Chloe Bennet’s character on “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” has gone from millennial hacktivist to earthquake-generating Inhuman leader. Her transformation has been steady, as she went from being terrified of her powers to now controlling and embracing them.
In last week’s episode of “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” Daisy and her team apprehended a new Inhuman, YoYo (Natalia Cordova-Buckley,) who believed her powers were a gift. With the changing attitudes about Inhumans on the show, Daisy is in a unique position to be the leader her mother always wanted her to be. Except for hiding Inhumans in After Life and killing regular people to stay alive, Daisy can help Inhumans use their powers for good.
Whedon said that Daisy leading the Secret Warrior team “is more about trying to reflect Daisy’s pursuit of this idea, her desire to bring people like her together.” Daisy’s team building is not without difficulty though, as “that does create complications, as you see [in the winter premiere] – Hunter saying, ‘Bloody powers…. How can we compete?’ And everybody who’s human in the field [last week] gets kidnapped because they can’t compete. So it’s definitely creating a dynamic within the team.” With Hunter, Bobbi, and Mack unable to fight the Inhumans they run into in the field, it puts Daisy, Lincoln, YoYo, Joey in a position to be the better agents, which can make the rest of the team feel useless.
Tancharoen added, “Daisy is proud [to be Inhuman], and we’re feeling that pride, and it’s also about building her leadership role within the team, being the point person. Having these new people come into play is more about asserting this new arc that we have for Daisy.” In Brian Michael Bendis‘ 5-issue run of “Secret War,” Daisy is a major player and leader on Nick Fury’s team. While still very young, she knows more than Captain America, Daredevil, and Wolverine when Fury sends them on a secret mission and then wipes their memory. She is a person Fury can trust, and her leadership is starting to take shape this season in a similar fashion, as someone Coulson (Clark Gregg) can trust.
TVLine asked Bennet about whether or not this new found leadership will ever cause Daisy to break away from Coulson or S.H.I.E.L.D. Bennet responded in saying, “As much as [Daisy] might butt heads [with Coulson] about certain issues, they definitely balance each other out. I think that her loyalty, overall, isn’t necessarily to S.H.I.E.L.D. but really to Coulson. I think that’s what she really believes in, her relationship with Coulson.”
Taking her Secret Warrior team and leaving S.H.I.E.L.D. seems like an idea that is off the table, especially as Coulson gives her more responsibility. Whether or not she will ever succeed Coulson as director of S.H.I.E.L.D.? That remains to be seen. For now they seem like great partners, with Coulson needing Daisy as his liaison to the increasing population of Inhumans.
“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” airs Tuesday nights on ABC at 9 p.m.