It is practically tradition in the Marvel Cinematic Universe that every time a new actor is cast in a movie or TV series within the vast expanse of the MCU that there is rampant speculation about the character.
A good chunk of the time, the character turns out to have some tie to the Marvel comics. For example, Agents of SHIELD has Mike Peterson becoming Deathlok, Skye’s father being Mister Hyde, and Skye herself being Quake.
So basically, it’s a big surprise when Battlestar Galactica vet, Edward James Olmos, joined the cast that fans wondered who he would be playing on the show. More importantly, does he have a comic counterpart that he will draw reference from?
Now to be fair, just because a character shares a name with someone in the comics doesn’t mean that the personality from the comics will stay in tact. Robert Redford’s character from Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Alexander Pierce was totally different in comics. Same goes for Shea Whigham’s character on Agent Carter, Roger Dooley who is a total creep in the comics.
Basically what I’m saying is that there is a lot of room and leeway either way on the character spectrum.
So what do we know about Olmos’ character? He’s playing someone named Robert Gonzalez.
And that’s pretty much it. It sounds like if Olmos is an established Marvel character, then we’ll find out who at a later date.
In an interview with ComicBookResources.com, Olmos gave some cryptic clues as to his new role.
About how long his character would be on, Olmos said: “They offered me a very great arc, in respect to what it does. It’s a short arc. It’s only about between three to five/six shows. I don’t know how long it’ll take them to do it.”
A lifetime Marvel fan, Olmos was just thrilled to hear from them at all. The call had come “out of the blue” but man that would be a call any Marvelite would want!
About Robert Gonzalez, Olmos just had a very cryptic thing to say: “When he smiles, the whole world smiles with him.”
Well that doesn’t sound totally creepy at all.
Agents of SHIELD will return in March, after Agent Carter wraps up its run.
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