[SPOILERS for the first half of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 2 ahead!]
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. won’t be coming back to the airwaves until March 2015, as the Marvel/ABC limited series Agent Carter will be taking its spot on Tuesday evenings for the next two months. However, the S.H.I.E.L.D. season two mid-season finale, “What They Become”, ended with some huge developments; not least of which was Skye (Chloe Bennet) – or, rather, Daisy – and Raina (Ruth Negga) are now confirmed to be Inhumans, and will have newfound abilities (read: super-powers) the next time we see them.
Fans know about the Inhumans comic book mythos (which Marvel Studios is bringing to the big screen in 2018) and, in turn, understand what happened to Skye in “What They Become”. That doesn’t mean Bennet’s character, or anyone else on the show for that matter, is going to fully comprehend what’s happening, as was recently pointed out by the minds behind the S.H.I.E.L.D. TV show.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. showrunners Maurissa Tancharoen and Jed Whedon recently spoke with TVLine about the show’s upcoming season 2.5, so to speak, and touched on how they have been “blending and merging” elements from the Marvel comic books with fresh material cooked up specifically for the TV series. Skye, for example, is part original character, part adapted version of the Daisy character from the comics (as is her father (Kyle MacLachlin) partly based on the Marvel comics-born character, Mister Hyde).
Thus, because S.H.I.E.L.D. isn’t strictly following the source comics, even those comic book savvy viewers at home are somewhat in the dark about Skye’s future… just not as much as the actual character, as the showrunners noted.
Whedon: [Skye] doesn’t necessarily know what’s happening [to her after being transformed by the Obelisk’s Terrine Mist].
Tancharoen: All of it will be tied to a very sad event in losing a dear, dear friend [in Agent Triplett].
Tancharoen and Whedon also informed TVLine that Raina’s fate (and what she does following her own transformation) will “quickly be confirmed,” as shall the identity and agenda of that mysterious no-eyed man that popped up in the credits scene for “What They Become” (many fans already have theories about him, of course). Also, speaking of “bending and merging,” Bobbi Morse/Mockingbird (Adrianne Palicki) is keeping a secret of her own, which ought to figure somehow into the plot developments for the second half of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s sophomore season.
It won’t all be larger, mythology-building developments on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 2.5 at that; the show will also continue to flesh out the backstories and explore the personal lives of its main characters. That includes a more detailed history behind the hardened exterior of Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen), whose ex-husband (portrayed by Blair Underwood) will be around to discuss in the forthcoming episodes. (Tancharoen promised that “The long-awaited Cavalry story *will* be revealed.”)
… And speaking of ex-husbands – in case you missed it, Clark Gregg (a.k.a. Agent Phil Coulson) recently appeared to hint that Bobbi’s significant other from the Marvel comic books, Hawkeye (played by Jeremy Renner), could make an appearance on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. sometime in the future. Best to take a “Wait and See” outlook with that one, though.
Agent Carter begins airing on ABC tonight; Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will return on March 3rd, 2015.