New players will be entering the Marvel TV Universe this fall as ‘Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘ returns for a sophomore season, despite its title agency falling apart in ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’.  Agent Phil Caulson (Clark Gregg) will be scrambling to rebuild the famous Marvel espionage agency and these new faces may contribute to this.

Genre favorite Kyle MacLachlan (‘Twin Peaks‘) will appear in a recurring role as Skye’s father.  It had earlier been announced that MacLachlan would be playing a character simply dubbed ‘The Doctor’ leading some to speculate that we’d be seeing Doctor Strange on TV before a movie, but that seems unlikely now.  (That character is still rumored to be headlining a movie in the coming years.)

In addition to that, Adrian Pasdar is set to return to the role of Glenn Tallbot, a major thorn in the side of The Incredible Hulk.  Will this pave the way to him entering the film universe?

And finally, Henry Simmons has been cast in the role of Alphonso “Mack” McKenzie a mechanic who aligns himself with Agent Phil Coulson’s team.  Simmons has previously appeared in ‘NYPD Blue’ and ‘Shark’.  The character is “loosely” based on a similar character who has appeared in Marvel’s ‘Nick Fury Vs. S.H.I.E.L.D.’ miniseries.

In addition to these actors, ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ will also welcome Lucy Lawless (Isabelle Hartley), Reed Diamond (Daniel Whitehall), and Nick Blood (Lance Hunter).

According to Gregg, look forward to this upcoming season to being more “grounded” than the previous one.  Is this leading the series into the upcoming Netflix shows, which are reported to be part of the larger Cinematic Universe?  Guess we’ll have to wait and see, but so far Marvel has done a pretty masterful job of tying its various properties together.

‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ is executive produced by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon & Maurissa Tancharoen, Jeffrey Bell and Jeph Loeb and is scheduled to return for Season Two on September 23, 2014.

Sources: Screen RantComic Book Movie and  Marvel