Following major transformations of key characters as well as the status and structure of the agency itself, Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 3 should come locked and loaded with newly angled plot lines to explore, with the possibility of more big action ahead.

The upcoming season kicks off in a matter of days when we rejoin the characters in and around the turbulent government agency that has been attempting to keep control in the Marvel Universe. To tease the action ahead, stills released from the new season’s second episode give a glimpse of the characters together on a mission and working with a familiar face.

The second episode of the new season, titled Purpose in the Machine’, has given Peter MacNicol a chance to recur as Norse mythology expert and retired Asgardian warrior Elliot Randolph, whom fans will remember from the Season 1 episode ‘The Well’. Collider has revealed these stills featuring MacNicol and the team, plus an official description for the episode. Check out both below:

“Fitz and the team enlist the aid of an Asgardian to unlock the secrets of the ancient monolith that swallowed Simmons, and Agent May is at a crossroads in her personal and professional life”

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Based on this new information, fans eager to discover the fate of Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) after her sudden and dramatic absorption into the mysterious Kree monolith will have to wait until at least episode 2 for the resolution of this cliffhanger from the Season 2 finale. The character is featured within the official season posters (although looking decidedly less prim and preppy than how we have come to know her), so the burning questions are whether she will be changed or possibly develop powers from this encounter. There are obviously spots open on Daisy’s new Inhuman team!

After a somewhat shaky start, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. came into its own within its second season by connecting to the larger Marvel plots it orbits. Tying in with Captain America: A Winter Soldier and revealing Skye to be Daisy Johnson a.k.a Quake from the Secret Warriors comics has re-asserted the show within the bigger picture. All signs currently suggest more Inhuman action is to come in Season 3, which will provide a contrast to the smaller, more dynamic agency that has suffered a crisis of identity and loss of power. These changes have upped the ante in terms of conflict and underdog teams facing high stake situations is something the “Whedonverse” does best, deftly delivering character evolution and shades of light and dark in the face of adversity.

If Season 3 continues to balance character development with more high impact Inhuman story lines, we should be in for an exiting ride.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 3 premieres Tuesday, September 29 at 9:00 PM ET on ABC. Agent Carter season 2 is expected to air during the mid-season break in early 2016.

Source: Collider

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