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- "There's nothing holding us together."
"Yes, there is! Hope. We never give up. We're always held together by hope."
- ―Yo-Yo Rodriguez and Alphonso Mackenzie
Alphonso "Mack" Mackenzie is the Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. Despite the heavy casualties S.H.I.E.L.D. took during HYDRA 's attack on it, he stayed loyal to his oath and continued his service in the remains of S.H.I.E.L.D. under Robert Gonzales . However, as another faction of S.H.I.E.L.D. led by Phil Coulson emerged, he was sent alongside Bobbi Morse and Isabelle Hartley to infiltrate it. Now working undercover, he pretended to be a simple mechanic while searching for Nick Fury 's Toolbox. When the truth was revealed, Mackenzie's colleagues quickly attacked and occupied the Playground , taking control over most of S.H.I.E.L.D. However, the two factions eventually managed to put aside their differences and work together against HYDRA. When S.H.I.E.L.D. was formally reunited with Coulson as its rightful director, Mackenzie decided to leave the organization, only to change his mind when the Inhumans killed Gonzales and attacked S.H.I.E.L.D. After the War against the Inhumans, during which he saved Coulson's life, Mackenzie was put in charge of overseeing all alien artifacts S.H.I.E.L.D. may collect.
A few months later, he became the partner of Daisy Johnson in recruiting Inhumans to the powered individuals team she was establishing. Mackenzie united the team when he was the temporary Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. He continued working with S.H.I.E.L.D. in their fights against Gideon Malick and Hive.
Eventually, his partner went rogue, so he and Agent Coulson pursued her under the leadership of a new Director Jeffrey Mace . But as Lucy Bauer , a woman with ghost-like abilities, wanted to use the Darkhold for her needs, Mackenzie had to join forces with Johnson and Robbie Reyes, the Ghost Rider , to stop her. Mackenzie was temporarily merged with the Spirit of Vengeance. He then helped S.H.I.E.L.D. to defeat Eli Morrow , which led to the renewal of his relationship with Elena Rodriguez . Following Holden Radcliffe 's betrayal on S.H.I.E.L.D., Mackenzie was kidnapped and his his mind was put inside the Framework , a virtual reality where lived a rewritten life with his long dead daughter. Despite Johnson and Jemma Simmons ' efforts to bring him back to the real world, Mackenzie decided to stay with his daughter in the Framework. However, when the Framework started deleting itself, including his daughter, a grieving Mackenzie followed Rodriguez back to the real world.
Soon after, Mackenzie and the rest of the team were sent to the year 2091 where Earth had been destroyed and the human survivors lived in the Lighthouse under Kree rule. He and Rodriguez decided to stay in the station with Inhuman Flint to help the people to stand against the Kree, while the rest of the team left to find a way back to the present. With the succss of the uprising he helped to cause and the death of Kasius by him, Mackenzie returned to the present. S.H.I.E.L.D. immediately worked to prevent the Destruction of Earth, came into conflict with General Hale's HYDRA and later with the Confederacy. Following S.H.I.E.L.D.'s victory over Glenn Talbot and saving Earth, although losing Fitz, the mantle of Director was passed to Mackenzie.
Early History Edit
Mack has a brother named Ruben who thinks Mack works for an insurance company.
Mack was previously married to a woman named Nicole. They had a daughter together named Hope, but Hope died just four days after she was born. Mack and his wife were divorced sometime after this.
The Day S.H.I.E.L.D. Fell Edit
During the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Hydra sent an encrypted message out across all S.H.I.E.L.D. communication channels activating all Hydra sleeper agents within S.H.I.E.L.D. Hydra was determined to kill every S.H.I.E.L.D. agent and take control of every S.H.I.E.L.D. facility.
Bobbi informed Mack of her mission to rescue Gonzales and Mack decides to help her. They found Gonzales in the ship's conference room with a broken leg. It was then Bobbi revealed Nick Fury had given her a second mission to insert a disc into the ship's server core which would simultaneously detonate every weapon aboard the ship thereby sinking it. The Monolith was in the ship's cargo hold and Fury rather it be destroyed than let Hydra have it.
Mack and Gonzales agreed to help Bobbi with her mission, but when they reached the ship's server core Mack convinced Bobbi to change her mind as they were still S.H.I.E.L.D. agents aboard the ship fighting Hydra and if they sank the ship they'd kill them too.
It was then Bobbi, Izzy, Gonzales, and Mack decided to go against Fury's orders and retake the ship and, against all odds they succeeded.
Gonzales and the others decided to build a new S.H.I.E.L.D., one based around transparency and leaders being accountable for their actions.
When the "real" S.H.I.E.L.D. learned Fury had appointed Coulson to be the new director and Coulson was creating his own version of S.H.I.E.L.D., Gonzales didn't believe Coulson could be trusted thus he sent Bobbi and Mack undercover to infiltrate Coulson's organization and learn what secrets Coulson was keeping.
Season 2 Edit
During "Heavy is the Head", he and Fitz worked together on a way to neutralize Carl Creel. After Fitz told him that he, "did not fix it today," and Mack realized that Fitz meant that he had come up with the solution before, they went through Fitz's old designs and finally found a way to neutralize Carl Creel by upgrading the Overkill Device. After this, they seem to have become pretty close colleagues, if not friends. Mack also reverse engineered the cloaking system of the Quinjet the team stole during "Shadows" together with Antoine Triplett and installed it on the Bus. Mack questioned Fitz directly about how he was coping with the absence/loss of Simmons, although the younger man was looking at his own 'version' of her when he claimed to be okay.
By "Making Friends and Influencing People", Mack is working as a de facto interpreter, filling in the blanks for Fitz in the latter's vocabulary as Fitz attempts to brief the group.
In "Ye Who Enter Here," at the beginning of the episode, Mack gives Coulson a toy remote-controlled version of Lola as a present. However, it's later revealed that the toy actually has a scanner built into it meant to find where Coulson hid Fury's Toolbox.
Later, Coulson informs Mack and the others that they've located the alien city Hydra has been looking for. The City is underground, underneath San Juan, Puerto Rico, specifically under the Fort of San Cristobal. Fitz, Simmons, and Mack use the Mouse Hole to drill a hole into a shaft leading from the fort down into the City, but when they lose contact with the D.W.A.R.F.s they sent down the shaft they use a winch to lower Mack down into the City.
When Mack reaches the bottom, he notices symbols that match the symbols on the Diviner are carved into the floor. The symbols then begin glowing, the symbols then appear on Mack's hand, and Mack begins screaming. Coulson and the others pull Mack up, but as soon as he's out of the shaft his eyes turn red and he attacks them. Also, it appears Mack has peak-human strength now.
Mack tries to kill Bobbi and Coulson shoots him with an ICER, but it appear to have no effect. Mack then turns on Fitz, but Bobbi knocks him unconscious by electrocuting him with her batons. Mack then falls down the shaft into the City.
Mack's experience in the alien city left him with a permanent distrust of anything alien.
In "Aftershocks," Mack gets a copy of the base's blueprints from Coulson, saying he wants to inspect the base's ventilation system. However, the truth is Mack was getting the blueprints for Gonzales in order to help plan their attack on the base.
In "Who You Really Are," Coulson tells Mack he wants to make him a field agent, but Mack hesitates to accept Coulson's offer as he doesn't like violence.
Later, Hunter confronts Mack about the secret Bobbi and he have been keeping and, worried Hunter might tell Coulson, knocks Hunter unconscious and abducts him. When Hunter wakes up, he finds Mack has taken him aboard The Iliad.
In "One Door Closes," Coulson discovers Mack's deception when he finds the scanner inside the toy version of Lola Mack gave him. However, while Coulson is questioning Mack, Gonzales and his agents release a dendrotoxin gas into the base's air vents which knock everyone inside the base unconscious. Gonzles then frees Mack and the "real" S.H.I.E.L.D. captures the base. Coulson, however, escapes.
After Coulson opens the Toolbox for Gonzales and "theta protocol" is revealed, Gonzales feels Coulson can be trusted again thus the two organizations come together as one S.H.I.E.L.D. with Coulson reinstated as director.
In "Scars," Mack tells Coulson he's quitting S.H.I.E.L.D. because he still doesn't trust Coulson and refuses to be an agent as long as Coulsons director.
In "S.O.S. Part One," Mack changes his mind and remains at S.H.I.E.L.D. after he hears Gonzales is dead.
After the war with the inhumans was over, Coulson put Mack in charge of all of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s alien artifacts including The Monolith.
Season 3 Edit
In "Closure," Coulson leaves to go on a mission to kill Ward and while he's gone he makes Mack acting director as May is too shaken over what's happened to Andrew to be in charge and Mack is the only person who doesn't have a personal vendetta against Ward.
Later, Daisy calls Mack to tell her they've found where the Watchdogs are going to be meeting to plan their next attack and Mack leaves to join her on the mission. However, while outside the Watchdog's base, Ruben arrives and the sound of his motorcycle alerts the Watchdogs. Ruben sees Mack shoot three Watchdog soldiers with an ICER, drives off, and Mack goes after him.
Back at the house, Ruben is furious about Mack keeping secrets from him, but they both get distracted when they hear a team of Watchdogs breaking into the house. The Watchdogs think Mack is an inhuman and have come to kill him. Mack and Ruben successfully fight off the Watchdogs, but Mack gets shot in the arm.
Daisy assures Ruben that Mack will be fine and Ruben has a newfound respect for his brother.
Season 4 Edit
In "Deals with Our Devils," after Robbie, Coulson, and Fitz become trapped between dimensions due to a shock wave generated by Elias's machine, the Spirit of Vengeance, refusing to leave this dimension, exits Robbie's body and possesses Mack thereby making Mack the new Ghost Rider.
Mack gets on his motorcycle and leaves for a warehouse controlled by the Chinatown Crew, Elias's henchmen, with Daisy driving Robbie's car after him. Mack forces the gangsters to tell him where Elias is.
Robbie finds Mack and tries to convince the Spirit to leave Mack and return to him; Robbie says Mack doesn't have the need for vengeance in him, but the Spirit says "he has a lot of pain. He lost Hope. I can survive off his pain for years." Mack then transforms into Ghost Rider, but Robbie promises the Spirit that if he helps get revenge on Elias then he'll become the Ghost Rider forever.
In "The Man Behind the Shield," while on a mission to rescue Director Mace from the Watchdogs, Mack along with Coulson and Fitz are all taken prisoner as well and AIDA downloads their minds into the Framework while replacing them with LMD imposters in the real world.
Framework Universe Edit
The Framework is a virtual reality created by Dr. Radcliffe. Mack and the others were all given new memories and believe the Framework is the real world.
In the Framework universe, Mack never became a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent and his daughter, Hope, never died.
In "Farewell, Cruel World!," after the team locates the "backdoor" within the Framework which leads back to the real world, the others return to reality, but Mack refuses to leave after Daisy tells him that Hope is dead in the real world. Before Daisy goes through the portal, Mack asks her to tells the others he's sorry.
In "World's End," after downloading her own mind into the Framework, Elena finds Mack, warns him that the Framework is being deleted, and if he doesn't leave with her immediately then he'll be deleted as well which will cause him to die in the real world. However, Mack tells Elena he refuses to live in a world without Hope, but Elena refuses to leave without him.
After Hope is deleted, Mack decides to return to the real world with Elena. Later, Mack tells Elena that the time he spent with Hope showed him the life they could have together in the real world.
- "The truth is, I can't hold the team together. But he can. Coulson wants me to call the shots in his absence. Well, that's my decision. Mack should call the shots. He has the biggest heart. I mean, physically, but also, you know... you are our moral center. And, look, I never want to stop... being a soldier. He's a general we can all ride behind."
- ―Daisy Johnson
Mackenzie is also a very compassionate man, being the only person to truly listen to Leo Fitz as he suffered the effects of brain damage, becoming a key part of his recovery. Daisy Johnson described Mackenzie as a big teddy bear to Joey Gutierrez to assure him that he was not as threatening as he appeared. Mackenzie also put a lot of effort into repairing his friendship with Lance Hunter after the pair fell out due to differing loyalties. When Bobbi Morse and Hunter had to resign from S.H.I.E.L.D. and their friends gave them a spy goodbye, Mackenzie proved to be emotional, crying while silently toasting to his friends.
The loss of his daughter Hope Mackenzie only a few days after she was born deeply affected Mackenzie, who is very private on that matter. He only mentioned it to Elena Rodriguez after visiting his ex-girlfriend Nicole on Hope's birthday. Mackenzie missed his daughter so much that he chose to stay in the Framework in order to live beside her, even if this life was purely virtual, only leaving once she was erased from the simulation. In the simulated reality, Mackenzie deeply loved his daughter and was very protective of her.
Mackenzie is deeply religious and often calls upon his Christian beliefs when put in harsh situations. This affected many of his decisions while working as a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent. Mackenzie notably refused to sacrifice anyone, no matter how bad, to achieve his missions: as such, he chose to spare Zev's life instead of leaving him to die in space, even though Zev could report them to Grill and cause their death. He was also uncomfortable with the death of Ruby Hale, who had been killed by Rodriguez, allegedly to save the world, claiming that they were not supposed to act that way. Mackenzie could also get annoyed when he heard someone like Kasius believing to be a God, constantly reminding that there was only one God according to him. However, Mackenzie's culture and philosophy were not limited to the Bible, as he was able to quote Aristotle to Johnson to comfort her.
- "You know how some guys can play a tune by ear? Well, I need sheet music."
- ―Alphonso Mackenzie
- Expert Engineer: Mackenzie was the chief engineer of one of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s aircraft carriers, the Iliad. However, as part of his cover to infiltrate Phil Coulson's faction of S.H.I.E.L.D., Mackenzie posed as a simple mechanic, spending time checking on the gears of the Bus or Quinjet, even on his spare time. When Leo Fitz was unable to create a cloaking device for the Bus, Mackenzie was tasked to recreate the technology after a Quinjet was stolen. He had a desire to work on Lola to get close to Coulson and gain his trust, reconstructing a 1962 limousine in hopes of impressing him enough to get the chance, and later creating a RC model of Lola as a gift for Coulson. Mackenzie was also left in charge of repairing the hangar doors after Daisy Johnson destroyed them with her powers.
- Expert Marksman: Although Mackenzie hates using firearms, he is more than skilled with them if the situation demands it. As the rest of field agents were busy chasing fugitive Grant Ward, Mackenzie had to accompany Skye to stop Phil Coulson, who went alone to pursue serial killer and former Project T.A.H.I.T.I. patient Sebastian Derik. Upon arriving, Mackenzie had to threaten Coulson with his handgun, though Coulson released Derik before having to do so. Once he became Daisy Johnson's partner, Mackenzie carried a handgun as his sidearm, resorting to use it against Lash, hitting him many times, but to no avail. He is able to expertly aim his custom-built Shotgun-Axe, a weapon which, as Flint pointed out, he should have trouble aiming due to the axe head causing uneven weight distribution. He was also accurate enough to kill Watchdog Alpha with birdshot ammunition from an improvised Shotgun-Axe.
- "It's hammer time."
- ―Alphonso Mackenzie
- Expert Combatant: Mackenzie has exceptional combat skills, often sparring with Bobbi Morse to improve his fighting skills. He tends to use his strength as a weapon as when he put Lance Hunter in a sleeper hold. During his battles with Gordon and Lash, Mackenzie resorted to weapons against his foes. He knocked out Virgil with a single punch and even defeated the Odium-empowered Kasius in a duel.
- Expert Tactician: Mackenzie has enough knowledge of tactics and leadership to be designated as the acting Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. by Phil Coulson in the midst of Coulson's independent ventures against Grant Ward. Mackenzie displayed these abilities by forming a plan and leading S.H.I.E.L.D. in infiltrating a HYDRA Castle to rescue captive S.H.I.E.L.D. personnel and Inhumans and also to stop an alien portal from releasing Hive.
- "You'd think three years' high school Spanish. . ."
- ―Alphonso Mackenzie
- Bilingualism: Mackenzie speaks English and Spanish. He was able to somewhat converse with Elena Rodriguez upon first meeting her. Over time, S.H.I.E.L.D., under Director Coulson, made Spanish a requirement for all agents, causing Mackenzie to improve his linguistic skills. During his life in the Framework he learned to speak Spanish quite fluently as it was a mandatory subject in his daughter's school.
- "I need a bigger gun, I guess. Or my axe. Or maybe a shotgun-axe combination of some sort."
- ―Alphonso Mackenzie
- Shotgun Axe: After being attacked by Lash during an attack on a hospital, Mackenzie mentioned creating a weapon that combined the features of a shotgun and axe. Later, while defending his brother from the Watchdogs, Mackenzie created a makeshift version of this weapon by taping a Remington 870 and a meat cleaver. Upon returning to the Playground, Mackenzie began work on a fully-functional version from a Mossberg 500 Cruiser, eventually completing it in time to battle Hive's Primitives on Zephyr One. He then used it on many later missions as his primary weapon of choice, battling the Watchdogs, Aida, and the Chinatown Crew.
- Smith & Wesson M&P Compact: Mackenzie used the compact version of the Smith & Wesson M&P pistol when he accompanied Skye to stop Phil Coulson, who was acting erratically due to having unlocked memories from Project T.A.H.I.T.I. Mackenzie threatened to shoot Coulson if he did not release Sebastian Derik, though he did, having realized the true meaning of the Words of Creation.
- Smith & Wesson M&P: Mackenzie replaced his compact version for the standard Smith & Wesson M&P when he became a full-fledged field agent and Daisy Johnson's partner. He used this during his earlier missions when S.H.I.E.L.D. came into conflict against the Advanced Threat Containment Unit, and to try to harm Lash when they first came across him in Cincinnati.
- Remington 870: Mackenzie was handed both a Remington 870 shotgun and a M4A1 carbine taken from deceased HYDRA operatives that were attempting to take over the lliad, in order to help Bobbi Morse and Isabelle Hartley with their mission at the ship. Mackenzie chose to stay within the lliad and retake it when HYDRA revealed its pressence within S.H.I.E.L.D. He used the shotgun to defend their position and take back the ship. Later, during an attack by the Watchdogs, Mackenzie retrieved his father's shotgun to defend his brother. While using it to eliminate the Watchdog attackers, Mackenzie taped a meat cleaver to the barrel, creating the first incarnation of his Shotgun-Axe. Mackenzie also took a Remington 870 belonging to his father when the Watchdogs attacked him and his brother Ruben, loading it with the birdshots that his father kept. Mackenzie used the shotgun to defend himself from the Watchdogs, and even attached a cleaver to its end to transform it into the "shotgun-axe" he had thought about many times before.
- Heckler & Koch MP5A3: Mackenzie was given one of these weapons by Lance Hunter and Joey Gutierrez, who took many of them from the HYDRA operatives they had already knocked unconscious in order to barricade themselves inside the portal chamber of the HYDRA Castle. Mackenzie stayed in the chamber with Daisy Johnson to protect the portal, ordering her to shoot anything that came from the portal if it was not Phil Coulson or Leo Fitz .
- M4A1: Mackenzie was handed both a Remington 870 shotgun and M4A1 carbine taken from deceased HYDRA operatives that were attempting to take over the lliad, in order to help Bobbi Morse and Isabelle Hartley with their mission at the ship. He used the assault rifle against the operatives that he encountered inside the ship while looking for Commander Robert Gonzales .
- Firefighter's Axe: An emergency handaxe that Mackenzie took at the lliad when it was attacked by a group of Inhumans led by Jiaying. Mackenzie used it to attack Gordon and protect a case with Terrigen Crystals, having to use it to cut Phil Coulson's hand when he prevented one of the crystals from breaking and his hand began to turn into stone.
- M67 Grenade: A fragmentation hand grenade taken from ex-HYDRA Watchdog operatives. Mackenzie used this grenade to attack the mercenaries and begin a counter-attack during the Attackn on Jeffrey Mace.
- SIG SG 552: Mackenzie obtained this assault rifle from a Watchdogs mercenary and fired it at his assailants during the Attack on Jeffrey Mace.
- Kree Battle Axe: Mackenzie used the battle axe to kill one of his Kree torturers on the Lightouse.
- Metal Rods: Having lent his Shotgun-Axe to Phil Coulson, Mackenzie used Metal Rods to right against the Remorath who were invading the Lighthouse. He later gave one rod to Melinda May so she could fight as well.
- Splinter Bomb: Mackenzie used a splinter bomb to destroy the body of a Kree Reaper to stop its DNA from being harvested by Holden Radcliffe.
- Metrics: In order to blend in among humans on the Lighthouse, Mackenzie had a Metric implanted in his wrist, before it was removed by Yo-Yo Rodriguez during the revolution against Kasius and the Kree Watch.
- Bulletproof Vest: Mackenzie uses a bulletproof vest for protection during his missions as an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
- Pick-Lock Device: Mackenzie used a Pick-Lock Device to free Eli Morrow from his cell during a prison riot.
- Throughout Seasons 2 and 3, Mack can be seen playing video games in his free time. These said video games include Halo 3 and Gears of War 3.
- Mack is from Naperville, IL
- Season 2 (every episode, credited at least)
- Season 3
- Season 4
- Season 5