‘Agents of SHIELD’ Confirms Jason O’Mara Character’s Identity

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October 4th, 2016

There were plenty of hints dropped about just who the new director is on Agents of SHIELD. Comic book fans were feverishly examining all of the characters that originated in Marvel comics in the 1940s when that particular hint was given, but the character’s first name was revealed when Jason O’Mara debuted in episode two this season. In a new image for the show, his full name has been revealed.

ABC added a portrait of O’Mara in character as the SHIELD director to their cast gallery for the season along with the label of “Jeffrey Mace” attached to it.

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Following his debut in episode two where former director Coulson (Clark Gregg) called him “Jeffrey,” there were plenty of fans who believed the character was a possibility, but he wasn’t the only Jeffrey in the 1940s comic book era, so there was still some wiggle room.

Producers went a step further when the image was released and confirmed his identity to Entertainment Weekly where Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen said in a statement, “We are excited to have the Patriot joining our show, a character who has existed in Marvel Comics for 70 years. Jason O’Mara brings a perfect balance of charm, mystery, heroism  and humor.”

In case you missed our explanation of just who that character is in last week’s review, Jeffrey Mace was a man who made his comic book debut while Captain America was fighting Nazis in World War II. So inspired by the heroic acts of Cap, he became a vigilante, taking on bad guys in America. He would also take up the name Patriot and model his costume after Cap’s. Eventually, he was one of the heroes called on to help rescue Captain America and several others when they were captured and would become the third character in the comic books to take up the Captain America mantle.

The show, however, did throw audiences a curve ball by revealing late in episode two that he was an Inhuman. The character has never been revealed as an Inhuman in the comics, and wouldn’t have been when he debuted since Inhumans didn’t begin making their mark on Marvel for nearly 20 years after Jeffrey Mace was first introduced.

In other Agents of SHIELD news, ABC has also shared that episode four of the season, called “Let Me Stand Next to Your Fire,” will feature a showdown between Ghost Rider (Gabriel Luna) and SHIELD. Interestingly, the episode breakdown also features casting information for Eli Morrow, who will be played by Jose Zuniga.

Comic book fans will recognize that name as the ghostly figure who was possessing the car that allowed Robbie Reyes to become Ghost Rider in the comics. That, of course, doesn’t necessarily mean the show will go the same route, but it will be interesting to see how the writers decide to put their own spin on his story.

The Watchdogs, an anti-Inhuman group, will also return for the episode and Kerr Smith will guest star.

Sorry, Marvel fans. There’s no new Agents of SHIELD tonight as ABC will air a Vice Presidential Debate instead. The series will return next week with “Uprising” at 10PM on Tuesday.