Following the events of the winter finale, big changes are coming to ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘. More specifically, big changes are coming for Skye/Daisy Johnson and Raina as they have been exposed to the Terrigen Mists of the Obelisk and emerged as Inhumans. Earlier this week, we got a quick peek at the evolution of these characters thanks to a new TV spot and featurette for the mid-season premiere. However, the look at the girl in the flower dress was so brief that if you blinked then you missed it. But now we have an even better look at what’s to come thanks to an artist with a deep connection to Chloe Bennet’s character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
During the first season of ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Marvel partnered with Entertainment Weekly for ‘The Art of Level 7’, a series of twelve posters depicting key events in each episode. The artwork eventually became variant covers for some comic books as well. And due to the success of that initiative, it’s being brought back for season two under the name ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: The Art of Evolution.’ Every Thursday, the site will release a new poster commissioned by a surprise artist and an interview with executive producer Jeff Bell to explain a few things.
Gabriele Dell’Otto created the first commission for this Tuesday’s episode titled ‘Aftershocks.’ The Italian illustrator has worked on titles such as ‘X-Force’, ‘X-Factor’, and ‘New Avengers’ for Marvel Comics in the past, but he’s best known for co-creating the character of Quake AKA Daisy Johnson with Brian Michael Bendis during ‘Secret War’ (not to be confused with the previos and upcoming ‘Secret Wars’ events). Because of that connection, he was tapped to create a piece of art depicting this version of his creation. You can check out the poster below:
But as you can see, Daisy isn’t the only interesting thing about this piece. Aside from quick previews here and there, this is the first time that we’re really seeing the new Inhuman version of Raina. When asked whether specific information was given to the artists before they started working on their posters or if they’re largely each artist’s interpretation of what’s to come, Bell beats around the bush a little bit, but he somewhat hints that this could more or less be the Raina that we see next week:
“I would say for this, it’s not without base and some fact. It’s representative, and it’s his interpretation of certain things, and I think certain things here are quite different than how she’ll look. But I think it’s also hinting at the transformation. So when we approach them, we say, ‘we think this is interesting because of this or this.’ This episode is the aftermath of Skye becoming a superhero, and maybe we’ll show them the script or let them watch the episode and let them respond to it emotionally and see what’s interesting to them. And then we have a conversation with them about how we’d like to portray that, and then we try to lean into the strengths that they have.”
Based on this illustration, it seems like the character is loosely based on the Marvel Comics character with the same name that resides in the Savage Land. As a member of the Saurid race, comic Raina possesses superhuman strength, speed, stamina, and durability, as well as claws and fangs that aid her in taking down opponents like T-Rexes that are twice her size. But as the MCU tends to do, they’re changing things a bit from the source material to fit the story that they’re telling, so even True Believers who are familiar with the original Raina can be surprised and come along for the ride with the rest of us.
What do you think about this first look at Inhuman Raina in ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’? Are you a fan of Gabriele Dell’Otto’s interpretation of the Marvel Cinematic Universe version of the character that he created for the comics? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ starring Brett Dalton, Ming-Na Wen, Iain De Caestecker, Elizabeth Henstridge, Chloe Bennet, and Clark Gregg returns to ABC on March 3, 2015.