When Daisy Johnson went rogue in the “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Season 3 finale, she likely didn’t plan on rejoining the team just a few months later. On the other hand, she probably wasn’t banking on fighting a supernatural threat, either — but that’s just what she got when she crossed paths with Robbie Reyes, better known as the Ghost Rider. Now, she’s working with S.H.I.E.L.D. to battle forces unknown, all while Inhuman prejudice and the Watchdogs loom on the horizon.
Speaking to CBR, Chloe Bennet — who plays the ex-S.H.I.E.L.D. agent known as Quake — discussed just what Daisy and her teammates are facing when the show returns. She also addressed her “May relationship” with Robbie Reyes, how her status as an Inhuman vigilante will impact the upcoming season, whether or not she could ever rejoin S.H.I.E.L.D. and more.
CBR: The threat Eli Morrow poses is unlike anything S.H.I.E.L.D. has faced before. How does Daisy even begin to approach that?
Chloe Bennet: I think it’s definitely not just Daisy. I think that, you know, the team — I think it’s pretty evident in terms of the Darkhold and the power, once she learned the power of that and that getting into the wrong hands, is definitely something worse we’re obviously trying to prevent. It’s a different type of threat, as you said, because it’s basically unknown. It’s not rooted in a science that Fitz or Simmons know very well, so I think that’s a whole different ball game, which makes a really interesting conflict coming up.
Daisy is no stranger to family conflict. What words of advice do you think she would have for Robbie right now?
I think in their friendship, the words of advice would not be any words. I think it would be kind of a look of acknowledgement, of knowing. I think what drew Ghost Rider — Robbie — and Daisy together is their similar kind of… I think they both take pleasure in being alone and they both care about people a lot, so much that they kind of distance themselves from the people they care about in a certain way to protect them. I think that kind of closeness is shared… I think they know that without saying much. I think their relationship is more of… I’d like to call it a “May relationship.” There’s a lot of unspoken conversation.
Season 4 has really explored Daisy’s sense of guilt. Do you think she feels responsible for whatever it is that just happened to Robbie, Fitz and Coulson?
I don’t think she feels responsible, but I think she understands… She does feel a lot of guilt and responsibility for things that probably aren’t really things she should feel guilty or responsible about. A lot of things happen in S.H.I.E.L.D. and I hope that she’s kind of gained the knowledge of not taking everything too personally, because otherwise it’s hard to function. I think that’s why she had to leave S.H.I.E.L.D. in the first place. But yeah, probably a little bit.
Daisy has used her guilt to wall herself off from her S.H.I.E.L.D. family, despite the fact they’re working this mission together. Are we going to see any cracks in that façade anytime soon?
I think more so with Coulson, but there hasn’t been really. I’m sure in the future that’s going to come up, but I hope so! I hope that there’s a real conversation between Daisy and someone else about all the pain she’s gone through in the past couple of months. It’s been really hard. So far, from what we saw, Daisy hasn’t confided in people much. She’s still kind been kept on the out.
S.H.I.E.L.D. may be dealing with a deadly supernatural force right now, but the threat of the Watchdogs and Senator Nadir still looms over the show. How does that impact Daisy as we move forward?
I kind of think the Watchdogs are this ever-present, looming threat that I think is one of the biggest ones we have this season, whether they come in the form of Senator Nadir or they come in the form of straight Watchdog soldiers. I think that brings a lot of adrenaline to the show, even if it may not be something focused around the Watchdogs, but you know that’s something that’s always there and it feels very relevant in particular right now… It’s so personal and interesting to play a character who’s been discriminated against because of who she is and something she can’t control. I think the writers are doing a great job with taking this very popular, very relevant issue and weaving it into a show.
In the midst of everything that’s going on, Daisy still has to deal with the fact that she’s Inhuman. How does she reconcile that identity with her current political climate?
I think her first priority is Coulson, and then I think her second priority — maybe tied with Coulson — would be the topic of Inhumans. Obviously, it’s a very personal topic to her; she’s Inhuman, she went through a lot in her transition, and I think protecting and rescuing and saving and guiding people who are new to their powers is very important to her. For me as an actor to play that, it’s not too hard. You turn on the TV, you read the newspaper, you go on Twitter, you see the hate groups and the hate mongers and the rhetoric out there now after our election and it’s not hard to feel that anger towards these certain hate groups, because you see it every day on the news here.
As Quake, Daisy has found herself with a reputation for being a Robin Hood-like Inhuman vigilante. Will we see that come into play with the burgeoning Inhuman community this season?
I think maybe a little bit, yeah! I can’t give away too much. I think she definitely does better in the dark and not in the spotlight, but we’ll see how long that lasts.
Will we get to see Daisy interact with Director Mace anytime soon?
Yes! Yes, you will see that happen.
Is there even a glimmer of a chance that Daisy could rejoin S.H.I.E.L.D.?
I hope so! I don’t want to give anything away. I think, truth is, the show and myself as a fan of the show, it’s pretty evident her heart is in S.H.I.E.L.D. When people going through trying times, it’s hard on people who are close to you, and I think her way of helping and helping the people that she loves is distancing herself. Hopefully, she understands that family is there for you no matter what and you can have a hard time around the people that you love because — if they really love you — they’re going to be there for you. I hope so.
Airing Tuesdays at 10 pm ET/PT on ABC, “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” stars Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson, Chloe Bennet as Daisy “Quake” Johnson, Ming-Na Wen as Melinda May, Iain De Caestecker as Leo Fitz, Elizabeth Henstridge as Jemma Simmons, Henry Simmons as Alphonso “Mack” Mackenzie and more.