With Reporting by Josh Horowitz
Marvel fans who complained that "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." was lacking in the super-powers department, you no longer have anything to complain about.
Throughout season two, and especially in recent episodes, "S.H.I.E.L.D." has gone all in on the high-powered corners of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, taking one of its central characters — Skye, played by Chloe Bennet — and transforming her into the seismic-shifting Quake. She's just one of the many powered-up players on the board these days, now that the show can use the dirty "I" word: "Inhumans."
It's an interesting development for both Marvel and "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," seeing as the show has done little more than react to the movies, not actively kickstart a chain of events leading toward one of the upcoming films. But it's official now: "S.H.I.E.L.D." is ground zero as far as the concept of Inhumans is concerned, paving the way for the eventual "Inhumans" movie due out in 2019.
"The whole Inhumans thing, thinking we started this season not knowing anything about that, and now we're in full-blown Inhumans mode… it's really exciting, being fans of the comic books," said Bennet when we spoke with her at the red carpet premiere of "Avengers: Age of Ultron" in Hollywood this week.
But is that the only role "S.H.I.E.L.D." will play in the "Inhumans" movie? Is the show only setting up the eventual film, or can we expect to see some of the characters — like Bennet's Daisy "Skye/Quake" Johnson, for instance — show up in the 2019 movie?
For now, Bennet says that while there have been no talks ("Not at all, actually," she said, "but I would like that talk, though. Soon, please?"), she's very happy with her character's current direction on "S.H.I.E.L.D."
"They've given Skye an origin story," she said. "From her van, and now she's Quake. That's very cool in the span of two seasons. It's crazy."