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Which Whedon Alumn Just Joined S.H.I.E.L.D. in a Mystery Role?

Aside from Clark Gregg, S.H.I.E.L.D. has an unusual dearth of veteran Whedon actors for a Joss-Whedon-created show, but according to TVLine’s sources, J. August Richards is signed on to the production. Fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer who graduated to become fans of Angel will remember him as Charles Gunn, member of Scooby Gang 2.0.

Exactly who Richards will be portraying on the show remains a mystery. TVLine has been told that it’s a “a super top-secret role.” Whether that’s a particularly representative paraphrase, or whether “sources” simply declined to say is up to the reader, I suppose. Whedon has stated that he wants the show to focus on the people at the peripheral edges of the superhero community, and though the show will have characters with superpowers, they won’t necessarily be in traditional “superhero” roles.

MTV Splash Page, for example, posits that Richards might wind up playing Luke Cage, one of the first black superheroes to star in his title, and a character who has always remained fiercely on the fringes of the Marvel universe, fighting for the downtrodden average citizen of New York City (who hopefully can pay his rent in return). With a simple suite of powers; just super strength and invulnerable skin, he didn’t need Thanos or Loki to show up in order for his book to have a solid conflict in it. He’s a perfectly logical pick for a cameo in the new S.H.I.E.L.D.

…Provided the first season of the show involves any canonical, superpowered Marvel characters at all, which I wouldn’t say that I’m confident of. Show runners are going to want to introduce us to their complete cast of original characters and get us invested in them before they start tackling their integration in to the larger established Marvel universe, to say nothing of coordinating established character appearances with the larger Cinematic Universe to avoid continuity jags. Maybe we’ll get an update soon on Richards’ role, and maybe we’ll just have to wait until this fall!

(MTV via TVLine.)

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  • John Wao

    Could he be the “tv” Nick Fury? Doesn’t matter it’s nice to have him on board.

  • Space Marine Lysana

    Omigodomigodomigod! *kermit flail* I looooooooved Gunn. Getting J. August Richards back on my screen in S.H.I.E.L.D. is the best news I’ve had all week!

  • Laura Truxillo

    Ooh, pretty. I was hoping Old Spice Guy would be Power Man, but I’ll take it.

    Now if only they’d get Max Hernandez back for Agent Sitwell. Because he is adorable.

  • Travis Fischer

    There is no way this isn’t awesome.

  • Aeryl

    He might be a top guy at SHIELD but I don’t they’d make him Fury, Whedon was hired at Marvel to control continuity between all of their filmed projects, I can’t imagine he’d be doing his job well if he did that. Maybe he’s Fury’s long lost son? >:-p

  • Ashley Sue

    Nick Fury has a son! His name is Nick Fury, Jr. I am so not making that up.

  • Life Lessons

    I love this actor! GREAT!

  • Leah Starkweather

    No. Nick Fury doesn’t have a son…that never happened.

    Also, I’m hoping that Ms. Marvel/Carol Danvers might make a cameo, maybe as a civilian. With any luck we’ll get a Ms Marvel movie within the next few years. Hope they can make it work.

  • Fraydie Bonan

    referring to the cast of Angel as scooby gang 2.0 is an insult to Angel Investigations

  • Jill Pantozzi

    Are you saying that never happened because you’d like to forget it? Because Nick Fury Jr. is actually a thing. He also has another son, Mikel.