Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (which I will call Shield) was Marvel's first shot at television for the MCU. And though the first season was rough for the most part, season 2 found it's footing. To be more precise, Marvel let them do a little more. Marvel let them use the Inhumans. And Shield is getting access to much more in it's third season.
To get you ready for that...
Here is everything we know about season 3!
In the season 2 finale, Coulson loss his hand. And now he gets a robot hand. And Clark Gregg is not a fan. Via Zap2it:
“It’s such a pain in my a**, this no-hand thing,” Gregg says wryly. “It’s like a lot of things about Phil Coulson; the reality informs the thing. It’s really hard to figure out how to use this prosthetic, and that’s what Phil Coulson’s going through. It’s very difficult to figure out how to take somebody out, and to do that, I’m hoping it evolves at some point.”
He will be searching for more Inhumans. And he will be working closely with Daisy, which is no surprise. Here is Chloe Bennet's take on their relationship from the TCA's:
I think Coulson is always a mentor for Skye, but they’re definitely more on a co-worker level this year. It’s more of a collaborative effort and he’s really trusted the effort he’s put into raising his protégé. They’re working side by side and you’ll see more of Coulson in the field this year and less of the suited version. Every character has a different dynamic this year so I think fans are going to be a little -- I think we drop you into it out of the time cut and fans might be a little uncomfortable but it’s good to keep them that way.
Clark Gregg had a slightly different take on it:
“She’s earned it, and she has a unique perspective on what it’s like to be an Inhuman. But if she thinks they’re coworkers, she might have to go to her room."
Gregg did have something to say about Constance Zimmer joining the team.
“She’s a potent … I wouldn’t say doppelganger, but she’s definitely got a lot in common with Coulson,” he says. “She represents a character who’s not someone he comes across every day, who has more in common with him than most other people do.”
EP Maurissa Tancharoen had this to say about Coulson's mindset at the start of the season.
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.
It’s a really cool outfit. I hope fans of Daisy Johnson and Quake are pretty happy with it because we tried to do a nice blend of TV version and comic book version.
She'll also be searching for Inhumans. And she will be trying to have both S.H.I.E.L.D. and Inhumans working together. Bennet says Daisy is “as loyal to the Inhumans as she is to SHIELD. She’s really about making them work together. It’s about making it a collaborative effort."
Tancharoen said this about Daisy's growth between seasons (via EW):
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.
Bonus Fact: Bennet broke her arm during that amazing single-take fight scene in season 2.
During the tag for the season 2 finale, Simmons was eaten by a rock. And by the time season 3 rolls around, most of the characters have come to terms with it. One guess which member is having a hard time with that?
Elizabeth Henstridge said:
“It’s Fitz’s mission to get Simmons back. It’s a solo mission. What happened was so crazy and there was no trace of her, that what do you do? She disappeared into this rock that goes to liquid sometimes, but we don’t know why and we don’t know when. I think that the whole team has tried and nothing has worked, so at some point you have to go, ‘She’s gone, we have to move on.’ But Fitz refuses to do that. I don’t blame them, but I’m kind of mad. [laughs]”
When she comes back is still a question. It will be either episode 1 or 2. As for where she ended up, here is Henstridge again:
“It’s so much bigger than I thought it would be. What it is, I thought about it and was like, ‘How would they do that? How would they film that?’ I just dismissed everything in the realm of this idea,” Henstridge explains. “It’s very cool. It’s very cool.”
As for any romance between the two, Henstridge seemed all for it.
“I was reading the finale with bated breath. There was so much happening, I didn’t think FitzSimmons would get a moment in there, and then when I saw that, I mean, I struggled to get through that scene,” she says. There had been so much build up — literally 44 hours of build up — so I felt like we’d earned that moment. I was happy, and I was happy for them to go on their little date.”
Bobbi and Hunter
As for Shield, Bobbi will still be recovering from Ward's torture. And you will see her dealing with not being able to be the badass that she is. But with her being injured, we might see her be a little more of the scientist she was in the comics.
Hunter on the other hand, he will be looking for a bit of revenge against Ward. EP Jed Whedon:
He’s certainly pissed off. Along with S.H.I.E.L.D. being focused on all the different threats that they face, for Hunter it’s far more personal.
May starts the season just coming back from vacation with her ex-husbnd, Andrew (Blair Underwood). It will take her some time to get back in the grove of things. And she will be trying to balance wok with pleasure. Ming-Na Wen said this before she started filming:
“You see May needing to take a break, take a little vacation, and trying to figure out her personal life with Andrew that she almost gave up,” she told Seat42F in July. “I think Andrew was the love of her life and to have him come back into her world, it’s going to be a struggle for her between that and going into S.H.I.E.L.D. Because as much as she is a soldier and willing to do anything for S.H.I.E.L.D., I think there is a part of her that is questioning who is right and who is not right.”
And you will be seeing more of Andrew in the upcoming season. And you will see how his past with S.H.I.E.L.D. will effect May's position with them now.
“What's interesting is that May is now disgruntled by S.H.I.E.L.D., but last season when May came to Andrew with the idea of coming back to S.H.I.E.L.D., he was disgruntled and had left the agency," Underwood told TV Guide. "But now he's back working with them and the Inhumans.”
Mack and Lincoln
Mack is sticking around. And he will be helping Daisy look for Inhumans.
“Mack’s always been a bit of a skeptic, so him teamed with Daisy’s very interesting because Daisy’s very gung-ho and gives it a try and very ballsy. So their dynamic is really fun. They’ve got very fun scenes together. They play off each other very well.”
EP Jed Whedon was quoted as saying:
The person who’s skeptical of alien stuff and the person who has it inside of her.
And though Mack not be having issues with Daisy, he will be having some issues with a different Inhuman, Lincoln. I mean just look at the above photo. And his issues won't just be because of the Inhumans. Luke Mitchell told Zap2it:
“I think it’s really interesting teaming Mack and Daisy because, especially from my character’s point of view, Mack’s the character who knocked Lincoln out at the end of the [season], and obviously Daisy and Lincoln have a bit of chemistry going on, so it’s kind of interesting them heading up this team and potentially trying to recruit my character. … Throwing another [Inhuman] in the mix would be really interesting, especially if there’s a thing going on between Daisy and Lincoln. They’ll [the SHIELD team] be like, ‘WTF?"
He will not just be spending time fighting with Mack. Mitchell does have something to say about who his character will be in season 3:
“I feel like the Lincoln that the audience was introduced to in Season 2 was a side of Lincoln, and that side of Lincoln was not necessarily a lie or the truth or whatever, but we all put on different faces in different environments, etc,” he says.
“I think in that environment Lincoln was very much under the spell of the Inhuman Elders. He played his part in the hierarchy there and he believed in the cause, which then was exposed to be evil. Then in Season 3, it’s like, wow, how is he dealing with the events in Season 2? Hence why I was saying he needs to understand where he belongs, who he is and what he stands for.”
At the end of season 2, Ward gathered some of the last remaining Hydra agents so that he could restart Hydra. And he will be the head. And S.H.I.E.L.D. knows about him.
He is definitely one of their main problems. They are very aware the Inhuman issue and Ward is still out there. So, he is absolutely on their radar.
And she is not so sure if the team could ever forgive him.
After everything he did to Bobbi (Adrianne Palicki) and what he tried to do to Hunter (Nick Blood), I can’t imagine them wanting to work with him again.
Henstridge told Zap2it:
“Hydra’s different this time. It’s been completely dismantled, and Ward’s kind of taking it on. He’s got huge scores to settle and nothing to lose, so he’s a very dangerous character.”
The newcomers and other characters
Constance Zimmer of House of Cards fame has joined as a villain. She will play the mysterious leader of Advanced Threat Containment Unit, or ATCU. Andrew Howard will play her partner, Banks, "an authoritative and intimidating agent". And Matthew Willig will play the Inhuman, Lash.
"He’s going to shake things up. It’s going to be a huge spectacle. We’re so honored to be able to have him in the show. It’s just huge. I can’t even explain how crazy it’s going to get.”
And on a very basic level, we were interested in putting a monster in the mix, because he is not human and his looks are pretty crazy and scary. We wanted to put our team up against something like that.
And then there is Joey. Juan Pablo Raba will play a new Inhuman. And when I say new, I mean new. He will still be getting used to hiss new found powers. That is why he will need the help of Daisy.
The Story, When it airs, and other details
It premieres Tuesday, September 28 at 9p.m. on ABC.
There will be a time jump between season.
Here is the (very long) synopsis:
“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” returns for an action-packed third season, with Director Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) and Agent Daisy Johnson (Chloe Bennet) leading the charge as S.H.I.E.L.D. searches the world for more powered people in the aftermath of their epic battle with Jiaying and her army of Inhumans. However, Coulson and the team soon find out that they are not the only group looking for these new Inhumans.
Many months after their war with a rogue group of Inhumans, the team is still reeling. Coulson is again trying to put the pieces of his once revered organization back together while also dealing with the loss of his hand. His confidante and second in command, Agent Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen), has yet to return from an impromptu vacation with ex-husband Andrew (Blair Underwood); deadly superspy Agent Bobbi Morse (Adrianne Palicki) is recovering from her traumatic torture at the hands of Grant Ward (Brett Dalton); Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) is obsessed with discovering the truth behind the mysterious disappearance of Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge); and all are on high-alert for the next move from Ward and Hydra.
Ever since the existence of Super Heroes and aliens became public knowledge after the Battle of New York, the world has been trying to come to grips with this new reality. Coulson assembled a small, highly select group of Agents from the worldwide law-enforcement organization known as S.H.I.E.L.D. (Strategic Homeland Intervention Enforcement and Logistics Division). S.H.I.E.L.D.’s mission: to protect those who cannot protect themselves from threats they cannot conceive.
But bigger threats loom ahead, setting the stakes even higher for the Agents, including the spread of Terrigen, an alien substance that unlocks superhuman abilities in select individuals; the emergence of new Inhumans who cannot yet control nor understand their powers; the rise of a new government organization that will go toe-to-toe with S.H.I.E.L.D.; the unknown properties of the massive alien Kree monolith, which has taken one of their own; and 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.
New faces, both friend and foe, will join the series, including the no-nonsense, highly-skilled and somewhat mysterious leader (Constance Zimmer) of the ATCU (Advanced Threat Containment Unit), her intimidating partner, Banks (Andrew Howard), Lash (Matthew Willig), a monstrous Inhuman whose loyalties remain ambiguous, and new Inhuman Joey (Juan Pablo Raba), who is struggling to harness his newfound abilities, among other surprising characters.
Coulson, with the help of Daisy and Mack (Henry Simmons), will work to slowly assemble a team that is stronger than ever before, combining the highly skilled Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. with powered individuals in the hopes of protecting the innocent in a world where the balance of power is ever-shifting, and new dangers are constantly emerging."
Here's a poster that gives a few clues.
Simmons is alive! Coulson's new hand! May and Mack are still there. And so are Bobbi and Lance.
Whedon has said that they will be delving into some of the different characters' relationships.
One of the things that we have this year that we haven’t had before is some couples — there are some that have broken up in the past episodes, there are some maybe getting back together, there’s potential for some new ones. We do have a fair amount of people on our show, and when you’re stuck with people and they’re fighting the good fight, those heightened situations tend to throw you together. So I think we’ll be feeling a little bit more of that this year.