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Will We Ever See Quake In A Marvel Movie?

After the events of Avengers: Endgame, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is in need of some new heroes. Some have died. Some have grown old. Some have gone gallivanting through space. Considering the dangers Earth has faced in the past (and will certainly face in the future), we're going to need some serious power to keep us safe. One Marvel hero who could certainly help is Quake, a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent with the power to produce and control waves of vibration. Her name isn't an empty boast — she really can create earthquakes.

Marvel has had a few opportunities to bring the character into its movies already, but has yet to actually do so. The fact that an incarnation of the character already exists on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. could either help or hurt her case — on the one hand, fans are familiar with her, while on the other hand, the MCU might want to keep its continuity entirely separate from the ABC series. Regardless, as Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. nears its end, this fan favorite's hour might just be approaching.

Today, we're taking a brief look at who Quake is, what she's capable of, and a few ways Marvel might introduce her into their films.

Who is Quake?

Before we get into the question of whether or not Quake will ever show up the MCU, we should probably talk about who she even is. Quake is Daisy Johnson, S.H.I.E.L.D. agent extraordinaire, recruited by Nick Fury himself. Her first comic appearance came in 2004, but it wasn't until 2008 that she received her killer code name. From those beginnings, she has rapidly evolved into a powerful and popular character.

Quake is the daughter of Calvin Zabo, better known as the supervillain Mister Hyde. She is also an Inhuman, her nascent powers catalyzed by her father's irregular DNA. Quake has the ability to control the vibrations — all vibrations. She can use these powers in massive ways, like creating earthquakes, but she has also learned to master her abilities on a smaller scale after years of intense training. 

On top of all that, Quake is a master spy, assassin and tactician. She is extraordinarily capable, and would be a great leader or soldier in future MCU films.

She's actually already a part of the MCU

Even though Quake has never shown up in any of the Marvel Cinematic Universe's mainline films, she's still technically a part of it. She's a character on Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – which, yes, technically remains part of the MCU. There hasn't been much crossover between the two for a very long time, and sure, it's about to supplanted by Marvel's Disney+ shows. But Agents makes plenty of references to the events of the film universe, and Agent Coulson is the main character. It counts as MCU territory.

Quake is played on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. by Chloe Bennet, who has been part of the cast from the very beginning. She starts out as a mysterious character named Skye, but that is eventually revealed to be an alias when she discoveres her true identity. She then decides to go by the names Daisy and Quake from the third season on, and has since become one of the show's most featured characters.

Actress Chloe Bennet is ready to cross into the movies

Even though Chloe Bennet has been on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. since the show began, she has yet to make the official crossover into the MCU. Quake would certainly be useful to Marvel's cinematic heroes, and Bennet sounds like she is a bit fed up that the MCU hasn't come calling.

Speaking at Wizard World Des Moines Comic Con, Bennet let her frustrations over not having had the opportunity to show off her character to the larger audience of the MCU be known. She noted that she is ready for Captain America and Black Widow to make a guest appearances on Agents, then responded to a question about "crossing over into that world" with this bomb: "The Marvel Cinematic Universe loves to pretend that everything is connected, but then they don't acknowledge our show at all. So, I would love to do that, but they don't seem too keen on that idea."

Judging from her comments, it definitely isn't Bennet holding up Quake's transition to the Marvel films.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. explained why Quake didn't join the battle against Thanos

Avengers: Infinity War packs a lot of storytelling into its run time, but one tidbit that fails to make an appearance is any sort of tie-in to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. If Marvel was planning on crossing over any of their television properties with their films, that would have been the time to do it, and, well, they didn't. Quake could have been a powerful ally and great bridge between the two continuities, so fans were surprised that she didn't make it into the battle against Thanos. As is generally the case, the films did not bother to explain, but Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. did actually address why Daisy did not get involved in the battle over the Infinity Stones. As it turns out, she was in space.

In the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode "The One Who Will Save Us All," we learn that Quake was heading into space to go on a rescue mission just as Thanos invaded Earth, in search of the last Infinity Stone (the one in Vision's head). Her mission went haywire and she was captured, meaning she was still up there in the aftermath of the sinister snap.

She could get tied in when Latveria enters the picture

As Marvel and Disney continue to consolidate their characters and universes, more and more ways pop up for Quake to appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. One of the most logical options recently became a possibility when Disney purchased the rights to Fox, which brought the Fantastic Four back into the fold.

One of Quake's biggest rivals is Lucia Von Bardas, a prime minister of Latveria. The 2004 Secret Wars storyline reveals that Von Bardas runs a powerful smuggling operation with the help of a variety of supervillains. Upon learning of this, Nick Fury sends in a covert team of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents to overthrow the country's government. Quake seemingly kills Von Bardas (of course she doesn't, because comics) during the mission, sealing their enmity forever.

Latveria is, of course, the country associated with Doctor Doom, who often acts as its ruler. When the Fantastic Four finally enter the MCU fray, it wouldn't be too much of a stretch to bring in Von Bardas and Quake as well. That might even be a useful way to introduce the country in the first place.

She's had several major moments with the X-Men

Disney's purchase of Fox brought a whole lot of classic characters back into the MCU running. Fans are especially eager to see how the MCU will decide to use the X-Men. There are a few different comic storylines involving Quake that they could easily use to bring the character over and tell a great story besides.

The MCU has taken a lot of liberties with popular characters, and it's entirely possible that they might want to get rid of the old guard X-Men in an effort to step out from beneath the Fox films' shadow. Quake has some experience doing just that in the comics, as it turns out: She has used her powers to defeat several of the most powerful X-Men characters multiple times. For starters, Quake once showed off her pinpoint precision by knocking Magneto out through a vibration in his brain. Another time, she used her powers to make someone's heart vibrate so intensely, it exploded. What unfortunate X-Man did she do this to? Wolverine. But hey, at least his organs grow back.

Quake's background as an Inhuman and her close comic ties to the X-Men would make her a natural choice to introduce the marvelous mutants into the MCU.

Her close ties to Nick Fury could get her involved with Captain Marvel

One of the most prolific characters in the MCU (as far as appearances, if not screen time) is Nick Fury, played by the one and only Samuel L. Jackson. Fury has been working behind the scenes from the very beginning, pulling the strings of some of the world's greatest heroes to help safeguard the planet from its biggest threats. Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D. are obviously perfect ways to bring Quake into the MCU.

The most logical way to put that introduction together would probably come in Captain Marvel 2. Quake's origins in S.H.I.E.L.D. are closely tied to the Secret Invasion storyline, which Captain Marvel lays the foundation for. Since Captain Marvel 2 takes place in the present day, as opposed to the 1990s setting of the first film, it wouldn't be hard to bring in some new characters from S.H.I.E.L.D., like Quake, to help tie those universes together.

A Quake solo series?

We're entering the land of unsubstantiated rumor here, but it's all too tantalizing to ignore. It seems like Quake has proven popular enough with fans that Marvel might have big plans for the character as played by Chloe Bennet on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. How do we know? Fans have stumbled across a secret Facebook page that seems to indicate as much.

MovieWeb reports that several previous Marvel projects were originally discovered through Facebook pages before they were officially announced, including Captain Marvel, The Eternals, Moon Knight, and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. They note that the Quake page is laid out similarly to the Jessica Jones page, which might indicate that a television spinoff is more likely.

Quake is a minor enough character that a full-blown film seems unlikely — a Disney+ release is probably a better bet. However, characters like Shang-Chi and even the Guardians of the Galaxy had pretty small profiles before their film releases, so a Quake solo film is not entirely out of the question.

She avoided the mess that was Marvel's Inhumans

Going off of her comic background, there were two logical Marvel shows for Quake to appear on: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Inhumans. Luckily for her and her fans, she debuted on the former. It's doubtful anyone would be clamoring for more Quake if she had shown up on what ended up being one of Marvel's worst television properties and biggest flops to date.

The premise of Inhumans is strong, and could have served as a gateway for several strange and obscure characters to enter the MCU. A royal family of superheroes led by the enigmatic Black Bolt, they are coping with life in exile while also trying to save the world. They're closely tied to the X-Men, and absolutely brimming with offbeat characters with interesting histories, aesthetics, and abilities. Too bad the show was a clunky, overwrought mess.

Quake is an Inhuman, so it would have made sense for her to appear on the show. However, Inhumans received very poor reviews and only made one season before getting the axe. Since Quake wasn't lumped in with that group, the chances of her transitioning to the MCU are much higher.