You wanted more super villains on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.? You got ‘em!
Patrick Brennan will be appearing as Blackout on two upcoming episodes of the show, though with a different take on the darkness theme that is central to the character in the comics. That version of Blackout was infused with energy from the Darkforce dimension (the same dimension linked to the powers of the heroes Cloak, Darkstar and others), rocked a costume that you could easily mistake for Electro and tangled with Nova and the Avengers.
His powers enabled him to make constructs from his dark energy — not unlike those from Green Lantern’s ring — that also absorbed energy projected at them. Brennan’s Blackout will simply be able to absorb the energy out of anything in his vicinity, and he’ll have a much less gaudy look.
The actor also revealed something interesting in an exclusive interview with Marvel.com: the only thing that exposes his character’s soul to any light is music from a cello player. As we know, Amy Acker has been cast to play the love of Agent Coulson’s life, one who just happens to play the cello. That seems to set up a pretty direct conflict, though Brennan says Blackout comes across as a somewhat sympathetic figure.
Acker’s episode is April 22, and Brennan says his first appearance will be in the episode “Providence,” which will air on April 15. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is back this coming Tuesday with “End of the Beginning” at 8 pm on ABC.