ByEd Looney, writer at
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Ed Looney

Secret Warriors are coming
to [Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.](tag:722469)!

Grab your favorite Phil Coulson tumbler, plop in a heaping scoop of Daisy Johnson and sprinkle in a little Lincoln Campbell... shake and pour...

Today, Marvel has confirmed that the Season 3 storyline - at least one of the storylines - will follow the Secret Warriors story originally written by Jonathan Hickman and illustrated by Stefano Caselli in the comic book series produced by Marvel.

The Secret Warriors will be introduced as Coulson (Clark Gregg) searches the world for other powered people in the wake of the war with Jiaying and the Inhumans. As teased in the finale, Coulson was planning to assemble a team to deal with these new threats. However, the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will discover in the new season that they’re not the only ones tracking down these new Inhumans.

The original Secret Warriors were headed up by Nick Fury and led by our same Daisy Johnson / Quake (Chloe Bennet). It doesn't appear Nick will partake in the MCU version of the group, but Daisy (formerly Skye) is on hand and her mentor/sponsor is Fury's hand-picked successor as Director of S.H.I.E.L.D., Phil Coulson.

Yeah... yeah... we'd all guessed that would be how it would go - but, now? It's confirmed. BOO! Ya!

The comics team included
(besides Daisy & Nick):

A nice collection...
A nice collection...
  • YoYo Rodriguez/Slingshot
    She has the ability to move at Quicksilverian speeds, but always rebounds back to her original spot.

  • Alexander Aaron/Phobos
    The son of the Greek god of war, Ares, he can cause fear in others and has a limited capability of precognition (similar to Spiderman's "Spidey sense").

  • Jerry Sledge/Stonewall
    The son of Carl "Crusher" Creel (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season Two & Daredevil Season One), has similar abilities to that of his father plus superhuman strength and the ability to increase his size.

  • Sebastian Druid (aka Druid)
    The son of Doctor Druid (a descendant of the great Celtic druid, Amerigen, who, with his brothers, brought the Celts to Ireland in ancient times), Sebastian has some of his father's magical nature, but lacks the confidence to achieve greatness.

  • J.T. James/Hellfire
    A fun one, for me: James Taylor Slade was the grandson of the original Ghost Rider (later rebranded to Phantom Rider), Carter Slade. At one point, he was being considered as the successor to Dr. Stephen Strange as the Sorcerer Supreme, but Nick Fury discovered he was a double-agent for Hydra and let him fall to his death.

  • Eden Fesi/Manifold
    He has the ability to warp reality (Scarlet Witch?). In the comics, he originally refused Fury's invitation to join one of the Caterpillar teams, but came on with the launch of the Marvel Now! series.

Already "On the Rolls" of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

I have no idea if any of these characters will manifest in the MCU - at least, under the auspices of S.H.I.E.L.D. We do know that Lincoln Campbell (played by Luke Mitchell) and his ability to manipulate the electrical impulses between atoms has been brought into the show as a series regular. He will likely be Daisy's first recruit and his knowledge of the existing Inhuman population will be invaluable.

Mike Peterson's Deathlok (J. August Richards) is also available if Daisy needs some muscle, firepower or just some technical information (not that she couldn't hack her way into some of that on her own...). Mike's ability to analyze data he can directly access via his cyborg computer ports and implement that information into practical application (fly a QuinJet? Gimme a minute... got it!) would be a boon to Daisy's team.

J. August Richards as Mike Peterson's Deathlok
J. August Richards as Mike Peterson's Deathlok

Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) may also, once she is found by her teammates, provide some "enhanced" capabilities that would be useful on the team - if she isn't transformed by Kree technologies into an "Inhuman seeker & destroyer" which, technically, would upset her boss, Quake, who is, herself... yeah... one of those Inhuman types.

Elizabeth Henstridge as Jemma Simmons
Elizabeth Henstridge as Jemma Simmons

Adrianne Palicki's Bobbi Morse (sometimes thought of as the comic's Mockingbird) and Ming-Na Wen's Melinda "The Cavalry" May, although not "enhanced" or "powered", are both extremely capable fighters and BFFs to Boss Daisy and are available to help out - as are the Tres Grande Amigos: Leo Fitz (Iain Caestecker), Lance Hunter (Nick Blood) and Alonzo "Mack" Mackenzie (Henry Simmons).

Even Top-Boss, Phil Coulson and his bionic? left arm would be an asset. Clark Gregg, who plays Phil, has surmised in an interview with HeyYouGuys that S.H.I.E.L.D. may actually take a different direction once the Secret Warriors are established and that doesn't necessarily mean that he will be going with it (S.H.I.E.L.D., that is). He is only guessing, sure, but hey...

Alicia Vela-Bailey, one of the top stunt doubles in Hollywood (she doubles for Adrianne Palicki's Bobbi Morse!), played Alisha, the Ginger Ninja: The Red Replicatress in the last few episodes of Season Two as one of Jiaying's (Dichen Lachman) mini-army. I haven't heard if she will have a role, but she does already have a presence in the show! (Team her up with the 12-or-so remaining Agents Koenig (Patton Oswalt) and you could generate some serious confusion!)

Alicia Vela-Bailey
Alicia Vela-Bailey

Donnie Gill / Blizzard (Dylan Minnette) is also still available. Yeah... his frozen "corpse" was sinking into the ocean outside Marrakech, Morocco, after Skye shot him, but... they never found his body.

And, we also know that there will be a lot of new Inhumans popping up on the planet with the distribution of all those fish by-products infused with the Terrigen Mists dumped into the ocean by Daisy when she blasted that QuinJet off the aircraft carrier, Iliad, in the Season Finale (whew! mouthful). And, the Daisy-Coulson team won't be the only ones gathering all these newly-realized Inhumans. I'm sure one General Glenn Talbot (Adrian Pasdar) will be happy to take on some new recruits.

And, there's always the new Hydra Head: Grant Ward (Brett Dalton), who will certainly be out gathering all he can find. I wonder if he'll bump into Baron Zemo?

Brett Dalton
Brett Dalton

Marvel has shown a propensity to bring not previously known characters into Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (other than Daisy Johnson; her dad, Calvin Zabo; and Crusher Creel) choosing, instead, to offer us original characters (Jiaying, Raina, Lincoln, Gordon, Ginja, etc.) so look for a lot of characters we've never seen before. But, don't be too surprised if an old favorite from the inks make their way in, too.

And, Asgardian berzerker warrior, Professor Elliott Randolph (Peter MacNicol) is still hiding out in the Pacific Northwest (at the invitation of his buddy, Phil Coulson). Might he be a resource? Wonder where that Berzerker Staff ever ended up... Melinda May might know...

Has anyone checked her locker?
Has anyone checked her locker?

Lady Sif? Any interest in becoming a Secret Warrior? Wowsers... that Jaimie Alexander is one stately and elegant lady, isn't she?

Lady Sif is a bit busy, these days...
Lady Sif is a bit busy, these days...

*6/27 Update: "Ghost in the Machine" just responded to this article that Jaimie has her own series on NBC this fall: Blindspot. So, if she appears, it would be minimal, for now.

Marvel-ous P.R.

Marvel Studios (the movie division) has decided to skip the San Diego Comic-Con this year choosing, instead, to build their own news orgy later (hey, it worked for the release of their Phase 3 slate of movies, didn't it?). But, the television division and the comics group have confirmed they are ready and already seated at SDCC having a panel in "Ballroom 20" featuring both Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and their brilliant Agent Carter casts. According to Variety, Marvel "agents" will be on hand giving out limited edition "Secret Warrior S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent" buttons to the most eager and most deserving Marvelites at the event. See the Variety article for more info.

Does this mean "Skrulls"???

Kree Knights vs Shapeshifter Skrulls
Kree Knights vs Shapeshifter Skrulls

Secret Warriors, in the comics, were originally recruited by Fury to combat the incursion of Skrulls on earth. The dastardly green-skins were secretly replacing ranking officials (and superheroes) with their own people in disguise and were attempting to conquer earth from within.

It has been reported elsewhere that Marvel (the movie guys, anyway) does not own the rights to the Skrulls, but it was later revealed that Fox (owners of the Fantastic Four with which the Skrulls have typically been associated) do, indeed, own the rights to SuperSkrulls... but, generic Skrulls are still available for use by Marvel and can appear in Marvel productions (kind of like humans can be used by anybody while specific superhero groups? Not so much...). Any Skrull can be a shapeshifter and can assume the identity of our heroes and politicos...


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