ABC only just confirmed that Agents of SHIELD will be returning for its seventh and final season this May, and now we’re learning one of the big hooks for the season will be a crossover with Agent Carter. Or at least, one of that unfortunately short-lived series’ characters will be making an appearance as the team finds itself stuck decades in the past.
EW reveals Enver Gjokaj will return as Daniel Sousa, head of the Los Angeles bureau of the SSR, a forerunner to SHIELD. Sousa was a close friend and potential love interest to Hayley Atwell’s Peggy Carter, which makes his reemergence interesting now that we now Captain America went back in time to spend his life with her. How does that change the Sousa we knew?
Showrunner Jeff Bell says, “[Sousa] had a particular role on [Agent Carter], and so we were able to show another color of him that you hadn’t necessarily seen on the show.”
“It wasn’t anywhere near my brain,” says Gjokaj. “I would’ve been thrilled at any moment for it to come back, but I think as an actor you don’t have time. You just have to move on to the next project.”
Despite some speculative rumors from last year, there has been no confirmation of Atwell’s return as Peggy Carter. But I would think it a major missed opportunity to not have her, Sousa, and maybe even James D’Arcy as Edwin Jarvis show up one last time.