Before Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 3 kicked off, the show announced it would be bringing aboard its own superhero team the Secret Warriors, based on the same-named group Nick Fury led following the Secret Invasion event in the comics. However, with everything that’s been going on with HYDRA, the ATCU and Lash, there hasn’t been much time dedicated to the group's formation. Aside from Daisy, a.k.a. Quake, the only other recruits have been her friend (and now love interest) Lincoln Campbell and Joey Gutierrez, but last night’s midseason finale finally took the first step towards getting the Secret Warriors rolling by throwing those two into the field.

In “Maven,” Daisy Johnson brought Lincoln and Joey along on their mission to infiltrate HYDRA’s castle. When Comicbook.com asked executive producer Jeff Bell if this was the MCU’s first look at the Secret Warriors, he said that things are certainly heading that way in the latter half of the season. In his words:
I would say it's certainly a warning shot over the bow. They certainly came in and were helpful. It was the first time that they were put together in some kind of meaningful way, and I would say just keep looking forward to more of that as we ... I think we, as writers on the show, feel like we have to earn this group. It wasn't just like everybody who had a power could suddenly get a cool uniform and be part of a team, you have to figure out how to do that. Yeah, we're moving in that direction.

After learning where HYDRA was keeping the Monolith portal, S.H.I.E.L.D. sent its usual team of operatives into action, but this time they had more superpowers on their side. Lincoln used his electricity powers to disable the power and knock out a few goons, while Joey’s metal manipulation came in handy with blocking HYDRA from getting to the portal room and keeping a couple bullets from going through him. In the end, their assistance helped even the odds against the HYDRA forces.

It hasn’t been officially announced who else will join the MCU’s Secret Warriors, but as Coulson and Daisy discussed in the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 2 finale, these defenders (whether they’re Inhuman or another kind of superhuman) will be keeping Earth safe from special threats. One of the new additions may be Yo-Yo Rodriguez, who will be played by Natalia Cordova-Buckley next year. Better known as Slingshot in the comics, she’s able to run at superhuman speeds, though she must eventually return to the spot where she began running. Other members from the comics have included Hellfire, Stonewall and Manifold, but the show may go in a different direction and add either other characters from the marvel universe or create new ones.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is on its winter hiatus while Agent Carter Season 2 airs, but the show will return with new episodes on Tuesday, March 8 at 9 p.m. EST on ABC.

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