If the time-skip scene at the end of season 3 is anything to go by, the world of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will be a very different place when the show returns for its fourth outing. The organization has been legalized thanks to the Sokovia Accords seen in Captain America: Civil War and as such, Phil Coulson has been demoted from Director to Agent (since he's supposed to be dead). The advancement of the science divison is about to introduce Life Model Decoys into the mix, and if you've been following the season 4 build-up at all, you'll also know that Ghost Rider will be joining the cast.
In the midst of all this, there's also the fact that one of the show's main protagonists, Daisy (a.k.a Quake a.k.a. Skye), was last seen on the run from S.H.I.E.L.D., having gone fully rogue. Although a clear explanation wasn't offered at the time, the character has certainly been through plenty of personal issues, the most recent of which was the death of her love interest, Lincoln. Given her Inhuman status, it's unlikely Daisy will be comfortable with the new restrictions on super-powered individuals.
Now the actress behind Daisy, Chloe Bennet, has offered some further insight as to what might be in store for her character in the forthcoming season. Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Bennet explained:
“Everyone she’s gotten close to has died, her way of protecting the people that she cares about — which is Coulson and the rest of the team — is to distance herself. She’s doing anything she can to help people and try to make up for what she feels is her fault. I don’t think she’s necessarily working against S.H.I.E.L.D., she’s Robin Hood-ing it. My favorite part about playing Daisy is her empathy for people. I’d like to think that she is doing what she’s doing because she wants to help.”
The EW interview also included this cool new image of Rogue Daisy doing her super-powered thing:
Not many fans thought that Daisy's separation from S.H.I.E.L.D indicated a full-on villain turn, but the clarification that her motivations lay in personal insecurity and a desire to protect those she loves sets the character up for an emotional reunion with her ex-colleagues somewhere down the line. Her new "Robin Hood" role is also perhaps where the character feels most at home, having worked as a mercenary hacker in her pre-S.H.I.E.L.D. days, so it's natural that in times of trouble, she has returned to her roots.
Although much of the buzz surrounding Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 4 has understandably been centered around Ghost Rider, Daisy's new character arc is likely to be just as vital to the season's success. Arguably the show's most easy-to-relate-to protagonist, Daisy's 'on-off' relationships with pretty much everyone she comes into contact with are in danger of becoming a little stale, having been a feature since the show's very first episode. Once the bridges between her and S.H.I.E.L.D. are inevitably re-built, many fans will be hoping they stay that way for once. And perhaps it'll be Gabriel Luna's Ghost Rider that will help Daisy achieve that feat, with the actress having already confirmed she's filmed multiple scenes with the man in the black car.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns 20th September on ABC