What, you didn't really think that was all there was to Mike Peterson's story, did you? Did you really think it would end with him being an arbitrary super-soldier, half-exploded and imprisoned for life by Centipede, without any further developments? Some "true believer" you turned out to be!
As it turns out, there's much more to actor J. August Richards' "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." character, first introduced in the pilot episode, and last seen in the nefarious Centipede's custody. We'll see Mike Peterson again on the February 4 episode of the series, reintroduced as a classic character from Marvel Comics lore: Deathlok, a cybernetic soldier boasting a high-tech eye, super-strength and increased speed, among other cybernetic enhancements.
"We have been waiting all season for this moment where we can reveal that Mike Peterson's story arc is an origin story," executive producer Jeffrey Bell said of the reveal, as announced on Marvel.com. "We're thrilled to have J. August Richards playing Deathlok and to have our audience enjoy this favorite Marvel character on the show."
"If you would have asked when I was nine-years old what I wanted to be, I would have said a super hero and I'm so excited to be one now as an adult on TV," Richards said of playing Deathlok. "It's a dream come true."
Perhaps it's a dream come true, but it's almost certainly not the end of the story. Indeed, take a closer look at Bell's comment: this whole time, Peterson's story was "an origin story," building toward the Deathlok reveal. It makes you stop and wonder: Who else on "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." is undergoing an origin story?
Skye is a likely candidate, given recent revelations, as is the mysteriously alive Agent Coulson. Don't think we've forgotten about those Vision theories — and now with Peterson's new role, I'm beginning to wonder if there isn't a similar fate in store for Coulson. Could he become a Deathlok as well, ala "Star Trek: The Next Generation" hero Jean-Luc Picard's Locutus transformation once upon a time? That's my theory for now, and I'm sticking to it!
What do you make of the Deathlok reveal? Who else on "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." is undergoing an origin story?