Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) If a human being could have nine lives his name would be Agent Phil Coulson. We saw him decimated in Whedon’s The Avengers (arguably one of the best comic book superhero movie ever) and believed him going-going-gone. We were wrong. Whedon, master of bringing the dead back to life in Buffyland days, hasn’t lost his touch. We love having Agent Coulson back. He’s sort of an I-Am-Everyman Badass. After every earth saving battle won, it seemed, if Phil can do it, so can we. This year he’s been having it a bit rough what with the not being able to sleep and the automatic writing that’s evolved into carving going on. He’s barely managed to hold the team together and at this point it becomes questionable week-to-week if he’ll every get them back into the tightfisted group they had appeared to be heading toward being prior to Hydra reading its ugly head. He may have Alien DNA in him, but at worse he’s a hybrid whose identifies with his Human genealogy. Hopefully having alien DNA will turn out to be more of a plus than the opposite. One can only hope. MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. – “A Fractured House” – The world turns against S.H.I.E.L.D. when Hydra impersonates them to attack The United Nations, and an unexpected enemy leads the charge to bring about their downfall, on “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” TUESDAYS. (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/Adam Rose) CLARK GREGG
Agent Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen) Agent May is an expert pilot and martial artist. Though she was once a legend in the agency, she has since taken a more stoic and restrained approach to her work. Although she only lets people see her hardened exterior, she’s fiercely loyal to Coulson and believes in the goals of S.H.I.E.L.D. without question.
Agent Grant Ward (Brett Dalton) Agent Ward, once believed to be a dedicated S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, has since been exposed as a Hydra operative working within S.H.I.E.L.D.’s ranks. Highly trained in combat and espionage, Ward is a dangerous adversary for Coulson and his team. However Ward’s true intentions have yet to be revealed.
Daisy ‘Quake’ Johnson (formerly known as Skye) From computer hacker to Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., Skye proved over time that she could rise to a challenge. Clever and charming, she also wasn’t opposed to bending rules when situations warranted. S.H.I.E.L.D. became family and her home, and in return, she dedicated herself fully to their cause. But she burned to know her true history and, to be truthful, was taunted with it by the bad guys. It’s not surprising a need for independence outweighed everything else. So Skye, now Quake, is now (S-4) out in the Wild Blue. She’s done some bad-bad things. She knows it and has taken on a life of heroic subterfuge in her attempt to right her wrongs. Will she be brought back to the fold? Time will tell. But with the departure of Mockingbird and Hunter couldn’t hurt. The team can always use someone with her skills.
Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker-right) Leo Fitz is a brilliant engineer, able to envision and design a wide array of devices for use in the field. His quick thinking and ability to improvise have gotten the S.H.I.E.L.D. team out of a number of tight situations. Fitz has proved he is willing to sacrifice everything for his teammates, especially his research partner, Jemma Simmons. Mack (Henry Simmons-left) Mack came to the group right after the Hydra affair went down. One of the remnant S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, he’s landed on the plane with Coulson and the others. Not sure how long he’s going to be kept around, but it should be for a while. When Ward dropped Fitz and Simmons into the ocean in a waterproof burial contraption, injury and oxygen deprivation took its toll. Mack seems to be the only one able to access the genius part of Fitz that got gummed up in the mêlée aftermath. Ftiz needs to bond with someone and Mack is a good one to have on his side. “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/Photo by Kelsey McNeal)
Lance Hunter (Nick Blood) Lance Hunter, early 30’s, is ruggedly handsome, and has a roguish appeal. There’s an ease about him because he finds everything around him a little amusing, and knows he can escape any situation with his life. Though he’s a bit of a wild card, and is mostly interested in personal gain, he usually ends up doing the right thing
Barbara ‘Bobbi’ Morse or Mockingbird, depending (Adrianne Palicki) A fierce combat fighter, this Mockingbird’s weapon of choice are Battle Staves and she kicks some Hydra butt with them. Her on-again, off-again relationship with Hunter is as on-again, off-again as the purported “not a spin-off” series: “Marvel’s Most Wanted” starring the above both of the above named: Mockingbird and her partner of the spirit and sometimes of the heart: Lance Hunter. Stay tuned for the updates. (ABC/Photo by Kelsey McNeal)
The start of Season 4 Jason O’Mara jumped in as the new director and Coulson’s newest boss. They’re smiling now, but wait for it….
Mockingbird with her Staves, May with her… well, ‘Self’: taking no names, just kicking butts. The best fighting duo in town. Don’t know if we’re to see them together again, ever, now that the bird has flown. One can hope.
Agent Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) Genius bio-chemist Jemma Simmons is a resourceful and loyal member of Coulson’s team, willing to take on any challenge for the good of the people around her. Simmons has a love of science and a wide-eyed enthusiasm for the world. But despite her cheery disposition, she’s not afraid to face some of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s darker challenges. (ABC/Photo by Kelsey McNeal)
Season 4 – Enter the Ghost Rider: (Robbie Reyes)
The S.H.I.E.L.D. team now. More to come…. (On ABC – Tuesdays at 10|9c
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