AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Showrunners Praise Bill Paxton And Tease DEATHLOK’s Future

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shieldLast night at the Television Critics Association event it was revealed that Deathlok would be coming to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as Mike Peterson‘s (J. August Richards) journey leads to him becoming the deadly cybernetic soldier from the comics. That seemed to be the boost of energy the show needed since it got a lot of people who had stopped watching the show talking about the big news. Shortly after last night’s event, showrunners Marissa Tancharoen and Jed Whedon spoke to the press about the show and some of the new developments in the second half of the season. Other than Deathlok, the other new character coming aboard is Bill Paxton‘s Agent John Garret. Tancharoen and Whedon were highly complimentary of Paxton and revealed they had their eyes on Garet for a while. They also teased what the future holds for Deathlok.

paxtonCollider had the rundown of the press event where the showrunning duo talked about Bill Paxton‘s role as the rough-and-tumble John Garret. The character has a small role in the comics, but he’s been someone the show has wanted to introduce for a long while. Says the team on the hard-edged S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent:

TANCHAROEN: We were interested in the character of Agent John Garret for awhile. He’s a smaller character in the Marvel universe, but we knew we could bring him into the fold. He’s a big character in S.H.I.E.L.D., and we wanted to show an old cohort of Coulson’s. It’s someone he’s been in the field with, but they have different perspectives on how they approach things. Garret is a little bit more rough and tumble, and he has swagger.
WHEDON: He’s less of a company man. He’s all S.H.I.E.L.D., but when he got his high-level clearance, he was like, “Okay, but I’m not wearing a tie.” He’s that kind of guy. And he’ll be around for a lot of episodes. Just working with him is such a pleasure.
TANCHAROEN: I can’t even begin to tell you how much fun it is to work with that guy. On set the other day, he said, “I’ve been killed by an Alien, a Predator and a Terminator. Who else can say that?!” I was like, “Nobody! No one else can say that.

The showrunners also danced around the Deathlok news. They couldn’t say much since they want to hold on to a few secrets for the big reveal, but J. August Richards wasn’t even made aware of the development until he received the script for the episode. Tancharoen stated that they didn’t want to get anyone’s hopes up in case schedules changed for actors or storylines shifted, but the writers had their eyes on Deathlok since the beginning of the show. Tancharoen said “He was at the top of our list of certain characters that we wanted to roll out.  And the evolution of Mike Peterson into Deathlok was something that we had toyed with, from the beginning.” As to whether or not we’ll be seeing a whole lot of Deathlok from here on out, the team just says to wait and see.

Also of note, the husband and wife team say they may well end the season on a cliffhanger. You can read the full interview by clicking the source link below. So Deathlok will probably be a large part of the rest of the season as we see Mike Peterson adjusting to his even crazier physical transformation. We’ll have to wait and see if they make him look anything like his comic book counterpart though. We’ve also got some Bill Paxton action to look forward to. What do you think about the recent S.H.I.E.L.D. news? Will Deathlok, Bill Paxton, Stan Lee, and Lad Sif get you watching the show?

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Source : Collider