Friday, October 10, 2014

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 2, Episode 6 Hints at Marvel Maggia

Marvel revealed the description for the 6th episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., "A Fractured House", and it may hint at Marvel continuing to add comic book characters and organizations to the MCU.

Below is the official description of the episode via

“A Fractured House” – The world turns against S.H.I.E.L.D. when Hydra impersonates them to attack The United Nations, and an unexpected enemy leads the charge to bring about their downfall, on “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” Tuesday, October 28 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” stars Clark Gregg as Director Phil Coulson, Ming-Na Wen as Agent Melinda May, Brett Dalton as Grant Ward, Chloe Bennet as Agent Skye, Iain De Caestecker as Agent Leo Fitz, Elizabeth Henstridge as Agent Jemma Simmons and Nick Blood as Lance Hunter.

Guest starring are B.J. Britt as Agent Antoine Triplett, Adrianne Palicki as Bobbi Morse, Henry Simmons as Alphonso “Mack” Mackenzie, Adrian Pasdar as General Glenn Talbot, Tim Dekay as Senator Christian Ward, Falk Hentschel as Marcus Scarlotti, Joe Marinelli as Adamo Dioli, Liberte Chan as international reporter, Parisa Fakhri as Senator’s aide, Michael Enright as Julien Beckers, Melanie Cruz as Agent Noelle Walters, Brian Tee as Toshiro Mori, Darrel Cherney as tattoo artist, Brian Van Holt as stranger and Chris Wolfe as news reporter.
”A Fractured House” was written by Rafe Judkins & Lauren LeFranc and directed by Ron Underwood.

Of interest in that cast list is actor Falk Hentschel (Knight and Day, White House Down) who will be playing Marcus Scarlotti. In the comics, Mark Scarlotti was a member of the Nefaria family of the Maggia, Marvel's organized crime bosses similar to the Mafia. The Nefaria family was founded by Count Nefaria, the father of Iron Man villain Whitney Frost, aka Madam Masque. Scarlotti was an electrician for Stark Industries who eventually became the super-villain Whiplash. Obviously the Ivan Vanko character from Iron Man 2 is the current MCU version of Whiplash and the current comic version,but I'm not sure many of the villain monikers are official in MCU. Either way, it's very interesting to see Scarlotti involved and whether or not he is going to portray Whiplash is not as intriguing as the possibility of the Maggia potentially being "unexpected enemy" in the description.

Could Marvel be introducing the Maggia? It's certainly a possibility at this point and MIGHT make for some interesting connections to the Netflix series starting in 2015.