Despite the decade-long, 19 film build-up to the two-part event Avengers: Infinity War--and the be-all, end-all stakes that come with it--the Marvel Cinematic Universe will not
quit while its ahead end there. In fact, the studio has already scheduled the movie that will have the unenviable job of following up the massive Infinity War: Inhumans. While the Inhumans are not a well-known property with guaranteed bankability--much like Guardians of the Galaxy last summer--some viewers will not be completely blind entering the theater come 2019.
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has already introduced the hybrid race of superhumans on the small screen, planting the seeds for their big screen debut and a potential plot thread. While season 2 of the series pit Agent Coulson and Co. against said superhumans, season 3 will see them team-up as part of the 'Secret Warriors' storyline. Skye (Chloe Bennet), a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent and fellow Inhuman, herself, will serve as the leader of the team and head the search for other members of her race. At the same time, the character will also fully transform into her comic book counterpart, Daisy Johnson a.k.a. Quake.
The actress recently sat down with IGN to discuss this transformation in depth and the ramifications it will have for the upcoming season. While the identity shift has not been too difficult or "weird" for her - explaining that the "haircut and the new wardrobe [help]" - Bennett did address the split fan reaction regarding her character's change.
I think once they see her in the setting, she’s different but she’s as much different as Skye in Season 1 was from Skye in Season 2. She’s just more that way. She’s slowly transitioning. The short hair definitely -- people really liked my long hair. So did I, but we wanted to… She’s kind of no nonsense now and shorter hair makes more sense for that.
With a new hairdo, costume, and sense of authority, Daisy will assume a much more "mature" role in season 3 and transition from a mentee of Coulson's to a "co-worker" - one who he feels he can trust. But the question still remains, how will she deal with her divided loyalty between the Inhumans and S.H.I.E.L.D.? Bennett played coy on this discord, but did tease that her character will serve as a bridge between both sides.
I just had a long scene today where I’m talking about that and I can’t tell you about it. [Laughs] She’s as loyal to the Inhumans as she is to SHIELD. But she’s really about making them work together. It’s about making it a collaborative effort.
Indeed, both sides will need to work together considering the new wave of threats coming their way, including HYDRA - which, of course, was never truly defeated - and rogue Inhumans. And in the wake of the season two finale, in which the ancient Kree weapon absorbs Agent Jemma Simmons, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. could also be paving the way toward future interaction with the Kree - and even the Skrulls.
During the interview, Bennett also revealed that she does know what happens to Simmons' character despite not having a script yet; however, she did not expect it.
I didn’t guess it. I was like “Oh, okay, we’re going there. That’s happening!"
Wherever "there" is, fans can certainly expect a continued, darker trajectory. Season 2 brought in more complex plot points and themes that - while not completely withdrawn into the gritty corner of the MCU like Daredevil - helped distinguish it from its preceding round. And speaking of Daredevil, Bennet even addressed the question of whether or not any healthy competition exists between the Marvel shows - and whether or not scenes like the hallway fight in Daredevil fuel the competition flames.
I actually haven’t seen the other Marvel shows because we’ve been working so much on this show. But, I have heard of that thing -- we didn’t know about that and we just wanted to do something really cool. It wasn’t even written in the script, that one take shot [of Skye fighting in “The Dirty Half Dozen”] ... We put in the hours, not getting paid and just did it for fun and it paid off, I think. I did break my arm, during that take, on camera. And then I had to finish the season with a broken arm and do all of the rest of the fight sequences with a broken arm.
Judging by fan and critical reaction, it definitely paid off, and here's hoping Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. continues that breakneck (or breakarm?) momentum in season 3 - especially with Inhumans growing closer and closer to the big screen.
Season 3 of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. premieres Tuesday, September 29 at 9:00 PM ET on ABC. Agent Carter will air season 2 in early 2016. Daredevil is currently available on Netflix. Jessica Jones premieres in Fall 2015, followed by Luke Cage and Daredevil season 2 in 2016.
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