This weekend saw the annual San Diego Comic-Con come and go, in it we got a deep dive into the future of the MCU. Specifically, we learned just who our agents would be up against and who would lending their support this time around.
Let’s start with the smaller news. Last week OTL News reported that former Xena actress Lucy Lawless would be making an appearance, well now we have confirmation of who exactly she will be playing. AgentM of Marvel.com tweeted that she will be playing a long time SHIELD vet by the name of Isabel Hartly. Described as a “badass’ by producer Maurissa Tanchareon, expect her to compete with Melinda May for the most ass kicked this season.
Second on the list of reveals (also by AgentM and Marvel.com) comes another newcomer. Nick Blood will be playing an agent named Lance Hunter. Details were sparse on who this guy is exactly but new blood (pun intended) is always welcome.
Third, and my favorite news from the panel, is that Bobbi Morse (AKA Mockingbird) will be making an appearance in season 2! No casting has been announced but the fact that they are leading with a known and popular character right off the bat shows a confidence and strength that was severely lacking in the early days of season 1. They reveal itself was also pretty funny, spilled by the Koenig twins (Patton Oswalt) in a special debriefing video for Comic-Con. Check it out below.
Lastly on the AoS front we got word of who the big bad will be in season 2… Daniel Whitehall also known as the Kraken! In the comics he is a founding member of HYDRA, with the significant role they played in the latter half of season 1 I can’t see this detail being altered very much (read at all). He will be played by Whedonverse alum Reed Diamond (The Mentalist, Dollhouse). Much like the Mockingbird confirmation, the appearance of a known Marvel commodity signifies a change in strategy for the sophomore series. More connection, more meaning and more impact. Season 2 is already looking great!
While that does it for all of the Agents of SHIELD news we also got a nice surprise in regards to the new Agent Carter series. Much like the Mockingbird news, no casting has been announced, but we have gotten word that Jarvis will be appearing in the show. No, not the AI in Stark’s mansion, the real life butler that served as the inspiration for the AI! Fans were more than a little upset when Jarvis turned out to be nothing more than a disembodied voice but now it seems that all will be forgiven.
Let me know what you all think of the news and don’t forget to check back in to OTL News for all things Marvel, MCU and Agents of SHIELD!