Yesterday we learned that Avengers: Age of Ultron would have a big impact on where the story goes for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. We don't know in what way it will affect the series, but it's going to happen. It looks like there's a lot of stuff going on in S.H.I.E.L.D., and apparently it's all leading up to what happens in Phase 3 of Marvel's cinematic universe.
Executive producers Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen recently did an interview with Marvel.com. During the interview they talked about the Inhumans element being included, which will lead to Phase 3.
(SPOILERS directly below for anyone who did not watch the mid-season finale last night)
It was revealed that Skye (Chloe Bennet) is actually Daisy Johnson, also known as a character named Quake from the comics. It was also revealed that her father (Kyle MacLachlan) is really Calvin Zabo, who you might know as Mister Hyde.
Now on to what Whedon and Tancharoen had to say. Here's an excerpt from the interview:
Jed Whedon: There are parts of [The Origin of Quake and Hyde] that move away from the story in the comics, but partially that’s because we’d invented our own way [of getting there]. We also wanted it to be a surprise to the people who are familiar with the comics, but [it’s] also because we’re tying it to a larger world. [It’s] not just her origin story, it’s the origin story of a bigger, other world.
Marvel.com: And that is a somewhat “inhuman” world, you could say?
Whedon: It’s safe to say that.
Marvel.com: When did you hit upon the idea of introducing that Inhuman element into the Marvel Cinematic Universe for the first time?
Maurissa Tancharoen: It’s been a property in the Marvel Universe that we’ve been interested in since the beginning. Our tagline when we began the show was “not all heroes are super,” and we wanted to focus on that and highlight that for the first season. Now as we move forward we’re diving deeper into the Marvel Universe, and it’s our way of exploring a whole new world that may be comprised of people who have special abilities. We think that’s going to open everything up for us.
So it seems that Skye is the first Inhuman that has been introduced into Marvel's cinematic world. I guess that means there's a chance she could end up in the Inhumans film set to be released in 2018. Who knows if the TV show will even still be around by then, though. So it's too early to tell. On top of that, so much craziness will happen between now and then. Anything can happen. One thing that is solid is that we now have humans with special genetically modified abilities.
There are two other characters that are set to be introduced in Avengers: Age of Ultron that also could be described as having these special modified abilities: Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen). It's fun looking for and finding the connections in this universe! This is obviously all part of the big picture story arcs that are coming. It's all leading to Phase 3, and it's going to be awesome seeing how all of these stories play out and seeing the connections that are made.