Season one of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. left the characters (and viewers) in dire straits. S.H.I.E.L.D. had been infiltrated by one of its own and all but destroyed. In season two, Director Phil Coulson will be at the helm rebuilding S.H.I.E.L.D. from the ground up. During its Comic-Con panel, it was revealed Lucy Lawless will play a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent this Fall, to the crowd's whooping approval.
While the first season was about laying the groundwork for who all these characters are and how they fit into Marvel's classic comic book and film universe, season two, the panel revealed, gets to create its own stories and build on the characters fans love. You bet they'll be looking into Skye's parentage, with executive producer Maurissa Tancharoen insisting we'll discover the identity of the man with the bloody hand, while Chloe Bennett (Skye) says she wonders "Could I be Jessica Drew?" aka Spider-Woman.
And then there's the task of getting S.H.I.E.L.D. functioning again despite the villains of Hydra lurking around the corner. Brett Dalton, who plays double crossing Hydra agent Ward, teased in our interview that there could be "someone even higher up" than Garrett, his deceased Hydra compatriot. Not to fear! Clark Gregg said Coulson "and his team are pretty ingenious about coming up with what they need. It's going to go lo-fi, old school . . . back alleys, building it one step at a time, back to something that can really protect people and be trustworthy." Hail S.H.I.E.L.D.
Keep reading for more of what the show's cast and creators revealed of season two, including that whole SkyeWard romance and how Clark Gregg might be Phil Coulson.