With the imminent arrival of Marvel's Inhumans on our screens - coming to a theater near you November 2018, natch - it's not too surprising that enthusiasm for the old-school Marvel heroes is at something of a high.
Add in the recent arrival of the Terrigen mist (which grants the Inhumans their powers) in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, and, well, let's just say things are about to get seriously interesting.
Especially since we now know the identity of the next Inhuman set to appear in the MCU - and where he's first set to feature...
Luke Mitchell is Now Inhuman...in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
That's right - The Tomorrow People star Mitchell is set to play our first newly announced Inhuman in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - and we even know who his character is set to be.
Specifically, a guy named Lincoln.
Which, sadly, doesn't give us too much to go on, since there aren't any Inhumans named Lincoln currently running around the mainstream Marvel Universe - and it seems unlikely that he'll be playing the classic Spider-Man and Daredevil-opposing gangster Lonnie 'Tombstone' Lincoln (whose rights are probably with Sony).
So, if Tombstone's off the table, who then could this new Inhuman be?
Well, since Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has always shown itself to be more than happy to use alternate names for characters when they're first introduced, we may well be about to see a pseudonym-cloaked version of a character we've already seen in the comics.
All we have to go on, though? One brief description that suggests Lincoln is...
“a charismatic Inhuman…who has an important part to play in Skye’s understanding the true extent of her transformation."
Which...could describe pretty much anyone. Here are my three top guesses, though...
He's a Villainous Old-School Inhuman
Now, assuming that we most likely won't see Mitchell play one of the members of the Inhuman royal family - odds are they'll be saved for bigger names, and cast closer to the movie's release - it's entirely possible that we're looking at seeing a more minor member of the Inhumans.
Like, say, Aireo (above), a traitorous Inhuman with the ability to control the air who joined in several rebellions against the royal family, and eventually found his way into a degree of involvement with Marvel's Civil War as the villain Skybreaker.
Which, seeing as that whole plot-lines likely on its way to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. mighty soon, could make him a plausible addition to the show.
Alternatively, we may find that...
He's a New Inhuman, Just Like Skye
Now, in the comics, a whole lot of humans with Inhuman ancestry have been given powers via the Terrigen Mist that Skye just found herself in - but the vast majority of them are either women, or older guys.
One who Mitchell could possibly be playing, though, is Geldhoff (above), an exchange student from Latveria (aka the country Doctor Doom is from) who finds himself transformed by the Terrigen Mist. He would benefit from being a mysterious figure from recent Marvel comics who, crucially, no-one really gives a crap about, allowing the show to do whatever they want with him.
Or, in other words, Mitchell may well just be playing a brand new character.
The third option?
He Might Be the Only Other Guy Called Lincoln in the Marvel Universe
Or, at least, the only one who has any real ties to anyone in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Y'see, as far as Marvel comics are concerned, back in the 19th century there was a masked hero called The Phantom Rider - or rather, there were several versions of the same hero over the years (19th century gun-fighting not being an especially stable profession).
And one of the was named Lincoln Slade.
And, as it just so happens, he was driven mad by his powers of hypnosis and - when the Avengers found themselves thrown back in time to his era - both fell in love with and hypnotically manipulated one of them into having sex with him.
The superhero in question? Mockinbird, aka the recently introduced Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. character played by Adrianne Palicki...
Now, it would obviously be a bit of a stretch to include a 19th century gunfighter in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - but seeing as Marvel is unlikely to ever make use of its cowboy superhero back catalog on screen, and the show has never objected to substantially altering character's back stories, it doesn't seem impossible.
Crucially, though - watch out to see if Mitchell's new character has mind-control powers, and, if he does, don't be too surprised if he turns out to be a psychotic rapist.
Or, y'know, another character entirely...
What do you guys reckon, though? Who'll this new Inhuman be? What role will he have in the show? Would you like to see him play a particular comic-book Inhuman?
via Geek Tyrant