Sunil Bakshi was a member of HYDRA and the right-hand man of Daniel Whitehall. In the Framework, Bakshi was alive and a News Anchor.
Sunil Bakshi acted as Carl Creel's HYDRA contact. After Creel stole a file and killed Roger Browning, Bakshi rewarded him with a rare, near-flawless musgravite that Creel enjoyed absorbing.
Bakshi reported to Daniel Whitehall that Creel had successfully procured the Obelisk.
Bakshi did not show for his meeting with Creel at the Halfway House Cafe, causing Creel to request a new meeting site. They decided upon a plaza. At the plaza, the Absorbing Man complained about how the Obelisk was causing him to lose control of his powers. Bakshi reminded Creel of his training and that his "compliance would be rewarded." This catch-phrase calmed Creel enough for him to regain control. However, before Bakshi could retrieve the briefcase containing the artifact, Lance Hunter attacked Creel and, in the ensuing confusion, Raina stole it and Bakshi was unable to catch her.
Bakshi himself was duped and captured by Grant Ward, and left as a present for Coulson by the former Agent. He was interrogated by Bobbi Morse and provided a certain amount of intel before he tried to commit suicide, using a concealed cyanide capsule embedded in his cheek bone. Bakshi survived.
S.H.I.E.L.D. then organized a fake escape which they used to force HYDRA into killing several of its own leaders. Bakshi was then handed over to the U.S. Air Force, but he was kidnapped from Brigadier General Glenn Talbot's base by Agent 33 and Grant Ward and brainwashed into serving them.
- "Heavy is the Head"
- "Making Friends and Influencing People"
- "Face My Enemy"
- "A Hen in the Wolf House"
- "The Writing on the Wall"
- "The Things We Bury"
- "Love in the Time of Hydra"
- "The Frenemy of My Enemy"
- "The Dirty Half Dozen"
- "All the Madame's Men"*