Lance Hunter

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Lance Hunter
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Lance Hunter
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Captain Britain Weekly #19
(February 16, 1977)
Created by Gary Friedrich (writer)
Herb Trimpe (artist)
In-story information
Species Human
Team affiliations Royal Navy
Partnerships Mockingbird
Abilities Trained special agent
Spy and munitions expert

Lancelot "Lance" Hunter[1] is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. He first appeared in Captain Britain Weekly #19 (February 16, 1977) and was created by writer Gary Friedrich and artist Herb Trimpe.

Hunter is a Royal Navy Commander who became Director of S.T.R.I.K.E. before later gaining the rank of Commodore[2] and becoming Joint Intelligence Committee Chair.[3]

In the television series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Nick Blood portrays the Marvel Cinematic Universe version of the character.

Publication history[edit]

Created by Gary Friedrich, and first penciled by Herb Trimpe, Hunter made his debut in Captain Britain Weekly #19 on February 16, 1977. He was the UK, and S.T.R.I.K.E., counterpart to Marvel's Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. Hunter continued to appear within the pages of Captain Britain Weekly throughout the rest of 1977 but would not appear on panel again until 30 years later in the Civil War: Battle Damage Report one-shot in 2007.

Fictional character biography[edit]

After Tod Radcliffe, a Special Tactical Reserve for International Key Emergencies traitor secretly working for the Red Skull, was exposed, Commander Lance Hunter introduced himself as the Director of S.T.R.I.K.E. to Nick Fury.[4] The agents of S.T.R.I.K.E. and S.H.I.E.L.D. worked together to track down the Red Skull's Nazi activities. It was then revealed that Red Skull had kidnapped the British Prime Minister, James Callaghan and had set a germ bomb over London to be detonated at midnight.[5] Hunter, aided by Fury and the pair's respective superheroes, Captain Britain and Captain America, stopped the bomb which had been placed on the minute hand of Big Ben and thwarted the Red Skull's plans.[6]

Hunter aided Captain Britain in the capture of villain Lord Hawk, and took the injured hero to S.T.R.I.K.E. headquarters to recover. However, while there Captain Britain's spirit was summoned away by Merlin where he did battle with a monstrous giant. Injuries suffered in this spirit realm transferred to the Captain's real body. Hunter ordered the doctors to keep working to save the stricken hero.[7] When Hunter finally admitted defeat at the bed side of Captain Britain's lifeless body, the Captain returned to the real world and left the base.[8]

Sometime after S.T.R.I.K.E. was dissolved, Hunter gained the rank of commodore and was seen alongside Contessa Valentina Allegro de Fontaine, and Alistaire Stuart briefing British superhumans on the details of the British Superhuman Registration Act.[2] Following the Skrull invasion of Earth, and the revelation that the then-Joint Intelligence Committee chair person was in fact a Skrull impostor, Hunter was made the new JIC Chair.[3]

Hunter agreed to let S.H.I.E.L.D. European Division take charge of the cleanup when Mys-Tech was defeated, as MI-13 didn't have the resources. He approved keeping MI-13 out of the loop entirely, which infuriated Pete Wisdom when he found out.[9]

Hunter the appears as a supporting character in the 2016 Mockingbird series. He is reintroduced as a much younger man and given a romantic connection to Mockingbird, echoing the character's live-action adaptation in Agents of Shield.

Powers and abilities[edit]

Lance Hunter has years of Naval training, with an expertise in munitions, as well as experience in espionage from working for British Intelligence.[volume & issue needed]

Other versions[edit]

In Earth-22110, Lance Hunter is Rifleman.[10] He is a Captain Britain Corps member.[11]

In other media[edit]

Nick Blood as Lance Hunter in the television series, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Lance Hunter appears as a regular character in the second season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., a TV series which takes place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, portrayed by Nick Blood. He debuted in the season two premiere "Shadows" as a mercenary who is working for Phil Coulson's reconstituted S.H.I.E.L.D. in a team under the leadership of his old acquaintance Isabelle Hartley.[12][13] In the very next episode, it is revealed that he was a decorated member of SAS prior to going freelance.[14] At the end of the episode, Coulson formally recruits him as an agent into S.H.I.E.L.D. In the episode "A Hen in the Wolf House", Hunter is revealed to have been previously married to Bobbi Morse who also joins causing tension, but later reconciliation between the two.[15] Near the end of season 3, Hunter and Bobbi are forced to leave S.H.I.E.L.D. after the two are caught by Russian forces in Siberia and almost cause an international incident.[16] In September 2017, it was announced that Blood will return as Hunter in the fifth season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.[17] He briefly returns in the episode "Rewind" where he poses as a lawyer to get Fitz out of General Hale's custody. Hunter then aids Fitz in trying to reunite him with his crew who are trapped in the future.[18]

Late in season 2 it was reported that Blood would appear in a spin-off series along with Adrianne Palicki as Bobbi Morse.[19] The development of the spin-off series was put on hold indefinitely, meaning that Lance and Bobbi Morse remained as series regulars on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. for season 3.[20] Variety announced that the series had been ordered by the network under the title Marvel's Most Wanted.[21] On May 12, 2016 ABC announced that Marvel's Most Wanted would not be produced.[22]


  1. ^ Monckingbird #2 (2016), Marvel Comics
  2. ^ a b Civil War: Battle Damage Report (2007), Marvel Comics
  3. ^ a b Noted on Paul Cornell's canon Captain Britain Twitter. "new JIC Chair, head of Brit intelligence, appointed: Lance Hunter. Good man. We go way back. We hear about new MI5 Director tomorrow." 12:52 AM Jan 10th from web
  4. ^ Captain Britain Weekly #19 (February 16, 1977) - Gary Friedrich (writer), Herb Trimpe (pencils)
  5. ^ Captain Britain Weekly #20-23 (February 3rd-March 16th, 1977) - Gary Friedrich (writer), Herb Trimpe (pencils), Fred Kida (inks), Larry Lieber (editor)
  6. ^ Captain Britain Weekly #24-27 (March 23rd-April 13th, 1977) - Gary Friedrich & Larry Lieber (writers), John Buscema (pencils), Tom Palmer (#24, 26-27) & Fred Kida (#25) (inks), Larry Lieber (editor)
  7. ^ Captain Britain Weekly #32-35 (1977) - Gary Friedrich & Larry Lieber (writers), Ron Wilson (pencils), Bob Budiansky & Fred Kida (inks), Larry Lieber (editor)
  8. ^ Captain Britain Weekly #37 (1977) - Larry Lieber, Bob Budiansky & Len Wein (writers), Ron Wilson (pencils), Pablo Marcos (inks), Larry Lieber (editor)
  9. ^ Revolutionary War: Alpha by Andy Lanning, Alan Cowsill and Rich Elson (2014)
  10. ^ Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z vol. #2 (May 2008)
  11. ^ Excalibur vol. 2 #1 (2001).
  12. ^ Misiano, Vincent (director); Maurissa Tancharoen and Jed Whedon (writer) (September 23, 2014). "Shadows". Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 2. Episode 1. ABC.
  13. ^ Abrams, Natalie (July 25, 2014). "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Reveals New Characters, Carter Adds Captain Directors". TV Guide. Archived from the original on July 26, 2014. Retrieved July 25, 2014.
  14. ^ Bochco, Jesse (director); Paul Zbyszewski (writer) (September 30, 2014). "Heavy Is the Head". Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 2. Episode 2. ABC.
  15. ^ Dale, Holly (director); Brent Fletcher (writer) (October 21, 2014). "A Hen in the Wolf House". Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 2. Episode 5. ABC.
  16. ^ Zinberg, Michael (director); Paul Zbyszewski (writer) (March 22, 2016). "Parting Shot". Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 3. Episode 13. ABC.
  17. ^ Abrams, Natalie (September 8, 2017). "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Nick Blood returning as Lance Hunter". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on September 8, 2017. Retrieved September 8, 2017.
  18. ^ Bochco, Jesse (director); Craig Titley (writer) (December 22, 2017). "Rewind". Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 5. Episode 5. ABC.
  19. ^ Andreeva, Nelie (April 20, 2015). "Adrianne Palicki & Nick Blood Eyed To Topline Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Spinoff". Deadline Hollywood.
  20. ^ Andreeva, Nelie (May 7, 2015). "'Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Spinoff Grounded By ABC". Deadline Hollywood.
  21. ^ Wagmeister, Elizabeth (August 20, 2015). "Marvel's Mocking Series Starring Adrianne Palicki Lands ABC Pilot Order (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety.
  22. ^ Wagmeister, Elizabeth (May 12, 2016). "'Marvel's Most Wanted' Not Going Forward at ABC". Variety. Archived from the original on May 13, 2016. Retrieved May 13, 2016.

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