The sneak peak for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 5's return offers fans their first real glimpse at Dove Cameron's character on ABC's Marvel TV series.
When Dove Cameron was first cast for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 5, some fans initially speculated that she could be playing Spider-Gwen. After all, Cameron is closely associated with that character, having voiced her in a wide range of animated TV shows. The truth, fans swiftly learned, is a lot more intriguing than that.
Cameron is actually playing Ruby, a rebellious teenager who - as the above sneak peak confirms - is the daughter of General Hale. Hale is the latest government figure to be hunting S.H.I.E.L.D. down, although she seems a tad more brutal than General Talbot. Talbot's (attempted?) assassination, apparently at the hands of Daisy, has left S.H.I.E.L.D. viewed as a dangerous threat to world peace. They've been missing for months, stranded in a dystopian future, and are returning to find themselves the "world's most wanted."
But it seems Hale's daughter Ruby isn't persuaded by this story. In fact, this sneak peek teases that Ruby is actually something of a S.H.I.E.L.D. fan. She even has a Quake poster in her bedroom, suggesting Ruby approved of Daisy's rogue campaign against the Watchdogs back in season 4. That's certain to lead to some entertaining character dynamics, with Ruby challenging her mother's campaign against S.H.I.E.L.D.. How does any mother respond when her daughter asks a question like the one in the sneak peek?
It's certainly an intriguing approach, and should add an entertaining dimension to General Hale's character. For all showrunner Jed Whedon has insisted Ruby "idolizes" her mother, it's clear the S.H.I.E.L.D. incident has created a massive rift in the family. The theme of "family" has always been a central one to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., meaning this arc dives straight down to the show's thematic core. It's likely Ruby will wind up betraying her mother, assisting S.H.I.E.L.D. - and her hero, Quake - in their quest to change the course of history. But will she actually become a member of the S.H.I.E.L.D. team as well?
Whatever the case may be, the fact remains that S.H.I.E.L.D. need all the help they can get. They're aware of an imminent apocalypse, one that will apparently be triggered by one of their own. The Kree are coming. And, worse still, their leader Coulson was fatally wounded by a rampaging Inhuman. It's nice to see S.H.I.E.L.D. still has fans back on Earth, and hopefully that will make Cameron's character an important part of the next half-season.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns this Friday, March 2 with 'All the Comforts of Home' on ABC.
Source: Marvel Entertainment
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