The small-screen corner of the Marvel universe is adding a classic comic baddie in the coming weeks, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has already revealed a first look.
Actor Patrick Brennan (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, The Black Donnellys) has signed on to play Marcus Daniels, aka Blackout, a villain who first appeared in 1976’s NOVA #19 comic. In the comics, Blackout could manipulate Darkforce and shoot energy blasts. On S.H.I.E.L.D., he’ll have the ability to absorb energy around him.
The character will be introduced in the upcoming 18th episode of the first season, with a larger appearance set for episode 19. So, best guess: He’ll likely be introduced in the post-credit “stinger” at the end of episode 18, dubbed “Providence.”
Brennan actually chatted with Marvel about the role, and revealed how the producers described the character to him:
“This is the way they explained it to me: This guy, Marcus Daniels, a.k.a. Blackout, was shrouded in darkness, his soul, everything about him was shrouded in darkness until he comes across this Cello player. And the music was the only light that came into his soul, and it gave him hope and it gave him some sense of what light was. I thought to myself, oh my god, you don’t even need to explain anything else. Because music, to me, is what gets me through most of the time. My kids, my wife, and music. That aspect of it totally intrigued me. I thought that was quite beautiful and very interesting, that aspect of the character…
I think that the key to approaching any villain [is], it’s much more impactful when the audience can see some shred of good in the quote-unquote villain. I was watching “Scarface” last night, and he was a monster. But there are certain scenes in the movie where it shows that he has compassion, it shows that he has a soul, and then you’re on his side, and when he dies at the end, you’re heartbroken. Why would you be heartbroken about someone who kills people, deals drugs, and does all these horrible things? Because you see the other side of him too, and I think it’s true with people. People aren’t all bad or all good.”
New episodes of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. return Tuesday, April 1, at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. Are you looking forward to seeing Blackout?