WARNING: This Post Contains MASSIVE SPOILERS for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 2 Part 1!
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. aired its midseason finale tonight, and several mysteries were put to rest, the most notable being the origin (and real name) of hacker-turned-S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, Skye (Chloe Bennet), as well as her mysterious (and psychotic) father, "The Doctor" (Kyle MacLachlan).
It goes without saying - what follows is going to contain MASSIVE SPOILERS for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. seasons 1 & 2 - so if you're not caught up on the show, STOP READING NOW.
Who Is Skye?
About a month ago, when the plot of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 2 was just beginning to thicken, we wrote an article predicting a connection between the AoS character of Skye and a certain Marvel comics superhero known as Daisy Johnson, a.k.a. Quake. That theory stemmed from combined details about Skye's origin, as well as the depiction of Skye's father, The Doctor, which was very much in line with the Marvel villain Mr. Hyde - Daisy/Quake's father in the comic books.
We can now confirm that Skye is indeed Daisy/Quake - and that her father is indeed Dr. Calvin/Mr. Hyde. The first confirmation came during the midseason 2 finale, in a pivotal scene where Skye is first reunited with her father. The Doctor introduces himself as "Cal" (Calvin Zabo) and, at the end of the conversation, casually drops Skye's TRUE name, "Daisy." Unless there's another Cal/Daisy connection in Marvel lore (there's not), then Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has officially introduced Mr. Hyde and his daughter, Quake.
What Are Skye's New Powers?
We only got one climactic shot of Skye emerging from her tar Cocoon in the ceremonial chamber of the lost city - but it was a telling shot. In the comics, Daisy is called "Quake" with good reason: she possesses the ability to create seismic vibrations (i.e., earthquakes). By the way Skye broke out of that cocoon, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will take a similar approach to Daisy's abilities, albeit with a few twists (more on that later).
Here's some more extensive comic book background on Quake, as first written in our prediction article about Skye's origin:
As a teen, Daisy found out that the Mr. Hyde formula actually gave her seismic powers; she was identified by Nick Fury and groomed as a secret weapon for him to employ. When Fury left S.H.I.E.L.D., Daisy (or “Quake”) led his team of Secret Warriors (other illegitimate offspring of superpowered characters) against Hydra. After that she was appointed head of a reactivated S.H.I.E.L.D. by Steve Rogers, and also joined The Avengers. As of late Quake has gone underground, hooking up with Winter Soldier and Mockingbird along the way.
Skye's father warned her that her change would alienate her, and the destructive powers of Quake have been used (at times by Nick Fury himself) for some pretty terrible purposes. How "Daisy" adjusts to that new reality, and responsibility, is going to be interesting to watch.
What is Skye's Future in the MCU?
In the comics, Daisy's powers are the result of super serum used by her father - but obviously in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. it's something much different.
By bringing the character of Quake into the MCU, the AoS showrunners (and larger Marvel Studios creative minds) have quite a lot of lore to play with. Skye/Daisy could one day lead S.H.I.E.L.D., command a squadron of superpowered covert agents for Nick Fury, or even become a full-fledged Avenger - and it would all be within the comic book history of her character. Basically? Skye's the limit (sorry, sorry...).
In terms of what's different in the live-action version: with Skye and Raina (Ruth Negga) both going down in that chamber and activating that strange crystal (and the subsequent dust release), it seems Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. finally connected the Kree aliens of Guardians of the Galaxy to the earthbound MCU, and thereby setup the oncoming of Marvel's Inhumans.
For those unfamiliar with Marvel lore: the dust that came out of the crystal Skye, Raina and Trip encountered was most likely the Terrigen Mists. The mists (which in the MCU are a "gift" from the Kree) are used to transform human biology into something much more extraordinary.
While still NOT CONFIRMED, it's most likely that the lost city, the Mists, and what happened to Skye are all related to the upcoming Inhumans movie in 2018 - and possibly even the introduction of characters like "The Twins" (Scarlett Witch and Quicksilver) in The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Fans have long wondered how Baron von Strucker gave The Twins their powers (seen during the Captain America: Winter Soldier post-credits scene); well, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. may have just shown us the way.
Who Is Skye's Father?
Skye's daddy is named "Cal" and that is no doubt reference to "Dr. Calvin Zabo," a.k.a. Marvel's Mr. Hyde. Here's a bit more about the character:
In the comic books, Hyde is actually Dr. Calvin Zabo, a gifted scientist and chemist who developed a formula that transformed him into a Hulk-like monster. As a fan of the classic story, Zabo took on the name of Mister Hyde. The villain has since been part of everything from The Masters of Evil to the battalion of street-level villains serving under gang leader The Hood following the Marvel Civil War schism.
Of course in the MCU, it seems Hyde's powers come from the Terrigen Mists as well, endowing him with great (but unstable) power. He met Skye's mother after her first encounter with Daniel Whitehall (when he was working in the Chinese mountains) and somewhere along the line they were endowed with powers: she didn't age, and he had monstrous strength.
After having Skye, Whitehall eventually caught up with Dr. Cal's wife, and this time dissected her in order steal her gift of rejuvenation. This drove Cal mad, and that psychosis only got worse when S.H.I.E.L.D. took his daughter and gave her a new identity.
Where Cal/Hyde will end up (or if he even survives the season) remains to be seen, but based on previous hints, he and Skye's mother were not necessarily the only superpowered individuals in those mountains (more Inhumans?)... With Daniel Whitehall now dead, Cal's reservoir of rage seems aimed squarely at Skye's surrogate father, Coulson.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will return to Tuesdays @ 9pm on ABC in March.
Agent Carter miniseries will premiere with a two-hour event on January 6, 2015 @9pm on ABC.
The Avengers: Age of Ultron will be in theaters on May 1, 2015.