- "We're in the middle of an arms race. World War III is gonna be decided by whoever has more enhanced assets."
- ―Glenn Talbot to Phil Coulson
Brigadier General Glenn Talbot is a high-ranking officer of the United States Air Force. When HYDRA revealed its existence inside S.H.I.E.L.D. to the world, Talbot and his men led the main attack of the United States military on S.H.I.E.L.D., which was quickly declared a terrorist organization. However, when the reformed S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Director Phil Coulson proved himself in Talbot's eyes, Talbot accepted Coulson and S.H.I.E.L.D. as allies in the War on HYDRA. Three months after the Attack on the HYDRA Castle, President Matthew Ellis put Talbot in charge of the Advanced Threat Containment Unit which was re-purposed to serve as the public face of S.H.I.E.L.D. after Rosalind Price's assassination. From this new position Talbot assisted S.H.I.E.L.D. in their war against the Inhuman leader Hive.
Following S.H.I.E.L.D.'s relegalization, Talbot developed Project Patriot, in order to find a suitable enhanced candidate to serve as both S.H.I.E.L.D.'s new Director, and be publicly perceived as the next Captain America. During the conflict with Aida, he was shot in the head by a Daisy Johnson LMD commanded by Anton Ivanov and Aida. Talbot managed to survive, but ended up in a coma.
Glenn Talbot joined the United States Air Force, achieving over the years the rank of Colonel. On one of his missions, he spent five long months in an enemy war camp. He participated in the War on Terror, for which he was awarded with two medals. He was also present in New York during the Battle of New York, as he saw the sky being torn apart and aliens invade the city.
Hunting Phil Coulson
- "On behalf on the United States Armed Forces I order you to stand down! I repeat, stand down!"
"Colonel Talbot? There have to be better things for you to do than chase four S.H.I.E.L.D. agents."
"I wasn't a huge fan before chasing you into the damn tundra Coulson, I wouldn't push it."
- ―Glenn Talbot and Phil Coulson
In 2014, through the actions of Captain America, the United States Government discovered that the counterintelligence agency S.H.I.E.L.D. was infiltrated by HYDRA. S.H.I.E.L.D. was declared a terrorist organization and Talbot was ordered to take over as many S.H.I.E.L.D. bases as he could. Talbot called the Hub and spoke with Agent Phil Coulson because he doubted the stability of S.H.I.E.L.D. after the organization's infiltration by HYDRA. Despite Coulson's efforts, Talbot stated he would be leading a team to take over the Hub, prompting Coulson to take his team on the run.
With the help of Maria Hill, Talbot managed to find Providence, the secret Canadian base created by Nick Fury where Coulson's team was staying. Talbot stepped into the base first with his unit covering him; he called for Coulson to surrender. Coulson stepped forward after Talbot promised not to shoot him. Hill stepped out and convinced Coulson's Team to put down their guns. After rounding up the members of Coulson's team, Antoine Triplett, Jemma Simmons, and Leo Fitz, Talbot allowed Hill and Coulson time to talk, so that Coulson could surrender other secret bases.
In the meantime Talbot questioned the other members of Coulson's Team, telling them to surrender to the US Army, as they were fugitives even if they weren't criminals. When Antoine Triplett assured him that they were not HYDRA, Talbot noted that to the world there was no difference between HYDRA and S.H.I.E.L.D.. Talbot offered them a brief prison sentence in exchange for some high level intel, although Leo Fitz told Talbot to do his worst and Jemma Simmons argued that they should not be his priority as Grant Ward, a known HYDRA agent was getting away as they spoke.
During their conversation, Hill learned from Coulson about Skye's abduction and Grant Ward's defection and decided that Coulson's Team were better served hunting down Ward and his leader HYDRA John Garrett. When Talbot returned to the room to complete his deal with Hill, together, Hill and Coulson attacked Talbot and his men, taking them by surprise. While Hill knocked out Talbot's men, Coulson managed to shoot Talbot with an I.C.E.R. after a lengthy hand to hand fight. Coulson, Hill and the others escaped Providence to pursue Ward while Talbot took control of the base.
- "The corrupt institution has been dismantled, yes. We cut down the tree, we pulled up the roots, but let's just say I'll rest easier when we put them all on the bonfire."
- ―Glenn Talbot
For his actions, Talbot was promoted to the rank of Brigadier General. Talbot also became the Armed Forces' television representative, doing interviews with George Stephanopoulos. During one such interview, he bragged about taking down both HYDRA and S.H.I.E.L.D. and that he had a storage facility with S.H.I.E.L.D. paraphernalia.
While spending time with his wife and son in Potomac Plaza, Talbot was bumped into by a stranger, the stranger placed a phone in Talbot's pocket. When the phone rang, Talbot was at first confused about where the phone came from and ordered his wife to take their son away for their own protection. Talbot then answered the phone and spoke to Phil Coulson who warned him he was about to be attacked by the Absorbing Man. Talbot, seeking to arrest Coulson, put more thought into find his target rather than protecting himself, refusing the help and snapping the phone in two.
Talbot got his real phone and called for reinforements from the United States Armed Forces to come to his location immediately. As promised, Creel, who had learned from HYDRA that the Obelisk was in Talbot's storage facility, sneaked up on Talbot and attacked him. However Talbot was warned of the attack by Melinda May and was able to defend himself long enough for May to assist him, who battled Creel as he transported his body into steel and attacked the S.H.I.E.L.D. agent. Talbot saved by the combined efforts of May and Skye, who assisted Talbot's men in capturing Creel by using a Taser Projectile Launcher to subdue the assassin while the soldiers subdued and arrested Creel.
Talbot was surrounded by Lance Hunter and Isabelle Hartley who were disguised as Army Soldiers. While Talbot ordered his men to secure Creel, Hartley pulled him from the scene in order to get him to cover. However, when the Military Leader sought to take him to safety, Talbot was already kidnapped by Hunter and Hartley who took him to a S.H.I.E.L.D. SUV where May smugly captured him at gun point. Realizing he'd been tricked, Talbot cursed Coulson's name before he was driven away from the scene without his soldiers knowing what had happened as they took Creel away.
Confined to the cage of the Bus, Talbot was visited by Phil Coulson who attempted to convince Talbot that S.H.I.E.L.D. was not the terrorist organization he was convinced they were and suggested they begin working together. Talbot however refused to listen and furiously vowed to destroy their work. When Coulson changed tactics and suggested that their work protected people like Talbot's son, Talbot became angry, gripping the chair handles so Coulson explained that Creel's plan was to go to the Government Storage Warehouse to steal the Obelisk before he shot Talbot with an I.C.E.R..
When Talbot woke up in his car he immediately phoned the military to pick him up, using his passcode to get past security systems. He was unaware however that Coulson had tricked him into revealing the location and codes to the Government Storage Warehouse. Coulson was forced to use voice-altering software to mimic Talbot's voice when Private Tilden refused to allow the undercover team Coulson sent inside the base to enact the Infiltration into the Government Storage Warehouse during which time they encounter Carl Creel again and successfully stole a Quinjet.
Bribing Lance Hunter
Later, the United States Armed Forces captured S.H.I.E.L.D. agent and mercenary Lance Hunter, after Hunter's teammates were killed by Carl Creel in a car crash. Hunter was thrown in the boot of a car and driven to a field where he met with Brigadier General Talbot. While Hunter remained confused about his situation, Talbot greeted him with respect and offered him a lift in a military helicopter.
During a helicopter ride Talbot tried to convince him to give up Phil Coulson's secret base by offering him money, which he would acquire from Christian Ward. Talbot commented on Hunter's military history, although Hunter seemed unfazed and noted that it was all in the past for him. Hunter seemingly agreed to the offer however in exchange for two million dollars and a proper burial for his friend Isabelle Hartley. Hunter was dropped off back on the ground and given a car to drive back to Coulson's base. However Hunter decided not to give into Talbot's offer and continued working for Coulson.
At the specified amount of time, Talbot, with other soldiers, confronted Coulson. Coulson gave him the captive Absorbing Man, who had been turned into stone by with Overkill Device after a fight with Coulson's team. Coulson asked Talbot to give S.H.I.E.L.D. breathing room to operate in exchange for Creel's arrest, which would undoubtedly give Talbot another promotion. Talbot, thinking he had the advantage, tried to capture Coulson until the Bus deactivated its cloak and showed its aimed guns. Coulson then left Talbot in awe by departing in a cloaked Quinjet.
Sunil Bakshi impersonated Talbot in order to gain a 500 year old painting with the Words of Creation inscribed on its back. Phil Coulson and Melinda May had a video chat with Talbot informing him of the situation, Talbot questioned how Coulson could have mistaken Bakshi for him as Talbot had no interest in art. Talbot asked Coulson to talk to him longer so he could trace his call back to the Playground, but Coulson abruptly disconnected the line.
Hearing at the United Nations
- "We thought S.H.I.E.L.D. was protecting us, but, in truth, they took advantage of our good faith, and they still are."
- ―Glenn Talbot
During a hearing at the United Nations Headquarters, Talbot gave a speech about how S.H.I.E.L.D., in his view, used the public's trust and resources to further their own goals, and still does. He commented on how S.H.I.E.L.D. had secretly collected super-powered individuals to create the Avengers, put bases across the globe without giving any explanation and had inadvertently caused the Battle of New York, which Talbot witnessed first hand. Adamo Dioli, the Italian spokesman, questioned Talbot's arguments and claimed that Talbot had no proof to his views.
Before the debate could continue, Dioli was hit by a Splinter Bomb, causing him to scream in pain as his body disintegrated in a matter of seconds. The building came under attack by HYDRA operatives, posing as S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, led by mercenary Marcus Scarlotti, who had thrown the bomb at Dioli and threw a second at one of the guards. As Talbot tried to evacuate the building with others, Scarlotti claimed that S.H.I.E.L.D. was done hiding, and threw a Splinter Bomb in Talbot's direction. Talbot managed to evade the bomb and escaped with just a broken arm.
Talbot went to see Senator Christian Ward, his benefactor. Ward berated him for allowing S.H.I.E.L.D. to attack him and the United Nations, while bragging about defeating the organization. Talbot told him that he did not believe he was attacked by S.H.I.E.L.D. and assured the senator that he has not revealed Ward's connection to the HYDRA traitor Grant Ward, his estranged brother. Ward decided to make a statement condemning S.H.I.E.L.D.'s actions and called for a multi-national police force to target and prosecute those organizations with ties connected to S.H.I.E.L.D..
When Scarlotti attacked a S.H.I.E.L.D. Safe House in Bruges, killing all the agents inside including Noelle Walters, he was defeated by the S.H.I.E.L.D. Agents Melinda May, Bobbi Morse and Lance Hunter. Talbot eventually went to the Safe House in Bruges, in order to arrest Scarlotti and his HYDRA team. As Scarlotti was being transported into Talbot's custody, Talbot gave his condolences to Melinda May for the deaths of six agents, telling her that it was always a shame when a good agent dies. The pair shook hands and departed, showing their mutual respect for each other.
Talbot was called by Phil Coulson when Coulson wanted to trade Sunil Bakshi for Talbot's continued assistance in destroying any remaining cells of HYDRA. Talbot told Coulson that Bakshi was found to be connected to the Naval wedding massacre, the attack on the United Nations, and the impersonation of an officer, namely Talbot. Talbot agreed to the deal and Coulson transported Bakshi to him; before the exchange however, Coulson used Bakshi as bait to lure out the leaders of HYDRA and assassinate them.
Searching for the Mole
- "There is a mole on our base, this mole infiltrated security by posing as my wife and could be anyone in this room right now. Make no mistake, this is an enemy combatant, one not to be taken lightly. But rest assured I will find this perpetrator, because if there is one thing I cannot stand, it is a spy in my house."
- ―Glenn Talbot
While in his office, Talbot was speaking to Decker about the positives of the new lawnmower he had purchased when he received a call that his wife had just arrived and had left her I.D. at home, so Talbot allowed her to come up. Before she arrived however, Tablot then received a phone call from Carla saying that she was actually still stuck in traffic.
Realizing that someone must have come into the base while wearing the Photostatic Veil to disguise themselves and get past Campbell on security, Talbot called for an immediate lock-down of the entire base until he found the spy. Turning to Decker, Talbot called for every single female member of staff at the base to be gathered together, and not to allow anybody to leave the base, not even him, much to Decker's confusion. Talbot then began cursing the mask for it's deception, remembering when it was last used by HYDRA to trick S.H.I.E.L.D. by disguising the user as Talbot himself.
Talbot had every female member of staff line up in front of him, as he knew whoever had disguised themselves as his life was clearly a female spy. Once all the women had been gather, General Talbot explained the situation to them all, telling the United States Armed Forces soldiers that there was a spy in the base who could have disguised themselves as anybody in that room. Despite the staff members being highly confused by this concept, Talbot remained confident and vowed that he would find the spy and bring them to justice as he hated the concept of being tricked.
In an attempt to catch the spy out, began to ask each of the women personal questions to test them, such as asking one woman if her daughter went to the same school as his son, to which she reminded him that she did not have a daughter, at which point smiled and agreed, making it clear he knew she was not the spy. When Talbot came to Meredith Tredwyck, he became convinced she was the spy, announcing it to everyone and even trying to pull off the mask, only to learn that he was mistaken. He apologized to Tredwyck before cursing at his failure to discover the true spy anywhere.
With his agents cleared of suspicion, Talbot was leaving the office with Decker when he came across his wife. Talbot pulled his gun on her and ordered her to lie face down on the floor, believing her to be the spy. Carla however explained that the guard behind the desk was missing and she had just come to drop off their lunch, before bursting into tears due to confusion. Talbot quickly realized that the woman was indeed his wife. He learned that the spy had escaped the facility alongside her companion, Grant Ward, and their hostage Sunil Bakshi, whom they had broken out of prison.
Talbot later called Phil Coulson and Melinda May to inform them of the incident. He explained to Coulson that his men had spotted on the CCTV camera from outside, Grant Ward with the spy kidnapping Sunil Bakshi and driving away with him. Talbot expressed his grief at having lost three good soldiers during the attack as well as nearly losing his own marriage due to the confusion and chaos they had caused, so Coulson assured him they would do everything in their power to find Ward and bring him to justice, as S.H.I.E.L.D. had their own reasons to want Ward dealt with as soon as possible.
The New Position
- "I'm technically your boss now right? But I'd prefer to be partners."
"You are not now, nor will you ever be, my boss, and we will never be partners! I didn't ask to get up in front of this side show circus."
- ―Phil Coulson and Glenn Talbot
Carl Creel was able to break free of the Faustus brainwashing while in prison and renounced his loyalty to HYDRA, as a result Talbot hired him as his personal bodyguard. Talbot was named by Matthew Ellis as the new head of the Advanced Threat Containment Unit in the wake of the Assassination of Rosalind Price. Almost immediately after this, Talbot's son was kidnapped by Gideon Malick, who blackmailed Talbot into promising to betray Phil Coulson for HYDRA.
Talbot's wife Carla blamed her husband for losing their son and decided to get on a plane and leave him. Talbot took her to the airport and tried desperately to get her to change her mind, promising that he would find a way to fix this problem, but she ignored his pleas and got on the plane. As Talbot watched her leave he was visited by Phil Coulson, who came to speak to him about the future relationship between S.H.I.E.L.D. and the ATCU although Talbot tried to ignore him Coulson reminded him that he was technically Talbot's boss now.
As they walked through the airport, Talbot and Coulson discussed the upcoming Symposium on Alien Contagion Delegates which Matthew Ellis wished them to attend together to discuss Inhumans. Coulson noted that S.H.I.E.L.D. believed that Gideon Malick would likely have a mole at the meeting who they needed to find and arrest so that Malick could be found. As Coulson prepared to leave in his car in commented that he genuinely wished that Talbot and his wife repaired their relationship for the sake of their son.
When Coulson was suddenly warned by Melinda May that an enemy target was heading their way, Coulson saw the target was Carl Creel and assumed Talbot was the target, so he then threw Talbot into his car for his own protection. Coulson, May and Lincoln Campbell then battled Creel until they were able to use his powers against him and defeated him, at which point Talbot was freed from the car. Talbot furiously rushed over and explained that Creel was not there to assassinate him but was really there to protect him.
Back at the Playground, Talbot clashed with Lance Hunter who despised Creel for killing Isabelle Hartley and Idaho, although Talbot insisted that this was purely due to Daniel Whitehall's brainwashing. Talbot insisted that he trusted Creel and refused to give him up, vowing that he would not attend the meeting without him. Despite Daisy Johnson arguing that they did not need him, Coulson explained that they did need the head of the ATCU and agreed to allow Creel to join them on their mission, acting as Talbot's bodyguard.
While travelling onboard Zephyr One towards Taiwan, Talbot listened alongside May and Bobbi Morse as Director Coulson briefed them on what to expect from the mission. Coulson explained that the other deligates attending the meeting would be Anton Petrov, Xiao Chen, Ellen King, Haruto Yakimura or Nathi Zuma and one of these people would be most likely be Malick's mole, feeding him vital information on the status of the Inhumans around the world. Coulson explained that their mission would be to find a way to a peaceful solution to the Inhuman Outbreak and find Malick's mole before HYDRA could learn too much about their intentions.
General Talbot was furious when Phil Coulson convinced him to wear a traditional long-gown at the meeting, while Coulson argued it was a respectful gesture. Once inside Talbot met Anton Petrov and introduced Coulson as Sean Lundwall of the CDC. Coulson shook hands with Petrov and the other delegates, using his Prosthetic Hand to scan their fingerprints. Talbot suspected everyone, accusing Xiao Chen of being too nice and Ellen King of being hotheaded.
Talbot, Coulson and the delegates gathered in the meeting room and Talbot gave a brief opening statement in which he thanked them all for attending on behalf of Matthew Ellis. The conversation quickly turned to Inhumans, with Coulson attempting to convince the group that they were only seeking peace. While Haruto Yakimura remained skeptical, Petrov suggested that Russia was willing to make themselves a sanctuary state for the Inhumans. Nathi Zuma agreed with Petrov and called for a vote. Talbot and Coulson briefly discussed what their options were.
Moments before Chen called for the vote, Talbot interrupted her and called the guards in, announcing that there was a traitor in the room, accusing Coulson and showing the room how Coulson had been spying on them all and was not Sean Lundwall as he claimed to be. Gideon Malick then entered the room and accused Coulson of being the Director of HYDRA. Coulson then found that Talbot was the traitor, in which he responded "Kumbaya". Malick used images of Lash's victims to accuse Coulson of wanting to exterminate Inhumans while Talbot reluctantly stood by his side.
Malick had Coulson taken into the basement for execution and Talbot followed closely behind, demanding that Malick give him back his son now the deal had been completed. However Malick refused to complete the deal on his end and instead locked Talbot in a cage beside Coulson, handcuffing them to each other. When Coulson questioned his motives for what he was doing, Malick explained that he was building an army before leaving the room and ordering his men to execute the pair of them.
While waiting for their deaths, Talbot joked that he prefer Coulson die first so he could be left in peace at last, but when Coulson questioned why he remained confident, Talbot explained that he had a man on the inside. At that moment Carl Creel burst into the room and defeated the guards, explaining that he and Lance Hunter had found Talbot's son. When another guard burst in, Talbot and Coulson were forced to run while still handcuffed, with Talbot grabbing Phil Coulson's Prosthetic Hand on the way.
Once Talbot explained his situation with Malick to Coulson, they regrouped with Lance Hunter, Bobbi Morse and Creel who freed them of their handcuffs. The furious Talbot grabbed a nearby HYDRA guard and demanded to know where his son was, when the man failed to answer, Talbot knocked him out with a single hard punch. While Coulson ordered Hunter and Morse to go after Malick, the rest escaped once Melinda May had located George Talbot in the van where he was being kept in Suspension Gel.
- "I had a little help."
"That's what partners are for, General."
"Call me Glenn... Occasionally."
- ―Glenn Talbot and Phil Coulson
Back on Zephyr One, Talbot sat beside his sleeping son as he slowly recovered from his ordeal. Phil Coulson stood by and commented on how happy his wife would be now he had fixed the situation. They briefly discussed their partnership and when Coulson casually called him General, Talbot told him to call him Glenn, although he noted this would only be occasionally. Returning to the ATCU, Talbot assisted in the arrest of Watchdog Oscar when he was captured by Daisy Johnson.
Wiping Out HYDRA
- "The head has been cut. I repeat, the head has been cut."
- ―Glenn Talbot
When S.H.I.E.L.D. captured and questioned Gideon Malick, he told Phil Coulson everything he knew about HYDRA to avenge the death of his daughter who had been killed by the Inhuman Hive. Coulson sent all the information to Talbot who led the United States Armed Forces and the ATCU in a successful worldwide offensive against the terrorist organization, effectively wiping them out.
In response to the United Nations decision to push forward with the Sokovia Accords, Talbot was sent by Matthew Ellis to ask Phil Coulson about any enhanced soldiers he may have at S.H.I.E.L.D.. Talbot met Coulson at a bar where he questioned him about failing to show off his base while also asking about Coulson's damaged leg. Talbot explained the situation and advised Coulson to reveal the truth so S.H.I.E.L.D. could be recognized by the government again.
Much to Talbot's annoyance, Coulson continued to refuse to give up any information about the Inhumans he may have working for him, noting that the Accords had led to the Avengers Civil War and that his teams worked in the shadows while the Avengers were public. Talbot advised Coulson to reveal the truth about his work, promising that he would find out the information with or without his help. Coulson agreed and promised to take Talbot to the Playground, revealing that the bar held a secret entrance taking them straight to the base.
Talbot admired how he had been unaware of the SSR base as Coulson explained that its location was never on record while asking him not to report his Secret Warriors to Ellis. As Talbot demanded to know how many Inhumans Coulson had he was introduced to Elena Rodriguez, who claimed that if her name was put on record then she would become a target. Rodriguez then demonstrated her super speed by stealing Talbot's medals from his uniform before Talbot and Coulson continued their debate, discussing the Index.
Talbot was taken to Lincoln Campbell, whom he remembered for trying to kill Carl Creel. Talbot pitched the Sokovia Accords to Campbell, explaining that they were there for protection, noting that Campbell had control issues. Campbell questioned how registration would work and agreed to sign the Accords and register his powers, much to Coulson's surprise. Talbot questioned why Campbell did not use his powers to escape and he explained that while he could he would not get far enough away without help.
Wishing to see the ugly side of Coulson's Inhumans, Talbot was taken to Lash, who was being kept in a Containment Module. Talbot was mortified but Coulson explained that the monster was once Andrew Garner before undergoing Terrigenesis while Talbot questioned why it was being kept at the base, recommending it be kept in Suspension Gel. Talbot asked where Daisy Johnson was before revealing that he knew Johnson was with the believed dead Grant Ward, noting that he had wanted to know if Coulson would lie to him.
War with Hive
Going into Phil Coulson's office, Talbot was informed that Daisy Johnson had become a slave to the god of the Inhumans known as Hive. The theories of Hive were explained by Leo Fitz, but Coulson insisted that Hive was not the devil, simply another Inhuman who had taken over the corpse of Grant Ward. Talbot argued that this situation proved why the Sokovia Accords were needed while Jemma Simmons explained that Hive now had the Kree blood and Terrigen Crystals that he needed to create more Inhumans.
As Talbot demanded to know how they could possibly stop Hive, Coulson told him to calm down, causing Talbot to really lose his temper before asking how Coulson stayed so calm, who explained that he was getting used to these situations. Talbot insisted that they call the United States Armed Forces to bomb Hive but Coulson refused, arguing that it would take too long. Fitz confirmed that Hive had stolen something from the Advanced Threat Containment Unit which could help his plans while Coulson asked Talbot to trust them.
The group then realized that Johnson had hacked into their systems and helped Lincoln Campbell to escape his room. While Talbot berated Coulson about the break out they encountered Melinda May, who claimed that Campbell could escape the way Talbot had gotten in through the bar. Eventually it seemed Campbell had escaped in a Quinjet after attacking and subduing Alphonso Mackenzie, but May appeared and revealed that it had all been a plan to fool Johnson while they put Lash in Campbell's place.
While Campbell and May explained how the plan had been put forward, Talbot listened closely and complimented Campbell on tricking him while noting that he was impressed by Coulson's deception. They discussed the risks for Johnson in bringing Lash to attack Hive, although it was agreed that it was the best option they had. Talbot questioned Campbell as to why he believed that Lash could defeat Hive, with Campbell claiming that all Inhumans had a purpose and they believed that Lash's purpose was to destroy Hive.
Eventually Johnson returned to the Playground having been saved from Hive's mind control by Lash, she then told Talbot that Lash had been killed by Hellfire before he could destroy Hive. Talbot, Coulson, Mackenzie and Elena Rodriguez watched as Simmons treated Johnson while Talbot questioned if this was all a trick. Eventually Simmons confirmed that Johnson was safe and they discussed Hive's plan to use Terrigen Crystals and a missile to complete his plan, with Talbot confirming that he had stolen a warhead from the ATCU.
Stopping Hive's Plans
In an attempt to stop Hive from launching a missile filled with deadly Terrigen Mist, Talbot contacted General Andaz and requested that he be given permission to gain the kill code in order to override the launch. Andaz refused to disobey protocol, but Talbot had Leo Fitz use S.H.I.E.L.D. technology to scan Andaz's face to be used to override his orders.
Standing in front of a green screen, Fitz used motion detectors to make himself appear as Andaz on a screen, with Talbot ensuring that he remained the correct height to pull off the deception, despite Fitz being distracted by the technology. They contacted Undersecretary Walter Thomas and convinced him that Phil Coulson, who was collecting the kill codes, was a member of the Advanced Threat Containment Unit and had full authorization to collect the codes. Despite being suspicious, Thomas did as instructed.
The codes worked to stop the missile launch and the Secret Warriors eventually managed to capture Hive in Suspension Gel. While Talbot spoke to Coulson in the Playground about his plan to send in Inhumans on the mission, he congratulated him on a successful plan and they discussed the Primitives, with Talbot noting that he did not want anyone else on Earth becoming one of those things. Coulson however noted that the war head was still missing as Giyera had stolen it during the mission and therefore there was still a risk.
Melinda May interrupted them to introduce Doctor Holden Radcliffe who was responsible for transforming the men into the Primitives. Despite Radcliffe attempting to insist that he was a victim and a hostage in the situation, commenting on Talbot's mustache to try and relax the situation, Talbot was not swayed and insulted Radcliffe while ordering him to find whatever kind of cure he could to help the people he had infected, warning that if he failed then he would likely be transformed into one himself as punishment.
Creating the Patriot
Recreating Captain America
Having just been ordered to inform President Matthew Ellis the exact location of the Playground base, which in turn had eventually led to all of S.H.I.E.L.D. accepting the Sokovia Accords and becoming legal again. Following the relegitimatization of S.H.I.E.L.D., Talbot was tasked by Matthew Ellis with finding a powered replacement for Phil Coulson as the Director of S.H.I.E.L.D.. As Talbot could not find a suited candidate, he established Project Patriot to give Jeffrey Mace powers using a new version of Calvin Zabo's Formula, which enhanced Mace's own strength and durability to incredible levels.
In order to eliminate prejudice against Inhumans and to ensure that the Inhumans would trust the new S.H.I.E.L.D., Mace was ordered to pretend to be an Inhuman himself. Talbot attended a public meeting in which Director Mace gave a speech thanking Quake for all of her work to protect innocent people while she was supposedly working undercover, bringing out Michelle Caldwell to make her own personal statement. During the speech, Talbot carried the briefcase containing the Patriot Serum vials before handing them to Burrows, handcuffing it to him. While Caldwell spoke about Quake saving her life.
During the speeches, Quake was able to spot a sniper on the roof and warned Director Mace, who used his podium to block the Judas Bullet before it exploded, saving his own life and Caldwell's. While Quake found and subdued the sniper, Talbot pushed his way through all the panicked crowds and found both Phil Coulson and Alphonso Mackenzie, ordering them to take Director Mace out of harm's way by flying him toward a S.H.I.E.L.D. Safe House onboard one of their Quinjets. With the sniper now in custody, Talbot focused on bringing him in for questioning about the assassination attempt.
Returning into the Playground, it was soon discovered that Mace's Quinjet had been attacked and had fallen off their radar, making it impossible for them to figure out where they crash landed. Talbot was joined by Melinda May, Quake and Jemma Simmons in Mace's office where they discussed what was to be done next, but despite May and Simmons demanding more clearance, Talbot refused and continued to take full command of the entire operation before he was called by President Matthew Ellis who demanded an update on both Mace and the briefcase's condition at this current time.
Seeking answers, Talbot sat down with the assassin Yuri Zaikin and demanded answers, recommending that Zaikin stop using the silent treatment. Zaikin then revealed that he and his men had considered every possible outcome to their actions and had found the ways to ensure Mace's death in all of them. Having learned that Zaikin had joined the Watchdogs in the wake of the end of HYDRA, Talbot then revealed to Zaikin that he was the one who had led the recent and successful Destruction of HYDRA, but Kaikin was still unintimidated and refused to speak to Talbot to the Watchdogs' plans.
Confessing the Truth
Talbot furiously walked into the Playground's lab and complained about no longer being able to use tactics he used during the Cold War, much to the other agents disapproval. Talbot asked for a new update on Jeffrey Mace's location only to be told by Leo Fitz that it was impossible to find him due to a device blocking the tracking systems on their Quinjet. Believing that the Watchdogs were behind this attack, Jemma Simmons requested a chance to access Senator Ellen Nadeer and Mace's files, but Talbot refused.
As she checked her ipad however, Simmons realized that she had gained access to the previously blocked file on Project Patriot and demanded to know what it was and why Talbot was trying to hide it. Seeing that he had no way to block Simmons from reading it, Talbot ordered all the other S.H.I.E.L.D. agents to then leave the lab and explained how he not restarted all Abraham Erskine's work but had given Mace a modified version of Calvin Zabo's Formula to give him super strength. Talbot stood by his decision and explained that there was a chance Mace was now out there without any power.
While Simmons summed up the situation with the Attack on Jeffrey Mace, Fitz confirmed that he still could not find a way to locate the Quinjet's signal. With no other choice, they then focused back on trying to break Yuri Zaikin although Talbot insisted it was not so easy, but Simmons came up with a plan. Returning to Zaikin's room, Talbot revealed that Simmons had once been undercover in HYDRA and she claimed to have learned a few things about torture. With Talbot stood by, Simmons then opened a box to reveal Aida's severed head to Zaikin, horrifying him to the point to told them everything.
Using the intel Zaikin provided, Melinda May and Quake were able to rescue Director Mace and bring them back to the Playground. While in Mace's office, Talbot was berated by Phil Coulson for being a part of Project Patriot due to the risks involved with it, however Talbot argued that S.H.I.E.L.D. needed the Inhumans on their side and this was the best choice since Quake and Captain America had both gone rogue. While Talbot boasted about his achievement in providing a Patriot, Mace then asked him to leave the room while he spoke to Coulson privately, much to Talbot's great annoyance.
Dealing with Ellen Nadeer
- "This move just exposed the fact that we have a leak. Someone tipped Nadeer off we were coming. You opposed the op. Did you warn her?"
"I believed in you when no one else did Phil. No, I am not the leak. S.H.I.E.L.D. only exists because of me, and maybe that's a mistake."
- ―Phil Coulson and Glenn Talbot
Calling a new meeting, it was agreed that Quake should now sign the Sokovia Accords to go make a public statement about S.H.I.E.L.D. becoming a legitimate organisation once again. However, to Talbot's annoyance, Phil Coulson revealed that they also planned to use the meeting as a chance to get into Ellen Nadeer's office and plant cameras. Talbot insisted they reconsider, as this was too risky but Coulson reminded him of Project Patriot's risks. Coulson insisted that S.H.I.E.L.D. now needed to be proactive and told Talbot he would leave dealing with politicians to him.
As they prepared to leave for the mission, Coulson informed Jeffrey Mace and Talbot that Alphonso Mackenzie would not be joining them. Talbot once again insisted that Coulson and Mace reconsider attacking Nadeer's office, but Coulson told him that Nadeer was far too dangerous to be allowed to go on unmonitored. With no choice, Talbot told Coulson to prepare S.H.I.E.L.D. records in case anything went wrong and Nadeer demanded a review of them. When Mace backed up all of Coulson's orders, Talbot noted that Mace now had to agree with whatever Coulson had said to him.
Upon arriving at the meeting, General Talbot got inbetween Ellen Nadeer and Director Mace just as they began having a clash of words in which Nadeer claimed she was surprised to see him while Quake claimed she was just surprised to see him alive after her recent assassination attempt. When Nadeer made the comment that many questions would be answered during this meeting, Quake questioned Talbot about what she could mean by that, with Talbot simply saying that he guessed they would soon find out Nadeer's true intentions once the meeting had finally begun.
As the meeting went underway, Talbot watched as Quake was then questioned by Chairman Gene Williams and Senator Maria Nunez until it was Nadeer's own turn to speak. As Talbot listened, Nadeer accused Quake of focusing on helping the Inhumans over normal Humans before demanding to know what she had done with all the seven million dollars she had stolen while supposedly undercover, something that Quake struggled to defend. As Nadeer continued to press the subject, Talbot tried to speak up only to be told to remain seated by Chairman Williams so Nadeer could finish speaking.
Despite Talbot's best efforts to defend S.H.I.E.L.D. and insist that it was not engaging in any criminal activities, Nadeer was able to bring in Coulson and Yo-Yo Rodriguez who had just been discovered by her men installing the cameras inside her office. Nadeer made a point that Rodriguez had also signed the Sokovia Accords but had taken part on this mission with the approval of the United Nations which went against what the Accords stood for and was a clear violation of the new law. Noting this is what had happened with Quake, Nadeer accused S.H.I.E.L.D. of being a criminal organisation.
Talbot was called into a meeting with Mace, Nadeer and Williams in which it was decided that a full investigation into S.H.I.E.L.D. was required, leading to Talbot furiously blaming Coulson. Just as Talbot accused Coulson of never taking his advice, Coulson reminded him of how he had lied about Project Patriot and the mission in Taiwan, to which Talbot reminded him how Gideon Malick had kidnapped his son. Coulson then accused Talbot of possibly being the leak within S.H.I.E.L.D., but Talbot claimed he was not and that he had now lost all of his good faith in Coulson's leadership skills.
Hunting S.H.I.E.L.D., Again
- "Necessary?! It's essential, unless you can explain to me in 50 words or less why I found Jeffrey Mace's body washed up on a beach with his bones Quaked apart, days after I found this base in flames! Flesh melting off of robot bodies; twelve S.H.I.E.L.D. agents in critical with burns or broken bones; three dead, double hits to the heart and crushed frickin' skulls!"
- ―Glenn Talbot to Phil Coulson
Following the Destruction of the Playground and the discovery of the desecrated body of Director Jeffrey Mace, Talbot discovered Aida's attempted infiltration of S.H.I.E.L.D. Given the shattered state of the Mace's bones Talbot assumed Quake was his killer and that several agents had been replaced by Aida. While investigating the situation Talbot released a statement implying Quake had something to do with the destruction of the Playground and also implyed that any agents would be treated as a hostile.
General Talbot then set up a quarantine all around the Playground as well as having soldiers of the United States Armed Forces guard the place. However this did not stop Phil Coulson from sneaking in to refuel the Zephyr One and to contain Aida following the construction of her new organic body infused with powers. While Coulson was still onboard, Talbot and his own soldiers boarded and held the agents at gunpoint, with Talbot demanding an explanation over Mace's death and the robotic bodies that were found in the burned remains of the Playground, with Coulson noting that the explanation might prove to be somewhat difficult for the General to understand.
Coulson explained to Talbot that they had all been kidnapped by the terrorist calling himself the Superior who, alongside Aida, had locked the agents inside the Framework, the digital reality which had been created by Holden Radcliffe which they had only just escaped from, with Mace losing his life inside this virtual reality. While Talbot still struggled to believe their story, he then attempted to arrest them all until things could be explaiend. But Aida got loose before anything could happen, murdering more agents and soldiers in her psychotic rage, leading to an armed standoff between Quake and Talbot.
With Talbot knowing he and all his men did not stand a chance going against Quake's Inhuman power, he ordered them to back off while the agents made their escape from the base. The Zephyr began to lift off and still confused on what was happening, Talbot decided to stay behind to continue his investigation into what had caused all of the chaos. Once Talbot had investigated the aftermath of Aida's rampage across the Playground, he decided to restrict access to the base by calling in hazmat teams. He then left the building, missing the return of the Ghost Rider through a portal within the Playground.
- "I've got a dozen intelligence agencies who now know that Mace wasn't an Inhuman. They know S.H.I.E.L.D. lied about it, and they're wondering what else you might've lied about."
"That was your lie, not ours."
"Damn it, Phil, you're missing the point. There's an international intelligence inquiry tomorrow morning, and I need you there."
- ―Glenn Talbot to Daisy Johnson (Life-Model Decoy)
As General Talbot walked down a corridor with Lieutenant Evans, he contacted Phil Coulson, informing him that several soldiers had been killed by Aida and that several intelligence agencies now knew of their lies regarding Jeffrey Mace. Talbot then told Coulson about an inquiry meeting with members of the board, although Coulson refused to attend the meeting as Aida was still targeting them.
Without Coulson present, Talbot then attended the meeting where he witnessed Anton Ivanov presenting the Darkhold to all of the board members, as he claimed that for too long they had turned a blind eye to all S.H.I.E.L.D.'s actions behind the scenes and also claimed they had been weaponising the Inhumans, which Talbot furiously denied. While Ivanov and Sergei Mishkin presented the Darkhold and claimed that it held the answers they would need to bring down S.H.I.E.L.D., Talbot attempted to stop Ivanov's suggestion to the board members about reading the book, claiming it to all be a deception.
However, as the meeting still continued, Talbot and everybody else overheard gunshots as Daisy Johnson burst into the room. As Talbot questioned if Coulson was also with Johnson, she unexpectedly drew a gun and she then shot Talbot directly in the head, revealing herself to be a Life-Model Decoy. Talbot survived the gunshot and was then taken to hospital to recover, with Evans furiously blaming S.H.I.E.L.D. and Quake for the attack. While Talbot remained in a coma due to his injury, General Hale was sent to replace him and capture the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents believed to be responsible.
Talbot is an extremely strong willed man. He is often quick to form judgements and opinions on situations and it is almost impossible to get him to change his mind.
Although he can be quick tempered, Talbot is very brave, often risking his life for others and putting himself into dangerous situations, as when he fought Carl Creel single-handedly and stepped out unarmed into the Providence base to question Phil Coulson.
He cares for his family deeply and will often put their well-being ahead of his own; he dedicates every Tuesday's lunchtime to spend with his wife.
His relationship with Coulson is in, Coulson's own words "like the Odd Couple"; Tablot withholds information and Coulson has S.H.I.E.L.D. act without the permission of the government.
- Expert Combatant: Glenn Talbot has a large knowledge of the hand-to-hand combat taught by the United States Armed Forces. He demonstrated this while fighting Phil Coulson and Carl Creel.
- Beretta 92FS: Glenn Talbot used the Beretta 92FS, one of the standard sidearms of the United States Armed Forces, to try to kill Phil Coulson when he attacked him to escape from Providence base.
- Colt M1911A1: Glenn Talbot carried this weapon as his sidearm inside his facility in Washington, D.C. He used it to threaten his wife Carla, as Agent 33 had infiltrated his base by mimicking Carla's face.
- Uniform: Talbot uses two different uniforms, the Air Force Service Dress uniform and the utility uniform. He wears several military decorations on the left side of the Air Force Service Dress uniform.
- The Air Force Training
- The Small Arms Expert Marksmanship
- The Military Training Instructor
- The Air Force Longevity Service (with clusters)
- The Overseas Long Tour (with cluster)
- The Humanitarian Service
- The Global War on Terrorism Service
- The Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary
- The Armed Forces Expeditionary
- The National Defense Service (with star)
- The Combat Readiness (with cluster)
- The Outstanding Airman of the Year
- The Air Force Recognition (with cluster and Valor)
- The Joint Meritorious Unit Award
- The Aerial Achievement
- The Meritorious Service (with clusters)
- The Legion of Merit (with clusters)
- The Defense Superior Service (with clusters)
- The Air Force Distinguished Service (with cluster)
|Appearances for Glenn Talbot|
In chronological order:
- In the comics, Glenn Talbot is an enemy of the Hulk and right hand man of General Thaddeus Ross. He was also temporarily married to Thaddeus' daughter Betty Ross.
- In the non-canon video game The Incredible Hulk, Glenn Talbot is a Major and is killed after activating the self-destruct in the Hulkbuster armor he used while trying to defeat Hulk.
Behind the Scenes
- Glenn Talbot in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is the second live-action incarnation of the character, following an incarnation portrayed by Josh Lucas.
- Jessen Noviello was a stunt double for Adrian Pasdar in the role of Glenn Talbot.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 2.04: Face My Enemy
- ↑ Talbot is wearing the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal on his Air Force Service Dress uniform.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 2.06: A Fractured House
- ↑ Captain America: The Winter Soldier
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 1.18: Providence
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 1.20: Nothing Personal
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 2.01: Shadows
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 2.02: Heavy is the Head
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 2.11: Aftershocks
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 2.14: Love in the Time of HYDRA
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Episode 3.12: The Inside Man
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 3.11: Bouncing Back
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 3.14: Watchdogs
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 3.18: The Singularity
- ↑ 15.0 15.1 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 3.20: Emancipation
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 3.21: Absolution
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 4.01: The Ghost
- ↑ 18.0 18.1 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D: 4.10: The Patriot
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 4.11: Wake Up
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 4.21: The Return
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 4.22: World's End
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 5.05: Rewind
- ↑ The Incredible Hulk video game
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