As we barrel towards the September 24 debut of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., ABC and Marvel have revealed another tantalizing episode synopsis. The latest entry, for the upcoming third episode The Asset, which will air October 8, teases the supervillain Graviton, who starts out his epic journey as Dr. Franklin Hall, a brilliant scientist that must be rescued by Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) and his team.

"When the brilliant scientist, Dr. Franklin Hall, is kidnapped, Agent Coulson and his S.H.I.E.L.D. agents must race against the clock to locate him. Skye is their only way in, pushing the team to their limits when the entire plan turns upside-down."

Ian Hart is playing Dr. Franklin Hall, aka Graviton
It's not yet known if this episode will find Hall transforming into Graviton, or if that reveal is being saved for a later date. In the comics, Dr. Franklin had conducted an experiment that caused graviton particles to merge with his own molecules, which allowed him to manipulate gravity at will. He eventually succumbs to this great power, using it for evil instead of good. He creates a supervillain costume, dubbing himself 'Graviton'. Its anyone's guess how this will play out on the series. In the comics, Graviton is often seen battling Marvel's The Avengers.

Guest star Ian Hart (Bates Motel) is playing Dr. Franklin Hall in The Asset, written by series co-creators Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen and directed by David Solomon (Falling Skies).

B. Alan Orange