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First Trailer For ABC's 'Marvel's Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D' (Is J. August Richards Luke Cage?)

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by Tambay A. Obenson
May 12, 2013 9:32 PM
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There are no black characters in the series starring cast, as you can see in the series' first official cast image above; although, last month, it was announced that Joss Whedon's former Angel cast member, J. August Richards, was re-teaming with the director, to play what was then being referred to as "a super top-secret role" in the S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series.

As you'd expect, fanboys and fangirls immediately started speculating on what that secret role could be. Many believed he was brought in to play a younger Nick Fury, but, again, all conjecture on their part; no confirmation of this.

Why Whedon would want it to be kept under-wraps, especially when we know what roles the other actors are playing, I can't say. 

But maybe after taking a look at the below first trailer for the upcoming series, those of you who are intimately familiar with the S.H.I.E.L.D. universe, will be able to make more certain guesses... maybe.

Might he be Luke Cage?

Right around the 17-second mark, a character who looks like J. August Richards, slams another character onto the ground, from overhead, with what might be super-strength. It's a quick second or two, so don't blink.

The espionage and secret military law-enforcement agency in the Marvel Comics Universe, known as S.H.I.E.L.D, is heading to ABC as a serial, with Joss Whedon, who wrote and directed the big-screen version of The Avengers, shepherding, along with his brother Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen (Dollhouse).

Here's ABC's official synop:

Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) returns to the worldwide law enforcement organization S.H.I.E.L.D. He puts together a small, highly trained, team of Agents to tackle the cases that haven’t been classified yet—the new, the strange and the unknown. That team consists of straight arrow Agent Grant Ward (Brett Dalton), an expert in combat and espionage; pilot and martial artist Agent Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen); and brilliant if socially awkward scientists Agent Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) and Agent Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge). Their initial investigations lead them to civilian computer hacker Skye (Chloe Bennet). Prepare for an epic adventure that showcases the hope and wonder of the human spirit. This is a world of Super Heroes, aliens and the unusual—of action, spectacle and world spanning stories. The show will speak to the human condition through the lens of our very human, non-powered S.H.I.E.L.D agents—that together we are greater than we are apart, and that we can make a difference in the world.

It'll likely be featured during this summer's Comic-Con event. 

No broadcast date and time have been specified by ABC yet, but I'll take a guess and say that they probably have a hit on their hands, fresh from last summer’s box office smash, with the director of that film (Joss Whedon) behind the TV series as well.

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13 Comments

  • mia | May 14, 2013 9:48 AMReply

    no black actors in the cast at all.....so I'll have to pass....

  • starry118 | May 14, 2013 10:49 AM

    Well, it appears there will be one, but yeah ... I think I'll be doing the same ... would have been nice if they could have cast more people of color in some of the primary roles ... I'm tired of the focus being all-White almost all of the time.

  • Frank | May 13, 2013 6:28 PMReply

    J. August Richards is also jumping out of the third-story of a burning building with someone in his arms, so I going to put in my bid for Luke Cage a.k.a. Power Man.

  • ihsanamin | May 13, 2013 12:43 PMReply

    I'm also gonna say that it's Eli Bradley.
    The Marvel Cinematic Universe is not exactly the same as the Marvel Comic Universe, so there's room to tweak and rewrite the lesser characters into the narrative.

  • Caitlin | May 13, 2013 9:59 AMReply

    That is most definitely Luke Cage. I regnize him anywhere in all my years of playing marval Ultimate Alliance. That is most definitely Luke Cage

  • andrew | May 13, 2013 7:27 AMReply

    J. August Richards could be playing Nick Fury Jr. Just a thought

  • andrew | May 13, 2013 11:57 PM

    havent they been crossing a few marvel universes over the course of the marvel movies?

  • Mark | May 13, 2013 12:58 PM

    Nick Fury Jr. appears in the regular Marvel line not the Ultimate or Cinematic universes.

  • Josh | May 12, 2013 10:47 PMReply

    Looks pretty small to be Luke Cage. I was thinking Eli Bradley/Patriot, grandson of the black Captain America.

  • slb | May 12, 2013 11:16 PM

    I'm not a comic book head, so I'm not familiar with that storyline. But if this is in the same universe of the current movies, then there was no Black Captain America for him to be the grandson. I think it's more likely he's Luke Cage. Yeah, he's not big enough to be Luke, but that's the prevailing rumor on the interwebs and it makes sense to me. Espeically considering how secretive Joss Whedon has been with J. August Richards' role.

  • slb | May 12, 2013 10:00 PMReply

    I think it's pretty much "confirmed" he'll play Luke Cage. Glad to see "Gunn" getting a prominent role.

  • Monique A Williams | May 13, 2013 3:55 PM

    Yaaaay! Gunn was my DUDE on Angel! Looking forward to whatever Joss Whedon does with him and the rest of the cast! #fangirl

  • Josh | May 13, 2013 12:08 AM

    Perhaps. But I think Marvel is throwing us a curve like the whole Mandarin fiasco. The only black guy in the spot being Luke Cage is too straight forward for Whedon and company.

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