Gideon Malick has been around in the MCU for quite some time and the reveal that follows is EPIC !!!
The sixth episode of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. "Among Us Hide..." concluded with an epic reveal (Spoiler Ahead- Lash turns out to be Andrew) but most of us overlooked the Easter Egg hidden in the middle of the episode.
Powers Boothe plays the role of HYDRA's nefarious head Gideon Malick in the shocking episode where Baron Von Strucker's son Werner Von Strucker goes to Malick in order to save himself from Grant Ward, who orders his henchman to hunt down Strucker and kill him.
Though Gideon Malick sells Strucker out, it is brought to light that even Grant Ward is somewhat fascinated by Malick. The following conversation between Ward and Malick over the phone reveals the powerful persona of Malick and his influence at HYDRA.
Ward- Who is this?
Malick- You don't know my name, but I think you've been trying to get my attention.
Ward- I've been wondering when I'd hear from you. You're the one all the others were afraid of... before me.
Malick- Not everyone fears you, Mr. Ward.
Ward- Well, not everyone should. Just the ones who won't fall in line. What can I do for you?
Malick- No, that's not the correct question. The correct question is what I can offer you. The answer, in case you're wondering, is redemption.
Ward- Oh, no, thanks. I don't need redeeming.
Malick- Oh, I think you do.
The conversation ends with Malick telling Ward about the whereabouts of Werner Von Strucker.
What's interesting about this conversation is the fact that other HYDRA members were intimidated by Malick when HYDRA was still in the shadows. But Why ?
Why is Malick so Important ?
It turns out that we have already seen Gideon Malick in Marvel's The Avengers (2012). The actor that portrays Malick, Powers Boothe was formally seen in the Avengers as one of the members of the World Security Council and even Nick Fury answered to him.
This shows the strategically crucial position Malick used to hold within S.H.I.E.L.D. being one of the strongest members on the board.
He's done some serious shit...
Before Iron Man saves everyone's asses by carrying the nuke into the Wormhole nearing the end of The Avengers, guess who orders that Nuclear Strike in the first place.
Malick deliberates with Fury and then orders a couple birds to blow the shit out of Manhattan. If that's not evil, then F*** your opinion cuz to me he is pretty bad ass. This also hints at HYDRA working inside S.H.I.E.L.D. and it sets up Captain America:The Winter Soldier.
It remains to be seen whether Malick's character develops beyond the box in the upcoming episodes of AOS but it would be exciting to watch him and Ward kick S.H.I.E.L.D.'s ass at the same time.
What do you think?