I’ve been a big fan of Amy Acker ever since she played Winifred (Fred) Burkle on Joss Whedon’s Angel. She’s since gone on to play roles in Whedon’s Dollhouse and Much Ado About Nothing as well as CBS’ Person of Interest. Any time she shows up in a TV show or movie, I tend to watch it. So it is very exciting that she is set to join the Marvel universe in an upcoming episode of ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as Audrey, the “cellist” and love of Coulson’s life first mentioned in The Avengers. In the episode that airs on April 22nd, Audrey believes Coulson to be dead after the events in New York and has no idea that he’s guarding her from a distance as a super-powered threat from her past re-emerges.
While I was hoping to see Acker win a role in Whedon’s Avengers movies, I’m happy to see her play the love interest of Agent Coulson, who is easily my favorite character on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. My hope is that, even though Acker is slated to appear in this one episode, the show’s writers plant some seeds for her return as a recurring character. Acker even confirms this notion in a recent interview, “It seems like these two people (Coulson and Audrey) are meant to be together and their story hasn’t really been told. The way that it ends in this episode, it seems like there’s a glimmer of hope that they may be together again or something like that. I feel like it’s sort of destiny for their paths to cross in some way.”
I’m a casual fan of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The show has some issues and definitely has some room for improvement but I’m really interested in seeing how the rest of the first season plays out as it sounds like the Marvel Cinematic Universe will have a much bigger impact on the events of the show. And now, with the addition of Amy Acker and the potential for her character to reappear on the series, the show just got a little more interesting.
by Ben McBride
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