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Agents of SHIELD Puts a Comics-Inspired Twist on Core Character

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Agents of SHIELD Puts a Comics-Inspired Twist on Core Character

SPOILER WARNING: This article contains major spoilers for “All the Comforts of Home,” the latest episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. just took one small step towards the end of the world. In “All the Comforts of Home,” the latest episode, Elena “Yo-Yo” Rodriguez lost both of her arms in a surprise attack, fulfilling one aspect of her grim future.

Almost as soon as they returned home, Director Phil Coulson and his team were thrown into another mission. They discovered a beacon of potentially alien origin beaming a signal into space, and they immediately went to investigate. In an old warehouse, they discovered the beacon that Hive once used to summon the Kree in Season 3 — and Agent Piper, one of the survivors of the LMD attack on S.H.I.E.L.D.

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As Fitz and Simmons figured out a way to shut the Kree beacon off, Piper betrayed them, giving their location to General Hale. In response, Hale sent a team to kill them all. This team consisted of a Hale’s daughter Ruby, clad in a metal mask and leather-like armor, with four robots at her command.

When Ruby gave the order to kill, Yo-Yo sprung into action and knocked all of the weapons out of the robots’ hands. Ruby observed from a distance, watching on as May, Mack and Yo-Yo defeated her soldiers. She eventually spotted her opening when one robot pinned Mack to the wall. She removed a bladed disk from the holster on her back and aimed for Mack with the intent to kill him — but Yo-Yo wouldn’t stand by and let that happen.

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Crying out his name, Yo-Yo used her powers to leap in front of the blade. She successfully saved Mack, but lost her arms in the process. Seeing Yo-Yo wounded, Mack found the strength to break free and came to her aid. He wrapped her in a blanket and carried her back to the Zephyr as all of the agents fled. Despite her wounds, she wouldn’t let him bring her to the hospital and begged Simmons to patch her up. “It’s all coming true,” she gasped as the scene ended.

Yo-Yo’s injury mirrors the future version of herself that she met in 2091, who had been resurrected by the Kree to act as a “seer” for Kasius — but that’s not the only time Yo-Yo has lost her arms in Marvel canon. The character also lost her arms during a field mission in Jonathan Hickman and Stefano Caselli’s Secret Warriors series, from which Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. draws a lot of influence.

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Yo-Yo also lost her arms in Jonathan Hickman and Stefano Caselli's Secret Warriors comic.

Of course, in the comics, S.H.I.E.L.D. gave Yo-Yo a set of high-tech arm prosthetics, as pictured above. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. also employed this kind of technology after Coulson lost his hand in Season 3. As such, it seems very likely that Yo-Yo will receive prosthetic arms of her own from Fitz and Simmons on the show. This could be the “something really special” that Yo-Yo actor Natalia Cordova-Buckley referenced in an earlier interview with CBR.

Airing Fridays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on ABC, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 5 stars Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Chloe Bennet, Henry Simmons, Ian De Caestecker, Natalia Cordova-Buckley and Elizabeth Henstridge.

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