Bill Paxton’s unexpected death was saddening, and was mourned by many of his fans along with those who worked with him. While some had hoped that he would make an appearance in the Framework arc of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Marvel officially dashed those hopes by saying that he hadn’t filmed anything and wasn’t planning to – though an Easter Egg in last night’s episode ensured that his memory in the Marvel Cinematic Universe lives on in some way.
As observed by ScreenCrush, Paxton’s John Garrett (a crucial antagonist in the first season and a HYDRA leader) was alluded to within the Framework, a digital realm meant to simulate a hypothetical world in which HYDRA successfully destroyed most of S.H.I.E.L.D. and took over the world. While Phil Coulson successfully killed Garrett and put a stop to his plan to create an army of cyborgs in the real world, Garrett appears to have met a similar fate in the Framework. On a state-run news program handled by Sunil Bakshi, a promo for a segment dedicated to Garett’s memory is shown:
Garrett is also alluded to in a conversation between Daisy “Quake” Johnson and Grant Ward later on in the episode, although not by name. Although it feels a bit weird having the homage to Paxton come from the bad guys, it makes sense considering the state of the alternate reality. In any case, Paxton will still be missed, and this was a nice touch.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs on Tuesdays at 10:00 PM CDT. The show has not yet been renewed for a fifth season, though Marvel TV executive Jeph Loeb believes that the show has a good chance of continuing, and certain outlets believe that the next season to will likely be the last and will wrap everything up.
10 Marvel Shows We’d Like to See Made
As the “golden age of television” continues, one genre that has been on the uptick has been superhero TV shows. The CW almost has every day on lock with many DC Comics-centric TV shows like Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow, as well as shows like iZombie, and the upcoming Riverdale. Other networks such as AMC and Fox (among others) have Preacher and The Walking Dead, Gotham, and Lucifer, respectively.
Marvel has been diversifying their portfolio as well. When they first introduced Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., they only slightly-connected their television universe with their cinematic universe. While recent corporate changes in their business structure have distanced their properties from each other, they still maintain a continuity. Shows like Agent Carter as well as the many Netflix shows (Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, the upcoming Iron Fist, The Punisher, and The Defenders) all have events connected to their big screen counterparts. Currently, Marvel has Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. and The Inhumans (coming next year) on ABC along with Damage Control (TBD) while Cloak and Dagger (airing on Freeform next year), and Runaways (developed for Hulu) are in development.
With such a large assortment of comic books and comic book characters, Marvel has barely scratched the surface. Here are a few comic book characters that could definitely use their own show…