The Inhumans have been outed in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and a key member of S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Coulson’s (Clark Gregg) team is one of them. Season 2 of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC dealt with the revelation that enhanced individuals sharing an alien ancestry are hidden among us on Earth, and Skye (Chloe Bennet) is one of them, revealed to be the Marvel Comics character known as Daisy Johnson a.k.a. “Quake”.
Now serving as a super-powered agent for Coulson, Nick Fury, and what’s left of the S.H.I.E.L.D. organization, Quake is leading a new team that’s specifically designed to track, recruit and deal with other powered individuals, with season 3 basing itself on the “Secret Warriors” comic stories for which the Quake got her big break. But what would a Secret Warriors story be without the right superhero costume?
LA Times just revealed the first clear look at Chloe Bennet suited up in her new Marvel Comics-inspired tactical field outfit, first revealed in the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 3 teaser trailer. This Quake costume honors both Daisy Johnson’s look from the comics with an obvious nod to Scarlet Johansson’s Black Widow cat suits featured in the Marvel movies
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. costume designer Ann Foley, who previously designed Bobbi Morse’s Mockingbird (Adrian Palicki) tactical suit and Mike Peterson’s Deathlok (J. August Richards) armor, worked with Bennet on designing Skye’s new duds, power gauntlets and all.
“It’s about strength. She feels very empowered in it…. That’s what was important to me, that she felt empowered to me. I wanted to stay true to some of the designs I saw in the comics. In the style lines, I wanted to pay a little bit of a tribute to her tactical ability from last season, but we also incorporated the Quake symbol into her gauntlets and on the back of her suit.”
In addition to the Quake symbol subtly designed into the back fabric and gauntlets, it’s the gauntlets themselves that serve as the key unique visual identifier for Quake and in these costume test photos, that resonates well. They aren’t too over-sized and exaggerated as they are in the books and instead appear as something S.H.I.E.L.D. would indeed develop to help Daisy control her powers of vibration.
It’s been quite a journey for Skye (and Chloe Bennet) since the early days of the series, before anyone really knew who she’d become. It was hinted at towards the end of season 1 that Skye is someone else, and in doing her own comic book research, Bennet managed to guess it correctly, she recalls:
“I get a knock on my trailer and it’s Jeph Loeb, Jeff Bell, Maurissa Tancharoen, Jed Whedon … and they’re like ‘Can we talk to you?’ I was like, ‘Oh, great. I’m dead.’ They come into my trailer and say, ‘So, do you want to guess who you are?’ I guess and they say ‘Yeah! How did you know that?'”
The great news for fans who’ve followed the series and its evolution since the beginning is that season 3 will keep that momentum going. The show will no longer be about hiding or dealing with double-agents from Hydra. It’s now about having clear objectives and serving as the black ops outfit S.H.I.E.L.D. was designed to be. They are very much the Secret Warriors as they should be, and this change in direction for the series couldn’t come at a better time with Captain America: Civil War serving as the next film in the franchise coming right around the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 3 finale next year.
In the comics, Fury created the Secret Warriors team of agents right around the end of Civil War when realizing that S.H.I.E.L.D. was secretly losing to Hydra and that an alien incursion was on the way. These events from the comics very mirror what we know is coming in the Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and if anything, some of these new TV costumes (Daredevil’s too) seem Avengers-ready should there be a time Marvel TV’s characters make the leap to the big screen in a few years.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 3 premieres Tuesday, September 29th at 9:00 p.m. ET on ABC. Agent Carter season 2 is expected to air during the mid-season break in early 2016.
Source: LA Times