Tue
May 14 2013 5:10pm

New Extended Teaser For Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Reveals a New Superhero

Marvels Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. J. August Richards Patriot

ABC and Marvel Studios have released a 3-minute extended teaser for this fall’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. show which details the characters, situation, and the threats they face in much more detail. Also there’s lots of Coulson. Lots and lots of Coulson. (He’s yelling at the newbies! Oh we love that man.)

There’s also more information on the mysterious new superhero featured in the original teaser. The internet has been speculating that he’s playing Rage, or possibly a younger Luke Cage, but we think we’ve got him pegged, and it’s not either of those characters.

The full teaser:

We suspected this form the beginning, but the “I should wear a shield?” line really clinched it. The superhero featured throughout the teaser is probably Eli Bradley, otherwise known as Patriot.

Patriot was introduced in the early 2000s in the Young Avengers mini-series and is essentially a young, modern Captain America. Initially, Eli was revealed to have received his powers due to a blood transfusion from his grandfather Isaiah. Unbeknownst to Eli, though, his grandfather was one of a group of African-American soldiers fighting in World War 2 who were secretly used as guinea pigs to test the Super Soldier Serum on. Most of those soldiers died due to imperfections in the formula, although Isaiah lived on. The entire saga was detailed in the groundbreaking 2003 Marvel Comics mini-series Truth: Red, White, and Black, written by the recently deceased Robert Morales.*

*Yes, we know that this origin was later retconned by Patriot’s creator Allan Ginsberg Heinberg, but only because the writer wanted to tell a story about drug addiction instead. The TV show has the luxury of ignoring that, if it prefers.

Although it hasn’t been confirmed, we’d be surprised if J. August Richards’ mystery superhero turns out to be anyone else. Introducing the Truth as canon onscreen Avengers history would mesh well with the existing Avengers movie universe, and it’s a dramatically rich storyline that Joss Whedon and the showrunners would most likely enjoy digging into.

It would give the TV show it’s own unique version of Captain America, as well, and it would explain why Coulson is so interested in him. The character of Patriot fits so well within the smaller confines of the S.H.I.E.L.D. TV show that it makes more sense to have him there than to not. It also paves the way for other Young Avengers to possibly pop in, giving viewers an Avengers fix in between movies.

19 comments
james Pope
1. jim162065
it will be very cool to introduce a great catalog of heroes and villians.
Bittersweet Fountain
2. Bittersweet Fountain
As a huge Young Avengers fan, I'm not sure how I feel about this. I would love to see the Young Avengers on the show, but part of the point of the Young Avengers is that they are the *young* Avengers. On the other hand, I'm positive Joss could do Wiccan and Hulking's relationship justice.

Guess I'll just have to wait and see. But if it is Eli, we better get the rest of the YA. I need Wiccan!
Bittersweet Fountain
3. Scavenger
Could also be Josiah X, Eli's uncle, who DID inherit powers from Isiah and was in Marvle's short lived, The Crew.
Bittersweet Fountain
4. dougg
How is that girl from the van not being played by Eliza Dushku?

But seriously, I was iffy after the first trailer, but this has gotten me so excited for this show!
Dave Thompson
5. DKT
Yeah, that's a much more engaging trailer. Looking forward to it!
Mordicai Knode
6. mordicai
HUH. Interesting. I would be okay with Luke Cage, personally, because Luke Cage is my favorite & J. August Richards is my favorite. When I saw in the extended trailer that it was HIM I did a fist pump. YES!
Charles Foster
7. FossMaNo1
Is it just me or is Coulson not as "jolly" as he was in the movies? He seems downright serious here!
Vicki Smith
8. EclecticMayhem
@FossMaNo1 - Maybe being dead to everyone on a level 6 clearance and under does weird things to your sense of humour...?
Chris Nelly
10. Aeryl
Alright comics experts, let me ask.

Their character badges were posted online the other day, and everyone's badge number starts with an "A", except for Coulson's. I assume "A" stands of Agent.

Coulson's starts with "SJK".

What does it mean!!!!
Amal El-Mohtar
11. amalmohtar
Given his death and mysterious resurrection -- "Seriously Just Kidding"?
Chris Nelly
12. Aeryl
That was one of my guesses!

But I was thinking it might refer to some obscure bit of Marvel history.
Mordicai Knode
13. mordicai
7. FossMaNo1

Issue of scale. Next to Thor, the literal god of thunder, you are the comedic relief. Next to Joe Schmo you are the hardest mofo that ever lived.
Bittersweet Fountain
14. Booklegger451
This extended teaser definitely gave a "Yes, this is a Joss Whedon gig" feeling for the show that the shorter teaser missed. You could feel some of the chemistry, and Whedon's incredible timing and scene stealing punchlines:

"We can do this one of two ways"
"Oh. Is one of those 'the easy way'?"
"No."
"Oh..."
Bittersweet Fountain
15. themightysven
@FossMaNo1
Maybe having your personality implanted into and android does that to you
*hearkening back to initial fan theories that he would be the Vision*
Mordicai Knode
16. mordicai
Also, someone analysed the flipping comic book & determined it was Rage, which is...pretty convincing to me.
Chris Nelly
17. Aeryl
Jeffrey Bell gave an interview to IGN, declines Richards is Cage, accidently implies his name starts with an "M". Also states Richards got the role because he was the best actor for it, not because the character is African American.

http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/05/15/executive-producer-jeffrey-bell-talk-agents-of-shield-and-reveals-luke-cage-is-not-the-mystery-character
Alan Brown
18. AlanBrown
Wicked awesome trailer. Can't wait for this show!
Bittersweet Fountain
19. qasdfghjkl
AWESOME!!!!!! it looks so cool. loved the tagline 'not all heroes are super' and the 'welcome to level 7' bit ;) CAN'T WAIT!!

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