New ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Images; David Conrad Joins Cast

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Marvel Studios has a heavy slate of superhero movies lined up for release over the next few years. The next installment in Phase Two of the cinematic universe narrative, Thor: The Dark World, is hitting theaters in the fall, but to pass the time until then, there’s a smaller spin-off from the world of Marvel to look forward to in the form of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, ABC’s new show about the covert organization tasked with keeping an eye on all things weird and threatening to national security.

The show’s concept is a lot more palatable to mainstream audiences now that S.H.I.E.L.D. has already been established in several of the major Marvel movies of recent years. Whereas it might once have only been of real interest to hardcore Marvel, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D‘s strong connection to the highest-grossing comic book movie of all time bodes well for the success of the show – all they need now is a really good pilot.

The first piece of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. news is the announcement of a new cast member. TV Line reports that former Ghost Whisperer star David Conrad has landed a recurring role in the show, and based on recent casting calls is suspected to be playing a “brilliant and quirky scientist,” though whether he works for S.H.I.E.L.D. or is an adversary is not yet known. Conrad’s career has been fairly quiet since the final season of Ghost Whisperer, so there’s a chance that he could end up being featured on the show as part of the regular cast.

ABC has also released a large batch of promotional stills and behind-the-scenes photos from the pilot episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, with show creator and episode director Joss Whedon seen laying down the foundations for the rest of the series. Also featured in the gallery are Cobie Smulders and Clark Gregg as familiar faces Maria Hill and Phil Coulson.

We’re not sure how large a part Smulders will be playing in this series beyond the pilot, but it’s been suggested that she may be called back for future episodes, especially with her How I Met Your Mother gig coming to a close this coming season. Check out some highlights from the gallery below, and check out the full selection over at SHIELDsite.

Whedon enthusiasts will no doubt be tickled by the image of Firefly star Ron Glass, who plays one of S.H.I.E.L.D’s doctors in the pilot episode and has the branded white coat to prove it, as well as Angel alumnus J. August Richards. Other characters shown include Iain De Caestecker (The Fades) and Elizabeth Henstridge (Gangs of Tooting Broadway) as tech team Leo Fitz and Jenna Simmons AKA “Fitzsimmons,” who are said to have a sibling-like relationship.

Rounding out the main team is Ming-Na Wen (SGU Stargate Universe) as ass-kicking Agent Melinda May, and Brett Dalton (Killing Lincoln) as Agent Grant Ward. Quite a few newcomers there, all with a chance to break into the limelight with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Tell us what you think of the latest casting choice – and the images from the pilot episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – in the comments.


Check out Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. when it premieres Tuesday, September 24th, 2013 @8pm on ABC.

Source: SHIELDsite & TVLine

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  1. Colby is smoking and first lol

    • If she’s smoking, gotta call Smokie The Bear to put her out before she bursts into a full-fledged flaming forest fire! Incidently, I think you mean “Cobie”. “Colby” is a kind of cheese (but yes, there is indeed an expression for girl-watching, “To eye the cheese”!).

      I am so ready for this series, and if it ever comes out on DVD, I’m sure I’ll buy the series. Lotsa super-hero flicks coming out I gotta buy in the next year or two as well; good thing I just got a raise at my job at Wal-Mart!

      • Hopefully this isn’t too tongue-in-cheek. Neither Marvel or DC seems to find the right blend for comic-book movies/television. Marvel doesn’t take itself seriously enough and DC is waay too serious almost to the point where the movies aren’t ‘fun’ anymore.

        • Yeh i get that. I loved Man of Steel but my one complaint was that it was way too serious, hopefully that changes when Flash and other characters get introduced.

          • I’m more of a Marvel guy, but I would like to see Aquaman. The New 52 run is excellent & hilarious & I think would add some much needed humor to that world.

            Marvel has not disappointed so far, except for I was one of those losers who hated the Mandarin. Not so much bc they made fun of him, but I think they could have done much better with the iconic villain they’ve been building toward. The rings were pointless.

      • Didn’t mean to reply to you, my bad.

    • You could even say that she’s… smuldering.

      • HE-YOOOO!

  2. I’ve always thought Ming Na was way hot.

    • Me too.

      • do you know what dc means? too serious? dont fool yourself…we had your type of movie already and it damn neared bombed…( green lantern). if you want funny and rainbows that have pots of gold and happy gogo gaga endings stay with marvel. Dc is great where its at…btw dont watch the new flash movie because its toooooo serious you may not enjoy it

        • The only reason GL underperformed and was a box office bomb was because the story had so many plot holes, and didn’t make sense for the DC Universe. It was so bad, most critics and fans alike found it confusing, a mish-match of crappy writing (Green Lantern/Hal making a “fist” to almost (or did he?) kill those guys who got fired because of his aircraft stunt.

          That’s a GL? There’s a lot more plot holes but I honestly don’t want to get into them, so I’ll re-direct you here if you’re unsure:

          DC films could have witty and funny dialogue if done in the right way.
          Also, Flash is actually a wise-cracker, have u seen any of the DC animated films? Case in point:

          And The marvel films aren’t just comedies my friend, they also have drama in their storylines for us to actually RELATE and FEEL BAD for our heroes. Unlike Man of Steel where it didn’t make you feel anything for Superman at all.

          Also go somewhere else than a Marvel article. Wait another 20 years for The Justice League, and call me when one of your beloved characters actually make it to the big screen. Marvel is kicking DCs butt because they can’t seem to ever get anything in motion because they’re scared that their films will underperform.

  3. Mal: “It’s of interest to me, how much you seem to know about that world.”

    Book: “Wasn’t born a Shepherd, Mal.”

    Mal: “You’ll have to tell me about that sometime.”

    Book: “No. I don’t.”

    • What are you saying?

    • +9001

  4. Cobie Smulders for Wonder Woman

    • i heard she was considered when Joss submitted his script to WB, but they denied it.

  5. Joss, get Alyson Hannigan on this show to perpetuate and expand her and Cobie’s lesbian inclinations towards each other from HIMYM.


  6. Cobie’s uniform kind of reminds me of the ones they used to wear on Stargate Atlantis.