A classic Iron Man villain's coming to Whedon's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

The producers have promised that Joss Whedon’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. would dig deeper into the Marvel canon, and now it sounds like a classic Iron Man baddie is next on the list.

Marvel TV exec Jeph Loeb recently promised “there’s a plan,” and it looks like the next phase starts with Donnie “Blizzard” Gill, a baddie introduced to the Marvel-verse in the late 1980s. As the name implies, the character is typically portrayed with the ability to manipulate ice and water. He’s set to debut on Jan. 14, when the series returns from hiatus.

Along with trying to build its own universe, S.H.I.E.L.D. has also been sprinkling in some official easter eggs along the way, though the series has yet to find the right balance for either. Hopefully they can take a page out of Arrow’s playbook of awesomeness — (who’d ever have guessed we’d be touting a CW series as the way to do it best?) — and find a way to actually enrich S.H.I.E.L.D.’s universe with the comic lore.

Check out the official episode synopsis below:

The villainous Ian Quinn returns to "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." alongside the debut of Donnie Gill--a name eagle-eyed Marvel fans may find familiar--in an all-new episode premiering Tuesday, January 14 on ABC…

"Seeds" – Coulson and May uncover startling information about Skye’s past, while the team is swept into a storm at S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy, on "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," Tuesday, January 14 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

Do you think the back half of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s first season can finally find its footing within the Marvel Universe? Is it too little, too late?

(Via Marvel)

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