One of the Agents of SHIELD season 4 mysteries has finally been revealed! Fans now know who is the agency’s new director. Currently, his character remains under wraps, but did a fan just guess who it is?
The new announcement debunked rumors swirling that Cobie Smulders’ Maria Hill is taking over. Instead, Jason O’Mara takes on the role. There are no details yet on the actor’s character. However, it is likely that he will take on a comic book figure.
Majority of the show’s players are original characters. However, Chloe Benett’s Daisy Johnson/Quake and Clark Gregg’s Phil Coulson are both based on the comics. To which classification does O’Mara’s character belong? If fan speculation be based upon, it seems more likely that the new director is based on a comic book character.
Agents of SHIELD director: Connection with the comics
Gizmodo relays Marvel’s official press release on O’Mara’s casting. The source describes the character as someone “whose Marvel roots go back to the 1940s.” This description warrants deeper speculation that the new director may indeed by a recognizable name in the comics.
Beyond excited to be joining the @AgentsofSHIELD team as the new director of S.H.I.E.L.D. Can't say anything else or I'll get into trouble 😀
— Jason O'Mara (@jason_omara) August 1, 2016
At this point it could be anyone, but one fan who left a comment on the Gizmodo source brought up an interesting name. According to the commenter with the username Dr. Opposum, O’Mara could play “Jim Hammond, the original android Human Torch.”
Reception of other comments on the thought where positive. User SiriusT was quick to agree, saying “That would actually be pretty awesome. He was an easter egg in First Avenger. And they could just call him Jim Hammond without revealing the backstory, but keep dropping hints with him knowing institutional and historical facts that he couldn’t otherwise. Then- big reveal for the less hardcore fans!”
For the uninitiated, Jim Hammond is Human Torch in the comics. Unlike Chris Evans’ Human Torch/Johnny Storm role in the Fantastic Four movies, Hammond is a scientist-created Android.
However, it is notable that rights to the Human Torch character currently belongs to Fox. Hence, the possibility of Marvel using it is pretty impossible. However, as the commenters suggested, Agents of SHIELD could still go with the Jim Hammond name.
Fans do not have to wait long as Agents of SHIELD returns on September 20 at a new timeslot.