AGENTS OF SHIELD
Marvel’s superspies return to duty, as the world turns superpowered… Tara Bennett goes deep undercover with the show’s creators
Being Inhuman: how Marvel’s superpowered TV show is going through changes.
For a show that trades in espionage, it’s no secret that Marvel’s Agents Of SHIELD has had its wobbles. Introduced as the small- screen companion to the blockbusting MCU two years ago, the series took almost its entire first season to get its narrative juices flowing. It only truly took off after the big- screen revelation in Captain America: The Winter Soldier that the evil cabal known as Hydra had infiltrated every last clandestine layer of the organisation. Now Agent Phil Coulson ( Clark Gregg) was tasked by Nick Fury to be director of a new, ultrasecret version of SHIELD, fighting in deeper shadows than ever before.
Since then executive producers Jeph Loeb, Jeffrey Bell, Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen have been deep diving into the Marvel universe to extend the scope of the series, introducing us to the super- powered Inhumans in season two’s major mythology arc. Skye ( Chloe Bennet) has been revealed as Daisy Johnson, aka the infamous Quake of Secret Warriors fame. In season three, Daisy, Coulson and their fellow agents are on a new mission to seek out other Inhumans, born out of exposure to Terrigen, a compound that triggers instant evolution in humans with latent superpowers.
“If you’ve been watching the show and are a fan, or if you haven’t been watching but you used to, or are a new viewer, it’s a very simple on- ramp, that people are suddenly going to pop and be enhanced in a way that is exciting and dynamic,” Loeb tells SFX. “But it’s going to be very troubling. When SHIELD arrives on the scene their idea is either to contain, to help or to recruit this individual. But as we’ve seen in the past, when SHIELD is making those decisions it won’t always be the best for the individual.”
And there’s the rub. While Coulson and his team of agents have the best intentions, trying to stem the impact of what could be a global game- changer, there are plenty of complications. Second season finale “SOS” saw Daisy reject