Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns on Tuesday with new episodes after it's mid-season hiatus, and to help build up steam they're relying on their comic book roots.
Reviving last year's "The Art of Level 7" posters, Entertainment Weekly has revealed a new piece by Gabrielle Dell'Otto showcasing Skye and Raina with their newly-minted Inhuman powers dawning, alongside Agent Coulson. The decision to use Dell'Otto for this piece is important, as he and Brian Michael Bendis originally created the Skye character -- as Daisy Johnson -- during the 2004 Secret War event series.
"We came up with a list of a whole bunch of artists—just a real wish list of people—and then Marvel went out and chose people based on a specific style or because of some sort of relationship to the piece,” Executive Producer Jeff Bell said in the EW article. “And that’s how we came up with Gabriele Dell’Otto for this one, as the co-creator of Daisy Johnson. And now that we’ve got Skye there, it seemed like he would be a great choice to bring his unique perspective to the character. And I think it fits to the two visions of her—both as emerging superhero as well as her being caught in the middle of it all—and it’s captured really well here.”
Of key interest in the poster is the cloaked figure, which is actually the show's long-time antagonist Raina in a new look after being hit with the Terrigen mists.
"I would say for this, it’s not without base and some fact," Bell said of Dell'Otto's illustration of Raina. "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."
Bell confirms that Skye's "transformation" will be the major factor in the second half of this season's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., both in how she reacts as well as those around her.
"I think everyone has an opinion not only about Skye, but about people with powers. And suddenly, you’ve got this person you knew who comes in feeling different, and what does that mean both for her and for everyone else on the team?" Bell says. "It is, in many ways, the axis around which around a lot of the back half of this season will emerge from."
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. resumes on Tuesday, March 3 on ABC. This painting by Gabrielle Dell'Otto will be available as a limited edition print on Marvel.com on Friday March 6 beginnning at 12:30 a.m. PST. Illustrations and prints are planned for each of the remaining episodes this season.