[SPOILERS ahead for those not caught up on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 3.]
The Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. have already met enemies new (Inhuman killing Lash) and old (the reformed Hydra fronted by S.H.I.E.L.D. betrayer, Grant Ward) in season 3 thus far. In addition to this, the agency has discovered a new frenemy in the shady Rosalind Price (Constance Zimmer) and her government endorsed A.T.C.U. organization. At this point, a new ally would be a welcome development for the team.
It has in fact, just been revealed that that is exactly what the series is gaining. Mark Dacascos has been cast in a recurring role on the show – and unlike his villainous Hawaii Five-0 character, the martial arts expert will be playing one of the good guys.
Deadline have revealed that Dacascos is on board to play a character named ‘Giyera’, who has joined S.H.I.E.L.D. as the agency’s new head of security. Aside from his recurring role as WO Fat on the rebooted Hawaii Five-0, the actor has appeared in several action films that showcased his martial arts skills such as Brotherhood Of The Wolf and Cradle 2 The Grave. For TV he featured in The Crow adaptation series; Stairway To Heaven and currently plays the role of Chairman in both the American and Australian Iron Chef shows. Dacascos is set to debut in episode 8 of the current series of A.O.S, an episode titled ‘Many Heads, One Tale’.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has been upping the stakes recently with more well choreographed action sequences and the inclusion of more powered, Inhuman characters. Bringing a seasoned martial artist/actor on board for this ‘security’ based position can surely mean that we are in for some epic fight scenes up ahead – and that the series will continue providing these energized plot-lines in the future on the Marvel TV show. More characters that can provide a good fight scene will be be a welcome injection, joining the likes of Daisy ‘Quake’ Johnson (Chloe Bennet) and the beginnings of her Secret Warriors team, regular ass kicker’s Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen) and Mockingbird/Bobbi Morse (Adrianne Palicki).
However, as illustrated by recent season 3 episode ‘4,722 Hours’, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s showrunners are still committed to maintaining the emotional human elements of the show that develop character – in combination with increasingly better action, on top of that. That variation should continue to make the Marvel series a success in the foreseeable future.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. continues next Tuesday with ‘Chaos Theory’ at 9pm on ABC.