**Obviously, this story has spoilers for the end of Agents Of SHIELD Season 3!**
For those of you up to date with Agents Of SHIELD, you’ll be aware that SHIELD was on the lookout for a new Director, after the 6 month flashforward at the end of ‘Ascension’, the finale episode of last season. Daisy had gone off the rails, and had become a vigilante given the moniker ‘Quake’ by the press. Coulson & Mack were hot on her tale and trying to bring her in, but it was revealed during that sequence that Coulson was no longer Director, meaning there was a job vacancy. Marvel have now announced that position will be filled by Jason O’Mara.
Jeph Loeb, Executive Producer and Marvel’s Head of Television (aka Marvel TV’s God… they should just call him Thor and be done with it…) commented on the appointment “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. Jason has both the physical presence and acting dynamics that will connect with and challenge even the most loyal agent.”
If you’re trying to place where you’ve seen him before, he’s an Irish actor, but you probably know him mainly from US tv shows. He was Sam Tyler in the US remake of Life On Mars, Jim Shannon in the unfortunately short lived Terra Nova, and Deputy Jack Lamb in the shorter lived Vegas. He’s also cropped up in The Good Wife, voiced Batman/Bruce Wayne in a number of DC’s animated features, and can be seen soon in the Netflix film Jadotville, opposite The Fall & Fifty Shades Of Grey’s Jamie Dornan.
O’Mara is apparently playing a character “whose Marvel roots go back to the 1940s”… That could be any one of thousands of characters, so I’m not going to speculate here.
Agents Of SHIELD returns in the US on September 20th, and should return to the UK either in the Autumn or early 2017, depending if E4 want to hold it back to remove some of the US scheduling breaks (and on the soberness of the E4 scheduling team.) ;)