During Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s winter hiatus, much of any upcoming intel revolved around the “Secret Warriors” team being assembled by Daisy. And in the midseason premiere, that crew — comprised of Lincoln, Joey and “just visiting” newcomer Elena aka “Yo-Yo” — dominated the action, leading myself if not others to worry that the Inhuman faction was overpowering their differently abled friends, including screentime-wise.
But during a recent press event on the ABC series set, showrunners Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen maintained that Daisy & Co. were a complementary, not supplementary, unit.
On the topic of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s seemingly, increasingly distinct halves, “We’ve been asked that before, and it hasn’t felt like we’ve been trying to juggle two separate teams,” Tancharoen said. “It feels like it’s just an extension of the team that we have, a new dynamic within.”
Namely, Daisy’s bold, new project is designed to help develop her as a team leader — a far cry from her days as a tagalong hacker named Skye.
The Secret Warriors element “is more about trying to reflect Daisy’s pursuit of this idea, her desire to bring people like her together,” said Whedon. “And 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.”
“Daisy is proud [to be Inhuman], and we’re feeling that pride,” Tancharoen added. “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.”
But as she evolves into that more empowered role, will Daisy always see eye-to-eye with S.H.I.E.L.D.’s director? Or might that “dynamic within” ultimately breed infighting?
“As much as [Daisy] might butt heads [with Coulson] about certain issues, they definitely balance each other out,” said her portrayer Chloe Bennet. “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.” (With reporting by Scott Huver)