Bill Paxton to join ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as John Garrett. Bill Paxton has been added to the cast of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., for a four episode introductory arc, as Agent John Garrett. Unlike other source material character appearances, such as Agents Hand (Saffron Burrows) and Sitwell (Maximiliano Hernández), Garrett will be getting his hands dirty. His run on the series will be in the field with Agents May (Ming-na Wen) and Ward (Brett Dalton). I’m sold.
John Garrett, Elektra: Assassin
About Agent John Garrett:
John Garrett was created by Frank Miller and Bill Sienkiewicz, and first appeared in 1986’s Elektra: Assassin #2. Despite a history of repeated criminal offenses – including assault, grand larceny, battery, and four counts of statutory rape – John Garrett ended up becoming an agent of SHIELD, with his past records clandestinely expunged.
After receiving certain injuries in his line of service, Garrett was outfitted with a steel plate in his head that could house a recorder, as well as a cybernetic left hand. Partnered with fellow agent Arthur Perry, Garrett was sent to San Concepcion to investigate the assassination of the country’s leader. The assassin unfortunately turned out to be Elektra, and after being confronted by the two agents she would leave them both to die in an explosion.
Recovered by SHIELD and “upgraded” to a cybernetic body by ExTechOp, Garret swore revenge and became obsessed with pursuing Elektra, an obsession that may have been what helped him cope with no longer being all that human (which may have been Elektra’s plan from the beginning). He eventually came to discover Elektra’s mission to stop The Hand from gaining a presidential foothold over the world with candidate Ken Wind, who’d been possessed by the Hand’s Beast, and so he allied himself with her for the greater good.
After being rebuilt as a cyborg, approximately 80% of John Garrett’s body was replaced with SHIELD-issued cybernetics. Only his head and a few of his organs are still his own. He has plastic skin and metal alloy bones, with his muscular system comprised of a combination of pneumatics, hydraulics, and internal electrical generators. His cyborg body thereby grants him greatly enhanced strength, speed, stamina, durability, and agility.
As a SHIELD agent, Garrett is well-versed in both armed and unarmed combat. He is an excellent marksman and possesses considerable tactical ingenuity.
Suffice to say, expect a very watered down version of this character for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (physically and pathologically)
Bill Paxton Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Series co-creator, Jed Whedon‘s take on the character:
“We wanted to bring in a rough-and-tumble former cohort of Agent Coulson [Clark Gregg] with a little bit of attitude and cigar-smoking swagger. When Garrett got his promotion to Level 7, he refused to sit behind a desk and doesn’t like the formalities of S.H.I.E.L.D. He’s going to help Coulson solve some mysteries and is not afraid to rig an explosive or two.”
Paxton is expected to make his series debut on the March 4, 2014 episode.
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