Just days after Clark Gregg name-dropped the Secret Warriors comic book series as a potential inspiration for the upcoming season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Variety reports that several characters from that 2009 - 2011 comic book series will be added to the show this fall. In addition, they have a new teaser image purported to be from Marvel with the words "Secret Warriors" painted on top of the S.H.I.E.L.D. logo.
One of the main characters of Jonathan Hickman's Secret Warriors series was Daisy "Quake" Johnson, a character that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. star Chloe Bennet's character Skye was revealed to be earlier this year. In finale to the second season of the TV series, an easter egg hinted at the Caterpillar initiative. In Marvel's comics line, that's an database started by Nick Fury of potential recruits with superhuman abilities.
According to Variety, the third season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will see Clark Gregg's Agent Coulson character look to recruit super-powered individuals like Skye/Quake to his cause in the recently reformed S.H.I.E.L.D. organization. Variety goes on to state that all of the superhumans up for recruitment are "new Inhumans."
Variety goes on to say that ABC and Marvel will have an interactive promotional element tied into this at this year's Comic-Con International, with actors hired to play S.H.I.E.L.D. ambassadors at the convention to "find the most dedicated fans and rewarding them with limited edition Secret Warriors pins." Interested fans will reportedly be able to track these men and women with details to be released on the @AgentsofSHIELD Twitter account. Those who received the Secret Warriors pin will be encouraged to show off the pin in a photo posted on social media. Some of the cast of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will then pick their favorites, to be posted on the show's Twitter account.
The third season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will debut September 29, and the show will be part of the "Marvel Television Presents" panel at SDCC on Friday July 10.