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'Marvel Agents of SHIELD' news: Bill Paxton coming for four episodes

"Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" casts Bill Paxton
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"Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" is based on Disney's Marvel movie franchise, so it shouldn't be too hard for them to bring in big name actors. According to TV Line on Jan. 13, the latest name coming to the Marvel TV series is Bill Paxton.

The show stars Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson, who appeared in all three "Iron Man" movies as well as "The Avengers." Created by Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly), the show features a side team set up by Coulson to head into situations that regular SHIELD agents may not be ready for.

So far, "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" has had the team face super powered beings, face an organization that is trying to use the Extremis powers introduced in "Iron Man 3," deal with the aftermath of both "The Avengers" and "Thor: The Dark World," and explore what might have happened to Agent Coulson after he died in "The Avengers" and was saved.

Now, Bill Paxton is joining the cast of "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" as Agent John Garrett, a high ranking SHIELD operative who used to work with Agent Coulson.

According to the press release, Agent John Garrett is a cigar-smoking operative who is not content to sit at a desk and will jump right into the action with Agent Coulson and his most experienced team member Agent May.

The four-episode "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" run for Bill Paxton will take place in late February or early March.