The winter finale of “Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Season 2 finally revealed Skye’s (Chloe Bennet) true identity, and it wasn’t what anyone expected. While Skye was revealed to be an Inhuman, her real name was also exposed: Daisy. After her father was finally given the name Cal, fans realized that “Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.” isn’t just setting up the 2018 “Inhumans” movie. They’re delving into Daisy Johnson and Calvin Zabo’s story too.
While longtime comic book fans probably know her, Daisy Johnson isn’t quite as famous as superheroes like the Hulk, so we’ll excuse you if you don’t know who she is yet. Daisy isn’t Inhuman in the comics, but it looks like “S.H.I.E.L.D.” writers are changing her backstory a lot.
“We’ve created a different origin for her, partially because we want to introduce this new other world that we get another glimpse of at the very end of the episode,” Jed Whedon told Entertainment Weekly. “We merged those two ideas together also because there are such rabid fans out there that if we stick to original story points from the comics, they will smell story points from miles away. Those two factors led us to coming up with a different notion of how she got her powers.”
Daisy, who also goes by Quake, is the daughter of Calvin Zabo (Kyle MacLachlan). Her father is a villain known as Mr. Hyde, but Daisy wasn’t raised by him. She was adopted by a foster family as a baby and raised as a normal kid. As a teenager, she shoplifted a couple CDs and suddenly discovered her powers to start earthquakes, according to the Marvel Database. That isn’t quite as exciting as Skye’s backstory. Skye was never adopted and eventually became a hacker who lived in a van before S.H.I.E.L.D. recruited her. The road to getting her powers was way more complicated than stealing, but still accidental. Skye didn’t want the obelisk to start the ritual, but Raina (Ruth Negga) and Triplett (B.J. Britt) couldn’t stop it. That earthquake at the end of “Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Season 2, episode 10 wasn’t just because Skye and Raina had activated the obelisk. It was Skye’s new power.
While the world hasn’t been said on the show, executive producers Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen have confirmed that Skye is an Inhuman. That means that instead of Daisy’s powers coming from a genetic mutation caused by her father’s formula, her power is actually from the Kree.
Now fans are wondering just how much of Daisy’s future in the comics will appear onscreen. In the comics, Daisy is one of the youngest S.H.I.E.L.D. agents to receive Level 10 clearance and eventually joined the Avengers to stop Magneto. Daisy’s real starring role was in the “Secret Warriors” comics, and those at least somewhat line up with S.H.I.E.L.D.’s current storyline. Director Fury had Daisy help him take down Hydra after they realized Hydra had been controlling S.H.I.E.L.D. Eventually, Daisy even became S.H.I.E.L.D. director for a little while.
As Coulson’s favorite, that could happen somewhere down the line for Skye. However, Daisy and Coulson’s timelines in the comics don’t match up to where the show is. In “Battle Scars” #6, Daisy is the one who recruits Phil Coulson to join S.H.I.E.L.D., so the show can't follow her original story.
“We’ve done that with a lot of elements in our show,” Tancharoen told IGN. “We’ve pulled from things that exist in the Marvel comic universe and given our own sort of twist to it so it can fit in our mythology.”
“Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Season 2 won’t strictly follow the comics, so it’s anyone’s guess as to what elements of Daisy’s past will make it into the show.
“Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Season 2 returns in March. Are you excited for the new twist on Daisy’s mythology or do you wish they would stick to the comics? Sound off in the comments section below!