Marvel recently announced that actor Jason O’Mara (The Good Wife) will be playing the new Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. in the upcoming fourth season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. While they didn't tell us who exactly the new character is, Marvel did give us a hint:
Jason O’Mara has joined the series stepping into the role as S.H.I.E.L.D’s new Director, playing a character whose Marvel roots go back to the 1940s.
We can interpret this in two ways: Either the character first appeared in Marvel Comics' Golden Age in the 1940s (like Captain America), or the character’s history in the comics takes place in the '40s (like Wolverine). Let’s tackle the former first, analyzing characters from Marvel’s Golden Age that make sense for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
The New S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Is A Golden Age Character?
Out of the many Golden Age characters that fit the description given by Marvel, the three best fits are Blue Diamond, Blazing Skull and Jim Hammond, the original Human Torch. Considerably these three for the following reasons:
Blue Diamond’s alter ego is Elton Morrow. If you recall the article where we spoke of the new Ghost Rider, Robbie Reyes, the spirit that ultimately inhabits his body and transforms him into Ghost Rider is his dead uncle, Eli Morrow. While it’s unknown if there is a connection between Eli Morrow and Blue Diamond in the comics, the name resemblance in the show could be a factor in S.H.I.E.L.D.’s dealings with Robbie Reyes — the Director and Reyes could be related.
The Blazing Skull, a.k.a. Mark Todd, is a Golden Age character with similar appearance to Ghost Rider. Unlike Ghost Rider, his flaming skull did not originate from a demonic entity like Zarathos. Rather his comes from a race of people who physically had the flaming feature and the ability to turn their flesh invisible. If it turns out the show actually uses the Blazing Skull’s alter ego, Mark Todd, as the new Director, with Robbie Reyes now on the show, it would be a fascinating nod and Easter Egg to Marvel’s first character whose skull was on fire.
Jim Hammond, The Original Human Torch
While the original Human Torch first appeared in October of 1939, we can still safely put him in decade of the ‘40s, due to the time proximity. An android created in New York, we actually saw the Human Torch in the MCU in Captain America: The First Avenger; in a small cameo appearance during the Stark Expo (second 0:05 in the video below). One way Jim Hammond could work for the show is that he could have multiple versions of himself, or Life Model Decoys, since he is ultimately an android. No one would know he is an android and we could potentially see a fiery team up with Robbie Reyes sometime in the show — what a way to pay homage to the classics!
In a follow-up article we will explore the second interpretation of Marvel’s “hint,” a possibility that Jason O’Mara’s character is not from Marvel’s Golden Age, but rather his history takes place in the ‘40s. What do you think though? Do you want to see any Golden Age characters in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.? Leave your thoughts down in the comments!