It seems Yo-Yo has finally accepted her place in S.H.I.E.L.D.
Deadline reports Natalia Cordova-Buckley, who played recurring character Elena Rodriguez — aka Yo-Yo — in season three and four of the series has been upgraded to a series regular. The change in status may seem academic as Yo-Yo was a constant presence throughout the fourth season, but it suggests season five will feature a much greater emphasis on the character.
Indeed, Marvel Television was interested enough in Cordova-Buckley and Yo-Yo to feature them in a digital miniseries titled Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Slingshot during last year’s winter hiatus. The six episode series earned an Emmy nomination.
“Natalia was instantly a part of the S.H.I.E.L.D. family the first day she walked onto set, and we’re happy she’s now an official member of the S.H.I.E.L.D. team,” said executive producers Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen, and Jeffrey Bell in a joint statement.
The character is based on Secret Warrior Yo-Yo Rodriquez, who first appeared in Mighty Avengers #13. On S.H.I.E.L.D, the character was also meant to be a Secret Warrior, but that team never quite worked out the way Daisy (Chloe Bennet) or Couslon (Clark Gregg) had hoped.
And speaking of hope, yours truly hopes to learn the premiere date of the show’s fifth season when members of the S.H.I.E.L.D cast and crew take the New York Comic-Con stage on Saturday.