Meet the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Melinda May

GeekMom’s countdown to the premiere of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on September 24 continues with a series of profiles of the characters you’ll be meeting on the show. Click on the show’s tag at the end of the article to see all of the posts so far. For more on the other members of the team, you can read their profiles at the links below:

Fitz and Simmons
Skye
Grant Ward
Phil Coulson

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Photo courtesy AgentsofShield.com
We’re saving the best for last, but in terms of popularity with fans, we predict today’s profile subject might just give Agent Coulson a run for his money.

Agent Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen) may seem content with her quiet desk job when we first meet her, but by the time the first episode is over it’s pretty clear what a waste of talent that is. We know that she’s a legend within S.H.I.E.L.D., an expert in hand-to-hand combat, a pilot, and a former associate of Coulson’s. The rest is a mystery, including why she left the field in the first place. Is Coulson pushing her too hard, too soon, or is she more ready to return to combat ops than she thinks? We’ll have to wait and see.

Speaking of badass female characters in the Marvel Universe, is it too much to hope that we might one day see her team up with Agent Romanoff? We fans can dream, can’t we?

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Not just a pilot. Photo courtesy AgentsofShield.com.

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