Hail Hydra, and your first two cups of java in the morning"), and there had to be some sleeper agents in SHIELD that wore sweat pants with the word HYDRA printed on their butts in their training sessions.
I laughed when I saw they actually had their logo in the lab on the wall. Yeah no one but Hydra is allowed in there but when you are an internationally wanted terrorist organization masquerading as a legitimate business in a city, you want plausible deniability.
My thoughts exactly! Who is making those logos to hang in their offices? You would think the sign company might report that. Or does Hydra recruit people to join its super secret world domination cabal specifically to handle sign making?
Some commenters, however, pointed out that the secretive evil organization's seemingly surprising move into the world of personal branding (and all those corporate merch revenue dollars that came with it) could just be one more arm of Hydra's villainous plot:
First rule of villain club: Marketing!
Don't knock the brand revenues #HydraWear #HailHydra
If their plan to mark all their products under one logo is, indeed, all part of a wicked scheme to hone in on the world's novelty coffee-cup and funny T-shirt market, then commenter Apotheos1s has a new tagline all set for them:
If you cut off one sleeve, we will sew two to take it's place.