|First appearance||Fury #1 (May 1994)|
|Created by||Barry Dutter|
|Full name||Richard Stoner|
|Notable aliases||Fallen Angel|
Colonel Richard Stoner is a fictional secret agent appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character, created by Barry Dutter and M.C. Wyman, first appeared in Fury #1 (May 1994). He is notable for being the first known executive director of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Fictional character biography
Rick Stoner was a hard man who always stuck to the rules and showed much disdain towards his fellow World War II soldiers, specifically Nick Fury whom he had a love-hate relationship of sorts with. He along with James "Logan" Howlett worked at the C.I.A. and fought Hydra. Eventually, Stoner was offered the Director's seat of the then newly formed S.H.I.E.L.D.. Upon looking at Fury and the Howling Commandos' dossiers, he told himself "these jokers will never become S.H.I.E.L.D. agents as long as I'm director." His status as director is short lived as while trying to uncover a S.H.I.E.L.D. traitor, he is shot and killed by Hydra.
This turned out to be a cover up with Stoner actually having been disavowed and abandoned by S.H.I.E.L.D. Since then, he has been plotting revenge against the agency and Fury for taking his job and goes by the code name Fallen Angel. He plots to use a project to manipulate reality. When Rick and Fury have a battle over the project, they end up trapped in a pocket universe. Ultimately, Fury prevails and Stoner is killed.
In other media
A version of Rick Stoner appears in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., portrayed by Patrick Warburton. This version is a general. He first appears in "All the Comforts of Home" as a prerecorded holographic greeting message for a then-uninhabited version Lighthouse. The message was filmed in the 1970s, and he is depicted as having a very jovial attitude. In "Option Two", it is revealed that Stoner had equipped the Lighthouse for every possible type of apocalyptic scenario. Coulson unknowingly activates the nuclear option causing the Lighthouse to go under a lockdown. After a Gravitonium-powered Glenn Talbot defeats the Remorath warriors and takes Coulson to confront Qovas, Rick Stoner's holographic message appears again, stating that the atmosphere has returned to normal, ending the nuclear protocol.
- Fury #1. Marvel Comics.
- Fury / Agent 13 #2. Marvel
- Woods, Kate (director); Drew Z. Greenberg (writer) (March 2, 2018). "All the Comforts of Home". Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 5. Episode 11. ABC.
- 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.
- Rick Stoner at Marvel Wiki
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