Marvels Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. orbits around the Marvel universe movies in a complicated dance that supports the events and time-line of Marvel Studios films, while also remaining a show in its own right. The reveal of rookie agent Skye (Chloe Bennet), as Daisy Johnson a.k.a. Quake (from the Secret Warriors comic book storyline), was a satisfying conclusion to the slow burn plot involving her identity that's gained momentum since season 1. Skye has arguably had one of the largest character evolutions within the series and this is evident from her brand new Quake costume.
Costume designer Ann Foley was tasked with delivering a tactical look that was inspired by Quake's Secret Warriors appearance, yet remained true to the show's Skye (now known as Daisy) character. Concept art by Phillip Boutte and Joshua Shaw has just been revealed that shows the costume's development process - and in related news, a fresh poster for season 3 features the main characters from the episodes ahead.
Foley (who also designed the costumes for Deathlok and Agent Bobbi Morse) has discussed her concept with Marvel News to give insight into her choices for the costume and the direction of the character going forward:
“I think one of the most important things was that the symbol be incorporated into her costume but especially onto the gauntlets. And it’s also on the back of her suit, which was a fun little touch that we added. As far as the silhouette, we wanted to stay true to the comics and pay tribute to those original designs. I also wanted to incorporate the gold color that I’ve seen in some of the illustrations of her suit throughout the comics, which is why we have the gold lines that we see on the suit. Finally, for me personally, I wanted a nod to her tactical look from last season, so if you look at the style lines around the top of the costume, you will see that they’re similar to her tactical hood from Season 2.
"... I love the gauntlets and that we worked the symbol into the construction on the back of her suit..... It’s probably one of the coolest things that we’ve done so far. And the fact that Chloe is so happy with it and that she looks so kick ass in it is a real thrill! It’s great to see Skye’s progression into Daisy Johnson and the suit is just the beginning.”
You can check out the concept art for Quake's costume, below:
Daisy's visual transformation needed to fit her new story line that was revealed in the AoS season 2 finale: to lead a S.H.I.E.L.D. sub group tasked with locating and recruiting other Inhumans. This is a long game plot line that will likely result in the introduction of the Secret Warriors, in time meshing the show's version of the team with that from the Marvel Comics (possibly even allowing for a future opportunity to branch off into another Marvel series).
The introduction of alien-enhanced Inhumans in season 2 led to a battle that threatened Coulson's (Clark Gregg) already battered agency. The status of S.H.I.E.L.D. moving forward into Season 3 remains a band of underdogs recovering from multiple attacks, and the new poster unveiled by People reflects this - showing the team in somewhat somber civilian wear only unified by a dark and brooding color scheme.
Check out that one-sheet (along with the fitting "Are You Inhuman?" tagline), below:
Coulson wears a black, leather glove on one hand which is hopefully hiding some kind of amazing tech designed by Fitz/Simmons (or even Stark enterprises) to replace his missing limb - surely they can do better than a simple prosthetic right? He is flanked by Daisy, who's Quake suit marks her apart from the rest of the group. Her character arc has affirmed her identity, in contrast to the S.H.E.I.L.D. team who have had their wings clipped in terms of power and status. The poster also shows Jemma Simmons (Elisabeth Henstridge) allowing us to presume she survives her encounter with that Kree monolith!
With a main character now Inhuman and Avenger skilled, Marvels Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. looks to be circling closer to the super powered action of the movies. With several cliffhangers to be resolved, season 3 could be the most compelling one for the show yet, too.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 3 premieres Tuesday, September 29 at 9:00 PM ET on ABC. Agent Carter season 2 is expected to air during the mid-season break in early 2016.