Is 'S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Skye the Next 'Avenger'?

I think we can all agree that the Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. midseason finale, "What They Become," was a crackerjack hour of television. It tied up every dangling plot thread from the first half of Season 2, and fulfilled a plan the writers have had in place since the show's inception. Pretty much everyone should be happy with the results, since both of the major theories floating around about Skye's true identity turned out to be true. Skye is Daisy Johnson, aka Quake! And her dad is Calvin Zabo, aka Mister Hyde! But she's also an Inhuman! And Raina is, too! And Agent Triplett is dead! ... *sad trombone*

This turn of events shows remarkable synergy throughout the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as S.H.I.E.L.D. introduces us to our first onscreen Inhumans well before the recently-announced Inhumans film bows in November of 2018. This gives us plenty of time to get to know the concept behind the Kree-created breed of super-humans before we have an entire movie stuffed with their admittedly bizarre mythos.

With the MCU proving it knows exactly what it's doing, and with Skye having just been gifted with some as-yet-unknown superpowers, is it possible that we will see S.H.I.E.L.D. crossover with the films sooner than expected? Could Skye team up with The Avengers in next summer's Age Of Ultron?

There is reason to believe we'll see Skye/Daisy/Quake join the team sometime soon: Quake is a semi-important figure in the comics, having fought alongside the Avengers several times, helping them defeat the likes of Magneto and Norman Osborn. She officially became a member of The Avengers in November 2011, and was shortly thereafter made Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. after Steve Rogers reactivated the defunct agency.

It seems inevitable that we'll see Quake fighting supervillains on the big screen before long — although, sadly, probably not in Age Of Ultron. There have been no reports of actress Chloe Bennet having filmed anything for Ultron, and there's no denying writer/director Joss Whedon already has his hands full juggling dozens of other characters and plots. In addition to the same eight-person team from the first Avengers (Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Fury, and Maria Hill), the sequel will also introduce us to four major new characters: Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, Vision, and Ultron himself.

To our great disappointment, Whedon has already confirmed that Clark Gregg's Agent Coulson will not be appearing in Age Of Ultron: "Right now it’s not something I’m pursuing because I have so much going on in ‘Avengers 2.’ Finding out that Coulson is alive would be an entire B story. And I already have too much movie," he told the Associated Press. And if Coulson, who was integral to the events of the first Avengers, won't have a part in the film, the chances of a surprise appearance by Skye in Ultron seem relatively low.

Of course, it goes without saying that Chloe Bennet would jump at the chance to appear on the big screen alongside Robert Downey, Jr. & Co. "I don’t know, as Chloe, what I would do," fretted Skye's portrayer to The Wrap. "I’d probably just pee in my pants. It would be awkward for everyone. ‘She’s kind of a good actress, but she just peed in the middle of the scene and it was weird.'” She better start preparing herself, since — as the franchise's first introduced Inhuman — there's a good chance she could feature heavily in 2018's Inhuman film. And from there, an appearance in Avengers: Infinity War is certainly not out of the question.

Interestingly, there is one S.H.I.E.L.D. character who could potentially pop up in Age Of Ultron... and it's the last one you'd expect after the events of "What They Become." Actor B.J. Britt, who played the recently deceased Trip, was reportedly spotted on the Ultron set back in June. Before you get all excited that this means Agent Triplett is going to be resurrected, consider the possibilities. He could appear in a flashback. He could have just been visiting the set. Or this could simply be a case of mistaken identity. Still, if there's one person from S.H.I.E.L.D. to keep your eyes peeled for during Age of Ultron, it's Trip, not Skye, no matter how important her new identity is.

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