The visitors of this years Wondercon in Anaheim, California received an exclusive look at next Tuesday’s episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and with it a first look a world run by HYDRA. This season was split into three distinct pods that each have their own focus, while an overarching plotline slowly unfolds over the course of the season. This allowed them to focus the first third on a more mystical storyline featuring the Ghost Rider, then go into more tech-based exploration of the LMDs to finally end up in a virtual reality where HYDRA took over the world.

Many wondered if we will see any famous characters from this organisation return from the show’s past seasons, or if they’ll introduce new members. Seems we don’t have to wait long, as the first major reveal has been made, Madame Hydra is going to appear and she is portrayed by Mallory Jansen.

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MALLORY JANSEN

In the picture above, we see many classic elements of the character, such as her famous green jacket and green highlights in her hair. It is quite a surprise to see her appear, as the last time we saw her was in Fox’s second Wolverine film, The Wolverine. There she went by her other codename, Viper, and was turned into a venom-spitting mutant. Outside of her green uniform, she had barely any resemblance to her comic book counterpart. Her inclusion made some believe that Marvel did not have the rights due to her inclusion. This somewhat confirms that Marvel does in fact retain the rights similarly to Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch.

The showrunners Jed Whedon and Maruissa Tancharoen gave teh following statements on why they included Madame Hydra in this seasons of the show.

“Since we’re bringing back Hydra in the Framework, we thought we’d bring it back with a force to be reckoned with. Madame Hydra is a villain with the perfect combo of strength, sexy, and scary. We’ve thrown many challenges Mallory’s way and she’s always up for the task. We’re excited for fans to see how she makes Madame Hydra come to life.”

With the reveal of her inclusion, it is rather surprising that she is being portrayed by Mallory Janson, who so far has already played the LMD Aida and her real-world counterpart Agnes Kitsworth. Her playing the character could work into the storyline, as the Framework’s creator, Holden Radcliffe, tried to save the original in this virtual reality before she died. It would make sense for her to get a major role given his dedication to her that lead to him creating a replica that looked like her. There is potential more details will be revealed as the third pod continues. She will officially make her debut in the upcoming episode “What if…” that airs on Tuseday, April 4th.

What do you think of this reveal? Looking forward to seeing Madame Hydra?

Source: Entertainment Weekly