If you’re one of those who complained about the lack of super-powered bad guys in most of the first season of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” we’ve got good news for you: Marvel recently announced that one of their most prominent — and powerful — street-level criminals will be making his debut on the ABC drama. Carl “Crusher” Creel, the ex-convict also known as the Absorbing Man, will arrive make his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in the show’s season two premiere. Brian Patrick Wade, previously seen on shows like “Generation Kill” and “Teen Wolf,” will bring the brutish villain to life.
Creel will be the latest in a surprisingly short list of Marvel villains adapted for the television series. So far only Graviton, Blizzard, Deathlok, Blackout, Lorelei, and John Garrett have appeared on the show — and a few of those characters aren’t even bad guys in the source material! The arrival of a classic bad guy like Absorbing Man could signal a change in the show’s direction, and if the showrunners truly are game for upping their bad guy quota, here are the five villains we want to see next season.
Tony Masters has used his mastery of mimicry on everyone in the Marvel U, from Captain America to Deadpool. Taskmaster’s not your run of the mill crook, either; he’s also a man with the desire to teach. If you ever wondered where super villains get henchmen, then look no further than Masters’ fighting school for criminals. Yep, Taskmaster uses his photographic reflexes to copy moves from the best crime fighters in the business, and then he passes that info on to any goon looking to learn a few tips of the criminal trade. Taskmaster’s origin is a bit of a mystery, but he has a history with S.H.I.E.L.D. that could provide an entryway for the character to enter the MCU.
If Absorbing Man is showing up on “S.H.I.E.L.D.,” then there’s absolutely no excuse not to also introduce viewers to the Bonnie to his Clyde. Mary MacPherran grew up a scrawny kid in a suburb of Denver, Colorado. All she wanted was to be popular, but the other kids found her annoying and gave her the nickname “Skeeter” — short for mosquito. Her destiny changed when a chunk of her hometown ended up as part of a major super battle in the mysterious Secret Wars. Doctor Doom granted Mary super powers, turning her from the weak Skeeter into the super strong Titania. Since then, she’s used her newfound pride and powers to take on everyone from Iron Man to She-Hulk. If Crusher gets thrown in jail in the “S.H.I.E.L.D.” season premiere, we’ll be keeping our fingers crossed that Titania busts him back out by midseason.
Scourge of the Underworld
Comic book fans love spotting Easter eggs in other media, and this guy would make a lot of Easter eggs possible on “S.H.I.E.L.D.” This vigilante doesn’t really have an origin, and a number of people have worn his stark and stylish white getup over the years. Scourge is really just a plot device masquerading as a vigilante, with his sole purpose being ridding Marvel continuity of villains deemed too weird or too useless to exist. While “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” might not have a rogues’ gallery big enough to warrant thinning out, an episode with Scourge could introduce a number of deep cut bad guys for a one-episode appearance. The Enforcer, Death Adder, Melter, Blue Streak, Megatak — none of these little known bad guys would ever warrant a full episode of “S.H.I.E.L.D.” or a big screen appearance, but they would be fun to see for a second.
As Songbird, Melissa Gold has grown into one of the most beloved-but-underused characters in the Marvel Universe, the major reason fans love her is her redemption arc. She started out her career as a runaway who traded in her broken home for affiliation with the Roxxon Oil Company. The devious corporation provided her with special technology that converted her voice into a powerful weapon, transforming her into Screaming Mimi. She hooked up with Baron Zemo’s Masters of Evil and gave the Avengers a bit of trouble, but she eventually went straight as a prominent member of the Thunderbolts. We’d love to see Songbird get the attention she deserves in the MCU, and she starting out as a bad guy on “S.H.I.E.L.D.” and evolving into a super hero over the course of multiple episodes — or seasons — could be a lot of fun.
“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” needs a big bad for season two — and we’re making the call that it should be Parker Robbins. A low-level crook who found himself suddenly catapulted to the big leagues of evil, the Hood’s biggest claim to fame was uniting all of Marvel’s disparate criminals into one unified front in the first volume of “New Avengers,” and at one point even temporarily held the Infinity Gauntlet. That’s a pretty meteoric rise considering that Robbins was just an average guy possessed of less-than-stellar morals who just happened to come into possession of a demon’s cloak. If “S.H.I.E.L.D.” needs a way to tie into the inevitable Doctor Strange film, the Hood might be the perfect way to pull that off. He has mystical powers and even made a run for Strange’s gig as Sorcerer Supreme, but his origin is remains firmly rooted in the gritty streets of Marvel’s Manhattan.