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Cyborg character Deathlok to make first live-action appearance on Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Jan. 24, 2014by:

After the recent announcement that Lady Sif would be making an appearance on Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. it appears that the show is once again making a bid for the crossover appeal by adding yet another key player from the comics world; Deathlok. A fan favorite character since the '70's, the cyborg warrior created by Rich Buckler and Doug Moench has appeared in numerous comics, from Captain America, Avengers, Fantastic Four, and a host of limited and full-run series. For Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Deathlok (aka Mike Peterson) will be played by J. August Richards.

Here's the lowdown:

Transformed into the cybernetic solider against his will, Mike Peterson (J. August Richards) must struggle to find the man in the machine. With a high-tech eye that allows him to see through walls, super strength and increased speed courtesy of a cybernetic leg, will Deathlok fight alongside the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. or against them?
A classic Marvel Comics icon who is celebrating his 40th anniversary this year, Deathlok will be brought to live-action life for first time ever on the all-new episode of "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." premiering Tuesday, February 4 at 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC.

"We have been waiting all season for this moment where we can reveal that Mike Peterson's story arc is an origin story," said Executive Producer Jeffrey Bell. "We're thrilled to have J. August Richards playing Deathlok and to have our audience enjoy this favorite Marvel character on the show."


"If you would have asked when I was nine-years old what I wanted to be, I would have said a super hero and I'm so excited to be one now as an adult on TV!" added J. August Richards. "It's a dream come true."

This move feels like a step in the right direction, especially with the complaints that there isn't enough super-powered people in a show about a super-powered universe. I know the initial intent was to make a show about the "normal" people dealing with superheroes/villains, but that only gets you so far. Like CW's Arrow, which has continued to up the ante in terms of comics-to-screen characters, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will need to follow suit if it wants to survive into a second season. Fortunately, they seem to be picking up on this and as a longtime fan of Deathlok, I look forward to seeing him come to life.

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. featuring the first appearance of Deathlok will premiere on Tuesday, February 4th at 8:00 PM.

Source: Marvel

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4:09PM on 01/25/2014
Used to have a toy of this guy when I was a wee lad....never knew who the character was until I saw the picture on this article. I remember his metal head plate slid up to reveal his brain ahaha awesome. I've never watched show but I imagine we are never going to see him look close to the comic book version.
Used to have a toy of this guy when I was a wee lad....never knew who the character was until I saw the picture on this article. I remember his metal head plate slid up to reveal his brain ahaha awesome. I've never watched show but I imagine we are never going to see him look close to the comic book version.
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11:51AM on 01/25/2014
I know everyone thinks this show is tanking, but still, spoiler warning?
I know everyone thinks this show is tanking, but still, spoiler warning?
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12:44AM on 01/25/2014
iv always liked the character i even had a toy of him as a child so this is cool but still tired of the show
iv always liked the character i even had a toy of him as a child so this is cool but still tired of the show
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9:16PM on 01/24/2014

Super speed courtesy of A cybernetic leg?

So, he can run in circles at super speed?
So, he can run in circles at super speed?
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5:09PM on 01/24/2014
Didn't take too long for the Arrow fans to diss another Agents of Shield article.
Didn't take too long for the Arrow fans to diss another Agents of Shield article.
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7:20PM on 01/24/2014
Yeah. That's because Arrow is a much superior show in every aspect.
Yeah. That's because Arrow is a much superior show in every aspect.
11:50AM on 01/25/2014
I agree razgrizz. You can always depend on arrow fans to run to the keyboard the moment a shield article is posted. It's getting hella annoying
I agree razgrizz. You can always depend on arrow fans to run to the keyboard the moment a shield article is posted. It's getting hella annoying
4:19PM on 01/24/2014

It all makes sense now.

To play Deathlok they needed an actor who could pull off bland and robotic. It is perfect casting. ;)
To play Deathlok they needed an actor who could pull off bland and robotic. It is perfect casting. ;)
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3:57PM on 01/24/2014
I plan on watching the episode with Sif, but other than that I'm done with this series. Unless they start having the ACTUAL Avengers start making appearances.
I plan on watching the episode with Sif, but other than that I'm done with this series. Unless they start having the ACTUAL Avengers start making appearances.
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4:15PM on 01/24/2014
Which are played by an all-star cast. ABC would be shelling out so much damn cash just for a cameo. Not going to happen, mate. I wish it was -- but it ain't.
Which are played by an all-star cast. ABC would be shelling out so much damn cash just for a cameo. Not going to happen, mate. I wish it was -- but it ain't.
7:52PM on 01/26/2014
Seriously? Why would ANYBODY expect that to happen? So i guess Ben and Henry Cavill are going to make an appearance in Arrow? I know the show isn't great, but that's just expecting way to much.
Seriously? Why would ANYBODY expect that to happen? So i guess Ben and Henry Cavill are going to make an appearance in Arrow? I know the show isn't great, but that's just expecting way to much.
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3:25PM on 01/24/2014
I know I'm in the minority here, but I actually enjoy this show for the most part. Sure it has its flaws, and is by no means the Citizen Kane of television, but really, what show is? I just watched the two most recent episodes last night, and I can tell that the show is leaning towards a little darker tone than the first half of the season. This news of Deathlok is good too, seeing as how they showed Mike Peterson for a few moments in the state that he was in. I'm all for Marvel bringing in
I know I'm in the minority here, but I actually enjoy this show for the most part. Sure it has its flaws, and is by no means the Citizen Kane of television, but really, what show is? I just watched the two most recent episodes last night, and I can tell that the show is leaning towards a little darker tone than the first half of the season. This news of Deathlok is good too, seeing as how they showed Mike Peterson for a few moments in the state that he was in. I'm all for Marvel bringing in lesser known, albeit still popular characters from their books.
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3:02PM on 01/24/2014
I stopped watching this show a long time ago, and I have to admit that the news of Sif guest starring in a future episode definitely piqued my interest. Now with this news, it sounds like a cry for help. With mediocre ratings, critics tearing the series apart, and not much interest otherwise, it sounds like Marvel's doing anything they can to keep this afloat. As they should. But I doubt this will save it. I'd be really surprised if this show makes it to a second season. I'm in absolutely no
I stopped watching this show a long time ago, and I have to admit that the news of Sif guest starring in a future episode definitely piqued my interest. Now with this news, it sounds like a cry for help. With mediocre ratings, critics tearing the series apart, and not much interest otherwise, it sounds like Marvel's doing anything they can to keep this afloat. As they should. But I doubt this will save it. I'd be really surprised if this show makes it to a second season. I'm in absolutely no rush to start watching once more, but maybe one day I'll Netflix binge-watch the entire first season. Maybe.
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2:38PM on 01/24/2014

Enough guest stars

What they need is an appearance by a competent writer.
What they need is an appearance by a competent writer.
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2:35PM on 01/24/2014

This is certainly in the right direction, but seems extremely tacked on

I'm not trying to be a cynic, but I really doubt that they were planning this from the get-go, otherwise they would have just made his character Luther Manning or Michael Collins, or you know, some character that's actually Deathlok in the comics. Instead, they created an original character and after plummeting ratings and fan backlash decided to retrofit that character into something resembling one from the comics. Again, it's a move in the right direction, but would have been so much nicer if
I'm not trying to be a cynic, but I really doubt that they were planning this from the get-go, otherwise they would have just made his character Luther Manning or Michael Collins, or you know, some character that's actually Deathlok in the comics. Instead, they created an original character and after plummeting ratings and fan backlash decided to retrofit that character into something resembling one from the comics. Again, it's a move in the right direction, but would have been so much nicer if they had just given us what we wanted (A series rooted in the ancillary characters from the Marvel Universe) from the get-go.
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3:02PM on 01/24/2014
Right on the nose, mate. Right on the nose.
Right on the nose, mate. Right on the nose.
7:48PM on 01/24/2014
I concur with this post.
I concur with this post.
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2:34PM on 01/24/2014

Understandable why they spoiled the reveal

The show isn't doing all that great. Spoiling this kinda shows us how desperate (I say that with no underlining negativity) they are to get the viewership up.

I will admit that the show is getting slightly better. The characters are finally growing into their own. Still, my only complaint it the tone of the series. It's something I have to get over I know -- it's just... SHIELD isn't very intimidating as it comes off as on the big screen. The whole organization feels incompetent and
The show isn't doing all that great. Spoiling this kinda shows us how desperate (I say that with no underlining negativity) they are to get the viewership up.

I will admit that the show is getting slightly better. The characters are finally growing into their own. Still, my only complaint it the tone of the series. It's something I have to get over I know -- it's just... SHIELD isn't very intimidating as it comes off as on the big screen. The whole organization feels incompetent and disorganized so it's hard for me to take any of them seriously. Sorry, went off on a tangent. Yeah, this news is cool.
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2:17PM on 01/24/2014
Deathlok is a great character (though has numerous versions set in different time periods with different origin stories). I loved the 1990s comic run, but if he's anything like that powerful in AOS they are going to have their hands full. In the 90s comics the guy made into Deathlok was basically a pacifist and had this battle computer constantly pressuring him to kill. If they capture a bit of that vibe he could be a great addition to the show.
Deathlok is a great character (though has numerous versions set in different time periods with different origin stories). I loved the 1990s comic run, but if he's anything like that powerful in AOS they are going to have their hands full. In the 90s comics the guy made into Deathlok was basically a pacifist and had this battle computer constantly pressuring him to kill. If they capture a bit of that vibe he could be a great addition to the show.
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3:29PM on 01/24/2014
The character in the show, Mike Peterson, is definitely somewhat of a pacifist, so I could see Marvel opting to go with the 90's era of the character. That version of the character would also most likely be the most recognizable among modern comic book fans.
The character in the show, Mike Peterson, is definitely somewhat of a pacifist, so I could see Marvel opting to go with the 90's era of the character. That version of the character would also most likely be the most recognizable among modern comic book fans.
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1:54PM on 01/24/2014
I wondered how long it would take for them to ad some heroes to the show to try and save it. Sorry it maybe a little to late.
I wondered how long it would take for them to ad some heroes to the show to try and save it. Sorry it maybe a little to late.
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1:46PM on 01/24/2014
Big deal. Personally, I think it's too late to save the show. Now it feels like they're just forcing characters into the show to save face from all the criticism. But like anything, I'll wait to see how it's handled on screen to cast final judgment.

Big deal. Personally, I think it's too late to save the show. Now it feels like they're just forcing characters into the show to save face from all the criticism. But like anything, I'll wait to see how it's handled on screen to cast final judgment.

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1:32PM on 01/24/2014

Wow

I should have but didn't see that one coming. Reading this article spoiled it for me but oh well
I should have but didn't see that one coming. Reading this article spoiled it for me but oh well
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