What can we expect when Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. premieres Season 3 in the US in a little over two weeks? This is a good time to turn away if you want to avoid spoilers, because the following will give you everything we know so far. Also, there’s casting news for the Netflix series “Luke Cage,” and a release date for “Jessica Jones,” and other news from around the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The following has some moderate spoilers, so move along if you don’t want to know…
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
1. Skye (Chloe Bennet) will fulfill her destiny as a Marvel Comics character, and be going by the name Daisy Johnson, whose S.H.I.E.L.D. code name is Quake. She’ll also have her own superhero costume.
2. Inhumans will be a major part of Season 3.
In a recent interview, Executive Producer Maurissa Tancharoen said “Last we left with the image of the fish oil on shelves — that is an indication perhaps there will be more Inhumans popping up all over the place. Our team has to deal with that and figure out who they can help through this process, figure out who’s good and who’s bad..”
3. So will the Secret Warriors.
According to Tancharoen, “It’s going to be a very slow build to what you see in Secret Warriors. It’s in very, very nascent stages when we first come into the season. Daisy is the only power person on the team.”
Executive Producer Jed Whedon adds “It’s something that’s a long-term goal of Coulson’s (Clark Gregg), but right now they’re in such emergency mode and there are so many things standing in their way. They need a solution to this problem that they don’t have yet. We’ll see that that desire to fill it is potentially a problem too because they don’t want to rush into things, so it will be a slow burn.”
4. Constance Zimmer will be hunting Inhumans.
Zimmer (‘House of Cards,’ ‘Entourage’) will play Rosalind Price, the head of a mysterious new government agency that will cross paths with S.H.I.E.L.D. as both seek out new Inhumans following the events of last season.
5. Agent May (Ming-Na Wen) will be back, but so will her husband (Blair Underwood).
6. Lincoln’s (Luke Mitchell) code name is Sparkplug, though he is not on the team when the series premieres. Don’t expect him to want to be, either.
7. Watch out for Lash!
In the comics, Lash (Matthew Willig) is a menacing-looking supervillain. AOS will be doing a bit of a different take on Lash. According to Executive Producer Jed Whedon, “We have two Inhumans [Bennet and Luke Mitchell] who are regulars on our show, and they both are fairly attractive. We want to also show the other side of the change that bad things can happen.”
8. Ward (Brett Dalton) is the new head of Hydra. Don’t expect a redemption arc for him.
9. While they will be the loci of a spin-off miniseries, Bobbi and Hunter will be on board.
Expect Bobbi (Adrianne Palicki) to still be in the throes of recovery from torture by Ward and Agent 33. Hunter (Nick Blood), in the meantime, may be seeking out Ward for some payback.
10. Alphonso “Mack” Mackenzie (Henry Simmons) will be back as a series regular.
11. Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) is still MIA, and the showrunners are keeping us all in the dark about it!
12. ABC has just released more new promo photos for “Laws of Nature,” the premiere episode.
Marvel has announced the Netflix premiere date for Jessica Jones, which will release all 13 episodes on Nov. 20.
Starring Krysten Ritter, the series finds the former superhero hanging up her cape to open a detective agency and promises a “suspenseful, edgy look into the life of … one of the most popular new Marvel characters of the last decade, as she faces demons from within and without.”
The cast also includes David Tennant (Doctor Who), Mike Colter (Netflix’s upcoming Luke Cage), Rachael Taylor (Charlie’s Angels), Carrie-Anne Moss (The Matrix) and Eka Darville (The Originals).
Frank Whaley has joined the cast of Netflix’s series, Luke Cage. He will play the recurring role of Detective Scarfe, a hard-nosed detective.
Mike Colter stars as Luke Cage, a wrongly accused man who, granted super strength by a sabotaged experiment, escapes prison to become a superhero for hire. Alfre Woodard, Simone Missick and Theo Rossi co-star, with Rosario Dawson reprising her role from Daredevil.
It appears Drew Goddard has returned to work on Daredevil’s second season. Goddard, who departed as showrunner in Season 1 to work on the since-scrapped Sinister Six movie, will not return as showrunner, but is still an executive producer of the show. When asked what role he actually plays as such, he said “My job is wonderful which is—I mean my friends are running it, Marco [Ramirez] and Doug [Petrie], and when I say, ‘What do you guys need?’ they say, ‘Come in, talk.’ That’s how it works, I’m still the executive producer. I show up and we talk about Matt Murdock and I say, ‘Do you need any more help?’ and they say, ‘No,’ and then I leave (laughs).”
Production for Season 2 of Agent Carter began last week. In a photo from the set, it can be seen that Agent Daniel Sousa (Enver Gjokaj) has been promoted to Chief of the SSR’s west coast office.
In the mid-credits scene of Ant-Man, shows Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) giving Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) her own costume to take up her late mother Janet Van Dyne’s mantle as the Wasp. Marvel Studios’ president/ producer Kevin Feige now hints when and where we are likely to see this happen.
“It’s going to be certainly a part of our Phase 3; some of the films we’ve announced in Phase 3, ” says Kevin Feige. “It is going to be a very important moment [in Ant-Man], and — spoiler alert! — we see that suit for the first time, and her father now is finally giving it to her and realizes that he can’t hold her back from what is essentially her destiny. It’s gonna be a very big part of one of our upcoming films.”