Friday, December 20, 2013

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Starts Its Change of Direction with Super Baddie Blizzard

While Marvel's first foray into live action T.V. has not been all bad, it certainly hasn't met the lofty expectations of fans in it's first half season.. We've been told by all those involved that there was a plan and that changes were on the way, changes that would put more "Marvel" into the series which, to be honest, doesn't really feel very connected to the MCU at all.

Part of Marvel's plan, it seems, will be to introduce some more characters from the Marvel universe. In the episode entitled "Seed" which will air January 14, 2014, Marvel villain Blizzard, who is most associated with Iron Man, will join the fray. After the jump I'll fill you in on Blizzard and why this is not completely as its seems.

Actor Dylan Minette will be portaying Donnie Gill in the episode. In the pages of the comics, Gill inherited a cryogenic suit from the original villain known as Blizzard via Justin Hammer. Gill has battled Iron Man, been a part of a new-age Masters of Evil and, most recently, a member of the Thunderbolts, a group of super-villains looking to reform themselves by helping save the world, before reverting to his criminal ways.

While Gill is not a well-known villain, he has been in thepages of Infinity: Heist of late where it was revealed he was one of Earth's latent Inhumans who, when exposed to Black Bolt's Terrigen Bomb, underwent a metamorphosis and emerged no longer needing his technology to manipulate the cold.

So while not an A-list villain, he's had enough of a history to make him quasi-recognizable. That is, until, we see just who Dylan Minette is:

Dylan Minette is 16 years old. Clearly, Marvel has some slightly altered plans for Donnie Gill than what background I detailed above. Now, the official description of the episode does say that the agents get caught in a storm at the S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy and clearly that's where Gill is going to come in to play. Will Gill get hold of some tech he isn't supposed to have or will this episode be the introduction of Inhumans into the MCU? Certainly the former choice is much more likely, but there's always a chance.

While I'm certainly not thrilled to find out they've once again skirted around bringing a villain to the show (Graviton was only teased early on), I'm going to watch and keep watching and hope they get this series headed in a more sensible direction. The episode does also bring back Ian Quill who you may remember from the Graviton episode. So at least there is a common thread between guys with the names of bad guys who aren't really doing anything bad.

Official Episode Description:

"Seeds" – Coulson and May uncover startling information about Skye’s past, while the team is swept into a storm at S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy, on "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," Tuesday, January 14 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

What are your thoughts on this addition? On the reported "new direction" of the show?