"Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." executive producers Maurissa Tancharoen and Jed Whedon offered some new insight on the show's upcoming third season during an interview with Entertainment Weekly, explaining why Lash represents a new kind of threat, where Ward stands, the "Secret Warriors" slow burn and more.
In regards to new Inhuman threat Lash (Matthew Willig), Whedon explained the show's version of the character would be their own -- with some comic book influences, of course. "I would just say that we're doing our own take on it. There will be some elements from the comics for sure, but as we always do, we want people to not know what's coming, so we're changing it up a little bit."
"And on a very basic level, we were interested in putting a monster in the mix, because he is not human and his looks are pretty crazy and scary. We wanted to put our team up against something like that," Tancharoen elaborated.
Lash won't be the show's only antagonist, however. "[Ward] is definitely one of their main problems," Tancharoen added. "[S.H.I.E.L.D.] are very aware of the Inhuman issue and Ward is still out there. So, he is absolutely on their radar."
While the Inhumans will be on S.H.I.E.L.D.'s radar, don't expect a direct leap into the "Secret Warriors" storyline. "It's going to be a very slow build to what you see in Secret Warriors," explained Tancharoen. "It's in very, very nascent stages when we first come into the season. Daisy [Chloe Bennet] is the only power person on the team."
"And while there is a desire to put a team together like that, there are so many complications and so many aspects to it that make it difficult that it will not be up and running right away. 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," Whedon added.
The third season will also herald some blossoming romances. "One of the things that we have this year that we haven't had before is some couples -- there are some that have broken up in the past episodes, there are some maybe getting back together, there's potential for some new ones," Whedon dished. "We do have a fair amount of people on our show, and when you're stuck with people and they're fighting the good fight, those heightened situations tend to throw you together. So I think we'll be feeling a little bit more of that this year."
Viewers will also get a lot of answers in the first episode, including where Bobbi (Adrianne Palicki) stands and how the Terrigen Mists affect the ordinary human population. "That will be answered in the first episode," Whedon confirmed.