Al MacKenzie

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Al MacKenzie
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Nick Fury vs. S.H.I.E.L.D. #3 (August 1988)
Created by Bob Harras (writer)
Paul Neary (artist)
In-story information
Alter ego Alphonso MacKenzie
Team affiliations S.H.I.E.L.D.
C.I.A.

Al MacKenzie is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics.

Alphonso "Mack" Mackenzie appears in the TV series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., portrayed by Henry Simmons.

Publication history[edit]

Al MacKenzie first appeared in Nick Fury vs. S.H.I.E.L.D. #3 (August 1988), and was created by Bob Harras and Paul Neary.

The character subsequently appears in Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. #1-7 (September 1989-January 1990).

Al MacKenzie received an entry in the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Update '89 #4.

Fictional character biography[edit]

Al MacKenzie was born in Austin, Texas. He was once the C.I.A. liaison to S.H.I.E.L.D.[1] He became romantically involved with Contessa Valentina Allegra di Fontaine after a while, which led to an estrangement between him and Nick Fury.[2] Because of this, he returned to the CIA with the Contessa.[3]

MacKenzie later joined the S.H.I.E.L.D. organization full-time, and spent considerable time as the senior liaison officer to the C.I.A.[4] Subsequently, under unknown circumstances, MacKenzie resigned from S.H.I.E.L.D., and wrote a "tell-all" book entitled UnSHIELDed: an Unauthorized Insider's Look Behind the World's Most Powerful Global Spy Network, which purportedly explained some of the history behind the organization from his point of view.[5] Since then, he also acted as an unofficial source to Ben Urich, prodding Urich and Jessica Jones to attempt to expose Fury's unauthorized mission to Latveria.[6]

In other media[edit]

  • Alphonso "Mack" Mackenzie appears in the TV series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., portrayed by Henry Simmons. He is depicted as an African-American mechanic and engineer who is recruited into the newly rebuilt S.H.I.E.L.D. by Phil Coulson after the events of the film Captain America: The Winter Soldier. He is also old friends with Barbara "Bobbi" Morse. In the episode "One of Us," it is revealed that he and Bobbi are secretly associated with "the real S.H.I.E.L.D." led by Robert Gonzales.[7] Later he permanently sides with Coulson.[8] At the time when Inhumans have been emerging in the world, Mack started to develop a relationship with an Inhuman named Elena "Yo-Yo" Rodriguez.[9] The episode "Watchdogs" introduces Mack's brother Ruben Mackenzie (portrayed by Gaius Charles) who later discovers his brother's job as S.H.I.E.L.D. even at the time when the Watchdogs raid Mack's house upon mistaking him for an Inhuman.[10] During the season 4 episode "Deals with Our Devils", Mack is temporarily possessed by the Ghost Rider spirit, when the previous Ghost Rider, Robbie Reyes was stuck between dimensions, though returned to Reyes after he made a new deal for vengence. During his time as the Ghost Rider, it is revealed by the Rider that Mack has "a lot of pain," and that "he lost hope". Later, in the season 4 episode "Wake Up", Mack is revealed to be in constant pain due to the loss of his daughter Hope who died as an infant four days after birth due to an unstable and unidentified medical condition.[11] In the episode "Identity and Change," Mack is shown in the Framework to have Hope Mackenzie (portrayed by Jordan Rivera) alive in there.[12] He is forced to leave by Yo-Yo when the Framework begins to fall apart.[13]
In the episode "Principia," it is revealed that he is an old friend of ex-S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy student named Tony Caine (portrayed by Jake Busey) who nicknamed him "Mack Hammer" because of his fandom for MC Hammer. After a mission to get the gravitonium from the Principia ship, Mack salvages two of General Hale's sleeper robots so that he can have Fitz make use of their arms to replace the ones that Yo-Yo lost.[14] After Yo-Yo kills Ruby, whom they believed to be the destroyer of worlds, Mack's relationship with her begins to crumble. This combined with his reluctance to keep working with S.H.I.E.L.D. causes him to have doubts.[15] Eventually, Daisy Johnson chooses to have Mack become the new director of S.H.I.E.L.D. after realizing that he was the moral center of the team.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Vol 3 #4
  2. ^ Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. Vol. 3 #1
  3. ^ Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. Vol. 3 #3
  4. ^ Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. Vol. 3 #6
  5. ^ Amazing Fantasy Vol. 2, # 10
  6. ^ The Pulse # 9
  7. ^ Tancharoen, Kevin (director); Monica Owusu-Breen (writer) (March 17, 2015). "One of Us". Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 2. Episode 13. ABC. 
  8. ^ Gierhart, Billy (director); Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen (writer) (May 12, 2015). "S.O.S. Part 2". Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 2. Episode 22. ABC. 
  9. ^ Underwood, Ron (director); Monica Owusu-Breen (writer) (March 8, 2016). "Bouncing Back". Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 3. Episode 11. ABC. 
  10. ^ Bochco, Jesse (director); Drew Z. Greenberg (writer) (March 29, 2016). "Watchdogs". Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 3. Episode 14. ABC. 
  11. ^ Bochco, Jesse (director); Drew Z. Greenberg (writer) (January 24, 2017). "Wake Up". Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 4. Episode 11. ABC. 
  12. ^ Brown, Garry A. (director); George Kitson (writer) (April 11, 2017). "Identity and Change". Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 4. Episode 17. ABC. 
  13. ^ Gierhart, Billy (director); Jeffrey Bell (writer) (May 16, 2017). "World's End". Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 4. Episode 22. ABC. 
  14. ^ Turner, Brad (director); Craig Titely (writer) (March 18, 2018). "Principia". Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 5. Episode 13. ABC. 
  15. ^ Tancharoen, Kevin (director); Nora Zuckerman & Lila Zuckerman (writer) (April 27, 2018). "Option Two". Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 5. Episode 19. ABC. 
  16. ^ Whedon, Jed (director); Jed Whedon & Maurissa Tancharoen (writer) (May 18, 2018). "The End". Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 5. Episode 22. ABC. 
  17. ^ CS (December 6, 2016). "Agents of SHIELD: LMD and a Slingshot Digital Series are Coming". ComingSoon.net. Retrieved December 7, 2016. 

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