Season 3 of Agents of SHIELD has begun. They've reintroduced Daisy "Don't call me Skye" Johnson as an Inhuman, the head of her own team and possibly growing into the role her mother intended her to become as an Inhuman leader.
However, it's not the characters in the first episode I want to discuss, but the second, entitled "Purpose in the Machine." Namely, a new character called Phobos.
In the comics, Phobos is a young kid named Alexander Aaron. And he is the God of Fear.
Alexander Aaron is the son of Ares the Olympian god of war and a mortal woman. Ares attempted to raise him in a mortal life in a mortal world...he was born a human, elevated to God after drinking Mikaboshi's blood... Alex can cause fear in others by looking into their eyes (Marvel Wikipedia).
He is also a member of Daisy Johnson's Secret Warriors, where he is a highly skilled fighter and apparent technical genius. Now, Agents of SHIELD is bringing Phobos to the small screen, played by Spencer Treat Clark, who was awesome in Much Ado About Nothing and Unbreakable.
Now, here comes the fun part. Since Ares and the Olympians have never been introduced in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, why not make him Asgardian?
Why Asgardian? Because the previews to the new episode show Professor Elliot Randolph, an Asgardian who came to Earth (Midgard) millennia ago and decided to stay. He was discovered by our SHIELD agents in the first season trying to recover the Beserker Staff and passing himself off as an human expert on Norse Mythology. Now I know he's there to help Fitz find Simmons (wherever she is), but Marvel does say that Phobos makes his first appearance in this episode as well. One of the clips they issued involved Ward asking a former HYDRA member about "the boy." Phobos? Is he already well known to the forces of evil?
Phobos could be Randolph's son with a human female (it's well known he's quite the ladies man). Or just an Asgardian refugee? Is Phobos Inhuman? Perhaps some latent power is discovered when he takes....
Inhuman Terrigen Fish Oil!
Remember last season when all that Terrigen got mixed into the ocean and fish and other sea creatures ate it? Then they got made into Fish Oil supplements? You start seeing the implications of this during the first episode of the new season, where both SHIELD and the ATCU are going after Inhumans with dangerous or unstable powers. What happens when somebody with half or full alien DNA--other than Kree-- takes these vitamins?
Now I know that comic book Phobos is much younger than Clark, but check this out:
Now age him about 10 years in order to make him part of a SHIELD team of Inhumans (and not have Child Protective Services come down on Director Coulson and Agent Johnson). And, of course, to make him a more realistic fighter and opponent. I don't know what kind of role he'd play in either SHIELD or HYDRA, but I'm anxious to find out!
Let's make a "God Of Fear" poster and we're all set...