The biggest Marvel Comics hero yet is about to debut on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Halfway through its first season, one of the biggest fan criticisms still surrounding the ABC/Marvel series is its lack of truly superpowered characters. We've already got a promise that Thor: The Dark World co-star Jaimie Alexander (Sif) is set to make a guest appearance on the series, but beyond that, short of a few people made a bit stronger by the group called Centipede, there hasn't been too much to feel super about in terms of the show's superhero connections. Now, that's set to change.
At a Televisions Critics Association event on Thursday, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. executive producer Jeffrey Bell announced that Mike Peterson -- the single father played by J. August Richards who was given powers by Centipede even before the pilot episode -- would be transformed into the Marvel Comics hero Deathlok on the show. Deathlok, who was originally portrayed as a dead soldier who was given new life through cybernetic technology, has become a vital part of the Marvel Comics universe throughout the last 40 years, and his inclusion on the show should certainly make things more interesting.
"We have been waiting all season for this moment where we can reveal that Mike Peterson's story arc is an origin story," Bell said. "We're thrilled to have J. August Richards playing Deathlok and to have our audience enjoy this favorite Marvel character on the show."
The last time we saw Peterson, at the end of the midseason return episode "The Magical Place," he was missing a leg but already had a new eye implant, so it looks like he's already well on his way to achieving Deathlok immortality. We don't yet know how this new identity will affect his relationship with the S.H.I.E.L.D. team, or how quickly he'll embrace his new role, but Richards, for one, is excited.
"If you would have asked when I was nine-years old what I wanted to be, I would have said a super hero and I'm so excited to be one now as an adult on TV!" Richards said. "It's a dream come true."
Deathlok is set to make his live-action debut when Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns on Feb. 4. What do you think? Will this is usher in a new era of crossover awesomeness for the show, or should this have happened much sooner?