Patrick Brennan Brings BLACKOUT To AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.

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blackout bannerWhen it was announced that Amy Acker would be joining Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as the cellist Coulson had mentioned seeing in The Avengers, her character description stated that Coulson would be coming back into her life due to a “super-powered threat from her past” re-emerging. Well today we know what that super-powered threat is. Marvel has revealed that Patrick Brennan (Twilight: Brewaking Dawn Part 2, The Black Donnelys) has been cast as Blackout.

blackoutBrennan will be joining the series in the eighteenth episode of the season, Providence, before coming back and playing a larger part in the following episode. Brennan will be playing Marcus Daniels, better known to comic fans as Blackout. Daniels is a character who first appeared in Nova #19 before popping back up from time to time to menace the Marvel heroes. This version of Blackout has been tweaked a little, with his sole power being the ability to suck energy out of anything around him. Speaking with Marvel.Com, Brennan explained how the job came about:

I had been in for “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” several times for other things, for other parts, and I know that they liked me so this came along and they actually offered it to me. I didn’t have to go in and read for it, which was a first for me. I didn’t know anything about the part, they kind of gave me the gist of it and then I had an in-depth conversation with a couple of the [producers] on the phone. And the whole time, I’m like, “You guys are putting me on, right? This is ridiculous. It’s so cool.”
It’s just rare to have a character that’s [this] interesting. There’s just something to it. I’ve been working pretty steady here for the last three or four years, and then this bit came along and it was so empathetically explained to me. Not to sound all actor-y on you, but I identified with the character. I don’t know how you feel, [with knowing] the character and all, but I identified with the character very much. I got to play a villain with a heart and superpowers. It was just a thrill.

The actor went on to explain what originally drew him to the character. It turns out Blackout will have an interesting connection with Coulson‘s cellist:

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.

The actor went on to explain that Blackout‘s powers will be shown more than anything by all of the lights around him going out, of course. You can read a little more from the Brennan about his new gig at the source link below. S.H.I.E.L.D. has been introducing more and more comic book based characters, and even people with powers, so it will be interesting to see how Blackout is handled. What do you think about an actual, honest to goodness super villain showing up on the series?

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Source : MARVEL