Marvel upped the ante this past year on the television side of their universe. They launched two new properties: Agent Carter, the first female led property, as well as the highly acclaimed Netflix original series Daredevil. Additionally, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was brought back for a second season and Marvel – after dealing with a lukewarm reception during its freshman season – turned it around and into a series of excellent side stories on a weekly basis.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was renewed for a third season in May and has since added Mack (Henry Simmons) and Lincoln (Luke Mitchell) as regulars. The cast and crew reported to set yesterday to start production on season three as they hope to continue their exploration into this universe they set up at the end of season 2. As with every season finale, writers and producers try and leave us with questions and tease what could come in the following season. With that in mind, here are a few questions that we here at MCU Exchange want Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to answer as season 3 unfolds.
Warning: Spoilers for seasons 1 and 2 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. below.
Who Will Make Up Skye’s Secret Warriors Team?
The final scene for season 2 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. gave us the biggest tease of what is to come in season 3. Coulson (Clark Gregg) asks Skye/Daisy (Chloe Bennet) to help form a secret team and gives her files labeled “caterpillar.” For comic readers, this set off an instant alert that the Secret Warriors could be on their way. Marvel has since confirmed that the Secret Warriors storyline will be adapted for season 3 and that familiar faces, both friend and foe, will appear.
The Secret Warriors are not a large group nor have they had nearly as many members as some of the other groups throughout Marvel’s history. In the comics, Nick Fury is the founder of the team while Daisy Johnson eventually becomes the leader and a future part-time Avenger. We already have our leader in Daisy but she will need some super powered help. Potential members on the show could be Alexander Aaron, Sebastian Druid, Yo-Yo Rodriquez, J.T. James, Jerry Sledge, and Eden Fesi.
Aaron, known as Phobos, is the son of Ares and would be the first character from Greek mythology brought into the MCU. Sebastian Druid is the son of Doctor Druid and would give the team a magical presence a full year before Doctor Strange hits theaters. Yo-Yo has the ability of super speed but once she stops running, she is taken back to her starting point which has given her the codename Slingshot. J.T. can enchant a chain with Hellfire, in a manner similar to that of Ghost Rider (which might require costly CGI), and has some mostly unexplored connections to the mystical realm as well. Sledge is the son of Carl “Crusher” Creel and has similar powers giving him the name Stonewall. Eden Fesi, also known as Manifold, has the ability to teleport across the universe. In the comics, Fesi’s abilities are mutant related but he has never appeared in an X-Men comic which could mean Marvel TV would be able to rightfully use the character if they deemed him worthy.
Marvel could bring Brian Patrick Wade back as Carl Creel to replace the role of his son. It is also likely that Lincoln will join Skye’s team and it would not come as a surprise to me if Deathlok (J. August Richards) could become a member as well.
What Happened To Simmons?
The lasting image from the season 2 finale was Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) getting pulled into shape changing Kree rock. The rock was introduced at the tail end of the season which is a very big clue as to what kind of effect it may have next season. Just like seeing Skye’s father holding her picture in his blood-dripped hand at the end of season 1, the rock could potentially play a large role.
We know that season 3 will pick up a few months after season 2 so it could be possible that Simmons has already returned but is just suffering the side effects of whatever happened to her once the rock got ahold of her. Whether she is back with the team or still missing when the season begins, finding out what did happen and will happen as a result is the most interesting plot thread heading into the new season. For all we know, the rock could turn Simmons into the thing she fears the most.
What Role Will Lash Play?
Even though season 2 ended with S.H.I.E.L.D. defeating a group of Inhumans, it looks like Coulson and his team are nowhere near done with the mysterious race just yet. There’s potentially an influx of Inhumans coming to Earth after Terrigen appears to bond with fish oil in the closing moments of Season 2. If you are unfamiliar with the character of Lash, we have a great breakdown of him here.
Lash will be the villain for a portion of the third season that will surely cause trouble for S.H.I.E.L.D. and Skye’s Secret Warriors team. One interesting possibility would be Lash and Skye fighting to find new Inhumans. Most of the people that will be transformed, possibly the characters mentioned in our first question, will have no clue what has happened to them and could be easily manipulated. If Lash finds them before Skye, they become evil and vice versa. The race to find new Inhumans between the two different groups of powered people would be a really fun and interesting story to see play out during a portion of the season.
Are Bobbi and May Still With S.H.I.E.L.D.?
Another plot thread the writers and producers started at the end of season 2 was the uncertain futures of Bobbi “Mockingbird” Morse (Adrianne Palicki) and Agent Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen). In the season finale, Bobbi took a bullet to the shoulder to save the life of Lance Hunter (Nick Blood) while May decided to take some much needed time off and vacation.
Morse ends the season wondering if she can continue. The statement is very vague even in the context of the scene. She is either referring to S.H.I.E.L.D., Hunter or possibly even both.
May, on the other hand, seems happy for the first time since the incident in Bahrain. She has had multiple close calls since rejoining S.H.I.E.L.D. in the field and now that she has finally got closure on Bahrain, her divorce, and more, it would not be surprising for her to step away from the game in the near future..
Luckily for us, both actresses have already been confirmed to return for the third season. Is it possible that either or both of these strong female characters could leave the show during the third season? Sure, but with the amount of love each of these characters receive, that would come as a huge shock.
How Will Ward Run Hydra?
It appears that Grant Ward (Brett Dalton) is past the point of redemption after the events in the season 2 finale. After he developed a close relationship with Agent 33 (Maya Stojan), the two became a dynamic and complicated couple with vague motivations during the second half of the season. In an effort to get revenge on Morse for allowing Hydra to torture Agent 33, Ward and her kidnap and torture Morse. When S.H.I.E.L.D. comes to the rescue, a mix-up with Agent 33’s identity leads Ward to mistakenly kill the woman he loves.
He decided to grieve the loss in an usual way for most people, by overtaking a villainous organization he once followed. Ward now has a small team of Hydra henchmen at his disposal and wants to get revenge on S.H.I.E.L.D. once and for all. The big question here, is just how big of a reach does Ward have in Hydra? We’ve already had a lot of different versions of Hydra in the MCU. It started with Red Skull, then Alexander Pierce throughout its overtaking of S.H.I.E.L.D., then briefly Baron Von Strucker and Daniel Whitehall, and now Grant Ward. We also just met Mitch Carson (Martin Donovan) in Ant-Man and he shed light on a potential merging of Hydra and Ten Rings based on his associates. Next year, we will meet Baron Zemo in Captain America: Civil War, who has been a major factor for Hydra in the comics. So where does Ward fit in?
It’s unlikely that Ward is truly the overseer of the entire evil organization. On the other hand it would not be a shock if he has made himself, in his own convuluted mind, in that image. Could there be repercussions to Ward acting as the leader of Hydra? I sure hope so, it would go a long way in making the story feel like it’s truly part of the MCU.
How Will Coulson Deal With Losing His Left Hand?
Coulson has had some back luck over the past few years. He died at the hands of Loki (Tom Hiddleston), was brought back from the dead against his will, almost lost his mind looking for an alien city, and now is without one of his hands. As the newest Director of S.H.I.E.L.D., I guess these are the types of danger that come with the job. Last we saw of Coulson, he had just lost his arm and was in a sling. Coulson and his team will undoubtedly try and find a way to get him back to “normal.”
The most practical way to do so would be to just give him a prosthetic hand, but we are in the Marvel Cinematic Universe after all, so things could get pretty weird. One route the show could take would be to give Coulson an upgrade via the Deathlok program. Last season, Deathlok got major upgrades in terms of weaponry and (thankfully) costume design. It seems plausible that the show will build off of that and give him a robotic arm, something that was even hinted at in the Comic-Con exclusive poster.
What Has Happened To The Inhumans On Afterlife?
Marvel Studios announced late last year that the Inhumans are coming to a theater near you when Inhumans debuts in 2019. Marvel TV got the jump on them however and took on the task of introducing the race throughout season 2. Once it was revealed that Skye/Daisy and Raina (Ruth Negga) had the Inhuman genes, we were introduced to a number of new powered individuals.
One of the more important of the aforementioned individuals we met was Skye’s mom Jiaying (Dichen Lachman), the leader of the Inhumans living at Afterlife. She was less than truthful about her motives and intentions, which eventually led to an altercation with S.H.I.E.L.D. and more importantly with her former husband Cal (Kyle MacLachlan). He ends up killing her to save his daughter, who Raina prophesied would one day lead the Inhumans.
Jiaying’s death means there is no direct ruler (that we know of) for this growing race. There was however the mention of a mysterious governing body referred to only as “The Elders.” We know nothing else about who could be an Elder or how many there are. One possible scenario would be The Elders being another name for the Royal Family that will star in Inhumans. If this is how the story plays out, don’t expect any members to make an appearance on the show anytime soon (if at all).
Season 3 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. looks to be the biggest season yet with the growing ensemble of characters and threats they will face. If you have not kept up on the show throughout the first two seasons, both seasons are currently on Netflix. If you have watched the entire series so far, season 2 is scheduled to be released on Blu-Ray/DVD September 18th.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns to ABC at 9 p.m. EST for season 3 starting September 29, 2015.