New Superheroes, One Not-So-New Superhero, Might Pop Up on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
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Followers of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will know that Agent Coulson will be popping up in the show—in fact, he’s one of the leads—and that Agent Maria Hill might put in an appearance as well. But what about other characters from the Marvelverse? People who’ve been in the comics but not the movies, say? Like new superheroes?
Entertainment Weekly asked Marvel Studios CEO Kevin Feige just that, and his answer was pretty intriguing.
“If that works the way everyone expects it to work I think that would open up another avenue, another outlet for some of those characters. Maybe they guest star, I don’t know. I think they’re avoiding the cameo of the week on that show, which is very smart.”
Cameo fatigue is a very real danger (see: X-Men: The Last Stand), so I’m glad Feige, Joss Whedon, et. al. are being cautious about it. At the same time, sprinkling superheroes around here and there would be pretty cool, as long as the emphasis is kept on the non-supernatural, boots-on-the-ground aspect of fighting evil. In the Marvel Cinematic Universe as it exists now working with/wrangling superheroes seems a pretty high-profile aspect of what S.H.I.E.L.D. does, so it’d be pretty weird if none showed up.
In questioning Feige EW made specific reference to Black Panther, who, coincidentally enough, has just gotten a brand new rumor: Latino Review says that Chadwick Boseman, star of the Jackie Robinson biopic 42 (it wasn’t a great movie, but he was good in it), is being considered by Marvel for the role. I’m skeptical, if only because I’ve seen no indication that Marvel’s serious about making a Black Panther movie. But, to get 100% hypothetical for a moment, if they were to have him—or any other yet-to-be-filmed superhero—show up in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. it might be a good way to gauge audience interest before possibly integrating them into the MCU.
Oh, and as for the “not-so-new superhero” who might make themselves known, that would be Marvel movie mainstay Iron Man. EW asked Robert Downey Jr. if he’d ever do a guest spot on the show, to which he replied “You know what? There’s no telling. I am open to everything.”
As Collider points out, getting Downey Jr. on the show would probably be prohibitively expensive, but hey, it could happen. The dude pretty much is Tony Stark; they could probably just film him talking to the actors as himself and it’d totally work.
What superheroes might you like to show up in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.?