Lucy Lawless & Cobie Smulders Coming to ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’; Hayley Atwell Back in ‘Age of Ultron’

By July 22, 2014

Here’s a batch of Marvel news for you before this Saturday’s big Comic-Con panel reveal.

TV Guide reports that “Xena” actress Lucy Lawless will be playing a mysterious role in the upcoming second season of Marvel’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” At this point, no details whatsoever are available regarding who she’ll be playing, so let the rampant speculation begin! Will she don warrior armor once again as an Asgardian and a little nod to her fantasy series past, or suit up as a more traditional Earthling? I have no idea, but as long as it doesn’t screw up her schedule playing Ron Swanson’s love interest on “Parks and Recreation,” I’m down for whatever Marvel has in mind.

Cobie Smulders

Next up, E! confirms that Cobie Smulders will return to “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” before her appearance in Avengers: Age of Ultron, reprising her role as Agent Maria Hill. Again, there are no further details with that, but considering how jacked up S.H.I.E.L.D. is in the wake of (spoiler alert) the whole Hydra fiasco, we’re guessing she’ll pop up as a full-time Stark Industries employee.

Agent Carter

And finally, EW reports that Hayley Atwell will be making an appearance in Avengers: Age of Ultron. This is sort of surprising, considering the fact that the last time we saw her, she was in old lady makeup in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but I guess that’s not stopping Joss Whedon. The full quotes aren’t officially online yet (I got them from The Playlist), but Atwell reportedly told the outlet, “We went out drinking one night and he was like, ‘You know, it would be great to write something for you. And I was like, ‘Yes, Joss, it would! It would be amazing!’” No word yet on exactly how she’ll show up, but a standard Captain America flashback seems way too boring for Whedon; I’d guess that it’s going to be have something to do with Scarlet Witch, who can use her mind powers to get inside the heads of the Avengers. That’s just speculation, but we’ll see how it goes down when Age of Ultron hits theaters in May of next year. Until then, Atwell will be reprising her role as Agent Carter on the new ABC series.


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