Jasper Sitwell

agentsitwellfilmThe second character who appeared in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode The Hub was an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. we’ve learnt to know: Jasper Sitwell, portrayed by Maximiliano Hernández. He first appeared in Thor, as one of the agents facing the Destroyer in New Mexico. He later resurfaced in the short The Consultant, informing Phil Coulson that S.H.I.E.L.D. wanted to enlist the Abomination into the Avengers. He appeared also in The Avengers working on the Helicarrier, and in Item 47 hunting down two bank robbers who had found a Chitauri gun. In the tv series, he’s the unlucky guy who is knocked out by Jemma Simmons in a dumb attempt to masquerade her intrusion into the Hub‘s mainframe. He’ll appear again in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but the role he’ll have in the story is yet to be seen. Well, the comics version is a little bit different, in both functions and appearance. Let’s see together who Agent Sitwell is in the comics.

Very little is known about Jasper Sitwell’s past before joining S.H.I.E.L.D.: he was born the son of Jason Sitwell, and enlisted when he was still very young into the S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy. He proved to be quite skilled in many fields, both physical and tactical, obtaining high marks in both espionage and field action. He soon became a professional in underwater maneuvres and airborne jump, and specialised into the “action” part of the training. He graduated at the top of his class, and was immediately assigned to working on the Helicarrier, the main (moving) base of S.H.I.E.L.D., side by side with the top ranking officers. From the very beginning of his work, he tried to prove himself and to make himself noticed by his superiors. A plodder and a young idealist, Sitwell often annoyed the Director, Nick Fury, and the second-in-command, Dum Dum Dugan, by trying to have every single mission assigned to him, and striving to be always the best agent at disposal. Soon, however, Fury realized that behind the boastfull and naive attitude of Sitwell some real talent was hidden, and he decided to personally train him, appointing him his personal assistant. With Fury as a mentor, Sitwell became even a better agent he would have ever dreamt of, and gained the agentsitwellcomics1respect of both superiors and subordinates (even if sometimes he kept being quite a nuisance for Dum Dum). He proved his merit so much that Fury arrived to the point of appointing him Director ad interim when he was busy with an on-field mission, a task that Sitwell gladly accepted, with more professionality than ego, for a change. Considered reliable and trustworthy by the man he admired the most, Sitwell had accomplished his goal of being one of the best S.H.I.E.L.D. active agents, always eager to gain more expertise to put at Fury’s service.

When Stark Industries became the contractor that designed and manufactured the S.H.I.E.L.D. arsenal, Fury needed someone trusted to act as a liaison between the organization and the industry. The task fell on Sitwell, who began working at Tony Stark‘s side acting as a S.H.I.E.L.D. observer and watcher, as well as Stark’s personal security. If at first the task seemed to be unworthy of an agent with the skills and expertise of Sitwell, he soon changed his mind when he realized how many threats menaced Stark, the man who was Iron Man. He soon was involved in a battle with the French criminal Grey Gargoyle, proving to be quite a precious asset. When also the terrorist known as Spymaster struck, Sitwell engaged him as well, but the criminal shot him, sending him into a coma. When he regained consciousness, he immediately came back to work, just in time to fight A.I.M. out of Stark Industries. When he met Whitney Frost, one of Stark’s many lovers, he fell in love with her and started a relation (thus putting quite an enmity between the two men), only to realize she was in fact Giuletta Nefaria, aka Madame Masque, leader of the criminal organization Maggia. Needless to say, the relationship was short-lived, and Sitwell was soon reassigned to S.H.I.E.L.D., even if he kept working side by side with Stark (for example, when he tried to retrieve Iron Man’s armors from Obadiah Stane, aka the Iron Monger, who had acquired every property of Stark Industries). Back to S.H.I.E.L.D., he was kidnapped by HYDRA and replaced with a Deltite, a “corrupted” version of S.H.I.E.L.D. Life Model Decoys, used by Arnim Zola to take over the organization (the agentsitwellcomics2plan would have later been thwarted by Nick Fury and a couple of faithful agents). Brainwashed and sent against Fury, Sitwell was captured by his former allies, and deprogrammed. Back to service, he became S.H.I.E.L.D.’s top interrogator, responsible for exposing the criminal activities of Lucia Von Bardas, new ruler of Latveria. He started working often with colleagues Jimmy Woo and G. W. Bridge, with the latter trying (effortlessy) to put an end to the Punisher‘s activity. When Norman Osborn dismantled S.H.I.E.L.D. and founded H.A.M.M.E.R., Sitwell abandoned his position and went rogue with a group of fellow agents, led by Dum Dum Dugan, who named themselves the Howling Commandos, a homage to Fury. The Commandos battle H.A.M.M.E.R. and HYDRA, and joined Fury’s Secret Warriors in the last battle against Osborn. When H.A.M.M.E.R. was defeated, exposed and dismantled, Sitwell preferred to follow Fury in his underground missions with the Winter Soldier rather than coming back to S.H.I.E.L.D., proving once again his loyalty.

Jasper Sitwell is a brilliant and intelligent man, committed to S.H.I.E.L.D. and fiercely loyal to its Director Nick Fury. Trained in armed and unarmed combat, espionage, heavy and light weapons, interrogation, military strategy, Sitwell is easily one of the most proficient agents S.H.I.E.L.D. has at disposal. Idealistic and ambitious, self-satisfied and profesional, Sitwell is the archetype of the perfect agent…despite the enormous ego of his.

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  1. […] seriously damaging his armor in the process. Luckily for Iron Man, S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Jasper Sitwell intervened just in time, arresting the Maggia agents (minus Madame Masque) and Gladiator. Potter, […]

  2. […] when Jimmy Woo terminated his liaising, following the orders of the new appointed director Jasper Sitwell; Mac retired from S.H.I.E.L.D. and was ready to come back to CIA, but he stumbled upon some […]

  3. […] With Fury on the run, the fake Rollins proceeded to have the most loyal agents such as Jasper Sitwell replaced by Deltites, and to put superheroes like the Avengers and the Fantastic […]

  4. […] action scene taking place on a ship. A S.H.I.E.L.D. taskforce led by Captain America must save Jasper Sitwell and other agents from a group of French mercenaries at the orders of infamous Georges Batroc, […]

  5. […] custody: the World Security Council wanted him to be in the Avengers, but Agent Coulson and Agent Sitwell managed to have Tony Stark irritate Ross in a way he refused to let the Abomination go. Now, […]

  6. […] and S.H.I.E.L.D. (the espionage agency Stark Industries had become the contractor of), agent Jasper Sitwell. Things became extremely more complicated the moment Whitney realised she had developed true […]


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