Update: Marvel was holding out on their fans. Not only will Hayley Atwell appear as Agent Carter during the September 23rd Season 2 premiere of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., we now know it will be a flashback to the 1940s, and she'll be joined by Captain America: The First Avenger cast members Kenneth Choi and Neal McDonough as Howling Commandos Jim Morita and Dum Dum Dugan, respectively, this according to TV Guide Wednesday, who also have the first image.
TV Guide also reports there is no word yet if either actor will join the cast of 2015's Agent Carter series that will air while Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. goes on a mid-season hiatus.
Original story: Peggy Carter will guest-star on September 23's Season 2 premiere of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. though Marvel hasn’t specified whether it’ll be in flashback to her post-WWII days or in her current-day appearance ala Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
Hayley Atwell – who will of course star in the mid-season substitute series Agent Carter – will be just one of many new faces that’ll debut in the episode, called “Shadows” (written by Jed Whedon & Maurissa Tancharon). It’ll be interesting to see if the program retains its focus on the small ‘Scooby gang’ from Season One or if they’ll expand to a larger ensemble cast in their second year. And interestingly, in Marvel's official announcement they list new addition Nick Blood as Agent Lance Hunter twice, once with the main cast and again with the guest-starring cast.
Here’s Marvel’s official description of the episode along with the cast list:
"Shadows" - Coulson and his team are now wanted fugitives with limited resources--but that's not stopping them from keeping the world safe from powerful and unseen threats everywhere. However, with new members they hardly know, will S.H.I.E.L.D. ever be trusted again? "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. stars Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson, Ming-Na Wen as Agent Melinda May, Brett Dalton as Grant Ward, Chloe Bennet as Skye, Iain De Caestecker as Agent Leo Fitz, Elizabeth Henstridge as Agent Jemma Simmons and Nick Blood as Lance Hunter.
“Guest starring are B.J. Britt as Agent Antoine Triplett, Nick Blood as Agent Lance Hunter, Adrian Pasdar as Brigadier General Glenn Talbot, Henry Simmons as Alphonso "Mack" Mackenzie, Patton Oswalt as Agent Billy Koenig, Lucy Lawless as Isabelle "Izzy" Hartley, Wilmer Calderon as Idaho, Reed Diamond as Daniel Whitehall, Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter, Brian Patrick Wade as Carl Creel, Matthew Glave as Roger Browning, Simon Kassianides as Sunil Bakshi, George Stephanopoulos as self, Raquel Gardner as Carla Talbot, Ben Turner Nixon as Hydra Officer, Franco Vega as Military Leader, Rich Ceraulo as Soldier #1, and JB Tadena as Private Tilden.”
SPECTRE On TV: JIM CORRIGAN Cast For CONSTANTINE
NBC's upcoming Constantine series has cast Irish actor Emmett Scanlan in the part of Det. Jim Corrigan — a character right out of DC comics.
In the DC Universe, Corrigan eventually dies and becomes the costumed character The Spectre, who is stuck in afterlife limbo, hunting down criminals on earth and enacting spiritual revenge upon them. And according to past statements from the show's creators, Corrigan's role on the show could lead to the introduction of The Spectre on television — and maybe even to a The Spectre TV show.
Scanlan is known to U.K. audiences for roles on BBC's Atlantis and The Fall, but also appeared in another comics-related project when he played a riot guard in Guardians of the Galaxy.
Corrigan's appearance on Constantine was previously hinted about by series writers Daniel Cerone, who told IGN:
"Within the context of episode five, we had a need for a police officer who sees that supernatural evils exist. Right there, okay, that’s an opportunity to introduce a DC character. So we talked to our DC representatives and we’re like what if we make this character Jim Corrigan, who goes on the become The Spectre.
"For those who don’t know, Jim Corrigan is a police officer who kind of takes the law into his own hands… he ends up dying and is reincarnated as The Spectre. So it’s a perfect opportunity for us, because we can name this character Jim Corrigan and within our story, for the general viewer, that works, because now Constantine has a friend on the force. For the comic book fan, 'My god, that’s Jim Corrigan!' And we can get back to that character and can slowly develop that character and who knows? Maybe there’s an opportunity in the future to even see the origin story unfold within the framework of our TV series.
"It creates opportunities and creatively you just have to go in and lay that groundwork in and try and let it unfold naturally."
Screenwriter and producer David Goyer has also insinuated that DC characters introduced on Constantine have the potential to spin-off into their own series. The Spectre had previously been in development at Fox (in 2011), but Goyer has indicated that the Constantine series now has access to the "whole occult world of DC."
Constantine debuts on October 24 on NBC.