There are plenty of spoilers in this article if you still haven't caught the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. winter finale.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. ended 2014 with Skye gaining earthquake powers from a strange crystal, officially revealing her as an Inhuman. The series is on hiatus while Agent Carter airs in its timeslot, but to get fans hyped for its March return, ABC has aired the first promo for the episode “Aftershocks,” showing Skye dealing with her new abilities, and it’s not going well.
Judging from the preview, Skye is appropriately freaked out and having trouble controlling her new earthquake powers, and the team doesn’t quite know how to process what’s happened to her. The S.H.I.E.L.D. agents have dealt with people who have special abilities on many occasions, but it’s a whole other thing when one of their own suddenly becomes extraordinary. It also doesn’t help that Skye’s new ability happens to be something so powerful that it can put the whole team in danger if not properly handled.
Skye gained her earthquake powers in the episode “What They Become” when she was exposed to the mist released from the crystal encased inside the Obelisk. Along with the revelation that her real name is Daisy, this made her the MCU version of Daisy Johnson, a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent from the comics who also has earthquake powers. Villainess Raina was also shown to be an Inhuman, although the full extent of her transformation is unknown. (The promo also shows that her hand looks freakishly skeletal.) The duo’s transformation came at a cost, as teammate Antoine Triplett was petrified by a shard of the crystal and crumbled when Skye inadvertently unleashed the tremors.
With Skye’s new powers, Ward and Agent 33 on the loose and a man with no eyes who has his own Obelisk, the winter finale set Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on a new path. The introduction of the Inhumans comes almost four years before Marvel releases the Inhumans movie, giving the series the unique opportunity to have an important effect on the movie side of the MCU, as opposed to vice-versa, which is usually the norm.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will return to ABC with new episodes on March 3 at 9 p.m. ET. Guest stars for the latter half of the season include Blair Underwood as Dr. Andrew Garner and Edward James Olmos as Robert Gonzales.