Could Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. be hinting about a potential Marvel character?

Yesterday, I was reading an article on Bleeding Cool that got my hopes up about Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.  This reminds case you haven't watched the January 7 episode "The Magical Place," you might stop here.  In other words - SPOILER ALERT.

Anyway, I enjoy the show, but when I compare it against a show like Arrow from Marvel's competitor, I just feel something is missing.  The show is supposed to be a gateway into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  But, the Marvel Cinematic Universe that everybody loves is filled with superheroes and characters we love from the Marvel Comic's universe.  In Arrow, they smartly have given us character after character and reference after reference without making it feel forced.  I honestly think they could do the same with Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.  And, if Bleeding Cool's theory is correct, we could be seeing more references in a major way.

Again, if you haven't watched the January 7 episode "The Magical Place," considering yourself warned for the final time that there are SPOILERS ahead which will come after this image.

© Photo by Loren R. Javier, at the end of the "The Magical Place," we saw that J. August Richards' character Mike Peterson did not actually die at the end of the mid-season finale.  He was, however, torn apart and now in control of whatever organization had taken control of Akela Amador, a recently rescued S.H.I.E.L.D. agent.

And, honestly, in my mind, I kept thinking cyborg, but it didn't dawn on me until I read this Bleeding Cool article who it could potentially be - Deathlok!

Source: Bleeding Cool
Mind blown.

Deathlok is a cybernetic character in the Marvel Universe.  While he might not be as easily recognizable as many of the other Marvel characters, to those who are familiar with the Marvel Universe, this could be the biggest appearance of a Marvel character in the show if it proves to be true.

Bleeding Cool theorizes:
"J. August Richard’s character isn’t an exact match for the comic book character, but then again there have been four different Deathlok’s so far and there could be some parallels between where Peterson is going and the Michael Collins version of the cyborg. Collins was working for Roxxon Oil and was betrayed by his partner and put into the Deathlok body that he couldn’t control and was forced to kill soldiers. Getting the messages from the eye may put Peterson in a similar situation."
Another thing that gives me hope that Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. could be moving to more Marvel characters is the announcement that a well known foe of Iron Man - Blizzard - will be appearing in the next episode.  Blizzard is a villain that owns a supersuit that allows him to generate and control cold and ice hired by Tony Stark's rival Justin Hammer.  But, we don't know what kind of presence will he have.  Will he just be a character in alter ego name only and that he'll just be Donald Gill?  And, as Bleeding Cool reports, the actor given to play him is 16 year old Dylan Minnette.  So, given his age, could he be a supervillain in this episode?  It will be interesting to see.


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