It has been announced that Agent Coulson is returning for the S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series along with four new S.H.I.E.L.D. agents; Ward, Rice, Fitz and Simmonds. While it is fantastic news that Coulson is back, the show will need more than just S.H.I.E.L.D. agents.
The S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series presents an opportunity to greatly expand the Marvel Cinematic Universe with big characters from the Marvel universe that have not yet been seen in a live action format. It can also be used to breathe life into Marvel characters that have appeared in film or TV already, and to integrate them into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The Man-Thing is an empathic swamp creature that is the guardian of the Nexus of All Realities in the Florida Everglades. He was originally a man, Dr Ted Sallis, who was attempting to recreate the Super Soldier Serum that created Captain America. He was ambushed in his lab by the terrorist group A.I.M., so he injected himself with the only sample of his serum in order to save his life. During his escape, he crashed his car into the swamp and emerged as Man-Thing.
The Man-Thing represents something different for Marvel. He is not a superhero, but a horror monster. He cannot speak, but secretes a strong chemical corrosive when he senses violent emotions and fear in others. These emotions cause the Man-Thing pain so he is driven to seek them out and eliminate them, leading to the catchphrase “Whatever knows fear burns at the touch of the Man-Thing”. He also has superhuman strength and is practically invulnerable.
There are connections between S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Man-Thing in his origin. The S.H.I.E.L.D. member Bobby Morse aka Mockingbird was part of the research team working on the Super Soldier Serum with Sallis. The terrorist group A.I.M. are also set to appear in Iron Man 3. These connections with S.H.I.E.L.D. and A.I.M. and the horror element of Man-Thing would make him a very interesting cameo in the TV series.
This article was first posted on November 11, 2012