10 Characters We'd Like to See on AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.

Even now that <b>Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.</b> has <a href="http://www.newsarama.com/18421-sdcc-13-marvel-s-agents-of-s-h-i-e-l-d-live.html">premiered its pilot at Comic-Con</a>, the fan community is still awash in speculation, fan theories, and brainstorming about what kind of Marvel characters and storylines might find their way into the show. We now know that J. August Richards is connected more to <i>Iron Man 3</i> than previous Marvel Comics, and that while she won't be a series regular, Maria Hill will show up in the pilot - and maybe beyond. <p>Since we're no different, here's a list of 10 characters from Marvel comics that deserve an appearance in <b>Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.</b> While there are easily hundreds of characters that could work, these are the ten that might have the most to contribute to an ongoing TV series alongside Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) and his crew.

REB RALSTON

Robert "Rebel" Ralston, most often called "Reb," was a member of the Howling Commandos (Nick Fury's elite commando unit in WWII) who went on to become a senator, and one of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s closest government allies. <p>While Nick Fury's cinematic origins are unclear, it doesn't appear that he's as miraculously old as his comic book counterpart, effectively ruling out a WWII-based origin. That doesn't mean that he wasn't in command of an elite unit of soldiers in his history, and using an established character like Reb Ralston as S.H.I.E.L.D.'s liaison to the government would be a nice nod to fans, and a good way to hint at some of Fury's cinematic history.

THE WRECKER

The Wrecker may be kind of a goon, but as a super strong thug who got his powers from Loki, he'd fit right into a small-screen branch of Marvel's cinematic universe. <p>With or without his trademark crowbar or his crew, The Wrecker's powers and attitude are simple and adaptable enough to make it to <b>Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.</b> intact, providing the villains of the show with some well pedigreed muscle, and a simple but effective connection to Asgard and Loki.

PHOBOS

Phobos was the young son of Ares, the Greek God of war, who possessed powers of illusion based on fear, and who Nick Fury tapped as part of his secret team of superhumans during <i>Secret Invasion</i>. <p>Even without introducing Ares, the idea of a young boy with power over fear would make for a great story of the week, and while becoming a full-fledged S.H.I.E.L.D. agent might strain credibility for the show, his connection to Nick Fury could lead to some interesting implications, while also opening the door to a whole other area of Marvel's mythology.

CLAY QUARTERMAIN

Originally the S.H.I.E.L.D. liaison to General Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross, who has his own Marvel cinematic history (<i>Incredible Hulk</i>), Clay Quartermain later became the head of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s "Paranormal Containment Unit," a team dedicated to dealing with the supernatural and unexplained. <p>There are obvious implications as to how Quartermain, and by extension his division, could fit into the world of <b>Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.</b>, bringing with him the kind of sci-fi weirdness of shows like <i>Fringe</i> or <i>The X-Files</i>, and further connecting S.H.I.E.L.D. to the world of the Hulk with his connection to Thunderbolt Ross.

THE TINKERER

Phineas Mason, a.k.a. The Tinkerer, is an aging scientist and engineer who uses his vast intelligence to create weapons and gadgets for criminals and supervillains. <p>While the Tinkerer's subplot would basically write itself — the idea of a low-level weapons supplier building devices that can rival S.H.I.E.L.D. tech is perfect grist for the mill — Tinkerer could act as something of a throughline to connect seemingly disparate incidents and adventures into an overarching meta-plot for <b>Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.</b>

MADAME MASQUE

Madame Masque has been known by several names, but in actuality she is the daughter of Count Nefaria, a crimelord of the Maggia, and an international criminal and spy — who has, at times, been both an enemy and a lover of Tony Stark. <p>One of the most prominent Iron Man character yet to show her "face" in any of his films, Madame Masque has a reputation as a master of espionage that could easily bring her into conflict with S.H.I.E.L.D., and an easily recreated but striking visual that could give <b>Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.</b> a little more of that comic book connection.

A.I.M.

Advanced Idea Mechanics — A.I.M. — is a collective of brilliant but misguided scientists whose quest for power and profit has often allied them with supervillains, and against Marvel's premiere heroes. <p>Now that A.I.M. has been established in the Marvel cinematic universe with <i>Iron Man 3</i>, there are no better candidates — besides Coulson, obviously — to make the jump to television. A.I.M. splinter cells and operatives are obvious rivals for the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., perhaps even with the trademark "beekeeper" suits intact.

QUAKE

Daisy Johnson, the daughter of the supervillain Mr. Hyde, is blessed with seismic superpowers, and was one of Nick Fury's first recruits for his secret superhuman team during Secret Invasion. <p>Daisy Johnson is kind of Nick Fury's protégé —taking on a leadership role in S.H.I.E.L.D. as of late — making her a natural fit in a recurring role as a high-ranking officer, perhaps even one with superpowers of her own.

TASKMASTER

Taskmaster is a mercenary who has often straddled the fence between hero and villain, but who has most often used his power to replicate any movements and fighting styles he has witnessed, as the premier trainer of henchmen for supervillains in the Marvel universe. <p>Though the cape and pirate boots may be a little much for the world of <b>Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.</b>, the idea of a villain who can replicate the moves of Captain America (or anyone else) and can pass that knowledge on to others is solid gold. Plus, as a fan-favorite character, seeing Taskmaster in action — hopefully with at least the skull mask intact — would be a real treat.

SCORPIO AND THE ZODIAC

Several people have worn the Scorpio mantle over the years, including Nick Fury himself, but the most prominent version was Nick's brother Jake, as a part of the enigmatic supervillain cartel the Zodiac. <p>Setting up the Zodiac as a rival organization to S.H.I.E.L.D., secretly run by Nick Fury's brother, is the kind of premise that whole TV shows are built on. It would be easy enough to turn the Zodiac from superpowered criminals into a cadre of criminal masterminds and spies while maintaining the flavor of the comic version, and crafting a credible set of nemeses for the <b>Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.</b>

10 Characters We'd Like to See on AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.

Date: 25 July 2013 Time: 06:15 PM ET