‘Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.': ‘Asset’ Episode Synopsis Reveals Possible Comic Villain

by Brett White

The first few episodes of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” are starting to take shape now that we’re less than a week away from the show’s highly anticipated debut. Marvel has recently released the official synopsis for the third episode, entitled “The Asset.”

When the brilliant scientist, Dr. Franklin Hall, is kidnapped, Agent Coulson and his S.H.I.E.L.D. agents must race against the clock to locate him. Skye is their only way in–pushing the team to their limits when the entire plan turns upside-down–on “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”

But that’s not all Marvel has revealed. Their announcement includes the guest cast list for the episode, which finally sheds some light on just who a few of the recently hired recurring characters are.

Guest starring are Ian Hart as Dr. Franklin Hall, David Conrad as Ian Quinn, Josh Cowdery as Agent Tyler, Bodie Newcomb as Agent Mack, Scott Subiono as Todd Chesterfield, Vachik Mangassarian as Qasim Zaghlul, Assaf Cohen as translator, Brandon Molale as Quinn’s main guard.

Hart and Conrad we knew of already, but this is the first time we’ve heard of the other actors’ involvement. It looks like Ian Hart’s debut episode is a big one, seeing as how he’s the focus of the synopsis up there. Marvel fans might recognize Ian Hart’s character Franklin Hall’s alter-ego from the comics—the super-villain Graviton. The rest of the guest cast, don’t have similar comic book ties..

But the Graviton reveal is a big deal, because it means that the show is open to giving us some deep cut Marvel action. Now, whether or not Hart goes full-on Graviton in the episode remains up for debate. Since he’s been signed on as a recurring character, I imagine it’ll be a slow reveal, if the change ever happens. But seeing as how the show-runners have not hesitated to create 98% new characters for the show, the fact that Hart’s character’s name comes from comics could be a clue.

“The Asset” was written by show-runners Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen and directed by David Solomon, who was both a co-executive producer and director for “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” Sure, the second episode looks good, but episode 3 has me very interested.

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