Phil Coulson teased at the end of last season of Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. that the top-secret super-organization was under new leadership. And, as promised, S.H.I.E.L.D. returns with its fourth season on September 20, and with it comes a new director. Jason O’Mara has been tapped to play the new director taking over S.H.I.E.L.D., “whose Marvel roots go back to the 1940s,” according to a press release from Marvel. It’s unclear if that means he’s playing a character who was created in the ’40s, or if his character has connections to the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s ’40s timeline. Agent Carter is sadly cancelled, but bring back Peggy Carter! Somehow! It doesn’t even need to make total sense!
O’Mara voices Batman in the DC Animated films Justice League: Throne Of Atlantis, Batman Vs. Robin, Batman: Bad Blood, Justice League Vs. Teen Titans and the upcoming movie Justice League Dark. He also appeared on The Good Wife.
“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,” Jeph Loeb, Marvel’s Head of Television, said in the press release. “Jason has both the physical presence and acting dynamics that will connect with and challenge even the most loyal agent.”
You know who else fits that glowing description? Hayley Atwell. Take her back, MCU.