ABC have released a synopsis of Agents of SHIELD's Season 3, and it drops more than a few hints and clues as to what our heroes may face...
Skye's now going by the name Daisy Johnson full-time, and is said to be "leading the charge" along with Coulson. We know that this season is going to be focused on her developing a team of "powered individuals", giving S.H.I.E.L.D. a perspective that's pretty fresh - rather than just 'index' metahumans, they're actively enrolling and training them.
The Inhuman arcs continue
We know that the Terrigen in seafood will cause spontaneous Terrigenesis in random people across the planet, and the synopsis refers to Juan Pablo Raba's new Inhuman Joey, who's probably one of these. There's also mention of "a monstrous Inhuman whose loyalties remain ambiguous" - going by the name of Lash. In the comics, the Inhuman named Lash travelled the world killing any Inhumans he didn't view as 'worthy' of their powers, and he's likely going to play a similar role here.
The mention of a "new government organisation" (likely the ACTU) is intriguing. This is probably formed as a result of the Accords, which were mentioned in Ant-Man's end-credits scene. The destruction in Sokovia and the Hulk's rampage have triggered a wave of public fear towards metahumans (which would make any new Inhumans hated and feared from the outset). Interestingly enough, it's possible that S.H.I.E.L.D. will end up on Captain America's side when Captain America: Civil War hits the big screen, as this new government organisation will clearly be aligned with Iron Man.
The threat of Hydra continues
The status of Hydra post-[The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](tag:293035) is a matter of some debate. While Grant Ward established himself as head of Hydra at the end of Season 2, Ant-Man appeared to show something slightly different. It all suggests that Hydra, too, could be fractured. S.H.I.E.L.D. had better hope this is the case; here's what the synopsis says about Ward's Hydra:
...The constant threat of a rebuilt Hydra terrorist organization under S.H.I.E.L.D. traitor Grant Ward, who is making it his personal mission to take down Coulson and S.H.I.E.L.D.
Time will tell whether or not the stolen Pym / Yellowjacket serums come into play in Season 3. Regardless, the synopsis makes it clear that Ward has a focus that Hydra have usually lacked, and it's a simple one: crush S.H.I.E.L.D.
The Kree monolith
But perhaps the most curious plot-point is the Kree monolith, which consumed Simmons. Nothing like this has ever been portrayed in the comics, making this a complete blind-spot for fans. The synopsis says:
Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) is obsessed with discovering the truth behind the mysterious disappearance of Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge)
One thing's for sure; Agent Simmons has not been forgotten.
All in all, this synopsis has given us a lot of food for thought. It looks to be a wild ride, and one thing's for certain - Marvel will have plenty of surprises up their collective sleeves...