The Howling Commandos Join Peggy Carter On AGENTS OF SHIELD

As we learned Monday, the Agents of SHIELD season 2 premiere won’t just be introducing a plethora of new faces; there will also be a blast from the past in the form of Haley Atwell guest-starring as British spy extraordinaire Peggy Carter. Well, now it turns out she won’t be the only old-school character stopping by. TV Guide has released the first official image of Carter in action in this SHIELD episode, which also features some old friends from Captain America: The First Avenger.


That’s right, Dum Dum Dugan and Jim Morita appear alongside Carter in this 1940s era flashback. Dugan, played by Neal McDonough, also cameoed in the Agent Carter One-Shot, while Morita, played by Kenneth Choi, has only appeared in The First Avenger. No word yet on whether the other Howling Commandos will appear, but it’s nonetheless good to see Dugan and Morita back in business. I always perk up whenever I see that iconic bowler hat.

While the article didn’t go into specifics on why Carter and her pals are appearing in Agents of SHIELD, executive producer Jed Whedon did say that Carter’s time with the Strategic Scientific Reserve is similar to Phil Coulson’s mission to rebuild SHIELD from the ground up; the same organization that Carter helped form.

Coulson is a big student of history and wants to return to those old ideals of Agent Carter’s time. He’s, like, ‘Let’s be the S.H.I.E.L.D. we were meant to be!’ He wants to do the job right this time.

It looks like this flashback will either take place during the events of The First Avenger or sometime after the movie, but before the end of World War II. I speculated in my previous article that Coulson would look to the past for help in stopping this episode’s bad guy: Crusher Creel, better known in the comics as the Absorbing Man. That remains to be seen, but whatever threat Carter and guys are dealing with, it clearly requires some heavy-duty military gear.


This also may be another hint from that the Howling Commandos, or at least a few of them, may play a role in the upcoming Agent Carter TV series. Aside from Carter herself and Howard Stark, no other established Marvel Cinematic Universe characters have been announced for the show (although we will meet the original Edwin Jarvis). At the very least I’d like to see McDonough in the main cast, especially since he and Stark were so chummy at the end of the Agent Carter One-Shot. With the series airing in January, expect to find out one way or the other whether the Commandos will be along for the ride in the coming months.