Last summer, a new promo for season 3 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. got fans buzzing over what it could mean for the future of the show. So far it has featured the fall of S.H.I.E.L.D., the rebuild, the first Inhumans, and now plenty of new ones.
One of the leads of the show, Daisy Johnson aka Quake (Chloe Bennet) was given Inhuman abilities last season, which ended with her being put in charge of a secret project. Then a Secret Warriors logo image hit the web and we all thought we would be seeing a great deal from the team. That has not been the case as so far Quake is the only permanent member, with Lincoln (Luke Mitchell) and Joey (Juan Pablo Raba) currently being members.
This is no accident as Jeph Loeb has previously teased the formation taking place over a longer time than we expected, and now we have some more comments on when we could expect a full team from some of the cast and crew.
While attending ABC’s segment of the TCAs, showrunner Jed Whedon talked to IGN about how they have to balance powered people in a show based on non powered people.
Whedon: When the word is put on a poster, it creates an expectation. We feel a duty to the Cinematic Universe to not hyper-accelerate how many people have powers, and when I say ‘duty’ I also mean we have a mandate to do that. We don’t want it to be there’s a thousand people with powers with a show that at its heart is about what it’s like to not have powers in a world with powers.
As mentioned before, one of those new members is Lincoln and when we last saw him, he seemed committed to S.H.I.E.L.D. and his new team.
Mitchell: It’s an interesting period of time for Lincoln. He’s part of the team, he’s integrating of sorts into the team, and that’s where there will be a little bit of conflict coming up because it won’t be the smoothest transition or integration. He still has his own reservations and perspectives and one or two demons in the closet that are unresolved.
For any of you who ship Daisy and Lincoln, you should be happy to learn that it will be further explored.
There definitely will be a little bit more romance.
The other showrunner for S.H.I.E.L.D. is Whedon’s wife Maurissa Tancharoen who talked about the presence and awareness of Inhumans being the main focus right now.
Tancharoen: If we’re just going to dive right into having all these people who can do this, that and the other, I don’t think that would be fair to our theme. Now that there is starting to be an awareness in the world about the presence of Inhumans, what we’re doing there is just a metaphor for anything different in our society, obviously.
I find it interesting that there is “an awareness in the world about the presence of Inhumans” because you have to wonder how much awareness is really out there. Obviously, the President had supporting the A.T.C.U., so if Inhumans are common knowledge or rumors maybe there are some other heroes that have heard of this new group which could lead to some crossovers down the line.
Tancharoen also talked about developing Daisy further in the last half of season 3. So far she has shown a much greater sense of responsibility and leadership, but now we will start to look at what it means.
There might be a righteous quality to Daisy’s perspective that develops, only because she is defending her people. Also, she’s a person with powers. We’re also going to dive into that, what it means to have power. What does that mean? Is there an element of hubris to that? And also just what does power mean to all the people involved, from our good guy side to our bad guy side?
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns for new episodes March 8th on ABC at 9 p.m. EST.