Daisy Johnson and Phil Coulson realized after the War Against the Inhumans that the world was filled with powered people who could be recruited to S.H.I.E.L.D., not only to benefit the organization but to help them feel as if they "belonged." They started the Caterpillars program to find, train, and have these individuals fight for good.Andrew Garner was asked to be the team's psychologist to evaluate mental combat readiness and the Cocoon was the training facility.
Eventually, Joey Gutierrez decided to be a member of the Secret Warriors after learning control over his powers. Lincoln Campbell, after helping S.H.I.E.L.D. to realize that Garner was the Inhuman killer dubbed Lash, joined the team on Coulson's request.
Cleared for Action
Alphonso Mackenzie, as acting director of S.H.I.E.L.D., officially activated the Secret Warriors to assist the organization in attacking the HYDRA Castle, a known HYDRA base which had the Monolith, a portal that was to be used to bring Hive to Earth.
Joey Gutierrez and Lincoln Campbell met as the other agents in the Playground prepared the Zephyr One for an Attack on the HYDRA Castle. Gutierrez, being new, wondered why they were chosen for this mission; Campbell snidely remarked that they were all S.H.I.E.L.D. could muster. Acting Director Alphonso Mackenzie overheard the conversation and revealed that, as Inhumans, the two of them had powers, while the other agents, except Daisy Johnson, did not. Talking directly to Campbell to counter his attitude, Mackenzie spoke of them fighting to stop HYDRA or leaving now to allow their foes victory. Campbell did not respond; he entered the aircraft as Gutierrez nodded his approval and followed. As Melinda May told Mackenzie that he gave a good inspirational speech, Johnson gave the acting director a fist-bump as they boarded.
On their way to the HYDRA Castle, Daisy Johnson discovered that HYDRA brought a dozen Inhumans inside Suspension Gels. Alphonso Mackenzie explained his plan, that one team would search inside the castle for Leo Fitz or Jemma Simmons, while another team would take control of the portal chamber. Johnson also discovered an aqueduct that led into the castle. As they arrived, Joey Gutierrez used his powers to melt the bars of the aqueduct. Mackenzie ordered the Secret Warriors and Melinda May to find Fitz or Simmons. They hid in the field of the castle, when Johnson warned them of R. Giyera, who was patrolling the area. Johnson also had to calm Lincoln Campbell and Gutierrez. May commented that the field was too bright, and that they would be easily spotted, so Campbell used his power and turned the electricity off. Once they entered the castle, Johnson attempted to hack into HYDRA's computer systems; Gutierrez spotted Giyera attempting to shoot her, so he ran into the path of the bullets and melted them before they penetrated his skin. Campbell then fired a blast of electricity at Giyera which knocked him down, and Johnson insisted they move before HYDRA could find them.
May found Simmons, and they reunited with the rest of their S.H.I.E.L.D. team, all gathering in the portal room. Gutierrez and Lance Hunter went to reinforce the doors to prevent HYDRA from entering. Simmons then explained that Gideon Malick had sent Fitz and Grant Ward to Maveth in order to find the ancient HYDRA leader, Hive, and bring him back to Earth. Campbell was afraid of this creature and tried to convince his teammates to destroy the portal, but they denied him, saying that they had to make sure Phil Coulson and Fitz would return safely to Earth. Later, Mackenzie ordered his agents to return to Zephyr One and blast the castle if Hive or HYDRA entered the room. While they returned to the plane, Johnson stayed with Mackenzie in the room. As the portal reopened, Johnson fainted from the vibrations, but Coulson and Fitz managed to return, and they used the Containment Module to return to Zephyr One.
After a weaponry abduction incident in Bogotá involving an Inhuman occurred, Daisy Johnson and Joey Gutierrez came to the National Police of Colombia station and talked to Victor Ramon about it. Alphonso Mackenzie then was kidnapped by the Inhuman, so Johnson cheeked the security cameras and found out that the Inhuman had super-speed abilities. She broke in the Inhuman's apartment and arrested her.
In Zephyr One, the team learned that the Inhuman was Elena Rodriguez. She explained to them that she did not want to use the weapons, but to get rid of them so the police stop using them. Bobbi Morse and Lance Hunter were taken by the police to the station. Mackenzie convinced Rodriguez to help them fight against them. Johnson, Gutierrez and Rodriguez used their powers together to fight the policemen, destroy their weapons and capture the Inhuman Lucio. However, as the team went with him to the custody, an HYDRA QuadCopter flew over them and took Lucio. Later, Johnson and Mackenzie agreed they should join Rodriguez to the Secret Warriors, but since she refused, Mackenzie gave her a device so they could communicate. Gutierrez took a time out from S.H.I.E.L.D..
On the way back from visiting JT James with Lincoln Campbell, Daisy Johnson discovered that the Zephyr One was taken by R. Giyera by a wounded Melinda May who contacted them via radio. Since the plane was stolen and brought to Gideon Malick's headquarters, Johnson flew to Colombia and Miami with a Quinjet to pick up Elena Rodriguez and Joey Gutierrez, respectively.
Once the team was assembled, Johnson gave the team a speech to prepare them for the mission to come, and then the Secret Warriors parachuted into the nearby HYDRA base. Once landed, Agent Johnson used her powers to break through the walls of the base. Once the team was inside, Johnson ordered the Warriors to split up, with Campbell and Johnson going their own way, and Gutierrez and Rodriguez teaming up together. Rodriguez rescued the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, Campbell was tasked to capture Gideon Malick, Johnson fought R. Giyera, and Gutierrez killed Lucio. The team soon escaped in the Zephyr One, but Hive revealed to Giyera that he took control of one of the Secret Warriors.
During interrogation Gideon Malick revealed to Phil Coulson that Hive can control Inhumans. Lucio's autopsy proved that Hive's parasites infected his brain, and Coulson, realizing that the same could have happened to any of the Secret Warriors, had the base secretly locked down, informing only Leo Fitz, Jemma Simmons and Alphonso Mackenzie of the situation. During a power failure, Fitz and Simmons find Malick dead in his cell, before a grenade destroyed his body, covering up the cause of his death. When Coulson attempted to apprehend the Secret Warriors, they evaded him and fought among themselves, accusing each other of being under Hive's control, until Daisy Johnson led the others into a cell to put an end to the fighting.
Mackenzie found James' Kree artifact in Lincoln Campbell's possession rather than in the Playground vaults; Campbell was accused of being under Hive's control. He protested his innocence and defended himself, but was subdued by Johnson. Joey Gutierrez and Elena Rodriguez, both of whom have grown distrustful of S.H.I.E.L.D., were allowed to leave the Playground, after submitting to brain scans proving they were not infected. Johnson escaped her cell and visited an incarcerated Campbell, revealing that she was under Hive's control, and that she murdered Malick and framed Campbell. She tried to convince him to leave with her to join Hive, but he refused. Stealing the Kree artifact and several Terrigen Crystals, Johnson used her powers to destroy much of the Playground, before escaping in a Quinjet.
- Name: Daisy Johnson
- Activity: 2015-2016
- Description: Daisy Johnson is a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent and an Inhuman with the ability to manipulate and enhance vibrations. She went through the process of Terrigenesis in an ancient Kree City when she followed Raina, who had taken a Diviner with her. Following the end of the War Against the Inhumans, Phil Coulson put her in charge of finding and recruiting members for a team centered around powered individuals.
- Name: Elena Rodriguez
- Activity: 2016
- Description: Elena "Yo-Yo" Rodriguez is an Inhuman with the ability to run and move at least 180 meters per second. Her super speed lasts exactly the same amount of time as one of her heartbeats; after which she retrogrades back to her original position. She is a Colombian citizen who underwent Terrigenesis during the Inhuman Outbreak. Believing her new power to be a gift from God, Rodriguez uses her gift to fight corrupt elements within the Colombian political system. This briefly put her into conflict with S.H.I.E.L.D., but as they saw that Rodriguez was using her powers for good, they recruited her into the Secret Warriors.
- Name: Joey Gutierrez
- Activity: 2016
- Description: Joey Gutierrez is an Inhuman with the ability to manipulate metal into different forms. He went through the process of Terrigenesis during the Inhuman Outbreak when he took fish oil pills, which were made of fish that had been contaminated with the Terrigen Mist. Shortly after he emerged from his cocoon, the ATCU tried to capture him. He was rescued by a S.H.I.E.L.D. team consisting of Daisy Johnson, Lance Hunter and Alphonso Mackenzie. As he had no control over his newfound powers, it was hard for him to accept the fact that he is Inhuman. However, after becoming the first Inhuman to be trained by S.H.I.E.L.D. and learning how to control his powers, he was enthusiastic to join the Secret Warriors. He eventually joined the team on the Attack on the HYDRA Castle.
- Name: Lincoln Campbell
- Activity: 2016
- Description: Lincoln Campbell is an Inhuman with the ability to manipulate the electrical charge in molecules. He went through the process of Terrigenesis at Afterlife when he was selected after a few years of preparation. Once he realized the mistake in Jiaying's ways during the Hijacking and Retaking of the Iliad, he decided to have a normal life, a wish that failed when he was attacked by Lash and exposed to the world as a dangerous alien. When he found out that Lash was a member of S.H.I.E.L.D., he joined the organization and eventually the Secret Warriors.
- S.H.I.E.L.D. - Parent Organization
- Bobbi Morse - Former Colleague
- Lance Hunter - Former Colleague
- Andrew Garner/Lash † - Co-Founder
- National Police of Colombia
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- In the comics, the Secret Warriors is a team assembled by Nick Fury to act as his "personal hammer" against the Skrulls, HYDRA and Leviathan, and whose members were, primarily, the children of known super-villains. Members included Quake, Yo-Yo, Hellfire, Manifold, Stonewall, Druid, and Phobos.