When Marvel announced a new television show featuring their major organization S.H.I.E.L.D., fans everywhere got excited. Then they announced that the show would be lead by none other than our dearly departed and fan favorite Agent Phil Coulson. Fans everywhere got even more excited, but the questions began... How is he alive? Is he a clone? Is he a Life Model Decoy? Is he an alien? We then found out about the rest of the cast....two young scientists, a young agent who would later turn out traitor, a seasoned agent with an intriguing backstory, and a young hacker with a mystery past of her own and a ton of questions.
We have gone on a long journey where we have answered some questions, found new ones to ask, have been betrayed, and now we are left waiting for what's next.
So what is next? Last season left us in a new and exciting place. The Inhumans have come to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and Skye is one of them. Most notably Skye is actually Daisy Johnson/aka Quake. Ward is now apparently looking to set himself up as a new head within Hydra, and wants a team of his own. Coulson is without his left hand, although he apparently is getting a robotic replacement. And Simmons has been engulfed by that mysterious black space stone.
But the most recent bit of news for our upcoming season was announced a couple weeks ago... [Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.](tag:722469) is bringing the Secret Warriors to the Marvel Cinematic Universe!
So who are the Secret Warriors?
A team of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents/powered youngsters founded by Nick Fury during the Secret Invasion storyline, who were led by none other than Daisy Johnson/Quake. Their roster includes:
Alexander Aaron, a.k.a. Phobos - possesses the ability to instill fear in others, as well as pre-cognition; is the son of Ares
Sebastian Druid, a.k.a. Druid - possesses magical capabilities; is the son of Doctor Druid
Yo-Yo Rodriguez, a.k.a. Slingshot - possesses super-human speed and the ability to bounce back to her starting point
J.T. James, a.k.a. Hellfire - possesses the ability to charge items with fire
Jerry Sledge, a.k.a. Stonewall - possesses superhuman strength and the ability to change size, can also change the form of his skin; is the son of Absorbing Man
Eden Fesi, a.k.a. Manifold -possesses the ability to warp reality
There has been no mention yet to any of these characters so far, nor any connection to them outside of having Absorbing Man early last season on AoS. Now we already know that Skye's Inhuman friend, Lincoln (electrical energy powers), is joining the show as a regular next season and will most likely be a member of her team. There is also the consideration of Deathlok being a team member as well; and possibly Mockingbird, although she does not posses any powers or enhancements.
One bit of news that has been potentially overlooked in everything, and we have heard no real mention of since, was a tweet from Whedon regular Fran Kranz.
He apparently deleted the tweet, but not before speculation ran wild. For those not in the know, Speedball plays a MASSIVE part in a little old storyline soon to be played out in our MCU, [Captain America: Civil War](tag:994409). Robbie Baldwin was bombarded with inter-dimensional energy and gained an exterior shell of kinetic energy. As Speedball, he became a member of Marvel’s New Warriors.
A team of superhero reality stars, the New Warriors chose to act our their heroism for all to see in their own tv show. But what makes this team most memorable was that it was they who were chasing villain Nitro through Stamford, CT in the major incident that led to the Superhero Registration Act, and ultimately, the Civil War. Nitro set off a massive explosion killing numerous innocents and most all of the New Warriors themselves, except for Baldwin.
Now what I think makes the possibility of Kranz joining AoS as Speedball most interesting, is the potential of combining the Secret Warriors WITH New Warriors....stay with me here for a minute.
Marvel Boy / Justice (Vance Astrovik) - interesting considering Vance Astro was also at one point a member of the original Guardians of the Galaxy
Night Thrasher (Dwayne Taylor)
Namorita Prentiss - cousin to the SubMariner himself, Namor
Speedball/Penance (Robert Baldwin)
Firestar (Angelica Jones) - at one point an original X-Man
Kid Nova / Nova (Richard Rider) - fans everywhere are crying out for Nova to join the MCU
- It should also be noted that the team has gone through multiple iterations to include other characters such as Tigra; several Scarlet Spiders; Dagger (of Cloak & Dagger); and, in the newer Marvel NOW, Sam Alexander's Nova.
I think this isn't something that COULD happen....I think it SHOULD.
It opens up so many more potential characters for Marvel to use. They have already shown a great willingness to stray from original source material for the sake of making things work. I think that could work again here. They don't have to include the reality show aspect, you could just have the Incident occur with a news outlet picking up on whatever fight happens that might lead to it.
In the wake of the end of last season's finale, with the Terrigen Crystals leaking into the water, there will be more powered people running around now more than ever. Why not use the opportunity to bring in some characters the fans would love to see. I believe Marvel has a great opportunity to use AoS now in a way that they haven't to broaden the MCU's cast in a way that would excite not only the fans, but the studio itself would love.
Of course this all also hinges on how Fiege and the other runners of the MCU's storyline wish to have Civil War play out. There has been little true mention of anything that the Superhero Registration Act is something that is coming. What is Daniel Bruhl's Zemo's true role going to be behind the scenes of C.W.? These, and many more questions, abound as we the fans wait anxiously for the next bit of news to drop about our MCU's next big thing.
So, what do you guys think? Should AoS combine the Secret Warriors with New Warriors? Do you think it COULD happen? Should they just continue to go their own way with things? Tell me what you think below...and as always, I appreciate the read and feedback.