Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D episode 20 hints at a familiar Marvel character

News Ryan Lambie
29 Apr 2014 - 09:43

A two-minute preview of Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D episode 20 sees Agent Maria Hill mention the name of a familiar Marvel character...

NB: Although the following doesn't spoil major events in Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D episode 20, you may want to avoid this post if you don't want to know about its opening two minutes.

We're rapidly heading towards the end of Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D season one, with episode 20 - titled Nothing Personal - set to air on ABC tomorrow night. In a bid to promote that latest instalment, the channel has put out a preview of its opening two minutes - and the telephone ramblings of one Agent Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) could hint at the arrival of a familiar Marvel Comics character.

"Who, or what, is a Man-Thing?" Hill says, referencing a character who made his first appearance in Savage Tales issue one back in 1971. Now, this could be little more than an Easter egg for Marvel fans, but it certainly isn't the only Man-Thing reference we've seen in recent months.

In Iron Man 3, Tony Stark fought with an agent named Ellen Brandt, who in the comics is Man-Thing's ex-wife. Could Marvel be paving the way for an appearance from the Man-Thing in a future film or TV episode?

Possibly - but there's one potential obstacle in the way. So far as we can make out, Lionsgate Entertainment still own the rights to the character, having made the Man-Thing TV movie back in 2005. Has Marvel made some kind of deal with Lionsgate, or are these Man-Thing name-drops a coincidence?

If we learn of any more on the subject, we'll be sure to let you know. In the meantime, you can watch the promo for Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D episode 20 over on the show's Facebook page.

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