Grant Ward will return to “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” this spring, but the same can’t be said of his mentor John Garrett. According to Entertainment Weekly, sources have confirmed that Marvel “had no plans” to bring the late Bill Paxton back to the series.
Yesterday, Paxton’s family announced that the veteran actor — known for such films as “Aliens,” “Apollo 13” and “Predator 2” — passed away at age 61 “due to complications from surgery.” At the time of his death, Paxton starred on “Training Day,” the new CBS crime thriller based on the acclaimed 2001 film of the same name.
Though Paxton’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” character was killed in the Season 1 finale, the show recently took a turn that would have allowed him to return. In “Self Control,” the show’s last episode before its Season 4 hiatus, Daisy and Simmons joined Coulson, Fitz, Mack and Mace in the Framework, a virtual world not unlike “The Matrix.” This has allowed characters that have died — including the notorious Grant Ward (Brett Dalton) — to come back to the show, albeit in a new capacity. However, according to the EW’s report, Garrett was never intended to return.
In “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Season 1, Paxton’s John Garrett set the stage for Hydra’s takeover in “Turn, Turn, Turn.” Though he was close to Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg), Garrett was a Hydra mole all along. He starred in only six episodes, but these were crucial to Ward’s background, as Garrett had served as Ward’s mentor and eventually indoctrinated the character into Hydra. He also played the notorious Clairvoyant, the main villain of the show’s premiere season. As such, some fans believed Garrett would appear in the Framework during the back half of Season 4, but it seems this was never the case.
Following news of Paxton’s death, Marvel released a statement to honor the late star:
Marvel is deeply saddened by the loss of Bill Paxton; his contributions to the Marvel Universe will be remembered fondly. pic.twitter.com/BDuNTTYrdJ
— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) February 26, 2017
Paxton’s Hollywood career stretches back to 1975, with early minor roles in such films as “Stripes,” “Commando” and “The Terminator” soon giving way to more memorable parts in such genre favorites as “Weird Science,” “Aliens” and “Predator 2.” His lengthy list of credits includes “Tombstone,” “True Lies,” “Apollo 13,” the “Spy Kids” franchise and “Edge of Tomorrow.”
Returning Tuesday, April 4 at 10 pm ET/PT on ABC, “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D” stars Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson, Chloe Bennet as Daisy “Quake” Johnson, Ming-Na Wen as Melinda May, Iain De Caestecker as Leo Fitz, Elizabeth Henstridge as Jemma Simmons, Henry Simmons as Alphonso “Mack” Mackenzie and more.
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