We Break Down The Agents Of SHIELD Season 3 Synopsis


It’s going to be an interesting Season 3 for Agents of SHIELD.

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Let’s review where we left off. Director Phil Coulson managed to fend off both an internal threat in the form of a rogue faction of SHIELD and a dangerous new group of super-powered individuals known as the Inhumans. Skye learned her true heritage and the team pulled together in the end, but not without the loss of a teammate (we won’t forget you Triplett!), one of Coulson’s hands and possibly Jemma Simmons as well, pending wherever it was she went when she was sucked into an alien artifact.

Oh, and Grant Ward is running around leading a new version of Hydra.

That was a lot to absorb for Season 2, but it doesn’t sound like the team will get much of a break when Season 3 rolls around on September 29. Comic Book Resources and a few other outlets have run the newly released overview of the new season, so let’s break it down piece by piece.

"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."

We saw this at the very end of the Season 2 finale, with Coulson charging Daisy with gathering a team of powered individuals. We expect one to be Lincoln, the Inhuman who we met last season and will become a series regular in Season 3.

"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."

We talked to May herself, Ming-Na Wen, at Comic-Con about her potential state of mind come the new season. This makes it sound like she might not even be around when it starts. Simmons’ fate seems like a mystery that won’t be resolved immediately, though it makes sense that Fitz would be working tirelessly to find her. Let’s hope he doesn’t lose the progress he’s made recovering from his Season 1 trauma. And Mockingbird might not be around forever.

"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."

The events of The Avengers are referenced here, but one wonders if the battle against Ultron in that movie’s sequel might reshape the landscape of the Marvel Cinematic Universe — and SHIELD’s role in it — once again. Toward the end of Season 3, Captain America: Civil War will hit theaters, and the concept of government oversight of superhumans might make things very interesting for Coulson and company.

"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."

It will be interesting to see if Ward is a threat right off the bat or if he bides his time to consolidate his power. Actor Brett Dalton has described Ward as “the hero of his own story,” something that makes him an intriguing presence no matter what he has up his sleeve.

"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."

Looks like we were wrong with all of our guesses about who Zimmer is playing. She’s a hot name right now coming off the first season of UnREAL, so the writers and producer of Agents of SHIELD certainly have something special in mind for her. Several members of the cast have put over the impact that Lash will make, as his raw power could tip the scales toward any faction he decides to aid.

"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."

Sounds like a summary of some of our earlier points, both in regards to the way the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to evolve and to the Secret Warriors theme that both cast members and Marvel itself has mentioned. We’re ready for that Season 3 premiere right now.

Next: Agents of SHIELD: How much time will pass between Seasons 2 and 3?

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