When Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. came to a close on its second season the show, much like it had during the season one finale, had managed to reinvent itself once again. In the span of two seasons, the show has managed to become a big player in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, having had the chance to introduce the Inhumans prior to their upcoming 2019 film.
Going into the upcoming third season, the Inhumans will continue to play a big part as Daisy Johnson (Chloe Bennet) recruits a team of Secret Warriors – something we’ve learned will take some time – and S.H.I.E.L.D. finds themselves facing a new threat with the arrival of Inhuman Lash (Matthew Willig).
While we’re still awaiting a proper trailer for the season, ABC did release a short teaser last week, teasing Daisy’s transformation, as well as the arrival of not only Lash, but another mysterious Inhuman (played by Juan Pablo Raba) that she seems to be recruiting for her team. It’s a small tease, and while it does help to provide some hints at answers fans may have had, there are plenty of questions we’re eager to have answered when season three premiers later this month. Such as, what really happened to Jemma?!
Executive producers Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen recently sat down with Entertainment Weekly to discuss what fans can expect going into this season, reiterating fellow executive producer Jeff Bell‘s promise of a slow burn.
When asked how the S.H.I.E.L.D. team feels about Skye putting together a team of Secret Warriors, Tancharoen explains that there will be varied opinions among the team.
TAUCHAROEN: There’s varying opinions. They are aware, but any sort of new thing brought into their world there’s going to be conflict and different feelings about it.
WHEDON: Right, but again it’s something that there are a lot of steps on the road to getting there, so we’ll see how they deal with each coming new development.
Along with the addition of Secret Warriors this season, we’ll also see Bennet’s Daisy Johnson, formerly known as Skye, fully transform into her comic book counterpart. It’s sure to be a big change for a character that back during season one was a far cry from a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent.
WHEDON: It’s a new color on her we haven’t seen yet. So much of her time was, in the first two seasons, spent reeling from new information.
TANCHAROEN: And still searching for answers. At the end of last season, she finally we reunited with her parents. It, of course, was very complicated and didn’t really go as she had hoped. But now she’s resolved for all that and she’s grown up a ton over the past few seasons and now taking on a leadership role is not only refreshing, but she handles it very well. We’re partnering her up with Mack (Henry Simmons), so there’s a fun new relationship there.
WHEDON: The person who’s skeptical of alien stuff and the person who has it inside of her.
One of the biggest surprises from the season two finale was Coulson losing his arm. Going into this season, we know that he’ll be getting a new arm, but it’s going to be a big change for him and it’s going to put him in a tricky place. Last season, we saw Coulson struggling to come to terms with the consequences of the T.A.H.I.T.I. project, and now going into this season, it looks as though we can expect him to struggle to find a sense of humanity after everything that he’s been through.
TANCHAROEN: Again, good question. An overall theme that we’re exploring with each character this season is they are all trying to get back in touch with their humanity in a world where Inhumans are popping up. Coulson, of course, is the center of that. He was brought back to life, he has alien DNA in his system, and now he is without an arm. Last season, in his role as director, he felt further and further away from everyman he was as he was faced with making the hard call — it put him at odds with members of the team. Now he is trying to get back in touch with what it means to be that everyman when perhaps this is when he’s moving even further away from that.
One of the newest additions to the cast this season is actress Constance Zimmer, who will be playing the leader of a new government agency, an antagonist to Clark Gregg‘s Coulson. While her character’s name has yet to be revealed, many fans suspected she’d be playing the role of Abigail Brand. As expected, Whedon and Tancharoen are unable to reveal much regarding Zimmer’s character and the agency she works for, but they do promise there’ll be reason to fear her come the season premiere.
WHEDON: We have this new development of terrigen in the mix. There will obviously be a lot of interested parties. One of the obstacles we will face is trying to clear that field. With Constance’s character, we’re hoping to give Coulson a new foil; someone who is his equal in a way, and give him a new dynamic with someone who he doesn’t know how much he can trust. Especially in first episode, we’ll see that she is definitely formidable and someone to be feared. Hopefully the two of them will go head-to-head in a new way that’s exciting.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season three premieres on ABC on September 29th, 2015.
Source: Entertainment Weekly.