SPOILER WARNING: This blog may contain spoilers for Agent’s of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Marvel universe in general (comics and films)
I dunno about anyone else, but for me, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has been very hit or miss. And sadly there have been more misses than hits in my opinion. Don’t get me wrong, I like the characters (May is kick ask, Skye is feisty as all hell and Agent Coulson – well he’s just awesome!) and the humour in it is typical Whedon. But... the storyline is VERY slow at the moment. They seem to be more times referencing the current Marvel films rather than working them into the story (though I’ll admit that they got this right with The Well episode) and they really were dragging on that Coulson plot as to how his survived (though thankfully they are making headways with it).
But my biggest problem with the show? NO SUPERVILLIANS! I mean, come on! In a show set in a world of superheroes, you think they’d have more super-powered baddies for the agents to fight. And considering, according to an interview with Joss Whedon himself, they are supposed to be the “underdogs” of the Marvel Universe, I think having super villains for them to battle would be a great idea – because it would force them to use their own wits without having to rely on Captain America, Iron Man or the other Avengers. But no... so far the only thing REMOTELY close to super villains is Dr. Franklin Hall (Graviton) and... *sigh* Scorch. Scorch? Seriously? Was Toaster already taken?
My point is that there is only so much we can take of criminals/organisations using alien/advanced/magic technology without it getting stale. And since Arrow has managed to fit in everyone from Deathstroke to Solomon Grundy – even Ra’s Al Ghul has been mentioned more than once – then Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has no excuse!
I am aware that there are certain villains they can’t use for copyright reasons – but it’s not as if the Marvel Universe is short of a few villains! So today, I present the Top Five Villains that should be in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. In my opinion and in no particular order.
1. The Taskmaster
This guys is just BEGGING to be in this show. In fact, in the comics, he’s even fought for and against S.H.I.E.L.D themselves. He’s most famous for this fights with the Avengers, Moon Knight and Deadpool to name a few, but I always thought he was one of the more underrated villains in the Marvel Universe.
The Taskmaster is an expert in many forms of combat, is an excellent swordsman and marksman and is in peak physical condition. But that’s not what makes him so badass. He has the power of photographic reflexes – meaning that he can copy the move of anyone he sees! This makes him, in my opinion, one of the most dangerous enemies in the Marvel universe – as he’s able to match heroes like Spider-Man, Captain America and even Daredevil in combat! Whilst he cannot mimic mutant or other superhuman abilities (like Cyclops optic blast for instance) he CAN go toe to toe with many of the heavy hitters. Heck, he once even took on the entire Avengers by himself! He can even mimic voices on occasion!
Taskmaster would be a brilliant addition to the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. series. I mean think about it, how can the team fight against someone that can mimic their moves flawlessly? It would require them to use their brains – not their brawn – to defeat him. Also I think a fight between him and May would be just cool to watch! Maybe they could introduce him as a character that underwent S.H.I.E.L.D. experimentation, but it went wrong and he sought revenge. Or something like that. And with his ability to mimic voices, he can easily use that to break into S.H.I.E.L.D and cause all kinds of discombobulations!
So I submit this guy as a prime candidate for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. I think he would be awesome!
2. The Wrecking Crew
Seeing as they’ve already introduced Asgardian technology into Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. I don’t think this one is too much of a stretch.
The Wrecking Crew are four thugs that were granted superhuman strength and near invulnerability by an enchanted crowbar. They are kinda like the go-to guys for super villains when they want things broken. And they do their jobs very well – well they wouldn’t be called the Wrecking Crew otherwise! Whilst they aren’t the sharpest tools in the box, they certainly make up with this with pure brute strength!
Now, they have done something somewhat like this in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. so far. In the episode The Well, a pagan terrorist ground searched for parts of an Asgardian staff so that they can use it to – well, I guess destroy the world. But honestly, I’d prefer to see the real Wrecking Crew come into it. COULD be a good opportunity to have Thor as a guest appearance in an episode if the studios allow it. Or it could just an opportunity to have the Agents fight against a seemingly unstoppable group of enemies.
Either way, I think it would be pretty cool. As long as they lose the somewhat laughable attire.
3. Baron Zemo
This one was requested to me by a friend of mine, but I think this guy would be cool to add to this list. I mean, this guy's is one of Marvel’s heavy hitters – having been in several high profile super villain teams – from the Masters of Evil to the Thunderbolts.
Next to Red Skull, Heinrich Zemo was one of Captain America’s most dangerous opponents. A brilliant scientist working for the Nazi party – who just happened to ALSO be a sadistic psychopath – Zemo’s face was permanently stuck to his hood when Captain America foiled a plan of his to use a new super strong adhesive to stop the Allies. But Zemo didn’t give up there, he carried on making weapons that would help take down Captain America and the allies. He even returned to fight Cap years later after he was frozen for decades and thawed out by the Avengers, eventually meeting his end in a final battle with Cap.
But Zemo’s legacy would not stop there, his son – Helmut – would take up his father’s legacy and seek revenge against Captain America for the death of his father. Since then, he has gone on to fight pretty much every major hero in the Marvel Universe. Sometimes working with others, sometimes on his own, Zemo can stand up alongside Doctor Doom, Magneto and the Red Skull himself (who actually was his tutor) to battle the heroes of the Marvel Universe.
He would be a good addition – considering that they can always bring HYDRA into Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. at some point. And why not? Maybe Zemo in this universe could be a pupil of Red Skull and he wants to carry on HYDRA’s legacy? Either way, I think he could be a pretty good addition to the show and one that the agents would have to fight hard to defeat.
I know that Sony has a lot of the rights to the Spider-Man baddies – but as far as I’m aware, Cletus Kasady, aka Carnage, has not made any live action appearance, so there is nothing to say that he CAN’T be in this show yet!
Carnage is the “offspring” of Spider-Man enemy Venom. Whilst Eddie Brock was in prison, his symbiote reproduced and bonded with Cletus Kasady. And Kasady is pretty much the kinda psychopathic individual that you DON’T want to give superpowers to! Carnage is possibly the most insane person in the Marvel Universe – he kills without discrimination and without mercy. He’s so evil that even Spider-Man and Venom were forced to put their differences aside to stop him. There was even a comic book series called Maximum Carnage (one of my fav comic serials) where Carnage and some other villains go on a killing spree down New York, causing many heroes to band together to stop him.
They could easily put Carnage into Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., maybe having him as an experiment gone wrong. They did something similar to that in the Ultimate Marvel universe so I don’t see this being a problem. Plus, I think it would be pretty cool to have Carnage going on a killing spree to the tune of Carnage Rules by Green Jelly – which ironically is what they used in the soundtrack to the video game.
So listen up you fools - don't you know that CARNAGE RULES!!!
Now, admittedly, all I really know about this guy is what I’ve seen in Spider-Man: The Animated Series, but in one plot, the Chameleon (who had the ability to change appearance of anyone) masqueraded as Nick Fury as part of an assassination attempt – at least from what I remember – it’s been a while since I’ve seen that cartoon.
But even so, the idea of someone that can change their appearance like – well, a chameleon – is a sure fire storyline for this series. Do I need to really go on? A guy that can change appearance? HELLO! You can have him infiltrate S.H.I.E.L.D. and then maybe take on the images of the other characters – turning them against each other. It’s a storyline that I know has been done a lot of times before, but I think it would work in this context.
Maybe they could remake this storyline from the cartoon and have the Chameleon try and assassinate Nick Fury (because it would be cool to have him back in the series again!) and the team have to work out who he is. It could be a really good story about paranoia and all that jazz. Yeah, it would be pretty basic – but sometimes it’s best to keep things simple and not overly complicated.
So that’s my pick for the Top Five super villains. If by some small change that anyone that works on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is reading this - PLEASE consider the above to appear in your show? Pretty please? If not for me, do it for this kitten.
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