|Abilities|| Enhanced strength and|
|Actor||J. August Richards|
Peterson lives at 1141 Abali Avenue in Los Angeles, California; he stands six-foot-three and weighs 190 pounds. His driver's license number is 95D85045.
Mike is a good, loving father and he is very protective of his son, Ace. Mike is also easy 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 killed 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 presumably taken into custody.
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.