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Tomorrow night, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. faithful will get to start to peel back the layers on the new Director, played by Jason O'Mara. Fans already know that Coulson is no longer the Director, whether by his choice or not, and all indications have pointed to O'Mara playing a character with ties to Marvel comics. His identity has continued to remain a secret, with only a few photos showing how the actor will look in the mystery role.
His debut should be a big part of tomorrow's episode (with it being titled "Meet the New Boss" for his introduction), but fans still did not have much of anything to go on. That has finally changed with a new clip being released that not only introduces the Director, but also gives him a name.
Marvel/ABC posted the above clip featuring O'Mara's onscreen debut, where it has now been revealed that his name is... Jeff. The clip itself shows Phil, Jeff, and May discussing the recent events that allowed Daisy to once again escape their grasps. While the purposes of the clip is simply to introduce the character, could the simple name of Jeff actually reveal his true comic nature? Possibly, but check out the video first before the speculation begins.
While it is very possible that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. could bring in a twist where Jeff is not the real name of O'Mara's character, if we operate under the belief that Jeff is name, is this the MCU version of Jeffrey Mace? Not only does the name fit (and Jeff is not a common Marvel character name), his introduction continues to play into the teases of him having ties as far back as the 1940s. Mace first appeared in 1941 in issue #4 of Human Torch Comics under the name of Patriot.
Throughout his many years of appearances, Mace is mainly under the alias of Patriot, but eventually dawns the Captain America mantle following the character's death. Should Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. be bringing in Mace, he is one of the perfect characters that would be a nod to hardcore comic fans, but also gives them the ability to explore his history further.
Mace is certainly not someone that many (if any) speculated would be the identity of O'Mara's character, with the popular hope pointing to him being Jim Hammond, the original Human Torch. This name would seem to put an end to those theories, but it is hard not to notice that Mace debuted in a Human Torch comic. Jeff could be the alias in which he lives under now, only for the show to reveal his true identity down the road.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has done these types of reveals many times in the past, stringing along stories to build up a reveal that has not always worked. Hopefully, Jeff is his real name - regardless of whether or not he is Jeffrey Mace - and viewers can follow along as the comic character he is playing is revealed. This theory could be proved true or false by tomorrow night, but in the meantime, Mace fits all the criteria for the true identity.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. continues with ‘Meet the New Boss’ Tuesday, September 27 at 10:00 pm on ABC.