After HYDRA was revealed to have infiltrated S.H.I.E.L.D, Major Talbot was charged with overseeing S.H.I.E.L.D's activities, and sent a team of "peace keepers" to the Hub, a S.H.I.E.L.D. facility that was at the time run by Agent Phillip Coulson; however, Coulson managed to escape the facility with a small team of five other agents before Talbot's men had arrived.
Once former agent Maria Hill had been arrested by the FBI, she willingly gave Talbot the location of Agent Coulson and his team, who were hiding out at one of Director Fury's secret bases in the Canadian wilderness. Talbot took Hill and a squad of Special Forces, to the base and interrogated Coulson's team, but during his search he and the special forces team were attacked by Coulson and Hill after the latter was convinced that he was preventing them from saving a fellow agent. Coulson knocked him out using an I.C.E.R.
For acquiring Secret Base Providence, Talbot publicly claimed that both S.H.I.E.L.D. and Hydra factions have been defeated. But on a day out with his family, he was called by Coulson, now Director of the new S.H.I.E.L.D., that he was in danger. Talbot called his armed escort before being assaulted by Carl Creel, an assassin working for Hydra. He was saved by agents Melinda May and Skye, but was soon abducted by the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents. He was taken to the Playground where Coulson tried to convince him that they should be working together against a still-active Hydra, and that Creel, who was taken into custody, wanted to be at the very military base where he was storing items from S.H.I.E.L.D. When Talbot refused to see things his way, Coulson again iced him and Talbot woke up in his underwear in a black car. He tries calling reinforcements, unaware that S.H.I.E.L.D. had copied his fingerprints and voiceprint to gain access to the base.
Talbot later met with Lance Hunter, a mercenary in S.H.I.E.L.D.'s employ, who had been captured escaping the military base. He attempted to entice Hunter to turn in Coulson, and agreed to Hunter's condition that his partner Isabelle Hartley be given a proper funeral.
Talbot later met with Coulson, who had adopted Hunter's side of the bargain in an apparent act of surrender. Coulson revealed that he had Carl Creel with him in a petrified and cryogenically frozen state, and attempted to make a deal: S.H.I.E.L.D. would hand over any of their enemies to Talbot ad Talbot could then take credit for their capture. In return Talbot would have to give them some dispensation, or "breathing room" in Coulson's words. Talbot laughed this off, stating that S.H.I.E.L.D. did not have artillery enough to take over a convenience store. In response, Coulson revealed that he had his cloaked Bus and quinjet shadowing him, before boarding the quinjet and leaving.
Talbot was later informed by Coulson that Hydra agent Sunil Bakshi had been masquerading as him in South Beach, Florida to retrieve a five-hundred year old painting with alien symbols on the back. Coulson then claimed that the painting had been destroyed when Talbot asked if it could be handed over to him. Talbot then tried pressing for S.H.I.E.L.D.'s location, given that they were calling him on his secure line, but Coulson hung up on him.
A little while later, Talbot was giving an anti-S.H.I.E.L.D. speech at the U.N. when he was interrupted by Marcus Scarlotti, whose team was dressed in S.H.I.E.L.D. fatigues, and the conference was attacked. Talbot survived with only an broken arm. He reported to Senator Christian Ward, the man behind his taskforce's S.H.I.E.L.D. hunt for the sole purpose of hiding his brother Grant's connection to Hydra. Talbot didn't believe that S.H.I.E.L.D. was behind the attack, but Christian was determined to hunt down S.H.I.E.L.D. Talbot later went to Belgium, where Hunter and Agents May and Bobbi Morse had apprehended Scarlotti and his team and had identified Belgian foreign minister, Julien Beckers, as a Hydra agent, whom Talbot informed them had been apprehended. He then asked how many agents they lost. When May answers "six", Talbot offered his condolences with an handshake.
- Sunil Bakshi ... the man tied to the Navy wedding massacre, the U.N. attack, and who tried to kill you, Coulson."
"While dressed up as you, sir."
"Safe to say, I'm not a fan."
"Perfect. I'll trade him to you to add to your collection.
- --Glenn Talbot and Phil Coulson
Talbot was called by Phil Coulson when Coulson wanted to trade Sunil Bakshi for Talbot's continued assistance in destroying any remaining cells of HYDRA. Talbot told Coulson that Bakshi was found to be connected to the Naval wedding massacre, the attack on the United Nations, and the impersonation of an officer, namely Talbot. Talbot agreed to the deal and Coulson transported Bakshi to him; before the exchange however, Coulson used Bakshi as bait to lure out the leaders of HYDRA and assassinate them.
- We have a situation. There is a mole on our base, this mole infiltrated security by posing as my wife and could be anyone in this room right now. Make no mistake, this is an enemy combatant, one not to be taken lightly. But rest assured I will find this perpetrator, because if there is one thing I cannot stand, it is a spy in my house.
- --Glenn Talbot
While in his office, Talbot was speaking to Decker about the positives of the new lawnmower he had purchased when he received a call that his wife had just arrived and had left her I.D. at home. Talbot allowed her to come up. Before she arrived however, Tablot received a phone call from Carla saying that she was stuck in traffic. Realizing that someone was wearing the Photostatic Veil, Talbot called for an immediate lock-down of the entire base.
Talbot had every female member of staff line up in front of him. Talbot explained the situation and in an attempt to catch the spy out, began to ask each of the women personal questions to test them, such as asking one woman if her daughter went to the same school as his son, to which she reminded him that she did not have a daughter. When Talbot came to Meredith Tredwyck, he became convinced she was the spy, announcing it to everyone and even trying to pull off the mask, only to learn that he was mistaken. He apologized to Tredwyck before cursing at his failure to discover the true spy.
With his agents cleared of suspicion, Talbot was leaving the office with Decker when he came across his wife. Talbot pulled his gun on her and ordered her to lie face down on the floor, believing her to be the spy. Carla however explained that the guard behind the desk was missing and she had just come to drop off their lunch, before bursting into tears due to confusion. Talbot quickly realized that the woman was indeed his wife. He learned that the spy had escaped the facility alongside her companion, Grant Ward, and their hostage Sunil Bakshi, whom they had broken out of prison.
Talbot later called Phil Coulson and Melinda May to inform them of the incident. He explained to Coulson that his men had spotted on the CCTV camera from outside, Grant Ward with the spy kidnapping Sunil Bakshi and driving away with him. Talbot expressed his grief at having lost three good soldiers during the attack as well as nearly losing his own marriage due to the confusion and chaos they had caused, so Coulson assured him they would do everything in their power to find Ward and bring him to justice.
Advanced Threat Containment Unit
The New Position
- I'm technically your boss now right? But I'd prefer to be partners."
"You are not now, nor will you ever be, my boss, and we will never be partners! I didn't ask to get up in front of this side show circus.
- --Phil Coulson and Glenn Talbot
Absorbing Man was able to break free of the Faustus brainwashing while in prison and renounced his loyalty to HYDRA, as a result Talbot hired him as his personal bodyguard. Talbot was named by President Barack Obama as the new head of the Advanced Threat Containment Unit in the wake of the Assassination of Rosalind Price. Almost immediately after this, Talbot's son was kidnapped by Gideon Malick, who blackmailed Talbot into promising to betray Phil Coulson for HYDRA.
Talbot's wife Carla blamed her husband for losing their son and decided to get on a plane and leave him. Talbot took her to the airport and tried desperately to get her to change her mind, promising that he would find a way to fix this problem, but she ignored his pleas and got on the plane. As Talbot watched her leave he was visited by Phil Coulson, who came to speak to him about the future relationship between S.H.I.E.L.D. and the ATCU although Talbot tried to ignore him Coulson reminded him that he was technically Talbot's boss now.
As they walked through the airport, Talbot and Coulson discussed the upcoming Symposium on Alien Contagion Delegates which Barack Obama wished them to attend together to discuss Inhumans. Coulson noted that S.H.I.E.L.D. believed that Gideon Malick would likely have a mole at the meeting who they needed to find and arrest so that Malick could be found. As Coulson prepared to leave in his car in commented that he genuinely wished that Talbot and his wife repaired their relationship for the sake of their son.
When Coulson was suddenly warned by Melinda May that an enemy target was heading their way, Coulson saw the target was Carl Creel and assumed Talbot was the target, so he then threw Talbot into his car for his own protection. Coulson, May and Lincoln Campbell then battled Creel until they were able to use his powers against him and defeated him, at which point Talbot was freed from the car. Talbot furiously rushed over and explained that Creel was not there to assassinate him but was really there to protect him.
Back at the Playground, Talbot clashed with Lance Hunter who despised Creel for killing Isabelle Hartley and Idaho, although Talbot insisted that this was purely due to Daniel Whitehall's brainwashing. Talbot insisted that he trusted Creel and refused to give him up, vowing that he would not attend the meeting without him. Despite Daisy Johnson arguing that they did not need him, Coulson explained that they did need the head of the ATCU and agreed to allow Creel to join them on their mission, acting as Talbot's bodyguard.
While travelling onboard Zephyr One towards Taiwan, Talbot listened alongside May as Director Coulson briefed them on what to expect from the mission. Coulson explained that the other deligates attending the meeting would be Anton Petrov, Xiao Chen, Ellen King, Haruto Yakimura or Nathi Zuma and one of these people would be most likely be Malick's mole, feeding him vital information on the status of the Inhumans around the world. Coulson explained that their mission would be to find a way to a peaceful solution to the Inhuman Outbreak and find Malick's mole before HYDRA could learn too much about their intentions.
- Alright I kept up my end of the bargain, I delivered Coulson, all the delegates are on your side, now give me back my son!"
"I'm sorry, I can't do that."
"No! We had a deal!"
"Yes but unfortunately we must all be sacrificed to the greater good.
- --Glenn Talbot and Gideon Malick
Major Talbot was furious when Phil Coulson convinced him to where a traditional long-gown to attend the meeting, although Coulson told him that it was a respectful gesture. Once inside Talbot met Anton Petrov and introduced Coulson as Sean Lundwall of the CDC. Talbot remained suspicious of everyone, accusing Chen of being too nice and Ellen King of being hotheaded.
Talbot, Coulson and the delegates gathered in the meeting room and Talbot gave a brief opening statement in which he thanked them all for attending on behalf of Barack Obama. The conversation quickly turned to Inhumans, with Coulson attempting to convince the group that they were only seeking peace. While Haruto Yakimura remained skeptical, Petrov suggested that Russia was willing to make themselves a sanctuary state for the Inhumans. Nathi Zuma agreed with Petrov and called for a vote. Talbot and Coulson briefly discussed what their options were.
Moments before Chen called for the vote, Talbot interrupted her and called the guards in, announcing that there was a traitor in the room, accusing Coulson and showing the room how Coulson had been spying on them all and was not Sean Lundwall as he claimed to be. Gideon Malick then entered the room and accused Coulson of being the Director of HYDRA. Coulson then found that Talbot was the traitor, in which he responded "Kumbaya". Malick used images of Lash's victims to accuse Coulson of wanting to exterminate Inhumans while Talbot reluctantly stood by his side.
Malick had Coulson taken into the basement for execution and Talbot followed closely behind, demanding that Malick give him back his son now the deal had been completed. However Malick refused to complete the deal on his end and instead locked Talbot in a cage beside Coulson, handcuffing them to each other. When Coulson questioned his motives for what he was doing, Malick explained that he was building an army before leaving the room and ordering his men to execute the pair of them.
While waiting for their deaths, Talbot joked that he prefer Coulson die first so he could be left in peace at last, but when Coulson questioned why he remained confident, Talbot explained that he had a man on the inside. At that moment Carl Creel burst into the room and defeated the guards, explaining that he and Lance Hunter had found Talbot's son. When another guard burst in, Talbot and Coulson were forced to run while still handcuffed.
Once Talbot explained his situation with Malick to Coulson, they regrouped with Lance Hunterand Creel who freed them of their handcuffs. The furious Talbot grabbed a nearby HYDRA guard and demanded to know where his son was, when the man failed to answer, Talbot knocked him out with a single hard punch. While Coulson ordered Hunter to go find Bobbi Morse, the rest escaped once Melinda May had located George Talbot in the van where he was being kept in Suspension Gel.
- I had a little help."
"That's what partners are for, Major."
"Call me Glenn... Occasionally.
- --Glenn Talbot and Phil Coulson
Back on Zephyr One, Talbot sat beside his sleeping son as he slowly recovered from his ordeal. Coulson stood by and commented on how happy his wife would be now that he had fixed the situation. They briefly discussed their partnership and when Coulson called him Major, Talbot told him to call him Glenn, although he noted this would only be occasionally.
Wiping Out HYDRA
When S.H.I.E.L.D. captured and questioned Gideon Malick, he told Phil Coulson everything he knew about HYDRA to avenge the death of his daughter who had been killed by the Inhuman Hive. Coulson sent all the information to Talbot who led the United States Armed Forces, the ATCU and Absorbing Man in a worldwide offensive against the terrorist organization.
Talbot is an extremely strong willed man. He is often quick to form judgements and opinions on situations and it is almost impossible to get him to change his mind.
Although he can be quick tempered, Talbot is very brave, often risking his life for others and putting himself into dangerous situations, as when he fought Absorbing Man single-handedly and stepped out unarmed into the Providence base to question Phil Coulson.
He cares for his family deeply and will often put their well-being ahead of his own; he dedicates every Tuesday's lunchtime to spend with his wife.
Powers and Abilities
- Expert Combatant: Glenn Talbot has a large knowledge of the hand-to-hand combat taught by the United States Armed Forces. He demonstrated this while fighting Phil Coulson and Carl Creel.
Glenn has the strength of an average man who engages in moderate exercise and military training in his past.
Equipment: None known.
Transportation: None known.
Weapons: None known.
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