"My disciples just destroyed another cheap American knockoff. The Chinese Theater. Mr. President, I know this must be getting frustrating. But this season of terror is drawing to a close. And don't worry, the big one is coming. Your graduation."
"Mr. President. Only two lessons remain. And I intend to finish this before Christmas morning. Meet Thomas Richards. Good strong name. Good strong job. Thomas, here, is an accountant for the Roxxon Oil Corporation. But I'm sure he's a really good guy. I'm going to shoot him in the head, live on your television in 30 seconds. The number for this telephone is in your cell phone. Exciting, isn't it, imagining how it got there? America, if your president calls me in the next half-minute, Tom lives. Go!"
"Give me some good news, man." "I think they all made it." "Oh, thank God." "Yeah, but I missed the president." "You couldn't save the president with the suit, how are we gonna save Pepper with nothing?"
"What do you want from me?" "Uh...nothing, sir. I just needed a reason to kill you that would play well on TV. You see, I've moved on. I've found myself a new political patron, and at this time tomorrow, he'll have your job."
"Today, world leaders are scrambling for answers after the world's most advanced spy agency was crippled by a series of attacks. The president contends this is the biggest intelligence leak in world history. But what's even more disturbing are the documents released from S.H.I.E.L.D. show clear evidence of human experimentation, stockpiles of WMD all concealed by a massive cover-up. With world security at stake, officials everywhere are calling for S.H.I.E.L.D...."
"-another example of this administration's lack of transparency." "You can't seriously be blaming the president for this." "Those who let S.H.I.E.L.D. operate without oversight should be held accountable." "If your party held the White House, would you be taking this position?" "If my party held the White house, we wouldn't be in this position."
"Good evening. I'm here tonight to address growing concerns among our citizens of the threats we face that are not of this world. I don't need to remind people of the catastrophes in New York, London, and most recently Sokovia, tragedies that seem to be growing in number and scale. And the organization we had in place to protect us, S.H.I.E.L.D., brought airships raining down in our nation's capital. Every day, new dangers present themselves, filling our peaceful streets with chaos. By executive order, I have created a special task force to neutralize these alien threats on our soil. The Advanced Threat Containment Unit, or ATCU, will be given full license to act with whatever authority is necessary. The laws of nature have changed. And until the laws of man change to reflect that, we must do what we feel is right."
―Matthew Ellis' speech to the American people[src]
"Mr. President, how do you respond to reports that the recent incidents are, in fact, due to the spread of an alien contagion?" "These are rumors. They are not true. They are fabrications meant to boost ratings and cause hysteria. Any and all possibilities are being taken very seriously by the ATCU." "But if this is an outbreak, shouldn't the public be made aware?" "I think we should be careful, the words we start throwing around. The last thing we need is panic in the streets. Any threat will be eliminated, I can assure you. People have a right to know." "Are the infected among us?" "Thank you. That'll be all for today."
"Gideon Malick." "I know the name. Industrialist. He once served on the World Council." "He's a friend. I've worked with him more than a decade. H-He advises the president's staff, helped design the ATCU, oversees the science division. He gave me the T.A.H.I.T.I. intel."
"Mr. President." "Director Coulson. Thank you for meeting me. Long overdue. Rosalind spoke highly of you. She believed that I should be working with S.H.I.E.L.D. I did always value her judgment. I'll miss her." "I assume we're not here to share memories of a fallen friend." "This-- this problem Rosalind said you called them Inhumans? Heads of state calling, not sure what's happening. Watchdog agencies hurling accusations. Fox News won't shut up. I don't need to tell you how delicate the situation is, but we have to do something." "With all due respect, Mr. President, we are doing something."
"I didn't ask to get put in front of this sideshow circus. If I find out you had anything to do with it--" "It was the president's idea, as was the symposium in Taiwan that we're supposed to be getting ready for."
"He doesn't go, I don't go." "Fine. We'll go without you. We don't need him." "Actually, we do. If the acting head of our own ATCU doesn't show up, it sends a bad message not to mention it will embarrass the president and destroy any hope of an international coalition."
"We were lucky President Ellis even got Interpol to step in. They walk free, but they cannot be agents." "So that's it? We're just leaving them?" "It was all we could do to keep them from being executed. Relations between the President and Prime Minister are already badly strained because of the growing alien threat. And if they found out S.H.I.E.L.D. was up and running, training Inhumans as agents..." "It would be bad. Like Cold War bad. Bobbi and Hunter never cracked under questioning, even to save each other. They did that for S.H.I.E.L.D. They did that for us, and they paid the price."
"I don't believe any of this. These two are obviously working for either your government directly or indirectly, as agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." "You know very well, Prime Minister, there is no S.H.I.E.L.D. It was dismantled." "Mr. President, do you think we are all naive? S.H.I.E.L.D. is alive and well and working with your government to get ahead of us." "Ahead of you? What are you talking about?" "There is a new arms race in our future the race for powered individuals. You know this." "What I know, Dmitri, is that there was an attempt on your life a coup and if I were you, I'd be grateful to the people who intervened." "Let's be frank, Matthew. What matters here is only how things appear. And for me, this appears to be a disaster. This incident will go public, and I will have to explain how not one, not two, but three members of my government were murdered." "To be fair two of them were trying to kill you sir." "Remind me who is this man?" "Advisor to our ATCU. He, uh he tracks enhanced threats." "Threats like your very own Minister of Defense, General Androvich, who I believe was trying to assassinate you." "So you claim. Mr. President, if you do not wish to escalate hostilities between our nations, you will do what is right. Someone must pay for what happened here. And it will not be me."
"As soon as Talbot gave the location of this base to the president, things changed. I knew we'd be divided, undermined, kept in the dark, so I have been clawing for as much power as I can possibly grab to keep a modicum of control over any of this."
"Phil, am I getting something wrong? This was your idea. When you stepped down, you told the President you didn't want to be the face of the Agency." "For a whole host of reasons." "And you said we needed a new face. And now that Steve Rogers went AWOL, you wanted a hero." "I said the new Director should be a powered person the public could trust. And they came up with you." "And now you're stuck with me."
"Yes, Mr. President? Uh, watching now, sir." "We now control seven cities. If you do not end the Registration of Inhumans in 24 hours, we will black out seven more." "Yes, Mr. President. I understand the gravity of the situation. Just give me one more hour. Agent Coulson and his team are on the case. Thank you, sir. The President wants to send troops into the blackout zones, take out the Inhumans by any means necessary."
"We've experienced a series of grave events that have had severe repercussions. I am completely sensitive to the fear and concern that creates. But at the same time, I recognize what men like Tony Stark, Steve Rogers and others have done in the face of these attacks."
"Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. I've just been briefed on the developing situation in Lagos, Nigeria. Secretary Ross has contacted their president and assured him that we will do whatever it takes to support our friend and ally. It is crucial that we unite and stand together to ensure that peace and security prevail over chaos and fear. In the coming days, my administration will work directly with the United Nations to find the people responsible for this catastrophe and hold them accountable to the full extent of the law. With courage, and with compassion, the international community will help support Lagos during their time of need. Thank you and may God bless."