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Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Casts Lance Hunter — Is S.T.R.I.K.E. Coming? Plus: Details on Lucy Lawless' Role

Agents of SHIELD Season 2

Is S.H.I.E.L.D. destined to meet S.T.R.I.K.E.?

It was announced on Friday at the San Diego Comic-Con panel for ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. that the role of Lance Hunter has been cast for Season 2, to be played by British actor Nick Blood.

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Hunter, per Marvel comic lore, has served as director of S.T.R.I.K.E. (Special Tactical Reserve for International Key Emergencies), a sort of across-the-pond version of S.H.I.E.L.D. Executive producer Jeffrey Bell however described Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s take on the character as a “mercenary” Coulson meets “who comes in and helps the team.”

Again per lore, Hunter counts among his acquaintances S.H.I.E.L.D.’s British liaison, Comtessa Allegra de Fontaine — whom some of you out there suspected-slash-hoped Lucy Lawless would be playing. But it was announced at Comic-Con that Lawless instead is playing Isabel Hartly, a veteran S.H.I.E.L.D. agent. “She’s tough,” said EP Maurissa Tancharoen. “She may have a knife that’s always by her side.”

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Blood’s TV credits include ITV’s The Bletchley Circle (where he played detective constable Ben Gladstone ), the Sky1 sitcom Trollied and BBC Three’s Him & Her.

The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. launch their sophomore mission on Tuesday, Sept. 23, now airing at 9/8c.