Marvel has just announced that actor Powers Boothe (“Sin City,” “Deadwood,” “Nashville”) has joined the cast of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in the recurring role of Gideon Malick, a man described as “a notorious man whose loyalties remain a mystery.”

Fans may remember Boothe from The Avengers, where he made an appearance as one of the World Council Leaders. And while his Avengers appearance should certainly be noted, it should be mentioned that his S.H.I.E.L.D. role appears to be a new one.

Unfortunately, Marvel does not specify when we can expect Boothe to make his first appearance as Malick, but judging by Loeb’s quote below, it appears when he does, he’ll manage to even shake things up as far as Ward is concerned.

“Gideon is incredibly menacing and in him we have a character that even the stone-cold Grant Ward would fear,” said Executive Producer/Head of Marvel Television, Jeph Loeb. “Only someone of Powers’ caliber could deliver the type of ominous and powerful performance we needed.”

In the aftermath of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s battle with Jiaying and the Inhumans, Director Coulson will search the world for more powered people and will face threats unlike the world has ever seen. However, the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will soon find out they’re not the only ones tracking down these new Inhumans.

“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” is Executive Produced by Joss Whedon (“Marvel’s The Avengers,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”); Jed Whedon & Maurissa Tancharoen, (“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” pilot co-writers, “Dollhouse,” “Dr.Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog”); Jeffrey Bell (“Angel,” “Alias”); and Jeph Loeb (“Marvel’s Agent Carter,” “Marvel’s Daredevil”).

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