The larger Marvel Cinematic Universe may have the Avengers, a team of superpowered individuals who come together to form Earth's Mightiest Heroes, but Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is about to get their own super-team. Daisy is forming the Secret Warriors on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 3, which has been teased throughout the entire first half of the season. In the premiere episode it seemed like Mack and Hunter would be on Daisy's team and, although they were on a team together, it looks like that wasn't the Secret Warriors.
So, what do we know about the Secret Warriors from the comics, and how has Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. been hinting at the arrival of this super team on the show? Well, the Marvel Comics version is quite different from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s in terms of roster since the comic book Secret Warriors featured mutants, children of gods, and mystical beings in addition to Inhumans. It's a safe bet that gods and mystical beings won't be on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. anytime soon (though Doctor Strange or Thor: Ragnarok may change that in the future). Additionally, though Fury's Secret Warriors were formed for another reason, he eventually tasked them with destroying Hydra.
Now that our comic book history is out of the way, what do we know about the Secret Warriors on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.? The team was first hinted in the Season 2 finale, then called Caterpillars, and, throughout Season 3, Daisy has mentioned recruiting newly-transformed Inhumans for her super-secret team — which we got our first glimpse of during "Closure" when Daisy suited up with fellow Inhumans Lincoln Campbell and Joey Gutierrez. So far, Daisy appears to be the only member of the Marvel Comics Secret Warriors that will also be included on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. — at least for now. Even the person in charge of giving the Secret Warriors the green light is different: in the comics it was Nick Fury, but in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. it's Director Mack.
However, in terms of similarities, it seems the Secret Warriors will serve a similar purpose in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as in the comics since Mack is tasking Daisy and her team with going after the newly resurrected head of Hydra (remember: "Cut off one head, two more shall take its place"). For their first mission, it seems the Secret Warriors will suit up because everyone else is stretched too thin, on a quest for vengeance, or captives of the enemy. If there was ever a good time to green light an untested, but undoubtedly strong team of superpowered individuals, that sounds like it to me.
With the Secret Warriors only set to make their official debut in the midseason finale, that leaves plenty more time for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to explore the super-team. Maybe we'll even see more of their comic book members join the fold — maybe, but probably not anytime soon. Still, since Secret Warriors are a Marvel Comics mainstay fans have been hoping to see since Season 1, it should make for an exciting aspect now that it's here.
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