So, Is Luke Cage In Agents Of SHIELD? We Have An Official Answer

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Much sport was had on Sunday, trying to deduce who exactly J. August Richards is playing in Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD. There wasn’t much footage of his character in the first trailer, and little more in the second, but guesses were flying around in thick swarms.

And the guess with the most sting was Luke Cage.

So, is that right? Is Richards playing Cage in the show?

IGN got to speak to Jeffrey Bell, the Angel alum who has reunited with Joss Whedon for this new Marvel series, and he made it pretty darn clear:

[Richards is] so good, because we were looking for this character… I almost said his name. It’s not the one people are talking about.

The interviewer forward, explicitly referencing Cage, so Bell stressed:

I’m going to say that’s an interesting Marvel character, but no.

Later, there was a bit more straightening out done and Bell was asked if the character comes from comics. He wouldn’t give an open and definite answer, instead saying:

You know, not necessarily. I mean, we’re going to draw from it, but Marvel has its thing, and we’re also going to be expanding forward, and this world is different since The Avengers. So I think there will be people showing up, some from the Marvel Universe and some not. But to commit to anything more would be telling.

I think, then, that this actually is a character from the comics. It seems to run through everything Bell said. His comments “we were looking for this character” and “anything more would be telling” don’t seem one half as likely to apply or come to mind if this was an original creation.

There’s another clue to his identity too. I trimmed it out of the transcript above because, really, it’s open to misinterpretation but, when Bell almost said the character’s name, IGN believe he may have been making an “M” sound.

They’re cautious, warning that it may have been some kind of hmmm, but there actually does seem like a good chance this character, first of all, comes from the comics and secondly, has a name beginning with M.

But… even still… I’m… drawing…. a blank. I look forward to you guys cracking this one for me. Who is it?

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