S.H.I.E.L.D. has been a fixture in the Marvel Universe since its creation by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby back in 1965 in the pages of Strange Tales #135. Always a background, second tier title, S.H.I.E.L.D. gained prominence when it began to be featured in the recent Marvel films like Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, and The Avengers. S.H.I.E.L.D. now brings its espionage/super hero action to the small screen when ABC unveils Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on its Fall schedule. From the 30 second teaser trailer that we’ve seen, it appears that Agent Phil Coulson, who appeared to have died in the Avengers, has made a miraculous recovery to lead a team of agents in the new series. Besides featuring normal human agents, though, S.H.I.E.L.D. also featured super-powered team members who battled against equally super-powered villains. So it got us to thinking of what characters from the Marvel Universe we’d like to see show up in the series. Obviously we’re probably not going to see any top tier characters so for that reason we won’t mention characters already seen in the film but that still leaves open many possibilities.
10. HYDRA & A.I.M. – An organization for good naturally needs an organization for evil…the James Bond films had SPECTRE, the Get Smart TV show had KAOS, and in Marvel Comics, the opposition to S.H.I.E.L.D. was the terrorist organization HYDRA and its scientific branch A.I.M. (Advanced Idea Mechanics). A.I.M. was noted back in the days for its scientists who wore jump suits and what looked like waste paper baskets upon their heads. Still, HYDRA and A.I.M. employed many super-powered operatives over the years and makes for the perfect arch villain group for S.H.I.E.L.D.
9. Sharon Carter – Sharon Carter is the longtime love interest of Steve Rogers and in the comics, a one-time Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. She will appear in the new film Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Besides being a strong female command character she would provide another link to Marvel’s ongoing films which presumably will be a major attraction of the TV show.
8. Viper, aka Madame Hydra – Viper is one of the oldest members of HYDRA and a frequent foe of Captain America. She was the leader of HYDRA’s New York branch, notable for her green outfits and hair which covers the badly scarred left half of her face. While having no super powers, she is tough, agile, intelligent, and a highly skilled hand-to-hand combatant. She also frequently employs weapons with snake-motifs, such as venomous darts or artificial fangs filled with poison.
7. Jessica Drew (Spider-Woman) – The first Spider-Woman, Jessica Drew was created in 1977 and has a history with both S.H.I.E.L.D. and HYDRA. Jessica Drew was abducted by HYDRA and brainwashed with false memories to become a HYDRA agent. She would later join S.H.I.E.L.D. and then S.W.O.R.D., an offshoot of S.H.I.E.L.D.
6. The Skrulls - We know from the Avengers movie and from the teaser that aliens exist within the Marvel Universe and what better race to incorporate into an espionage thriller than one that can shape-change. The Skrulls are the oldest alien race in the Marvel Universe having appeared for the first time way back in Fantastic Four #2 in 1962. During Secret Invasion, the Skrulls used their powers to infiltrate the S.H.I.E.L.D. ranks.
5. The Taskmaster (Tony Masters) - The Taskmaster is a villain introduced in Avengers #195 (1980). He has a unique ability to perfectly mimic the physical movements of anyone he witnesses. For example he can watch Captain America fight and throw his shield, and perfectly mimic his movements. The Taskmaster became a training instructor for various organizations including S.H.I.E.L.D. In Recent years in the comics, the Taskmaster was revealed to be a sleep agent planted by Nick Fury.
4. Baron Wolfgang von Strucker – Baron Strucker is a near ageless Nazi who was one of Hitler’s top men during World War II. Strucker is the Supreme Head of HYDRA who has financed the terrorist group with his personal fortune of Nazi wealth. Despite being apparently killed on numerous occasions, Strucker has always found a way to rise from the dead and continue to oppose S.H.I.E.L.D.
3. Deathlok (Jack Truman) - Deathlok is the name of one of several cyborg characters within the Marvel Universe, nearly all of whom have had ties to S.H.I.E.L.D. The Jack Truman version was created specifically as a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent and let’s face it…cyborg characters are just plain cool.
2. MODOK – MODOK stands for Mechanized Organism Designed Only for Killing and one of A.I.M.’s greatest weapons. A.I.M. scientists created MODOK by using the Cosmic Cube to mutate one of their own technicians. MODOK kills his creators and takes control of A.I.M. The strange looking character is super-intelligent, and is capable of mind control and force blasts.
1. She-Hulk (Jennifer Walters) – Jennifer Walters is the cousin to Bruce Banner (The Hulk) who becomes a super strong, green-skinned hero when she gets a transfusion of Banner’s blood. While not as strong as the Hulk, Walters maintains her Jennifer Walters personality and intelligence although she becomes more assertive. She-Hulk became a member of S.H.I.E.L.D. during the Civil War storyline and would give the series a massive dose of super power without actually using The Hulk.