Jason O’Mara — who is known for voicing Batman in “Batman: Bad Blood,” “Son of Batman” and more — will replace Clark Gregg’s Phil Coulson as the new Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. when “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” returns for Season 4 this fall. According to Marvel.com, O’Mara will be “playing a character whose Marvel roots go back to the 1940s,” though no official name was revealed.
But never fear, Coulson fans! Phil isn’t going anywhere. In fact, he was right in the middle of the action when the Season 3 finale flashed forward six months. However, he was clearly taking orders from someone he referred to as “Director,” indicating that he was no longer in charge of the spy organization.
“Bringing Jason into the mix as the New Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. forces everyone, particularly Coulson, to reevaluate their role in the Agency,” Executive Producer and Marvel’s Head of Television Jeph Loeb said in a statement. “Jason has both the physical presence and acting dynamics that will connect with and challenge even the most loyal agent.”
“What I can say is that, with the Sokovia Accords and the end of ‘Captain America: Civil War,’ it’s clear that the world is very much aware that there are Enhanced people around, and so they’re going to need an organization to deal with that that’s under some government control,” Gregg explained Comic-Con International in San Diego. “Whatever that government control is, they clearly didn’t feel that Phil Coulson should be the director.”
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