Agents of SHIELD postmortem: Where the heck is Simmons?

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Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. wasted no time in revealing exactly where Simmons is during Tuesday’s season premiere — but that doesn’t mean she’ll be reuniting with the team anytime soon. “Agents of SHIELD” crammed plenty of twists into its season premiere, introducing us to Constance Zimmer’s enigmatic Rosalind Price, head of the Advanced Threat Containment Unit, and two new Inhumans — potential ally Joey Gutierrez (Juan Pablo Raba).; and the destructive Lash (Matthew Willig).The world looks a little different in the “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” season three premiere, thanks in large part to the Terrigen crystals that were dumped into the ocean at the end of season two, threatening to unlock the latent Inhuman DNA in anyone who comes into contact with them (or alternatively turn them to dust, depending on their genetics). Missing in action for most of the premiere, Simmons was finally revealed to be in the desert … on another planet, that is, and definitely not in our solar system. “It can’t be because of the terrain and what you see,” executive producer Jed Whedon tells EW. “There’s very few planets that have that configuration that she would not be dead if she were there.” During the season 2 finale, the recently discovered Kree monolith suddenly turned into liquid form, absorbing Simmons before reforming as if nothing ever happened — causing S.H.I.E.L.D. fans to spend the summer pondering what happened to the intrepid scientist. “It was so cool,” Elizabeth Henstridge says of her first reaction to the planet reveal. “I hadn’t thought of that. The episode’s final moments also revealed that Agent Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) is still alive on a mysterious planet after being swallowed up by the Kree Monolith in last season’s finale.

Before we get this recap going, allow me to formally introduce myself: I’m Andrea, and some of you may know me from Marvel’s Art of Evolution, or maybe from recaps all the way back in season 1 — that naive, innocent time where no one knew Ward was evil and Coulson still had two hands. But, the time for theorizing is finally over as the ABC hit returns for season three, bringing along with it some answers. (Just some—this is a Marvel production, after all!) E!

Variety spoke to “SHIELD” star Chloe Bennet (aka Daisy Johnson) about her character’s dynamic with Lincoln (Luke Mitchell), suspicions about Rosalind and what’s ahead in episode 302. I’ll be the agent talking about the show with you this year, so without further adieu, it’s time to dive into season 3: the season where everything is shiny and new, from Daisy’s name to Coulson’s hand to Fitz’s reemergence of courage.

It’s up to Daisy Johnson (Chloe Bennet) — the SHIELD agent formerly known as Skye — and her allies to track down the newly transformed Inhumans and assess whether they’re worthy of joining her new team, which is loosely based on a group known as the Secret Warriors in Marvel’s comic book canon. News was lucky enough to attend a screening of premiere, where we spoke with the cast about the season ahead, and trust us: The episode is not to be missed.

Oh, and with the introduction of terrigen-tainted fish oil into the ecosystem, there are new Inhumans popping up all over the world, laying the groundwork for the Inhumans film, slated for 2019. Do you think Daisy is going to be torn between her loyalties to SHIELD and the Inhumans at any point, or is she pretty firmly on the same page as the rest of SHIELD now?

She’s had to face things that she never would’ve imagined, also by herself without Fitz [Iain de Caestecker], so she’s definitely changed, stronger and kind of damaged.” Finding out how Simmons landed in a galaxy far, far away won’t be revealed right away, though. “There will be some breadcrumbs, and then at some point we will fully explore what’s happened to her in a way that is maybe the craziest thing we’ve done,” Bell says. “We’ve very excited. Some time has passed since the events of the finale and there’s still no sign of Jemma, something that’s fundamentally changed poor Fitz (Iain De Caestecker). “Wherever Simmons is, Fitz will be looking for her, you can expect,” he told us. It’s a different kind of episode for us — to give Elizabeth and Simmons the chance to really show what she went through seems really cool.” It appears that Simmons is on the run. “That is fair to say,” EP Maurissa Tancharoen says, though Henstridge adds: “I don’t know what she’s running away from.

I grew up with six brothers and with comic books and sports and I always wanted to be someone who kicked ass and was part of a team like a superhero, rather than a Barbie or a princess, so getting to do that was an ultimate dream come true. Considering Marvel has greenlit a movie called “Inhumans” for a July 12, 2019 release, it seems Agent Coulson will be have a lot of missions in his inbox for the next few years. “I was pleasantly surprised that they let us break open the story of Inhumans on our show,” says Gregg. “I don’t know that they even have a script for that movie yet honestly. She thinks she’s not alone.” Simmons smeared mud across a cut on her head, potentially covering the scent of blood from whatever may be following her. “Very good idea, yes,” the actress coyly responds. I think she feels a responsibility because her mom, as crazy as she was, was trying to protect Inhumans and trying to help these people, whether they’re kids or adults who are turning into something that they’re not necessarily ready to be, or they’re automatically turning into something different and society isn’t ready for it. He’s coming into his powers in a Hulk-esque way, running amok through the city and causing destruction wherever he goes, without really knowing why he’s doing it at all.

Marvel produces “Future Fight” in partnership with South Korea’s Netmarble Games, which recently invested $130 million in L.A.-based game developer SGN. While we only got a brief glimpse, expect to explore that planet more throughly soon. “What you see in the first show is literally a taste,” executive producer Jeph Loeb says. “It’s a little tiny nugget of what it is to come.” For the record, our recapper Andrea Towers totally thinks this is the Blue Area of the Moon — and I may have to agree with her. Now they are in a new world and the rules are going to have to change.” As for a more direct tie-in to the next film from the MCU, Whedon plays expectantly coy. “Obviously it’s all one universe and we can’t say much, but we can say that we do have people across the globe who have powers on our show and there would be varying reactions to that,” he says. “A lot of fear, some excitement, some people wanting to use it for good, some people wanting to use it for evil. Two black cars show up attempting to subdue him, but before they can officially take him in, they’re blasted away by what is arguably one of the most badass superhero arrivals of the season. Despite her dire circumstances, Simmons hasn’t given up hope that she’ll find her way back home. “When we see her, yes, she has hope,” Henstridge says. “She definitely goes through periods of absolute dejection, but she has hope when we see her.” Back at home, Fitz clearly feels the same.

Call her whatever you want, just don’t call her Skye, because she’s finally got a real identity (and some new hair, and a new uniform) and homegirl is OWNING it. He’s struggling with his new Inhuman abilities and obviously has a different perspective from Daisy, but also perhaps some common ground because they’re both used to feeling like outsiders. Daisy manages to get Joey into a special carton (specifically, a polytechnic adaptive module that can be customized to someone’s powers) and sends him straight up into the sky, effectively making Joey’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day even worse. Whether it’s personal stuff, family stuff, or S.H.I.E.L.D.” You didn’t think S.H.I.E.L.D. would be the only ones handling the influx of Inhumans, did you? “It becomes clear very quickly that S.H.I.E.L.D.’s not the only people trying to track them down and there’s another very formidable organization run by a very formidable person played by Constance Zimmer, a character named Rosalind Price,” Gregg teased. “She’s kind of the female Coulson. In the aftermath, we’re treated to our first introduction of the woman we’ll come to know as Rosalind Price (UnREAL’s Constance Zimmer), who is apparently behind the other people who are trying to take Joey in.

She’s tough and formidable and funny and smart, and he can’t tell if she’s gonna cut off another piece of him.” Rosalind quickly proves herself to be no joke, though her motivations remain murky, at best. “You know, I don’t even know if she’s good or bad, to be honest, and that’s been fun to play with,” Zimmer admitted. “Everybody is kinda looking over their shoulder.” As for rumors that sparks may begin to fly between Coulson and Rosalind? “There’s truth to it. Joey is the first person that she really feels like could be part of the team; they have to go through a certain level of assessment before that happens. As for him being gay, I was really, really happy to see that, and I am mostly happy to see how nonchalant it was and how subtle it was and how no one made a big deal about it.

He just gets funnier and funnier, we shot a couple of scenes last week where I actually was laughing so hard I needed to rein it in and be a professional, but he was cracking me up. That’s the kind of reference to someone being gay that I like to see; it doesn’t affect the storyline in any way — it’s subtle, and I thought that was really good on the writers. Just like when people ask what it’s like to play a strong female character and it’s always a little frustrating… Yeah, why don’t you ask Clark (Gregg) what it’s like to play a strong male character?

Him telling her what to do, she rolling her eyes.” While Bobbi’s taking it easy, Lance Hunter (Nick Blood)’s got Hydra on the mind. “It’s kind of tunnel-vision on Ward, really,” Blood admitted. “I think he’s determined to avenge the torture of Bobbi and he’s hell-bent on that, really. He is gonna be a tough little cookie; I don’t think it’s gonna be as easy as people think and I’m pretty happy about that because often TV tends to be very easy in how things happen very conveniently. Does it feel like Daisy is on equal footing with Coulson (Clark Gregg) now that she’s a leader in her own right, or does she still defer to him, given his somewhat paternal bond with her? And there’s a good chance the crystals have spread to other sea life, which means that until they can get a read on just how widespread it is, they have no idea what kind of outbreak they’re looking at. At the same time, what I love about this season is every character has something different to worry about, the priority is different for every character.

At the beginning, Fitz is hyperfocused on finding Simmons; Bobbi’s (Adrianne Palicki) main [goal] is getting back in the field and nursing her bad knee; Hunter’s concern is finding Ward (Brett Dalton) and he wants to kill Ward; and Coulson’s dealing with the ATCU; everyone has these different agendas. It’s kind of like those rooms they have for people in The Island, all white and closed off with a happy little landscape tacked to the wall so you feel like you actually have some connection to the outside world.

Joey’s still unwilling to cooperate, even after Bobbi drops all of her Facebook-earned spy knowledge on him, so Daisy and Mack attempt to talk to him, instead. Daisy attempts to tell him about the terrigen, alien DNA and all, which goes over about as well as you’d expect for someone who was just living a normal life before taking a few vitamins. She doesn’t want her as a stepmom, that’s for sure. (Laughs.) It’s a little too convenient; she’s right to feel a little bit of iffiness, she doesn’t trust her — she thinks she has a separate agenda from what she’s saying to Coulson and I think the audience will see pretty quickly what that is. [Daisy’s] just trying to make sure she keeps Coulson in check, like… “don’t go sleeping with the enemy any time soon!” I think it’ll be interesting. We’re only on episode 7 and it’s already pulled all of us around; we don’t know which way it’s gonna go, so I’m excited to see what happens with that. Mack has since locked up the room and Bobbi reveals that no one’s stepped into it since the occurrence, and also that Fitz is M.I.A., chasing down leads on his own time.

Props to costume designer Ann Foley for some great work.) The place where he’s going is somewhere that’s so dangerous, even his driver tells him that he shouldn’t go there alone. Fitz had tracked it to a museum in Iraq where Yusef’s thugs had taken it and now, he wants it back to save a friend, in exchange for what’s in the briefcase. Yousef finally asks Fitz if he loves the girl he’s talking about since he went through all of this trouble, and I find it interesting that Yousef immediately makes that assumption, as Fitz never specifies who he’s trying to find. The two end up making the trade, with Fitz securing the artifact and Yousef receiving a case of the splinter bombs used in the U.N. attack, the same weapons used to kill Bakshi — the ones that leave no remains.

Back at headquarters, we find out Bobbi has gotten a hit on our mystery woman: Apparently, she visits a DC branch office every few days and then goes home alone on the Metro. Bbefore they can finish the conversation, they’re both interrupted by their phones; they take their respective calls, Coulson using the moment to break free while Rosalind moves to another car. Not knowing how to deal with Joey, Daisy considers calling in Lincoln for help, because if she’s had issues with adapting to her powers, Lincoln’s got her beat by a mile.

We get the impression that Lincoln has kind of peaced out of the whole S.H.I.E.L.D. thing, and we’d be right: He’s now working in a hospital, trying to start over.

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