by Ryan Rigley
Earlier this week, Entertainment Weekly brought to light the fact that the writers of “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” have an unwritten rule when penning episodes: all super-powers introduced on the show must be explained by science — not magic or supernatural forces. With this in mind, it’s no wonder that two more S.H.I.E.L.D. scientists have been added to the series’ cast of recurring characters.
Joining David Conrad in the S.H.I.E.L.D. science department will be none other than Ian Hart (“Bates Motel,” “Luck”) in a role that has yet to be specified. While this casting news makes total sense, given the “S.H.I.E.L.D.” writers’ unwritten rule, we here at Splash Page can’t help but long for the magic and mysticism of the Marvel universe—a mysticism that is still welcome on the big screen in films like “Thor: The Dark World.” That said, here’s a look at five magical Marvel characters that may never appear on “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”
Stephen Strange was one of the world’s best surgeons before one fateful car crash turned his life upside down. Seeking the help of an old sorcerer, called the Ancient One, Strange eventually becomes the Sorcerer Supreme of our realm and defeats Dormammu, Lord of the Dark Dimension. When it comes to magic, Strange is about as knowledgeable as they come—not to mention the fact that his superpowers could never ever be explained via science. Thankfully this rule doesn’t apply to feature films, because a “Doctor Strange” movie has been in the works for a while now.
Also known as Hellstorm or the Son of Satan, Daimon Hellstrom is the offspring of a demon named Marduk Kurios and a mortal woman named Victoria Wingate. Both he and his sister, Satana, were trained in the dark arts by their father, with Daimon eventually becoming somewhat of an anti-hero. Later, Hellstrom would go on to be the ruler of his own section of Hell, a place that could never exist within the parameters of “S.H.I.E.L.D.”
Gaining his very own degree in psychology, Jericho Drumm returns home to his birthplace in Haiti only to discover that his brother, Daniel, is dying at the hands of a voodoo sorcerer. His brother dying in his arms, Jericho makes a vow to visit Daniel’s mentor, a houngan named Papa Jambo. Now, Jericho roams the Earth as Brother Voodoo with the ghost of his dead sibling forever bonded to physical being. Jericho even fulfilled the role of Sorcerer Supreme recently, filling the void created by Doctor Strange’s temporary exit. Let’s see science try to explain voodoo magic, let alone ghosts.
Morgan le Fay
A powerful, immortal sorceress that has been around since the Dark Ages, Morgan le Fay is half-faerie, making her semi-related to the Dark Elves of Svartalfheim. She gained her knowledge of magic from Merlin himself, promising to become his lover in exchange for magic lessons. Morgan le Fay possesses a countless number of magical abilities—including, but not limited to, mind control, astral projection, shape-shifting, and flight.
After crashing his motorcycle and severely injuring himself, Brian Braddock is taken in by the wizard Merlyn and his daughter Roma, the Omniversal Guardian. Upon awaking from his unconscious state, Brian is given a choice between the Amulet of Right or the Sword of Might—one of which will transform him into the superhero known as Captain Britain. Later, Brian discovers that he is but one of many different incarnations of Captain Britain, each an alternate version of himself hailing from an alternate world with the sole task of protecting the Omniverse. While an Omniverse might be fairly easy to explain scientifically, we can’t see how “S.H.I.E.L.D.” could explain a magical superpower-granting amulet.
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