Nathaniel Malick is a character featured on the Marvel/ABC series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. He is an affiliate of HYDRA, alongside his older brother Gideon Malick, and father Wilfred Malick, who were also predominant members of the group. He originally died in 1970, when he was betrayed by Gideon, and chosen as a sacrifice for the Inhuman, Alveus. When the agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. travel back in time, he serves as an adversary to them, by allying with the Head Chronicom Sibyl, who also guides him to Kora, another Inhuman. He is primarily portrayed by Thomas E. Sullivan, while Joel Dabney Courtney, also plays him in a flashback, and he makes his first appearance in "Paradise Lost".

Powers and Abilities

Following his experimentation on Quake, Nathaniel became an artificial Inhuman, and was able to gain her abilities.

  • Vibration Manipulation: The ability to generate and manipulate the constant vibrations in the universe, which give her the ability to produce shockwaves, earthquakes, and a form of telekinesis.


Nathaniel is born to Wilfred Malick and an unknown mother, along with his older brother, Gideon Malick. At an unknown point in time, his mother passes away. His family have a legacy, within the the terrorist organisation, known as HYDRA, and they belong to a religious sect, within the group, that worship the Inhuman, known as Alveus. In this religious sect, when its members come of age, they take part in a ceremony, in which participants draw stones from a bag, one of which is white. The member who draws the white stone, is bestowed with the 'honor' of becoming the next Traveler, and they are absorbed by the Monolith and transported to Maveth, where they will be sacrificed to Alveus.[1]

In the new timeline, Nathaniel's death is prevented, and he lives passed 1970. He also grows disillusioned with HYDRA, and his fathers religion, eventually allying himself with Daniel Whitehall, who approaches HYDRA in a scientific view.[2]

Nathaniel's father infiltrates S.H.I.E.L.D., while working as a double-agent, and the family act as associates of the group, while secretly maintaining their loyalty to HYDRA. By 1973, S.H.I.E.L.D. is successful, in the process of launching Project INSIGHT. Members of the organization are celebrating at their bar, The Krazy Kanoe, and Nathaniel and his brother accompany their father, who is expected to attend. During the celebration, Wilfred runs into an altercation with S.H.I.E.L.D. agents Phil Coulson and Melinda May. Wilfred has them surrounded, but Daisy Johnson and Daniel Sousa take Nathaniel hostage, and he is forced to let the agents go, in exchange for his sons safety. As Wilfred's men go after the agents, Nathaniel follows them, and witnesses Daisy Johnson using inhuman powers in self defense.[3]

Three years pass, and Project INSIGHT is ready to launch. Nathaniel is alerted to a breach in one of their systems, and finds it being hacked by Daisy Johnson and Daniel Sousa. He shoots them with a blaster, incapacitating the pair, and kidnaps them. He then proceeds to call for Daniel Whitehall, in the prison he is being held at, to await for further instructions, in how to transfer enhanced abilities, surgically.[3]

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - 7x06 - Adapt or Die - Photography - Nathaniel and Quake

Nathaniel prepares to operate on Quake

Nathaniel has his men place Johnson and Sousa into a barn, while he readies himself for the surgical procedure. He has special restrains placed on Daisy, so that she is unable to use her powers. Just as the pair come to, Nathaniel arrives and formally introduces himself, and recalls how they took him hostage. He reveals his interest in the pair sparked, when he witnessed Daisy using her powers, and he also believes Sousa to be an Inhuman, as he was reported dead, in 1955, and has not aged since. When Daisy tries to explain he isn't an Inhuman, Nathaniel replies that she better hope he is. He explains that he didn't have an interest in his family's legacy, until he saw Daisy display her abilities. She argues back that Nathaniel hasn't seen her using her powers to her full extent, which he is hopeful for, and expresses his admiration for Daisy. Daisy explains to him her powers come from her genetics, rather than a serum, but Nathaniel's wealth allows him to cut the barriers that would slow down the process of transferring powers, and Whitehall has given him help in how to perform the procedure. Daisy threatens to use her powers against him, and Nathaniel further provokes her, knowing she cant use them. When she fails to do so, he instructs his men to operate on her first. He removes as much blood and spinal fluid he can, along with a few glands, without killing her, so he can synthesize it and transfer it onto himself, and returns her body back to where Sousa is being held. While Nathaniel is successful, he finds he is unable to control her powers, causing his bones to crack, and the earth to quake around him. The barn eventually collapses on itself, crushing him, and allowing Sousa and Johnson to escape his captivity.[2]

In the following years, Nathaniel learns to gain control of his abilities. By 1983, Nathaniel has an encounter with the Head Chronicom, Sybil, and together, they form an alliance. She she creates a robot, that retrieves the time stream for him, a device which allows the user to predict future events. Sybil's robot manages to successfully complete its mission and Nathaniel gains the device. He remarks it's smaller than he imagined, and Sybil informs him, he now has the one tool to control his world's future. Nathaniel marks his luck, and voices how impressed he is, to which Sybil replies, that she is confident of their new partnership.[4]

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - 7x08 - After, Before - Photography - Kora and Nathaniel

Using the time stream, Sybil directs Nathaniel to Kora, an Inhuman with the ability to manipulate energy, who is on the brink of suicide. He travels her Afterlife, in Nepal with his men, to take control of her home, a sanctuary for other Inhumans. He finds her, ready to shoot herself in the head, and uses his powers to disassemble the gun, before she has the chance, telling her she doesn't have to die today. He introduces himself, and reveals he was also supposed to die. She tries to explain her suicide attempt away, but Nathaniel dismisses the point she was trying to make. He explain that their fates were predetermined, but he has found a way to escape what was meant to be, and offers the her the chance to join him. She questions how Nathaniel knew of her whereabouts, and actions, and Nathaniel shares that his friend Sybil who can make predictions, told him. He questions what Kora makes of Afterlife, and is in disbelief, when she describes is as her home, informing her, she has been under their control, and too powerful of a force for them. He advises her to embrace her gifts, invites her, to join him and his men in making chaos, as they fly over Aferlife in helicopters. She accepts his offer, and Nathaniel and his men enter the premises, to take the Inhumans, prisoner. As Nathaniel attacks one of the inhabitants, Kora's mother, Jiaying urges her to get away from him. He, in response, stands for Kora, accusing her mother of putting her daughter through enough. Kora sides with Nathaniel, and as one of her mother's associates attempts to attack her, Nathaniel witnesses in awe, as Kora uses her powers and burn his face. Jiaying and her comrades flee, and Nathaniel has his men take the rest of the Inhumans hostage. When she questions what he plans to do with them, he describes the next phase of his plan, as a "redistribution of wealth", disregarding their predetermined fates, for something new, with anarchy.[5]

Now partnered with Kora, he directs her to controlling her powers, and arranges a task for her to practice. He lines glasses onto a table, and watches as she successfully fires, shattering the to pieces. Kora confides in him that she has spent years feeling dangerous, and for the first time she likes it. As Nathaniel affectionately folds Kora's hair back, he comments that her little sister will be impressed.[6]

By 1970, Nathaniel's father passes away. During the funeral, Nathaniel gains word, that Daniel Whitehall wants to pay his respects to the boys, and he informs his brother. While Nathaniel believes they should see him, due to his high status and influence within HYDRA, Gideon refuses, because of their father's different beliefs on HYDRA, but they find they have no choice in the matter anyway, as Whitehall has sent his men to take them. The boys are driven to the prison where Whitehall is kept, and when they come face-to-face with Whitehall, Gideon demands to know, why they were summoned. Whitehall notes that the boys are finally of age to partake in the ancient ceremony, their sect of HYDRA celebrates, and desires them to choose his path, now that their father is gone. Gideon questions why they would, and refers to him as an "old man", a term Nathaniel objects to. He explains to them that he is a man of science, and dismisses their ancient religious traditions as nonsense. He further explains that the ceremony, is an archaic blood sacrifice, with foolish rituals, and reveals that their father, Wilfred knew this. He reveals to the boys their father cheated his way into not being selected, and urges them to look into a book entitled Paradise Lost. While Gideon storms out, Nathaniel stops for a short moment, before joining his brother.[1]

The boys return home, and the time for them to participate the ceremony is approaching. The night before, Nathaniel enters his fathers study, and finds the book, Whitehall mentioned. He finds a white stone with a small notch in it, and comes to realize their father would use the stone, so he could feel for the notch, and wouldn't be selected. The revelation shatters Nathaniel's views on his father, whom he once held, in high regard, and he divulges this all to Gidoen. Gideon believes the only way to correct the errors of his father, is by participating the in the ceremony, the right way, just as their ancestors have done for centuries. He throws the stone into the lake, and the brothers make an agreement, to take part in the ceremony, and right their fathers wrongs. Unbeknownst to Nathaniel however, the stone Gideon threw away, was one chosen from their garden, and during the night of their ceremony, Gideon feels for the notch, so he won't be selected, just as their father did. When Nathaniel selects the white stone, he realizes his brother has betrayed him, and recalls the earlier deal they made, following Gideon's deception. Nathaniel is then taken to the monolith, and transported to Maveth. There, he is sacrificed to Alveus, who also absorbs his memories.[1]

In 2016, Alveus returns to Earth in a human form. He arrives at the Malick's mansion, and recalls the memories of anger and betrayal felt by Nathaniel, to his brother, Gideon, prior to his death. When Stephanie, Gideon's daughter realizes her father has been lying, Alveus, using Nathaniel's memories, notes that he was selfish, a trait inherited from their father.[1] Gideon later recalls to Coulson how he sacrificed his brother for Hive, but he still killed his daughter.[7] Alveus is later forced into a trap, where he recalls the memories of his countless victims, including Nathaniel.[8]


Season Three

Season Seven



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Paradise Lost"
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Adapt or Die"
  3. 3.0 3.1 "A Trout in the Milk"
  4. "The Totally Excellent Adventures of Mack and the D"
  5. "After, Before"
  6. "As I Have Always Been"
  7. "The Team"
  8. "Absolution"

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