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J. August Richards talks 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' and who Deathlok should fight

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J. August Richards didn’t know he was going to be a superhero. At EW‘s Comic-Con Hideout, the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. actor sat down with Darren Franich to talk about how surprised he was when he found out his character was being transformed into the unstoppable cyborg Deathlok. A big comics fan, Richards also engages in the grand tradition of imagining what comic-book villain would make for his dream Deathlok fight scene. It’s a doozy. READ FULL STORY

'Agents of SHIELD': J. August Richards previews Deathlok's return

When J. August Richards appeared in the pilot of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as Mike Peterson, a single dad harboring some pretty awesome powers, viewers hoped that his presence would translate to a lasting spot on the show’s guest star roster. And Richards himself hoped for the same.

“I didn’t even know if I was gonna come back at all,” the actor admits with a laugh. “Everything is top secret, as you know. I feel like sometimes I find things out at the same time the audience does. But I like it that way, because it forces me to be more honest.”

While we haven’t seen much of Mike lately, that will change during tonight’s episode. In “Nothing Personal,” Peterson — otherwise known as Deathlok — returns to set the stage for the end of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s first season. EW spoke with Richards to find out what we can expect — and what sets this version of Deathlok apart.

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