Season 1 of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. hasn't gotten the best reviews from critics or viewers, but the series does seem to be pulling out all the stops for its last set of episodes before the season finale on May 13th. From special guest stars to iconic villains and connections with the films, there's suddenly a lot for hardcore genre and comic fans to ponder and process.
The first four all-new exciting episodes begins this week on April 1st with the return of Bill Paxton as Agent Garrett, while April 8th will deal with the fallout from the events of film Captain America: The Winter Soldier. However, it's the April 15th episode that fans definitely won't want to miss with the first appearances of Adrian Pasdar as US Air Force Colonel Glenn Talbot and Patton Oswalt as Agent Eric Koenig.
Now we have one more name to add to this guest star list as Patrick Brennan is also set to make his debut as Marcus Daniels, also known as villain Blackout from the comics, before playing a larger role in the following episode. Brennan previously starred in The Black Donnellys and had a small part as a friendly vampire in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, but this might prove to be his most interesting role yet.
You can check out the first official image of Brennan as "Blackout" below:
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In a new interview with Marvel.com, Brennan talked about being offered the part without reading for it as well as the challenges of playing a sympathetic villain:
This is the way they explained it to me: This guy, Marcus Daniels, a.k.a. Blackout, was shrouded in darkness, his soul, everything about him was shrouded in darkness until he comes across this Cello player. And the music was the only light that came into his soul, and it gave him hope and it gave him some sense of what light was. I thought to myself, oh my god, you don’t even need to explain anything else. Because music, to me, is what gets me through most of the time. My kids, my wife, and music. That aspect of it totally intrigued me. I thought that was quite beautiful and very interesting, that aspect of the character.
We'll see how sympathetic he comes across if anything happens to Amy Acker's character, the cello player he mentions. The Whedonverse actress was recently revealed to be playing Coulson's former love interest, who was first mentioned between Coulson and Pepper Potts in The Avengers. Unaware that Coulson is still alive and guarding her from a distance, Audrey will be put in danger when a super-powered threat from her past returns in the as-yet-untitled April 22nd episode.
Blackout's powers have been slightly changed from the comics, where he had the ability to use "Darkforce." In this version, he'll be able to suck the energy out of anything around him, which will no doubt leading to some particularly awesome special effects. One wonders if this power will also extend to sucking the life force out of living beings.
It's worth noting that this Blackout - Marcus Daniels - is not to be confused with the other version of Blackout from Marvel continuity, a half-human/half-demon Ghost Rider villain. That character appeared in the Nicolas Cage Movie, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, and was played by Johnny Whitworth.
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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns Tuesday, April 1st, 2014 on ABC.