“Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” is returning with a whole new season on Sept. 23, but Coulson and his team will still be fighting the same enemy: HYDRA.
Zap2it spoke with stars Clark Gregg, Chloe Bennet and Elizabeth Henstridge, and they all say that SHIELD and Director Coulson are going to be doing their best to combat the HYDRA threat when Season 2 picks up.
“There was a lot more layers to HYDRA than Alexander Pierce [in ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’] and John Garrett [on ‘SHIELD’],” Gregg says. “I never got the feeling that the entity that was HYDRA, if they’d been able to keep themselves submerged like a virus within SHIELD for 50 years, that anything that went on at the end of ‘Winter Soldier’ or the end of our show had annihilated them. I think it’s a reasonable likelihood that they have a lot more nasty to bring to us than we’ve seen so far.”
Much of the beginning of Season 2 will revolve around Coulson trying to rebuild SHIELD, but Gregg admits that there was a major violation of trust for his character when he learned so many people he worked closely with for years were actually the enemy.
“If Coulson’s going to have to rebuild SHIELD in a way that’s better this time, that’s different — which is what I believe Nick Fury asked him to do — what’s going to be a big part of doing it right is finding out who you can really trust,” Gregg teases.
Henstridge says that the question of whether people are HYDRA or allies of SHIELD is built into the DNA of Season 2’s premiere.
“Because of where our team is now, being the headquarters of the organization, we’re going to get a lot more people coming in and out and sort of recurring throughout the season rather than ‘this is an episode about this person’ and then we never see them again,” she says. “We’re trying to gain ground against HYDRA and it’s not easy, and we don’t necessarily have all the resources that we did before because we don’t have the same infrastructure because it was destroyed.”
But Bennet cautions that this season isn’t just going to be a takedown of the remaining HYDRA members.
“They will definitely have a big presence. I wouldn’t necessarily say ‘HYDRA vs. SHIELD,’ but HYDRA will still have a big part of the story lines on the show,” Bennet says. “I don’t think it’s necessarily the main issue, but it’s there for sure.”
Henstridge adds, “SHIELD has to rebuild, and so that brings in all sorts of conflicts. In Season 1 we were kind of an isolated team within a bigger organization. Now we are the organization. There are so many elements that come with that. We kick off very strong in Season 2.”
“Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” Season 2 premieres on Sept. 23 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.