Yo-Yo Rodriguez
Secret Warriors Vol 1 12.jpg
Yo-Yo Rodriguez (center) and Stonewall (right) being attacked by Hive on the cover of Secret Warriors #12 (January 2010).
Art by Jim Cheung.
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceThe Mighty Avengers #13 (July 2008)
Created byBrian Michael Bendis
Alex Maleev
In-story information
Team affiliationsSecret Warriors
Notable aliasesSlingshot
AbilitiesSuperhuman speed

Yo-Yo Rodriguez, also known as Slingshot, is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. Yo-Yo Rodriguez first appeared in The Mighty Avengers #13 (July 2008) and was created by writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Alex Maleev. She has a form of super speed which, when used, returns her to the place she started. She was a member of Nick Fury's Secret Warriors team. She is the daughter of supervillain Johnny Horton.

Yo-Yo Rodriguez was portrayed by Natalia Cordova-Buckley in the Marvel Cinematic Universe TV series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. In this version she was reimagined as an Inhuman.

Publication history

Yo-Yo Rodriguez first appeared in The Mighty Avengers #13 (July 2008) and was created by writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Alex Maleev.[1][2] Born in Puerto Rico, she is the daughter of the supervillain John "Johnny" Horton. Through her father's mutated DNA, she gained superhuman speed and the ability to snap back to the exact same spot she started running.[3][4] Following the Secret Invasion event, taking on the name Slingshot, she was one of the members of Nick Fury's black-ops team called the Secret Warriors, which was written by Bendis and Jonathan Hickman.[4] During this run, both her arms were cut off by Hydra member Gorgon, and were later replaced with two prosthetic arms.[4][3]

Fictional character biography

Yo-Yo Rodriguez was the Puerto-Rican daughter of the Griffin. She was recruited by Nick Fury to join his anti-Skrull task force during the "Secret Invasion" storyline.[5] This team becomes known as the Secret Warriors.[6]

Both of her arms were severed by the Gorgon and she was temporarily unable to remain active with the team.[7] Both arms are later replaced with prosthetics.[8] With her new arms, she returns to active duty.[9]

Slingshot is believed to have been killed in a confrontation with the Wrecking Crew.[10]

Powers and abilities

She can run at superhuman speed, then bounces back to the point where she began.[11] Trained by Nick Fury in espionage, hand-to-hand combat and firearms, her primary weapon is a bo staff.

In other media

Television

Yo-Yo Rodríguez, played by Natalia Cordova-Buckley in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D..
Yo-Yo Rodríguez, played by Natalia Cordova-Buckley in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D..

An Inhuman version of Yo-Yo Rodriguez appears in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., portrayed by Natalia Cordova-Buckley.[1] She first appeared in the episode "Bouncing Back".[12] Elena Rodriguez is a "street-wise Colombian woman given Inhuman abilities";[12] namely the ability to move at super speed for the duration of one heartbeat before returning to the point from which she started. She first comes into contact with S.H.I.E.L.D. in the episode "Bouncing Back" when they investigate her for stealing weapons from the National Police of Colombia's corrupt members after they kill her cousin Francisco. She grows close to Mack, who nicknames her "Yo-Yo" due to her powers,[13] and eventually agrees to join S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Secret Warriors to help them fight the forces of the Inhuman Hive.[14] After signing the Sokovia Accords, Rodriguez returned to her life with occasional monitoring by S.H.I.E.L.D.[15] She returns to the team after encountering the Watchdogs and pursues a relationship with Mack.[16] In the episode "All the Comforts of Home", Rodriguez's forearms are sliced off by Hydra agent Ruby Hale, but she survives.[17] While recovering in the episode "Principia", Elena learns Mack salvaged robots from a mission and gave them to their colleague Leo Fitz so he can develop prosthetic arms for her.[18] While the arms are effective, Yo-Yo's speed is temporarily disabled due to the messages being sent between her brain and arms not moving fast enough.[19] Despite this, she became involved in the field after Ruby had become infused with gravitonium and killed her before the unstable substance caused her to destroy the world.[20] Fitz eventually fixes her arms so that they do not malfunction when she uses her powers.[21] In the season seven episode, "The New Deal", Jemma Simmons gives Yo-Yo a pair of new bionic arms to look real in 1931 New York, where Yo-Yo, Simmons and Enoch interrogate a Chronicom disguised as a police officer by revealing who he is to murder his target named Freddy, father of the future leader of Hydra, Gideon Malick. In episode, "After, Before", Yo-Yo has an epiphany when she realizes that she has been withholding her powers the entire time and after saving her team, she no longer needs to snap back to her point of origin.[22] In the last episode, "What We're Fighting For", Yo-Yo is one of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s best agents who searches for 0-8-4s with Piper and a Davis LMD (made by Fitz and Simmons).[23]

Web series

Cordova-Buckley reprises her role in a six-part online digital series titled Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Slingshot.[1][24] The six-part series showed Elena on the hunt for Victor Ramon who is responsible for the death of her cousin and has allied with the Watchdogs.

References

  1. ^ a b c Trenholm, Richard (December 7, 2016). "'Agents of SHIELD: Slingshot' is a Marvel-ous online spin-off". CNET. Archived from the original on October 3, 2018. Retrieved October 10, 2019.
  2. ^ DeFalco, Tom; Sanderson, Peter; Brevoort, Tom; Teitelbaum, Michael; Wallace, Daniel; Darling, Andrew; Forbeck, Matt; Cowsill, Alan; Bray, Adam (2019). The Marvel Encyclopedia. DK Publishing. p. 337. ISBN 978-1-4654-7890-0.
  3. ^ a b Caron, Nathalie (February 16, 2016). "Here's our first look at Slingshot on Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." Syfy. Archived from the original on October 10, 2019. Retrieved October 10, 2019.
  4. ^ a b c Ereo, Matthew (March 8, 2018). "Agents of SHIELD's Shocking Moment Is Another Secret Warriors Adaptation". Screen Rant. Archived from the original on February 9, 2019. Retrieved October 10, 2019.
  5. ^ Mighty Avengers #13
  6. ^ Secret Invasion #3. Marvel Comics.
  7. ^ Secret Warriors #3. Marvel Comics.
  8. ^ Secret Warriors #8. Marvel Comics.
  9. ^ Secret Warriors #9. Marvel Comics.
  10. ^ Secret Warriors #1 (2017). Marvel Comics.
  11. ^ The Mighty Avengers #13 (July 2008)
  12. ^ a b "'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Recruits Natalia Cordova-Buckley to the Secret Warriors – News – Marvel.com". marvel.com.
  13. ^ Underwood, Ron (director); Monica Owusu-Breen (writer) (March 8, 2016). "Bouncing Back". Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 3. Episode 11. ABC.
  14. ^ Keene, Elodie (director); DJ Doyle (writer) (April 19, 2016). "The Team". Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 3. Episode 17. ABC.
  15. ^ Misiano, Vincent (director); Craig Titley (writer) (May 10, 2016). "Emancipation". Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 3. Episode 20. ABC.
  16. ^ Martens, Magnus (director); Craig Titley (writer) (October 11, 2016). "Uprising". Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 4. Episode 3. ABC.
  17. ^ Woods, Kate (director); Drew Z. Greenberg (writer) (March 2, 2018). "All the Comforts of Home". Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 5. Episode 11. ABC.
  18. ^ Turner, Brad (director); Craig Titely (writer) (March 18, 2018). "Principia". Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 5. Episode 13. ABC.
  19. ^ Brown, Garry A. (director); James C. Oliver & Sharla Oliver (writer) (April 13, 2018). "The Honeymoon". Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 5. Episode 17. ABC.
  20. ^ Lynch, Jennifer (director); George Kitson (writer) (April 20, 2018). "All Roads Lead...". Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 5. Episode 18. ABC.
  21. ^ Tancharoen, Kevin (director); Nora Zuckerman & Lila Zuckerman (writer) (April 27, 2018). "Option Two". Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 5. Episode 19. ABC.
  22. ^ Gonda, Eli (director); James C. Oliver & Sharla Oliver (writer) (July 15, 2020). "After, Before". Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 7. Episode 8. ABC.
  23. ^ Kevin Tancharoen (director); Jed Whedon (writer) (August 12, 2020). "What We're Fighting For". Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 7. Episode 13. ABC.
  24. ^ CS (December 6, 2016). "Agents of SHIELD: LMD and a Slingshot Digital Series are Coming". ComingSoon.net. Retrieved December 7, 2016.