Michael "Mike" Peterson (b. 28 August 1979) is the father of Ace Peterson, the brother of Mindy, and the uncle of Keisha. He is a superhuman who was created by Project Centipede. In the wake of his time with John Garrett, he is often known as Deathlok.
Mike is a good, loving father and he is very protective of his son, Ace. Mike is also quick to anger, as seen as when he attacked his former employer.
Mike Peterson was a factory worker who, after suffering an injury at work, was laid off. His wife divorced him shortly afterwards and he had trouble paying his mortgage without a job.
When one of the laboratories of Project Centipede suffered an explosion caused by an unstable subject, Mike went to the aid of his suppliers, and saved the life of a doctor. He was publicly seen, and caught the attention of Rising Tide member Skye.
The now labeled "Hooded Man" tried keep a low profile, but was eventually found by Skye in a cafe, who warned him about S.H.I.E.L.D. and recommended him to go public as a superhero before the government could cover up his actions. Skye offered her help, but Mike declined. Before he left, Skye told him where to find her in case if he would ever need her help.
Afterwards, Mike tried to convince the Project Centipede to go public along with him, as it would help to show that "the product" worked, but was rejected. Desperate for a job, Mike returned to his previous workplace, but his former employer refused to reemploy him. Angered, Mike brutally injured his former employer, stating he was a hero and his boss a villain, and then fled from the scene.
At a hospital, Peterson visited the doctor he rescued because he didn't know what to do. The doctor condemned Mike's actions, because he exposed the program and put at risk the identity of the people who gave her the technology for it, and told him that Micheal Peterson had to disappear. Mike agreed with the doctor, saying he was no longer Mike Peterson but someone else, and that what the doctor said to be a disaster was his "origin story".
He went to Skye's van, who at the time was now working with S.H.I.E.L.D. as an asset, and forced her to take him away with his son, Ace, after knocking down Agent May, an agent who was escorting Skye. When Ace, Mike and Skye arrived at Union Station, Mike ordered Skye to delete all the information recorded about him so he could renew his life. However, Skye secretly managed to tell S.H.I.E.L.D. where to find them while deleting the information of Mike.
When S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Phil Coulson appeared, Mike quickly tried to escape. At the same time, the doctor from Project Centipede he rescued had hired an assassin to kill him due to the threat he posed by going public and exposing the experiment. After a confrontation with agent Grant Ward, Coulson managed to convince Mike to surrender. Mike was ultimately shot by Ward with an antidote that would reverse the effects of Extremis and was taken into custody.
Mike Peterson was later recruited into S.H.I.E.L.D. Although the organization's doctors were unable to remove the Centipede device from his arm, the shot from the Night-Night Gun had stabilized the Extremis serum in his system. Mike was briefly put on Coulson's team after Edison Po, a former marine with connections to Centipede, was broken out of prison. A fight with Centipede agents in an abandoned warehouse in Oakland ensued, Centipede learned that Mike was working with S.H.I.E.L.D. and abducted his son. Although Mike told the rest of the team that Centipede wanted him in exchange for Ace, they really wanted Coulson. Mike betrayed the team and turned him over to Raina. At the last moment, he handed Ace over to Skye and turned back to save Coulson, but was apparently killed in the subsequent explosion.
Mike appears at the end of the episode in an unspecified location (presumably, from earlier dialog, in or near the building where Coulson was held) in the stinger for "The Magical Place", having lost much of his right leg, covered with burn and scar tissue, and with the Centipede eye implant in his head. He receives a welcome message and is told to get ready for an assignment from an unidentified handler as he looks at himself in a mirror at the foot of the bed.
Mike is first seen laying unconscious in a hyperbaric chamber. After he's released, it's established Mike and Ian Quinn have a prior relationship as Mike already knew who Quinn was, probably learning about him through the messages his handler sends him via his eye implant. Quinn then states he has something that will help him complete his mission, a prosthetic leg to replace the one he lost earlier. Quinn then states since they both work for the Clairvoyant Mike isn't allowed to hurt him. Quinn then hands Mike a gun and tells him to kill Skye, but Mike refuses saying those aren't his orders and she's not the person he was sent to kill. Mike is later seen talking to the Cybertek personnel that delivered his prosthetic leg telling them they failed their mission and the Clairvoyant is not happy as they allowed S.H.I.E.L.D. to follow them there. Mike kills all the Cybertek personnel present and then receives a message via his eye implant to not engage S.H.I.E.L.D.
Mike is seen at the end of the episode standing at a distance across from a playground where children are playing. He uses a notepad to ask his handler if he may see his son to which his handler replies "not yet".
Mike is given the new name Deathlok, a reference to Cybertek's Project: Deathlok which built his prosthetic leg and presumably his other cybernetics.
Mike is first seen in the episode attacking Agents Garret and Triplet in a S.H.I.E.L.D. safe house in Sydney, Australia. During the fight Mike realizes his new armor makes him bullet proof. However, Mike flees after they start shooting him with ICER's. Mike is later seen in an unknown apartment looking into the mirror realizing that part of his skull is now made of metal also. Mike then receives a message from his handler alerting him to a package at the door. Mike opens the package to find a metal gauntlet that attaches to his wrist. Mike later learns his new gauntlet gives him targeting vision and doubles as a rocket launcher. Mike then receives another message with his handler explaining that his enemies are approaching and that it's time they meet face to face.
Mike is next seen in Macon, Georgia ambushing Agents May and Blake at an assisted living facility on their hunt for the Clairvoyant. While fighting, Blake pleads with Mike saying that they can still help him and reminds him of his son. However, Mike tells Blake Mike Peterson is "dead" and he's Deathlok now before seriously injuring Blake and fleeing.
Little did Mike know, Blake shot him with a special tracer bullet which S.H.I.E.L.D. used to track him to an abandoned horse racing track in Pensacola, Florida. S.H.I.E.L.D. storms the building and briefly fights with Mike, but loses him in the underground sewers as the tracer's signal doesn't work underground.
It's revealed at the end of the episode, "the Clairvoyant" purposely had Mike lead S.H.I.E.L.D. there so him and Agent Coulson could meet face to face.
Garret orders Mike to follow Ward, who was trying to trick Skye into decrypting a data drive she encrypted, as Garret had doubts Ward could complete his mission. When Skye escapes from Ward, Mike attacks Skye and takes her back to the Bus so Ward could interrogate her and get the information.
While on the Bus, Mike tries to hack into the data drive with his cybernetics, but fails and then receives a message saying that Garret is tired of waiting and to implement "Plan B".
Mike threatens to kill Ward unless Skye tells him how to decrypt the data drive. Skye complies and later Ward confronts Mike about his interrogation tactics to which Mike simply replies "I was only following orders".
At the beginning of the episode, Coulson and the team are sitting in their motel room watching a news broadcast about Mike killing a Columbian drug lord that had connections with HYDRA. It is later revealed that Garrett ordered Mike to kill that drug lord as a demonstration of what a Deathlok super-soldier could do in order to convince the U.S. government to invest in an army of Deathloks. As a reward for completing his mission, Garrett ordered one of his subordinates to stream some video of Mike's son to his eye implant, although this only frustrated Mike to see HYDRA keeping his son imprisoned.
Throughout most of the episode Mike is seen shadowing Garrett as a personal bodyguard. During Coulson's attack on Cybertek, Garret commands Mike to destroy Fury and Coulson, but, at the last moment, Mike receives a new message via his eye implant sent from Skye saying how she's rescued his son, Ace. At that moment, Mike realizes he's free of Garret's control and fires his rocket launcher at Garret apparently killing him.
At the end of the episode, Mike keeps his distance from Ace as he doesn't want Ace to see what he's become. Before he walks away, he tells Skye he's going to make amends for what he's done.
Mike saves Hunter and Coulson from Gonzales' agents and pilots the quinjet they use to escape. Coulson refers to Mike as Agent Peterson and mentions how he has gotten some upgrades to his cybernetics since last time they met. Coulson explains how Mike has been following a HYDRA agent named Dr. List for the last six months under his orders. Mike then reveals to Coulson that he's learned List has been hunting down and experimenting on powered individuals.
Mike assists Coulson with a plan to find Dr. List. Coulson convinces Ward to help them and Ward uses a brain washed Sunil Bakshi to set up a meeting with Dr. List with Mike posing as Bakshi's bodyguard. During the meeting, Bakshi gains List's trust by saying he brought Mike with him as a gift for him, more than likely referring to Dr. List's recent experiments on powered people.
However, their meeting is interrupted when HYDRA agents locate a teleporter they've been tracking in Milwaukee and Dr. List quickly tells his pilot to fly them there. HYDRA agents then storm an abandoned building looking for the teleporter and Bakshi tells Mike to go help them. This leads to Mike having a fight with Lincoln, but Lincoln realizes his electrical powers don't have the same effect on Mike because of his cybernetics.
Mike beats Lincoln, but then Bakshi betrays them and has HYDRA agents abduct both Mike and Lincoln.
Mike awakes in HYDRA prison cell with his weapon systems disabled. He could talk to Lincoln through the wall and assured him S.H.I.E.L.D. would rescue them. Dr. List then activated a machine inside their cells that knocked both Mike and Lincoln out. HYDRA then begins experimenting on both Lincoln and Mike, removing Mikes cybernetic eye so S.H.I.E.L.D. couldn't see what he saw and then removing his prosthetic leg.
Coulson and his team, including Ward, Agent 33, and Bakshi who has apparently been under Ward's control this whole time, rescue Mike and Lincoln. Mike is taken back to S.H.I.E.L.D. to receive medical attention and Simmons tries to comfort him by assuring him they'll get him a new prosthetic leg.
- "Repairs" (mentioned)
- "Girl in the Flower Dress" (mentioned)
- "The Bridge"
- "The Magical Place"
- "Yes Men" (mentioned)
- "Turn, Turn, Turn" (mentioned)
- "End Of The Beginning"
- "Nothing Personal"
- "Beginning of the End"
- "The Frenemy of My Enemy"
- "The Dirty Half Dozen"
Mike Peterson's powers are a combination of the Centipede Serum and various cybernetic enhancements, courtesy of Cybertek.
- Superhuman Strength: The Centipede Serum gave him the enhanced strength, enabling him to move solid objects such as concrete easily. This was further improved after receiving bionic implants, most notably his cybernetic leg. He even received artificial prosthesis beneath his skin, enhancing his muscle power & stamina greatly.
- Superhuman Stamina: He even received artificial prosthesis beneath his skin, enhancing his muscle power & stamina greatly.
- Healing Factor/Regeneration: The Centipede Serum, gave him an unstable healing factor. While he was able to heal from a shotgun blast to the chest, he is incapable of regenerating limbs or organs, nor being capable of healing extensive physical burns.
- Superhuman Durability: He has armor platings implanted on his body, enabling him to easily withstand strong ballistic attacks and electric shocks.
- Enhanced Vision: The bionic implants in his eyes allow him to an x-ray vision and a night vision ability. Later upgrades gave him a targeting system and thermal visors.
- Technopathy: He possess a limited ability to download data into his cerebral cortex. This is how he learnt how to fly a Quinjet.
- Heart Attack Inducer: A cybernetic implant was able to give Grant Ward a temporary heart attack.
- Rocket Launcher: He has a rocket launcher implanted in his forearm, which are powerful enough to destroy the Quinjet.
- Computer Systems: He has USB ports on his body allowing him to download information from hard drives.
- Prior to the premiere of the pilot, conjecture speculated that the unidentified man played by J. August Richards may have been Elvin Haliday ("Rage"), Luke Cage ("Power Man"), or Elijah Bradley ("Patriot"). On 14 May 2013, executive producer Jeffrey Bell specifically indicated that Richards was not playing Cage, and implied that the character may be one whose 616 counterpart is not African-American.
- Michael ultimately became Deathlok, who is also an African-American superhero in the comics that was initially used as a cyborg weapon for evil. Michael in essence has fulfilled the fan-speculation of him being based on a pre-existing Marvel hero, and has become the first mainstream Marvel comics hero to debut in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. rather than the Marvel Cinematic Universe (movies).
- In the Marvel comics, the character of Michael Peterson is not Deathlok; in fact, the character appears to be a normal human that has befriended the hero Slapstick. The creators of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. have merged the two different characters together.
- Peterson lived at 1141 Abali Avenue in L.A, California.
- He stands 6'3" and weighs 190 pounds.
- His driver's license number is 95D85045.