Marvel’s First Official Look At ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Agent Isabelle Hartley (Lucy Lawless) & ‘Daredevil’s Karen Page (Deborah Ann Woll)
As we get closer to the September 24th premiere date for Marvels Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and shooting continues for the Marvel Netflix Daredevil series we’re going to start getting more and more plot details, insider quotes, and production stills. This time around there’s some new production stills making the Internet rounds featuring new female characters in Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Marvel/Netflix’s Daredevil. Who are they and how do they fit into those two series?
First up is Lucy Lawless, she’s joining the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season two cast as Agent Isabelle Hartley.
Don’t try finding her in any of your comics, Hartley is said to be an original character created for the series. Here’s something interesting though, take a look at Agent Victoria Hand’s background and you find:
Hand was initially introduced as a S.H.I.E.L.D. accountant, dating a fellow agent named Isabelle – a partner with different beliefs about the war on terror. Three years before the Secret Invasion storyline, Victoria sent a letter to S.H.I.E.L.D. director Nick Fury about his war on terrorism and her concerns that he was doing a poor job. Isabelle implored Victoria not to send the letter. The result was Hand’s transferral to a S.H.I.E.L.D. Base in Portland, Oregon. Hand’s relationship broke down due to Isabelle’s anger over her advice being ignored.
Could Lawless be that Isabella? It would certainly make sense that she is jumping into the mix, perhaps for a little payback from Agent Ward (Brett Dawson) for shooting Agent Hand? Sources say that Lawless’ character is involved in a story arc, meaning she’ll appear in more than just one episode and this would be an interesting sub plot. Since the character only appeared in a short comic book panel with no real background details besides being in a relationship with Hand, one can understand why the show feels Hartley is an original character. Bringing her in does allow for some use for Agent Wards character besides him just sitting in a cell somewhere.
Want to hear a really twisted thought? What if Hartley is really a Hydra agent, and while everyone thinks she wants to hurt Ward, really she’s been tasked to free him?
Next up is Karen Page (Deborah Ann Woll) from Marvel and Netflix’s new Daredevil series that is currently shooting in New York. Here she’s seen with Foggy Nelson (Elden Henson), Matt Murdock’s law partner and best friend.
If the series stays true to the comics, Foggy hires Page as a receptionist for their law firm. Murdock and Page start dating while Foggy hides his own feelings towards Page. That sets up a nice Love Triangle for the characters to play off of. Page eventually leaves after Murdock reveals his Daredevil alter ego. How quickly Page might meet her comic book end is unclear, but it was one of the best Daredevil story lines so it should pop up in season two or three. I’d have to call it rushed if they tried to do it all in one season.
I’m excited to see both series and the possibilities that characters from both shows might make crossover appearances once Daredevil is established. I know there are a ton of hurdles to leap for that to happen, but perhaps a swap or one for one type cameo could be arranged. The lawyers could work that out.