During ABC‘s Television Critics Association press tour this week, Mitchell participated in a candid chat with a small group of journalists, including CBR News. The actor told us that despite the dedication he’s shown to fellow Inhuman Daisy “Skye” Johnson, the newly uprooted Lincoln — who’s in the midst of figuring out his new place in the post-Inhuman Marvel Universe — might not be exactly the instant, steadfast ally Director Coulson and his S.H.I.E.L.D. team might assume him to be.
We’ve heard there’s a time jump to kick off the season. Where do we pick up?
Luke Mitchell: That’s a very good question.
Look, I can’t tell you much apart from what they’ve given me for my character. I mean, [Skye and Mac], they’re kind of starting to look for new Inhumans, and I’ve kind of been searching for my own thing. I think at the end of Season Two and the climax there, it’s more about Lincoln trying to work out who he is and where he stands, because he feels a bit betrayed by both sides. He doesn’t know where he fits.
The Lincoln who’s been introduced in Season Two is going to be a very different Lincoln in Season Three, just in terms of — the audience is introduced to him in a hierarchy of Inhumans. And that’s like his safety net, his backbone. Just, like, a version of him. And now that he’s been betrayed by that, you’re going to be introduced to him outside of that, and he needs to work out where he stands and where his allegiances lie.
Do we get to learn more about his backstory?
I hope so. It got hinted at a little bit at the end of Season Two. I’d love for there to be some backstory or some flashback episodes. I don’t know, to be honest. I do know that there will be more information coming out about Lincoln, either not present or in the future — hopefully, the past.
When we pick up, will it describe what his relationship with S.H.I.E.L.D. is going to be from the start? He’s not necessarily an agent, but an ally, maybe?
I think he’s in the gray area. Don’t take this the wrong way, but I think he’s dangerous in the sense that they don’t know whether they can trust him, and I don’t think he knows what to trust. So I think it’s rocky. I think their relationship is rocky. S.H.I.E.L.D. needs to play their cards right, and Lincoln needs to work things out pretty quick and smart, yeah. I’m going to cut myself off before I say too much.
Do you get to take his power skill set further?
I don’t know, to be honest. I know that they’re taking my character further and expanding him, just in a basic sense. But I like to think I’ll be expanded in all different ways. What exactly that means, I don’t know.
What was the toughest stunt scene you got to do in the second season?
Ah, I got it pretty light, to be honest. I think most of my stuff was powers-based. So, like, my fight scenes, I don’t even know if I had to make contact with anyone physically. It was all pretty light by comparison to “Tomorrow People.” And you’ve got Chloe doing this like awesome, one-shot fight scene. So all my stuff is like a piece of cake, really.
How about the relationship with Skye, where does that start off?
Well, I think they’ve set up that they have some chemistry in Season Two, and I think that connection is going to remain throughout Season Three. But it’s going to be interesting to see how that is handled. I think it’s going to be slightly different points of view from both characters.
When you see something like “Daredevil”–
Do you get competitive?
Sure. Absolutely. First of all, I’m a huge “Daredevil” fan. I love that show. It’s, like, my favorite show to watch. And yeah, when I watched that, I was just like, “Wow — this is really cool. And this is in the same universe: hey, anything they can do, we can do better, right? So let’s do it. Let’s take it on. Let’s challenge ourselves.”
How hard are you lobbying Marvel, as far as, “Lincoln’s going to be in the ‘Inhumans’ movie, right?'”
Look, I still feel very new to the cast, and so I’m just biding my time. And then, hopefully, things unfold in a very good way for Lincoln, and I can do a very good job playing him. And then I’m like, “Hey, guys, what do you think? Lincoln, Inhumans movie, huh, huh?” Of course, I’d love to be in it. Who wouldn’t?
I think Marvel makes amazing movies, and I have no doubt that the Inhumans movie will be incredible. I think that’s really cool that S.H.I.E.L.D. gets to open up that world to the audience, because I don’t think a lot of people outside of comic book fans are really familiar with the Inhumans. I think that’s really cool that we’re doing that right now.
Are you doing your research through the comics stories?
Absolutely. Yeah, I’m reading the comic books, checking out how to do, like, a power stance. Like if I’m delivering my electricity, I’m going to know how to look cool and do it right. Yeah, absolutely.