Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will shake up the status quo again by heading into space for Season 5, and the ABC drama may be introducing a well-known Marvel Comics character in the process.
During the show's New York Comic Con panel on Saturday, Marvel's head of television Jeph Loeb unveiled the first 20 minutes of the season debut, which includes a surprising connection to Guardians of the Galaxy that may have actually serve as the introduction of Jack Flag.
After being transported by the same monolith that leaves Coulson (Clark Gregg) on a space station in the middle of an invasion, Agent May (Ming-Na Wen) finds herself on another department on the ship, with a piece of metal inside of her leg. After some expert maneuvering and determination, she frees herself, only to see a masked man (Jeff Ward) wearing a maroon jacket and helmet similar to that of Guardians of the Galaxy's Peter Quill. Although she tries to avoid the man, she ends up face to face with him and learning that he's been looking for her.
While it's unknown just who this man is, it's easy to presume it's none other than Jack Flag, who has appeared as a Guardian in the comics. When Ward's casting was announced, it was said he'd appear as a recurring character with a "key" role. Given the character description -- both in appearance and the mystery surrounding the casting -- and that Flag has been a part of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Guardians, it'd be highly surprising if this mysterious character didn't turn out him.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will return to ABC for its fifth season at 9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 1, following the eight-episode first season of Marvel’s Inhumans. The series stars Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson, Chloe Bennet as Daisy “Quake” Johnson, Ming-Na Wen as Melinda May, Iain De Caestecker as Leo Fitz, Elizabeth Henstridge as Jemma Simmons, Henry Simmons as Alphonso “Mack” Mackenzie, and Natalia Cordova-Buckley as Elena "Yo-Yo" Rodriguez.