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her Inhuman mother, Jiaying, for SHIELD while Grant Ward ( Brett Dalton) took over the leadership of Hydra with the intent to wipe out SHIELD. Coulson, meanwhile, lost his hand to the fight against evil. His hand! The poor guy has already been killed by Loki, brought back with an alien drug and almost deposed by a rival shadow SHIELD. Will he catch a break ( aside from his cool robotic hand) in season three?
Showrunners Whedon and Tancharoen say don’t count on it. The new season will launch quite some time after the events of the finale, but little will be resolved. “With each season we do leave you with a cliffhanger and basically present the problem for the next season,” Tancharoen explains. “Terrigen is out in the ecosystem, so will Inhumans be popping up everywhere? And what does that mean for our team?”
“What we’re trying to do is take that as a seed notion,” says Whedon, “and explore what would happen. What action- packed or emotional things could be generated just from that notion? What would the ripple effect be for our characters?”
“We also explore that problem thematically,” Tancharoen adds. “The question of what it means to be Inhuman and all aspects of that word. We can dive into that question with each character. Daisy is an actual Inhuman, so how does she now function in the world? Coulson has taken quite a journey and now not only does he have alien DNA in his system, he was brought back from the dead and he’s now missing a hand. And then how does our whole team feel about their humanity with all these other people with gifts popping up?”
As to just how many Inhumans will be flooding the series, Whedon says it will be a steady roll out. “We will not come into the season with Inhumans everywhere,” he laughs. “We’ll take it slow to respect what was already established, but also because Skye/ Daisy had
a year and a half origin story that landed so hard and hit you right in the heart because of the time you spent with her on the journey.”
“Her process of coming to terms with being an Inhuman is not easy,” Tancharoen continues. “So we will take our time to look into what kind of journey it is for each individual.”
In the meantime, Coulson will continue to move SHIELD and their new directives forward. “When we first met Coulson, he prided himself on being the everyman,” Tancharoen explains. “He was on the ground, relating to people, helping them through whatever transition they may be going through. But the more he changes, the more he might feel like he’s losing touch with being that everyman.”
“He may try to reconnect on a human level with people around him,” Whedon continues. “And then on a general level, Coulson’s job has been very reactionary. He can’t possibly anticipate the things happening and [ the Inhumans] is again a situation where he was trying to get ahead of it. He said at the end of last year, ‘ Let’s put a team together because we’re going to need it.’ But he didn’t have a chance to do that before a new curveball hit. What we’ll see this year is him trying to get ahead of it and anticipate just how drastic everything will be. It makes him more of a hard- core thinker and more cutthroat.”
And that’s a good state of mind to be in because the showrunners are throwing him a new adversary in actress Constance Zimmer, who will play the head of a new anti- Inhuman organisation known as the Advanced Threat Containment Unit. “With Constance’s character, we’ve given Coulson an equal foil on the turf he’s used to playing on,” Whedon teases.
Plus there is former SHIELD member Ward hovering and ready to pounce as the new vanguard of Hydra. Tancharoen says they’re going to explore “the aspect of inhumanity in Ward and what it means to possibly just be evil.”
Ward’s done some dirty deeds over two seasons, but we haven’t seen him be truly evil just yet. Is his descent into darkness upon us?
“I think that duality is always there,” Whedon offers. “Ward is the hero of his own story. We love the debate amongst fans about whether they hate to love him, love to hate him, or hate to hate him…”
“Or whether he’s even a villain,” Tancharoen interjects. “The fact that’s even in question, hopefully, means we are telling his story well.” “If he embraces certain aspects of his personality or not, is yet to be seen,” Whedon continues. “But I think, forever, Ward will always believe he is doing the right thing.” And as to the spin- off series recently picked up featuring Bobbi “Mockingbird” Morse and her ex Lance Hunter, the showrunners won’t confirm if that show – Marvel’s Most Wanted – will launch in an episode of their series. Until that’s announced, Tancharoen says the duo is “very much a part of our ensemble. We knew that series was a possibility going into this season but they are a part of the team and we’ll see how it all plays out.”
Agents Of SHIELD airs on ABC in the US, and will air on Channel 4 in the UK.
I think Ward will always believe he is doing the right thing
There’s some quality shirt/ jacket coordination going on here. This episode of ER was getting ever more surreal.
Coulson is back – and with a cool robotic hand!