One of the big announcements at the Marvel Television Presentation at San Diego Comic-Con this year was that Lucy Lawless was joining the cast of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Unfortunately for them, the news broke three days before the event, so the announcement was sort of hilariously lackluster. After a big set up, executive producer Maurissa Tancharoen had to say, “I can confirm that Lucy Lawless is joining the show…” But the news is still pretty exciting, or at least as exciting as anything related to the tepid Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. can be. Lawless plays Agent Isabelle Hartley, and we have our first look at her in the season premiere. She looks… like an employee of a government agency. She definitely either works for S.H.I.E.L.D. or for the DMV.
Okay, so the picture doesn’t tell us much. But one thing we know about Lawless is she always finds a way to kick ass, whether she’s a warrior princess or a school principal in Pawnee, and even though Marvel released a photo where she looks like a harried working mother, her particular brand of badass is bound to shine through once she’s actually on our screens. Unlike some of the other new additions to the series, Lawless is playing an original character, so we don’t know anything about her. I kind of hope she’s a villain, or at least an antagonist. Who do you think she’s going to be?