While Lincoln was the subject of a nationwide manhunt led by the ATCU, Lincoln called John desperate for his help. John had up until that point remained unaware of Lincoln's true nature and of the search for him, so John was more than eager to help him. He took Lincoln back to his apartment, gave Lincoln his care, and let him rest on his couch. While he was resting, John saw news of the manhunt for Lincoln on TV, and called the hotline to tell the ATCU where he was. When Lincoln woke up, John held up a baseball bat to prevent him from leaving, but Lincoln used his powers to shoot the bat out of his hand. However, the shock sent John into cardiac arrest, and despite Lincoln's attempt to revive him he died. The ATCU had already surrounded the building, so a grief-stricken Lincoln escaped to a nearby empty apartment and called S.H.I.E.L.D. for help.
- Daniel Roebuck portrays John Donnelly in the Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode "A Wanted (Inhu)man."