At the end of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s third season, we saw Daisy Johnson (Chloe Bennet) go from S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent, to Rogue Agent, on the run from Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) and her former partner, Mack (Henry Simmons). Daisy’s change in character came six months after losing Lincoln (Luke Mitchell), and while there were images of articles tying her to various crimes, we saw that Daisy wasn’t necessarily the bad guy the cliffhanger seemed to make her out to be as she went out of her way to keep a promise she’d made to a man that’d saved her. Now, going into season four with Daisy on the run, and the rest of the team seeing changes in their duties at S.H.I.E.L.D., it’s safe to say that the show has managed to reinvent itself yet again, especially with the addition of Ghost Rider (Gabriel Luna).
During yesterday’s TCAs, Bennet took some time out to talk to both IGN and TV Line about the upcoming season, and where we’ll find Daisy, as well as what it’s like to bring in a character like Ghost Rider. This season, S.H.I.E.L.D., which has done such a great job at upping the ante each season, is taking Bennet’s character in a new direction for season four. She’s no longer a hacker trying to take down S.H.I.E.L.D., or a S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent with special powers, she’s now a vigilante. For the actress, she feels that although her character is going rogue this season, she’s ultimately trying “to do good.”
“You’ll see coming up that there might be chaos happening and buildings might be collapsing and bridges might have been broken, but people are always miraculously saved and taken care of, the bad guys always seem to be losing,” the actress shares. “I think she’s becoming more of a vigilante than maybe she would like. I think she’s trying to do good.”
Still, what reason did she decide to leave behind S.H.I.E.L.D. and the people she came to know as family? According to Bennet, the decision to leave was Daisy’s way of protecting those that she loved after the death of Lincoln.
“Daisy cares so much about the people that she’s with, the people of S.H.I.E.L.D., that she feels like if she gets too close to them, something bad is going to happen, they’ll get hurt,” Bennet explains. “I feel like she’s protecting them, in a way, by going rogue.”
Along with her character taking a new turn this season, we’ll also get to see her powers continue to grow and become more impressive on the small screen. However, for Daisy, the increase in her powers and abilities could come at a cost. Interestingly enough, Bennet states we’ll also come to see why S.H.I.E.L.D. is an important and valuable origanization when it comes to monitoring those with powers. (Guess those Civil War bits are carrying over somewhat.)
Definitely. I think we see that at the end of the season with her ability to kind of leap or fly. And so she’s become even more powerful. But that doesn’t come without a cost. I think you’ll see right away the repercussions of her powers not being monitored by SHIELD and you really see how SHIELD is necessary for people with powers.
The biggest news surrounding season four of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is that the series is bringing in Robbie Reyes, a.k.a Ghost Rider. Bringing in a character like this, one that not only requires a hell of a lot of special effects, but also adds a new layer to the series, showcasing powers we haven’t really seen yet within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is a huge deal and Bennet is entirely aware of that. For her, she’s excited to see how Fitz & Simmons will try and come to terms with his abilities.
It’s exciting! I was curious. It is always a little scary and you want everything to work well, but Gabriel is wonderful and fits in perfectly with the cast and I’m excited to see where they go with it. All the powers so far have been really rooted in something that Fitz and Simmons can always explain. I’m curious to see how they tie in a flaming head/skull on fire, and how they explain that with science.
The fourth season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will premiere on ABC at 10 PM EST on September 20th.