Henry Simmons

Henry Simmons plays Alphonso MacKenzie

Kyle MacLachlan

Kyle MacLachlan plays Skye’s mysterious father

By Nur Hussein, staff writer

There’s a flurry of casting news for Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. today, as Henry Simmons and Kyle MacLachlan have been announced to join the cast of the ABC’s show set in the Marvel cinematic universe.

Simmons will be playing the role of Alphonso “Mack” Mackenzie, a character inspired by Al MacKenzie, a minor S.H.I.E.L.D. operative in Marvel Comics. In the comics, the character is a C.I.A. liason, but in the series he has been described as a mechanic (perhaps he gets a promotion later).

Meanwhile, MacLachlan, famous for his role in Twin Peaks, is also joining the cast as Skye’s mysterious father. At the end of season one, we were teased with an obscured shot of the character, which was described as “a monster”. Speculation was rife that perhaps Skye and her birth family were aliens, or maybe even inhumans. MacLachlan’s character is enigmatically called The Doctor.

The season 2 roster now also includes new additions Nick Blood, Reed Diamond and Lucy Lawless. Blood will play Lance Hunter, described by executive producer Maurissa Tancharoen as a “mercenary”. The character seems to be another departure from the comics, as the original Lance Hunter was depicted as the director of S.T.R.I.K.E, the British version of S.H.I.E.L.D. Diamond will be the Hydra agent Daniel Whitehall, or Kraken, as he is known in the comics. Lawless’s character is named Isabel Hartley, but there is no known counterpart by that name in the comics so she may be an original character.

Apart from those reveals, we also know that Bobbi Morse, also known as the superheroine Mockingbird, will appear in the series. This was announced at San Diego Comic-Con recently, but the casting for that role has still not been revealed. In the comics, Mockingbird is a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who is an expert fighter and spy, and was injected with a variant of Captain America’s super soldier serum as a life-saving measure, which gave her enhanced physical prowess. It remains to be seen if the TV version of Mockingbird follows this same path.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 2 will premiere this September 23rd.

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