With Agents of SHIELD season 4 heading into the Framework for a series of alternate-universe stories, it only made sense for the writers to bring in another iconic villain … especially one that is so tied to Hydra, the dominating force of this world.
It’s been confirmed following a panel at WonderCon this weekend that Mallory Jansen will be playing the part of Madame Hydra a.k.a. Viper during this alternate universe. This is the third part she’s really played this season — or fourth if you count multiple versions of Aida. You also have to remember that she previously took on the part of Agnes, the woman who served as an inspiration for Aida in so many ways. It’s not shocking to us that Jansen is capable of taking on so many different roles, given that we saw her play a wide range of different dimensions on Galavant leading into this show.
Speaking about the decision to put Mallory in this role, executive producers Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen said the following to Entertainment Weekly, who were the first publication to share the photo below:
“Since we’re bringing back Hydra in the Framework, we thought we’d bring it back with a force to be reckoned with … 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 Marvel Comics, Madame Hydra is not known for having superpowers per se, but she is well above average in strength, speed, and agility. She’s also well-trained in many different weapons and proves to be a dangerous adversary for not only the Avengers, but also the X-Men. Obviously (insert frowny face here), there’s no way to connect her to some of those characters on the show. If only, right?
Agents of SHIELD is gearing up to finally return to the air on Tuesday after a lengthy hiatus. We’d like to see the show back, but now more than ever a good bit of that is going to be heavily dependent on viewers at home. We hope you not only watch, but make sure to do it live!