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After defeating Jailing and her Inhuman followers in the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 2 finale, Phil Coulson and Skye began formulating a plan to put together a team of superpowered people to help the spy organization protect the planet. In a world where more people with special abilities are coming out of the woodwork, you need operatives just as special to deal with unique threats. There haven’t been any revelations on what to expect from this initiative since Season 2 concluded in May, but after some sly teases from series star Clark Gregg, fans now know what this team will be called: the Secret Warriors.
Variety has revealed that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 3 will introduce characters inspired by the Secret Warriors group from the comics. This special team will be comprised of people from Coulson’s “Caterpillar initiative” from across the world, and because they have stayed below the radar, they will be less likely to be compromised by the bad guys. However, S.H.I.E.L.D. soon finds out that they’re not the only ones looking for the new Inhumans. The article also included Season 3’s new promotional poster, with the show’’s logo getting the Secret Warriors stamp of approval.
The Secret Warriors, created by Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev, were introduced in 2008 as a team put together by Nick Fury’s protégé Daisy Johnson, a.k.a. Quake, to combat the invading Skull army during Secret Invasion. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. fans will remember that Skye is the MCU’s version of Daisy (powers and all), so to have her leading this team outside the comics is appropriate and faithful to the source material. Other members from the comic book team included young heroes Phobos, Druid, Slingshot, Hellfire, Stonewall and Gateway, but that doesn’t mean that the TV team will have the same lineup.
One good bet on who we’ll see joining the MCU’s Secret Warriors is Lincoln Campbell, played by recently promoted Luke Mitchell, who manipulates electricity and served as Skye’s guide in the Inhuman community Afterlife. There’s also the possibility that this version of the Secret Warriors might feature other people with abilities besides just Inhumans. Although he may not end up being a full-time member, I’d like to see Deathlok go on a few missions with them.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 3 will premiere on September 29 at 9 p.m. EST on ABC.