We are only hours away from the return of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. We’re three seasons into S.H.I.E.L.D. now and the show has drastically changed since the pilot episode. They are now dealing with Inhumans, the Secret Warriors, and maybe even more properties Marvel fans will recognize.
Executive Producer Jeffery Bell recently talked with TV Guide about what we can expect tonight and throughout the rest of season 3. He covered everything from the Secret Warriors, Hydra, Inhumans, plus what the heck happened to Simmons.
Chloe Bennet has made a big leap from being a hacker in season 1 to now becoming the leader of the Secret Warriors. Bell talked about her transformation and the formation of her team and said the following,
One of the things that’s been great about the character is we spent two years taking a regular woman and turning her into a superhero and trying to earn it. We’re putting her more into a role where she’s her own person. And putting her out there on her own and giving her opportunities to make more decisions and leading more when it’s appropriate.
Right now, we come into a world of Inhumans and really exploring what it means to be Inhuman in all the different ways. Daisy’s Inhuman because she’s biologically so. Coulson lost a hand and is wrestling with, ‘What does it means to be human?’ So coming into this season, I think we’re much more interested in exploring those as we build toward this idea of putting together a team that might react or respond or engage with other Inhumans around the world.
Bell also revealed that there is a third organization besides S.H.I.E.L.D. and Constance Zimmer‘s A.T.C.U. hunting down Inhumans. One organization that isn’t hunting down Inhumans is Hydra, which is now led by Grant Ward. Bell commented on Ward’s plan and – for all you “Ward Warriors” – he commented on whether he can still be redeemed or not.
He’s interested in putting together a team. He’s a little angry at S.H.I.E.L.D. and I think he would love to make them suffer a little bit. I think a little personal retribution might be in the cards.
I would say nobody is ever beyond redemption. One of the things we love is people either loving or hating Ward, so we write that intentionally so people can play along at home. We love the way Brett portrays Ward and all the complexities of that. A lot of people want him redeemed, and a lot of people want him thrown out of the plane. I think both instincts are reasonable and they’re a lot of fun to write.
Ward ended last season by setting a trap that left Bobbi Morse (Adrianne Palicki) in critical condition. Bell says that this is a driving force for both Bobbi and Lance Hunter (Nick Blood).
I would say both Bobbi and Hunter now, in particular, have a personal ax to grind with Ward as much as he has with them. Who they are as a couple and as individuals will continue to develop. But I do feel there will be changes and growth for both of them, particularly in light of what happened at the end of the season.
Two other female characters, Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen) and Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge), ended season 2 with a lot of questions on their futures. Bell reiterated that Simmons will return, and possibly at the cost of Fitz (again) and that May’s future with S.H.I.E.L.D. will be an ongoing story.
It’s going to be figuring out her final decision in Season 3 and I think Andrew will probably play a part in it. . . Our goal is for everyone to be constantly growing and changing. I think people will find what’s up with May interesting and hopefully a little surprising and satisfying.
Clark Gregg was also recently speaking with Entertainment Weekly about the upcoming season and touched on a variety of topics. To start off, he mentioned the Secret Warriors team and just what types of characters could be included. He also referenced Daisy Johnson as Skye, which is a big no-no this season.
His current project is to sign up Skye in a quasi-leadership capacity to put together a team called Secret Warriors, which is comprised primarily of people with powers — Inhumans, for the most part. Although, I wouldn’t be surprised if we see some people… like Deathlok (J. August Richards) or somebody, show up at some point. All allies are welcome to that thing, I suspect.
Coulson also has a new arm as a result of dealing with the Inhumans, but Gregg is hoping the arm continues to evolve.
All that’s clear is that he’s definitely got some very skilled technicians on his team who are giving him a fancier option than one normally sees walking down the street, but it’s still very much an adjustment process. It’s far from the kind of hand that someone like, say, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) would have drafted for himself with that kind of budget. I have a feeling it will evolve hopefully.
While he may be without a hand, Coulson is just lucky, or maybe unlucky depending on the day, to be alive. With that ability to cheat death, Gregg believes he has a very different approach to life than the average person.
I think once you’ve come back from the dead, it certainly gives you an appreciation for life that’s different from the one you had before. At the same time, Coulson always feels like he’s already been gone, and this seems like he got a free ticket to come back. I would not call him reckless by any stretch of the imagination, but I think that he’s just got a resignation that the reason he’s back is to serve a purpose and if that ends up taking him out in a more final way, so be it.
He’s not the guy that’s going to overpower you. He’s not the guy that’s going to turn into a different species, and he’s not going to win any modeling contests, but he will keep coming at you. He’s crafty and righteous and really devoted to the people who are his family, and that’s Skye and his team. You can step on him, and peel pieces off him, but he’s still going to keep coming.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns tonight at 9 p.m. EST on ABC.