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The “Skye Quakes” in New ‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Promo

Tomorrow, Marvel’s Agent Carter will end its eight episode run as a midseason replacement/Marvel baton holder for ABC’s flagship Marvel show Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. This means it’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. promo time.

While Agent Carter has evolved into a great show in its own right (though it appears doubtful to return, sadface), my excitement levels for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s return is admittedly several notches higher on the Richter magnitude scale, which is a horrible reference to Skye’s true identity and a nod to the pun-tastrophe that was Neil Patrick Harris’ Oscar hosting duties last night.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s last episode was one of those game-changer’s people constantly talk about and this promo references (“Nothing will ever be the same…”), finally revealing that Skye is Daisy Johnson a.k.a. Quake, a mutant an Inhuman. This is a development promising huge, ahem, aftershocks that are sure to reverberate over the rest of the season (and beyond; an Inhumans movie is coming July 12, 2019, unless more Spider-Man movies threaten that timeline). And ABC/Marvel certainly isn’t shying away from the reveal, as Skye goes all orphan Annie about wanting a family her whole life, until she found S.H.I.E.L.D., and now discovering that “…something, possibly…Inhuman” has been inside her all this time, a change that might tear her from her adopted family, much like how she’s tearing the base apart with her seismic/earth-Quake powers in this 30 second clip.

The droll voiceover from Chloe Bennet paints a depressing picture of Skye’s future: we see her locked in the cube that housed the traitorous/insane Agent Ward until he recently escaped. This seems to indicate that Bennet’s powers and alien origins will elicit the tired and true “hate” and “fear” response that the X-Men have been getting since the 1960s. Hopefully it’s not that cut and dry, or severe (maybe it’s a powerful metaphor, guys), but it’ll certainly be interesting to see our favorite ragtag group deal with the knowledge that Inhumans are real and among us, like an alien Hydra/Leviathan/what-have-you. Hopefully it doesn’t just mean we get another morose “coming into her own” arc with Skye, and this just continues her ascension from reliable groan-inducer to most improved character on TV.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns with all-new episodes Tuesday March 3rd at 9/8c. My sarcastic, overwritten recaps will arrive the morning after.