Who is Edward James Olmos playing on Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.?

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Dec 18, 2018, 11:00 PM EST (Updated)

Since we heard that Battlestar Galactica’s great Adm. William (Bill, for his intimates) Adama himself — actor Edward James Olmos — had been cast on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., we've been curious as to what part he would play in the Marvel universe. At the time of his casting, everyone remained coy, not letting us know how many episodes the actor would be in or even whether he’d be a hero or a villain. The only thing they offered was that his name was Robert Gonzales (the name doesn't seem to be established in the Marvel universe) and that his character would have “massive repercussions” for Agent Director Coulson and the rest of the team.  

In a recent interview with Comic Book Resources, Olmos himself remained mum about whom Gonzales was, but he did offer this very cryptic tease about his mysterious AoS character:

“Well, I'll just put it to you this way: When he smiles, the whole world smiles with him.”

He also revealed how long his story arc would be on the show:

“They offered me a very great arc, in respect to what it does. It's a short arc. It's only about between three to five/six shows. I don't know how long it'll take them to do it. It's really a lot of fun.”

Olmos also confirmed that he worked with most of the AoS cast, saying:

“I'm working with everyone. I can't really say too much about him, because they already told me what not to do. [Laughs]

Basically though, us being there really pushes it up and over. The realities are very strong, and storylines are very dark. That's what makes Marvel, I think, really quite interesting. The heroes all have a flaw, and they all end up pulling through. But you can never tell -- they might flip at any moment and become something you weren't expecting. And I like that. Iron Man is probably the best. And the Hulk. The Hulk became very interesting. Even to this day, we talk about him on the show.”

Right, all of this is very intriguing, but just who in the heck could this Gonzales dude turn out to be? Considering that Mike Peterson turned out to be Deathlock, that Kyle MacLachlan’s “the Doctor” is actually Mister Hyde and that his daughter Skye (who was to all intents and purposes — or so we thought — a brand-new character) was revealed to be well-established Marvel character Daisy Johnson, aka Quake (albeit as an Inhuman rather than a mutant), we can expect this Robert Gonzales turning out to be another Marvel character, right?

There are a few interesting fan theories out there (with all of them pointing to Olmos as playing a villain), and here are the top two. (Seriously, maybe he just plays a really, really nice guy who likes to show his pearly whites. Right?)

1 – Purple Man, real name Zebediah Killgrave: The Marvel character, who possesses mind-control powers, was first introduced in Daredevil and served as a villain to the Man Without Fear before causing trouble (that's putting it mildly) for Jessica Jones and her hubby Luke Cage. In fact, Killgrave was a super abusive creep who became a rapist. Since all these characters (Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage) will have their own shows on Netflix this year, could the character of Purple Man be first introduced on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and serve as a bridge between the Marvel TV shows? It would definitely be a nice crossover opportunity for ABC and Netflix, and would make Marvel fans happy, especially considering the fact that Purple Man has just been rumored to be the main villain on Jessica Jones. But we have a hard time imagining Olmos in the truly creepy, abusive role — even though we know he’s a terrific actor. However, he would definitely have "massive repercussions" on our beloved agents.

2 – Ringmaster, real name Maynard Tiboldt: Ringmaster is yet another Marvel supervillain who made his first appearance in Hulk # 3 before being a pain in the ass for Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, aka the Avengers. He owned a circus and had a mind-control device (in the classic comics, it was a swirling disc in his ringmaster hat before he had special hypnotic disks surgically implanted into his eyes) with which to control people. Ringmaster could make you smile with his hypnotic powers. “When he smiles, the whole world smiles with him.” Need we say more? We actually think this character would make a lot more sense in the world of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. than Purple Man would. Plus, we'd totally dig Olmos in the role.


What do you think? Do you have your own theory as to whom Edward James Olmos could be playing on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.EL.D.?

(Comic Book Resources via Comic Book Movie)