‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’: Why Do Quake’s Powers Still Work in Space?

Many Marvel fans love Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and after a seven-season run, its finale aired in early August 2020. Many of those Marvel fans want the cast of the show to join the Marvel movies, partly because Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has played a big part in many Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, and partly because a few characters in the show have actual superpowers.

Those superpowers could come in handy in future Marvel films, and one of those superheroes is Daisy Johnson, or, Quake. Played by Chloe Bennet, Quake’s superpower is, like her name implies, related to earthquakes. That said, in the finale, Quake used her powers in space, which confused a few fans.

A look at the finale of ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’

Actors speaking at a Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. panel
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Like Avengers: Endgame, the finale of the show is related to time travel, so things can get confusing pretty quickly. With that said, the finale basically involved the team trying to prevent the Chronicoms, who are a race of robots who look like humans, from taking over the world. 

The Chronicoms are aliens, and as a result, they had a fleet of ships near Earth that were prepping for an invasion. While most of the team’s plans works, Quake stays behind on one of the Chronicoms’ ships in order to destroy it and the rest of the fleet. She uses her power to generate a shockwave that blows the ship up and every other ship in the fleet.

Unlike Tony Stark though, Quake didn’t sacrifice herself in order to save the world. Her friends came back and saved her in the nick of the time, and she gets a happy ending. The show ends with Quake exploring the galaxy on a spaceship with two other characters, Daniel Sousa and Kora. 

Is it physically possible for Quake to use her abilities in space?

While this was a cool moment that showed off how powerful she is, some fans on Reddit were taken aback by it. One fan simply said, “I kinda hate that Daisy’s quake travels through space. That makes absolutely no sense.” This train of thought wasn’t unique, and many fans agreed that her powers shouldn’t work in space. 

The main reason why fans are skeptical about this is because of how physics work. Without getting into the details, it shouldn’t be physically possible for her powers to work in space. She should be able to use her powers to destroy the ship that she was on, but she shouldn’t have been able to destroy the other ships in the alien fleet. 

Many fans were questioning the physics of this scene, but others simply did not care. For example, one fan wrote, “This universe has pym particles… so all logic goes out the window.”

Why Quake can use her abilities in space

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Fans came up with several explanations for why she was able to do what she did in the finale. Like one fan said, it all comes down to her powers. She doesn’t actually generate earthquakes, but rather, her powers allow her to create and manipulate vibrations. So, on land, her powers look like an earthquake, but in reality, she’s messing with anything that can vibrate.

As a result, it’s possible that she was able to destroy the fleet of alien ships by simply manipulating their vibrations and causing them to blow up. There is some evidence that this is how her powers work, but it’s not conclusive evidence.

That said, another fan wrote that she’s extremely powerful since she can actually break planets apart. As such, destroying a few ships should be easy for her. 

At the end of the day though, it’s fiction. The Marvel movies and TV shows have some incredibly ridiculous stuff, so the simplest reason why she could do what she did was because the writers wanted her to.