Remember at the end of “The Magical Place” episode when it was revealed that “Super Mike” had survived that giant explosion the Centipede bad guys set off when they kidnapped Agent Coulson?
“Super Mike” sat up in some kind of holding cell and we saw that he was all burnt up and missing a leg. We also saw that he had one of those “eye implant” things that have been used to control Centipede henchmen. Well it turns out that what that has been is the MARVEL TV/Movie Universe version of . . . wait for it . . . PROJECT DEATHLOK !
Marvel.com announced today that on the February 4th episode of AGENTS OF SHIELD, Mike Peterson will be transformed into the cyborg killing machine against his will – forcing him to struggle against blah blah blah so on and so forth, please watch our show because we realize now what we should have been doing since the beginning and we’re finally ready to give you superheroes on TV. Honest – even The Warrior Sif from THOR.
When the first episode aired and we were introduced to Mike Peterson there was a lot of fan speculation that he could have been based on Luke Cage, but the fact that the source of his powers was Centipede tech quickly put that theory to rest. Having Peterson transform into Deathlok is a pretty neat trick and when coupled with the afore mentioned Sif guest appearance its indicative that Marvel is upping the ante on the second half of their season and trying to earn back some good will from fans who are disappointed in the “Scooby Doo” obvious mystery of the week formula that the show has been using.
The official statement seems to suggest that the producers have planned all along to turn J. August Richard’s character into the “Zombie Cyborg” but that sort of strikes me as “Luke kissing his sister”. Don’t get me wrong – I think it’s a great idea but I doubt they would have meandered through eleven episodes if it was the plan all along.
The other thing that has me intrigued about this development is that the Marvel Comics versions of Deathlok have always started with someone being brought back from the dead through the use of advanced cybernetic technology. I can’t help but think that this opens the door for Coulson’s own “back from the dead” storyline to get more interesting than “Nick Fury insisted we do a lot of surgery on a corpse”.
All in all I think this is a good sign for Coulson and company. Let’s hope they manage not to screw it up.