It’s amazing what a little world-rearranging betrayal does. Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. started out decent – not great, just decent – but then along came a HYDRA and everything changed. Ever since the reveal that peacekeeping agency S.H.I.E.L.D. had been covertly infiltrated by the secret villainous group, Agents has been on an absolute tear, telling some amazing superhero stories. And that’s the key here: Superheroes. Agents stopped trying to be Marvel’s cop show and embraced its comic book roots fully and just grew from strength to strength.
Those comic book roots have led to the introduction of the Inhumans and Chloe Bennet’s Skye officially becoming the super-powered Daisy Johnson aka Quake. And with the Terrigen crystals that gave Daisy as well as all other latent Inhumans their powers now all over the world, we can expect to see a whole lot more super-powered people showing up.
And in this first look teaser for the show’s upcoming season 3, among some really action beats, we get a brief glimpse at some of them with one in particular being rather important. Not so brief? The huge official synopsis that accompanies the trailer. You can watch and read both below:
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.
No, that last picture is of not of Darryn before he does his monthly back-shaving. That’s a new Inhuman character Lash, played by former American football star turned actor Matthew Willig. To give you non-shadowy glimpse of what he looks like, here’s how he appears in the comics.
Lash is a relatively new Inhuman character when you take into consideration how long the rest of the group has been around in the comics. Gifted with the ability absorb and manipulate all forms of energy, Lash was introduced in last year’s comic book series “Inhuman”, which was the start of Marvel’s push to place the Inhumans front and center in the Marvel comic book universe, and which Agents is also mirroring in narrative somewhat with the worldwide release of Terrigen.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s third season kicks off on September 23.
Last Updated: September 7, 2015