We still don’t know his name, but now we know his face. Actor Jason O’Mara will be portraying the new Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. when Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns this fall. At the end of last season, fans were shocked to learn that the beloved Agent Phil Coulson had stepped down as director. As the next season approaches, check out this first shot of O’Mara as the new Director:

Looks like wearing suits is part of the Director of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s job description.

Loyal comic fans might know O’Mara as the voice of Batman in DC Comics’ recent series of Original Animated Movies. O’Mara has brought charisma to his portrayal of the animated Dark Knight, and I’m looking forward to seeing him join S.H.I.E.L.D. Still, why did S.H.I.E.L.D. undergo a staffing shakeup? Here’s what we know so far about O’Mara’s character and his role at S.H.I.E.L.D.

Why Does S.H.I.E.L.D. Need a New Director?

In the upcoming season four, S.H.I.E.L.D. is re-legitimized and goes public once more. That’s no simple feat, especially after Hydra took down S.H.I.E.L.D. from the inside back in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. But, ever since before the Battle of New York in The Avengers, the world believes that Coulson is dead. In order to preserve its reputation, S.H.I.E.L.D. needs someone else to be its public face.

So far, ABC hasn’t said much about O’Mara’s character. Yet, unlike Coulson and his fellow agents, the new Director will be gunning hard to take down agent-turned-vigilante Daisy Johnson, a.k.a. Quake. Things aren’t looking good for Daisy.

Quake-for-real-SHIELD

Furthermore, Agent Jemma Simmons will be getting a promotion to Special Advisor to the Director in Science and Technology. That means she’ll be the confidant for the new Director. Will her newly minted boyfriend, Agent Leopold Fitz, and her other friends be able to trust or confide in her? Or will things get intimate between her and the new Director? It looks like FitzSimmons fans are in for another wild ride.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns with the premiere of season four on Tuesday, September 20, in its new 10 P.M. time slot.

James Akinaka
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