Whether Marvel Studios knows it or not, it has created the greatest MCU villain in Fitz aka Fitz-Simmons aka Leopold Fitz on their show Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, portrayed by Iain De Caestecker. While Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. puts him to great use, he would be wasted if he isn’t used as a villain on a larger scale. We have been watching the perfect villain origin story unfold since the end of season one. He may not be able to face the Avengers alone, but as a behind the scenes super-villain he would rule the MCU.
In general, insane may seem like a bad thing and well it might be for most people, but with Fitz’s advanced mind, his bouts with insanity have only helped him. His first was after his near-death experience by Grant Ward. (End of season one, the beginning of season two) Ward dropped Fitz-Simmons to the bottom of the ocean, at which time Fitz gave up his oxygen to save Simmons. He lived but his mind was severely damaged, he suffered from gaps in his vocabulary and loss of individual motor skills because of cerebral hypoxia. Though those things were setbacks, he gained something he needed, independence. With Simmons being out of the picture Fitz’s mind made its own Simmons to bounce his thoughts off of when she did return the two grew apart, which at this point in his life was what he needed. In season five he is hit with another significant bit of insanity while the stress of fixing the rift in space and time brings out the Framework version of his mind, Leopold. This moment is the most important, once Fitz realizes that Leopold is not one of the living fears created by the rift, his split Framework mind, and rational mind finally become one. He becomes the Leopold Fitz that can not only think of the tough choices but can also carry them out without regret.
He is the co-creator/creator of some of the best inventions/upgrades on the show. His official title is an engineer but come on let’s be honest, though not there yet he is quickly reaching Stark’s level. For the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, Fitz’s inventions have been a core piece of how the team moves. The Zephyr One, S.H.I.E.L.D.s newest mobile base of operations is just one of many notable contributions. Now that his split mind is seemingly one (season 5), his genius is even more of a force to be reckoned with. Fitz created the Framework, which was later improved upon by Holden Radcliffe, and along with it came Aida. Artificial Intelligent Digital Assistant or A.I.D.A. was created by Radcliffe but perfected by Fitz and was the first of the Life-Model Decoys or L.M.D.s. The original intent of these L.M.D.s was to protect S.H.I.E.L.D. agents on the field, but Aida went full-on Terminator and was almost unstoppable. One L.M.D. for each of Tony’s suits, or better yet an L.M.D. Tony wearing one of Tony’s suits. (Insert evil laugh here)
Complete Knowledge of S.H.I.E.L.D. and HYDRA
Fitz has been a part of S.H.I.E.L.D. through all of the major events of the MCU, even its fall. Which means he knows everything there is to know about its heroes, S.H.I.E.L.D. had contingency plans for some of them which include’s the containment modules he created. His evil half was second in command of Hydra and in charge of all their whacked out experiments. His role in Hydra gives him the knowledge and experience needed to command and deal with the darker side of the MCU. Let’s not forget Hydra won in the Framework world, so they could have a way to beat Earth’s mightiest heroes.
With a Hydra mastermind lurking around in his head, the ability to create killer robots, portals to other worlds, and heck other worlds completely, Leopold Fitz could easily be the MCU’s public enemy number one.
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