Ever since it was announced that Joss Whedon would be bringing S.H.I.E.L.D. to the small screen, speculation began on what comic book characters would be featured on the show.
Whedon has already confirmed that the cast would comprise of people the audiences aren’t too familiar with and that the show would be set in the Marvel Universe adjacent to the cinematic one. He has also gone on to say that the show will have the point of view of “humans in a superhero world” who must deal with this fact and how it makes them feel “vulnerable”.
The studio is currently casting the lead roles so if you’re wondering who will be featured in the series, TVLine was able to obtain the latest details for some of the characters. While casting sheets like the one below tend to be rather generic, they do give an idea of the tone of the series. Also, a lot of time they don’t give the full history of the character (a great example is the casting description of Dinah Lance for ‘Arrow’ who was later revealed to be the Black Canary). So while these names aren’t found in the comics, they may be pseudonyms of comic characters or even be new superheroes in disguised.
Here are the roles that the casting people are looking to fill:
SKYE: This late-20s woman sounds like a dream: fun, smart, caring and confident – with an ability to get the upper hand by using her wit and charm.
AGENT GRANT WARD: Quite the physical specimen and “cool under fire,” he sometimes botches interpersonal relations. He’s a quiet one with a bit of a temper, but he’s the kind of guy that grows on you.
AGENT ALTHEA RICE: Also known as “The Calvary,” this hard-core soldier has crazy skills when it comes to weapons and being a pilot. But her experiences have left her very quiet and a little damaged.
AGENT LEO FITZ and AGENT JEMMA SIMMONS: These two came through training together and still choose to spend most of their time in each other’s company. Their sibling-like relationship is reinforced by their shared nerd tendencies – she deals with biology and chemistry, he’s a whiz at the technical side of weaponry.
Whedon penned the pilot with his brother, Jed Whedon, and his wife Maurissa Tancheroen, and is tentatively set to direct dependent on his schedule. No word as to when the pilot will air but you can bet with Whedon involved in the process, this will be an event not to miss and I, for one, can hardly wait!
So what do you think of these characters so far?