- You said if we worked hard, if we did right, we'd have a place. You said it was enough to be a man but there's better then man! There's gods... and the rest of us? What are we? They're giants... we're what they step on.
- -- Mike Peterson src
The Hooded Hero
Born on 28 August 1979, Mike Peterson was a factory worker who after suffering an injury decided to join Project Centipede with hopes of changing his life. After one of the laboratories of Project Centipede suffered an explosion caused by an unstable subject, Mike went to the aid of his suppliers, and rescued the life of a doctor. He was publicly seen, and mainly caught the attention of Rising Tide member Skye.
The now labeled "Hooded Hero" Mike tried keep a low profile, but was eventually found by Skye in a café, who warned him about S.H.I.E.L.D. and recommended that he go public as a superhero before the government could cover up his actions, but Mike declined. Before he left, Skye told him where to find her.
He tried to convince Project Centipede to go public along with him, as it would help to show that "the product" worked, but was denied. Mike returned to his workplace, but his employer refused to re-employ him. Angered, Mike brutally attacked his employer, stating he was a hero and his boss a villain, and fled.
At a hospital, Peterson visited the doctor he because he didn't know what to do. The doctor condemned Mike's actions, because he exposed the program and put at risk the identity of the people who gave her the technology for it, and told him that Michael Peterson had to disappear. Mike agreed with the doctor, saying he was no longer Mike Peterson but someone else, and that what the doctor said to be a disaster was his "origin story."
He went to Skye's van, who at the time was working with S.H.I.E.L.D. as an asset, and forced her to take him away with his son, Ace, after knocking down the agent who was escorting her. Near a train station, Mike ordered Skye to delete all the information that could be about him to facilitate the beginning of a new life. Secretly, Skye managed to tell S.H.I.E.L.D. where to find them.
When S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Coulson appeared, Mike quickly tried to escape. At the same time the doctor from Project Centipede sent an assassin disguised as a policeman to kill him. After a confrontation with Agent Ward, Coulson managed to convince Mike to surrender. Mike was ultimately shot by Ward with the Night-Night Gun, discharging a sedative into him, and taken into S.H.I.E.L.D. custody.
Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Mike Peterson was later recruited into S.H.I.E.L.D. Although the organization's doctors were unable to remove the Centipede device from his arm, the shot from the Night-Night gun had stabilized the Extremis in his system. Mike was briefly put on Coulson's team after a Edison Po, a former marine with connections to Centipede, was broken out of prison. After a fight with Centipede agents in an abandoned warehouse in Oakland, Centipede learned that Mike was working with S.H.I.E.L.D. and abducted his son. Although Mike told the rest of the team that Centipede wanted him in exchange for Ace, they really wanted Coulson. Mike betrayed the team and gave him over to Raina. At the last moment, he handed Ace over to Skye and turned back to save Coulson, but was apparently killed in an explosion.
Although he was believed dead, Mike later woke up in a hospital bed with severe burns, one leg missing, and a Centipede device strapped to his wrist. Centipede, through a potentially explosive ocular implant they placed in his head, welcomed Mike Peterson back.
Mike Peterson was transported to Italy in a hyperbaric chamber, where he was outfitted with a Cybertek prosthetic leg as the new subject of Project: Deathlok. After killing the Cybertek employees and mercenaries who were said to have failed "the Clairvoyant" by letting Coulson's team find Mike, he was informed that he was not to engage the incoming S.H.I.E.L.D. agents. Following orders, Mike withdrew from the fight. As of that mission, he is still not allowed to see his son, Ace, to let him know he is okay.
Tracking down Peterson quickly became one of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s top priorities, as they realized finding him would lead them to the Clairvoyant. Agents John Garrett and Antoine Triplett were given the task of finding him and his mater. After tracking him to Australia, Deathlok attacked the two agents in a S.H.I.E.L.D. safehouse, tipping them off that they were closing in on the Clairvoyant's location. Deathlok was then sent to Macon, Georgia, to protect Thomas Nash, a catatonic individual S.H.I.E.L.D. suspected might be the Clairvoyant's true identity. However, Nash was just a scapegoat, someone the Clairvoyant tricked S.H.I.E.L.D. into thinking was the real Clairvoyant to get him off their trail. Peterson encountered Melinda May and Felix Blake in Macon, and incapacitated Blake with ease. S.H.I.E.L.D. then tracked Peterson to a location in Pensacola, where Nash was also set up to fool their agents. Nash was confined to a wheelchair and unable to speak, so the Clairvoyant "spoke" for Nash through a computer, which he used to make him "confess" to being the real Clairvoyant. Although Ward killed Nash in cold blood, Deathlok was able to get away.
Powers and AbilitiesEdit
- Superhuman Strength
- Superhuman Durability
While the Centipede provided Mike with great power, it unfortunately contained the major downside of Extremis, being highly unstable and would eventually result in transforming its host into a walking explosive. However, after being hit by the Night-Night Gun, he no longer is in danger of exploding.
Injuries sustained in the botched prisoner exchange caused the loss of his right leg and eye. His eye has been replaced by an ocular implant believe to contain an explosive charge similar to other implants of the same type. This threat of death is used to force Mike's compliance in committing acts that he would otherwise never do.
- Centipede wrist injector
- Ocular implant granting visual enhancements, and equipped with a digital receiver and text display, and loaded with an explosive charge.
- Project Deathlok V5.01 cybernetic leg
- Arm mounted mini-rocket launcher, linked to his ocular implant
- J. August Richards portrays Mike Peterson in the Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episodes "Pilot," "The Bridge," "The Magical Place," "T.R.A.C.K.S," and "End of the Beginning." Richards previously worked with showrunner Joss Whedon as Charles Gunn, a regular on Angel.
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