Some Impostor Just Stole Summer Glau's Role In Joss Whedon's S.H.I.E.L.D. Series
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Some Impostor Just Stole Summer Glau's Role In Joss Whedon's S.H.I.E.L.D. Series

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | October 25, 2012 | Comments ()


Casting is underway now for Joss Whedon's "S.H.I.E.L.D." television series, and last week, it was announced that Clark Gregg's Agent Phil Coulson was the first cast member added to the series, which is odd because (SPOILER FOR ALL 3 OF YOU WHO HAVEN'T SEEN AVENGERS) Agent Phil Coulson died in the movie.

No matter! It's television magic. Now comes news that Ming-Na Wen has joined the cast, who we know as Chun-Li from Street Fighter as well as E.R., where she was not Chun-Li, but wouldn't it have been great if she were? (She also provided the voice of Mulan). You may also remember her from Single Guy, and if you do, honestly, you need to remove that memory from your brain. There are much better things you can occupy that section of your brain with.


She'll be playing Agent Melinda May, who is "soulful and slightly damaged by her combat experiences, [but] an ace pilot, a weapons expert, and a soldier who can (and has) gone beyond the call of duty."

Soulful and slightly damaged? ISN'T THAT WHEDON'S SUMMER GLAU ARCHETYPE?

What's going on here? In fact, the character has actually been re-named since the original character sketches for the show were revealed. Originally, the character was named Althea Rice, which is a much stronger name than Melinda May.

Anyway, Ming-Na Wen is not from the Whedon universe, which is very troubling. Stop thinking outside the box, man. We love that box of Whedon goodness. Don't go putting new things in there.

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  • Natallica

    ¡¡¡¡SPOILER!!!! Coulson not neccesarily died in the movie. His death (and the whole trading-cards-with-blood shebang) could have been staged by Nick Fury to ignite a reaction in the Avengers and motivate them to fight. There's an important detail pointing to this: Maria Hill mentions the fact the trading cards were in Coulson's locker, not in his pocket. So, why would they have blood stains on?

  • Quatermain

    I hear 'Melinda May' and I immediately think of a barefoot blond woman with pigtails, cut off denim short shorts, and a checked shirt tied up under her breasts. She may even have a pet pig.

  • I thought the box was what kept his shows from ever becoming successful.

  • BiblioGlow

    I'll take Mulan over Summer Glau any day. And she was in Eureka and Stargate: Universexy. Lady's got some sci-fi nerd chops.

  • TheOtherOne

    Terrific choice! Especially considering there are so few Asian American actors on television, especially in a leading role.

  • googergieger

    Fortunately my memories of Single Guy were replaced by memories of Hang Time.

  • SCG

    Ming-Na is pushing 50, but she looks 30. I remember when she was on As The World Turns back in the day!!

  • Green Lantern

    Has noone bothered to watch "Alphas", where Glau is actually not terrible?


  • I had the same question. She's at least a bit more interesting in that show.

  • Ah, Joey Slotnick. Ran into him once around the time of Single Guy in the gift shop at the Art Institute of Chicago. Nice guy and though it wasn't a particularly good show, I wasn't lying to him in complimenting his work.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    I thought crazy flexible and fucked up was Summer Glau's thing. I don't know where the soulful comes into play.

  • FireLizardQueen

    I like her a lot. She was in Eureka, SGU and of course, The Joy Luck Club. She does both villain and tortured soul pretty well.

  • Strand

    Is it Tuesday?

  • Three_nineteen

    Don't knock new additions to the Whedonverse - remember, Clark Gregg just joined and S.H.E.I.L.D. is already his third project (after The Avengers and Much Ado About Nothing).

  • Jess

    I liked her on ER, so no major complaints. I'm holding hope out for Enver Gjokaj, Fran Kranz, and/or Tom Lenk.

  • Jemiah Jefferson

    Reed Diamond would also be great, if we're getting the Dollhouse band back together.

  • Yes to all! I really, really need this to happen.

  • I'm a Ming-Na fan from back in the ER days, so I think of this as Ming-Na taking back her rightful place from that scrawny upstart.

  • Muhnah_Muhnah

    Premature posting: didn't get to say that I too find Summer Glau less than enchanting. I'm happy with the casting so far. Now if he brings in Dushku, we'll have a problem.

  • Guest

    I remember Ming-Na Wen and The Single Guy. I am FUCKING long in the tooth.

    I may be one of the few Glau fans out there (I don't mind her in general, and love the Glau-candy), but this news is a-ok with me anyway. Bring it.

  • Muhnah_Muhnah

    Wasn't she also on Stargate Universe? Oh don't even act like you didn't know that

  • sailboat

    She was, and I hated her in it.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    She was, and I liked her in it.

  • lowercase_ryan

    She was, and I didn't like her in it.

  • tinad5

    I will never understand people's obsession with Summer Glau

  • BWeaves

    OK, this is going to sound racist, but someone who is "soulful" and named Althea Rice sounds like they originally wanted a black actress for the part. I guess I'm thinking of Condoleezza Rice and another lady I know named Althea. Melinda May doesn't sound particularly Asian, but I guess having an Asian actress playing a character named Rice would sound racist, too.

    On the plus side, no Summer Glau. I'm sorry, but she's rather wooden, despite being able to do splits across the ceiling.

  • Jemiah Jefferson

    Actually, Summer is very emotive when she's working with the right actor - her scenes opposite Jeffrey Combs in The 4400 were amazingly tender and lovely (and he, who is better known for his epic freakouts, was just as wonderful - it was one of the better misfit romances I've ever seen on film). I think she's just not often called upon to be a more gawky, shy, vulnerable young woman - or as Joss would call it, "Amy Acker."

  • TheOriginalMRod

    See... Agent Coulson is still alive!

  • Stellamaris2012

    Yes, you're very smart, now shut up.

  • BlackRabbit

    Well, I can see where naming an Asian lady "Rice" might not work well. From a subjective hotness perspective, I'd have gone with Maggie Q.

  • Stellamaris2012

    Sadly Maggie Q is too busy being Nikita and having to play kissy face with the beyond-all-imagining-awful Shane West.

  • lowercase_ryan

    This is some bullshit right here.

  • Maybe without Summer, the show stays on the air for more than 2 seasons

  • Alice

    Whedon must have re-watched Firefly and realized Summer Glau is terrible.

  • Natallica

    I was SO afraid he was going to give her a role on "The avengers". I think he's finally accepting the fact homegirl just sucks

  • TherecanbeonlyoneAdmin

    Unbeknownst to me, it would appear that Alice and I do, in fact, have beef.

  • lowercase_ryan

    I got your back.

  • Forbiddendonut

    I've always liked Ming-Na, so I'm good with this casting. And, sadly, I do remember her quite well from "Single Guy". There was that year between undergrad and law school where me and my friends (or just roommate at the time) would get together every Thursday night and watch the entire NBC Thursday night line-up, including the shitty shows like "Single Guy" and the Brooke Shields one.

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