TV show trailer, clip & poster for next Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. ABC‘s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. makes the most of the title to its latest episode, ‘The Only Light in the Darkness.’ Joss Whedon regular Amy Acker (Angel, Dollhouse) will be making her debut as Audrey, the almost mythical cellist, first mentioned by Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) in the Avengers film. As the object of his affection, she could be considered a singular bright spot in the otherwise lousy turn of events to Coulson’s life. Of course, singular points of light tend to attract creatures of darkness….
The official press release:
With their WORLD turned upside down, Coulson races to save the life of his one true love as the mystery of “The Cellist,” which began in Marvel’s The Avengers, is finally revealed on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
The creature of darkness, in this particular case, will come in the literal form of Marcus Daniels (Patrick Brennan) – better known, to some source fans, as the supervillain Blackout.
About the comic book character Blackout:
Marcus Daniels was working as a laboratory assistant to Dr. Abner Croit, a physicist hoping to build a device capable of tapping into energies from other dimensions. Croit always looked down on Daniels’ inferior knowledge, making him feel useless. Daniels always wondered what it would be like to harness the energy they were researching, to be powerful. After an accident bathed him in the extra-dimensional energy of the Darkforce, he had the chance to find out. Calling himself Blackout, his body was now flushed with power, becoming a surface of control of the Darkforce dimension.
With his exposure to cosmic radiation, he achieved the power to tap into the Darkforce, a source of infinite dark energy, and to manipulate it in various ways. He could project Darkforce as concussive energy with tremendous force. Blackout could mentally open portals to and from the Darkforce dimension. He could create and control simple, solid geometric shapes from Darkforce, such as discs, cubes, spheres, cylinders, and planes. These objects absorbed energy directed against them, and would remain solid as long as he exerted conscious control over them. He could psionically levitate Darkforce objects, and could fly by riding on them. Blackout was mentally unstable due to his time spent in the Darkforce Dimension, and sometimes entered a nearly catatonic state. His control over Darkforce was dependent on his mental clarity, and would weaken when he was fatigued. Blackout wore a costume, designed by Dr. Abner Croit, with circuitry that helped him confine the Darkforce within his body. Blackout had a master’s degree in physics, especially in the study of radiation.
‘The Only Light in the Darkness’ will not be Marcus Daniels’ debut, however, as he made something of an Easter egg appearance – by way of John Garrett (Bill Paxton) – in the previous episode, ‘Providence‘ (he was the freshly sprung Fridge inmate, most directly referred to by Garrett’s “follow your dreams” remark).
The latest promotional poster art to Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: The Art of Level Seven series, is by Pascal Campion. For this print, Agent Coulson can be seen holding his S.H.I.E.L.D. badge to the light, even as his cellist paramour is shrouded by darkness behind him.
The Art of Level Seven, 3rd print:
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: The Art of Level Seven, by Pascal Campion
In some respect, the episode title also applies to the newly developing dynamic between Ward (Brett Dalton) and Skye (Chloe Bennet). For double agent Ward, Skye holds the key to a large part of Garrett’s master plan, making it necessary for him to re-enter Coulson’s ranks, in order to get the secret out of her. Skye, for her part, had been fearful of Ward being trapped behind enemy lines, as it were.
Well, if the accompanying clip is any indication, both characters will have to get past Agent Koenig (Patton Oswalt) to get the answers they seek; the trailer suggesting that Skye may be getting more ‘truth’ than she may be able to handle.
‘The Only Light in the Darkness’ also stars Ming-Na Wen, Iain De Caestecker, Elizabeth Henstridge, and guest stars B.J. Britt. It airs April 22, 2014, on ABC, at 8.00pm EST.
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