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“Agents of SHIELD’s” New Director Has ‘Roots in Marvel History,’ Will Struggle with Coulson

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“Agents of SHIELD’s” New Director Has ‘Roots in Marvel History,’ Will Struggle with Coulson

Meet the new boss, “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” fans! In Season 4, Jason O’Mara (“Batman: Bad Blood,” “Son of Batman”) will take over the spy agency as the New Director. Though he couldn’t reveal too much about his character, including his name, O’Mara offered a few other details in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

“He could become a villain. I honestly don’t know,” O’Mara shared. “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.”

O’Mara couldn’t say much about the character but did offer a few clues, teasing, “He has roots in Marvel history. 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. 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.”

“Obviously, the relationship between my character and Coulson is going to be huge,” he added. “It’s a power struggle kind of dynamic there. It’s going to be huge and important. And of course, how my character interacts with the entire team and their dynamic, but even their goals and purpose as a team, that’s going to be really interesting to see as that changes, if that changes. And I had a scene with Elizabeth [Henstridge] this week and she is so funny and charming and sweet. My character is going to lean on her quite a bit to make sense of a lot of the science stuff because he’s new and needs it to be turned into laymen’s language.”

As to whether or not he’ll encounter Gabriel Luna’s Ghost Rider, well, he’d love that as much as any fan would. “I haven’t had any scenes with Robbie Reyes yet but maybe I will have scenes with him down the line, which would just be so cool,” he said. “I’m just enjoying all that Ghost Rider stuff as a fan right now. But it’s conceivable: I could be in a scene with Ghost Rider!”

Starring Clark Gregg, Chloe Bennet and Ming-Na Wen, “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D” returns Tuesday, September 20 at 10 pm EST on ABC.

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