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John Garrett
Real Name Jonathan Garrett
Alias(es) John Garrett
The Clairvoyant
Patient Zero
Powerful Father Figure
Species Human
Citizenship American
Gender Male
Date of Death April 9, 2014
Clearance Level 7
Title(s) Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Affiliation S.H.I.E.L.D. (former)
*Garrett's Team
*Centipede Project
TV series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (7 episodes)
Comic Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: The Chase
Portrayed by Bill Paxton
Status Deceased
"I've seen the future. I've glimpsed it through the eyes of every creature dead, living, or yet to be. This is the beginning."
"The beginning of what, John?"
"The end!"
―John Garrett and Grant Ward[src]

John Garrett was a turncoat S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who joined HYDRA. When he was injured during a mission in Sarajevo, he survived by becoming the first Deathlok. As an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. he used his Level 7 clearance to become the Clairvoyant, the mastermind behind the Centipede Project. During his time as an agent, he recruited Grant Ward to HYDRA and became a fatherly figure to him. During the HYDRA Uprising, he broke cover and fled S.H.I.E.L.D. and restarted the Centipede Project with the goal to recreate the life-saving drug GH.325, which he desperately needed to heal his failing organs. He attempted to use the knowledge given to him by the drug to take over the world, but was stopped by Phil Coulson, Deathlok and Nick Fury in the Battle at Cybertek.


Early Life

"I was a pyro as a kid, too. Ended up making a pretty good living at it."
―John Garrett to Grant Ward[src]

John Garrett joined S.H.I.E.L.D., where he was assigned to serve under a young Nick Fury as his Supervising Officer.[1] Over the years, Garrett was partnered with Phil Coulson in many missions,[2] had a mission with Victoria Hand in Lisbon,[1] and later acted as Supervising Officer of Agents Grant Ward and Antoine Triplett.[3]


Garrett's Cybertek injury file

In 1990, he stepped on an IED in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. The blast left him in a mortally-wounded state, and his calls for extraction were met with excuses. Realizing that he was more loyal to S.H.I.E.L.D. than S.H.I.E.L.D. was to him, Garrett swore that if he survived he would treat S.H.I.E.L.D. in the same manner in which they treated him. Garrett moved his intestines back into place, duct-taped his wounds shut and made his own way to safety.[4]

Garrett survived those wounds, and would soon be recruited into HYDRA, while maintaining his cover as a loyal S.H.I.E.L.D. agent. With the help of the Cybertek corporation, he became the first test subject in Project Deathlok, a project carried out by Garrett's new allies in HYDRA and Cybertek to build a super soldier via cybernetic prostheses. Decades later, Garrett's organs would start failing, and his biomechanical parts would be the only thing that kept him alive.[4]

HYDRA and Centipede

"I work for a secret organization that's always looking to recruit young men like you."
―John Garrett to Grant Ward[src]

As a member of HYDRA, Garrett became the mastermind behind the Centipede Project, a science group dedicated to the creation of Super-Soldiers. Garrett, however, saw it as a means of finding a way to reverse his failing health. Garrett was also a mutual friend of fellow HYDRA agent Alexander Pierce and frequently contacted him for orders.[5] Garrett recruited Edison Po into Centipede, and for a time, Po was the project's only means of contact with Garrett, even while Po was in Havenworth Federal Penitentiary.[6] Garrett also recruited billionaire Ian Quinn to his cause.[7]

Using his access to personal files, psych evaluations and other classified information, Garrett almost seemed to be able to read minds and foretell the future. Using this seeming ability, Garrett took on the alias of "The Clairvoyant" to those within Centipede.

Garrett also recruited Carl Creel who was on S.H.I.E.L.D.'s gifted Index. Garrett was assigned to take him off the Index and terminate him. However, in reality, Garrett faked Creel's termination and recruited him into HYDRA as one of their assassins.[8]

Meeting Grant Ward

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Garrett meets Grant Ward.

"Why should I trust you?"
"You shouldn't; don't trust anyone, ever, especially me."
Grant Ward and John Garrett[src]

In 1999, Garrett met a young Grant Ward in a juvenile detention facility in Massachusetts , where he was serving time for burning down his family home with his brother still inside. He informed him that his brother was planning on having Ward tried as an adult to get the maximum penalty for his crime. Garrett told Ward that he worked for a secret organization that were looking to recruit young men like him, and if he joined, no one would ever screw with him again. He made him a one-time offer to join HYDRA, when Ward agreed, Garrett's soldiers broke him out of prison.


Garrett trains Grant Ward

Garrett trained Ward by leaving him to fend for himself in the Wyoming wilderness for six months. When Garrett returned he was impressed to find that Ward had made a camp for himself. Garrett pulled out a pistol and shot at Ward's camp with perfect accuracy before promising to train Ward. For five years, Garrett taught Ward how to survive at all costs and trust in nobody. At the end of his training, before leaving for S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy, Garrett ordered Ward to kill his dog Buddy.[4] Despite the toughness of the training, especially during the first few months, Ward developed an almost blind loyalty towards Garrett[9][10], and Garrett always voiced his pleasure with Ward to other members of HYDRA, like Sunil Bakshi.[11]

When several of Garrett's officers, including Agent Dan Monroe, began to ask the wrong questions or get too close to the truth during Garrett's "investigations" of Ian Quinn, Garrett had them eliminated.[2]

One secret Garrett did not know was the truth of the mysterious resurrection of Phil Coulson after the Battle of New York, as that Level 10 file was beyond his access. Garrett arranged for Coulson's capture by Centipede[12] and his interrogations by Edison Po and Raina and the painful use of a Theta Brain-Wave Frequency Machine, a device designed to bring out hidden or lost memories.[13]


After Centipede Project delivered the latest Deathlok model, Garrett sought to have enslaved S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Michael Peterson outfitted with the latest technology. Arranging through Ian Quinn the purchase of a Cybertek Prosthetic Leg for Peterson through Cybertech Inc., Garrett lured Coulson and his team to Italy.

When Skye, a member of Coulson's Team, infiltrated Quinn's Italian mansion, Garrett ordered Quinn to shoot Skye twice in the stomach, forcing Coulson to seek out his own answers about his return in order to save Skye.[14]

Finding Ian Quinn

Garrett's Team

Garrett and Antoine Triplett arrive on the Bus

"Let me be clear, you have no rights, you have no lawyer and the only thing keeping Agent Coulson from throwing you out this plane is the very weak heartbeat of the young agent downstairs and the only incentive I have for not tearing your tongue out is you use it to answer my questions."
―John Garrett to Ian Quinn[src]

Once Phil Coulson had Ian Quinn in custody, Garrett, and his new S.H.I.E.L.D. protege Antoine Triplett, rendezvoused with Coulson under the pretence of being under orders to bring Quinn into S.H.I.E.L.D. custody, thus putting himself in the centre of Coulson's search. He ordered Triplett to collect Quinn while Garrett spoke to Coulson. Coulson told Garrett about Quinn shooting Skye, unaware that Garrett ordered the shooting. Garrett told Coulson he would allow him to keep Quinn until Skye could be saved.


Garrett questions Ian Quinn

Garrett and Coulson found Grant Ward and Antoine Triplett fighting over the protection of Quinn and soon broke up the fight, explaining that they had come to an agreement. Garrett questioned Ian Quinn, who had been brutally beaten by Melinda May. When Quinn tried to mock Garrett, he grabbed his tongue and threatened to rip it out. Garrett asked about Cybertek and the Deathlok Programme, only for Quinn to joke about Skye's shooting, giving Garrett a reason to hit him. Quinn explained that he had been ordered to shoot Skye by the Clairvoyant and claimed that the Clairvoyant had given him the information to kill Garrett's men but the one thing he didn't know is how Coulson had returned to life after being killed by Loki.[3]

Raid of the Guest House

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Garrett on a mission with Coulson's Team

"How was the drive from Istanbul?"
"Pretty please, it is."
Alpha and John Garrett[src]

Garrett agreed to assist Coulson on his raid of the Guest House in order to obtain the mysterious miracle drug GH.325 as a part of Coulson's effort to save Skye's life, hoping to gain the answers he sought. Once they arrived, they were treated to a message demanding that they use a code to enter the base; however, none of them recognised it. Seeing no alternative, they blew open the door and entered the base, preparing for a firefight.[3]


Garrett prepares for a firefight

The team went down the elevator shaft, only to find the agents inside had shut off the lights. As they prepared for the fight, Garrett teased Leo Fitz about their chances of dying a horrible death during the mission. Fitz assisted them in breaching the bullet-proof glass, and they were quickly shot at by the guards inside the base. After a brief skirmish, both guards were killed, with Garrett shooting one of the guards in the gut. Just before he died, the second guard revealed that the entire facility was rigged with explosives. Garrett and Grant Ward stayed behind to find and disarm the bomb while Coulson and Fitz went to look for the drug. They soon learned that the bomb could not be disarmed in time and helped Fitz escape before Garrett went searching for Coulson.


Garrett speaks to Melinda May

While searching the facility for Coulson, Garrett, unbeknownst to either Coulson or Leo Fitz, also took other drugs in hopes of finding the one that brought Coulson back from the dead and hid as many of them as he could in his vest. When he found Coulson, his friend had a look of confusion and horror on his face, when Garrett explained that Fitz had taken the drug to Skye, Coulson begged them not to give it to her. Together they ran out of the facility moments before it imploded. They found Skye just after Jemma Simmons had injected her with the drug which seemed to steady her heart-rate. Melinda May asked to Garrett about what had happened in the base and Garrett explained that he did not know.[3]

Leaving with Quinn


Garrett leaves the Bus with Ian Quinn

"This Clairvoyant played you, and left you to rot."
"You said there was good news."
"I did? Oh yeah, you still have your tongue."
―John Garrett and Ian Quinn[src]

With the mission a success, Garrett and Antoine Triplett spoke to Ian Quinn in his cell and explained that the Clairvoyant's predictions were false and that he would be arrested for attempting to murder an unarmed girl. As he was leaving with Quinn in custody, Phil Coulson personally thanked Garrett for his assistance. Garrett then asked if Coulson was really prepared to throw Quinn off the plane if Skye hadn't made it, and Coulson simply claimed that it was Garrett who had made the threat. Garrett then left the Bus and ensured Quinn was locked away in the Fridge.[3]

Skye managed to recover from her wounds; she informed them of everything she saw in Ian Quinn's Italian villa, especially the survival of Michael Peterson and the Cybertek Prosthetic Leg acquired by Quinn. Every S.H.I.E.L.D. agent in the United States was later informed about Peterson, and Agent Garrett and his team were appointed as running point in his search.[15]

Deflecting Suspicion


Garrett shoots at Deathlok

"We think the Clairvoyant's super soldier bodyguard came after us for a reason. We're getting close."
"To what? His identity?"
"We've narrowed the list to thirteen candidates."
―John Garrett and Victoria Hand[src]

Hoping to throw off Coulson's search for the Clairvoyant, Garrett arranged for himself and Agent Antoine Triplett to be attacked by Deathlok in a S.H.I.E.L.D. Safe House. Once Deathlok arrived, Garrett and Triplett shot at him with their I.C.E.R.s but Deathlok's enhanced armor allowed him to escape by jumping through the ceiling after the attack.


Garrett and Triplett on the Bus

Garrett gave Coulson several false leads from S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Index of gifted individuals as suspects for the Clairvoyant's identity. Garrett, Victoria Hand, Jasper Sitwell, and Felix Blake arrived on the Iliad and met with Coulson's Team on the Bus to discuss what should be done about the Clairvoyant's attacks. Unaware that the leads they had were in fact false ones that Garrett had leaked, Coulson's team formulated a plan to investigate each suspect in teams of two to try to deceive the Clairvoyant. Garrett was also present as Skye was promoted to an official S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent.


Garrett shows off his burns to Skye

While the plan was being worked out, Garrett spoke to Skye for the first time since her recovery as she explained the details of her plan for the mission. He introduced himself properly and asked her how she was feeling before showing her his own battle scars, included a third degree burn and explaining how the burn itself did not hurt at all, but the area around the burn caused agony. Skye personally thanked Garrett for his part in saving her life and they discussed how Grant Ward was now her Supervising Officer; Garrett explained that Skye had changed Ward. As he left for the mission, Garrett told Skye to no longer call him sir, as they were both Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.


Garrett and Phil Coulson

Garrett and Phil Coulson were teamed up together and they drove to investigate one Index member believed to be the Clairvoyant. En route Garrett told the story of a previous mission. Coulson laughed when he realized that Garrett was telling a story about a mission had been on together; when Coulson told him that he had been making up sections, Garrett smiled and said that it made it a better story. As they approached the suspect's location, they were diverted down an alleyway and followed by another car. When they heard that another team had been attacked by Deathlok, Garrett and Coulson made their escape. Garrett had arranged for Deathlok to attack Agents Melinda May and Felix Blake while they investigated Thomas Nash, resulting in Blake nearly being killed.


Garrett speaks to Victoria Hand

The teams regrouped on the Bus while Felix Blake was being moved to a hospital. They discussed how Deathlok was stronger than they originally believed as six shots did not seem to stop him. Garrett commented that Thomas Nash was likely in hiding somewhere. Victoria Hand told them that this should not have happened as Blake and Melinda May should have had back up and the plan was flawed from the start. Garrett tried to reason with her but was ordered not to call her "Vic" as it was condescending. Phil Coulson reminded her that Blake was still alive and they now had a suspect in Nash; so Hand ordered him to get their teams ready.


Garrett assisting in capturing Thomas Nash

They were able to track down Deathlok to an abandoned race track in Pensacola, Florida, due to a tracking round that Blake had shot at his attacker. Garrett was present with Phil Coulson and Grant Ward when he and his team raided the race track and engaged in a firefight with Deathlok. During this raid the decoy Clairvoyant arranged by Garrett named Thomas Nash was found. A controlled voice from the computer mocked Coulson's efforts to stop him and even threatened to kill Skye. Coulson told Nash that he would be arrested, however to ensure that Coulson's Team in not learn the truth, Garrett ordered Grant Ward to shoot and kill Nash, blaming it on Nash's insults driving Ward into a rage.


Garrett and Coulson discuss Grant Ward

After the shooting of the fake Clairvoyant, Grant Ward was arrested and taken to the Bus for questioning. While the teams regrouped, Garrett spoke to Phil Coulson about the incident, Garrett said that Coulson may have done too good a job at making Ward a more compassionate agent, which was why Garrett had sent Ward to him in the first place. Garrett suggested that he escort Ward back to the Hub for debrief, but Coulson insisted that he wished to speak to him. With that Garrett left, claiming he would be going back on the hunt for Deathlok, promising to keep Coulson updated on the mission. [2]

Conflict with S.H.I.E.L.D.


Garrett flies a Jump Jet

"Phil, this is a battle for S.H.I.E.L.D.'s soul, and we're on the front lines. History will remember us this day."
"That's right. It's for S.H.I.E.L.D.'s soul, and murder without consideration isn't..."
―John Garrett and Phil Coulson[src]

Concurrent to the launch of Project Insight and HYDRA's subsequent exposure to the world,[16] two UAVs were sent to attack Garrett's Jump Jet through orders of Agent Victoria Hand. Garrett survived this incident however with the help from Coulson and the Bus as it was being rerouted to the Hub.


Garrett onboard the Bus

Garrett returned once again to the Bus and Coulson's Team after being saved from the UAVs. 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 the Clairvoyant. Once landed at the Hub, Garrett aided Coulson and his team into successfully sneaking past Hand's men, who had been ordered to open fire on the Bus's crew. Using technology designed by Leo Fitz, the team was able to successfully escape the plane without detection.[1]

Betrayal, Arrest and Escape


Garrett reveals his true allegiance to HYDRA

"Hail HYDRA!"
―John Garrett[src]

When Phil Coulson came to believe that Victoria Hand was the Clairvoyant, Garrett encouraged the notion and attempted to convince Coulson that she should be executed. This however backfired on Garrett when Coulson noted that he mentioned Raina being subjected to the same machine used on him during his capture; something Coulson never told anyone or wrote on reports. Coulson suddenly realized the reason behind Garrett's coincidental appearance: he had led the Clairvoyant straight to the GH.325 drug.

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Garrett under arrest by S.H.I.E.L.D.

This revelation was also met with the confirmation that Garrett was the Clairvoyant and an agent of HYDRA, after ordering four of Hand's guards, recruited by HYDRA agent Jasper Sitwell, to kill their colleagues, he captured Coulson and his team. With thanks to Grant Ward and Skye however, the power was cut out in the room and Coulson attacked Garrett while Melinda May fought the other HYDRA agents. Coulson was able to use a Thunderstick to knock out Garrett. Garrett was arrested by Hand and her loyal Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D... It was confirmed by Hand afterwards that Garrett would be taken to the Fridge, Ward asked to personally ensure he is locked away along with Hand.


Garrett is transported to the Fridge, moments before being rescued by Grant Ward

While being transported to the Fridge however, Garrett stayed silent. Victoria Hand mocked the fact that he was no longer telling his trademark stories. Hand then turned to Grant Ward and asked him if he would like to kill the real Clairvoyant, instead of the fake Thomas Nash. Ward stood up and loaded his gun, and immediately shot and killed two S.H.I.E.L.D. agents guarding Garrett. Ward then turned his gun on Hand and shot her three times, killing her. Ward and Garrett then made their escape, while Garrett happily told one of his old war stories.[1]

HYDRA Uprising

Havana Headquarters

Welcome to HYDRA

Garrett welcomes Raina into HYDRA

"Once we hit the Fridge and grab all the fun toys tucked away inside we'll be able to take any base we want."
―John Garrett[src]

Having successfully escaped arrest from S.H.I.E.L.D., Garrett's next plan of action was to strengthen his HYDRA arsenal. Once he had established a base of operations at the Barbershop Headquarters in Havana, Cuba, Garrett managed to have Raina released from prison with aid from Grant Ward and had her brought to the base. He introduced himself to Raina, who still believed he was a Clairvoyant; he explained to her that he was not, assuring her that she was not the only one to have been fooled, and welcomed her into HYDRA.


Garrett in his Barbershop Headquarters

While they were working out a plan to Raid the Fridge, Grant Ward received a phone-call from Skye. Garrett sat down and listened closely as Skye informed him that Ward's identity had been erased from all S.H.I.E.L.D. files for his safety. When Ward hung up the phone, Garrett teased him over his S.H.I.E.L.D. personality, although he did not that not even Natasha Romanoff could pull it off as well as Ward had. When Ward expressed his disappointment over Garrett arranging for Skye to be shot, Garrett reminded him that he should not have developed feelings for her and ordered him not to forget his mission.


Garrett puts Raina in charge of the Centipede Project

They then spoke to Raina and Garrett informed her that he was putting her back in charge of the Centipede Project to finish what they had started. Raina questioned how Phase Three could be completed since they had failed to learn what had saved Phil Coulson's life, so Garrett informed her that his team had been continuing the experiments using veils of medicine that had seemingly been used to save Coulson. Raina agreed to help and Garrett informed her that her bank accounts had been filled ready for her to get whatever equipment she needed, Grant Ward then gave her Skye's hard-drive filled with all the information she would need.


Garrett speaks to his soldiers

Garrett and his team prepared for the Raid of the Fridge, gathering all the guns and ammunition they would need. Garrett spoke to one of his commanders, Kaminsky about the mission and was informed that although they were outnumbered, HYDRA had successfully stolen a helicopter that could be used during the raid. Delighted to be a part of the mission, Kaminsky raised his arms and gave the HYDRA salute, exclaiming "Hail HYDRA". However Garrett simply mocked him for his over enthusiasm before going to his soldiers and inspecting their weapons.[17]

Raid of the Fridge


Garrett arrives at the Fridge

"How the hell did HYDRA know you and Hand were coming?"
"We told them."
―S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent and John Garrett[src]

Garrett posed as a prisoner and flew to the Fridge. He was escorted to the door by Grant Ward who demanded entry, claiming to be delivering Garrett to his cell. When the guards refused to let them in as Victoria Hand was not present, a S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicopter was called to shoot at them until the guards were forced to open the doors to save their lives. Once they were safe inside, Ward shot the guards and Garrett unleashed gas into the base to knock out the other S.H.I.E.L.D. guards.

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Garrett and his men raid the Fridge

Once all the S.H.I.E.L.D. Guards inside the base had been been taken out, Garrett personally oversaw the HYDRA infiltration mission to retrieve secret S.H.I.E.L.D. weaponry from the Fridge. His previous experience in the facility and great knowledge of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s secrets helped them uncover many hidden weapons, Garrett explained to Grant Ward that the Slingshot Program was a fake and Nick Fury had kept all the weapons that had seemingly been destroyed, which were now kept inside the Fridge. As they explored the facility Garrett told Ward of the first time he came to the facility escorting a prisoner named John Horton who had successfully transformed his hands into lion paws.

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Grant Ward and John Garrett

Garrett was able to obtain weapons such as the Berserker Staff and the 0-8-4 found in Peru, which he used to destroy many of the walls inside the facility to gain access more ore sections faster. Garrett used the 0-8-4 to release the Fridge's population of prisoners, including Marcus Daniels, as a means of keeping Phil Coulson busy. As his team prepared to leave the facility, Garrett found Grant Ward preparing to shoot a hole in the ground floor of the base. Garrett insisted there was nothing there however Ward bet him there was, pricing the bet with a steak dinner. As it turned out Ward was right and they located and stole the Gravitonium.

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Garrett and Ward in their HYDRA base

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 to once again pose as an ally to Coulson and to obtain pass codes from Skye, who encrypted data pertaining to the GH drugs on a hard drive. Garrett gave Ward 24hours to get the password, ordering that if he failed he would kill the entire team and bring Skye to him. He knew that Coulson would learn that the Fridge had been raided, so he ensured that Ward's cover was believable. He punched Ward repeatedly to give him accurate battle wounds, repeatedly asking him who he was, to which Ward said he was an Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.[17] This tactic was successful as Coulson's team believed that Garrett was dead from a false report given by Ward.[5]


Garrett recruits Ian Quinn

Garrett arranged for Ian Quinn to be freed from prison and brought to the Barbershop Headquarters. When Quinn arrived he immediately confronted Garrett over his arrest and the poor treatment he had endured while in prison, Quinn claimed that his life was really enjoyable before he met Garrett, when Quinn commented on how Garrett had nearly ripped his tongue out of his mouth, Garrett said that he wished he had now. Quinn then said that Raina had informed him that Garrett was not a Clairvoyant, but had not revealed the real reason he had been brought to the base. Garrett then revealed that he was giving Quinn the Gravitonium, Quinn then agreed to join HYDRA.

In an attempt to maintain his cover and complete his mission, Ward was forced to murder Agent Eric Koenig, the guardian of the Providence base and escape with Skye. However, due to a message left by Skye and an autopsy on Koenig by Jemma Simmons, Coulson and Antoine Triplett figured out that Ward lied and that Garrett was alive. Meanwhile, Garrett sent Deathlok to tail Ward to assure that he completed his mission.

When Skye attempted to escape, Ward and Deathlok took her onboard the Bus and tried to force her to open the Hard-drive, when this failed, Garrett ordered Deathlok to threaten Ward's life by using a device to give him a heart-attack. This gave Skye the incentive to open the hard-drive and give Garrett the information he desired, however Skye later was rescued by Phil Coulson.[18]

Failing Body


Garrett and Ward speak to Raina

"You scared me, hasn't happened like that for a while."
"Yes it has, been happening more and more. Biomechanics are fine, it's my organs that are failing."
"What are you saying John?"
"I'm dying, Cybertek team gives me a month, two tops."
Grant Ward and John Garrett[src]

In order to show off his strength so he would be a more desirable purchase for the U.S. Army, Garrett ordered Deathlok to publicly assassinate a drug kingpin named Alejandro Castillo. Garrett personally congratulated Peterson on his successful mission before ordering Kyle Zeller to send him a video of his son. Grant Ward then confronted Garrett over ordering Deathlok to nearly kill him, before they spoke to Raina. She informed them that she was close to duplicating the GH.325 drug to complete the Deathlok Soldiers.


Garrett admits he's dying from organ failure

Grant Ward once again confronted Garrett over Deathlok's near assassination of him, but Garrett reminded him that they both knew Skye would have never allowed Ward to die. Garrett insulted Ward, calling him a weak child who still plays the victim. Midway through their argument however, Garrett's cybernetic parts began to fail. Ward took Garrett into the lab and performed an operation to fix his upgrades and save his life. Once he had stabilised, Garrett confessed that his own organs were failing, slowly killing him and his Cybertek scientists had given him two months to live at most.


Garrett prepares for a haircut

Now recovered, Garrett and Ward met with Ian Quinn inside their Barbershop Headquarters to discuss the next step in their plan. When Garrett commented that Quinn was the new poster-boy for their organisation Ward commented on how Quinn could be as he was an international fugitive, but Quinn argued that he was only accused by S.H.I.E.L.D. who had now been destroyed. Quinn informed them that the assassination in Bogota had had the desired effect and they now had buyers looking to purchase their Deathlok Soldiers, whom Quinn would be speaking to in Washington DC. Grant Ward received a message from Raina and went to see if she had any updates on the project while Garrett had a haircut from Ernesto.


Garrett with the last vial of GH.325

As the Barbershop Headquarters was being packed away, Garrett made eye-contact with Raina and commented to Grant Ward how she unnerved him. They agreed it was her eyes and Garrett asked what she had texted him about earlier, Ward told him that she was questioning Garrett's decision to move the lab to the States. Raina came over and gave Garrett the vial of GH.325 for him to keep hold of during the flight, she explained that she had been successful in recreating it after mixing all the toxins together and it would heal and regenerate dying cells in the body, although there was only the one vial in existence.[4]

Becoming Stronger

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Leo Fitz using an EMP in an attempt to kill Garrett

"I want you to do something for me."
"Yeah anything."
"Put down Fitz and Simmons."
―John Garrett and Grant Ward[src]

As Garrett attempted to escape on the Bus, Leo Fitz and Jemma Simmons were captured by Grant Ward. Garrett mocked the pair, reminding Fitz that he had already given Fitz an opportunity to join HYDRA. He began to walk away until Fitz employed an EMP Joy Buzzer which short-circuited Garrett's mechanical enhancements. Grant Ward ran over and tried to help his mentor, but Garrett, believing he was dying, gave Ward the order to execute Fitz and Simmons. When Ward hesitated, Garrett asked if it was a weakness, reminding Ward of his training. Ward left and threw Fitz and Simmons out of the plane to their supposed deaths.

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Garrett displaying the Extremis side effects after being injected with GH.325

The GH.325 was synthesized by fellow HYDRA soldiers. Garrett revealed that he wanted the drug because his organs were failing and he had not gained strength because his own body was too close to death; the Extremis was just barely keeping him alive. Raina ultimately injected the drug into Garrett's Extremis. At first it appeared to have no effect, until suddenly Garrett's entire body began to spasm and his skin began to glow gold. When it stopped, Garrett stared into the air feeling his body getting stronger and his mind expanding. Ward asked him how he felt, Garrett answered by claiming that he felt the universe.[4]



Carving the Words of Creation

"Ward's concerned you're going mad."
"The drug didn't just strengthen my body, it gave me clarity of mind, it gave me a vision of the world that's waiting under the surface of this world. You don't think that's mad do you?"
Raina and John Garrett[src]

Garrett later received a call from Cybertek that the Barbershop Headquarters had been attacked by S.H.I.E.L.D. and many of their soldiers had been buried under the rubble. Now changed by the drug Garrett ignored the call and used his increased strength to rip off a door of the Bus and began writing the Words of Creation on the door with a nail. He had his sanity questioned by Grant Ward, but Garrett told him that he was fine; he had just had too many ideas in his head which he needed to write down.


Garrett speaks to Raina

He then took some time to stare at the Gravitonium, which had once reminded him of a lava lamp; now he claimed to be able to see its true potential. While he was there, Raina entered to speak to him. She claimed to have been disappointed that he was not truly a "clairvoyant", but now he claimed that the truth was written on the back of his eyes. He began to rant about not only having been given a stronger body by the GH.325 drug, but now being able to see visions of the future and being able to read Raina's mind. Raina took the opportunity to ask him the question she needed answered, what would she become.


Garrett kills General Jacobs

Coulson's Team attacked Cybertek Manufacturing Facility where Garrett's team was based. Garrett then interrupted the tour that Ian Quinn was giving to members of the United States Armed Forces where Quinn was trying to pitch the Deathlok Soldiers as the future of the miltary. Quinn tried to introduce Garrett as their strategy consultant, but Garrett instead continued to mock and threaten the generals. When General Jacobs demanded to know why he heard gunfire, Garrett threatened him again and eventually killed General Jacobs by punching through his stomach and ripping out one of his ribs, stabbing Jacobs in the neck with his own rib. Garrett claimed this to be the beginning of the end.[19]

Battle at Cybertek


Garrett speaks to Skye

"You remember that speech you used to give us Nick, about how one man can accomplish anything once he realises he can be something bigger, well, now I am."
"A part, a part of something bigger!"
"Is that how it went?"
―John Garrett and Nick Fury[src]

As the facility came under attack, Grant Ward became more and more frustrated at Garrett's seemingly lost sense of reality; Ward demanded orders but only got riddles and jokes. Garrett received a phone call from Skye, who informed him that S.H.I.E.L.D. had taken over Cybertek. Garrett responded by cruelly mocking her about Leo Fitz's and Jemma Simmons' deaths, to which Skye immediately hung up the phone. Garrett ordered Ward to collect Skye and bring her to him. Garrett then turned to Deathlok, reminding him that his orders were to never leave his side; Garrett mocked his bodyguard by claiming that he loved him too.


Garrett mocks Coulson and Nick Fury

Phil Coulson was eventually able to make it to Garrett and attacked him; Garrett however fought back with his incredible new strength. Coulson was able to gain the upper hand however when he re-emerged from cover armed with the Destroyer Armor Prototype Gun, given to him by Nick Fury and promptly shot all of the Centipede Soldiers. Fury then shot Garrett multiple times in the chest with little effect. Garrett continued to rant about his new greater understanding of the universe, leading Coulson and Fury to comment on how crazy Garrett had become. When Garrett tried to quote back one of Fury's speeches, Fury informed him that he had been getting it wrong the entire time.


Garrett survives an attack from Deathlok

Garrett ordered his personal bodyguard, Deathlok, to aim his weapons at Fury and Coulson; he was not aware that Deathlok was receiving messages from Skye who she had freed his son, Ace, enabling him to switch sides. Garrett was incapacitated by Deathlok using his Forearm Rocket Launcher. As Garrett lay injured on the floor, he attempted to crawl towards his gun and ordered Deathlok to stand down, calling on Coulson for help. Coulson did nothing and Garrett was crushed with Deathlok's prosthetic leg, seemingly killing him, as Deathlok started acting on his own orders.[19]


Garrett Remade 3

Garrett upgrades his cybernetic parts

"There's a reason they say cut off the head. Now I'll be unstoppa-"
―John Garrett's last words before being disintegrated[src]

S.H.I.E.L.D. believed Garrett had been killed in the attack, as his heart had seemingly stopped; however, he had survived due to the Extremis in his veins, despite major injuries including terrible burns to his face and body. Garrett dragged his wounded body across the room and used the machine to replace his body parts with prosthetic parts, similar to Deathlok's armor. The procedure was successful, although the transformation caused him immense pain and caused him to scream in agony.


Garrett's death.

As Garrett stood up with his new powerful upgraded body-armor, which increased his strength and durability to incredible levels, he believed himself to now be unstoppable and talked to himself about the importance of ensuring that operatives of HYDRA were definitely killed. However before he could escape and continue HYDRA's campaign of chaos, he was instantly atomized by Phil Coulson who killed him with the Peruvian 0-8-4, leaving only a puddle of blood where Garrett had stood.[19]


John Garrett initially appeared to be a man of honour and principles. He was an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., Clearance Level 7. He had a tendency to live in his war stories and was constantly retelling them. Garrett would torture informants to get information from them, as when Ian Quinn mocked him during an interrogation, he threatened to rip out his tongue.

Garrett apparently had been on countless missions and due to this, he had countless battle scars which left him in constant agony. He became the first Deathlok which greatly enhanced his strength but had negative effects on his mind. He was also able to find humour in the face of death as he did with Leo Fitz just before they engaged in a firefight. He considered all agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as equals; despite his high ranking, he would allow Skye to call him "sir."

However, when Phil Coulson and his team believed that Victoria Hand was the Clairvoyant, they launched a full scale attack on her which caused his disguise to be discovered and revealed his allegiance to HYDRA. Using his Clearance Level 7, he was able to mastermind the Centipede Project, showing he was quite ruthless, caring nothing of the body count as long as his goal was fulfilled, survival.

Like numerous HYDRA operatives, Garrett strongly believed that compassion is a weakness; he had no attachment towards anyone, not even his protege Grant Ward and expected him to follow on his beliefs and ordered him to kill his dog, Buddy, whom he described as a "weakness".

Garrett has shown to be very charismatic and is able to rally people on his side; he is also able to get people to follow him with blind, unshakable loyalty as he did with Raina and Grant Ward, whom he saved from a juvenile detention centre and acted as the young boy's father figure. However he was actually anything but; Garrett was extremely cruel towards him, leaving Ward to fend for himself for months and, after rescuing him, forces Ward to kill his loyal pet Buddy. He also violently beat him with remorse when trying to "convince" Ward he was still an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Despite all of his cruelty towards him, Ward still owed Garrett everything and was more than capable of betraying the only people who showed him kindness just to please him.

Perhaps Garrett's most powerful trait was his deceitful nature and able to trick Coulson, Fury, his entire team and the entire agency of S.H.I.E.L.D. into believing he was a good man. Due to the Centipede Device, Garrett possessed a superhuman amount of strength, durability and a regenerative healing factor. Due to his S.H.I.E.L.D. training, Garrett was a martial artist and an experienced combatant.

Near moments from his death, Garrett injected himself GH.325 and became insane; he began to lose touch with reality and began to prophecy "the end" and even felt the universe. He showed a great level of brutality, removing General Jacobs' rib and then murdering him with it. His apparent madness was so great his most loyal follower, Grant Ward began to question him.

Powers and Abilities


John Garrett had to use the Centipede Device to keep himself alive, and despite its properties, he was unable to gain the powers the Centipede Serum granted until he was injected with GH.325, that managed to heal all the internal injuries he sustained and improve a condition that had been worsening over the years.

  • Superhuman Strength: Through the Centipede Serum, Garrett gained a considerable amount of strength, enough to throw a man across a room with a single punch, or to carve a hole in the chest of another.
  • Superhuman Durability: Once injected with the GH.325 and mixed with the Centipede Serum, Garrett was able to withstand a full magazine of handgun shots, and even the direct explosion of a rocket in his chest, something that, though left him badly wounded, would have killed any ordinary human being.
  • Regenerative Healing Factor: The GH.325 not only healed the internal injuries that Garrett had sustained years before. Its use through the Centipede Serum allowed him to permanently benefit from the healing properties of the drug. Garrett almost instantly healed from more than a dozen gunshots, and despite Deathlok seemingly killed him stomping Garrett's chest with his cybernetic leg, Garrett was able to heal enough to survive until his ultimate death.


  • Master Marksman: John Garrett was a highly trained marksman skilled in sharpshooting, and one of the best marksmen in the agency. He had such accuracy that he almost did not need to aim in order to shoot an immobile target. Garrett had also become an expert in gunfights, managing to overcome opponents using a diversion and approach them to shoot at point blank range.
  • Expert Martial Artist: Garrett was skilled enough in hand-to-hand combat to give Phil Coulson a good fight, once his true allegiance to HYDRA was revealed, who defeated him using a Thunderstick.
  • Master Spy: Garrett spent years pretending to be a loyal agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. despite being a HYDRA operative. No one knew that he was the Clairvoyant; Ian Quinn predicted that shooting Skye would bring the Clairvoyant, but no one was suspicious of Garrett's subsequent arrival. Garrett also had Thomas Nash in place to deflect suspicion from himself.
  • Expert Pilot: Garrett was able to avoid the missiles of two S.H.I.E.L.D. UAVs that pursued him; Garrett was able to coordinate his piloting skills with Phil Coulson, who trained with him.



As an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. and a HYDRA operative, Garrett was highly skilled with all types of firearms.

  • Glock 17: John Garrett carried a Glock 17 pistol as his sidearm grabbing it in anticipation of an ambush when he was tasked to investigate some candidates for the identity of the Clairvoyant
  • Smith & Wesson Model 64: Garrett carried this revolver to a young Grant Ward during his time in Wyoming, promising to teach him to shoot even better than himself.
  • Heckler & Koch UMP45: Both Grant Ward and John Garrett used these submachine guns during the infiltration into the Guest House.
  • Mossberg 500 Field: Garrett used these shotgun in the forest of Wyoming to hunt some ducks in 1999, during the same day he abandoned Ward in the forests.

Cybernetic Enhancements

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Other Equipment

  • Pick-Lock Device: A little explosive that Garrett used to enter a secure room inside the Fridge, where the items that supposedly had been sent to space through the Slingshot were being kept.





Appearances for John Garrett


  • In the comics, Garrett is a former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent that was later transformed into a cyborg to save his life as he sustained serious injuries in the line of duty. His cybernetic-enhanced body in Beginning of the End is very similar to his appearance as cyborg in the comics.
  • John Garrett was the first of two main Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. antagonists to be killed by Phil Coulson, along with Daniel Whitehall.
  • Both John Garrett and Daniel Whitehall were members of the Great Wheel of the Zodiac, a collection of eleven of the most experienced espionage leaders in the Marvel Comics main continuity. Other prominent members that already appeared in the MCU were Nick Fury, Dum Dum Dugan and Wolfgang von Strucker.


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