SPOILER WARNING: This article contains major spoilers for “The Devil Complex,” the latest episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Daisy “Quake” Johnson is back in action. In “The Devil Complex,” the latest episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Daisy got her powers back after Fitz suffered a mental breakdown and removed the Kree inhibitor from her brain.
Over the course of the episode, Fitz began to see Leopold, the evil version of himself that he became in the Framework. In each of their clandestine meetings, Leopold told Fitz that he had appeared to do “what you are unwilling to do.” As it turns out, what Fitz was unwilling to do was forcibly remove Daisy’s inhibitor, so that she could manipulate the gravitonium with her powers and seal the rift into the fear dimension.
However, as the events of the episode unfolded, Fitz discovered that Leopold was not actually a manifestation of the fear dimension. Worse, he was in Fitz’s head, which meant that each of Leopold’s evil acts was committed by Fitz himself. As Leopold, Fitz tricked Daisy into going to one of the Lighthouse’s lower levels, where he knocked her out to abduct her and shackled her to a table so that he could operate on her.
Daisy woke up in the middle of the procedure and “Leopold” advised her not to try to escape. “Your energy would be better spent making yourself as comfortable as possible,” he said. “I’m afraid I didn’t have too many painkillers.”
“My work helps people, which is precisely what I’m doing now by restoring your powers,” he explained as she screamed in protest. He then began to operate on the device that the Kree installed in her skull after the events of “A Life Spent,” so that they could control when she used her abilities. Ever since she returned to the present, she has been unable to use her powers because of it.
“This rift could be what destroys the world. Your powers could be what save it,” Leopold continued. “You are what’s needed to repress the gravitonium and insert it into the device to shut the rift for good. My hypothesis has science to back it up… Her powers are the missing key to manipulate the gravitonium.”
Even when Fitz realized that he and Leopold were one and the same, he forged ahead with the surgery for two reasons: because his evil alter-ego had made arrangements to force him to do so and because he knew Leopold was right. So, as Fitz, he set to work and successfully removed the Kree inhibitor from Daisy’s brain with a horrifying, painful yank even as she begged him to stop.
“I’ll never forgive you,” she panted when he was done. He then injected her with a syringe, saying, “The adrenaline will help jumpstart your powers.” He then told her how to use her abilities to manipulate the gravitonium and seal the device, before surrendering himself. The device was ultimately successful in closing the rift.
Now that her powers have been restored, Daisy runs the risk of destroying the world — or so she was told when she and the rest of Coulson’s team were in the future. The True Believers accused her of ripping the world apart with her powers, based on video evidence taken just before the event. Believing this, Daisy has tried to stay behind the future, avoided going out in the field and expressed her relief at having the inhibitor. Thanks to Fitz, though, that’s all over now.
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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