Blastr has a Tuesday story that season two of “Marvel: Agents of S.H.E.I.LD.” will add Lucy Lawless to the cast as a reoccurring character. The actual identity of the character has been kept a closely guarded secret. However rumor has it that she will appear as “Mary Maloney” who is described as “as a highly skilled agent who can command any room (and boasts effortless sex appeal.” Whether she will be an agent of S.H.E.I.L.D. or of Hydra or some other group remains to be seen.
Lawless, a native of New Zealand, first gained world-wide fame in the role of “Xena: Warrior Princess” a role that was created as a villain in the 1990s era TV show “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys.” The character proved to be so popular that she got her own show in which she fought monsters, gods, demons, and other evil doers in the ancient Greece of legend. She was noted for her athletic fighting style and her smoldering and ambiguous sexuality.
Lawless went on to appear in two other major TV series. In the reboot of “Battlestar: Galactica” she was D’Anna, a deadly Cylon leader dedicated to the extermination of the human race. In “Spartacus: Gods of the Arena” she was Lucretia, the politically ambitious wife of the owner of the gladiator school where the iconic rebel gladiator first trained.
“Marvel: Agents of S.H.E.I.LD.” has undergone a format change for its second season. After the revelation that the super secret, high tech spy agency had been infiltrated by another super, secret, high tech and evil spy group called Hydra, the show’s characters, led by Agent Coulson, have been forced to go rogue and try to rebuild their agency’s reputation and strength while at the same time fighting various threats. How Lucy Lawless’ character will fit in to that story line remains to be see, but will likely prove to be an incentive for people to tune in to watch and find out.