Whedon Favorites We Want to See on ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D’

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Marvel magnate (and nerd king) Joss Whedon is known for his habit of reusing his favorite actors. With his popular new drama, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D lighting up primetime, we’re looking forward to seeing some familiar faces. Firefly alum Ron Glass already made an appearance in the pilot; now who else?

Nathan Fillion

A Whedon favorite if there ever was one. He played the ruggedly handsome Mal on Firefly and the also-ruggedly-handsome, but much-less-intelligent Captain Hammer in Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, and the similarly dim-witted Dogberry in Much Ado About Nothing. I’d love to see him put his stupid cap back on for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – maybe he could play an old flame of Agent May’s? That’s mostly because I want to see him and Ming-Na Wen sharing screentime.

Gina Torres

And speaking of Firefly – come on, we already know that Gina Torres makes a literally kick-ass action hero from her stint as Zoë Washburne. She might not make the best field agent, because of some overlap with existing character, Agent May – both are utterly unshakable women-of-few-words that know to get things done. She would make an excellent villain, though: maybe she could be part of the mysterious Project Centipede. 

Fran Kranz

Fran Kranz is probably best known for playing the socially-challenged super-genius Topher Brink on the short-lived Dollhouse, and he recently appeared in Whedon-helmed projects Cabin in the Woods, and Much Ado About Nothing. He was brilliant as the oft-unlikable Claudio in Much Ado, and his portrayal of consummate stoner Marty was downright awesome. He could fill pretty much any shoes on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (though unfortunately, the tech-speaking über-nerd role has already been doubly filled by Agent Fitz and Agent Simmons).

And while we’re bringing back Fran Kranz, can we also invite Summer Glau to the party? Topher Brink and Bennett Halverson deserve a second chance at love.

Eliza Dushku

She’s a slamdunk for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, right? We’ve seen her as bad-ass (yet slightly evil) Faith on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and as equally bad-ass (and decidedly less evil) Echo on Dollhouse. Though, like Gina Torres, her Whedonverse characters share a lot in common with Skye – it’s that quippy, devil-may-care attitude and awesome hair. Maybe she could play a double agent who befriends Skye then betrays her, thus double-agenting the (kind of) double agent! 

Honorable mentions:

Alan Tudyk – possibly one of the funniest people in the history of ever

Sarah Michelle Gellar, if she’s not too busy on The Crazy Ones

Nicholas Brendon – where has he been??