Fans have been wondering since the beginning of season two if J. August Richards would reprise his role as Deathlok, a.k.a. Mike Peterson, on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. It’s something that Richards himself even addressed back in December, albeit rather cryptically.
Get asked a lot about #Deathlok and I appreciate it! It hurts to have to go radio silent on you but as you know, I can't talk about it…
— J. August Richards (@jaugustrichards) December 17, 2014
And yet, his return on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. last night was a complete surprise. He wasn’t listed in the press release, Richards never hinted at it on Twitter, and somehow, it managed to avoid leaking through the trades. (Even Entertainment Weekly didn’t leak it in their weekly Spoiler Room posts.)
With the secret officially out of the bag, Richards sat down with Entertainment Weekly to talk about his new costume (shown above), what we can expect, and his upgrades.
What can you tease about the covert missions Deathlok has been running for Coulson?
J. August Richards: Coulson has had Deathlok in his back pocket since we saw him last. So he pulls me out of hiding to help him out with this really huge mission that is vital to S.H.I.E.L.D. As you can see, I got a lot of upgrades while I’ve been gone. My costume is very different. There are things that are still the same. The character has been evolving since we’ve seen him last. This is like Deathlok 2.0.
With Mike’s new upgrades, does that mean Deathlok has new abilities?
I have so many cool abilities. I have three USB ports, a Firewire connection, you can get wi-fi off of me. This thing on my arm makes cappuccinos, and I have all of these cool little powers here and there. [Laughs] Let’s see. I do have some new powers, though. I think you’ll see them unfold over time though. At the core, he still is who he is. He has a bunch of mechanical parts that do a bunch of interesting things. This arm piece shoots rockets and he’s still super strong from the Centipede that he got in the first episode. Even in the comics, I feel like he’s a character with a thousand powers that constantly unfold. It’s a character with a lot of possibilities.
What was your reaction to the new costume?
I was in fittings for the first costume even before I knew I was even going to be Deathlok. They keep me in the dark as much as you guys. But I saw a drawing of it and I really liked it. I mean, it really came out perfect. Just looking at the back, I think that’s so cool for some reason. I love all the little pieces that fit together nicely. It really puts me in the body of the character. Also, there are like a thousand people futzing with me all day long, making sure my lights are on, my gloves are on, and my makeup is right.
What can you tease for your future on the show?
Let’s just say there’s a huge mission involved that will decide the fate of S.H.I.E.L.D., and I am helping solidify that. This is an ongoing storyline.
You can read the rest of the interview by heading to the source below.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs Tuesdays on ABC.
Source: Entertainment Weekly.