From his first appearance as a mysterious everyman turned hero in the Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. “Pilot” episode, Mike Peterson’s (recurring guest star J. August Richards) future has been on the minds of fans. Now with the news out that he is becoming the Marvel Comics character Deathlok, let’s take a look back at Mike’s journey and how he’s come to be in the hands of the dangerous organization known as Centipede.
Our first glimpse of Mike Peterson came in the "Pilot" episode when he saved a woman from a burning building after a sudden explosion. The first mission for Agent Phil Coulson’s new team was identifying this hooded hero which they were able to do with the help of a "hacktivist" named Skye who had already made contact with him. But there was a dark twist to the source of Mike’s super-strength.
Over the course of the “Pilot” episode, Mike became increasingly unstable due to the Centipede device which gave him his powers. The chemical compound that Mike had volunteered to help test was literally going to make him explode, putting hundreds of people, including Mike’s own son, at risk until a shot from FitzSimmons’ “Night-Night Gun” stabilized the chemical reaction and allowed S.H.I.E.L.D. to take him safely into custody.
With his powers stabilized by FitzSimmons' specialized dendrotoxin, Mike decided he could do some good by joining S.H.I.E.L.D. After special training, Agent Coulson called him in to assist with tracking down Centipede and its latest batch of super-strong soldiers.
After helping Agent Coulson and the team escape a Centipede ambush, the dangerous organization kidnapped Mike’s son. He had no choice but to ask the team for help, and an exchange was setup. What Mike couldn’t tell Coulson was that the trade was for him. Centipede took Coulson, but Mike couldn’t let them get away with it. Once his son was safe, he charged in to save his friend, but Centipede detonated explosives on the bridge, seemingly killing Mike.
Presumed dead by Coulson and his team, Mike woke up in a Centipede facility to find himself seriously wounded and with an eye implant like the one that was used to control Agent Akela Amador in the episode “Eye Spy”. Now, Mike has to follow orders or the ocular implant will be detonated, killing him and meaning he will never see his son again.
What are Centipede’s plans for Mike? How will his transformation into Deathlok continue? Watch the next all-new episode of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., “T.R.A.C.K.S.” TUESDAY 8|7c on ABC to find out!