It’s a game of survival on Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D, and some agents are more equipped at handling their day jobs than others. Which ones make the cut?
In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. were an elite force of spies and soldiers who help keep the world a safer place from the weird threats. The Avengers and their associated heroes have usurped them in the movie arm of the universe, but they still reign supreme in the television arm – at least until the series ends with its seventh season later this year.
Over the course of the series, fans have been introduced to some of the best Agent Of S.H.I.E.L.D. has to offer. Not every agent, however, can be a member of the elite. The series has seen plenty of unnamed agents who have lost their lives by being in the wrong place at the wrong time. We’re not discussing those unfortunate red shirts, but instead, the best and the worst of the named agents the series has had to offer.
Worst: Lance Hunter
Some fans might balk at sometimes-mercenary Lance Hunter leading off the worst of the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents. The truth of the matter is that, despite Hunter’s impressive skills in the field, he’s better as a freelancer than an agent in a secret spy group.
Hunter isn’t afraid to cross lines, break laws, and use shady connections to get a job done. His biggest issue, however, is that he’s not great at following orders or being part of a team. Those two things are necessary to be a part of S.H.I.E.L.D. It’s a shame we never got to see him in his element in the canceled spinoff Marvel’s Most Wanted.
Worst: Robert Gonzales
At one time, Robert Gonzales was probably an excellent agent. He did, after all, garner the respect of a group of S.H.I.E.L.D. veterans and protect an alien monolith at sea after the Hydra takeover. Gonzales tried to organize the remaining agents into a new S.H.I.E.L.D., but it didn’t work because he exemplified some of the worst aspects of being an agent.
He was rigid, not believing in compromise between different factions. Gonzales also wasn’t great at anticipating surprises, or for that matter, at reading his agents or his enemies. It’s hard to figure out just how he rose through the S.H.I.E.L.D. ranks when he didn’t seem particularly adept at being in the field or in negotiations.
Worst: Agent Burrows
Introduced in season four, Agent Burrows is less of a traditional S.H.I.E.L.D. agent and more of a public relations manager. He’s Jeffrey Mace’s right hand and the only one who knows the secret of just how Mace got his powers.
Burrows is in charge of Mace’s special briefcase and is always around to remind him of appointments, speeches, and to keep an eye on people. He also happens to be horrible in the field. Burrows might have the loyalty and secret-keeping down, but he’s unable to protect the one person he’s assigned to, or himself.
Worst: Trevor Khan
To be absolutely fair to Trevor Khan, he has the potential to be a great S.H.I.E.L.D. agent. In season six, he’s just not there yet, and unless the timeline is somehow reset for him, he never will be now.
Trevor has what seems like an easy assignment: babysitting Deke while he runs his tech startup. He does a decent job since Deke never suspects that his right-hand man is actually an agent keeping an eye on him. Once they’re attacked, however, Trevor doesn’t adapt to his situation well to get everyone – especially Deke – out. Trevor needs to learn some flexibility.
He also has the unfortunate luck to be trapped in the base when Chronicoms destroy it at the end of the season, so it’s unlikely we’ll ever see him again.
Worst: Grant Ward
Much like Lance Hunter, Grant Ward is good at the job itself. He’s a strong fighter, adept at undercover work, and has no problem “crossing people off.” The trouble is that he’s not a team player and as an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., he’s the worst.
Ward only becomes a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent thanks to John Garrett. He’s a plant for Garrett, and by extension, Hydra, the entire time. Ward puts the team in danger when he doesn’t play by the rules and only does the right thing when he knows it will keep his cover for Hydra intact. He attempts to start a relationship with two of his teammates, which is just poor form. His decision to throw Fitz and Simmons into the ocean instead of actually talking things out with them shows he lacks the will to find new solutions as well.