It’s not long until Marvel brings back Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. back after its midseason break. So, what should we expect?
Well, the first episode is titled “Bouncing Back”, that much we do know. We know that the Secret Warriors will be assembled, with Slingshot included in their ranks. We also know that Absorbing Man will be returning. Remember Absorbing Man appearing in Season 2? Well, he’s slated to come back and might just be within the ranks of the Secret Warriors.
The comics lineup of the Secret Warriors included Jerry Sledge, codename Stonewall. Stonewall possessed super strength, enhanced durability, and the ability to replicate the properties of any substance he touches. Sound familiar? Well, it’s a power he got from his dad, one Carl “Crusher” Creel, aka Absorbing Man. So is Creel taking up Junior’s place in the Secret Warriors? Well, since there’s been no talk of Stonewall being cast this season, some commentators think it’s a possibility. We’ll just have to wait and see.
Next up, Grant Ward is to return from parts alien having been mutated into a version of the supervillain Hive. Exec Producer Jed Whedon has said of the character:
“As we saw in the midseason finale episode, Ward is back on Earth, but he’s definitely not the same Ward who went through the portal to the alien world….Our version of Hive is going to have its own unique twist and be very different from what fans have seen so far. We will see similarities that pay homage to the original character, but fans will see that Hive is taking an exciting new direction in the world of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.IE.L.D. Grant Ward has been one of the most compelling characters and captivating villains to write for and Brett Dalton has taken on every challenge with ease and a presence that is unmatched. Ward has evolved in every season of ‘SHIELD’ and we are so excited for fans to see our take (and Brett’s take!) on this well-known character.”
And thanks to our friends at Nerdlist, here’s a picture of Brett Dalton in character, albeit looking a bit less like Davy Jones from Pirates of the Caribbean than Hive does in the comics:
Finally, the ever-playful Clarke Gregg has been teasing that Coulson’s return through the alien portal might result in a similarly-dramatic change. In an interview with TV Guide recently, Gregg had this to say:
“I don’t think he comes back with any easy answer. I think in the moment, it felt like the only course of action possible to him. I don’t think he’s going to know for some time if this was a terrible mistake that changes him and maybe turns him into a super-villain – it becomes, really, a show about a team run by a super-villain – or not.”
So, super-villain Agent Coulson, anyone? I’d have a bag of that! But then I’d love to see the X-Men make a guest appearance, and we all know how likely that is…