Marvel's television extension of its interconnected cinematic universe Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns in just a few short days. As the Season 2 premiere approaches, we've had several promos, along with a trailer reintroducing us to Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) and the rest of his team.
We know that the opening episode of Season 2 is full of new additions to the cast, and now we have new images, a poster and a clip from the season premiere featureing some fresh additions to the S.H.I.E.L.D. ensemble, including Lucy Lawless as Agent Isabelle Hartley; Nick Blood as Agent Lance Hunter; and, on the villainous side, Brian Patrick Wade as Carl “Crusher” Creel (a.k.a. Absorbing Man).
The clip above (by way of Hero Complex) features Lawless as Agent Hartley, making a purchase of some kind of intelligence from an ex-S.H.I.E.L.D. agent as Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen) and Skye (Chloe Bennet) and Triplett (B.J. Britt) monitor the sale. Before the operation can be either completed or thwarted, Carl Creel crashes the party. The clip ends on Coulson, who orders the team to now go dark.
With S.H.I.E.L.D. now compromised, the specter of Hydra looms larger than ever, as evidenced by this new Season 2 poster:
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[WARNING! The following contains SPOILERS for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 2, Episode 2]
The Season 1 finale of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. famously ended on a head-scratcher of a cliffhanger, with the truth behind Coulson's resurrection having left behind a little extra something special. That wasn't the only cliffhanger in the that episode, though, as tech wiz Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) had sacrificed himself to save Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge), before the both of them were saved by Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson).
With Fitz in a coma, some fans might have wondered if showrunners Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen are taking this opportunity to follow in that great Whedon tradition of killing off a major character. Well, thanks to the release of some official images from the show's Season 2 premiere via ComicBook.com, we know exactly what becomes of Fitz.
As you can see from this glimpse from the second episode of Season 2, 'Heavy is the Head,' Fitz is alive and well. It's entirely possible that the second season premiere will contain a subplot about Fitz's recovery, but it appears that the showrunners are frontloading the solution to this particular mystery.
Still, as our own Anthony Ocasio observed in his review of the Season 1 finale, Fitz cannot be 100% again - at least not right away. And there are still plenty of unrelated mysteries left to be solved.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 2 premieres Tuesday September 23rd @9PM ET on ABC.