Eight Reasons Why Melinda May Is The Eighth Avenger


To say Agent Melinda May is a beloved fan favorite of ABC’s hit series Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. would be a massive understatement. There’s a reason why some have nicknamed the superhero spy series The Coulson/May Power Hour.

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There are also those who have dubbed Agent May the unsung Eighth Avenger. 

The fact that she is portrayed by the extraordinary Ming-Na Wen should be reason enough. After all this is the same gifted actress who brought epic Chun-Li and Mulan to life on the big screen.

The following are eight reasons that explain why Melinda May is the Eighth Avenger.

1) Her Nickname Is The Cavalry

On a mission in Bahrain to make first contact with an unregistered gifted person, several of May's colleagues and a young civilian girl were taken hostage by the man's followers. Agent May single-handedly stormed the building in which the hostages were being held and killed an unknown number of assailants, all while unarmed herself.

She managed to free all of the hostages unharmed. However, the experiences May had on that mission, which she still refuses to disclose, left her emotionally scarred and caused a radical change in her personality. After this mission, May attained legendary status within S.H.I.E.L.D. for her exploits, which earned her the nickname "The Cavalry." 

The Cavalry: as in this the woman who is called when S.H.I.E.L.D., the best of the best, are in dire need. Just don’t ever call her that.

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2) S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Elite Often Join The Ranks Of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes

Over the years  S.H.I.E.L.D. has produced more than its share of Avengers in the comics and films: Director Nick Fury, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Mockingbird, Victoria Hand,  Maria Hill, Sharon Carter and others. 

Given May’s legendary status within the ranks of S.H.I.E.L.D. for the Bahrain mission (which was a superhuman feat in itself), it stands to reason she's more than qualified to be a part of the Avengers Initiative.

3)  Even Outmatched, She’s Still A Champ

Few non-powered humans have gone head-to-head with a Deathlok, an evil Asgardian, or a rogue enhanced soldier. In a year’s time May has mixed it up with all three and held her own.

Whether in victory or rare defeat, the fact that she lived to fight another day is a testament to her abilities.

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4) She Makes Easy Work Out Of Formidable Villains

In season one, it was noted that Double Agent Ward was not only one of the best operatives in S.H.I.EL.D. but his skills and abilities rivaled that of one Natasha Romanov. 

In season two  Marcus Scarlotti debuted. Better known in comics as the first Whiplash, the super villain nearly killed Hawkeye in a previous encounter.

When they faced off against May, neither exactly fared too well:

Ward gets pummeled

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5) She’s The Company She Keeps

Coulson, Mockingbird and Skye (aka Daisy aka Quake) are prominent members of the Avengers either in the Marvel Cinematic Universe or the comics. May has close ties with each of them whether  in the role of an S.O. second in command, or trusted friend. Both Coulson and Nick “I Trust No One” Fury have turned to May when they were in dire need of an ally they could trust implicitly. 

6) Even Her Enemies Want To Be Her

When one is exceptional they often gain rivals and imitators. For Avengers, the two groups are often one in the same. The Red Skull was a super soldier just like Captain America. Hulk had his hands full with a knockoff threat by the name of Abomination. The main villains in each Iron Man film were Star’s business rivals.

For May, her Hydra counterpart, Agent 33, took matters one step further. A former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, not only had 33 studied “The Legend," but she also bore May’s resemblance courtesy of a photostatic veil.

This of course resulted in one of the most epic showdowns on the show to date with May delivering one of the most devastating take-downs which still has fans discussing it on social media.

Evil Dopplegangers learned what fans already knew. Melinda May is one of a kind.


7) Power Corrupts, Save For One

For most people, the Berserker Staff means rage, destruction and a violent end. For Melinda May, it’s another day at the office.

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8) The Content Of Her Character Is What Makes Melinda May An Avenger

While May be perceived as all-business, she’s also all heart. Throughout the series she has proven herself to be fiercely loyal and protective of anyone she cares for. She’s won’t hesitate to offer advice, or compassion, or sacrifice for a colleague. It’s not the skills that make  Melinda May a super heroine, it’s the woman using said skills to help save the planet.

So what do you think? Does May deserve a spot on the Avengers roster? Let us know below!

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    • HartThorn
    • 716 Posts in 29 Months

    With how things are rolling out in the movies, and to draw a parallel in the comics, I could easily see the show getting re-branded as Secret Avengers in the coming years, which I think would fit May perfectly.

    • ameritius
    • 553 Posts in 27 Months

    In the MCU the ideal Secret Avengers team would be: Captain America (Duh), Black Widow, Hawkeye, Mockingbird, Nick Fury, Maria Hill, Deathlok (Peterson aka J. August Richards, Deathlok itself is not so much a codename as it is a Super Solider program) and of course Director Coulson & Friends.

    • HartThorn
    • 716 Posts in 29 Months

    Anonymous7041 said ... (original post)

    In the MCU the ideal Secret Avengers team would be: Captain America (Duh), Black Widow, Hawkeye, Mockingbird, Nick Fury, Maria Hill, Deathlok (Peterson aka J. August Richards, Deathlok itself is not so much a codename as it is a Super Solider program) and of course Director Coulson & Friends.

    And Moon Knight. Because F***ING Moon Knight!

  1. wow yes, totally! she is awesome and needs more attention!

  2. That shot where she jumps off the table and slams the head of the "Evil May" onto the table just blew me away. When I saw that, my usual relaxed and never excited "watching a show demeanor", jumped into "WTF did I just see" mode. I literaly stood up off my couch and went "hell yeah" pointing at the TV. I never do that or react that way to movies or TV shows. But that was one of the coolest and slickest action moves I have ever seen, either in movies or on TV. It was simple, but looked so good.

    And was so typical May! May is an Avenger by the lose definition of the term, regarless of being on the official team or not.

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