Jason O’Mara has confirmed that his character in Agents Of SHIELD – the new director – “pre-exists” in the Marvel universe, but he’s not giving away much else yet.
The official Marvel announcement revealed that former Terra Nova star O’Mara would be “playing a character whose Marvel roots go back to the 1940s”. Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter O’Mara adds a little more.
“He has roots in Marvel history,” he teases. “We know that he’s out there already. He pre-exists. But no doubt [the writers] will do their own modern spin on it, as they do. No doubt he’ll be riddled with flaws, as they do.”
It seems, though, that there’s an awful lot about his character that even O’Mara doesn’t know, including how long he’ll be around or if he’s ultimately a goodie or a baddie.
“He could become a villain. I honestly don’t know. I don’t know where it’s headed. I also don’t know how long it will last. Usually you go into something knowing how many episodes it will be for, but this is open-ended. It could be good, it could be bad, it could be hero, it could be villain. It could be anything. If the fans hate me and if the writers hate me, maybe I’ll be four episodes and done.
“But they don’t tell us much further than the script we just received. I like the secrecy. It’s frustrating as an actor sometimes because the more information you have, the more you have to work with. But I do like this idea that stories should be surprising. It’s also a good marketing tool to not even release the name of the director of SHIELD. It builds the mystery so I’ll go along with it.”
So who do you think O’Mara could be playing?