If ABC and Marvel decide to move forward on that Agent Carter TV series, there’s one actor who wants in on the action. In an interview with IGN, Neal McDonough, Dum Dum Dugan from Captain America: The First Avenger, expressed his interest on returning to the role in a future TV series or movie. He’s even going to have some chats with some of the higher-ups at Marvel.
I’ll be going into the office next week and take a peek at it with the guys, ’cause they were talking about… I mean what a perfect series this would be. You’ve got S.H.I.E.L.D. on now, and this would be like a 1940s S.H.I.E.L.D. It’s pretty great stuff. I would love to do it. Dum Dum’s one of my favorite characters I’ve ever played. He’s just so much fun. You know he’s just another barrel-chested, beer drinking, good guy. And I really like that. I’d have to go gain 20 pounds again. But, hey, what are you gonna do?
McDonough has also been doing his own research on the character and has ideas on how Dugan could be brought back for a modern-day story.
I learned about that! Nick Fury took a super serum [in the comics] and he got shot and the blood got onto Dum Dum. Then he was frozen in the ’60s in a river when his wife and kid were killed, and he was woken up in the ’70s or something, and Nick Fury was there to tell him the news, which just rocked his world. But he was still 40-something-years-old. He aged quicker than Nick but slower than all human beings, so he’s still around. He’s still there. So I’m praying that Dum Dum comes around somewhere soon because everyone loved Dum Dum and I love playing him.
I’ve got to hand it to McDonough, he’s really passionate about the character. Any actor can play a role, but to actually take the time to learn about the character even when you’re not playing him anymore is really cool. As for reappearing, I think Dugan would be best suited for the Agent Carter TV series. If Peggy Carter ends up leading her own little group of agents like Coulson does with the modern day Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. team, Dugan would make a great second-in-command.
I wouldn’t mind if Dugan appeared in a movie, but I think it might makes things a bit too contrived. We already have Steve Rogers awakening after being frozen for over 70 years, and I assume eventually we’ll learn in the movies that Nick Fury has been taking the Infinity Formula to slow his aging. Unless the Infinity Formula ends up being another World War II project like Project: Rebirth where many soldiers had it tested on them, I don’t think we need another slow-aging character appearing, especially since Bucky’s already covering that front with Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Nah, keep Dugan in a period piece where he can really shine.