Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Chloe Bennet dubs herself “Marvel’s first Asian superhero” while posing with Shang-Chi lead Simu Liu and a puppy.
The stars of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. sparked fandom interest in a team-up between these fan-favorite Marvel heroes.
Chloe Bennet, who played S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Daisy Johnson for seven seasons on the beloved Marvel series, shared a collection of selfies featuring her and Shang-Chi‘s Simu Liu by a picnic table. Poking fun at the order of their live-action debuts, Bennet wrote “oh look it’s marvels first asian superhero..and @SimuLiu is also in the pic too.” The post comes a month after the two shared a back-and-forth on Twitter questioning whether they had met, with Bennet jokingly acknowledging “of course we’ve met! we’ve more than met…. that’s my homie.”
Though Bennet was introduced on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as Skye, a computer hacker recruited by Phil Coulson, Season 2 eventually revealed that she possessed the birth name of established Marvel superhero Quake. This coincided with the discovery of Daisy’s biological parents being physician Calvin Zabo aka Mr. Hyde and Inhuman leader Jiaying. The fan-favorite hero goes on to gain seismic powers like her comic counterpart through Terrigenesis exposure. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s critical success not only led to Marvel retconning Quake as an Inhuman but also redesigning her comic book design to resemble Bennet. The actor also voices a different version of Daisy/Quake in the Marvel Rising animated series: An Inhuman S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who eventually joins Captain Marvel’s Secret Warriors team.
Liu made his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in 2021 as the titular Shang-Chi, a role he publically lobbied to play via Twitter as far back as 2018. Much like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s new Quake, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings took creative liberties when adapting Shang-Chi’s backstory, largely due to his original comic father being the racist Asian stereotype villain Fu Manchu. Instead, the film created new versions of Shang-Chi’s father and sister named Wenwu and Xu Xialing, both of which were well-received. Shang-Chi‘s success led to a sequel being greenlit in December, with director Destin Daniel Cretton returning to lead the project.
It’s unclear whether an MCU crossover between Quake and Shang-Chi will happen, given Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s loose relationship to the films’ continuity. The show ended with Daisy traveling the galaxy with her half-sister Kora and Agent Carter‘s Daniel Sousa. The latest MCU show Ms. Marvel, which features a South Asian protagonist in Iman Vellani’s Kamala Khan, recently had fans speculating that the leading character is an Inhuman. If this turns out to be accurate, some believe it could pave the way for Quake’s formal addition to the ever-growing MCU.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. are available to stream on Disney+.
Ben Wasserman is a graduate of NYU’s M.A. Cinema Studies Program at the Tisch School of the Arts. He’s previously written for the pop culture websites ComicsVerse and mxdwn Movies and currently writes movie reviews for Film-Forward alongside CBR. Ben loves all things film, television, gaming and comic-related, especially when it comes to Marvel.
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