Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Time to Start Recruiting Secret Warriors! Part 2

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Last week I wrote an article going through the enhanced people we’ve met so far on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and guessing at how likely they are to be members of the Secret Warriors team in season 3.  That got me thinking:  What about the members of the Secret Warriors in the comic books?  Could any of them appear in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 3?  So without further ado, I’m going to go through all the members of the Secret Warriors from the comics based on the same criteria I used last week and see if any of them might appear in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

The first two criteria I am looking for—superpowers and anonymity—are both met by all the comic book team members.  So instead of those two criteria, I will instead look at the back story and powers:  can they be translated to the TV?

The ranking scale I am using is 1-5, with “1” meaning “no way in hell” and “5” meaning “already confirmed to be on the team.”

Daisy Johnson, aka “Quake,” aka Skye – 5 (Duh)

In the comics, Daisy Johnson is personally selected by Nick Fury to be the field commander of the Secret Warriors.  This one is pretty much self-explanatory.  Skye is really the only character that can get a “5” rating, because she’s the only character who is definitively confirmed to be on the Secret Warriors team at this point.

Skye has been one of the main characters for 2 seasons, and the entire second season revolved around learning who and what she is, unlocking her powers, and “meeting the parents.”  Going forward she will only become more important as one of Coulson’s top lieutenants and the leader of the Secret Warriors.

Yo-Yo Rodriguez, aka “Slingshot” – 4

Yo-Yo is the daughter of Johnny Horton, aka the Griffin.  However, her powers are radically different from her father’s.  Rather than having prosthetics to look like a mythical griffin, Yo-Yo has the ability to run at super speed and bounce back to the point where she started running.

We’ve seen super speed on TV recently in the Flash TV series, so it wouldn’t be out of the realm of possibility for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to use it, also.  In terms of her back story, Yo-Yo’s father was mentioned on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in “Providence” (1x18).  Will she be connected with that small Easter egg?  She certainly doesn’t have to be, but I don’t see any reason why she can’t.  After all, Skye’s abilities are vastly different in origin and nature from her father’s, but that back story was translated to TV very faithfully.

I don't think his old man would be too pleased if he joined

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Jerry Sledge, aka “Stonewall” – 4

The son of Carl “Crusher” Creel, aka the Absorbing Man, “Stonewall” has powers similar to his father’s, which were given to him when he touched his father.  In addition to the ability to change his molecular composition to that of any substance he touches, Stonewall also has super strength and size increasing abilities.

Considering that his father has already appeared on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (and may or may not be dead), it would be easy enough to tie his origin in with the season 2 premiere when we met the Absorbing Man.  And considering that they have already shown Absorbing Man’s power of changing molecular composition, that shouldn’t be an issue on a TV budget.  Super strength and size increasing are also relatively simple to show on a TV budget.

Alexander Aaron, aka “Phobos” – 3

Alexander Aaron is the son of Ares (as in the Greek god—the Norse gods are aliens in the Marvel universe, so why shouldn’t the Greek gods be also?).  If you know Greek, you can probably guess what his power is:  fear.  Phobos can instill overwhelming fear in people—and he also has a limited form of precognition.

In terms of TV adaptability, Alex’s abilities are possibly the easiest to show on film:  precognition is something they’ve already done with Raina, and fear is a matter of acting.

However, my concern is with his back story.  On the one hand, revealing the Greek pantheon as aliens would be easy enough; we’ve already established one pantheon of gods as aliens with Asgard.  However, we haven’t yet seen any suggestion that Olympus exists in the MCU.  That doesn’t mean that it does not exist, but I wonder if they will want to introduce another race of god-aliens on top of everything else that’s going to be happening this season.

Perhaps they will introduce and explore Olympus in season 4, and Phobos will appear then.

Sebastian Druid, aka “Druid” – 3

Sebastian is the son of Doctor Druid, one of the Marvel Universe’s various magicians.  Sebastian himself inherited some of his father’s gift.

Magical powers have been shown on TV multiple times in the past, so I don’t think there would be any issue on that account, though it could be a drain on the effects budget.  His back story is tied to a character who hasn’t yet appeared in the MCU, but the magical realm is starting to make an appearance through Scarlet Witch, Doctor Strange, Iron Fist, and the like.  So it’s entirely possible that they will use Druid to introduce magic to the network TV corner of the MCU.

Is this too effects-heavy for TV?
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J.T. James, aka “Hellfire” – 2

J.T. is the grandson of the Phantom Rider, the Wild West version of the Ghost Rider.  He has the ability to charge objects with fire.  Additionally, he has been said to possess substantial magical potential.

Considering that there is a rumor circulating that Marvel is interested in bringing Ghost Rider to Netflix, J.T. James’ back story could easily be tied in with the Ghost Rider who appears on Netflix.  That’s not really an issue.

However, his abilities may be challenging to display without using a lot of CGI.  CGI is definitely possible on a TV budget, but how much would be necessary?  That is the primary reason that I would put him in the “unlikely” category.  If/when Ghost Rider debuts on Netflix, I could see Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. introducing J.T. shortly thereafter.

Eden Fesi, aka “Manifold” – 1 (4)

Manifold is an Australian Aborigine with the ability to bend reality by folding and twisting space and time.  This gives him the ability to teleport himself and others, keeping the portals open as long as he chooses.

On the one hand, Manifold’s power is no different from that of Gordon, meaning that it can definitely be shown on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

On the other hand, his back story makes it practically impossible for him to appear in the MCU:  He’s a mutant.  If Marvel Studios still owns the TV rights to the mutants—or have the rights to change his back story by making him an Inhuman—then he would definitely be able to appear on the Secret Warriors.  If they do not, then he just can’t appear.

All of that being said, the second number is for the possibility of them introducing a “knock-off” version of Manifold:  An Australian Aborigine mutant Inhuman named EDena Fesri with the ability to bend reality by folding and twisting space and time.  It’s totally a different character, guys!

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Nick Fury – 1

In the comics, Nick Fury is the overall leader of the Secret Warriors (and the other Caterpillar teams).  In the TV series, that role will be filled by Coulson.  And for as awesome as it would be to have Samuel L. Jackson appear regularly on the show in connection with the Secret Warriors, it’s just not gonna happen.


So these are all the characters who were part of the Secret Warriors in the comics.  None of them (aside from Nick Fury) are entirely outside the realm of possibility for inclusion in the MCU version of the team.  A few may require tweaks to their origin story or excessive CGI, but all of them would be interesting additions to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 3.

To sum up, the characters I think are most likely to appear on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. are Yo-Yo Rodriguez (“Slingshot”) and Jerry Sledge (“Stonewall”), with Eden Fesi (“Manifold”) as an outside possibility if they either tweak his back story or create a “new” character.

There are a couple of other “Caterpillar” teams from which the AoS show runners can draw characters, but I don’t think I will go through those characters unless there’s a real interest in seeing them.  In a couple of weeks I will publish another article looking at a few of the “NuHumans” (new Inhumans following the Infinity crisis) and whether they could join the Secret Warriors, but next Tuesday I will have an Ant-Man-related article instead.

Which of these characters do you want to see join Skye’s Secret Warriors team?

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