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10 Marvel Characters Who Should Show Up On Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Bob "MovieBob" Chipman | 13 Feb 2014 16:00
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It's kind of hard to avoid engaging in politics when you've got a character who wears an American Flag, so every now and then a Marvel writer assigned to Captain America gets mad enough about U.S. government policy that we get a "Steve Rogers quits as Cap" story-arc, as happened in the Reagan/Bush era under decade-defining Cap-scribe Mark Gruenwald. Short version: When Rogers refuses a government order, The Pentagon takes the Captain America title away from him and drafts one John F. Walker - formerly a Cap nemesis as the paramilitary domestic terrorist "Super-Patriot" (subtle!) - as his replacement, effectively inventing the "replace hero with dark counterpart" storyline later appropriated for Knightfall and Reign of the Supermen. It doesn't go well, and eventually the well-meaning but inept (and unstable) Walker learns he's been the pawn in what's all just a Red Skull scheme. Rogers dons a new black uniform as "The Captain" during this period, but once its been settled and he has his name/costume back the black suit gets passed to Walker; who rechristens himself "U.S.Agent" to continue serving as the government-obedient version of Cap. He's fun because he's a send-up of what people often assume the real Captain America to be - i.e. a nationalistic "America first" jerkwad, and it'd be fun to see what Coulson especially would make of him.

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