Richards said he had no idea at the time of the audition that he was going to become Deathlok, Marvel Comic’s resident cyborg. He assumed that he was just going to be a one-time guest star and that would be the end of it.
Later, he got a phone call from production saying he had a costume fitting. Of course, he was a little taken aback, having to drive ‘very far away from L.A.’ to a weird location.
“I went in … and I’m being measured and fit and they’re putting weird things on my body and I’m just thinking to myself, ‘What is going on?’” Richards said.
On his way home, Richards received a phone call from Maurissa Tancharoen, a writer, producer and co-creator of “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Tancharoen, who has worked with Whedon on several projects, including “The Avengers,” is married to another co-creator and writer on the show, Whedon’s brother, Jed.
“She said, ‘Listen, I’m sure you’re wondering what’s going on. Your character is going to be turned into Deathlok from the Marvel comics,’” Richards said. “I just had to pull my car over and just celebrate quietly with myself because of what it meant and I was so incredibly excited that here I am, this huge comic book fan as a child … honestly, if you would have asked me when I was a child what I wanted to be when I grew up, I would have said a superhero. It was such a full-circle moment and I just sat there on the side of the road so happy and excited.”
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