Quake's new costume in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is loosely inspired by her appearance in the animated Marvel Rising. Marvel's flagship television series, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., is set to return on May 10; and, as is customary, star Chloe Bennet's character Quake is getting a redesign.
Bennet had already shared a first look at Quake's new costume on social media back in November last year, revealing a distinctive new look that even included purple hair dye. Form-fitting, but stylish, the outfit is unlike anything the superhero has ever worn in the comics. Surprisingly, it didn't appear to feature a S.H.I.E.L.D. logo, perhaps hinting that Quake is working relatively independently. There are reportedly several months between the events of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. seasons 5 and 6 - enough time for Mack to settle in as director of S.H.I.E.L.D. - so there's probably been plenty of opportunity for Quake to change her fashion.
Whitney Galitz, costume designer on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., has taken to Twitter to celebrate the new costume. It's timed to celebrate the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. panel at WonderCon and the announcement of season 6's official release date. Galitz notes that the overall goal was to pay homage to the animated Marvel Rising interpretation of Quake, and it's not hard to see the similarities.
6/6 S6 Quake. We wanted to pay homage to the new #marvelrising this season with the update. Thanks to @JtheJames for working with me on concept design and the incredible concept artist Imogene Chayes @wondercon @chloebennet @Marvel #AgentsofSHIELD pic.twitter.com/hmxO8dlJCR— Whitney Galitz (@whitney_hg) March 29, 2019
The silver piping and mirrored, textured panels are designed to make this costume look like it's made of just a single piece of fabric, whereas in reality it's made of two pieces. All the iconic elements are still there, but they've been updated substantially; the gauntlets are slimmed down and streamlined, as is the utility belt. The Quake symbol - which Galitz considers a vital part of the suit - has been placed on the back; contrasting leather panels were added to make everything pop and keep the costume consistent.
It's a stunning design, and probably Quake's best look to date. At the same time, though, it most definitely raises a lot of questions. The first is just why Quake needs to wear her gauntlets; they were designed to regulate her powers, but season 3 established that she only really needed them because of her lack of emotional self-control. This may hint that Daisy isn't in a good place, and is once again struggling to regain control of her mood after Coulson's death. Alternatively, it may be a result of the Centipede Serum, which could potentially have permanently increased the scale of Quake's powers. What's more, Galitz's observations stress once again just how much work goes into costume design in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and that makes the complete absence of a S.H.I.E.L.D. insignia all the more interesting.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 6 will debut on ABC on May 10.