Agent Carter is no stranger to shake-ups. Marvel's period action adventure is beginning its second season with a location change, moving Agent Carter (Hayley Atwell) from New York to Los Angeles. Daniel Sousa (Enver Gjokaj) will replace the late Roger Dooley (Shea Whigham) as Chief and Carter will find herself again working alongside Jarvis, but facing “a more sinister threat” than anything encountered in season 1.
Following the news that Lotte Verbeek (Outlander) has signed on to play Jarvis' wife Ana, and Wynn Everett (The Newsroom) has been cast as Whitney Frost, a.k.a. Madame Masque is another casting update that should make many fans even more excited for the 10-episode season 2.
According to THR, Kurtwood Smith has been added to the show in a major recurring role as Vernon Masters, a man who has worked in the War Department for many years and possesses "a keen understanding of how to work the system." There is no mention of his character in the comics, though it is possible he is adapted from a different character in the source material. Smith will be joined by returning cast members Dominic Cooper as Howard Stark, Bridget Regan as Dottie Underwood, and Chad Michael Murray as Agent Jack Thompson.
Smith's casting puts him in familiar company, as he will once again work with with showrunners Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas. The three worked together on the show Resurrection, which ran for two seasons on ABC. Perhaps best known for his role as the psychopathic Clarence Boddicker in the 1987 RoboCop, Smith also gained recognition with a whole new generation of fans as Red, the father of Eric Forman on That '70s Show. Smith has been acting steadily since 1980 with roles in Cedar Rapids, Girl Interrupted, and Deep Impact, just to name a few.
This is excellent news for the show, as it lost the hard-nosed Whigham near the end of season 1. Smith's commanding presence will help to add some weight to the younger cast. While the details of his role are still under wraps, it is possible he will come into conflict with Carter as she continues to blaze a path for herself within the Strategic Scientific Reserve. Then again, he might be the ally Peggy needs in season 2.
Hopefully, his arrival means more great adventure for Carter as she works alongside the War Department, and less generic workplace sexism in the SSR. However Smith's character is used, it will still be refreshing simply having this veteran actor back on the small screen again.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. continues Tuesday with ‘4,722 Hours’ at 9pm on ABC. Agent Carter season 2 returns early in 2016.