In the mid-season finale, ABC-hit Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. just kicked the Marvel Cinematic Universe all the way into Phase Three.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. let out a bombshell of what’s to come on Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).
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Moviepilot.com offers a concise rundown on the mystery of Skye (Chloe Bennet). According to an interview with IGN, executive producers of S.H.I.E.L.D., Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen are already setting for the Inhumans to hit the big screen. The married duo let it slip that Skye is none other than Daisy Johnson, a.ka. Quake, and her dad is supervillain Calvin Zabo (Kyle MacLachlan), a.k.a Mister Hyde.
If you’re not up on your Marvel comics lore (and shame on you!), Marvel Wikia says that “Dr. Calvin Zabo was a morally abject but brilliant medical researcher who was fascinated by the effect of hormones on human physiology.” A little too focused on Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde meant he created his own villainous Hyde persona.
What is it with curious doctors in the Marvel comicverse? Should we ask Banner, Reed, or Stark? Maybe an interview with Doctor Doom or Doctor Octopus instead.
Back to the live action Hyde. He was a little evil it seems, and repeatedly defeated by the God of Thunder. And at some point Hyde fathered Daisy, future member of S.H.I.E.L.D. Zabo’s scientific experiments later showed up in Daisy’s genetic code. Bonding with Nick Fury, she eventually took the alias Quake to represent the earthquakes that her powers caused.
Pretty pivotal in the Secret events, Quake, a.k.a. Daisy, a.k.a Skye, will be vital to the both television and big screen adaptations.
Whedon and Tancharoen also admitted that Johnson was in the mix from the start. The tenth episode of the second season is meant to set up Daisy’s origin, so the show’s going to be focusing on a young, new Inhuman. Should the ABC hit last, the incorporation will brilliantly vacillate the switch from Mutants (Fox Studios) to Inhumans (Marvel Studios) without causing a major fuss of change by the audience. Also smart planning to set up the various characters needed in the latest batch of films before Captain America 3 hits the big screen in 2016.
Kevin Feige set this up this well. And so did the executive producers. Tanchareon openly stated, “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. But yeah, we’re just excited to have those two characters in our world.”
So essentially, the comics and adaptations will have some differences but allow the two mediums to merge into a single world. Whedon wouldn’t admit to anything the movieverse is doing but did admit, “I’ll just say that we’ll know what our characters know when they know it and as they learn about it, we’ll learn about it.” So it looks like even big brother Joss may be holding things back. (Jed is the younger brother of Joss, the man with the MCU Avengers plan.)
MCU’s already established that Hydra’s been playing fast and loose with S.H.I.E.L.D., so what’s up next for the agent?
Following the comic precedent, she’s about to be a leader who knows the Winter Soldier (Bucky) and Mockingbird (Bobbie Morse). The Winter Soldier’s currently on the big screen and Mockingbird (Adrianne Palicki)’s been seen flitting about on S.H.I.E.L.D. Earlier this fall, Marvel announced Civil War’s about to sweep through the MCU--looks like the Inhumans will be front and center long before their feature film debut on November 2, 2018.
So gear up, fans. Looks like war’s about to begin.
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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns in March 2015.