In this golden age of TV, actors know that the prime rib, truly challenging acting work can be found on television, and not necessarily at the cinema. So whenever you get news like this, news that an acclaimed and accomplished character actor is taking a role in an ongoing drama series, you know its going to be good. So where will Powers Boothe be turning up next? Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., of course. In a world full of cyborgs, super-powers and Inhumans, what could possibly be scarier to Director Phil Coulson and his ragtag crew of super agents than the dulcet tones of Powers Boothe? Nothing.
Marvel.com has announced that Boothe of Deadwood, 24, and movies too numerous to list here fame, will be joining Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. for a multi-episode arc later this season. Boothe will play Gideon Malick, “a notorious man whose loyalties remain a mystery.”
“Gideon is incredibly menacing and in him we have a character that even the stone-cold Grant Ward would fear,” said Executive Producer/Head of Marvel Television, Jeph Loeb. “Only someone of Powers’ caliber could deliver the type of ominous and powerful performance we needed.”
If Boothe seems like a familiar element to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, you would be correct. He appeared in The Avengers as a member of the World Security Council, but he was absent when the $#!% went down in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The Marvel press release doesn’t say specifically whether Gideon is the formally unnamed member of the council, but considering his prominence in The Avengers it would be pretty weird if he wasn’t.
It’s unclear when Boothe will start appearing on S.H.I.E.L.D., his IMDb page seems to indicate that he will be in every episode of the season from here on out, but IMDb has been known occasionally to be wrong. Either way, keep your eyes open as Coulson and the gang keep dealing with the burgeoning number of Inhumans and those interested in exploiting them.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs Tuesdays at 9 pm on ABC.