Who Is Chad on 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'? Jeffrey Corbett's Character Could Be Significant
We have learned our lesson when it comes to underestimating the guest stars on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Someone listed as "Stranger" could turn out to hold the key to an alien map and any "Young Woman" could be Skye's missing mother. This week, Jeffrey Corbett will be on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as "Chad." Don't ignore it, Marvel fans — who could Chad be? Or, to keep with the theme of this season, what will Chad become? The episode in question has Director Coulson and his team racing against Hydra to make it to an alien temple, where presumably they'll have to put together a silver monkey or get slimed. Right? How does a guy with such an assuming name as Chad fit into all of that mythology?
We have a few options to work through. There are some Chads in Marvel comic history. However, I'm going for the big guns here. I think Corbett's character will be a much bigger reveal for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This is sweeps, after all. Possibly losing a member of the team (and hopefully learning Skye's real name) aren't the only big things to expect from the series as it closes in on the midseason break. Who could this guy be?
This Marvel character appeared in Iron Man 3 as a soldier who suffered after Project Extremis experimented on his body, also known as that thing that made Gwyneth Paltrow glow like lava. Tony Stark investigated this mystery with the help of an adorable child and engineer-in-training. This Chad is dead, so I doubt Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is reviving the character with a different actor. However, Mike Peterson went under a treatment that spun off from Extremis in the show's pilot. Since this show is all about connections, the two Chads could be connected.
Then we have mutant Chad Channing, who comes from the comic book era that X-Men: Days Of Future Past was trying to erase. This Chad has the power to fling himself through the air and perform telekinesis. He was, not kidding, in the "League of Losers" group of heroes. Clearly he has some self-esteem issues. He exists in a comic world that does not take kindly to superheroes. They have to be registered and are essentially outlaws. With Captain America: Civil War on the horizon, this character could be hinting at that future and those themes.
The Big Blue
My honest guess is that Corbett is playing Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 's first living Kree alien. Could that even be him in this Instagram? Hard to tell. But if this temple is the equivalent of the Lost "hatch" on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., then there has to be a Desmond inside, right? What fun would an ancient alien city be without some ancient alien squatters? The show has been hinting at these aliens for far too long. It's time they finally showed their blue faces.
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