Ever since the season three finale of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., fans have been wondering who the new director of S.H.I.E.L.D. will be following the reveal that Coulson was no longer in charge. Most folks, us included, expected it to be none other than May – or at least someone already on the team. Which is why today’s casting news is a bit surprising. Deadline has just announced that actor Jason O’Mara (Complications, Resident Evil: Extinction) has joined the cast of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. for season four as the organization’s new director. What’s most interesting from this news is that his character has roots that “go back into the 1940s.”
Complications alum Jason O’Mara has joined the series as S.H.I.E.L.D’s new Director, playing a character whose Marvel roots go back to the 1940s.
“Bringing Jason into the mix as the New Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. forces everyone, particularly Coulson, to reevaluate their role in the Agency,” said Executive Producer and Marvel’s Head of Television, Jeph Loeb. “Jason has both the physical presence and acting dynamics that will connect with and challenge even the most loyal agent.”
Since this news was announced, we as a team have been trying to guess who O’Mara could be playing, and while it’s hard to know for sure, some of our guesses included Scorpio, Jim Hammond, Phantom Rider, and Clay Quartermain. It’s hard to really know just who O’Mara is playing, as the description is beyond vague, but it’ll definitely be interesting to see what the writers have in store with his character going into season four. Also, does anyone else love that they have the voice of Batman playing S.H.I.E.L.D.’s new director? No? Just me?
The fourth season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will debut on ABC on September 20th in its new 10 PM (EST) time-slot.