"First we sharpen the axe, then we chop the tree."
"My axe is plenty sharp, and a shotgun."
Patriot and Alphonso Mackenzie[src]

The Shotgun-Axe is a weapon crafted by Alphonso Mackenzie to be used as both a firearm and a melee weapon. Mackenzie completed it in time to fight Hive's Primitives on the Zephyr One, which is capable of firing normal and I.C.E.R. shells.


First Ideas

"I need a bigger gun, I guess. Or my axe. Or maybe a shotgun-axe combination of some sort."
―Alphonso Mackenzie[src]
Following the fall of Afterlife and the release of the Terrigen, S.H.I.E.L.D. tried to recruit Lincoln Campbell to assist them in their efforts to help new Inhumans come to terms with their new powers. This became especially important after S.H.I.E.L.D. managed to rescue Joey Gutierrez from the Advanced Threat Containment Unit. Daisy Johnson and Alphonso Mackenzie paid Campbell a visit at the hospital where he had worked since the fall of Afterlife. However as they tried to convince him to come to S.H.I.E.L.D., a new Inhuman, which S.H.I.E.L.D. would later name Lash, stormed into the hospital demanding that a baffled security officer tell him where "the Inhuman" was. Lash quickly found Campbell on his own, sparking a skirmish in the hospital. After using significant resources on Lash, the monstrous Inhuman escaped through a hole in the wall, and Johnson prepared to continue the fight. It was in this moment that Mackenzie conceived the idea of a Shotgun-Axe combination.[1]

Fighting the Watchdogs

"Really got to commit to that shotgun-axe idea."
Alphonso Mackenzie[src]
While on a mission to investigate the group called the Watchdogs, Alphonso Mackenzie, Daisy Johnson and Leo Fitz had their cover accidentally blown by Mackenzie's brother Ruben riding in on a motorcycle, who had been tailing his brother from their family home. The Watchdogs heard the noise, saw the light, and ran out of the barn to see what was going on. Johnson used her powers out of sight while Mack chased after his brother, who had retreated after realizing what was happening.
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Alphonso Mackenzie builds a Shotgun-Axe

The Watchdogs, believing that Mack was the one who had used powers, followed him and Ruben back to the Mackenzie home. After burning their motorcycles, the Watchdogs proceeded to break into the Mackenzie home and block off the exits. Mack grabbed their father's old shotgun and they proceeded to take out the Watchdogs inside the home. Eventually, the brothers reached the kitchen, and Mack found a butcher knife which he strapped onto the barrel of the shotgun, deeming it the first version of the Shotgun-Axe.[2]

A True Shotgun-Axe

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Alphonso Mackenzie shoots a Primitive

"Well, I'd like to be in a fight. Built this damn thing for a reason."
Alphonso Mackenzie[src]

During his subsequent time at the Playground, Alphonso Mackenzie designed and finally crafted his Shotgun-Axe using a tactical shotgun and a custom axe blade. He finally found the opportunity to use it after Hive tried to turn all Humans into Primitives by using a specialized warhead inside Zephyr One. The team managed to get inside Zephyr One and Mackenzie, using the Shotgun-Axe, fought the Primitives in the plane.[3]

During an investigation to track down the origin of a mysterious box and its contents, Alphonso Mackenzie equipped himself with his shotgun as his primary weapon. Alongside Leo Fitz, Mackenzie infiltrated a decommissioned research facility and entered a reactor room. Once inside, the pair were confronted by an intangible individual, and Mackenzie swung the axe blade at him. He continued to fire the shotgun at the disappearing man before he was trapped inside of a reactor.[4]

Mackenzie and Phil Coulson detected Hellfire in a firework warehouse. Mackenzie bought his shotgun to the place, however he had to used it, against Watchdogs soldiers who worked with Hellfire. Coulson said that it was no smart to shot inside of firework warehouse.[5]

Mackenzie geared himself with his Shotgun-Axe with I.C.E.R. bullets before coming to South Ridge Penitentiary prison to get Eli Morrow. As he was with Ghost Rider, the ghost Vincent appeared, so Mackenzie shot him but with no harm. After he was killed by Ghost Rider, Hugo appeared and passed through Mackenzie, therefore infecting him. Mackenzie tried to hit him with the Shotgun-Axe, but he missed all of them. So he threw it to Hugo, only to fall to the ground. After Mackenzie was cured, he used the Shotgun-Axe to open the door to save two staff members.[6]

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Mackenzie takes out the Chinatown Crew

After the Spirit of Vengeance passed to Mackenzie, it made him ride to a Chinatown Crew hideout. Once he arrived, Mackenzie pulled his Shotgun-Axe and shot a Chinatown Crew member.[7]

During the Battle at the Chinatown Crew Headquarters, Mackenzie plugged his Shotgun-Axe on the chest of a Chinatown Crew member. Yo-Yo Rodriguez, while in superspeed, extracted the blade and moved Mackenzie's hand so the Shotgun-Axe would be pointed at another criminal. Mackenzie, to his surprise, hit the criminal.[8]

AIDA Decapitated

Alphonso Mackenzie decapitating Aida

Mackenzie walked with his Shotgun-Axe as Aida invaded the Playground. As he and Rodriguez entered the hangar, a Quinjet suddenly flew by itself and started shooting at the two. When the shooting stopped, Mackenzie fired at the Quinjet multiple times only to take cover again. Later, Mackenzie cut off Aida's head from behind.[9]

Mackenzie threatened to kill Holden Radcliffe with his Shotgun-Axe.[10]

Mackenzie brought his Shotgun-Axe to Nome and Burkov Mining Facility as he searched for Jeffrey Mace. He later used it in a Russian facility to open a locked door and to kill several men who were about to kill Mace. After Mackenzie was replaced with a Life-Model Decoy, Mackenzie LMD took the Shotgun-Axe with him.[11]

Alphonso Mackenzie LMD

Alphonso Mackenzie's LMD hunting Quake

At the Playground, Mackenzie's LMD took with him the Shotgun-Axe and searched for Daisy Johnson. He arrived inside the Containment Module room where the Daisy Johnson LMDs where being kept. Believing Johnson had hidden herself among the identical robots, Mackenzie aimed his Shotgun-Axe and began looking for clue for the real Johnson's identity. Eventually Mackenzie aimed the gun at one LMD only for Johnson to appear behind him and knock him back with a powerful shockwave before taking the Shotgun-Axe and quickly escaping. Johnson later encountered Jeffrey Mace LMD and shot at him multiple times with the Shotgun-Axe, all of which he was unharmed by. She then attempted to strike him with the axe blade, only for the Mace LMD to catch it midair, disarming and knocking her down.[12]

Before Leo Fitz was being frozen for decades, he hid behind one of the walls in the Lighthouse a box which contained the Shotgun-Axe, so when he would return to the place after his long-time sleep, it could be useful.[13]

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Alphonso Mackenzie shooting Sleeper Mechs

Mackenzie returned to the present with his Shotgun-Axe. He used it against the Sleeper Mechs on the flying Principia ship.[14]

Mackenzie used the Shotgun-Axe against the Remorath who invaded the Lighthouse, but it had insignificant effect on them. Once the team regrouped, Mackenzie allowed Phil Coulson to use the Shotgun-Axe in the fight.[15] Mackenzie patrolled in the Lighthouse to search for living Remorath, he encountered one of them who was powered by Odium. The Shotgun-Axe shots had no effect on him, but Mackenzie managed to knock him out with its blade.[16] Mackenzie also took his Shotgun-Axe in prevision for the Battle of Chicago.[17]

Taken into the Future

Kasius Death

Kasius is killed by Alphonso Mackenzie

"I don't get it. Doesn't the axe make it harder to shoot?"
"It makes it easier to chop heads off."
Flint and Alphonso Mackenzie[src]

Seventy-four years later, it was eventually reclaimed by Alphonso Mackenzie to fight the Vrellnexians that had been unleashed by the Kree in the Lighthouse,[18] and later against members of the Kree Watch during the Uprising in the Lighthouse[19].

Following the death of the future version of Yo-Yo Rodriguez, Mackenzie fought Kasius, who enhanced himself with Odium. Mackenzie shot two Kree with the Shotgun-Axe, but the shot for Kasius did not affect him. Only when Jemma Simmons came and distracted Kasius, Mackenzie used the Axe blade to stab him behind his back through his chest, killing Kasius for good.[20]


When Mack and Deke were stranded in the 1980s, the latter designed a new Shotgun-Axe. The former was hesitant to use it, but he equipped it to combat Sibyl and her robots.[21]


The Shotgun-Axe is a shotgun combined with an axe. The improvised model was a Remington 870 with a cleaver duct-taped to the barrel. Mackenzie used this to systematically eliminate a squad of Watchdogs invading his home, using birdshot ammunition.

The first official model was a Mossberg 500 Cruiser, which used ammunition strong enough to harm the Primitives. The blade is sharp enough to decapitate a Life-Model Decoy, such as Aida, as well as to pierce the skin of an Odium-augmented Kree, seen when Mackenzie impaled Kasius through the back. Mackenzie accomplished this by folding the blade of the shotgun forward, instead of its standard inward position.

Deke Shaw's model has a chromed out blade with almost zero recoil.


  • Contemporary with the true Shotgun-Axe's first appearance, the Solid Slug Shotgun became available in the browser-based game Marvel: Avengers Alliance, although it was ostensibly patterned after the vampire-hunting arsenal of Blade. It was a Hallowed weapon, especially effective against supernatural monsters, and was one of the only Gun-type weapons in the game with both a melee and a ranged attack.


Appearances for Shotgun-Axe

In chronological order:

In an alternate timeline:


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