We’re getting our collective asses kicked by the constant influx of SDCC news, so please bear with us if occasionally misinformation creeps in.
Such as this report which claimed that J. August Richards would NOT be playing a canon Marvel character (which was my responsibility, since I wrote it….sorry about that). Apparently, my information was incorrect.
J. August Richards will indeed be playing an established Marvel Universe character: Mike Peterson.
Don’t recognize the name either? Here’s a mini-bio courtesy of marvunapp.com
Affiliations: Slapstick (Steve Harmon) Impossible Man, Mike Jefferies, Rage (Elvin Haliday), Speedball (Darrion Grobe), Turbo (Mickey Musashi) Joey, Barb Halsey, Heather, Don Winston, Syd, Vinnie, other students at his high school
Enemies: Dr. Yesterday, Overlord of Dimension X
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Plainview, New Jersey
First Appearance: Slapstick#1 (November, 1992)
Powers/Abilities: Mike has no superhuman powers, but he seems to be a pretty bright guy and is a skilled artist.
History: (Slapstick#1)- Mike tried to hang out with Steve, but Steve was in a hurry. Later, Mike was among the victims of the Clowns from Dimension X’s kidnapping plot at the carnival. Along with the rest, Steve was saved by Slapstick. Recognizing Slapstick as his best friend, he realized that he’d just had an origin and helped him think of a superhero name.
I don’t know what to expect from Mike, to be honest, but Richards is a solid actor, and he alone should make the character worth watching.
Speaking of “worth watching”:
We now have visual confirmation of Avengers alumnus Cobie Smulders‘ presence in the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot as Agent Maria Hill. Furthermore, it was confirmed that Agent Hill will be a recurring character in the series. At the show’s panel, Joss Whedon himself raved about both the character and the actress–and her chemistry with Clark “Agent Coulson” Gregg:
“I wanted very much to have Cobie in the pilot because as much as anyone else, she IS SHIELD! She’s cool and commanding, and has the dry humor that plays so well with Clark’s. Also, if she’s in it I get to hang out with Cobie.”
Further information regarding Agent Hill’s role in the series….and the mystery of Coulson’s “death” was later provided by TVGuide:
In the pilot, Coulson believes he died briefly, but was revived shortly after. None of The Avengers could know the truth since they don’t have the right clearance level. But when he’s not around, Maria Hill notes that Coulson can never know the truth about his death, possibly giving credence to our theory about Coulson being a Life Model Decoy. Whedon has previously noted that the mystery behind Coulson’s revival will unfold throughout the season, so don’t expect an answer soon!
As a final note, here’s Deadline‘s report on ABC‘s SDCC presentation of the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot.