‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Casts ‘Teen Wolf’ Actor As Absorbing Man

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AoScast Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Casts Teen Wolf Actor As Absorbing Man

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is on the upswing in quality headed into its second season, more so now that the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier have stirred things up for global security on Earth in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as we know it. Some part of that uptick in quality can also be attributed to the show becoming “a bit more ‘Marvel’,” as executive producer Jeffery Bell once put it. That includes, taking a leaf from DC TV series Arrow‘s book and incorporating more characters from the Marvel comic book universe into the mix.

This hold especially true when it comes to bringing in comic book-born villains for Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) and his team to square off against. Admittedly, the S.H.I.E.LD. TV series previously included such super-powered threats as Lorelei and Blizzard to middling effect, but that could change in the future… or, rather, we remain hopeful that it will, beginning with Carl “Crusher” Creel (a.k.a. Absorbing Man) in the S.H.I.E.L.D. season two premiere.

Creel, as described by Marvel Studios in the official announcement, poses a danger to Coulson and his squad “with his ability to absorb the properties of anything he touches.” The character is being brought to life on the small screen by actor Brian Patrick Wade, who recently portrayed another dangerous baddie (named Ennis) on MTV’s Teen Wolf television show. You can get your first look at Wade in character as the Absorbing Man on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season two, below.

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Wade is another notable candidate on the list of new cast additions for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season two. Overall, it’s an intriguing roster of new talent, with such folk as Adrianne Palicki (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) being cast as Barbara Morse/Mockingbird, Kyle MacLachlin (Twin Peaks) taking on the mystery role of Skye’s (Chloe Bennet) father, and Xena: Warrior Princess and Spartacus alum Lucy Lawless being recruited to handle the role of S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Isabelle Hartley – plus others who’re joining the S.H.I.E.L.D. party for round two.

If nothing else, it’s encouraging to see that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will begin its second season with a sense of direction, by exploring multiple plot threads that seem worth investigating further – be it discovering the truth behind Skye’s parentage, finding out what happens now that the old S.H.I.E.L.D. has been disbanded completely, or learning just what is going on with Coulson as a result of him having taken the GH 325 serum – among other pressing matters, that is. Fingers crossed, the ball doesn’t get dropped in the process of these mysteries being unraveled.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season two premieres on ABC on September 23rd, 2014 at 9 p.m. ET.

Source: Marvel

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  1. Finally some recognizable super villains on the show. Gravitron next please.

    • I second that. Now how will Creel get his powers? Loki or Gamma radiation. Cant wait to find out.

    • It’s Graviton,not “Gravitron”.

      Gravitron is a cheap carnival ride.

      • a cheap carnival ride…

        … aka, your mom

        • You’re Dazz, kid. Calm it down…

          • Dazz has no life. Therefore he adds know-it-all stupidity to every article on SR. Kinda sad.

  2. It’s a bit funny when I first saw the video, the guy kept saying this is a character with a Kree hand when it’s obvious from the start he’s Absorbing Man. And I was right all along.

    However, it’s also possible the Kree blood will play a role to the reason he inhabits that power, so let’s just wait and see. Oh, and considerng there’s a chair with the name N.I.C.K on the same set, I think that refers to Nick Blood whose character is said to be hired by Coulson, perhaps to apprehend Absorbing Man?

  3. Hopefully this villain goes to the big screen and fights Thor or Hulk. Absorbing Man is a cool character. They may need to tame his powers a bit for the MCU since he can absorb anything and turn his body or parts into that which he absorbs.

    In the comics there was a time where he couldn’t control his powers and anything he touched would change him. However, when you think about it, that would mean he should always be floating around as CO2 or Oxygen since his body is touching that all the time. Same could be said for his clothes.

    They should make it so he can absorb properties at will.

  4. Mockingbird and Absorbing Man are good additions. I hope this trend continues, because I really enjoy this show, and plan to buy the series on DVD when available. I still miss ward as a good guy, though; he and Coulson were what made the team formidable. I wonder if we will ever see Moon Knight in any form either on Shield or TV or in a movie? Netflix, maybe? There are a few other villains such as Kang and the Frightful Four I would like to see at some point (too powerful for Shield; they need to fight super-heroes). In the case of the Frightful Four, though, there might be studio restrictions because Sandman has appeared in a Spiderman movie, and Medusa will undoubtably be in an Inhumans movie. Wizard and Trapster have not been used yet, though.

    • Usually I agree with you, Goldilocks, but Grant Ward become 100% more interesting as a HYDRA agent. May is just as formidable as Ward, and Triplett can bring the heat, too. With Mockingbird and others now in the mix, there should be plenty of people who can hold their own now. Let Ward stew in his villainy. I’d rather seem him as an outsider antihero now, a guy nobody trusts, nor should they, but who they need to collaborate with occasionally.

      I’m all for seeing Kang take on the Avengers at some point, and I’d honestly rather see Moon Knight than Black Panther.

  5. Hooray! We have mockingbird and absorbing guy!
    Marvel… time to add she hulk on the list.

    • would be cool If She-Hulk Appeared in this episode. explain her origin in a line of dialogue maybe. Although it wouldn’t feel right as her alter ego was never introduced so…

  6. Nothing says comic book villain like bald guy in a sleeveless.


  7. I wish they hadn’t changed the air time…then again SHIELD right into SOA makes for a pretty epic Tuesday!

    • SOA? what’s that?

      • don’t know if he replied but he meant sons of anarchy, tues at 10

    • If they don’t, they’ll have to compete with NCIS…

    • actually a later airtime allows for a more “adult” show – not as in sex, etc – but as in slightly more elevated stories
      either way – does anyone really care what time or day any tv airs anymore with everyone Tivo-ing everything, watching it online, binge-watching, etc – the old system is definitely going the way of the Dodo

  8. I’m honestly very disappointed it this.Creel is one of The Hulk’s biggest villains,and he’s reduced to a tv show.While I do like the show,I think that Creel would have been a good villain for another Hulk movie,but it seems very obvious that Marvel isn’t the least bit interested in doing another one.

    Quite a shame too,especially since TIH was my favorite of all of the MCU movies to date,and the fact that they just have one huge plot thread left open with The Leader.

    If you think about it,Absorbing Man and Graviton as a team could probably beat The Avengers themselves,but they had to reduce them to second tier villains.

    • Spidey beat Absorbing man single handedly…along with Titania.

        • That issue is a tie in to the greatest avengers story “under siege” and would make a great avengers 4 story line.
          Imagine all the avengers that survived the showdown with thanos come back to earth all broken and disorganised to have the masters of evil (a collection of all the villains set up in the films and tv shows) attack them in avengers tower,they are defeated initially but then rescued by the defenders,leading up to an epic showdown between cap and baron zemo atop the tower.

  9. Creek I think is considered more a THOR villain than a HULK one. Anyway I hope his wrecking ball will make an appearance.

    • I would agree, he was a Thor villain first and then I remember him best as an Avengers villain. Personally, I don’t see them having a budget to afford what he SHOULD be like and he would pretty much cream SHIELD solo, requiring them to call in real superheroes in most cases.

  10. It is clear they are trying to create more of a buzz for Season Two by announcing these various actors and roles this before the season begins, but if Marvel Studios track record is any indication Absorbing Man will be another one or two shot antagonist that either gets locked up or dispatched in some other way.

    • 1 – it’s a TV show – so yes they constantly need to introduce new characters
      2 – yes it’s a TV show – they want to create buzz before the premiere (same as any other show or movie) and build on the audience so people watch from the start and don’t say: this show sucks there’s not enough comic book characters
      FYI – all fall tv shows are constantly announcing guest stars and/ or airing promos … on all the networks – pretty normal

      3 – so what if he’s just in a few episodes …for now ??
      it’s just a start and that basically EVERY character can and mostly like will then be set up to appear in one of the future Marvel films
      according to IMDB Triplet is going to appear in Avengers – and regardless of how Absorbing Man might be portrayed on AoS that doesn’t mean they won’t expand his powers and visual effects if/ when he appears in other Marvel films or TV shows.

      and yes locking up the baddies guys – like has often been done in the comic books is vastly better then every villain dying and never to return.

      AoS is a great way to introduce various characters and tell their origin stories so then they can just appear and not take up time or story in a feature film with explaining how they got their powers, etc.

      • The majority of the villains in Marvel Studios projects are killed off unceremoniously, so it would be a change in direction if they actually build a character like Absorbing Man for anything more than an enemy of the week.

  11. This show does not deserve a second season. At least you don’t have to watch it to keep up with the movie universe.

    • I’m curious …. if you obviously don’t like the show why even read the article . … much less post you don’t like it ?
      if you explained reasons why or said something like: well if the show did x, y, z – it could be better, etc etc – your post would at least make more sense

  12. Good movie Marvel. Keep it up.

  13. They should start to introduce Taskmaster into the show. Great power set for the shows budget…

  14. I would still like to see Ward become Task Master. Im hoping he ends up going rouge and doesn’t have a side to fight for so he hides his face and becomes Task Master.

  15. I just realized – adding Absorbing Man to the MCU is one step closer to the Wrecking Crew showing up eventually (not that they’re related) – but in the past they’ve worked together (may be under service to a bigger villain) — and that’s a good thing to look forward to.