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The 8 Ball 02.04.14: Top 8 Wanted Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Appearances
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 02.04.2014

Welcome, one and all, to the 8 Ball in the Movie Zone! I'm your host Jeremy Thomas and as always, we will be tackling a topic and providing you the top eight selections of that particular category. Keep in mind that this list is meant to be my personal opinion and not a definitive list. You're free to disagree; you can even say my list is wrong, but stating that an opinion is "wrong" is just silly. With that in mind, let's get right in to it!

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Top 8 Wanted Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Appearances

Hello, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome another 8 Ball! We've been so busy doing the Year in Review that we've missed some stories, but luckily they've still managed to come around for us. Point in fact: this week we see our first real legit supercharacter on Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as J. August Richards' Mike Peterson is turned into Deathlok. Now, I know the show has a lot of critics but I'm not one of them. I feel the show has its flaws, but has weathered the slow start well and picked up to become one of the most interesting shows so far this year. Now that they've built up their characters Marvel and ABC appear to be ready to throw some superpowered folks their way, not to mention characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe as we will be getting Jamie Alexander as Sif later this month. This week I thought I would look at some other characters from Marvel that the producers and writers might consider throwing in. I am totally good with the idea that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is about the heroes and not the superheroes, but some recognizable characters wouldn't hurt, right?

Caveat: The only major caveat for this list is that I left off people who have already made appearances such as Maria Hill, Nick Fury, Jasper Sitwell and Victoria Hand. As for criteria, I was looking for people who could fit well within the show, not cost a huge CGI budget, and fall within the mission statement of the series, which is "the people on the edges of the grand adventures" while being recognizable characters who could fit within (or have already fit within) Marvel Cinematic Universe continuity.

Just Missing The Cut

A Marvel Cinematic Universe Avenger (any)
Daisy Johnson
Spider-Woman (Jessica Drew)
Human Torch (Jim Hammond)
The Runaways

#8: Abigail Brand

Abigail Brand, in a lot of ways, seems like a no-brainer to eventually make it onto the series for a variety of reasons, which I'll get into shortly. First, a little heads up on who she is for those not in the no. In the Marvel Universe, S.H.I.E.L.D. is not the only government agency that deals with superhuman threats. There have actually been a few throughout the years but most prominent among them is S.W.O.R.D., the Sentient World Observation and Response Department. These guys are a subdivision of S.H.I.E.L.D. and look out for extraterrestrial threats in the Marvel universe; they are headed by one Abigail Brand, a half-human, half-alien who keeps Earth's orbit vigilant against the many extra-terrestrial threats out there (Skrulls, Kree, Shi'ar, Badoon, you name it). Brand (and S.W.O.R.D. as a whole) was created by Joss Whedon during his run on Astonishing X-Men, which would seem to make sense that she might show up on a S.H.I.E.L.D.-themed series that Whedon is involved in. Plus, when you add in that Guardians of the Galaxy is hitting and introducing the idea of extra-terrestrial races to the Marvel Cinematic Universe it only stands to reason that S.H.I.E.L.D. would create a division to deal with them. Brand has a no-nonsense attitude that Whedon likes in his authority figures and she would be great for a single episode (with occasional reprisals and mentions) appearance; her trademark green hair might be a bit out there for some but Victoria Hand has already shown up with her little red streaks so it is entirely possible. The only thing putting this lower on the list is that I think she is more a character to be introduced further down the line, perhaps later in season two.

#7: Pepper Potts

On first glance, Tony Stark's girlfriend/executive assistant might not seem like the best choice to show up on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. There are a lot of things that might seem to work against this, not the least of which are Gwyneth Paltrow's availability and Marvel/ABC's seeming hesitance to dig too deeply into already-established characters from the films. But it very much makes sense if you think about it and could be a huge bump for the show publicity-wise (and thus viewer-wise). Pepper Potts has several potential reasons for running across a S.H.I.E.L.D. team; she is still the CEO of Stark Industries, which is a major technology and research company. She also still contains the Extremis virus within her (albeit modified so it isn't a danger to her) and thus could be a help in fighting the Centipede group that the S.H.I.E.L.D. team is up against. And let's not forget that she was friends with Coulson and there would be some great scenes that could spring out of her learning that Coulson is alive because of the necessity of her involvement in whatever the episode plot is. As for Paltrow's availability, she has already shown that she is willing to do recurring roles on television, specifically with Glee for which she is coming back this season for the 100th episode. It also provides a tie to the movies without requiring a core Avenger. Sounds like a perfect fit to me.

#6: Ms. Marvel

I know what you may be thinking: "Who the hell is that girl in the picture? Dammit Thomas, you can't even tell Carol Danvers from this teenager?" But trust me, I know exactly who I'm talking about. After all, Carol Danvers isn't Ms. Marvel anymore; under the fantastic writing of Kelly Sue DeConnick she has moved on to take the name of Captain Marvel. By Ms. Marvel I am referring to the character of Kamala Khan. For those who don't follow the comics closely, Kamala is the new Ms. Marvel, who is getting her own book this month. Kamala is a girl from a traditional Muslim household living in New York City who idolizes the now-Captain Marvel and the Avengers, who receives her own powers of shape-shifting and takes on the Ms. Marvel name. The character will struggle with being a superhero and balancing that with her faith and obligations to her family as a young teenager, and thus far her appearances (in Captain Marvel #17 and All-New Marvel NOW! Point-One #1) have made me an instant fan. The character is a definite source of a potential episode storyline for the series, being a unique new super hero that the team could help. It would provide a great opportunity for synergy between the new comic book and the series (can we say "free publicity" and "boosted sales," Marvel) and would give the writers something to tackle beyond the "find alien technology, fight for alien technology, take alien technology to the Hub" procedural we've already seen a few times. It's perhaps a left-field choice, but one I'd love to see.

#5: Dum Dum Dugan

As I mentioned earlier, one of the "mission statements" of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is to show the "the people on the edges of the grand adventures"...in other words, the normal men and women who are no less heroes just because they don't have superpowers. We've seen many of these examples throughout the Marvel Cinematic Universe films: Eric Selvig and Jane Foster in Thor, Pepper Potts in Iron Man...even Hawkeye and Black Widow in The Avengers could qualify. Captain America: The First Avenger had a ton of these kinds of people and it just so happens that one of them ended up as a high-ranking officer of S.H.I.E.L.D., reaching as high as the position of executive directors. This would be Timothy "Dum Dum" Dugan, played by Neal McDonough in The First Avenger. McDonough doesn't always have the best role selection (see: Street Fighter: Legend of Chun-Li) but he was perfectly cast as the boisterous agent. Now, I know what you're going to say: that was seventy years ago and certainly Dum Dum is dead by now. As it turns out, in the comic books Dugan is still alive because he received the Infinity Formula, which slows his aging significantly. Change that into some variation on the Super Soldier serum and you have a living Dum Dum in the modern era. The only things holding this back would be McDonough's schedule and the possibility that he may be in ABC's Agent Carter series as Dum Dum, but even those aren't killers for the possibility of at least a brief appearance. More Dum Dum Dugan is never, ever a bad thing.

#4: Daredevil

This one seems like such an obvious choice to me. The reason is simple: Marvel has signed a deal, as you may have heard, for four thirteen-episode series on Netflix that will lead into a Defenders miniseries. Those series will focus on Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and Daredevil with the blind attorney-turned-superhero as the first to premiere with longtime Whedon collaborator Drew Goddard running the series. Daredevil is another example of a character that is perfect to appear on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.; he is not a high CGI-necessary character and is more or less grounded as a superhero. Putting a character on their existing series would be a good way to preview the character and build some goodwill considering how poorly Daredevil's last incarnation went over (see: Affleck, Ben). And in addition, Daredevil is one of those fan favorites who people are desperate to see how he works within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It would be a coup for all involved and it would not at all be difficult for them to come up with a great storyline for this.

#3: Sharon Carter

It makes too much sense on paper for Sharon Carter to appear on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. not to do it. Sharon Carter (aka Agent 13) is a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent and the niece of Peggy Carter, played by Hayley Atwell in Captain America: The First Avenger (and likely the upcoming Agent Carter). Sharon ends up in the comics as Cap's sometime girlfriend and will appear in Captain America: The Winter Soldier as played by Emily VanCamp of ABC's soapy drama Revenge. From a storyline standpoint, once she has appeared in Winter Soldier it would make a ton of sense for her to show up as an occasional higher-up or operative in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. The tension between her and Agents May and/or Ward could be fantastic. From a business standpoint it would be great cross-casting for ABC, who could promote it to boost visibility on two of their series. Of course this all depends on what happens to Sharon in Winter Soldier, as in the comics she goes through a couple of dark turns at the hands of the Red Skull and was hypnotized to kill Cap. I doubt they'll hit that in the current film but Crossbones, who was involved in that plot, is in the film so you never know. Still, assuming she's not a programmed assassin she could easily make a few appearances with Coulson and company.

#2: Captain Marvel

See, this is why Carol wasn't listed earlier. There are few characters more perfect for an appearance on this show. Carol Danvers is one of Marvel's most popular female characters and there have been rumors of a solo film down the line for her, which I would be ecstatic for. What better way to test the waters and get non-comics readers familiar with her than introduce Carol Danvers on the series? Danvers has been around the Marvel Comics universe since the 1960s as an Air Force officer who is saved from an alien device explosion by a member of the Kree race, giving her some serious super powers. She has also served as a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent and even served as director of the organization in the Ultimates universe. Her story would be exceedingly easy to fit into the MCU and it would put one of Marvel's greatest women in their film universe, possibly even setting her up to replace one of the Avengers eventually in the team-up movies. Even if she is just introduced as Carol Danvers and her powered-up version saved for the eventual film, it would be a major coup for the show.

#1: Mockingbird

Easy #1 choice in my book. I loved West Coast Avengers growing up and Mockingbird was one of my favorite members of that team. Real name Barbara "Bobbi" Morse, Mockingbird has been a S.H.I.E.L.D. member in the comics since the mid-1970s. Like Hawkeye (her eventual husband and then ex) and Black Widow she doesn't have superhuman powers; she is just a highly-trained combatant and special operative fighting alongside superheroes and holding her own. The character was willing to make difficult decisions during West Coast Avengers that even her husband wasn't able to and as a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent she has received some great storylines, even during the cheesier periods of the 1970s and 1980s. Bobbi is a character who would fit perfectly within the MCU and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. seems to be a perfect place to put her, either as a one-time/recurring character or even as an eventual regular cast member. I really like the show, but this could conceivably turn that into some serious fanboy love.

Disguise of the Episode

Current Series/Season: Season One (2001 - 2002)
Episodes Watched: 13
Last Serial Completed: The Box (Part 2) - Sydney and Jack find themselves in the ironic position of having to save SD-6 as former agent McKenas Cole tortures Sloane in order to obtain a mysterious item stored inside the SD-6 vault, while Will finds new leads into his story about the organization.
Episodes Remaining: 92

And that will do it for us this week! Join me next week for another edition of the 8-Ball! Until then, have a good week and don't forget to read the many other great columns, news articles and more here at 411mania.com! JT out.


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