Director Phil Coulson's team won't be the only characters who return in "All the Comforts of Home," the next episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Carl Creel, aka the Absorbing Man, will also be back for the midseason premiere with Brian Patrick Wade reprising the role.
According to the episode synopsis,
Coulson and team set out to rewrite the course of humanity’s fate, but they’re unaware that their efforts will dramatically change one S.H.I.E.L.D agent’s life, on “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” FRIDAY, MARCH 2 (9:01-10:01 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.
“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” stars Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson, Ming-Na Wen as Agent Melinda May, Chloe Bennet as Daisy Johnson, Iain De Caestecker as Agent Leo Fitz, Elizabeth Henstridge as Agent Jemma Simmons, Henry Simmons as Agent Alphonso “Mack” MacKenzie and Natalia Cordova-Buckley as Elena “Yo-Yo” Rodriguez.
Guest starring are Jeff Ward as Deke, Catherine Dent as General Hale, Dove Cameron as Ruby, Brian Patrick Wade as Carl Creel, Briana Venskus as Agent Piper, Shontae Saldana as Candice Lee, Antonio Aaron as Officer Kennedy, Stewart Skelton as Chief Wellins, Patrick Warburton as General Stoner, Joel David Moore as Noah, Josh Fingerhut as bartender and Amy Tolsky as woman.
Prior to "All the Comforts of Home," Absorbing Man had appeared in four episodes of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. He got his start as a Hydra villain. Later, he was rehabilitated and enlisted into General Brigadier Glenn Talbot's service at the ATCU (Advanced Threat Containment Unit). In his last appearance, Creel crossed paths with S.H.I.E.L.D. while he served as Talbot's bodyguard. He even went so far as to save the life of Lance Hunter, thus completing his transition from villain to hero.
Though he voluntarily worked with S.H.I.E.L.D. in his last appearance, he may not be so friendly when he returns. While Coulson and his team were busy saving humanity in the future, they became the most wanted criminals in the United States. This is the consequence of the “LMD” storyline from Season 4, where a Life Model Decoy posed as Daisy and shot Brigadier General Colonel Glenn Talbot in the head, critically wounding — but not killing — him. Since Creel is loyal to Talbot, he'll probably have an ax to grind with Daisy.
Returning Friday, March 2 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on ABC, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 5 stars Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Chloe Bennet, Henry Simmons, Ian De Caestecker, Natalia Cordova-Buckley and Elizabeth Henstridge.