Secret Warriors assemble!
In “The Team,” tonight’s episode of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” Daisy Johnson is forced to call in the Secret Warriors after Director Coulson and his team are captured by Hydra. Throughout Season 3, each member of the Secret Warriors has had a moment in the spotlight, but “The Team” will be the first time they act as, well, a team. Fortunately, Daisy herself, Chloe Bennet, was on hand to weigh in on the long-awaited team-up as well as its “surprising” aftershocks.
Bennet spoke with CBR News about the big episode and her critical role in the action. She also discussed what it was like to see the Secret Warriors together at last, how Daisy performs as a leader, and more.
CBR News: The gang is back together! What was it like for you to see the Secret Warriors in action after that season-long buildup?
Chloe Bennet: It was so much fun. We had way too much fun shooting this episode as actors, because we all are genuinely obsessed with each other. It’s reminiscent of the first season for me, because of how the team is first together, and it was really about Coulson and our team working things out and kicking ass. It was kind of like a throwback to the first season for me, because we have this new team and we’re working together and now it’s even more exciting because everyone has powers. That was really, really fun. We were basically just taking pictures and having way too much fun the entire time we were shooting. Hopefully, that translated onto camera, but it was great. It was so much fun.
It’s been a bit of a slow burn toward this team-up. Has that prepared Daisy for her new leadership role?
I don’t know! You know, I was a little bit more uncomfortable playing the leader. I’m going to be honest, I saw some bits of her being a leader — I was like, “Oh, God!” I clearly am still a little bit uncomfortable as Daisy being a leader. I felt a little like I was getting my sea legs as a leader on and off screen. I think it’s going to organically happen. It’s evident to me that people are born leaders, but it still also takes practice. It takes getting that and really knowing your team and having the confidence to get up there and say, “We’re going to do this and everything’s going to be great.” Lots of stuff has not worked out for Daisy in the past. I think that’s maybe shaken her confidence a little as a leader, but I think it’ll happen. She’s proud of the team for the work they do in this episode.
Daisy calls the Secret Warriors in to save Coulson and the team. Do you think this act assuages the doubts some S.H.I.E.L.D. agents had about these new Inhuman recruits?
I think it does for the beginning half of the episode, yes. [Laughs]
Without spoiling anything, can you describe the episode in three words?
I’d say, “exciting and tense and surprising.”
There’s been a lot of talk about Asian representation in superhero properties. As an Asian-American woman, what does playing such an important role in the Marvel Universe mean to you?
It means everything to me! I genuinely believe that. I went to lunch yesterday with my friend, who’s an actress, and she’s also Japanese, and we talked about this. When we were kids, we truly did not feel we could be on TV unless we were blonde … unless you were white. It just felt like that’s how it was. Even when I got here, which was about six years ago, I was told that I wasn’t Asian enough to be the best friend, but wasn’t white enough to be the lead. I truly was like, “Well, yeah. That makes sense.” I truly believed that! And just that that’s something I believed and I nodded my head in agreement — that’s some kind of brainwashing!
You realize how far this industry has come, but how little representation there is. People say, “Oh, will you change your name?” I changed my last name because I wanted to just get cast for the role because I was right for it, because of who I was. I think so often people look at the color of the person and they determine right away that they can’t be this role because of the way they look or who they are. It’s just crazy to me. So it means so much to me.
In the [Marvel] cinematic universe, there’s a lot of white guys named Chris. There’s really no blacks or Asians in it at all. That’s really disappointing! I don’t think our show gets enough credit. I think we’re quietly changing the game on our show on TV. I know it’s not as big as the movies, but I think we’re really doing big things here. You know, our showrunner [Maurissa Tancharoen] is an Asian-American woman, Ming-Na Wen is obviously incredibly talented, and she’s Chinese, I’m half-Chinese, we have Juan Pablo Raba and Natalia Cordova-Buckley, who are Mexican and Colombian. I think we really represent the world. I’m proud of our show and proud of what we’re doing.
“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D” airs Tuesdays at 9 pm ET/PT on ABC.
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