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"I'm sorry I scare you. I know that I'm a monster. But you're the one that can save me."
―Marcus Daniels to Audrey Nathan[src]

Marcus Daniels, also known as Blackout, was a man with the ability to manipulate Darkforce after a lab accident, rendering him psychologically insane and obsessive. Eventually, he became infatuated with Audrey Nathan, considering her his "only light in the darkness". However, once Phil Coulson caught wind of Daniels' advances, he had him imprisoned in the Fridge. In 2014, once he was freed from captivity by John Garrett in the Raid of the Fridge, Daniels returned to Portland to continue chasing Nathan, but his attempts were thwarted by Coulson and Antoine Triplett, who killed him once and for all.


Early Life

Cellist Obsession

"Marcus Daniels was an assistant at a physics lab where they were trying to harness the electrical power of something called Darkforce."
Phil Coulson[src]

Daniels was born in late 1972 in New York. His education included a science degree in physics from a university between 1990 and 1996. Before his arrest, he worked as an assistant to Abner Croit. During an experiment involving a force called Darkforce, Daniels was subjected to a lab accident that granted him the power to absorb any form of energy, empowering himself. He used his abilities to pursue Audrey Nathan. However, S.H.I.E.L.D. learned about him, so his advances were thwarted by Phil Coulson, who imprisoned him in the Fridge.

However, rather than attempt to rehabilitate Daniels or remove his powers, the staff at the Fridge experimented on him, increasing his power.[2]

Given Freedom

Raid of the Fridge

Blackout is given his freedom by John Garrett

During the HYDRA Uprising, John Garrett and Grant Ward raided the Fridge in order to obtain the confiscated technology that was hidden inside. As a distraction against Phil Coulson and his team, Garrett freed the prisoners using one of the weapons he collected. Among the freed prisoners was Daniels. As Daniels was escaping, Garrett told him to "follow his dreams," noting that he would keep Coulson particularly busy.[1]

Hunting Audrey Nathan

Blackout being overloaded and exploding

"Daniels is single-minded. He's dangerous. He won't stop until he gets what he wants."
Leo Fitz[src]

Daniels then arrived at a dock where he killed a man and stole his truck in order to get to Portland to continue his pursuit of Nathan. Daniels referred to her as "his light."

Daniels approached Nathan while she was jogging but Coulson's Team cut him off and attempted to overload him with high powered lights but he knocked them down with a blast of Darkforce. Eventually, Daniels came to the theater and was again attacked by Agents Coulson and Antoine Triplett with the concentrated lights but this time with the addition of the Gamma Power Reserve and he exploded.[2]


"Besides, Daniels is pathologically insane, single-minded, obsessive. His powers not only robbed him of a normal life, they also pretty much fried his brain."
Phil Coulson[src]

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Powers and Abilities


Blackout emitting Darkforce

  • Darkforce Manipulation: Daniels is able to manipulate Darkforce in a variety of ways, especially projecting bolts of Darkforce that appear as twisting black smoke and stun whoever they contact.
"Daniels was exposed, ended up being able to absorb energy, all types."
"Well, the human brain, the heart, run on electrical impulses."
"Exactly. He can kill with one touch."
Phil Coulson and Jemma Simmons[src]
  • Energy Absorption: Daniels is able to suck the energy out of anything around him, making the light bulbs blink when he passes and rendering most conventional weapons useless against him. Daniels can kill with a touch by absorbing the electrical impulses of a human. Daniels had a limit on how much energy he can absorb at one time. This weakness was used by Phil Coulson to defeat him on one occasion, but Daniels claims that S.H.I.E.L.D. increased his powers, causing Coulson to use more drastic measures to defeat him.


  • Scientist: Daniels was a laboratory assistant of Abner Croit, assisting him in his search for uses for the Darkforce.



  • Fridge: Daniels was brought to the the Fridge when Phil Coulson stopped his advances toward Audrey Nathan. While in the Fridge, he was trained to become more powerful. He was later broken out by the HYDRA guards working there.





  • In the comics, Marcus Daniels was a laboratory assistant to Abner Croit who bombarded Daniels with the Darkforce. Daniels became charged with its energy and learned he could project it from his body as quasi-solid blackness.

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