Within the vast canon that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there are an abundance of characters and an even greater abundance of ships. However, there’s one ship that stands out from the crowd: “Quack,” otherwise known as Quake and Black Widow.
In Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 4, Episode 12, Agent Sam Koenig has a fanboy moment over Daisy Johnson/Quake. He excitedly informs her there’s a lot of fanfiction about her online, most of which ships her with Natasha Romanov/Black Widow. Initially, he tells her to look it up but quickly changes his mind, saying some of it is on the “steamier side.” Other ships have come and gone, but few get an on-screen shout out like Quack.
While they may not all refer to it as Quack, the Natasha Romanov/Daisy Johnson ship does have some fans behind it. As two powerful characters within the same universe, it isn’t hard to see why fans would ship them.
Aside from them both being beautiful women, they’re great fighters who initially fight against S.H.I.E.L.D. but end up joining the organization and they both have deeply troubled pasts. If they ever teamed up, it would be indescribably awesome. If they were both high-ranking S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, they could be the perfect power couple — but there’s more to shipping than cool team-ups.
Looking at them side by side, Black Widow and Quake have surprisingly similar backstories. Natasha Romanov is the ultimate spy, raised in the Red Room and trained from a very young age. She never meets her parents. Natasha joins S.H.I.E.L.D. — and later, the Avengers — as a way to repent for the things she did in her past.
Meanwhile, Daisy grew up in foster care and became a hacker to search for her parents. When she finds them with S.H.I.E.L.D.’s help, she uncovers some horrible truths and loses both her mother and father soon after. If these two were to bond over their histories, sparks could very well fly.
Agents Romanov and Johnson have never met in any of the MCU films or on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. With everything that’s happened on the show and in Avengers: Endgame, one can’t even say with certainty that the two are still in the same universe. Since Natasha was killed, it seems pretty unlikely this ship could ever be canon — that is, unless they did meet and audiences just never saw it.
For this to be the case, their meeting would have to take place before Nat’s demise in Avengers: Endgame. The upcoming Black Widow film reportedly takes place after the events of Captain America: Civil War. This presents one opportunity for audiences to see Natasha and Daisy on screen together. Perhaps while she’s on the run, Nat comes across Daisy, who’s also in hiding after the events of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 3.
However, even though the timelines match up, there’s been no indication Chloe Bennet, who plays Daisy Johnson, will be making an appearance in Black Widow. Seeing as there’s only been one television-to-film crossover in the MCU, it doesn’t seem likely.
Alternatively, Natasha could make an appearance on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. After all, Season 7 will involve time travel, so Daisy could potentially run into Natasha at any point of her life. This scenario presents its own problems, though, seeing as zero Avengers have made an appearance on the television show. This will also be the final season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. so this could be the last anyone sees of Quake. Although it’s always possible these characters could come back, it doesn’t look like audiences will see the current on-screen iterations together any time soon.
Outside of the MCU canon, the possibilities are endless. The Natasha Romanov/Daisy Johnson ship does have a fan base, some of whom have been writing fanfiction about them since before Skye was revealed to be Daisy Johnson. However, the fan base doesn’t appear to be very big. There’s an endless supply of characters in the Marvel Universe, which means there are even more ships, some of them much more popular than Quack.
Sadly, both of these characters appear to have run their course in the MCU — at least, for now. It may not be in the near future, but perhaps someday, the steamiest ship in the MCU could become canon.
Directed by Cate Shortland, Black Widow stars Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova, David Harbour as Alexei Shostakov/Red Guardian, O-T Fagbenle as Rick Mason and Rachel Weisz. The film is scheduled for release on Nov. 6.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. stars Ming-Na Wen, Chloe Bennet, Henry Simmons, Iain De Caestecker, Natalia Cordova-Buckley, Elizabeth Henstridge and Clark Gregg. Season 7 premieres Wednesday, May 27 at 10 p.m. ET on ABC.
Black Widow hasn't had much luck in the romance department, but there’s one character that could just be perfect for her.