The Daring Miss Daisy
I still can’t get over the fact that Agents of SHIELD is back right now, considering that some of the shows I follow won’t be returning until the end of April, such as CW’s the Flash and Supergirl, respectively. Then, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow had its finale, too, which nearly cleans out my whole viewing schedule. But with the return of Marvel’s resident spy organization on the small screen, I’ve started to think that the TV gods are smiling down upon me somewhere. Plus, iZombie’s back, too, and I enjoy that show (don’t judge ‘til you see it. Maybe I’ll even write about it one of these days). But going back to Agents of SHIELD, I’m specifically writing this article to look at one of its main stars, Daisy Johnson (played by Chloe Bennet). By now, we already know that she’s an inhuman who has the power to create vibrations, and all the true believers out there who follow the House of Ideas are well aware that she’s based on the character of the same name, who’s also known as Quake on Earth-616. However, I want to look at the source material right now in order for us to see how exactly this popular character within Marvel’s Cinematic Universe was developed throughout the years.
All right, first of all, the character known as Daisy Johnson was originally created by superstar writer Brian Michael Bendis and superb artist Gabrielle Del’Otto back in 2004, which makes her one of the more recent creations to be promoted from the funny books to the MCU. She first appeared on the second issue of the Secret Invasion miniseries, which if you haven’t read by now, is a beautifully illustrated and wonderfully told story about Nick Fury’s takeover of Latveria (after all, what would you expect from creators like Del’Otto and Bendis? And don’t start whining about the latter’s longwinded script).
From there, Daisy, a.k.a. Quake would become a core member of the Secret Warriors, which is Nick Fury’s very own team of young superhuman agents working in the Marvel Universe. And as a brief background, it’s a team he’s been brewing ever since these kids were born from an initiative he called “the Caterpillar project”. Its members include the likes of Druid and Phobos, and honestly, Secret Warriors is one of the most underrated series to have ever come out in the last 20 years or so from Marvel. You should go check it out.
Of course, by now we all know that the MCU version of the character is a legitimate superstar worthy of making at least a minor appearance in the movies (I won’t say cameo, because that spot belongs solely to Stan the Man himself).. Yes, she’s popular enough among fans especially now, and the publisher is making an effort to create more stories centered on her, but I don’t think she’s reached her peak yet. Now, I’m not saying that she doesn’t deserve all the credit she’s getting; on the contrary, I think we need more Daisy in the comics.