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- "I think we should be careful, the words we start throwing around. The last thing we need is panic in the streets. Any threat will be eliminated, I can assure you."
- ―Matthew Ellis[src]
Matthew Ellis is the 45th President of the United States. While vowing to stop the attacks from the so-called Mandarin, Ellis was kidnapped and nearly assassinated by Aldrich Killian, but was rescued by Iron Man and Iron Patriot, allowing Ellis to continue his Presidency. During the HYDRA Uprising, Ellis was targeted again by HYDRA's Project Insight, but was saved by Captain America.
The following year, Ellis authorized the creation of the Advanced Threat Containment Unit, an agency tasked with dealing with the threats of the Inhuman Outbreak on American soil. Due to the recommendation of Rosalind Price, Ellis began recognizing the work of the new S.H.I.E.L.D. under the leadership of Phil Coulson. When Price was assassinated, Ellis put Glenn Talbot in charge of the ATCU. Time later, Ellis allowed the relegitimization of S.H.I.E.L.D., putting Jeffrey Mace in charge.
- 1 Biography
- 1.1 President of the USA
- 1.2 Aldrich Killian's War
- 1.3 HYDRA Uprising
- 1.4 Inhuman Outbreak
- 1.5 Sokovia Accords
- 2 Personality
- 3 Equipment
- 4 Facilities
- 5 Relationships
- 6 Appearances
- 7 Trivia
- 8 Behind the Scenes
- 9 References
- 10 External Links
President of the USA
Banning Immoral Biotech Research
Matthew Ellis was elected President of the United States of America, replacing Barack Obama. During his early presidency, he banned biotechnology research that he deemed immoral, frustrating Aldrich Killian as he was trying to develop Extremis.
When the Roxxon Corporation faced scandal after a Norco spilled a million gallons of crude oil off the coast of Pensacola, Florida, Roxxon's political ties to Ellis made sure not a single Roxxon executive saw a day in court.
Return of Captain America
Ellis congratulated Captain America for his return in modern times, with an informal "Welcome back, Cap" quote. The quote was made notable enough to be displayed at Captain America's exhibit which featured display information of the Howling Commandos and Bucky Barnes.
Introducing the Iron Patriot
In response to the Mandarin's terrorist attacks on the United States, Ellis ordered War Machine to be rebranded in the colors of the American flag and to be renamed as the "Iron Patriot". He gave a televised speech announcing that Rhodes would personally take charge of hunting down the Mandarin. Ellis' efforts were joked about in the world's media; however, he remained determined to track down the terrorist as more attacks continued across America, destroying national landmarks like the TCL Chinese Theatre, killing dozens of civilians.
In one video from the Mandarin, he threatened to kill Thomas Richards if Ellis failed to call him within 30 seconds. Ellis watched the video from Air Force One, and demanded to know how the Mandarin's number ended up on his phone. Although his personnel advised against negotiating with the terrorist, Ellis decided to obey the Mandarin's order to save Richards.
Although Ellis complied with his request and called the phone, the Mandarin ignored the call and seemingly shot Richards in the head on live television. While Ellis was horrified at the sudden act of murder, the Mandarin warned the President that no matter what he did, he would never be safe and nobody would be able to save him before hanging up. Ellis ordered James Rhodes to locate the Mandarin's hideout as soon as possible.
While boarding Air Force One with his security team, Ellis witnessed the arrival of the Iron Patriot, who had arrived to act as his bodyguard. Upon seeing one of his most trusted men, Ellis saluted the Patriot and commented on how he felt safer already.
However, as the plane took flight, Ellis was attacked by the Iron Patriot, who trapped many key staff members in one of the rooms while killing the security team. Ellis was quickly discovered and captured by Eric Savin, who revealed he had hijacked the Iron Patriot Armor after James Rhodes was taken prisoner. Ellis bravely ordered Savin to execute him if that's what he intended, but Savin simply replied that it was not how the Mandarin worked.
Ellis was kept alive and imprisoned inside the Iron Patriot Armor by Savin. The suit was put into the automatic flight and forcibly flew Ellis to a decommissioned Norco. Once he arrived, the suit opened up and Ellis fell to the feet of Aldrich Killian, who was currently speaking to the captured and tortured Pepper Potts. Killian mockingly saluted Ellis and welcomed him onboard the ship while Potts looked on in horror.
Killian revealed to Ellis that he had brought him to this specific place because due to the president's work when the Norco spilled a million gallons of crude off Pensacola, none of the Roxxon Corporation representatives responsible were bought to justice. When Ellis asked what Killian wanted from him, he explained Ellis was nothing more than a pawn since Rodriguez was his affiliate and would soon become the next President, granting Killian total control over the United States.
Aldrich Killian's team of Extremis Soldiers forced Ellis back into the Iron Patriot Armor and strung him up between the ships, ready to be killed by having oil poured over him and ignited. While he hung helplessly, Killian's men recorded Ellis from multiple cameras, preparing to broadcast his murder across the country and blame the assassination on the Mandarin while Rodriguez took power.
Tony Stark and James Rhodes traced Ellis and Killian to the Norco. Despite attempting to go unseen, the pair were soon spotted by Killian's soldiers and a huge battle broke out between the Extremis Soldiers and the Iron Legion, who arrived to assist in the battle while controlled by J.A.R.V.I.S.. Rhodes ran to rescue Ellis while Stark confronted Killian and saved Pepper Potts.
Rhodes was able to find Ellis quickly and attempted to free him. However, he was first forced to fight three Extremis soldiers who attempted to kill him. Outwitting the soldiers, Rhodes managed to defeat them in an explosion before freeing the President and swinging away from the blast. After taking back his Iron Patriot suit, Rhodes returned Ellis to Washington, D.C. as Stark and Potts successfully defeated the remaining soldiers and Killian.
Ellis was later targeted by the Project Insight as an enemy of HYDRA, but the targeting Helicarriers were successfully destroyed by Captain America and his team. After the dissolution of S.H.I.E.L.D., many people began calling for the resignation of Ellis and discussed how he allowed a terrorist organization to become a member of the intelligence community. After the HYDRA attack on the United Nations Headquarters, Ellis stated in an interview that the HYDRA crisis was "blown out of proportions".
The New Protection Agency
Following the Inhuman Outbreak, Ellis authorized the formation of the Advanced Threat Containment Unit, the replacement for S.H.I.E.L.D., headed by Rosalind Price. The ATCU was instructed to contain potential threats caused by people with superpowers. As the incidents became more and more public with Joey Gutierrez losing control of his powers in the middle of a city, Ellis had a press conference announcing his decision to the world.
Weeks later, Ellis began to pressure Price for positive results. Shortly after, Ellis and his advisors organized a meeting with other world leaders at NORAD to discuss the future of enhanced people.
Meeting Phil Coulson
- "Rosalind said you called them Inhumans. Heads of state are calling, not sure what's happening, Watchdogs agencies hurling accusations, FOX News won't shut up! I don't need to tell you how delicate the situation is, but we have to do something."
"With all due respect, Mr. President, we are doing something."
- ―Matthew Ellis and Phil Coulson[src]
A while after the assassination of Rosalind Price at the hands of Grant Ward, Ellis met with Phil Coulson in Price's apartment to discuss their next course of action. Even though he couldn't openly reauthorize S.H.I.E.L.D., Ellis trusted Price's judgment and decided to semi-legalize the outlawed agency to serve as the black ops unit against the advanced threats due to their superior knowledge.
At the same time, even though the Advanced Threat Containment Unit would publicly remain the Government's only task force to battle HYDRA and deal with the Inhumans, the agency's new director, although they had not yet been appointed, would receive orders directly from Coulson. When Coulson asked him to publicly condemn Gideon Malick for his participation in Price's murder, Ellis replied that there was not enough evidence against Malick, and he was so powerful that even he could not take him down. However, working from the shadows, Coulson was given free rein to do just that.
Ellis later contacted Coulson and Melinda May at their base at the Playground to inform them that he had assigned Glenn Talbot as the new head of the Advanced Threat Containment Unit. Although Coulson noted that Talbot would likely be unhappy with the move as the pair had previously been enemies during the HYDRA Uprising and they had never gotten along in the past; however, Ellis insisted that it was the right move as Talbot was a highly respected soldier and due to his time with S.H.I.E.L.D., he had experience with such threats.
- "These two are obviously working for either your government directly or indirectly, as agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."
"You know very well, Prime Minister, there is no S.H.I.E.L.D. It was dismantled."
"Mr. President, do you think we are all naive? S.H.I.E.L.D. is alive and well and working with your government to get ahead of us."
- ―Dimitri Olshenko and Matthew Ellis[src]
When Bobbi Morse and Lance Hunter were caught in Russia at the site of an attempted assassination of Dimitri Olshenko, Ellis, on Coulson's request, got Interpol to step in and interrogate them. The two agents were accused of killing Yuri Krupin, Androvich, and Anton Petrov, but they were actually preventing a coup orchestrated by Petrov and Gideon Malick.
Later, Ellis and Coulson personally arrived at Moscow to deal with the situation themselves. Olshenko confronted Ellis, stating that Morse and Hunter were S.H.I.E.L.D. agents working for US Government which Ellis denied. However, Olshenko did not believe Ellis, and although Morse and Hunter saved his life, he demanded Ellis to make sure that they will answer for the incident, threatening Ellis with another Cold War.
The End of HYDRA
When Phil Coulson passed the HYDRA-related information acquired from Gideon Malick to Glenn Talbot, he led the United States Air Force and the ATCU in a successful worldwide offensive against the terrorist organization. Not long after, Ellis officailly announced to the public that HYDRA was eradicated.
Interview with WHiH
In 2016, Ellis gave Christine Everhart and Will Adams of WHiH News an exclusive interview, citing his position on whether the Avengers and other enhanced individuals needed to be monitored in their activities. While assuring that he was completely sensitive to the fear and concern created by the more recent incidents involving the Avengers he recognized the heroism of Tony Stark, Steve Rogers, and their teammates in the face of the attacks.
However, he clarified that, while he appreciated the Avengers' efforts, he did recognize a need for them to collaborate with governments worldwide, pointing out that his administration was exploring ways to create an official relationship with the Avengers. Citing newly appointed Thaddeus Ross' experience with enhanced individuals including Hulk, as well as his exceptional service to his country, Ellis voiced his confidence that Ross would be able to work in conjunction with both his allies abroad and the Avengers.
- "It is crucial that we unite and stand together to ensure that peace and security prevail over chaos and fear."
- ―Matthew Ellis[src]
On May 3, 2016, Ellis gave a press briefing after the Attack on the IFID Headquarters occurred in Lagos, Nigeria, declaring it a disastrous situation and that he will cause all manpower available to be deployed to apprehend the terrorists responsible.
New S.H.I.E.L.D. Director
Following the Avengers Civil War, Ellis sent Glenn Talbot to speak with Phil Coulson about registering all of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s "undocumented enhanced assets" as required by the newly established Sokovia Accords. Ellis was later informed by Talbot about the exact location of the Playground base which eventually led to S.H.I.E.L.D. accepting the Sokovia Accords and becoming legal again.
Coulson announced to Ellis his lack of desire to be the face of the organization since he was believed to be dead. Coulson wished the new director would be a powered person who the American people could trust, such as Steve Rogers, but as Rogers became a renegade during the Avengers Civil War, they needed someone else. Ellis assigned Talbot to start Project Patriot, through which Jeffrey Mace, who became a hero when the public misinterpreted his actions during the Bombing of the Vienna International Centre, was given the superpowers, and was appointed S.H.I.E.L.D.'s new Director.
When several cities in the United States suffered a wide blackout, seemingly as a result of a terrorist act done by the "Inhuman Resistance", Ellis contacted Jeffrey Mace and asked him for an explanation. As the blackouts continued to spread across the nation, Ellis said that he would send the Army troops into the blackout zones to take out the Inhumans by any means necessary.
Mace convinced Ellis to give him one more hour to solve everything because Phil Coulson was already working on that case in Miami. S.H.I.E.L.D. agents' efforts were successful as they restored the electricity and discovered that the real culprits were the Watchdogs. Later, Ellis asked Mace to explain to the public what happened. Mace used that opportunity to publicly reveal the existence of S.H.I.E.L.D. to world.
An Urgent Call
Having learned that Jeffrey Mace's Quinjet had crashed, Ellis called Glenn Talbot and asked him if Mace had survived. Talbot answered that they don't know who survived but they were looking for the Quinjet. The President asked about the package with the Patriot Serum, so Talbot said that Burrows had it, but it was unknown if he was also on the Quinjet. Talbot finished the call by hoping Mace still had the package.
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To be added
- Glock 17: Ellis attempted to use a handgun to protect himself from Eric Savin during his attack on Air Force One but was disarmed and taken hostage.
- War Machine Armor: Mark II: To be added
- Air Force One: To be added
- White House: To be added
|Appearances for Matthew Ellis|
In chronological order:
- Matthew Ellis' surname is a reference to Warren Ellis, the author of the Extremis storyline in Marvel comics, largely adapted into Iron Man 3.
Behind the Scenes
- In Iron Man: The Junior Novel when Tony Stark exits the Caesars Palace casino in Las Vegas, he's called by the US President. As Pepper Potts answers the call, she gives the phone to Stark, who briefly speaks with the President and calls him "Jim".
- Spencer Garrett was originally cast as Matthew Ellis in Iron Man 3 but was replaced by William Sadler approximately a week before filming after it was decided that Garrett looked too young.
- Joe Ross was a stunt double for William Sadler in the role of Matthew Ellis.
- William Sadler originally reprised his role as Matthew Ellis for an scene of Ant-Man, but the scene was cut and it was opted to use another president instead.
- Iron Man 3
- William Sadler | A Lights, Thunder, Action! Show Interview
- Runaways: 1.03: Destiny
- Captain America: The Winter Soldier
- Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 1.19: The Only Light in the Darkness
- Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 3.01: Laws of Nature
- Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 3.03: A Wanted (Inhu)man
- Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 3.07: Chaos Theory
- 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. 3.18: The Singularity
- WHiH Newsfront: 2.03: WHIH Newsfront: The Avengers and The White House
- WHiH Newsfront: 2.04: WHIH Newsfront Exclusive: President Ellis Discusses the Avengers
- WHiH Newsfront: 2.05: WHIH Breaking News: Attack in Lagos
- Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 3.20: Emancipation
- Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 4.01: The Ghost
- Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 4.02: Meet the New Boss
- Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 4.10: The Patriot
- Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 4.03: Uprising
- Iron Man: The Junior Novel
- Spencer Garrett - Reddit Q&A
- William Sadler | A Lights, Thunder, Action! Show Interview