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- "We never give up. We're always held together by hope."
- ―Alphonso Mackenzie
Alphonso "Mack" Mackenzie is a former member of S.H.I.E.L.D. engineer division who, eventually, became 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, Johnson went rogue, so he and Coulson pursued her under Jeffrey Mace's leadership. 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 mind was put inside the Framework, a virtual reality where he 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 success 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 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 passed to Mackenzie.
Growing Up with Ruben
Alphonso Mackenzie grow up in his parents' house with his younger brother, Ruben, who wanted them to motorcycle down to Baja California. As a child, Mackenzie had an angry moment because he could not find his coin collection and punched a wall. A few days later, he noticed his hand was swollen and purple; he had broken his finger and had not noticed. This incident taught Mackenzie that the worst pain is the one unseen. He also served three terms in the class treasurer. During high school, he was obsessed with MC Hammer.
Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
- "I really wasn't a books-and-test kind of guy. That was Mack. Never missed a class, never broke a rule. They called us the Saint and the Sinner."
- ―Tony Caine
In his freshman year in the S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy, Mackenzie was a roommate with Tony Caine and the two befriended, despite having drastically different behaviors regarding their studies. In 2002, Mackenzie graduated from ACademy and becmae an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. Mackenzie worked with Bobbi Morse in a case in Dubai; there he met Lance Hunter for the first time. Mackenzie did not give Hunter much intelligence about the mission because Hunter was a mercenary.
Losing his Daughter
By 2006, Mackenzie met and fell in love with a girl named Nicole. They were in a happy relationship and planned a life together, and Nicole became pregnant. However, their happiness came to an end when their daughter, which they named Hope, died just four days after she was born. The experience left Mackenzie in a lot of pain and he broke up with Nicole. Mackenzie became the chief engineer aboard the S.H.I.E.L.D. Aircraft Carrier Iliad.
During the HYDRA Uprising, Mackenzie and Tim Maguire were captured by HYDRA along with a group of other S.H.I.E.L.D. agents. The leader of the assault demanded to know who the chief engineer was; when Maguire tried to insist it was him, Mackenzie told the HYDRA leader that he was lying to protect him. The HYDRA leader casually killed Maguire in front of Mackenzie to show his seriousness and ordered him to obtain blueprints of the ship. Mackenzie and the other surviving agents, Case and Susanna, were rescued by Bobbi Morse and Isabelle Hartley who were able to kill the HYDRA agents.
Searching the ship, the group found Robert Gonzales wounded in the conference room after surviving an assassination attempt where he was attacked by a HYDRA assassin with an axe. Mackenzie talked to Gonzales about when he broke his hand to prepare him for when Morse reset his damaged leg. As they prepared to escape the ship, Morse revealed that Nick Fury had given her a secret mission to destroy the ship, ensuring HYDRA never got their hands on its cargo. Gonzales, however, insisted that they all go with her to ensure she completed the mission.
Mackenzie fought against the HYDRA attackers, defending his fellow agents with a shotgun until they reached the control room. Once there Mackenzie again tried to convince Bobbi Morse not to destroy the ship as it would cause the deaths of not only the HYDRA operatives but all the other innocent S.H.I.E.L.D. agents still onboard. Although Gonzales tried to remind her that she had received a direct order from Fury himself, she sided with Mackenzie and they agreed to stand up against their attackers. Together they fought back against HYDRA, eventually killing them all and retaking control of the ship.
Mackenzie joined the reorganized remains of S.H.I.E.L.D. led by Robert Gonzales. However, soon they discovered the existence of another S.H.I.E.L.D. faction, led by Phil Coulson. Mackenzie, Bobbi Morse and Isabelle Hartley were sent by Gonzales to infiltrate Coulson's organization and retrieve the Toolbox.
When Skye, Melinda May, Antoine Triplett, Idaho, Lance Hunter, and Isabelle Hartley returned from unsuccessfully attempting to get a level ten file about an 0-8-4, Mackenzie stopped watching Glenn Talbot's interview to greet them. Triplett explained to him that the mission did not go as planned and they did not get anything new.
Later, Phil Coulson explained to him and Billy Koenig that he sent the six into a Government Storage Warehouse that housed S.H.I.E.L.D. paraphernalia despite the odds of success because they needed a Quinjet's cloaking technology to travel secretly. Coulson believed that in Fitz's state he was incapable of completing the job of making the Bus undetectable. 
When Skye and Antoine Triplett returned to the Playground with a Quinjet, Mackenzie was tasked with reverse engineering its cloaking technology for the Bus. He went to Leo Fitz for advice, and during their interaction, he noticed that Fitz wanted to help against Carl Creel. Eventually, Mackenzie learned to understand what Fitz was trying to say and helped Fitz to modify the Overkill Device which allowed Phil Coulson to subdue Creel. This resulted in the forming of a friendship between the two, much to the pleasure of the rest of the team, who were happy that Fitz was opening up to somebody.
The Moroccan Mission
- "They're taking the Bus. You know what that means? Means we got the night off. Koenig's on assignment and won't be hogging the Xbox. Man, why aren't you happier about this?"
"'Cause I should be going. I mean I... I knew him."
"No need to feel bad about it. It is what it is."
- ―Alphonso Mackenzie and Leo Fitz
Mackenzie and Lance Hunter made a bet with each other about whether or not Skye had been trained at the S.H.I.E.L.D. academy. Mackenzie won his bet with Hunter, causing him to do inventory. He told Hunter not to put lines through his sevens; Billy Koenig hates that. When Coulson returned from his debriefing with Jemma Simmons, he had a meeting with his agents, including Fitz and Mackenzie. When Fitz was asked for input on Donnie Gill, Mackenzie helped to translate Fitz's thoughts.
Gill froze the Maribel del Mar in a harbor in Casablanca, alerting both S.H.I.E.L.D. and HYDRA to his location. As the field agents left, Mackenzie told Fitz that they could play Xbox. Fitz was upset because he wanted to go as well; Mackenzie tried to make him feel better. After Fitz interrogated Grant Ward, he unplugged Mackenzie's game and told Mackenzie to contact the field agents about Gill's brainwashing.
Bonding with Others
- "I just wanted to thank you, for helping Fitz. Well, for... for being his friend."
"I don't help him. He doesn't need any. You know, that guy you're wishing he would be, I never met him. I only know this guy, and, uh... Yeah, I mean, he's a little weird, but, uh... but I like him."
- ―Jemma Simmons and Alphonso Mackenzie
Mackenzie was the driver of a 1962 Rolls Royce that Phil Coulson and Melinda May used to get to a gala held to rebuild Santa Maria de las Flores. He told Coulson that he would wait patiently for him to give him permission to repair Lola. After they exited, Mackenzie went to South Beach to get Lance Hunter to take him to the Bus. At the Bus, Mackenzie was bored with the stories Hunter told of his ex-wife and read a magazine.
Agent 33, disguised as Melinda May, put a virus in the electrical system of the plane that, if left unchecked, would cause it to explode. Mackenzie acted as Fitz's translator to convey his thoughts on what was happening. Hunter and Fitz ultimately stopped the virus.
When Mackenzie and Hunter were drinking together and telling stories, Fitz chose to bond with Hunter and Mackenzie by talking about his unrequited feelings for Jemma Simmons; Mackenzie told him he was better off without her.
Mackenzie greeted Bobbi Morse with a hug when she came to the Playground after her undercover HYDRA security assignment. The two old friends laughed together as they talked about Morse's favorite drink when her ex-husband Lance Hunter interrupted their reunion.
After helping Fitz access the hard drive Jemma Simmons retrieved from HYDRA Laboratories, he helped to discover that Vincent Beckers was a scientist for the Red Skull and Julien Beckers' connection to HYDRA.
Later, Mackenzie was approached by Jemma Simmons, who had recently been undercover within HYDRA and had been rescued by Bobbi Morse. Simmons thanked Mackenzie for everything he had for Fitz in his recovery. Mackenzie made it clear that he was very fond of Fitz despite his disability. Their conversation eventually led them to the fact Simmons had left and the effect that had had on Fitz. Mackenzie told her that the only thing that made him struggle with his mind was her, and Simmons agreed. 
Hating the Weirdness
- "T.A.H.I.T.I. was designed to revive a fallen Avenger. That's how it got started."
"Captain America, Iron Man – those Avengers?"
"Those are the ones."
"How the hell could Coulson forget that? What, does he have alien blood, too? Man, can you imagine that – S.H.I.E.L.D. being run by a man that's part alien?"
- ―Skye and Alphonso Mackenzie
Mackenzie and Leo Fitz retrieved the body of Janice Robbins so Jemma Simmons could perform an autopsy. She berated Mackenzie for the words of bravado he said as he turned over the body. Mackenzie and Fitz were asked by Skye to come to the secret room containing the Theta Brain-Wave Frequency Machine; their strength might have been needed if Phil Coulson acted erratically during or after the session. As predicted, they had to hold Coulson down after the session ended.
While playing video games with Leo Fitz, he complained about Coulson's brain being erased and how that affected his confidence in Coulson being the director. Fitz explained that memories are not truly erased because the brain creates back-up files and Coulson was using the machine to access them. He tried to convince Fitz to play the video game himself, as he believed it would help with his hand-eye coordination. During their conversation, Simmons arrived and showed them that Skye had been locked in Vault D by Coulson, who had escaped to track down his former agents.
After freeing Skye, the two took an SUV to find the residence of Hank Thompson, where they believed Coulson would have gone. During the drive, Skye explained Project T.A.H.I.T.I. to Mackenzie. He highly disapproved with working with alien blood and being around aliens; Skye looked at him, ironically. Thompson flagged Mackenzie down and told them the situation which Mackenzie said he would handle. Mackenzie and Skye found Coulson engaged in a fierce fight with Sebastian Derik; Coulson was strangling him. Mackenzie and Skye held Coulson at gunpoint, begging him not to kill Derik. They learned that Coulson was not trying to kill Derik, only show him the train track erections that Thompson had built.
Mackenzie was one of the senior agents that were assembled when Director Coulson gave the new mission: to find the city that matched the Words of Creation before HYDRA did. Mackenzie stood next to Antoine Triplett and remained unconfident of Coulson's leadership.
Later, as they watched Bobbi Morse interrogate the recently captured Sunil Bakshi in Vault D, Mackenzie and Lance Hunter discussed how a week earlier Mackenzie had to hold down the Director. Mackenzie made it clear that he felt that the director was out of his mind during the incident. Before they could discuss it further Jemma Simmons entered, interrupting the conversation.
When the team discovered the entrance to the underground city beneath San Juan, Puerto Rico, Mackenzie, Bobbi Morse, Phil Coulson, Leo Fitz, and Jemma Simmons went to investigate. Aboard the Quinjet, Mackenzie asked Morse if Lance Hunter would replace Isabelle Hartley in their mission. She said that Hunter did not know and will not be involved. In San Juan, Mackenzie used a Mouse Hole to make an opening to the underground city, realizing that the shaft was a hundred feet down. Fitz first sent some D.W.A.R.F.s down, but they mysteriously lost their connection. Mackenzie was then lowered down and discovered the drones, before noticing a strange pattern in the floor. As he touched a section of the floor, the pattern began to glow before symbols similar to what was on the Diviner appeared on Mackenzie's palm, causing him extreme pain.
The team quickly pulled him back up, unaware of how to treat him. Knowing that his body was being taken over, Mackenzie then told Coulson to run as his eyes suddenly turned red, before he knocked Coulson into a wall as if he were possessed by a powerful force. Mackenzie began to attack every member of the team; Morse went for the attack but her blows were ineffective. As Mackenzie was distracted, Fitz shot him in the back with an I.C.E.R., but his body absorbed the hits.
As Mackenzie went to attack Simmons and Coulson, Morse stuck both of her staves against his neck, electrocuting him enough to stun him; his body fell down the entrance to the underground city and hit the ground hard. Coulson ordered the hole be sealed. When Morse asked if they could save Mackenzie, Coulson told her that was not Mackenzie.
While Mackenzie did fall very far, he survived, though still brainwashed and silent, in the Kree City. He aided Raina in finding the Temple due to her Inhuman heritage, and did not attack Skye for the same reason, but would not approach the temple further than a certain point. He did not move except to defend the temple, as was the case when Coulson came to him, and he reacted violently once more. Jemma Simmons theorized that the city co-opted Mackenzie to defend itself. Mackenzie reverted back to his normal self when the Diviner was activated in the chamber within the Temple in the Kree City, he and Coulson managed to escape as the Temple shook.
Chain of Command
- "You got something to say, Mack?"
"Plenty, but I'll keep it to myself."
- ―Phil Coulson and Alphonso Mackenzie
When the senior agents got together to discuss what to do with Sunil Bakshi, Mackenzie disagreed with Coulson's plan. Originally, he did not want to voice it, but, as the conversation continued, Mackenzie became enraged that Coulson was asking them to lay down their lives if necessary. An argument ensued; Mackenzie believed that Coulson was asking for too much from them, especially without well-thought-out plans and with an alien obsession. Coulson cut the conversation short; he let everyone, especially Mackenzie, know that Triplett knew his place and followed orders.
During their mission, Lance Hunter asked Bobbi Morse why, during the argument, she tried so hard to keep Mackenzie from talking; he wondered if she was trying to keep him from revealing the duet's secret mission. Morse told Hunter that she and Mackenzie did not have a secret mission; they were a part of a support group that catered to those who felt betrayed during the HYDRA Uprising.
Later, at the vigil for Triplett, Mackenzie and Morse went to get a snack. He told her that using the blueprints of the Playground he had gotten earlier, as well as the camera in the miniature version of Lola that Coulson had, he determined that the Toolbox was in Coulson's office. They decided that everything was on schedule.
Phil Coulson decided to help with taking an inventory; Mackenzie asked him if he was doing it because of their squabble earlier. Coulson told him that he had no ill feelings about that; he just wanted to do it to assure that it was complete. Coulson asked Mackenzie to become a field agent, citing his fighting skills and brute strength, but Mackenzie declined, feeling that hurting people was not within him.
Coulson nonetheless sent him to Faro, Portugal to assist Leo Fitz and Lance Hunter in their investigation of who battled Sif on a beach there. While they worked, Hunter told them that he was going to take Coulson's offer to be a permanent member of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Upon returning to the Playground, Mackenzie approached Bobbi Morse about Hunter's promotion. She asked him if Hunter could join them in the duo's mission; Mackenzie adamantly refused, telling her that Hunter is no longer an option now that he has joined Coulson. Mackenzie recommended to Morse that the couple part ways.
When Hunter left Morse after a brief argument, he bumped into Mackenzie on his way out.
Together, Mackenzie and Morse ran to see what was happening when an earthquake occurred. As they were approaching where Coulson was interviewing Vin-Tak, they saw Melinda May running with Skye and the Kree chasing them. Mackenzie challenged Vin-Tak by punching him in the jaw; Vin-Tak responded by knocking Mackenzie across the room and into unconsciousness.
While Coulson and May escorted Vin-Tak and Sif away from the Playground so the Kree could return to Hala, Mackenzie and others cleaned the mess that Skye's power display caused. Fitz was the only one who sided with Skye; Mackenzie and the others felt that she was dangerous and that they should be protected from her.
Later, Mackenzie was doing mechanical work when Hunter demanded full disclosure about his mission with Morse, telling him that he knew the two were conspiring together and that she had a flash drive of his in her possession. The mechanic panicked, grabbed Hunter, and put him in a choke hold which put him to sleep. Laying Hunter beside the S.H.I.E.L.D. SUV, Mackenzie regretted his action.
Mackenzie took Lance Hunter to a S.H.I.E.L.D. Safe House and locked him in the bathroom; he then called Bobbi Morse, telling her that he did not like this situation and had no exit strategy. When Hunter heard the two talking, he began to shout insults; Morse told Mackenzie to get Hunter a beer to keep him calm.
Phil Coulson asked Morse about Hunter's absence; she told Coulson that Hunter ran off after she ended their relationship and Mackenzie went to find him.
Mackenzie brought Hunter a Hawaiian style pizza and beer. He then asked Hunter to trust him as they reminisced about the first mission he, Hunter, and Morse had together. Hunter said that the main point he remembered about that mission was that Mackenzie kept him in the dark since he was not a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent.
Hours later, Mackenzie returned to the Iliad alongside Lance Hunter, saying their ride had arrived. With armed guards, Mackenzie removed Hunter's blindfold. When Hunter demanded to know what Mackenzie was doing and for whom he really worked, Mackenzie told him that he and Bobbi Morse worked for "the real S.H.I.E.L.D.", much to Hunter's shock and confusion.
Return to the Playground
Mackenzie was greeted warmly by Robert Gonzales and then introduced him to Lance Hunter. Mackenzie sat as the leaders of Gonzales' faction of S.H.I.E.L.D. explained their disapproval of the leadership of Phil Coulson. Hunter could not believe that Mackenzie was allied with them; he had more issues when Bobbi Morse arrived.
Gonzales sent Mackenzie back to the Playground to gather further intelligence on Theta Protocol. When he came across Melinda May, she questioned him about the absence of both Hunter and Morse. Mackenzie said that he found Hunter in Athens, Georgia drunk and he had not seen Morse. May said that she would tell Coulson. Mackenzie passed the laboratory and was eavesdropping on the argument between Leo Fitz and Jemma Simmons about her treatment of those who have changed. He made sure that Simmons saw him as he left. Meanwhile, May and Coulson decided that they needed to confront Mackenzie on his lies.
- "What did you say when I asked if you were loyal to S.H.I.E.L.D.?"
"I said I was because I am, and that's the truth, sir."
"Look... you've always been brutally honest with me, and I value that. So I'm giving you a chance here. Just tell me who you're working for."
"I work for S.H.I.E.L.D."
- ―Phil Coulson and Alphonso Mackenzie
Phil Coulson allowed Mackenzie to look under the hood of Lola, citing how he was impressed with the toy replica he had created and how it was so exact in its duplication. Coulson then told him that because of his own personal knowledge of the vehicle he knew that there was an extra mechanism in it. Mackenzie feigned ignorance, but Coulson told him to be honest and to tell him where his loyalty lied. Though Mackenzie told Coulson that he worked for S.H.I.E.L.D., Coulson had him surrounded by other armed agents. Mackenzie escaped when Bobbi Morse set off an EMP.
Mackenzie found Leo Fitz in a maintenance closet; Fitz had discovered the bomb that Morse had set there. Mackenzie leaped upon Fitz and saved him from the explosion which allowed Robert Gonzales and his faction to enter the Playground. Later, Anne Weaver convinced Jemma Simmons to tend to Mackenzie's injuries.
Request to Stay
Mackenzie saw Bobbi Morse sitting aboard the Bus and asked her why she was practically hiding; Morse was watching a video feed of Robert Gonzales interrogating Melinda May and felt uncomfortable being around other agents. She told Mackenzie that others feel that they are traitors, even Leo Fitz was planning to resign from S.H.I.E.L.D. Mackenzie told her to remain vigilant because they were doing the right thing for the future of the organization.
Mackenzie then went to Fitz and asked him to stay; he wanted his friend to understand that everyone else was on board with the new regime, citing that Jemma Simmons was helping in the decoding of the Toolbox. He watched as Fitz went to the Holocom to see what Simmons had accomplished. Mackenzie was present when Fitz confronted Simmons for her apparent betrayal and watched as Fitz left the Playground.
Mackenzie entered as Melinda May and Jemma Simmons were discussing recent revelations that Phil Coulson was spending a lot of money, was giving secret upgrades to Deathlok, and was having a clandestine meeting with Andrew Garner. Mackenzie theorized that Coulson was gathering super-powered individuals, especially since Coulson has always been at the forefront of contacting those types of people for S.H.I.E.L.D.. This theory prompted May to order Simmons to open the Toolbox.
While fight training with Bobbi Morse, they discussed fighting styles, with Morse giving Mackenzie advice on how to avoid being knocked to the ground. They discussed Jemma Simmons' progress with the Toolbox, and Mackenzie told her that he believed that she was stalling. Morse expressed her displeasure at the fact that Gonzales had had Leo Fitz followed since he left the Playground, as she did not view Coulson's team as the enemy. They questioned whether or not Lance Hunter was right all along. Mackenzie told Morse that they were bringing in a special laser designed to cut through the Vibranium protecting the Toolbox. However, it was soon learned that Simmons was, in fact, working with a decoy that Fitz had switched for the original Toolbox, which Fitz had smuggled out.
Shortly afterwards, Melinda May received a phone call from Skye; they choose not to tell her about Coulson's disappearance and claimed he was searching for her. She informed them that she was with Calvin Zabo who was going to turn very angry and dangerous very soon, so she called for S.H.I.E.L.D. to come and stop him. Mackenzie and Morse took a team to her location. By the time they arrived, they found the remains of a battle with many HYDRA casualties. As they explored the building, they found Phil Coulson waiting for them. Coulson raised his arms in surrender and asked them to bring him to Robert Gonzales.
Phil Coulson and Robert Gonzales made a deal in which Gonzales would assist Coulson in a mission to rescue enhanced individuals being held hostage by HYDRA scientist Dr. List, and in exchange, Coulson would open the Toolbox for him. Mackenzie worked on a video system so the other agents could watch the mission unfold in real time. He was approached by Lance Hunter, and Mackenzie tried to explain his actions and Hunter forgave him. Mackenzie promised to buy him a round of drinks; Hunter jokingly made it clear that he expected more than just a round of drinks to repay for Mackenzie's actions. Mackenzie joined Gonzales and Bobbi Morse as Coulson's Team attacked the HYDRA base and successfully rescued the hostages before Gonzales ordered the base to be destroyed.
Learning that S.H.I.E.L.D. would continue with Phil Coulson as director, Mackenzie made the choice to leave the organization, telling only Bobbi Morse. Mackenzie continued working out at the Playground, despite Morse turning up late to be his spotter. Morse told him that she was preparing her speech to convince him to stay. Mackenzie asked her if she had spoken to Lance Hunter yet and she explained he had not even looked her in the eye yet; he explained to her that Hunter was rekindling his friendship with him to annoy her. Morse explained that she and Hunter were very different people emotionally.
Mackenzie met with Phil Coulson in his office as Coulson was preparing for a mission to speak to the leader of the Inhumans. Mackenzie told him that he would not mince his words and informed him that he was leaving S.H.I.E.L.D. as he felt he could not trust Coulson as leader after learning of his experiences with being brought back from the dead with the use of alien blood. Coulson offered to reassign him to the Iliad under Robert Gonzales' leadership but Mackenzie told him he wanted no part of Coulson's S.H.I.E.L.D. Mackenzie handed over his S.H.I.E.L.D. badge, and Coulson told him he was sorry to lose him. They shook hands before Mackenzie left the base.
Mackenzie returned to the Iliad to collect his belongings; while there he spoke to Agent Oliver about his plans after leaving, which included a motorcycling holiday with his brother. As they were talking, the alarms on the ship were set off. Mackenzie asked Agent Harris what had happened, and they were informed that Robert Gonzales had been killed at the peace meeting and they were now waiting for orders.
Mackenzie arrived in the control room as Anne Weaver and Oliver were speaking to Phil Coulson about their next move, insisting that they should prepare to attack the Inhumans. Coulson asked Mackenzie why he was still at S.H.I.E.L.D., and he explained that with Robert Gonzales dead he needed to see this matter finished, he then agreed with Coulson that they should not attack yet. He then spoke to Weaver, who explained they had increased the guards around the Monolith and ordered Mackenzie to get the Iliad battle-ready before the Inhumans attacked.
Once Mackenzie had completed his work, he was in one of the rooms of the ship when he witnessed a team of Inhumans walking through the Iliad, carrying the unconscious Skye. As Mackenzie made his way through the ship, armed with only an axe, he encountered Alisha Whitley who duplicated her body into four before attacking Mackenzie who managed to escape. He managed to find an armored jacket and gathered equipment to fight back against the Inhumans' army. Mackenzie eventually found and freed Skye, requesting that she use her hacking abilities to help him take over the ship again and stop an emergency beacon from calling in all other S.H.I.E.L.D. teams into Jiaying's trap.
As they made their way through the ship, Mackenzie spoke to Skye about her mother's betrayal; Mackenzie comforted her by assuring her that it was not her fault. He sent Skye to hack into the computer systems to shut down the emergency signal while he went in search of equipment. When he returned, he found Skye speaking to Lincoln Campbell; Mackenzie knocked out Campbell. He gave Skye a power saw and ordered her to shut down the beacon while he went to protect the Terrigen Crystals to ensure they did not kill anyone else.
Showdown with Gordon
- "It's Gordon, right?"
"And you are?"
"I'm the guy who kills Gordon."
- ―Alphonso Mackenzie and Gordon
Mackenzie found the Terrigen Crystals and stayed with them until Gordon arrived to take them away. They began fighting, with Gordon's teleporting ability making it nearly impossible for Mackenzie to hit him with his axe. Gordon noted that Mackenzie had clearly encountered something Kree before. As they fought Gordon kept attempting to steal a Crystal while Mackenzie used all his skills and strength to prevent him from doing so.
Phil Coulson and Leo Fitz soon arrived to assist, and Fitz used a device to trap Gordon inside the room so he could no longer teleport away. They continued fighting Gordon, until he made a fatal mistake and teleported behind Fitz, causing the iron pole Fitz was holding to be embedded in Gordon's chest. As Gordon fell down dying, he dropped the Terrigen Crystal he was holding. Coulson caught it at the last second, but touching the crystal caused Coulson's hand to turn to stone. Before Coulson could be killed, Mackenzie used his axe to cut off his arm.
Daisy Johnson's Partner
Working with S.H.I.E.L.D. Again
- "You know we could get better readings if we dropped a probe into the glass enclosure."
"We're never opening that damn box in a thousand years."
- ―Jemma Simmons and Alphonso Mackenzie
With the threat over, Mackenzie was convinced to rejoin S.H.I.E.L.D. by Phil Coulson, who claimed it was because Mackenzie owed him for cutting off his arm. Mackenzie was put in charge of dealing with all alien artifacts that S.H.I.E.L.D. came into contact with, allowing him to ensure that the world was safe from the dangers they posed. When Jemma Simmons hinted she wanted to inspect the Monolith, Mackenzie told her there was no way they were ever opening its box as it was far too dangerous.
- "I'm not afraid of you."
"You should be."
- ―Alphonso Mackenzie and Lincoln Campbell
Six months after the War against the Inhumans, Mackenzie, Daisy Johnson, and Lance Hunter went to Seattle, Washington to get Joey Gutierrez before the Advanced Threat Containment Unit could. After Gutierrez was contained, Mackenzie and Johnson made sure that he was safe while Johnson explained to Gutierrez that he was an Inhuman.
Mackenzie, Hunter, and Phil Coulson researched Rosalind Price, discovering that, under different aliases, Price worked for different organizations, including MI6 and the CIA. Seeing Bobbi Morse, Mackenzie was her sounding board as she analyzed the technology of the ATCU. He asked her about her relationship with Hunter and hoped she knew what she was doing.
Mackenzie accompanied Johnson to the hospital where Lincoln Campbell worked; they wanted Campbell to act as Gutierrez's transitioner. Campbell refused, walking away from Johnson mid-conversation; Mackenzie confronted him, secretly placing a subcutaneous Tracker on him, telling him that even though Campbell had powers, Mackenzie did not fear him.
As tension grew high between the two, the lights of the hospital began to flicker. Mackenzie, Johnson, and Campbell went to the front desk where they saw a monstrous man blast a hole into the chest of the security guard. The man fought Campbell; Johnson hit him with a concussive wave while Mackenzie fired his sidearm. Surprised by the resistance, the man cut a hole into a wall and fled.
Mackenzie commented that he wanted a bigger gun or an axe as they gave chase. While checking a room, the monstrous man ripped through a wall and hit Mackenzie, throwing him backwards and removing him from the fight. Daisy Johnson and Lincoln Campbell were able to outwit the creature and forced it to flee. When Mackenzie caught up with them, Campbell made the decision to run away on his own and Mackenzie ordered Johnson to return to S.H.I.E.L.D. before they were arrested by the incoming forces.
Back at the Playground, Mackenzie gave an artist a description of his combatant which he recreated on a computer, noting that the only change needed to the image of the terrifying blue-skinned creature was that it needed to be drawn bigger. He then alerted Morse and Hunter that President Matthew Ellis was having a press conference where he announced to the world of the creation of the Advanced Threat Containment Unit to deal with the dangers of the Inhumans.
Bringing Simmons Back
- "You did good, Tremors. You did good."
- ―Alphonso Mackenzie to Daisy Johnson
Mackenzie and Daisy Johnson spoke about recruiting Joey Gutierrez to the team of powered individuals she sought, but Mackenzie did not think he was fitting. She also said that Coulson's team would be soon with only three people as the rest were gone, left or injured. Bobbi Morse and Lance Hunter suddenly entered, rushing to the Monolith room where Leo Fitz opened the containment of the Monolith.
They found him facing it, screaming. They managed to close the containment before it transformed to liquid form and then returned to solid form. Fitz said that he could not give up on Jemma Simmons. He noticed that on Morse's finger were sand grains. He then explained in Phil Coulson's office that it came from another world, far from Earth and that it was proof that Simmons was out there. Johnson asked him if the Monolith was a portal, and he responded that when it had taken Simmons, it had sent the sand from the other planet. Everyone agreed they have to find out what happened with Simmons.
Coulson ordered Mackenzie and Johnson to stay in the Playground and help Andrew Garner's assessment as the building of the team was still the priority; he, Fitz and Morse went to ask Elliot Randolph's help in the case. As Garner came to the base, Mackenzie greeted him warmly. He then gave him Gutierrez's file; when he asked how the two were doing, Johnson quickly stopped him, saying that their only conversation would be friendly. Garner said that that was what he meant to do. She asked him how was Melinda May and if she ever planned to return from her vacation; Garner responded that she should ask her herself.
Mackenzie got a call from Coulson that he needed the Monolith to be brought to a room in an English castle where they could transform it into a portal. Johnson came with Mackenzie on the Zephyr One and then to the room. As he entered the room, he saw ancient technology, and he said to Coulson that it remained him of his office. He helped Leo Fitz to activate the machines of the room that caused the Monolith, in a hole in the floor, to transform into its liquid state; however, a problem with the machines caused them to break up and the Monolith returned to its solid state. Fitz then said they needed to fix them, to which Mackenzie asked how they were going to fix them if they did not know how it worked.
Fitz then realized that a high frequency that came from the machines caused the Monolith to transform into a liquid state, so they could use Johnson's power to do that. Mackenzie helped Elliot Randolph to install a device that a probe they planned to send through the portal will send them a picture of the other planet. As Johnson activated her powers and the Monolith returned to a liquid state, Fitz, tied to a line, jumped through it. Mackenzie, Coulson, and Morse struggled to keep the device stable as Fitz looked for Simmons. Coulson then ordered them to retrieve him. Johnson then shut down her powers and the Monolith exploded, but Fitz returned with Simmons back to Earth. Johnson fell, but Mackenzie held her and complimented her action.
Protecting Lincoln Campbell
Mackenzie spoke with the team in Phil Coulson's office about Jemma Simmons as Daisy Johnson entered to inform Coulson that the Advanced Threat Containment Unit was pursuing Lincoln Campbell. Mackenzie and Coulson informed her about the Tracker Mackenzie had planted on him. Johnson then called Campbell and tried to convince him to let them help him, but he hung up the call and destroyed the Tracker. Mackenzie and Johnson argued of what they had should do with him, but Coulson calmed them and said they will figure out what to do.
Coulson then asked Johnson to locate Campbell's last location and asked for Mackenzie to find Rosalind Price's phone number. Johnson then got a call from Campbell and he asked for help after he had accidentally killed his friend. Johnson accompanied Mackenzie to retrieve Campbell while Coulson went to meet Price. The two managed to escape the ATCU and Johnson entered the apartment where Campbell was hiding. Mackenzie heard how Johnson succeeded in convincing Campbell to come with her and the two even kissed, but Mackenzie got new orders from Coulson, saying to help the ATCU enter the apartment and let them take Campbell, as Coulson had no choice but to let them as that was the only way to keep Johnson safe. Johnson was surprised to hear that from Mackenzie, but Campbell managed to escape.Luther Banks then ordered his soldiers to take Johnson, but Mackenzie pulled out his gun and aimed it at his head. However, Banks got a call from Price and he left without Johnson.
When Alisha Whitley assisted S.H.I.E.L.D. with a recruitment mission for an Inhuman couple, the monstrous man came and killed the couple and one of Alisha's duplicates. Mackenzie and Daisy Johnson searched for him on Phil Coulson's order. They followed the trail to a dark industrial place, where they were surprised by the Advanced Threat Containment Unit and Rosalind Price. Coulson joined them and said that they were helping the ATCU to find the monstrous killer. Johnson argued with Coulson about the deal he had made with the ATCU, but Coulson replied that it was a means to an end. Johnson asked if it was S.H.I.E.L.D.'s or the ATCU's means, but Coulson did not respond.
Johnson suspected the Inhuman Dwight Frye to be the Inhuman killer. Mackenzie, Coulson, and Johnson went to his house where Price and Luther Banks were waiting for him. They entered the house, and they found him hiding. Coulson and Price interrogated him, and he told them that the killer was called Lash and that Lash had brought the Inhumans' name he had wanted to kill and Frye had found them. The ATCU arrested Frye. Coulson ordered Mackenzie to go with them. Johnson also came with him, although Mackenzie did not like the idea. During their way to the ATCU facility, the track was attacked by Lash. Mackenzie fought him, but Lash knocked him out.
Mackenzie woke up in a hospital. Johnson told him that the ATCU had brought them to there. He asked her if everybody were safe, but Johnson said that Frye had been killed by Lash. Johnson told him that she had seen Lash transformed into a regular person. Price then visited them and asked him how he felt, to which Mackenzie responded that he felt like a track had fallen on him.
Exposing the Truth
Mackenzie had noted that Luther Banks had left them before the Attack on Dwight Frye and theorized that Banks could be Lash. He prepared a vehicle with surveillance equipment; as he told his theory to Daisy Johnson, who was wondering why Lash had never attacked her though he had the opportunity, Lance Hunter abruptly entered, begging to drive.
As the three watched Banks, Mackenzie became annoyed that Hunter was giving constant updates with no new information. Hunter asked how they planned to interrogate Banks when the discussion turned to Hunter's actions during his Attack on Grant Ward and how it directly affected Grant Ward's Attack on Andrew Garner. They noticed Banks was moving, so he advised Hunter to follow discreetly.
They followed Banks to his house. While Mackenzie and Johnson discussed what to do if Banks went inside, they heard the van door open; Hunter, in a bandana, proceeded to shoot Banks with an I.C.E.R. and bring him to the van. Johnson and Mackenzie berated Hunter for kidnapping Banks, second-in-command of the ATCU because Phil Coulson was trying to get Rosalind Price's trust; plus, doing this did not definitely tell them that Banks was not Lash. Hunter told them that since Inhumans had DNA markers, they could get a blood sample to prove Banks' species; Mackenzie watched as Hunter made Banks bleed and Johnson sent a blood sample to Jemma Simmons. The three investigated Banks' wallet and phone when he received a text message telling him to go to Endotex Labs; the three left Banks unconscious in his car and proceeded there.
At the ATCU facility, Johnson sent one of the new D.W.A.R.F.s Leo Fitz had adapted with cloaking technology into the building. They saw through the D.W.A.R.F.'s camera, they saw an Inhuman in a coma inside a gel cage. But Johnson was surprised to see Coulson with Price and just looking on the cage. Mackenzie told her to bring the D.W.A.R.F. before they would be caught.
Alphonso Mackenzie met Lincoln Campbell and inadvertently found out that Lash was the psychologist Andrew Garner. The two reported this to S.H.I.E.L.D. once on board Zephyr One. The aircraft turned around to Colorado at Culver University, where they found Melinda May chained to a water tank, having been kidnapped by Garner. Garner transformed into Lash after he was angered by Campbell's presence and began a killing spree through the many agents commanded by Phil Coulson and Rosalind Price. Mackenzie was among the first to confront Lash, attempting to hold him off and defeat him. However, Lash threw Mackenzie and knocked him out, leaving him alive while he continued his rampage.
- "What exactly is going on over there?"
"Well, multiple agency servers have been attacked in the last few minutes, and the traffic traces back to your IPs. We've already, uh, dispatched a rapid-response unit to your location. Please, just cooperate fully. Should be fine."
- ―Steve Wilson and Alphonso Mackenzie
Mackenzie attended the S.H.I.E.L.D. meeting where Coulson outlined Operation Spotlight, where while Price visited the Playground, a team of agents would be infiltrating Endotex Labs. Mackenzie was assigned to overseeing the mission with Daisy Johnson. When the meeting was over, Coulson asked if the meeting had answered Mackenzie's questions; Mackenzie muttered that it had raised all new ones.
During the Endotex Labs infiltration, Mackenzie assisted Lance Hunter in his cover as an expert computer hacker who broke his way into the Pentagon servers. He covered S.H.I.E.L.D.'s role to Steve Wilson saying that he was part of an FBI task force. After the infiltration, Mackenzie and the others attended a meeting where Jemma Simmons and Leo Fitz revealed the actual origins of HYDRA and the organization's involvement in a NASA project known as Distant Star Return.
Acting Director of S.H.I.E.L.D.
- "Here's the deal. What HYDRA's planning is gonna hurt a lot of innocent people, maybe people you care about. I wouldn't be asking you for your help if I didn't think we had a chance. So either you step up and do the damn job or you let the bad guys win. The choice is yours."
- ―Alphonso Mackenzie to Lincoln Campbell and Joey Gutierrez
Mackenzie received a call from Phil Coulson notifying him that he was in trouble and required extraction. Mackenzie drove to Rosalind Price's apartment and discovered Coulson in the middle of a firefight with HYDRA agents. When Coulson reached the car, Mackenzie asked about Price; Coulson told Mackenzie to just drive.
Back at the Playground, Mackenzie watched as Coulson collected files in his office. Asking him what he was going to do, Mackenzie listened as Coulson explained that he was about to cross lines a director should not cross, and therefore was making him acting director until he returned from a revenge mission against Grant Ward. Mackenzie asked if Coulson was going to tell him his plan, but Coulson refused to reveal it.
Mackenzie learned that HYDRA had kidnapped Jemma Simmons and Leo Fitz. He called Coulson to inform him of the fact and to ask what to do, but Coulson angered, threw the phone against the wall. In need of advice, Mackenzie called Melinda May to the office and asked her if she agreed with Andrew Garner's assessment of Lincoln Campbell. Mackenzie told May that Coulson was heading towards the HYDRA base in England, and had told Ward that he was coming. Knowing that HYDRA would shoot the Quinjet down, May asked Mackenzie if he was sending any back-up. Mackenzie told May that he had asked Coulson if he wanted it, and Coulson had not answered. May told Mackenzie to make the decision for Coulson, and that he already knew what to do.
Mackenzie prepared for an attack on HYDRA, greenlighting the Caterpillars program and assembling a team of agents, along with Campbell and Joey Gutierrez. He and Daisy Johnson entered the Quinjet as it was being loaded; he explained to Campbell and Gutierrez that HYDRA had kidnapped Fitz and Simmons and he needed their help to defeat them. Gutierrez and Campbell agreed to help, and Johnson fist-bumped Mackenzie in celebration.
- "Hey! What part of "that's an order" do you not understand?! Coulson put me in charge to make the hard call, and that's what I'm doing. We can't afford to lose our best agents in one fell swoop... not here, not tonight!"
- ―Alphonso Mackenzie
On their way to the HYDRA Castle, Lance Hunter and Bobbi Morse landed on Zephyr One and informed to Mackenzie that Phil Coulson had jumped through the portal to Maveth to find Leo Fitz or Jemma Simmons, who one of them was taken by HYDRA to the planet. Daisy Johnson told him that HYDRA brought dozen Inhumans inside Suspension Gels to the compound. Mackenzie planned an infiltration plan into the castle, which consisted of two teams: one team would find Fitz or Simmons and the other team would take control of the portal room. He then asked Johnson to find for them a way to enter the castle.
She discovered that the aqueduct of the castle was their best way to get in. Mackenzie ordered the Secret Warriors and Melinda May to find Fitz and Simmons, at the time he, Hunter and Morse would take over the chamber. As they got to the aqueduct, Joey Gutierrez used his powers to melt its bars. Mackenzie flattered him and then sent every team to their task. Mackenzie, Hunter and Morse cheeked their heat signing and the HYDRA soldiers'. They saw that they had to fight the soldier to get to the chamber, so Morse pulled her staves and stormed at them. Mackenzie asked Hunter if they needed to wait for her, but Hunter also attacked them, with Mackenzie behind him.
The three managed to take control on the chamber. Mackenzie watched the screens as Simmons entered the room and he was happy to see her. He asked how the Monolith stones activated and Simmons told him that after the countdown, they would merge into the portal. He noticed that May was missing, so Simmons told him that Andrew Garner was in the castle and he had helped her to escape the soldiers. Lincoln Campbell asked why May returned for him, and Mackenzie responded that depended on what May would find. Simmons also told him that Gideon Malick had sent Grant Ward to the planet to find the ancient leader of HYDRA. As the team discussed this creator, Mackenzie did not believe he existed. They then argued whether let the portal reopen or not, May entered the room and informed them that Garner had killed the contained Inhumans.
Suddenly, they felt the room was shaken, meant that HYDRA tried to enter the room. Mackenzie ordered the team to return to Zephyr One and he would stay and wait for Coulson and Fitz, and if the alien or HYDRA entered the room, they would blow the castle. At first, they did not listen to him, but Mackenzie said that this his order, and he could not afford to lose their best agents today. He also said that May would be the Director if he would die. Johnson insisted to stay with him, as she could use her powers to keep the portal open. Mackenzie agreed and the rest of the team came back to the plane.
As the portal reopened, Mackenzie was given by Johnson a gun in case the alien would appear. Johnson then fainted in his arm because of the portal, and Coulson and Fitz managed to return to Earth. Mackenzie ordered May to blast the castle and the four used the Containment Module to return to Zephyr One.
Return to Duty
Connecting with Elena Rodriguez
Mackenzie, Bobbi Morse and Lance Hunter investigate a weaponry abduction incident in Bogotá, with an Inhuman involving. As Mackenzie inspected the scene, he suspected a woman by noticing that the tips of her shoes had been scratched off during the raid. Suddenly, she used her super-speed and stole Mackenzie's gun before throwing him in the back of a van and driving away with him unconscious.
Mackenzie awoke in the woman's apartment, tied up to the sink. He managed to free himself and as she came to question him, he attacked and tried to escape. However, the woman used her power and close the door. Mackenzie understood that she returned to the same spot and gave her the nickname "Yo-Yo". She pulled his gun at him and tied him to a chair. Mackenzie had troubles to understand her and he called her criminal, but she said to him she thought her power was a gift from God. Mackenzie asked her if she got her power after she had eaten fish, and she started to explain the Terrigenesis. Suddenly, Daisy Johnson arrived and assisted in capturing the woman.
In Zephyr One, the team learned that her name was Elena Rodriguez, with no criminal record. After she awake, Joey Gutierrez helped with the translate and they understood that Rodriguez had stolen the weapons to get rid of them, so the local police, who are really corrupt, would stop hurting her friends. Later, Morse and Hunter were kidnapped by the police with the help of another Inhuman, and Rodriguez's cousin was killed by them. As she stared at his body, Mackenzie convinced her to help them fighting the police. She agreed and explained how her power worked.
Later, they entered the police station and Mackenzie searched for Morse and Hunter. He found them in a room where he knocked out Victor Ramon. Morse warned him about Lucio, whose power were paralyzed everyone who looked him in his eyes, so he warned the rest of the team. As they all escorted the captured Lucio, an HYDRA QuadCopter caught him and escaped. After that, Mackenzie said to Johnson that Rodriguez could fit in the Secret Warriors, although she refused to join. They agreed they should keep in touch with her, so Mackenzie gave her a device that would inform each other if they would need backup.
Bobbi Morse and Lance Hunter managed to follow Gideon Malick to Siberia, with the team followed them on Zephyr One. After a few hours, Mackenzie, Daisy Johnson and Melinda May landed with a Quinjet to assist Morse and Hunter. Morse informed them that a group of Russian ministers had a meeting with Malick to see an Inhuman. They plan to get inside the compound. After they infiltrated the compound, Mackenzie and Johnson found the main computer, to follow Malick's movement.
Morse managed to install a listening device during Malick's meeting. There, Anton Petrov revealed that the Inhuman was Androvich. Mackenzie saw him through the cameras but saw something strange in the footage. As the Russian Prime Minister arrived at the compound, Phil Coulson ordered the agents to go to protract him from Androvich, since he wanted to assassinate him. The team converted to the meeting, and with a smoke bomb, Mackenzie Johnson and Morse kidnapped Androvich. As they were walking with him, a shadow appeared from the wall and knocked Mackenzie out. He woke up and saw how the shadow to the same to Johnson. Mackenzie urged Morse to go kill Androvkich while he would take Johnson back to Zephyr One.
After Morse killed Androvich, she and Hunter were arrested. Coulson went to free them, but he returned to Zephyr One alone. He informed that team that the pair were disavowed from S.H.I.E.L.D. in order to keep it a secret. Later, the team visited Teddy's Bar where Morse and Hunter were. Without directly contacting them, the others all ordered shots for the two, saying goodbye in the only way they could, but not Mackenzie; while the rest walked out, he stayed and cried on the leave of his friends.
Mackenzie decided to return to his family home to spend some time with his younger brother, Ruben. As Mackenzie and Ruben were repairing their motorcycles, Ruben was shocked to discover that Mackenzie owned some rare parts required for their bikes. Mackenzie apologized for not visiting more often, but he lied to him he was busy in his "insurance company". They turned on the television in the kitchen to see the news of the Watchdogs exploding an ATCU building. The brothers watched together, but Mackenzie noticed that Ruben was actually amazed by them.
Phil Coulson called him and asked him to go the scene, since he was of Bobbi Morse and Lance Hunter. Mackenzie remained him that he was on vacation, but Coulson said they all needed to make sacrifices. Mackenzie lied to his brother he needed to assess a car accident. In the scene, he met with Daisy Johnson and Leo Fitz. Fitz discovered that the Watchdogs used Nitramene to collapse the building. Mackenzie said to him that Nitramene was not stable enough for gel-based explosive. Fitz realized that the Watchdogs must had improved it. Johnson delivered the information to Coulson, who suspected Felix Blake had something to do in this.
On Zephyr One, Mackenzie argued with Johnson on how they should act against the Watchdogs. Johnson suggested to use her powers against on of them and questioning him. Mackenzie explained that it was not about how they acted, it was about how they would respond. Mackenzie returned to his brother and found him upset. Ruben told him he was in debt. Mackenzie asked him if was going to ask him for money, but Ruben told him he would handle it alone and blamed the system for it. Mackenzie realized he was inspired by the Watchdogs and told him to stay away from them, but Ruben walked away from him.
Johnson then called him and said she had found a Watchdogs member who had told her their base's location. Mackenzie went with her and Fitz to a farm. Fitz used a D.W.A.R.F. to see Blake inside a barn. However, Ruben arrived on a motorcycle and the Watchdogs came out. Mackenzie used a I.C.E.R. against them and Ruben left after he saw Johnson using her powers. Mackenzie left Johnson and Fitz and went to his brother. He found him the house waiting for him. Mackenzie tried to explain that the Inhumans needed protection and that he was working for S.H.I.E.L.D., but Ruben did not want to hear.
In the garage, Mackenzie said he had joined S.H.I.E.L.D. to protect him when they saw their motorcycle on the flame. Mackenzie realized the Watchdogs entered the house to kill them. He took his father old shotgun and told him they would escape into the woods. Ruben asked him if he did such things at S.H.I.E.L.D., but Mackenzie said he hates those things. He cut off electricity and killed some of the Watchdogs. They hid in the kitchen from the other Watchdogs when suddenly one of them shot Mackenzie, but he used a butcher knife to kill him. He then made an improvised Shotgun-Axe with it and killed the last two Watchdogs. Ruben told him they won and Mackenzie fainted. He then was taken to a S.H.I.E.L.D. medical treatment.
GT Agrochemical Facility
Mackenzie recovered from his injurers and went to the lad, where Daisy Johnson, Leo Fitz and Jemma Simmons examined scorched skeletons made by what looked like Grant Ward. They told him that it was actually Hive who had returned inside Ward's corpse from Maveth. Mackenzie was shocked to learn that Hive had Ward's memories. The team was called for a meeting in Phil Coulson's office where he explained that in order to find Hive, they would go to GT Agrochemical facility which had been raided by HYDRA. Coulson asked what was their advantage against them, so Mackenzie answered that they were not afraid.
On their way to the facility on Zephyr One, Mackenzie showed Coulson a picture of Giyera inside the facility. To overcome his Giyera's powers, Fitz built a gun that could be activated only by his owner. Mackenzie joked that now Giyera would punch them to death. Once they reached the facility, Mackenzie, Coulson and Melinda May entered a room where they saw dead bugs. Mackenzie discovered that the facility's data had been moved to another location, so Coulson told him to work with Fitz to find the location.
May managed to knock Giyera out and they brought him to the Containment Module in Zephyr One. Mackenzie questioned him about Gideon Malick's plans and Hive. Giyera, however, refused to answer the questions and thanked S.H.I.E.L.D. for their assistance in bringing Hive to Earth. May approached him and said they were close to Malick's base, so Mackenzie said to Giyera that they wouldn't need his help. Giyera managed to escape the Containment Module, so Mackenzie tried to stop him, but Giyera knocked him out. Giyera managed to bring the plane to the base.
Losing Rodriguez's Trust
"My name is Elena."
- ―Alphonso Mackenzie and Yo-Yo Rodriguez
Mackenzie and Leo Fitz helped a wounded Melinda May to get to safety and they locked themselves in a storage room with Jemma Simmons and Phil Coulson. While Lucio and his men tried to force the door, Mackenzie and Fitz found a way to keep them at bay, which bought enough time for them to be rescued by the Secret Warriors, with Yo-Yo Rodriguez being pleased to see Mackenzie again. With the Secret Warriors' help, S.H.I.E.L.D. managed to fly the Zephyr One back to the Playground with Gideon Malick as a prisoner. Once at the base, Mackenzie gave Rodriguez a tour, and she noticed his progress his speaking Spanish.
Mackenzie and Rodriguez met Phil Coulson, who ordered Mackenzie to lock up the Playground as he suspected one of the Secret Warriors had been infected by Hive during the battle at the Schoonebeek Oil Field. The top S.H.I.E.L.D. agents met in Coulson's office and tried to find a plan to know whether one of their friends was affected. Thus, Coulson ordered Mackenzie to monitor all the Secret Warriors to find any sign of suspicious activity. However, Mackenzie's observations were inconclusive. They kept looking for a plan until the power in the Playground was cut. Mackenzie rushed at the Playground's armory and noticed that the guns were unloaded and a grenade was missing. Right after that, an explosion shook the Playground and S.H.I.E.L.D. discovered that Malick had been killed.
Worried by the explosion, Rodriguez went to see Mackenzie, who explained that the base was being attacked. An argument erupted between S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Secret Warriors, who locked themselves in the common room. Mackenzie tried to apologize to Rodriguez but she rebuffed him when he called her Yo-Yo. Mackenzie then searched through the Secret Warriors' lockers and found the Kree Orb in Lincoln Campbell's. Mackenzie reported his discovery to Coulson, who managed to lock the Secret Warriors into separate Containment Chambers. Mackenzie kept monitoring them in Coulson's office. Despite that, however, Daisy Johnson, who turned out to be swayed by Hive, escaped from the Playground, damaging the base in the process.
Introduction to Transhumanism
Mackenzie helped to manage the consequences of Daisy Johnson's Escape from the Playground and discussed the event with Melinda May, who noticed that nobody had been killed, meaning that Hive had no real interest in S.H.I.E.L.D. and just wanted Johnson to return with Terrigen Crystals and the Kree Orb. Mackenzie blamed himself for not having seen that Johnson had been swayed by Hive, but May told him not to do that. They then boarded the Zephyr One, and Mackenzie was surprised when May told him that they would take it out of the Playground with a dangerous maneuver, although he could not help but notice that May seemed enchanted by the perspective. Mackenzie then attended a briefing held by Phil Coulson, who assured his colleagues that they would bring Johnson back.
Thanks to investigations conducted by Leo Fitz and Jemma Simmons, Mackenzie was sent to Romania with them in order to track down Holden Radcliffe, a specialist in parasitic organisms and transhumanism enthusiast. They took a room in a hotel in Bucharest to devise their plan. When Fitz and Simmons explained that they would enter a select transhumanist club posing as geneticists, Mackenzie remarked that they would have to be properly dressed, only to be gently rebuffed and mocked for believing that Fitz and Simmons would use their lab coats to infiltrate the place. While they would enter the club, Mackenzie would remain at the hotel and follow their progression thanks to their Backscatter Glasses.
Mackenzie was greatly surprised when Fitz activated his glasses' scanner, revealing the different implants and robotic body parts used by the club's guests. While searching for Radcliffe, Fitz and Simmons were approached by his assistant Anon, and Mackenzie warned them that her seemingly normal body had actually been greatly enhanced with various devices and confessed his ignorance that such things were even possible. As they waited for Radcliffe, Mackenzie was told by Fitz and Simmons that they would reinitialize their comms, although Mackenzie experienced no trouble with them at all. However, he figured out that Fitz and Simmons actually wanted to have a private chat, being used to this trick since his work with Lance Hunter and Bobbi Morse.
Once the comms were back online, Mackenzie witnessed the meeting between Fitz, Simmons, and Radcliffe, which turned south when Radcliffe suspected Fitz and Simmons to be agents of HYDRA and figured out that they were communicating with Mackenzie. When the comms were jammed by Anon's EMP, Mackenzie picked up a gun and resolved to go to the club himself. However, upon arriving, he was confronted by Hellfire, who had accompanied Hive and Johnson in an attempt to kidnap Radcliffe. Mackenzie was forced to take cover as Hellfire spread chaos in the club, making various objects explode. He then threw a bottle of alcohol at him, which hit another of Hellfire's projectile, and Mackenzie took advantage of the resulting explosion to retreat to safety.
Mackenzie returned to the hotel room, where he was reunited with Simmons, who was still shaken by her encounter with Hive. While waiting for Fitz to come back as well, Mackenzie and Simmons her relationship with him, and when Simmons told him that it was still new, Mackenzie disagreed, as they had actually known each other and been very close to each other for years, causing Simmons to smile. Before Fitz arrived, Mackenzie left to go to their Quinjet and to prepare for their return to S.H.I.E.L.D.'s base.
The End of Hive
- "I really wanted to save you, Mack."
"Yeah, me too. If I can't save you, I guess I'll save everyone else."
- ―Daisy Johnson and Alphonso Mackenzie
Back at the Playground, Mackenzie was informed by Phil Coulson that he had spotted Daisy Johnson in Union City, a formerly abandoned town in South Dakota. While Coulson feared that this could be a trap to lure S.H.I.E.L.D., Mackenzie was convinced that Johnson had unconsciously revealed herself for S.H.I.E.L.D. to try and save her despite Hive's sway. Despite Coulson disagreeing with him, Mackenzie was put in charge, along Melinda May of a mission in Union City in order to kill Hive. He thus boarded the Zephyr One with Coulson, May and a group of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, including Piper and O'Brien.
Arriving at Union City, the S.H.I.E.L.D. team spotted Hellfire, prompting May to go and meet him, posing as a HYDRA operative, in order to know Hive's whereabouts. Mackenzie listened to the whole conversation until Hellfire revealed where Hive was before being knocked out by May. Mackenzie and his team further progressed into the city and investigated the building where Hive was supposed to be. Although Hive was absent, they found a strange orb rapidly rotating and emitting light pulses. Recognizing Kree symbols on it and having seen something rapidly diving onto Union City, Coulson ordered Mackenzie and his teammates to retreat.
Indeed, a small satellite soon crashed in Union City, releasing two Kree Reapers who soon began a rampage across the town, killing HYDRA operatives and Inhumans alike while Mackenzie and his team silently watched. They were ordered by Coulson to follow the Kree Reapers, but upon feeling a tremor, Mackenzie knew that Johnson was around and, despite May advising against it, he decided to go and find her. He thus arrived in a garage where Johnson, who had just murdered one Reaper, was with Holden Radcliffe.
Thus began a long talk between Mackenzie and Johnson. Mackenzie did everything he could to convince Johnson to give up on Hive, but Johnson refused to hear him out, revealing in the process that their plan was to turn everyone, including Mackenzie, into Inhumans. Mackenzie still did his best to persuade Johnson, even lowering his shotgun to prove his good intentions, but to no avail as Johnson denied that they ever had a true connection. Realizing that Johnson was beyond his saving, Mackenzie attempted to thwart her plan and threw a Splinter Bomb at the Kree Reaper's corpse, thus preventing Johnson and Radcliffe to harvest his blood Hive needed.
This greatly angered Johnson, who brutally attacked Mackenzie with her powers. Despite Mackenzie refusing to fight against her, he was violently beaten up by Johnson, who punched him, kicked him and even broke his arm. As he lied on the ground, Mackenzie begged Johnson to stop, but Johnson further attacked him, using her abilities on Mackenzie's chest and causing him immense pain. Nevertheless, Mackenzie was rescued by the other S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, who shot Johnson and called for an emergency module to evacuate. Mackenzie was taken back to the Playground, where he was healed by Jemma Simmons and informed his colleagues of Hive's terrific plans.
While he was still on recovery, Mackenzie was informed that Yo-Yo Rodriguez had returned to S.H.I.E.L.D. in order to help in getting Daisy Johnson back. Mackenzie was not satisfied with it, as he feared that Rodriguez could also be swayed by Hive and voiced his doubts that they could even win against him, but Rodriguez told him to have faith in their chances of success as long as they all remained strong.
Mackenzie then tried to help Leo Fitz and Jemma Simmons to keep Johnson out of the Playground's systems as she attempted to have Lincoln Campbell escape from the base and join her. Although they managed to lock down the systems, Mackenzie correctly figured out that Johnson could hack into the Quinjets to enable Campbell to escape. Since Fitz was left unable to access the aircrafts' systems, Mackenzie headed to the Playground's landing bay to stop Campbell himself. He tackled him and attempted to stop Campbell, but the young Inhuman used his powers to break free, knocking Mackenzie out.
Mackenzie was found by S.H.I.E.L.D. agents and Glenn Talbot, seeing a Quinjet taking off as they spoke. However, it turned out that Campbell had actually not escaped. Indeed, this had all been part of a secret plan between Coulson, Campbell and Melinda May, to make Hive and Johnson believe that Campbell would join them. Mackenzie received Campbell's apologies for having attacked him, claiming that he had to make things look real. When he learned that they had sent Lash instead of Campbell to kill Hive, Mackenzie worried that he could kill Johnson instead, but Campbell insisted that this was unlikely as it was not Lash's purpose.
Despite Lash dying in this endeavor, being murdered by Hellfire before he could kill Hive, the plan was successful in that it allowed Johnson to be freed from Hive's influence and to return to the Playground. Mackenzie was present when she came back at the base, visibly affected by her whole experience with Hive. He then returned to his bedroom where he was visited by Rodriguez. Mackenzie expressed his willingness to stand and fight against Hive, and he was given a golden cross by Rodriguez for him to keep faith in their mission.
Capture of Hive
Since S.H.I.E.L.D. was informed that Hive had stolen a nuclear warhead in order to launch his Absolution Virus, Mackenzie was sent on a mission with Melinda May, Lincoln Campbell and Yo-Yo Rodriguez to rescue the staff of a Pacific Missile Silo and prevent Hive from completing his plans. During their flight using their Quinjet as a submarine, Mackenzie was given the controllers of Campbell's and Rodriguez's Nanothermite Vests in case they fell under Hive's influence.
The team successfully approached the silo without being seen and managed to infiltrate the facility. While May and Campbell left to establish an uplink so that they could override the missile commands with a kill code, Mackenzie worked on installing the Theta Brain-Wave Frequency Machine in a corridor for it to be used on Hive. However, Mackenzie was criticized by Rodriguez for working too slowly. As they discussed the possibility of Rodriguez being swayed by Hive, Mackenzie offered to return her cross to her, but she refused, claiming that he could not give such a gift back.
Campbell then arrived and warned them that Hive was coming. Although Mackenzie had not finished and told the two Inhumans to leave, Rodriguez used her superhuman speed to complete the task, enabling Campbell to activate the machine which caused intense pain to Hive since all the memories of the people he had used as vessels resurfaced. When Hive managed to state that it would not kill him, Mackenzie replied that it could still hurt him. He then left with Rodriguez and Campbell in order to prepare for the evacuation of the hostages.
As they successfully gathered the silo's staff towards the Quinjet, the team was found by Hive. Thanks to Rodriguez's speed, S.H.I.E.L.D. was able to lock him in a Suspension Gel chamber, with Mackenzie barely realizing that they were able to capture Hive without losing anyone. They then returned to the Playground with their captive.
Back to the Playground, Mackenzie discussed with Phil Coulson and Lincoln Campbell about the impending lockdown of the base to protect themselves from Hive's followers. Mackenzie was then surprised when he heard Campbell claiming that he intended to leave S.H.I.E.L.D. for good once everything would be over since he felt that there was nothing for him in S.H.I.E.L.D. as he could not give Daisy Johnson what she needed. Since they addressed the matter, Mackenzie suggested that they should inform Johnson about the capture of Hive and, given Coulson's reluctance to do so, he decided to do it himself.
Mackenzie went to the Containment Chamber where Johnson was locked in and told her that they had caught Hive. When Johnson told him that he should be in a Containment Module to remain safe from her, mentioning what had happened between them during the Battle of Union City, Mackenzie stated that he had forgiven her. Despite Johnson rejecting this, Mackenzie calmly repeated it and approached Johnson, managing to hug her as she burst into tears after she tried to push him away.
Once Johnson had calmed down, Mackenzie and she discussed the evil nature of Hive, with Mackenzie assuming that Hive was not the biblical Devil. When Johnson insisted that Hive had to be destroyed, Mackenzie explained that she should not let herself being overrun by anger and desire of revenge, claiming that they would all be safe once the base would be locked down. Minutes later, however, Mackenzie and Johnson watched on a screen how a cargo of Absolution Virus was released in the landing bay. Mackenzie then figured out that Hive intended to use the Zephyr One as his means to unleash the virus on Earth and returned to Coulson's office to inform his colleagues about it.
- "Well, I'd like to be in a fight. Built this damn thing for a reason."
- ―Alphonso Mackenzie
Due to the invasion of the Playground by Primitives commanded by Hive, Mackenzie joined his S.H.I.E.L.D. colleagues in order to discuss their next move. Along with Yo-Yo Rodriguez, he went to the base's armory in order to secure as many weapons as he could so that the Primitives would not find them, but they figured out that they were too late. One Primitive attempted to shoot at Mackenzie before fleeing, and Mackenzie was horrified to discover that Rodriguez had actually used her superhuman speed to catch the bullets in his place, and had received one in the stomach.
Mackenzie tried to carry Rodriguez to safety and encountered Phil Coulson, Lincoln Campbell and Holden Radcliffe, who were running away from a group of Primitives. Therefore, they all retreated to a workshop room, where they struggled to find a way to tend to Rodriguez's wound. Despite their reluctance, they could only come up with the idea of using a blowtorch on the wound to make it stop bleeding, and Mackenzie agreed to perform the deed on Rodriguez. Once he was over, he told Rodriguez never to catch a bullet for him again. They then noticed how the temperature had increased and figured out that Jemma Simmons had boosted the base's heating to hijack the Primitives' infrared vision.
This enabled Mackenzie and his teammates to leave the room and to reach the Director's office, where they were reunited with Simmons who informed them that Leo Fitz and Melinda May had boarded the Zephyr One before it was taken out of the Playground by Hive. When Coulson announced that he would call a Quinjet to reach the Zephyr One alone and take down Hive himself, Mackenzie, Simmons, and Campbell categorically refused this order and took the Quinjet as well. They then infiltrated into the Zephyr One while Coulson distracted Hive with a hologram. However, while they were progressing in the plane, Campbell was attacked and heavily wounded by Hellfire.
Now reunited with Daisy Johnson, who remained at Campbell's side, the team discussed Coulson's plan: sending the warhead containing the Absolution Virus in space with a Quinjet, so that it would cause no harm on Earth. However, this required someone to sacrifice themselves to make sure that the plan succeeded. Mackenzie insisted that he preferred to remain in the Zephyr One and fight against the Primitives and Hive as he had brought his whole new homemade weapon with him: a Shotgun-Axe. Seconds later, they realized that Johnson had left to complete Coulson's plan and they were attacked by a group of Primitives. Mackenzie thus used his Shotgun-Axe to take them down, fighting with his colleagues to repel them.
However, it turned out that during their fight, Campbell had managed to trap both Hive and the warhead in the Quinjet and to force Johnson to get out of the aircraft. Mackenzie and the rest of the team then helplessly realized that there was nothing they could do to bring Campbell to Earth and that they had to accept his sacrifice, despite Johnson pleas to find another solution. Therefore, Mackenzie sadly remained silent as they waited for the Quinjet to be destroyed along with Hive and Campbell, thus sealing S.H.I.E.L.D.'s victory with a heavy loss, which would later be even more serious when Johnson would decide to leave S.H.I.E.L.D., prompting Mackenzie and Coulson to chase her and bring her back.
A Rogue Agent
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Dealing With Ghosts
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Meeting Ghost Rider
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Mission in the Prison
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Battle at Momentum Labs
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The New Ghost Rider
While Coulson, Fitz, and Reyes are trapped out of sync with reality, unable to interact with the real world, with no-one else able to see, hear or touch them. They are being drawn to another dimension, which Robbie describes as Hell, revealing that the Ghost Rider spirit has been there before. Killing several agents using his new powers, Morrow escapes, and Mackenzie rides off on his motorcycle because he's stressed about not being able to get back Coulson, Fitz and Robbie while the Ghost Rider spirit, unwilling to return to 'Hell', abandons Robbie and instead possesses Mack, just as he learns Morrow was allied with the Chinese Watchdogs, having recruited them to retrieve the ghost scientists and find the Darkhold.
Mackenzie hunts down the remaining Chinese gang members, and Daisy pursues him, unknowingly accompanied by Robbie, who convinces the spirit to return to him and help him exact revenge on Morrow, in exchange for Robbie continuing to serve as the spirit's host afterwards. May decides to use the Darkhold to rescue Coulson, Fitz, and Reyes, and enlists Radcliffe to read the Darkhold, but he finds the contents are too overwhelming for the human brain to perceive. AIDA suggests she reads it instead, revealing her android nature to May (and Coulson), and with the magical knowledge she learns from the book, she builds a machine that opens a dimensional portal, through which Coulson and Fitz return.
A Relationship in Progress
- "Friends? Is that what we are? I can't figure you out, Turtleman. We flirt, we talk on the phone, we go to dinner, and then nothing for weeks. And now you say you're worried about me, you want to protect me."
"Don't call me Turtleman."
- ―Yo-Yo Rodriguez and Alphonso Mackenzie
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A Founded Fear of Robots
- "Roll credits."
- ―Alphonso Mackenzie after decapitating Aida
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Jeffrey Mace's Lie
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Interrogating Holden Radcliffe's LMD
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Retrieving Agnes Kitsworth
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Captured and Replaced
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Life in a HYDRA World
As he was put into the Framework, Mackenzie saw the greatest regret of his life removed by Aida: the loss of his daughter Hope. As a result, when Mackenzie got to live a rewritten life in the Framework, he lived a peaceful life with a recreation of his daughter, who shared his interest in mechanics. Although they lived in a harsh society ruled by HYDRA, Mackenzie and his daughter managed to have a happy life together.Cite error: Invalid
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Rescuing Daisy Johnson
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Choice for a Virtual Life
- "I don't want to live in a world without Hope."
"But it's not real. You saw it with your own eyes, it's a computer program. All of it. Even Hope."
"She laughs at my jokes. We watch movies together. And when she's sad... When she's sad, I hold her. No. She's real to me."
- ―Alphonso Mackenzie and Daisy Johnson
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Back to Reality
- "I feel terrible that I tried to pull you away from her and worse that we couldn't save her. Can you forgive me?"
"There's nothing to forgive. Those years with her, as a father, it'll always be a part of me. But they also gave me a glimpse of a life I could have here with you."
- ―Elena Rodriguez and Alphonso Mackenzie
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Trapped in Space
Arrival at the Lighthouse
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- "Why don't we put those on?"
"Because they go through your damn wrist!"
- ―Yo-Yo Rodriguez and Alphonso Mackenzie
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- "The moment we lied about this mission, someone was gonna die. It's him or us."
"We're not dumping the load."
"I've got to while we have the chance. You gonna get in my way? Sacrifice your lives for that piece of trash?"
"We're not sacrificing anyone, you understand? As S.H.I.E.L.D., we live by a code, and we're not bending to your twisted world view."
- ―Tess and Alphonso Mackenzie
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- "I survived the pain of losing my real child, but I can't get over the pain of losing a fake one, so what kind of a father does that make me? Maybe Gunner was right about me. Maybe I really am already lost."
"Hey. Hope might not have been real, but your love for her was. And that makes you a great father and a good man."
- ―Alphonso Mackenzie and Yo-Yo Rodriguez
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- "Terrigenesis is scary enough without a bunch of hyenas watching."
"It's not their fault. These people have all been fed the same lie."
"People believe what they want to believe. It's obvious they're lambs being led to the slaughter."
"Let's just hope none of these kids crust over."
- ―Yo-Yo Rodriguez and Alphonso Mackenzie
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- "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."
Despite being a large and intimidating figure, Mackenzie will often avoid violence and attempt to find a peaceful solution to dangerous situations, waiting to get all the facts straight. When Robert Gonzales was assassinated by Jiaying, Mackenzie advised Coulson to settle the situation as peacefully as possible rather than go to war with the Inhumans. However, when his friends are endangered, Mackenzie is more than willing to risk his life and kill those who threaten the people around him. When the Inhumans attacked and killed his fellow S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, Mackenzie went out of his way to protect them by fighting Gordon to the death, and when the Advanced Threat Containment Unit attempted to arrest Daisy Johnson, Mackenzie threatened the life of Luther Banks by pointing a gun to his head.
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.
Powers and Abilities
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As a Kree City sentry
- Superhuman Strength: To be added
- Superhuman Durability: To be added
- Inhuman Detection: Mackenzie was able to differentiate between humans and Inhumans, even those who had not undergone Terrigenesis such as Skye and Raina.
Possessed by the Spirit of Vengeance
- Demonic Transformation: Possessed by the Spirit of Vengeance, Alphonso Mackenzie was briefly able to transform into a skeletal humanoid with a flaming skull and glowing orange eyes, looking very similar to Johnny Blaze and Robbie Reyes.
- Superhuman Strength: Mackenzie showed feats of superhuman strength during this period, notably being able to throw his foes away from him with as little as one strike, sending men flying several feet with his attacks and lifting a man above his head with one hand. He exerted little to no effort when stopping an agent from grabbing him by knocking the man's hands away before pushing him though the air with a punch, all while not even looking at the man.
- Superhuman Durability: Mackenzie withstood being shot in the torso while riding on his motorcycle with little effect.
- Mediumship: Mackenzie, while possessed by the Spirit, was able to perceive and speak to Robbie Reyes while he was trapped in within an invisible layer of reality and was even able to touch him and merge with him again.
- Power Imbuing: Through mere touch, Mackenzie was able to transfer the Spirit of Vengeance back into Robbie Reyes allowing Reyes to also be able to transform into Ghost Rider.
- "Sir, notice the car? 1962 Rolls, restored it myself."
- ―Alphonso Mackenzie to Phil Coulson
- 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 an 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 using 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 is a skilled fighter, often sparring with Bobbi Morse to improve his fighting skills. Mackenzie's extraordinarily strong, and often uses this attribute as a weapon such 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.
- "Well, taking advice from Coulson's files. He said, "Find a way to keep your feet on the ground, and stay in touch with the people we fight for.""
- ―Alphonso Mackenzie to Melinda May
- 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 the 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 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 an M4A1 carbine taken from deceased HYDRA operatives that were attempting to take over the Iliad, in order to help Bobbi Morse and Isabelle Hartley with their mission at the ship. Mackenzie chose to stay within the Iliad and retake it when HYDRA revealed its presence 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 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 bird shots 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 in 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 an M4A1 carbine taken from deceased HYDRA operatives that were attempting to take over the Iliad, 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 Iliad 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 Watchdogs operatives. Mackenzie used this grenade to attack the mercenaries and begin a counter-attack during the Attack 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 Lighthouse.
- Metal Rods: Having lent his Shotgun-Axe to Phil Coulson Mackenzie used Metal Rods to fight 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.
- Harley Davidson Motorcycle: To be added
- In the comics, Alphonso "Al" MacKenzie is a veteran S.H.I.E.L.D. agent and former CIA liaison to S.H.I.E.L.D.
- Mackenzie has been controlled by a power-bestowing force on two different occasions, the first one being in Ye Who Enter Here and the second one in Deals With Our Devils.
- Mackenzie likes singing in the shower. He also admits to being afraid of the dark and appears to be afraid of ghosts, but refuses to admit it.He is also afraid of needles. According to himself, his three greatest fears are drowning, heights and hostile robots.
- Mackenzie does not like quinoa, although he pretended the contrary to his girlfriend for a year.
- Mackenzie has a special provision in his life insurance for death by a robot.
- Mackenzie is a fan of science fiction, frequently mentioning franchises such as Alien and Terminator.
Behind the Scenes
- Craig Johnson and Jalil Jay Lynch were stunt doubles for Henry Simmons in the role of Alphonso Mackenzie.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 2.20: Scars
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 3.14: Watchdogs
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 2.15: One Door Closes
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 5.06: Fun & Games
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 5.13: Prinicipa
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 2.13: One of Us
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 4.11: Wake Up
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 2.14: Love in the Time of HYDRA
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 2.01: Shadows
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 2.02: Heavy is the Head
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 2.03: Making Friends and Influencing People
- ↑ 12.0 12.1 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 2.04: Face My Enemy
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 2.05: A Hen in the Wolf House
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 2.06: A Fractured House
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 2.07: The Writing on the Wall
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 2.08: The Things We Bury
- ↑ 17.0 17.1 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 2.09: Ye Who Enter Here
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 2.10: What They Become
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 2.11: Aftershocks
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 2.12: Who You Really Are
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 2.16: Afterlife
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 2.17: Melinda
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 2.18: The Frenemy of My Enemy
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 2.19: The Dirty Half Dozen
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 2.21: S.O.S. Part One
- ↑ 26.0 26.1 26.2 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 2.22: S.O.S. Part Two
- ↑ 27.0 27.1 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 3.01: Laws of Nature
- ↑ 28.0 28.1 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 3.03: A Wanted (Inhu)man
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 3.02: Purpose in the Machine
- ↑ 30.0 30.1 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 3.04: Devils You Know
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 3.06: Among Us Hide…
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 3.07: Chaos Theory
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 3.08: Many Heads, One Tale
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 3.09: Closure
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 3.10: Maveth
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 3.11: Bouncing Back
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 3.13: Parting Shot
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 3.16: Paradise Lost
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 3.17: The Team
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 3.18: The Singularity
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 3.19: Failed Experiments
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 3.20: Emancipation
- ↑ 43.0 43.1 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 3.21: Absolution
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 3.22: Ascension
- ↑ Deals With Our Devils
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 4.17: Identity and Change
- ↑ 'Agents of SHIELD' Gets a Very Early Season 7 Renewal at ABC
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.:4.05: Lockup
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 4.09: Broken Promises
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