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"There have to be better things for you to do than chase four S.H.I.E.L.D. agents."
"I wasn't a huge fan before chasing you to the damn tundra, Coulson."
Glenn Talbot and Phil Coulson[src]

The Attack on Providence was the first open conflict between Phil Coulson's S.H.I.E.L.D. team and the United States Armed Forces


Sometime after the Battle of New York, Nick Fury established an underground base in Canada and tasked Eric Koenig with keeping the base's existence secret to everyone, save for select operatives such as Maria Hill.

Unofficially naming the base "Providence," Koenig spent the next two years in total isolation, his only source of entertainment being the online video games that he and his twin brother Billy, who had been tasked with safekeeping the Playground, played.[1]

In 2014, S.H.I.E.L.D. was labeled a terrorist organization by the international community after it was revealed that HYDRA had been embedded within the organization since its inception.[2]

The United States government subsequently created an Armed Forces detachment, assigning Colonel Glenn Talbot with taking possession of all S.H.I.E.L.D. bases and associated paraphernalia.

Providence Entrance

The entrance to Providence

Upon learning that Talbot's detachment was preparing to occupy the Hub facility, Phil Coulson and his team evacuated the base before establishing themselves at Providence, which they discovered via coordinates left by Fury.[1]

Sometime later, Maria Hill was leaving a Congressional hearing when she was approached by Talbot. Hill, who felt Coulson deserved a life outside of espionage, revealed the Providence base's location.[3]

Meanwhile, HYDRA sleeper agent Grant Ward stole the hard drive used by the team during previous missions and forced former S.H.I.E.L.D. asset Skye to decrypt it so he could deliver it to John Garrett.[4]


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Maria Hill acted as a distraction to Grant Ward so that Phil Coulson could board the Bus and rescue Skye from Ward's captivity.

Without a base of operations, Coulson's Team stayed in a hotel in Los Angeles[3] until Nick Fury allowed the agents access to the Playground, another secret base.[5]

Glenn Talbot received a promotion from Colonel to Brigadier General.[6]