When Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD returns with new episodes this coming Tuesday, ‘Hydra‘ is back in play. Albeit only within the ‘framework’. Today we have a first look at the popular Marvel character, ‘Madame Hydra‘ as she will appear in the upcoming episode of Agents of SHIELD titled, ‘What If‘. Check out the new image below as well as the promo and sound off with your thoughts AFTER THE JUMP. Agents of SHIELD airs Tuesday evenings at 9pm Central on ABC.
“Since we’re bringing back Hydra in the Framework, we thought we’d bring it back with a force to be reckoned with,” EPs Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen told EW. “Madame Hydra is a villain with the perfect combo of strength, sexy, and scary. We’ve thrown many challenges Mallory’s way and she’s always up for the task. We’re excited for fans to see how she makes Madame Hydra come to life.”
In the comics, the original Madame Hydra (whose real name is Ophelia Sarkissian) was an assassin dubbed Viper. The Avengers and X-Men foe debuted in Captain America #110 (February, 1969) during Jim Steranko’s short-lived but absolutely amazing run. More recently, she appeared in the 2012 Secret Warriors storyline, but she was betrayed and replaced by Valentina Allegra de Fontaine, a.k.a. the Contessa.
“What If…” was written by DJ Doyle and directed by Oz Scott.
Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD was co-created by Joss Whedon (The Avengers, Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Jed Whedon & Maurissa Tancharoen (Dollhouse, Dr.Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog), who also serve as executive producers along with Jeffrey Bell (Angel, Alias) and Jeph Loeb (Jessica Jones, Daredevil). Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is produced by Marvel Television and ABC Studios.