Despite a history of repeated criminal offenses - including assault, grand larceny, battery, and four counts of statutory rape - John Garrett ended up becoming an agent of SHIELD, with his past records clandestinely expunged.
After receiving certain injuries in his line of service, Garrett was outfitted with a steel plate in his head that could house a recorder, as well as a cybernetic left hand. Partnered with fellow agent Arthur Perry, Garrett was sent to San Concepcion to investigate the assassination of the country's leader. The assassin unfortunately turned out to be Elektra, and after being confronted by the two agents she would leave them both to die in an explosion.
Recovered by SHIELD and "upgraded" to a cybernetic body by ExTechOp, Garret swore revenge and became obsessed with pursuing Elektra, an obsession that may have been what helped him cope with no longer being all that human (which may have been Elektra's plan from the beginning). He eventually came to discover Elektra's mission to stop The Hand from gaining a presidential foothold over the world with candidate Ken Wind, who'd been possessed by the Hand's Beast, and so he allied himself with her for the greater good.
John Garrett was created by Frank Miller and Bill Sienkiewicz. He first appeared in 1986's Elektra: Assassin #2.
Powers & Abilities
After being rebuilt as a cyborg, approximately 80% of John Garrett's body was replaced with SHIELD-issued cybernetics. Only his head and a few of his organs are still his own. He has plastic skin and metal alloy bones, with his muscular system comprised of a combination of pneumatics, hydraulics, and internal electrical generators. His cyborg body thereby grants him greatly enhanced strength, speed, stamina, durability, and agility.
As a SHIELD agent, Garrett is well-versed in both armed and unarmed combat. He is an excellent marksman and possesses considerable tactical ingenuity.
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
John Garrett is portrayed by actor Bill Paxton.
After joining S.H.I.E.L.D. John Garrett was trained by his Supervising Officer Nick Fury and was eventually partnered with Phil Coulson on several missions. At some point, he joined HYDRA which was embedded within S.H.I.E.L.D. In 1990, he stepped on an IED in Sarajevo, leaving him mortally-wounded, but alive. Recovered by HYDRA Garrett survived these wounds when he became the first test subject in Project Deathlok, carried out by Cybertek Corporations to build a super soldier via cybernetic enhancements. Eventually, Garrett's organs would start failing, his biomechanical parts the only thing that keeping him alive. Sometime later he acted as Supervising Officer to Grant Ward, who he recruited to join HYDRA.
Under unknown circumstances, Garret began Project Centipede, an operation to create super soldiers. Using the identity of the Clairvoyant, Garrett would control the organization from behind the scenes. When Agent Phil Coulson was captured for information on how he came back to life so Project Centipede could make their super soldiers invincible, he contacted Raina for the first time providing her with information regarding Coulson's former love interest, Audrey Nathan, to coax him into willingly submitting to a mind probe machine. However, Coulson's team managed to rescue him before he could get anything useful. Later learning that Coulson's team was chasing Ian Quinn, Garrett ordered him to shoot Skye, so that he could follow Coulson's team to the place that resurrected Coulson, as the team would want to use it to save Skye's life. When Coulson and his team apprehend Ian Quinn, Garrett and his subordinate, Agent Antoine Triplett, board their plane requesting he be placed in their custody. Coulson refuses to turn him over, but they are able reach a compromise when Garrett agrees to assist save Skye, who Quinn had shot. Traveling to facility known as “Guest House”, Garrett and Coulson’s team raid it; obtaining the mysterious drug GH-325. After Skye makes a miraculous recovery, Garrett and Triplett leave with Quinn in their custody.
Afterwards, Agents Garrett and Triplett were assigned as point in the hunt for the Clairvoyant. When the two got too close Deathlok was sent to deal with them. They manage to defeat the cyborg, but he escapes. Following this incident, Coulson meets with Garrett and Triplett, along with agents Felix Blake, Jasper Sitwell, and Victoria Hand, inviting them all to join his team in hunting down the Clairvoyant. Splitting into teams in order to follow more leads, Garrett and Coulson head off to investigate. After, after agents Melinda May and Blake encounter Deathlok, the team regroups. Tracing Deathlok to an abandoned race track in Florida, Garrett joins the raid. During this they come upon Thomas Nash, a Clairvoyant suspect, who begins boasting that even if the take him in to custody he will always be watching them, enraged by this Ward shoots him.
Sometime later, two S.H.I.E.L.D. UAVs attack Garrett's plane under Agent Hand’s orders. With some assistance from Coulson, Garrett survives, returning once again to Coulson's team. While being forced to the Hub, the team made the discovery that S.H.I.E.L.D. had been infiltrated by HYDRA, and theorized that Agent Hand is was the Clairvoyant. Once landed, the team successfully infiltrates the Hub and captured the main computer room. While trying to convince Coulson that Hand deserved to die, he accidentally revealed information about Raina that Coulson never disclosed to anyone; outing himself as the true Clairvoyant and a member of HYDRA. In the ensuing battle, Coulson and May manage to kill the HYDRA agents and capture Garrett. Ward volunteers to accompany Hand to the Fridge so he can see to Garrett's imprisonment personally. However, while being transported to the Fridge, Ward kills both Agent Hand and the two S.H.I.E.L.D. agents guarding Garrett.
Having successfully escaped from S.H.I.E.L.D, Garrett began to form his HYDRA team. After establishing a base of operations in Havana, Garrett sends Ward to release Raina from prison. He then personally leads a mission to the Fridge to retrieve secret S.H.I.E.L.D. weaponry; obtaining weapons such as the 0-8-4 found in Peru and Gravitonium. He also released several inmates, including Blackout. After discovering that Coulson and his team had fled to the S.H.I.E.L.D. base Providence, Garrett ordered Ward to return to his old team. When Grant returns with a hard drive containing all of Coulson's team's research and the Bus, Garrett revealed to Ward that his organs were failing, and that Cybertek only gave him a month or two more to live. After leaving the base in Cuba, Fitz and Simmons were caught spying on the plane. Ward took them aboard for Garrett to deal with, but Fitz triggered an EMP device disguised as a toy buzzer, shorting out Garrett's robotics, worsening his condition. Near death, Garrett ordered Ward to kill the two and Raina to inject the recreated GH-325 drug into the Centipede serum that had been keeping him alive. Raina complied, seeming to cause an Extremis reaction, before Garrett stabilized and claimed to "feel the universe".
After receiving the drug Garrett begins to act erratic asking for a nail in order to drawing a large, repetitive, and seemingly meaningless drawing on a glass door he had ripped out. When Garrett arrived at the Cybertek factory he interrupts Quinn's presentation to several military leaders. killing one of the generals. During Coulson's attack on the factory, Coulson personally engages Garrett but is quickly overwhelmed by his new super strength. Fury arrives for support and the two are able to momentarily push back Garrett. After learning Skye had freed his son Deathlok turns on him incapacitating his rocket launcher. and then crushing his skull underneath his prosthetic leg. Garrett, however, survives this attack and used the Deathlok machine to replace his body parts with prosthetic parts, but was instantly atomized by Coulson with the 0-8-4.