As most of you know by now, when we last saw the team in the season finale of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. everything they had ever known as been turned on its head. Now, the rebuilding starts.
In the interest of fairness, if you have not yet seen Captain America: The Winter Soldier or the final half of the first season of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and are incredibly object to spoilers, you may want to stop reading now as some pretty big plot points are about to come into play.
I’m serious…this is your last chance. Ok…don’t say I didn’t warn you.
Last season, we watched as the world was turned upside down when HYDRA came out of hiding and revealed that they had infiltrated the S.H.I.E.L.D. organization at the highest levels.
For a good portion of the season, we watched as Coulson led his small team of operatives through an arduous journey that saw them come face to face with the greatest evil of all, the betrayal of a teammate.
In the season finale of the series, we watched as Director Nick Fury made an appearance. After saving the lives of Fitz and Simmons (thank goodness,) we watched as he came to the rescue of Coulson by bringing him the weapon he needed to destroy Garrett.
Then, as the episode came to a close, we watched as Fury told Coulson that he was going away for a while and that Coulson was now in charge of the entire operation. Yes, Agent Coulson is actually Director Coulson now. It’s still so new that it actually feels weird saying it.
Now, it is up to Agent Coulson to rebuild the S.H.I.E.L.D. organization piece by piece and restore order to something that was seemingly irrevocably broken.
In an interview with IGN, Clark Gregg, who plays Agent Phil Coulson in the series, discusses how Coulson has changed with everything that has happened to him, and what fans can look forward to in the upcoming season.
When asked about what kind of S.H.I.E.L.D. organization we can expect in the new season, Gregg talks about how Coulson is reinventing himself and figuring out a way to recreate S.H.I.E.L.D. so it doesn’t fall again.
“That’s a really interesting point just because what’s been clear to me is that the Agent Coulson who’s running this team post-Captain America: The Winter Soldier, post-Hydra, post-being killed and brought back to life with something in him he doesn’t understand… He’s a very different Coulson than the guy who everyone knew.” Gregg tells IGN. “A lot of people who knew him in the old days say, “He’s different.” I think you would have to be different having gone through that stuff. So I think he’s reinventing himself and re-understanding himself as a person anyway, which is probably really necessary to taking in the new environment and figuring out what SHIELD ought to be in a way that it doesn’t get rotten again.”
This brings us to the rather interesting scene that we say play out at the very end of the finale that saw Coulson inscribing symbols on a wall. Gregg elaborates on what may be going on in Coulson’s head and where that road may lead Coulson in the next season.
“Well, Coulson got to watch himself pre-memory wipe describing why he thought the whole Tahiti Project was a bad idea. He was talking about all the things that were happening to the people they were using on it and why he suggested they can the whole thing – and looked pretty shaken while he was saying it. So I’ve got to suspect that some of the stuff he saw and some of those patients have some version of the stuff that’s going to happen to him.” He tells IGN. “So we go from having no SHIELD at all, with a director on the run, to a tiny Guerrilla SHIELD with Agent Coulson at its head, and maybe not in his own right head. That sounds fun. That sounds like an interesting Season 2.”
Right now, there is no word as to where the story will take the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in the new season, what kind of alien races they may or may not encounter, or what villains they may face down; however, we do know that it is going to be an interesting ride.
Hopefully, they will expand on the story line with Skye and we may finally find out who or what she actually is once and for all.
What are you hoping for in the next season of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.? Where do you think the story will lead us? Let us know what you think in the comments below.