We’ve taken a lot of heat for our admittedly critical stance on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but even we have to admit that the show is beginning to make an Arrow-style turn for the better in the latter part of season 1, and part of that upward tick has definitely been the show’s implementations of some more exciting elements of the Marvel universe. A recent episode with Thor’s Lady Sif was a worthy crossover, and ever since the midseason return fans have been waiting to see how the AoS version of Marvel’s Deathlok (J. August Richards) will play in full.

…And now we have a first look at that very thing – plus more revealing images from the upcoming episode, “End of the Beginning”.


Just for reference, here’s a more recent comic book version of Deathlok (Earth 10511 version from Uncanny X-Force):

So clearly the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. version of the character and costume are a scaled-down version of the cyborg comic book design – but that said, it’s definitely not the greatest TV superhero outfit. In The Dark Knight, Batman’s judgement of a vigilante hero was whether or not he’s wearing hockey pads – and poor Mike Peterson (Richards) certainly looks like he’s wearing just that.

To be fair, the initial Deathlok reveal was exciting (by TV standards) – to the point that the cybernetic leg and a simple tactical combat outfit would’ve been preferable to the cosplay futuristic garb the showrunners went with. It seems that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. still hasn’t fully picked up on that thing or two it could learn from Arrow

As a bonus (courtesy of Spoiler TV) you can see a few more revealing photos from “End of the Beginning” – which will seemingly include an “all hands on deck” meeting between pretty much every S.H.I.E.L.D. operative we’ve met so far:

(If you can’t remember, those are fellow S.H.I.E.L.D. agents Victoria Hand (Saffron Burrows), Agent Blake (Titus Welliver) and Jasper Sitwell (Maximilliano Hernández) in one photo, and agents Garrett (Bill Paxton) and Triplett (B.J. Britt) in the other. A bonafide S.H.I.E.L.D. reunion for this show – sans “cool kids” Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) and Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson).)

The season 1 endgame is all too important for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and so far it seems poised to deliver in much stronger fashion than it initially did. With comic book characters (Deathlok), S.H.I.E.L.D. agent team-ups featuring big-name guest stars (Paxton) and promises of more exciting (and impactful) movie tie-ins (Captain America: The Winter Soldier), the rich potential of having the Marvel Universe extended across both movies and TV could finally pay off the way fans have been wanting all along.

…Or, the mysteries about resurrection and clairvoyance could all culminate in some disappointing “reveals.” It pretty much depends on personal outlook, at this point. So is your tall glass of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. half-full or half-empty right now?

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs “End of the Beginning” Tuesday April 1st @8pm on ABC. (The show is on break this week to make room for a special hour-long program about the rise of Marvel Studios. Be sure to check that out if you’re a fan!)

Source: Spoiler TV