By Alex Zalben
Take this one with a grain of salt, but Latino Review - which according to their website, offers a Latin perspective on movies and pop culture - is reporting that Marvel Comics' character Victoria Hand may be coming to "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.":
On a boring Friday afternoon, while I wait for the latest Banksy piece to drop this afternoon here in New York City, we got word from our usual trusted sources that Saffron Burrows (Troy) got cast in Marvel’s Agents Of SHIELD as Agent Victoria Hand.
If I can parse through their unique Latin perspective on this story for a moment - and move past the fact their source for this is themselves - it does make a lot of sense that Hand would show up on the program.
In the comics, Hand is a former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who ends up being Norman Osborn's right hand man when the Spidey villain takes over the Marvel Universe, and changes S.H.I.E.L.D. into a very similar organization called H.A.M.M.E.R. The running joke about H.A.M.M.E.R., by the way, is that no one knows what the acronym stands for... And I believe it still hasn't been revealed, even though the organization is defunct. Later, Hand ends up becoming a liaison for the more street-wise New Avengers, and redeems herself before dying.
Though I sincerely doubt we'll see H.A.M.M.E.R. or Norman Osborn even mentioned anywhere in AoS, Hand as a character is far more likely. Reason being, what AoS has been lacking so far is any sort of challenges. Sure, they've gone up against bad guys with superpowers, but they're an elite unit of a world-spanning organization with unlimited resources and money. Scrappy, they're not. Add in a nemesis inside S.H.I.E.L.D. like Hand, and you've got something that could make the Bus Gang's lives quite a bit harder.
One other note in Hand's favor? AoS has already had several characters show up with similar names to Marvel characters, but only tangentially relating to their comic book counterparts. Mike Peterson in the comics was Speedball's best friend; on the show, he was an Extremis-powered superhero played by J. August Richards. Scorch has been the name of several flamey individuals in the Marvel Comics, but the Scorch seen on last week's episode only used the name, and bits from each of the previous iterations. So Victoria Hand could absolutely show up, but have nearly no relation to her four-color namesake.
That said? Hand is a more recent character than Scorch and Peterson, and pretty well known in comic book lore. Chances are that if Hand does show up, it'll be at least a little like something like how she appeared on the page.
And whether she'll have the weirdo hair? We'll just have to wait and see... Meanwhile, we'll continue to offer a mermaid's perspective on pop culture.
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