J. August Richards

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The second season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has been so much improved over the first season that we barely even noticed that a fairly important player from that initial series has been missing and largely unmentioned in the first 15 episodes of year two. That all changed last night when Director Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) and Lance Hunter (Nick Blood) found themselves in a jam and were forced to ask an old friend for help. The secret was kept pretty good, and we’ll keep it till after the jump just in case you haven’t watched the episode yet, but for fans of the Joss Whedon repertoire of players, it was a very welcome reprise indeed for the man who basically got the series going. (more…)

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Review- 20- Nothing Personal

“If I come out, are you gonna shoot me? Because then I won’t come out.”

Cobie Smulders returns as Maria Hill, and things continue to get worse for the former Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Question’s get answered, loyalties are tested, and massive secrets are revealed… but does the show maintain its run of excellence as we head into the finale? (more…)

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Part of the fun of Joss Whedon‘s adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing was seeing the Whedon repertory players – gathered from BuffyAngel, FireflyDollhouse and The Avengers – put on a Shakespeare play. Whedon breeds a lot of loyalty, and that’s extended to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. right from the start with J. August Richards in the role we’ve come to know as Deathlok, for example. Now comes news that one of Richards’ co-stars from Angel is joining the show, and they have a mysterious, and potentially spoilery, connection to Coulson’s past. (more…)

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“Yep, vanished, which I might add, not easy.”

So, after another, seemingly random hiatus, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is back, and looking to maintain it’s run of actually somewhat meeting expectations! Did the break kill all of the momentum that they were finally starting to build, or is the show finally turning into something worth watching? (more…)

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As the Television Critics Association Winter press tour winds down, we get some juicy (in nerd terms) pieces of new information about Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Of course, one of the most frequently heard complaints about the show (and there are many) is that S.H.I.E.L.D. doesn’t pay enough lip service to the comic books. Well, it seems like that’s going to change pretty significantly in upcoming episodes. (more…)

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At the mid-season end of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. we saw Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) captured, and super-powered Mike Peterson (J. August Richards) get blown up in front of his son. If you’re worried about spoilers then stop here. If you’re up to date on your AOS viewing, then click-through and let’s take a look at what character changes might be happening in the Marvel Universe. If you’re not up to date, consider this your SPOILER WARNING. (more…)

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With the over two dozen new photos from the upcoming ABC series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., you probably won’t have to watch the first episode when it premieres on Tuesday, September 24th at 8:00 pm (of course, we know you still are so don’t feel bad when you do). The pictures feature new shots of the series main characters including Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg), Agent Grant Ward (Brett Dalton), Agent Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen), Agent Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker), Agent Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) and Skye (Chloe Bennet). Also included are shots of Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill, J. August Richards as the new hero at the center of the pilot, and Ron Glass(?).

Check out the full gallery below:

Source: Geek Tyrant

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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

Aliases: 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”:

COBIE SMULDERS

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.

Sources: BleedingCool, Comicbookmovie

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J. August Richards, best known to fans of The Great And Powerful Whedon as Charles Gunn: The streetwise vampire hunter turned brain-boosted lawyer on Angel, will be joining the cast of Marvel’s highly anticipated TV series S.H.I.E.L.D.

Richards exact role, and whether it will be recurring or just for the pilot, has yet to be revealed. All that is known is he will appear in the series opener in what TVLine describes as a “Super Top Secret Role”. SHIELDtv.net was the first to break the story…and apparently felt the need to include a note from the editor assuring readers that the news was not an April Fool’s Day prank (and a weak jest it would have been at that: Nothing on the level of Lady Gaga playing Dazzler in the new X-Men flick).

The S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot is already in the can, and we expect to hear that ABC has picked up the series any time now. The show is tentatively scheduled to begin airing this fall.

Source: Comingsoon.net