Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Time to Start Recruiting Secret Warriors! Part 4

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If you’ve been following my series of articles looking at potential recruits for Skye’s Secret Warriors on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 3, you know that there are a TON of options out there!  My first article looked at 10 different characters who have either appeared or been mentioned on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.  The second article did the same with the 7 members of the Secret Warriors team in the comics (8 if you include Skye/Daisy/Quake).  In the third article I went through 7 of the NuHumans from the comics (again, 8 if you include Skye/Daisy/Quake)—people who discovered latent Inhuman ancestry after Black Bolt detonated the Terrigen Bomb.

Of the 24 characters I examined, not all of them are going to become Secret Warriors.  In fact, there may only be one character from that list who actually joins the Secret Warriors—Skye/Daisy/Quake.  But that’s not nearly as much fun to write!

Here are the 8 characters (out of the 24) that I think could become the Secret Warriors team on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.  I won’t include a ton of background on each one; if you want to learn more I encourage you to look at the previous articles where I go into more detail.

While putting this team together, I’m going to operate off of the Team Compositions concept that I wrote out back in May.  If you want more information, check out the original article.  If you just need a reminder, here is the list of roles that need to be filled:

  • Leader (and Lieutenant)
  • Tank
  • Heavy Artillery
  • Bruiser
  • Sniper
  • Aerial Support
  • Pilot
  • Spy
  • Medic
  • Technical Support

The Team:

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This one is pretty much self-explanatory.  At the end of the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 2 finale, Coulson gave Skye a folder labeled “Caterpillar” and instructed her to build a team of enhanced people to work for S.H.I.E.L.D. as a covert strike team.  So she’s definitely the leader of the team.

Skye has been one of the main characters for 2 seasons, and the entire second season revolved around learning who and what she is, unlocking her powers, and “meeting the parents.”  Going forward she will only become more important as one of Coulson’s top lieutenants and the leader of the Secret Warriors.


Being an Inhuman with electrical powers, Lincoln is extremely powerful, though he still retains human appearance.  However, he may be even more important to the Secret Warriors as both a medic (he’s a med student) and an Inhuman Transitioner—someone trained in techniques designed to aid the newly-transformed Inhuman’s body in adjusting to its Terrigenesis transformations.  If the Secret Warriors are called on to track down new, confused Inhumans, his abilities will be doubly important:  first to stun someone who’s freaking out and using their powers uncontrollably, and second to “transition” them so they can be brought into the new Inhuman community.

Mike Peterson, aka Deathlok

As a Secret Warrior, I doubt that Deathlok will be going on any covert missions.  He just doesn’t blend in very well.  However, his skills would make him a definite asset on the right missions.  He’s the one Skye would want to bring in when they get in over their head and need an exit strategy.  He can fly the transport in and keep the enemy occupied while the rest of the team evacuates.

Yo-Yo Rodriguez, aka Slingshot

Yo-Yo is the daughter of Johnny Horton, aka the Griffin.  However, her powers are radically different from her father’s.  Rather than having prosthetics to look like a mythical griffin, Yo-Yo has the ability to run at super speed and bounce back to the point where she started running.  This seems like an unusual ability, but it would allow her to hit just as hard as Quicksilver, and do it repeatedly from the same direction.

Dear old Dad would be so proud, wouldn't he?
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Jerry Sledge, aka Stonewall

The son of Carl “Crusher” Creel, aka the Absorbing Man, “Stonewall” has powers similar to his father’s, which were given to him when he touched his father.  In addition to the ability to change his molecular composition to that of any substance he touches, Stonewall also has super strength and size increasing abilities.  He would probably be one of the powerhouses of the team alongside Deathlok.

Sarah Garza

Sarah Garza is a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who discovered her Inhuman heritage and gained the ability to generate energy explosions.  James Rhodes (War Machine) designed a containment suit to help her control her powers, and she even joined the Secret Avengers for a while.  She would be one of the hardest hitters on the team, but with the tradeoff of serious control issues.


Flint is an African-American Inhuman with the ability to control rock.  At first parts of his body are covered in rock, but as he gains control of his powers he learns to make the rock on his body disappear.


Naja is a teenager whose transformation gave her a very reptilian appearance as well as a tail.  However, she also has wings which enable her to fly.  In addition to flight, she has the ability to make herself invisible depending on her emotional state.  Both of these abilities would be invaluable:  of the characters mentioned, she is the only one who can fly naturally, and her invisibility would be a huge asset on covert missions.

What do you think for my first attempt at something like this?
Better than the New Avengers one at least, right?
This team would consist of 5 Inhumans and 3 enhanced humans, and I think it would hit all of the Team Composition requirements and give us a pretty diverse group of people.

Team Composition

Leader – Coulson; Field Commander – Skye; Lieutenant – Lincoln?

Tank – Deathlok, Stonewall

Heavy Artillery – Deathlok, Sarah Garza, Flint

Bruiser – Deathlok, Lincoln, Slingshot, Stonewall

Sniper – Skye

Aerial Support – Naja (while another flyer would be an asset, I don’t think it would be absolutely necessary.  These aren’t the Avengers, after all.)

Pilot – Deathlok

Spy – Skye, Naja, Stonewall (think Absorbing Man blending into the wall)

Medic – Lincoln

Technical Support – Skye, Deathlok, Sarah Garza

Possible Missions

I wasn’t originally going to add this section, but while I was putting together the previous few articles, I found several characters who could appear on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as targets for missions which the Secret Warriors need to complete.  So here are a few potential missions that the Secret Warriors might undertake.

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Kamala Khan

Kamala Khan, aka Ms. Marvel, has been rumored to be joining the MCU in the near future.  She is a Pakistani-American teenager who has been given shapeshifting abilities.  She could debut on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and even appear alongside the Secret Warriors in a limited story arc setting up her own series.  This arc would involve Kamala undergoing Terrigenesis, discovering her powers, meeting the Secret Warriors, and agreeing to help them out if they need her.


Doris is a widow who went to Matt Murdock for help when her house was foreclosed.  When she went through Terrigenesis, she turned into a squid-like creature with a ton of tentacles in place of her arms.  This mission would involve rescuing her from regular humans who are terrified of her squid-like appearance and bringing her to a (newly-formed) Inhuman refuge where Lincoln and other Inhuman Transitioners and Mentors help those who can no longer live alongside humans.  This seems like a good mission for the Secret Warriors to cut their teeth on.

Donnie Gill, aka Blizzard

I really don’t think that Gill was killed in “Making Friends and Influencing People” (2x03), so it is absolutely possible for him to make a reappearance at some point down the road.  If he does, and his abilities have advanced to the point that normal agents can’t handle him, Skye’s team may be called in to defeat him and take him into custody.

Thane (unlikely)

Thane is the son of Thanos and an Inhuman woman.  He has absolutely mind-numbing abilities that give him the ability to warp reality within a certain radius of himself.  Among other things, he can encase people in an amber construct that places them in a state called “living death.”  However, his powers are extremely unstable and he does not know how to control them.  In story terms, Thane is kind of important because in the comics Thanos’ search for him led to his assault on Attilan and Black Bolt’s subsequent detonation of the Terrigen Bomb.  As a result he can create a major tie-in between the looming villain for the Infinity War movies and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the TV corner of the universe.  As a season-long story arc sometime down the line, the Secret Warriors may find themselves faced with subduing Thane while he struggles to control his powers, and simultaneously protecting him from one of Thanos’ lieutenants.

However, I would be surprised if Thane appears on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Man-Thing (unlikely)

Man-Thing was mentioned in “Nothing Personal” (1x20), and in the comics he is actually a hero—to the extent that he does heroic things, though the heroes do have some trouble communicating with him.  In the MCU, Hill implies that he was an inmate at the Fridge until Hydra took it over and freed all of the prisoners.  This would suggest that he is now loose.  If he appears on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., my guess is that regardless of his intentions, normal people will be terrified of his appearance and S.H.I.E.L.D. will have to investigate.  Coulson sends in Skye and her team, and they have to determine how much of a threat Man-Thing poses and find a way to take him in.  And the Secret Warriors taking him in could set be the set-up for the creation of a “Phil Coulson’s Howling Commandos” team (with a werewolf and a vampire, not a bunch of soldiers).

However, I think that Man-Thing would be a little too effects-heavy to appear regularly on a TV show, so if he were to set up a “Phil Coulson’s Howling Commandos” team, it would probably be a movie, or at the least a limited series.


I think the characters I suggest here would be an interesting team and able to handle a lot of different situations.  A couple of the characters are throwbacks to the original concept of recruiting children of super villains.  A couple follow the current plan of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to introduce more super-powered people by means of the Terrigen Fish Oil.  And then there are three who have already been introduces and whose story can continue as part of this team.

Is this going to be the Secret Warriors team that we see?  Probably not.  But if it is, you heard it here first!

What characters do you want to see as part of Skye’s Secret Warriors?  Put your list in the comments, and be sure to follow the Team Composition Guidelines!

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