An upcoming episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 6 will feature a fun surprise: a cameo by series co-creator, Maurissa Tancharoen. There were a lot of questions leading up to this season of this show, especially because fans didn't know until just before the premiere if star Clark Gregg would remain with the series. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s season 6 trailer later confirmed that he would - but as a completely new character instead of fan favorite, Phil Coulson. In a heartbreaking twist, the season 6 premiere revealed that Gregg's new character is Sarge, the team's primary antagonist, and that he has Coulson's DNA, raising questions of his connection to the former director of S.H.I.E.L.D.
In addition to Gregg's role within the series, there was also a question leading up to the premiere of whether the events of Avengers: Endgame would be acknowledged. One of last season's final episodes, which aired after the release of Avengers: Infinity War, briefly showed footage of Thanos' attack on New York. However, though this season's premiere featured a year-long time jump, the snap wasn't acknowledged and none of the characters were impacted. Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb explained that, without knowing for sure when Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 6 would air, they couldn't risk referencing Avengers: Endgame.
Per Syfy Wire, Tancharoen will appear in the May 31 episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 6. The episode, titled "Code Yellow," is the fourth episode and will feature aliens endangering the human race. She'll play a woman named Sequoia, described as a "Coachella-chic social media influencer." Check out a photo of Tancharoen's series debut, below. Speaking about her first appearance on the show, Tancharoen said the following:
"We had talked about the possibility of a cameo at some point in our run, but when the Zuckerman sisters crafted the treasure that is Sequoia, I was all in. I might’ve bit off more than I could chew, but it was so much fun to shift gears and play in front of the camera with a cast and crew I’ve worked closely with for six years.”
Though we don't know much about her character aside from the influencer description, Sequoia must have some connection to Jeff Ward's character, Deke Shaw, since they appear together in the photo. After spending most of last season as a goofy cynic who tagged along from the future, Deke's deeper connection to two of the show's characters was revealed: he's the grandson of long-time couple, Fitz and Simmons. Deke spent most of his life in a horrifying dystopia, but left the team to explore his new world at the end of last season and hasn't been seen since. Since the photo looks like it could be in S.H.I.E.L.D. headquarters, it seems possible that Deke meets up with his friends again and brings Tancharoen's character along for the ride.
In addition to co-creating Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. with Jed and Joss Whedon, Tancharoen is also an executive producer on the series. Her other credits include Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, Drop Dead Diva, and Dollhouse. Tancharoen teamed up with the Whedons and their brother, Zack, on cult classic Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, for which she won a Streamy Award.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 6 continues Friday, May 31 with "Code Yellow" on ABC.
Source: Syfy Wire