It sounds like Marvel are taking a Phase 1-style approach with their next slate of superhero movies, and rumor has it they’ve found the next “Agent Coulson” who will debut in Guardians of the Galaxy.
HitFix is reporting a rumor that John C. Reilly (Wreck-It Ralph, Walk Hard) is in talks to take on the role of Rhomann Dey, a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who will work as a liaison between the Guardians and the Marvel Cinematic Universe we already know and love. Or, as they put it: “Basically, he's been designed as the Agent Coulson of the Guardians movies.”
Of course, comic fans will be quick to note that the character of Rhomann Dey is the leader of the Nova Corps in comic lore, and this would be a major change to fit the character into the film world. But it wouldn’t be the first time Marvel tweaked some backstories to better fit the medium, and it makes sense they’d want a Coulson-like character to connect Guardians to the more Earth-based films.
As for the casting choice? Reilly is an interesting pick, for sure, and with the right mix could bring a light level of comedy to help offset the fantastical nature of Guardians.
What do you think?