When season 1 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. came to a close earlier this year, it left many unanswered questions. We even listed 13 of them. Despite our mixed feelings towards the season as a whole, we did explain why Marvel's first, connected live-action TV show deserved a second season. There are characters we've grown fond of, the series did become "more Marvel" towards the end, as the producers promised, and there's been an exciting stream of news and casting announcements regarding the second season ever since.
We're only three weeks away from the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 2 premiere, an episode that'll introduce a notable character from the comics codenamed Absorbing Man (Brian Patrick Wade) and a few episodes later, star Adrianne Palicki will appear as Mockingbird, a key character in Marvel Comics who has some history with The Avengers. Other cast additions and guest appearances include Lucy Lawless as Agent Isabelle Hartley, Kyle MacLachlan as Skye's dad, Reed Diamond (Dollhouse) as Hydra agent Daniel Whitehall, Nick Blood (The Bletchley Circle) as Lance Hunter, Simon Kassianides (Quantum of Solace) in an unspecified major role as the character Bakshi, Henry Simmons (NYPD Blue) as Alphonso “Mack” Mackenzie.
The show's executive producer Jeff Bell spoke with TV Line about the upcoming second season and promises that they'll be delivering on the story front, starting off with a bang in the September 23rd premiere.
"Once we could say the word HYDRA, it's been a sprint, and we're planning to just keep sprinting."
As for what questions the premiere will answer, or at the very least, partially address - Bell mentions the following plot threads:
- What happens now with Agent Ward now that he's been captured?
- Can Agent Coulson and Agent May trust each other?
- What's up with Skye's dad and real parents?
- What's that status of the Fitz and hence, the Fitz-Simmons relationship?
All of these questions we raised ourselves in our own list so we'll see if these are definitively answered or left hanging. Below is a new image of Agent Skye (Chloe Bennet), rocking a large firearm.
Where the first season struggled to introduce non-powered characters who weren't from the comics and fit them into the larger shared Marvel Cinematic Universe in a meaningful way, by the time Captain America: The Winter Soldier hit theaters, the show drastically changed for the better. The equally challenging Season 2 aims to maintain that high and must prove itself after forcefully keeping viewers in the dark about Coulson's condition, its implications, and Skye's mysterious origins. After all, she's a "0-8-4" which SHIELD classifies as an "object of unknown origin." If that doesn't have some major Marvel Comics related payoff in the films, then what's the point?
Time will tell!
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 2 premieres on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 on ABC.
The Avengers: Age of Ultron releases on May 1, 2015, Ant-Man on July 17, 2015, Captain America 3 on May 6 2016, Guardians of the Galaxy 2 on July 28 2017 and unannounced films for July 8 2016, May 5 2017, November 3 2017, May 4 2018, July 6 2018, November 2 2018 and May 3 2019.
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Source: TV Line