Throughout its three seasons, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has evolved into a fun and unique corner of the MCU. Initially depicted as a sort of police procedural that happened to be set in the universe of the movies, it has morphed into a platform for lesser-known heroes and villains from the comics to make their MCU debuts, adding a charming depth to the world which proves that The Avengers aren’t the only meta-humans that must be considered and contended with.
With the introduction of the Inhumans in season 2, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has shown again and again that it’s not afraid to tackle what the effect of superhuman would be on government agencies and regular civilians. Ever since Chloe Bennet’s Skye transformed into the Inhuman Daisy Johnson, a.k.a. Quake, the series has introduced character after character that deepens the MCU mythos. Next season sees the introduction of Gabriel Luna as Ghost Rider, moving the character to the world of the MCU for the first time. Now it seems that he’s not the only addition to the cast next season.
Deadline reports that Lilli Birdsell (The Walking Dead: Webisodes) will join the cast in a recurring role next season. Little is known about the character so far, other than her name, Lucy, and that she has what Deadline calls a “haunting quality” and a “violent streak” due to past events. That seems to suggest Birdsell will be playing a powered character of some sort, which opens the door for some intriguing possibilities.
There are plenty of characters named Lucy in the world of the Marvel comics, any one of which would make sense on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The likeliest suspect is Lucy Robinson, the kind of minor comic book character that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. loves to explore in depth. In the comics, Lucy is a telepathic mutant with the power to make her enemies susceptible to psychic suggestion. The only problem is that this Lucy is a mutant, which would put her under Fox’s jurisdiction. Nevertheless, Birdsell has a passing resemblance to the blond character of the comics.
Less likely, but still interesting, would be Lucy Keough, a.k.a. Red Lucy, a magic wielding pirate queen often portrayed as an ancestor of Scarlet Witch. There would have to be some series retooling of her character to make it work here, however, as she’s typically shown in the 16th century. Still, with the upcoming Doctor Strange and Iron Fist bringing magic to the forefront of the MCU, it would make sense to prime the audience for more, and making a tenuous connection to Scarlet Witch would strengthen the bonds between Marvel’s TV and movie properties.
Also in the unlikely but interesting category is Karolina Dean, a.k.a. Lucy in the Sky. Marvel has shown again and again that they aren’t above this kind of bait and switch, as with Skye/Daisy, so it’s never smart to count this out immediately. Still, as a member of the Runaways, they’d have to seriously retool the character for it to make sense. However, Lucy in the Sky is one of the most prominent lesbian comic book characters, and given the calls for more diversity in the comic book world, her addition would go a long way towards fixing some of the problems with representation that currently permeate the industry. This would also allow Marvel to catch up with DC, who already has a prominent lesbian character in Legends of Tomorrow’s Sara Lance.
Then again, Birdsell may well be playing a completely new character. Still, given the show’s penchant for introducing minor characters from the comics into the show, and given the vast army of characters they have to work from, it seems most likely that the series will be pulling from previously existing characters.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns to ABC on Tuesday, September 20.