J. August Richards On His Character In AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.

Semi-humorous interview with J. August Richards for Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. where he addresses fan speculation and discusses working with Joss Whedon. Richards also says Marvel believes in 'color blind' casting. Make of that what you will.

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"[Marvel] very much believes in color blind casting," says J. August Richards. "You can read into that if you like," he continued. Two characters repeatedly brought up in discussions about Richards' character are Luke Cage and New Warrior member Rage. Cage is already ruled out according to one of the show's executive producers but talk of Rage has been gaining momentum. However, it looks like fans should expand their casting choices.

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Despite all the chatter about resurrecting Buffy or Firefly, J. August Richards doesn't think there's a chance for the same to happen with Angel although he caveats that statement with the disclaimer that he's not the person to ask.

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Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Marvel’s first television series, is from executive producers Joss Whedon (Marvel's The Avengers, Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Jed Whedon & Maurissa Tancharoen, who co-wrote the pilot (Dollhouse, Dr.Horrible's Sing-Along Blog). Jeffrey Bell (Angel, Alias) and Jeph Loeb (Smallville, Lost, Heroes) also serve as executive producers. Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is produced by ABC Studios and Marvel Television."
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SCOURGE - 6/6/2013, 10:30 AM
Transcript please?
Gmoney84 - 6/6/2013, 10:30 AM
So, he's playing Catwoman...interesting.
Sophisticated - 6/6/2013, 10:30 AM
Now, I don't see color. People tell me I'm white and I believe them because police officers call me "sir".
AsgardianHobo - 6/6/2013, 10:36 AM
Let more speculation begin...
crazycharliemma - 6/6/2013, 10:38 AM
my guess is Eli Bradley
fortycals - 6/6/2013, 10:38 AM
Been saying not to limit speculation to just black characters.
rkshuttleworth - 6/6/2013, 10:41 AM
Do you mean one day we will see Marvel promoting an Asian Captain America, an East Indian Thor, a North American Indian Incredible Hulk . . .
ParisSun - 6/6/2013, 10:43 AM
So, he's Wonder Man.
Spiderpimp - 6/6/2013, 10:49 AM
So can i get a white guy for black panther?
Spiderpimp - 6/6/2013, 10:50 AM
how about an asian hulk too?
darkspark - 6/6/2013, 10:55 AM
He's She Hulk
BritishKnight - 6/6/2013, 10:58 AM
@Spiderpimp

Bruce Banner is only white by default, his race isn't a defining characteristic. That characters race has no effect on the story.

Black Panther's race and national origin are defining characteristics. It's a completely different situation.
ruadh - 6/6/2013, 11:03 AM
@BritishKnight
It also has no affect on the story.
darkspark - 6/6/2013, 11:14 AM
He is the black knight?
darkspark - 6/6/2013, 11:15 AM
The Blue Marvel!
AsgardianHobo - 6/6/2013, 11:46 AM
I didnt see any comments by a "DC FAN BOY".......

btw, your capslock button is stuck
Joementum - 6/6/2013, 12:00 PM
Starting to think the new "Mighty" Power Man.

But my real hope is Wendell Vaughn with project Pegasus implanted tech.
DemonBowler - 6/6/2013, 12:29 PM
I think it is Wendell Vaughn. SHIELD agent and power bands (the alien tech on his arms in the trailer) and expands the marvel intergalactic universe.
Optimus83 - 6/6/2013, 12:31 PM
I think is Eli Bradley. ...
AlexanderLykins - 6/6/2013, 12:32 PM
Don't like this at all. I'm not racist, I just don't believe that you should change he race or the nationality of a character that has a certain history. I will say that if he is only a minor hero then it will sting a little less.
fortycals - 6/6/2013, 12:41 PM
Damn I can't wait for stiltman, grizzly, and Dr. Bong to make an appearence. I like the wendell idea, but he would be hell on a budget if done right. We should think more low budget powersets like invulnerability, strenght, and non cgi need powers.
Yankees27 - 6/6/2013, 12:48 PM
if they wher smart they would use Starfox....Thanos Brother
mctrinket - 6/6/2013, 1:05 PM
The character is shown to have super speed, strength, and durability...so factor all those in.
TheSisko - 6/6/2013, 2:13 PM
humm.... J August Richards character has enhanced strength, speed, durability and a wrist mounted devise. Also it is highly probable he is not playing a tradtional black character...so Mar-vell, maybe?
Joementum - 6/6/2013, 2:18 PM
Mar-Vell???
Wait just a freaking sec no way is he Kree.

But could he be Rick Jones ?
sameoldthing - 6/6/2013, 3:05 PM
Just to make it clear...HE'S PLAYING A CHARACTER WHO IS NOT BLACK IN THE COMICS.
rkshuttleworth - 6/6/2013, 3:34 PM
@SuperJagerNaut - My comment isn't about trolling and I am a fan of both Marvel and DC - it's about Marvel changing its characters backgrounds. If Marvel (or DC) really wants to do something significant about race, create some more major heroes from different racial backgrounds. I am pretty sure if there was a universe with superheroes in it that the powers would not just show up in the good ole' U. S. of A.
rkshuttleworth - 6/6/2013, 3:41 PM
That was one of the things I appreciated about the show Heroes now that I think of it.
SWelch - 6/6/2013, 7:44 PM
@DemonBowler That would cool if it is Wendall Vaughn.
Spiderpimp - 6/6/2013, 9:14 PM
@BritishKnight

I have read almost every black panther comic. I know he cannot be white. Learn sarcasm
m0th3r - 6/7/2013, 12:15 AM
@rkshuttleworth 100% agree...changing race to met demographic pressure seems cheap. Its just the easy path, instead of actual creativity... :)
fortycals - 6/7/2013, 7:54 AM
He could be a loose translation of gauntlet, from AI.
Jer3miah - 6/7/2013, 8:27 AM
He's playing the character "Rage", i believe.

And what a farce -- Marvel believes in "color blind casting"? Lol, he is certainly on the dick ride with them.
HugeCapfan - 6/7/2013, 1:37 PM
Give him a Triangular shield and he's Battlestar (Not Battlestar Galactica), that one time partner of John Walker, Captain America, who is now the USAgent.

He worked for Silver Sable, then hurt his back during the Civil war fiasco, escaped that Negative zone prison, and that's where I lost track of him.

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