Exclusive: Chloe Bennet’s new Quake costume in ‘Agents of SHIELD’
Behold the awesomeness that is Quake. We’ve got the exclusive reveal of “SHIELD’s” brand-new look for Skye (aka Daisy Johnson, aka Quake). Take a gander at Quake’s new tactical suit, and yes... she’s got her own pair of “SHIELD"-made Quake gloves.
With Comic-Con and the Dubsmash battles between Marvel TV shows, “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” stayed in the pop consciousness over the summer. The show is returning Sept. 29, and fervent fans may want to know what the new season is going to look like.
It will look a bit darker -- or, at least, the clothing of some of the show’s characters will be a darker than what audiences are used to. Actress Chloe Bennet’s character, Skye (who was recently revealed to be Daisy Johnson, superhero name Quake) has a brand-new costume to complement her status as a stealthy SHIELD agent.
“It was really, really fun to put it on. With the inner geek in me -- and growing up with six brothers -- I was never really interested in being the princess. I was more into being someone who kicked ... and was a superhero. So, that was a dream come true,” said Bennet. “It was cool to be a part of the process in helping to design the outfit.”
That design came from costume designer Ann Foley, who counts the tactical uniforms of Deathlok and Mockingbird among her favorites on the show -- as well as a sparkly dress worn by actress Ming-Na Wen during a fight scene. When asked what Bennet’s costume conveys, Foley had definite ideas.
“It’s about strength. She feels very empowered in it.... That’s what was important to me, that she felt empowered to me,” said Foley. “I wanted to stay true to some of the designs I saw in the comics. In the style lines, I wanted to pay a little bit of a tribute to her tactical ability from last season, but we also incorporated the Quake symbol into her gauntlets and on the back of her suit.”
Quake’s Inhuman powers (yes she’s an Inhuman) give her the ability to move objects and generate massive amounts of force, so special considerations for her particular suit had to be made. Foley and Bennet were particularly excited about a pair of gauntlets that Daisy will be wearing. In both the comics and the series Quake has vibrational powers; the gauntlets serve many purposes in relation to her control over those powers, as well as being aesthetic.
“It’s only something that Daisy would have and is specific to her earthquake powers,” says Bennet.
“It’s a practical part of [the costume], cause when you put this on in real life, it’s not that practical! I always wondered why superheroes wear such tight outfits, cause they’re really tight and really limiting. It works onscreen, though.”
It’s well known that neither Bennet, nor her co-stars, knew when she signed on that her character was going to be someone already in the Marvel Comics universe.
“I just knew that I had a job and could pay my rent. I had no idea to what extent Skye would be involved ... It’s funny to think about how naive I was! Honestly, I didn’t know about Daisy Johnson. By the end of the first season, they kind of hinted that I wasn’t going to be Skye,” said Bennet.
However that didn’t stop Bennet from doing some private digging of her own, and after a lot of online research and trips to the comic book store, she had narrowed down potential possibilities for her character’s true identity.
“I get a knock on my trailer and it’s Jeph Loeb, Jeff Bell, Maurissa Tancharoen, Jed Whedon ... and they’re like ‘Can we talk to you?’ I was like, ‘Oh, great. I’m dead.’ They come into my trailer and say, ‘So, do you want to guess who you are?’ I guess and they say ‘Yeah! How did you know that?’” said Bennet. And the rest is TV history.
In the upcoming season, the team may not be as on the run as they have been -- with friend against friend and infiltration by the disruptive Hydra group -- but they’ve graduated from the ragtag group of soldiers and scientists to the more precise militaristic outfit they always imagined they were. And Foley made sure to reflect that sentiment in the third season costumes.
“I think you’re definitely going to see a change in their costumes in Season 3. At the end of season one with the fall of SHIELD, you see a shift in the costumes -- we went a little darker. Then by the time we pick up with the team in Season 2, everyone had definitely grown up and you saw a shift in the way that they were dressing. Everyone just had to grow up. With the events at the end of Season 2 now, you’re going to see another shift, and the costumes will reflect a shift for everybody.”
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