Newswire: Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. recruits Bates Motel’s Andrew Howard

When Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D returns on September 29, it will have a new agent in its fold (that plural in the title has really left ABC lots of room to maneuver, casting-wise). Andrew Howard will play the “authoritative and intimidating” Agent Bates, a seemingly original character created for the show.

Howard recently appeared in The Lizzie Borden Chronicles and Hell On Wheels as various ne’er-do-wells, but his roles in feature films like Limitless and Taken 3 often see him playing a heavy. For the softer side of Howard, check out Bates Motel, where he plays adorable Emma Decody’s dad. (No word on whether Agent Bates’ name is a hat tip to that series.) His character, who’s the first new one that’s actually been announced for the upcoming season, isn’t being described as part of the S.H.I …

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