‘Marvel Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ actress Chloe Bennet with her video game avatar (Photo: Rachel Murray, Getty Images for Kabam)
Chloe Bennet is really stoked to have a video game character look just like her. But she really wants it to look like her.
The actress, who plays Quake/Agent Daisy Johnson on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC, made sure that when Quake joined a video game like Marvel’s Contest of Champions, everything was, well, proportional.
“I actually kind of made a note that I wanted the boobs of my character to be not as big,” Bennet told USA TODAY in a recent phone interview. “Because they tend to in comics — I think the male artists get a little excited? And I just want young girls to know that you can be awesome and sexy without huge boobs. So I’m kind of excited to have that be some input to the game.”
This isn’t the first time that Bennet has had that particular note when it comes to her character taking on a life outside the TV show.
“I make that a note pretty often for our show,” she explained. “If they’re ever doing mockups I want to make sure that’s not what the focus is about and it’s about who the character is and her backstory and how well she can fight and how smart she is.”
The character is not making its debut in the game until this fall but the mock-up was revealed last week part of Marvel’s Women of Power initiative. And the cartoon Daisy Quake looks “awesome,” according to the actress.
What’s it like with a character in a video game that looks just like you, otherwise?
“I’m really stoked and excited. I’m very excited to get to fight and do stunts without getting injured. On set you definitely walk away with several bruises. So it will be fun to play the game and kind of be in the comfort of my own bed.”
You would think that after the reveal that former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent-turned-über bad guy Ward (Brett Dalton) was actually a member of Hydra, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s most controversial ‘ship would be put to rest. But here we are in season 3 and the SkyeWard fans just can’t seem to let go.
Let’s just get this first part out of the way: “Now she’s not Skye and he’s not Ward,” executive producer Jed Whedon says with a laugh.
Since the first season, Skye (Chloe Bennet) found her real family, transformed into an Inhuman and discovered that her name is actually Daisy Johnson, otherwise known as the Marvel superhero Quake. Ward, on the other hand, fell deeper down the rabbit hole of darkness, culminating in the cold-blooded assassination of Coulson’s (Clark Gregg) new lady friend Rosalind Price (Constance Zimmer), which in turn led to Ward’s death at the (super) hand of Coulson. To top that off, Ward’s body is now being inhabited by a weird Inhuman slug thing.
Now can we put SkyeWard to rest? “He has changed, but just as we saw with Will, there was still some of Will left in him,” Whedon says. “They’re both altered humans at this point. I don’t know. I feel like the chances are greater than ever.”
Despite that slim glimmer of hope, Whedon still insists that Ward — or whatever is left of him — probably isn’t on the path to redemption. “While he’s done terrible things, you have to want to be forgiven to be forgiven,” Whedon says. “I don’t know if that’s something he wants. By the same token, our team, their hands are dirtier than they’ve ever been.”
“The thing that’s so fun to me is that people are still talking about it,” Whedon continues. “Some of his actions at the end of this first half of the season, I can’t imagine how people still think that he’s going to be redeemed, but the fact that they’re still talking about it, that makes me super happy. We are such fans of his character and of Brett’s portrayal of it. We love the debate. We can’t believe it’s still going.”
Considering Daisy, née Skye, played such a big role in Ward’s life, could his memories of her draw Bizarro-Ward in? “It could be, that’s a good theory,” Whedon says. “We know that Will’s memories lived on, so some of that could carry. As I’m sure you have guessed, it’s going to get complicated. Spoiler alert, it’s going to get complicated.”
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns Tuesday, March 8 at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.
#TeamCarter brought in more than $79,000 for the Stomp Out Bullying! organization.
“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” carried a nearly $5,000 advantage over their “Agent Carter” competitors for much of the Dubsmah Wars for Charity. But in the closing hours of the lip sync battle, #TeamCarter took a commanding lead over #TeamSHIELD.
Hayley Atwell and James D’Arcy’s team earned a total of $79,673 to benefit Stomp Out Bullying! while Chloe Bennet, Clark Gregg and their “S.H.I.E.L.D.” co-stars raked in $75,182 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
“The REAL winners tonight are @StJude and @STOMPOutBullyng it’s been a bizarre and hilarious experience! Thank you for your amazing support x,” Atwell tweeted.
The Dubsmash Wars began innocently at San Diego Comic Con in July. The Marvel TV casts exchanged videos lip-syncing songs like “It Takes Two,” “B—h Better Have My Money” and “Love Shack.”
#TeamCarter kicked off the three-round Dubsmash Wars for Charity on CrowdRise with Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” featuring Miss Piggy. Bennet and Gregg recruited their co-stars Adrianne Palicki and Patton Oswald for their first round video of Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball.”
Atwell and D’Arcy made things personal in round two when they sang The Kinks’ “Lola” sitting in Gregg’s character Phil Coulson’s most-prized possession – his red 1962 Corvette named Lola with Marvel Comics’ head honcho Stan Lee.
#TeamSHIELD didn’t take the bait, instead calling on superheroes not owned by Marvel Studios (i.e. Batman and Deadpool) to sing War’s “Why Can’t We Be Friends.” They also invited “Supergirl” star Melissa Benoist for the video to bury the hatchet on the superhero rivalry.
In the final round, each team brought together the entire cast and crew for both their ABC shows to sing “Everything Is Awesome” (#TeamCarter) and “I’ve Got the Power (#TeamSHIELD).
Fans voted for their favorite team by donating $1 to the videos they liked most. Each $1 donation gave participants the chance to win a grand prize trip to Hollywood to meet Atwell, D’Arcy, Bennet and Gregg.
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From rebel hacker to SHIELD agent to leader of the Secret Warriors team tasked with keeping Inhumans safe – both from themselves and the rest of the world – Skye’s (Chloe Bennet) journey to becoming the badass Daisy Johnson has been bumpy to say the least.
But she’s finally figured out her place in the world, and she’s hell bent on making sure the rest of her Inhuman brothers and sisters can feel that way too.
Don’t get her in way, unless you’re prepared to witness her Quake powers firsthand.
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When people think of comic conventions, the thought is usually of comics, creators, and cosplayers. At Long Beach, the Girl Scouts in the Los Angeles area have been discovering more encouragement through events generated just for them. There are workshops and activities for the different age groups and in a badge receiving ceremony, the girls got a special treat as Chloe Bennet (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) was on on hand to deliver the badges and offer some words of encouragement.
The ceremony was for offered to over one hundred girls. The badges handed out included a Novelist Badge where the girls took part in writing activities and a Comic Artist Badge where storytelling through art was the focus. The main message is for the girls to follow their dreams and lots of opportunities are offered. As the girls and Chloe took the stage before the ceremony to pose for press and family, Bennet suggested they do silly faces.
Someone suggested they all do the “Supergirl pose” but Chloe joked, “That’s DC [Comics]. I won’t do that.” She the suggested they do the “Quake pose” based on her character in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
The girls then lined up to receive their badges. Chloe told the first few girls dressed as DC Comics characters, she’d “forgive them” for the outfits. Bennet also took the time to ask each girl their name and proceeded to high five each one when they received their badge. Before the closing of the ceremony, Chloe addressed the girls, again delivering the message of following their dreams.
To be honest, experiencing all of this at a comic convention was a little unexpected. We’re used to seeing comic creators and Hollywood actors discuss their projects and share news on what’s coming up. It was a nice and refreshing change to see these young girls take pride in their accomplishment and be encourage to continue what their doing. Part of the Girl Scouts motto is, “Invest in girls. Change the world.” The energy in the room was very positive and uplifting.
Congratulations to the cast & crew! Can’t wait to see what is in store for us the rest of the season.
“The Bus” isn’t gonna be stopping anytime soon, seeing as ABC announced on Thursday that Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has been granted a full-season (aka 22 episode) pick-up.
A follow-up of sorts to Marvel movies such as The Avengers and Iron Man 3, the freshman series premiered to 12.1 million total viewers and delivered TV’s highest-rated drama debut in nearly four years, with a 4.7 rating in the coveted 18-49 demo.
At last tally, the adventure-drama did 7.9 mil and a 2.9, edging out NCIS for the No. 2 spot at 8 o’clock.
TVLine readers gave the series premiere an average grade of “B+,” and in a poll this week gave the season-to-date a “B.”
To date, S.H.I.E.L.D. ranks as the No. 1 new show of the 2013-14 TV season among the 18-49 demo (averaging a 4.0 rating that swells to 5.7 with Live+3 DVR playback factored in).
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs Tuesdays at 8/7c.