Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D: Who is The Clairvoyant?

1/21/2014 Stephen Colbert 0 Comments

For anyone still tuning in to Agents of Shield (yes, it is still worth tuning in, although you might not always be pleased), it seems like the remainder of the season is going to be spent on unraveling who "The Clairvoyant" is (along with some Coulson and Skye reveals).  I think this has potential to get really exciting, while also building into the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe.


We know very little about The Clairvoyant outside of an apparent telepathic ability (thus, the name).  Agent Coulson has said throughout the show that "telepaths don't exist," but that doesn't mean anything other than "we haven't verified if telepaths exist yet."

We know Marvel plans to include some more fantastical elements in future installments with the confirmed presence of Scarlet Witch in Avengers:  Age of Ultron and President of Production Kevin Feige continues to push for a Dr. Strange movie.  So we are bound to see these element sooner or later, why not introduce them on Agents of Shield?

Wikipedia has a nice list of most of the telepaths in the Marvel comics, so I went ahead and drew from that, assuming they will be adapting a character instead of inventing something brand new.  I also eliminated anyone from the running that is likely property of Sony, through Spiderman, and Fox, through X-Men or Fantastic Four.

Below I've listed my 4 favorites in order of my personal preference from least preferred to most.

#1
Tristan Micawber 


Why he'd be good: Very minor marvel character.  Fits well into the AoS show without raising questions about why Captain America isn't being called in to battle him.  He has ties to Baron Zemo and Red Skull, so a plot arc involving him that leads up to Captain America: The Winter Soldier would make a lot of sense.  He can also be used to introduce Bloodstones, which would be a good MacGuffin for season 2.

Detractors: He's not a particularly powerful psychic, or very effective villain at all for that matter.  His character would be one of the weaker versions of The Clairvoyant candidates.  His ties to relevant marvel material make his name worth mentioning, though.

#2
Enchantress

We've already had some Asgardian tie-ins this season, so it would be a natural fit to bring in The Enchantress.  It was also recently announced that Lady Sif would make an "integral" appearance in episode 15 and Enchantress is a longtime enemy of her and Warrior's 3.  She's also had several run-ins with  Scarlett Witch, and she is at one point recruited by The Mandarin, who rumor has it will be reintroduced/clarified in the new Marvel one-shot "All Hail The king" after they diverged from the traditional Mandarin in Iron Man 3.

Detractors: Enchantress is high profile enough they may want to save for Thor 3.  Unless they are willing to commit to an actress before Thor 3 is even announced.  They can always explain away any AoS casting as as an illusion similar to that we've seen from Loki in the MCU, but her presence may still require more than just Lady Sif to aid Coulson and crew.


#3
Agatha Harkness


Why she'd be good: Agatha is the way to open the door for the presence of Scarlet Witch in Age of Ultron.  She is responsible for introducing Scarlet Witch to magic, is integral in some of the plot for The Vision (I'm banking pretty hard on some of the rumors surrounding Vision/Coulson), and she fakes being a S.H.I.E.L.D agent at one point, so she could fit very well into the current show.  She's also featured in some Dr. Strange comics, which we know is a current push by Kevin Feige, so it'd be useful to establish her ahead of time.

Detractors: She might be claimed by Fox because of both Fantastic Four and X-Men (she gets around), but whatever rights are allowing Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver in Avengers could probably include her.

#4
Eric Williams

Why he'd be good: Eric Williams is a bit bigger of a villain, but still unknown enough to be unlikely to be used in a Marvel movie.  Williams owns Williams Innovations, which is a competitor of Stark Industries.  He also has ties to Baron Zemo, so Captain America tie-in potential is there.  Eric's brother, Simon is Wonder Man, who's brain waves are recorded for the use of making The Vision.  Seeing as Scarlett Witch marries The Vision and there are also many rumors surrounding Coulson becoming The Vision, This also places his name right in the thick of happenings in the MCU.  Additionally, Eric Williams becomes Grim Reaper and his scythe is made by The Tinkerer (who would be a cool character for the show) and Ultron (who is the title villain in Avengers: Age of Ultron), so definitely a strong candidate.  Also, this theory would mean the line from about Skye "wherever she goes, Death follows" would be a great Easter egg, since Eric's other alias is "Death."

Detractors: He's a bit high profile to exclude the Avengers, but that's about it.

So there you have it.  I personally get the feeling that the Clairvoyant is a woman.  S.H.I.E.L.D. agents always refer to it as "he," but people that are in contact with the Clairvoyant seem to remain gender neutral, so the writing feels like misdirection to me.  Likely we won't find out until the end of the season.  The end of season one will likely be a reveal for the Clairvoyant, then it will either lead into season 2, or another Marvel movie.

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