'The Mentalist' Actress Gets Her S.H.I.E.L.D On in 'The Avengers'

[caption id="attachment_66082" align="alignleft" width="220" caption="Getty Images"]Amanda Righetti[/caption]

We may be in the home stretch of our anticipation for "Captain America: The First Avenger," but the buzz is only just beginning for next spring's "The Avengers," directed by Joss Whedon.

Paramount has released the official list of actors appearing in "Captain America," which seems like no big whoop but actually contains magical hints about Joss Whedon's "The Avengers." This list, in addition to leaked footage of the ending of "Captain America," has helped comic book fans suss out what's to come in Whedon's film -- specifically, what characters might pop up to surprise us.

The eagle-eyed have noted that "The Mentalist" beauty Amanda Righetti is the latest name to be added to the roster of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents.

She also appears in the leaked "America" footage (or so we've read). Although it hasn't been confirmed what her role will be other than as an agent for S.H.I.E.L.D., Marvel experts are guessing she might appear as someone pretty rad from the series, like Carol Danvers (Ms. Marvel, if you're feisty!) or Sharon Carter, a.k.a. Agent 13. Either way, it would be a juicy role for the TV and movie star.

Also, let's not forget that a "Captain America" sequel is already being discussed!