[SPOILERS for those not caught up on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. ahead.]
Marvel Studios and ABC have filled Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s Tuesday evening spot with its 1940s adventure series Agent Carter over the past couple months, but now Agent-turned Director Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) and his team of agents are ready to return to action, starting next week. The show’s 2014 Winter finale, “What They Become”, concluded with Skye/Daisy (Chloe Bennet) and Raina (Ruth Negga) – both now revealed to be Inhumans (e.g. of human/Kree lineage) – being transformed by the Terrigen mist released from the Obelisk, even as Agent Tripplett (B.J. Britt) was killed during the event.
What next? Well, as implied by the title of the upcoming episode, “Aftershocks”, we’ll learn more about the consequences – including, what condition both Skye/Daisy and Raina are in now.
Skye, now known to be based on the comic book character Daisy Johnson/Quake (created by Gabriele Dell’Otto and Brian Michael Bendis), appears to be unchanged in terms of physical appearance going by her look in “Aftershocks” preview footage; it’s controlling her newfound abilities that’s will cause Sky to have serious problems. S.H.I.E.L.D. executive producer Jeff Bell provided the following answer, when asked by EW if Skye’s powers will be a key narrative-driving force during the second half of S.H.I.E.L.D. season two:
I think that’s a very safe assumption. I think everyone has an opinion not only about Skye, but about people with powers. And suddenly, you’ve got this person you knew who comes in feeling different, and what does that mean both for her and for everyone else on the team? It is, in many ways, the axis around which around a lot of the back half of this season will emerge from.
Inhumans have, in recent years, started to fill the same niche as the X-Men in Marvel comic books; that will probably carry over into both the upcoming movie and the Inhuman story threads on S.H.I.E.L.D.. In other words, it sounds as though some of the the human characters on the S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series are going to need time to adjust to “the new Skye” – especially agents like Bobbi Morse (Adrianne Palicki) and Lance Hunter (Nick Blood) who don’t have the history with Skye that their co-workers do. As such, Skye will find she’s become something of a social outcast, as well as a scientific curiosity.
And speaking of becoming other things – check out Dell’Otto’s poster artwork for the S.H.I.E.L.D. midseason premiere (part of the Art of Level 7 artwork series inspired by the TV show), which offers an illustrated rendition of what the transformed Raina looks like now.
Here’s what Bell had to offer, regarding whether Skye and Raina will form a stronger connection (somewhat implied by their placement in the above poster) through their shared transformation experience:
What I will say is that we’ve been playing the Skye and Raina through the whole thing as parallels, as doppelgangers of one another—two sides of the same coin. Both young women without parents, without a history, both struggling with who they are, both looking to figure out who they are and what they will become. And then who they are and what they will become in both instances are surprising and complicated and so that will absolutely affect their relationship with one another.
Skye and Raina have been foils to one another for a while now on S.H.I.E.L.D., so their changed states ought to make things all the more interesting – as soon we shall see how each one responds to now having dangerous (but also pretty cool) super-powers. Meanwhile, characters like Lady Sif (Jaimie Alexander) and an Inhuman named Lincoln (Luke Mitchell) will be showing up on the episodes ahead, to provide both the characters and viewers at home with more information about the history behind the Inhuman population in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. continues with “Aftershocks” next week on March 3rd on ABC at 9/8c.