|Michael "Mike" Peterson|
|Affiliation||Project Centipede (formerly)|
|aka||Hooded Man (Pilot)|
|Portrayed by||J. August Richards|
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 decided to join Project Centipede with hopes of changing his life for the better.
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 rescued 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 captured Skye from a running car after she had escaped from Ward. He tortured Ward in order to make Skye unlock the drive. His "only following orders" approach suggests that his humanity is a dwindling thing.
- "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"
- Prior to the premier 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 then 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.