After dabbling in the Thor universe this season, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is gearing up to introduce a classic Hulk villain to the small screen — and he’ll be played by a familiar face for sci-fi fans.
Heroes alum Adrian Pasdar (Nathan Patrelli) has signed on to portray Glenn Talbot, the man who spent years hunting the Incredible Hulk in the comics. The character was introduced in 1964, and has been a recurring player in the Hulk comics as a close confidant for General Thaddeus Ross.
For Pasdar, it’s a natural move. The guy has been a stalwart in Marvel’s animated wheelhouse, with roles in everything from Black Panther, to Iron Man, Ultimate Spider-Man and Hulk and the Agents of S.MA.S.H. He also has a role in Amazon’s newly picked-up sci-fi series The After, from X-Files mastermind Chris Carter.
Pasdar also conducted a nice announcement interview with Marvel, and recounted when he first got word about the role. Not surprisingly, he’s been reading a lot of comics the past few weeks:
“I did my research that I [normally] do which is pretty in-depth and obviously pretty easy to do with a character like this. The best part of the whole thing is that I was actually in Toys’R’Us with my nine-year old in Times Square. We were in New York for the Super Bowl, and that’s when I got a call from Jeph. [My son] heard me very patiently talk to Jeph and as soon as I hung up, my little boy Beckett said, ‘What’s the job, Dad? What’s the job?’ and I said, ‘Well, do you know Colonel Talbot?’ and he said, ‘Glenn Talbot? Yeah, everybody does.” I said, “Well, they asked me to play him.’ He said, ‘Well, dad. Here’s what we gotta do. We gotta go to Midtown Comics right away because you know the guy on the second floor with the beard?” I said, ‘Yeah.’ ‘We’ve gotta find him and ask him what he thinks and his questions. He’ll help you out.’”
No word on exactly which episode Pasdar will be in, though it’ll obviously be pretty late in the season. To give us a peek at what they’re cooking up, Marvel has already reveals the first pic of the actor in character. Don’t worry, comic fans — he does have the mustache, and it is glorious.
How do you think Talbot will be used in the series? Could this possibly lay some groundwork for a future Hulk appearance?