Season 3 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D just debuted and fresh teasers about upcoming episodes are flowing generously to whet our appetites. The show's marketing is doing just enough to tantalize fans by sharing prize information about the plots of early episodes, while keeping spoilers about the big storylines safely under wraps.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 's third season will continue to dig into the Inhumans mythos that will eventually be the subject of one of Marvel's movies, as Daisy Johnson (Chloe Bennet) assembles a team of gifted individuals called the Secret Warriors. We have already seen a glimpse of some of the action from the upcoming second episode, and now an official synopsis and stills from episode 3 have been released.
From the images and description unveiled by ABC (via CBM) it can be deduced that this episode, titled "A Wanted (Inhu)man", will focus on one of the new threats revealed to feature this season: the “Advanced Threat Containment Unit” or A.T.C.U, headed by Coulson's (Clark Gregg) new witty banter buddy, Rosalind Price (Constance Zimmer). With Lincoln (Luke Mitchell) as their target, this should provide some action and give him an opportunity to show off his powers. The other storyline mentioned pits Hunter (Nick Blood) against new Hydra head Grant Ward (Brett Dalton), as he plans revenge for Bobbie's (Adrianne Palicki) torture. Check out the synopsis and stills below:
"A Wanted (Inhu)man” – Daisy, Mack and Coulson race to protect Lincoln as Rosalind’s team hunts down the Inhuman in their quest for powered people. Meanwhile, Hunter proves that there is no line that he will not cross to exact his revenge against Ward and Hydra, on 'Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'
The show has wasted no time in establishing the A.T.C.U this season. Having new adversaries to fight forces S.H.I.E.L.D. (which was fractured in season 2), to resolve its internal conflicts and become a united front once again, moving the plot forwards in support of the many evolutions and reinventions at play.
Episode 1 delivered energy, impact and what many critics of the show have been begging for - more powered characters, using said powers! If episode 3 does capitalize on Lincoln and his flight from A.T.C.U, this is hopefully a hint that his character will be given needed development beyond just a piece of man candy and possible love interest for Daisy - something like Ward's long game arc from this same role in Season 1. If Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. can continue with these more adventurous Inhuman plot lines and effects, it should prove the show has finally found its footing as a worthy contemporary for the other comic book shows on the market (such as Arrow and Flash).
With A.T.C.U. re-formed, as well as Hydra and Lash (Matthew Willig) to concern the S.H.I.E.L.D team, there should be plenty of opportunities for the show to continue on this path of reinvention for the rest of the season. Stay tuned.
Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D season 3 currently airs on Tuesdays at 9 p.m E.T on ABC.