After an arguably bumpy start to its first season, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. hit its stride in the tie-in episode with Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which redefined the show. Season 2 had a similarly world-changing storyline as the mythology of the Inhumans was introduced - and Skye (Chloe Bennet) was revealed to be the superpowered Daisy Johnson a.k.a. Quake.
The season 2 finale left Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) leading S.H.I.E.L.D. with the help of a council in the aftermath of a war between the organization and the Inhumans of Afterlife. Now, Gregg has teased one of Coulson's new initiatives that will appear next year, the team of superpowered individuals known as Secret Warriors.
While talking to io9 about what to expect in season 3, Gregg explained Coulson's thought process behind assembling the Secret Warriors, which includes using Skye as a "secret weapon." Among the threats facing S.H.I.E.L.D. next year are HYDRA - which, of course, was never truly defeated - as well as rogue Inhumans.
Read Gregg's full quote:
“One of the reasons why he’s putting together the Secret Warriors [is], I feel like HYDRA always... you cut off one head and others appear. I don’t think we’ve heard the last from them. I feel like there’s some disgruntled Inhumans out there, probably, and I think we’ll expose some more of them. The whole world of S.H.I.E.L.D. has become more fluid and changing, and Nick Fury’s out there.”
Gregg went on to say that he doesn't really know much about season 3 yet. However, we do know that in addition to Bennet and Gregg, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s original main cast will also return, including Ming-Na Wen (Melinda May), Brett Dalton (Grant Ward), Iain De Caestecker (Leo Fitz) and Elizabeth Henstridge (Jemma Simmons). Plus, season 2 additions Adrianne Palicki (Bobbi Morse a.k.a. Mockingbird), Nick Blood (Lance Hunter), Henry Simmons (Alphonso "Mack" MacKenzie) and Luke Mitchell (Lincoln Campbell) will appear as series regulars.
Gregg's comments don't offer much in the way of new information for what viewers should expect in season 3. As teased at the end of season 2, Inhumans will be going through Terrigenesis all around the world due to ingesting Terrigen crystals in fish oil pills. Additionally, Ward was shown to be assembling his own team of HYDRA agents, proving the organization may be down but not out.
However, Gregg's mention of Nick Fury, played in the Marvel Cinematic Universe by Samuel L. Jackson, could hint at the character's involvement with Secret Warriors. In the Marvel Comics, Fury is the member of S.H.I.E.L.D. who assembles the team (which also goes by Team White) of powered individuals in order to continue fighting HYDRA.
Of course, Gregg's remark is far from confirmation that Fury will show up in season 3 (though the character has appeared on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. before). More likely, Coulson will implement Secret Warriors and mention that it was one of Fury's plans while he was director of S.H.I.E.L.D. That being said, even a small tie to the larger MCU such as a mention of Fury, and acknowledgment of the Secret Warriors' comic history, will be entertaining for fans.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 3 starts airing on ABC on September 29th, 2015. Agent Carter season two will air during the mid-season break in early 2016.