Johnathan Garrett

johngarrettfilmNew character introduced in the long awaited new episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: in T.A.H.I.T.I., we meet Grant Ward‘s former supervising officer, rough John Garrett portrayed by Bill Paxton. Despite the lack of the trademark mustache, the show’s version of Garrett is very much alike the comics’ one, especially regarding the agent’s tenderness and delicacy. In the show, he’s sent to collect Ian Quinn and to bring him from the Bus to the Fridge, but ends up joining Phil Coulson and his team in a desperate effort to save Skye‘s life. In the comics, he surely is a difficult agent to deal with: let’s see together.

Well, we can’t say Jonathan Garrett started off as the perfect recruit for any governmental organization: his criminal records were extremely long and various, going from battery to assault, from statutory rape to larceny. Even in his criminal life, however, he demonstrated many unique skills, an incredibly sharp tactical mind, and a natural inclination to military actions. After getting in the sight of some big bosses behind big desks, Garrett was contacted by S.H.I.E.L.D., and offered to become an agent in exchange of the complete cleaning of his police records. The offer was far too tempting to be ignored, and Garrett joined world’s biggest and johngarrettcomics1baddest counterespionage organization, starting a rapid training that led him to become an operative agent. He got paired up with another young and brutal agent, Arthur Perry, and the two formed quite a formidable couple, legendary for being simply allergic to rules and discipline, but unbeatable on the field. During one of his missions, Garrett got severely wounded, lost his left hand and got his skull broken: S.H.I.E.L.D. used the incident to experiment on some new technology, and replaced Garrett’s hand with a cybernetic one, and inserted a metal plate in his skull that contained an advanced recorder: the agent only got upgraded, and was ready to come back to action tougher than ever.

When in the South American nation of San Concepcion the local President, the US-sympathizer Carlos Huevos, was killed, Garrett and Perry were sent to investigate. They interrogated and killed a subversive, Julio Gonzales, who confessed to have hired a woman to kill the President. The two tracked down the infamous assassin Elektra Natchios, who was responsible for the murder, but the ninja proved to be too much for the two agents, and, after a brief confrontation, she left them to die in an explosion. Garrett survived, but his body was completely destroyed: S.H.I.E.L.D. decided to replace almost all of his organs, muscles, bones and johngarrettcomics2tissues with cybernetic parts, and Garrett became even stronger, now with a vengeance against Elektra. He tracked down the ninja once again, but he eventually learnt the woman was fighting against The Hand, a mystical sect of evil ninjas who were trying to conquer the world by having the US President Ken Wind possessed by The Beast, their guardian demon. Garrett found himself allied with Elektra, and also had to fight with his revived, cybernetic partner Perry. Eventually, to protect the world, Elektra transferred Garrett’s mind into Wind, where the agent was able to “exorcise” him from the Beast, an extra-body experience that left the agent deeply traumatized. After the battle, with Wind defeated and Perry killed, Garrett let Elektra go, coming back to S.H.I.E.L.D. as a powered-up operative…even more unstable than he was before.

John Garrett is a rough, arrogant and undisciplined agent, with no regard at all for protocol. Violent and sometimes brutal, he’s an excellent hand-to-hand combatant and marksman, a creative tactician and a skilled investigator; his cybernetic enhancements give him superhuman strength, speed, stamina and durability, that summed to his training make him quite a dangerous opponent. Psychically cracked and emotionally unstable, John Garrett is a resource just as much as he is a threat, a double-edged knife that proved more than once to be uncontrollable.



  1. […] was actually Kraken). Whitehall was partnered with Capricorn (Vasili Dassiev from KGB), Aquarius (John Garrett from S.H.I.E.L.D.) and Pisces (Shoji Soma, leader of The Hand). The four of them travelled […]

  2. […] another villain. When HYDRA breaks into the Fridge, S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s super-prison, John Garrett frees all the prisoners he can find, so that the other agents will have their hands quite busy […]

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