Marvel has announced Australian actor Luke Mitchell, who played as Inhuman Lincoln Campbell in Season 2 of Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. will be promoted as a regular and appear in 10 episodes of the next season of the popular franchise.
Mitchell first appeared in April as an Inhuman Afterlife who has initially pledged his allegiance to Skye's (Chloe Bennet) mother Jiaying (Dichen Lachman). Lincoln was also credited for showing Skye her true potential in Season 2 of Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., said Ecumenical News.
Executive producer and head of Marvel television Jeph Loeb commented about Mitchell, "Luke proved a valuable addition to our cast in Season 2, and after seeing him light up the screen with his charisma we knew we had to have him back for more." And added the producers have big plans for Lincoln's character in the upcoming Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., "Our writers have come up with big plans for the character of Lincoln in our next season, and we can't wait for fans to see everything we have in store."
The promotion of Mitchell is expected at Marvels Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. seems to be focusing on developing a new set of Inhuman superheroes. Lincoln's character as an energy wielding Inhuman will play a major role as Season 3 is seen towards a more Inhumans-centric season, reports, Den of Geek.
Indeed, in the final moments of S.O.S. S.H.I.E.L.D. director Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) was seen handing Skye (Chloe Bennet) a nicely-on-brand blue file containing details of the new superhero project. The file is speculated to include members of the soon-to-be created superhero team, different from the Avengers, Earth's mightiest heroes.
True to the tradition of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. of recruiting people with special abilities, the new superhero team will also focus on people with special powers but they will be operating more covertly than the Avengers. Skye reminded Coulson of her mother's protective attitude towards inhumans. She told Coulson upon signing up for the project, "People like me need to be kept a secret. Not like the Avengers out in the open. If we do this, we need to be...."
To which Coulson quickly butted in, "Anonymous," avoiding the word "secret."
The report also cited Marvel's release of the official synopsis of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
"Director Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) embarks on a deadly new secret mission to protect the world from new threats in the wake of SHIELD's wars with Hydra and a rogue faction of Inhumans."
Not much details, but we can draw speculations that the next installment of the hugely popular franchise will be featuring more of the Secret Warriors team.
Producer Jeffrey Bell addressed commented in a new interview, "The idea of a team of powered people is something we've seen in the show, and I think there's a world down the road where we do our version. We do our version of all these things so they may not be Secret Warriors but there's a whole lot of super-powered people fighting super-powered people. That's not really what we do or what we can even do on a weekly series. But tipping our hats to that direction I think is something we're suggesting there in the new season."
Brett Dalton's character, Grant Ward, is speculated to be one of the villains in the next season. Although in an interview with Zap2It, Dalton said that Ward might not play the bad guy in Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. next season.
"He is, I guess, officially a total bad guy now, and the head of the bad guys, but I think there's always that chance. I think what keeps you tuning in every week is there's still that chance that he might still be a good guy underneath all of that," he said.
Other villains that are rumored to make their appearance in Marvel's Agents of of S.H.I.E.L.D. are Absorbing man, The Wrecking Crew (Thunderball, Bulldozer, Wrecker & Piledriver), The Tinkerer, Hydra - Viper, Leader, Taskmaster, A.I.M - M.O.D.O.K, and Wonder man, according to Movie Pilot.
There is no official premiere date for Agents of SHIELD season 3. But Season one of the series was aired on Tuesday, September 24th, 2013. Season two premiered on Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014. If Marvel and ABC follow the same calendar, then we can guess that the premiere date for Agents of SHIELD season 3 is on Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015.