Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is a show that is always in flux. It never stays the same way from season to season. So sooner or later, Agent Phil Coulson wasn’t going to be top dog. And now e have a name for the actor who’s taking over the unit. Jason O’Mara, whose TV work includes Terra Nova, Life on Mars and The Good Wife, will be taking over S.H.I.E.L.D. as its director. In the casting announcement, Marvel has hinted that O’Mara will not only be the new Director of S.H.I.E.L.D., but that his character “has roots that extend back in Marvel history to the 1940’s.” Which gives us a lot of hope that perhaps in flashbacks we’ll see Agent Peggy Carter kicking ass and taking names once more. That’s at least my hope anyway since they canceled Marvel’s Agent Carter.
According to Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb, O’Mara will force “everyone, particularly Coulson, to reevaluate their role in the Agency,” with the actor having “the physical presence and acting dynamics that will connect with and challenge even the most loyal agent.” Which, it’s nice to hear that their plans for a new boss don’t necessarily mean he’s already on his way out because he’s a secret traitor or something else silly. Meanwhile, guess who’s also going to be introduced to the series? Ghost Rider. Last time we saw him, it was before the MCU and Nicolas Cage was playing him. This time around now, in what’s probably a first for the MCU, is that a more recent revision of the character will be made canon, with young East LA teenager Robbie Reyes being brought to life instead of the traditional Johnny Blaze. Maybe there’s hope for Miles Morales after all.