The true identity of the new director for S.H.I.E.L.D on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D (AoS) has been revealed, Entertaiment Weekly reports. For the show's fourth season, S.H.I.E.L.D. got a brand new organization director named Jefferey Mace. It has been revealed this character is based off the Marvel Comics hero, Patriot.
Patriot debuted in 1941, first appearing in The Human Torch #4. He was a Daily Bugle reporter who was so inspired by Captain America he became the hero Patriot, despite having no superpowers of his own. Mace even took up the Captain America identity at one point, after the hero disappeared.
While Patriot has no powers in the comics, on the show he's a Inhuman with super strength and invunerabilty. The character, played by actor Jason O' Mara, was suggested as the new director by Phil Coulson himself. Coulson felt it was important for S.H.I.E.L.D to be led by a trustworthy superpowered person, after Captain America's actions in Civil War had led the public to be suspicious of heroes with superpowers.
AoS executive producers Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen voiced their support of the character's addition to the show. "We are excited to have the Patriot joining our show, a character who has existed in Marvel Comics for 70 years. Jason O'Mara brings a perfect balance of charm, mystery, heroism and humor."
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D airs on ABC at 10 P.M. Eastern Time on Tuesdays.
It will be interesting to see what role Patriot plays in the upcoming episodes. What do you think of the addition? Are you looking forward to more Patriot?