It was already revealed that Jaimie Alexander will be reprising her role as Lady Sif on ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ on an episode where she tracks down the Thor villain Lorelei (played by Elena Satine), but it turns out that they series has an even bigger reveal on the way.
Apparently, Mike Peterson, the super human civilian in the pilot episode, played by J. August Richards, has a grander destiny. After losing an arm and a leg and receiving a cybernetic eye through which he was being manipulated, Peterson will go full-cyborg becoming the killing machine Deathlok.
He will assume the identity in the next episode of ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ entitled ‘T.R.A.C.K.S.’ This happens to be Deathlok’s 40th anniversary, but the character has never been adapted to live action until now.
Here is the character’s official description:
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?
Executive Producer Jeffrey Bell expressed, “We have been waiting all season for this moment where we can reveal that Mike Peterson’s story arc is an origin story. We’re thrilled to have J. August Richards playing Deathlok and to have our audience enjoy this favorite Marvel character on the show.”
A clip of the episode shown to the press gave a tease as to how the reveal would take place. In the footage, Mike Peterson is seen watching his son play in a park and he holds up a piece of paper which he has written “Can I please see my soon?”. Inside his newsly digital eye, he is given the answer: “Not yet.” The camera then pans down and in a close up of Peterson’s leg are the words Cybertek and Deathlok stamped into the metal.
The character of Deathlok debuted in 1974 and originated as a parallel universe zombie-like cyborg from the future (uh… 1985, sob!). There have actually been a couple of different versions and the character has appeared in animation and been made into multiple toys, possibly due to his striking visual appearance.
What do you think? Are you excited to see Deathlok brought to life? Do you think J. August Richards is right for the part? What about Sif and Loralei? Are you interested in seeing these Asgardians on TV?