Tuesday, January 26, 2016

MARVEL'S MOST WANTED Casts Delroy Lindo as Dominic Fortune

Entertainment Weekly has revealed that the upcoming ABC pilot Marvel's Most Wanted has cast Delroy Lindo in the role of Marvel Comics adventurer Dominic Fortune.

The proposed spinoff from ABC's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. starring Mockingbird (Adrianne Palicki) and Lance Hunter (Nick Blood) was confirmed to be in the pilot stage by ABC chief Paul Lee at the Television Critics Association.  Marvel’s Most Wanted was created and written by S.H.I.E.L.D. executive producer Jeffrey Bell (Angel, The X-Files) and S.H.I.E.L.D. writer Paul Zbyszewski (Lost, Hawaii Five-0). 

"Dominic Fortune carries with him a cunning and charm but also a dangerous edge that only Delroy could bring to life," said Executive Producer/Head of Marvel Television, Jeph Loeb. "We're thrilled to have him join the show."

Lindo, 63, is perhaps best known as West Indian Charlie in Malcolm X and as Arthur Rose in The Cider House Rules.  He's also appeared in the films Point Break (2015), Romeo Must Die, Gone in 60 Seconds, The Devil's Advocate, Broken Arrow, Ransom, Get Shorty, Clockers, and Crooklyn.  His television roles include episodes of Believe, Robot Chicken, The Chicago Code, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Kidnapped, The Simpsons, A Man Called Hawk, and Beauty and the Beast (1987).

Created in 1975 by Howard Chaykin, Dominic Fortune first appeared in Marvel Preview #2 as Duvid Jerome Fortunov, who spent the 1920s until just after the Wall Street Crash in 1929 on New York City's Lower East Side lying, cheating and stealing his way through life.  Sometime after ratting out New York gangster Olga Cimaglia, Fortunov relocated to Los Angeles, California where he changed his name to Dominic Fortune and became a costumed adventurer for hire and a mercenary.  

By 1934, he was involved in the Chaco War between Bolivia and Paraguay, fighting as a pilot for both sides before returning to Los Angeles, where he took a job guarding three out of control and drunken film stars. Trying to unravel a plot to kill him, he traveled to Berlin for the 1936 Olympic Games, and eventually foiled a plot by American Fifth Columnists to kill President Roosevelt and his wife and gain important funding from the Germans and Italians to support Nazi sympathizers in the U.S.  Not long afterwards, he fell in with Sabbath Raven, the owner of the Mississippi Queen, a floating casino moored just outside U.S. territorial waters, where he enjoyed a romantic relationship with her and they shared many of his adventures.

Eventually, Fortune returned to America and resumed being David Fortunov.  He established himself as a Pontiac salesman in Nassau County, New York, where he married and had two children.  He eventually retired to Restwell Nursing Home, NY after the death of his wife, but came out of retirement to battle Turner D. Century alongside Spider-Man, after which he vowed to take back up his search for Sabbath Raven.  Some time after this he left the rest home, then alongside Spider-Man battled the Shocker, who was working for Simon Steele, an old adversary of Fortune's who he had been investigating in the hope of finding clues to the fate of Sabbath.

Later, Fortune found and replicated a flawed Super-Soldier serum that Mockingbird helped create.  After ingesting it, he was de-aged and lost his memory for a short time.  In 2006, the newly de-aged Dominic Fortune joined forces with Silver Sable to stop the plans of traitors from within Silver Sable's own Wild Pack.  At that time Fortune worked as a P.I., but was also shown to be working with a government black ops group called the Vanguard.  After he regained his memory and aged overnight, he decided to join Mockingbird's organization, the World Counter-terrorism Agency to stay close to her, making sure the Super-Soldier serum's creator was there to help him if the side-effects got worse.  In 2015, he was revealed to have again aged (although still younger than his actual 100+ years) and living back onboard the Mississippi Queen, left to him by the deceased Sabbath Raven.  He enlisted the help of S.H.I.E.L.D. field director Phil Coulson to help him reacquire the ship after losing it while gambling with Hydra agent Tug Freehand.

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