There’s something fishy at work with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 4, to introduce Jason O’Mara’s handsome, square-jawed mystery Director rather than give the job to characters we know. The first official Season 4 photo does little to abate that suspicion, featuring O’Mara’s mystery man looking … well, pretty much like Jason O’Mara.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. opting to include an iteration of Ghost Rider in Season 4 opens any number of doors for new Marvel characters, but comic fans may also have picked up on Robbie Reyes’ connection to Daisy Johnson’s father, played in Season 2 by Kyle MacLachlan. Agents bosses have their own spin on the new Ghost Rider’s origin, but will we see Daisy’s dad return this year?
Even as Ghost Rider prepares to light up Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 4, it could be time yet before Marvel’s Avengers-adjacent drama shows us the fully-realized flaming skull. At the very least, the new Spirit of Vengeance still has a sweet ride, now seen cruising around set with a precarious-looking Daisy Johnson hanging on for dear life.
ABC notably pumped Marvel’s brakes this past year, to decline additional Agent Carter, an Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. spinoff or any other series, but the next phase of Marvel's TV ambitions could pick up in only a matter of weeks. ABC execs say they’ll meet with Marvel in a few weeks’ time to discuss their options toward a series “we all feel is as creatively strong as it can be.”
The writing for Agent Carter seemed pretty much on the wall with the announcement of Hayley Atwell’s ABC Conviction pilot, even as many suggested the Marvel star could balance filming both. Sadly, Conviction won the day regardless, but according to Atwell, ABC might have commissioned Agent Carter specials to help fill the gap between actual seasons.
Now that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has its new director for Season 4, it’s about time Coulson’s crew checks in on the state of affairs in the MCU. We know things will be riding a bit Ghost-lier in its new timeslot, but what major change to the cinematic universe is the first Season 4 synopsis teasing?
Once the patron saint of TV rescues, Netflix seems more focused on its own original content than picking up stragglers, but the wealth of Marvel content had Agent Carter fans optimistic Peggy might live out Season 3 on the streaming service. Sadly not so, as Netflix bosses now admit “it was a business decision more than a creative one.”
The addition of Ghost Rider seemingly confirmed that Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. intended to skew darker with Season 4's timeslot move to 10:00 P.M., though one has to wonder what a more adult version of the show looks like. According to the cast and crew, Season 4 will very much have an “after dark” feel, apparently with a heaping helping of sideboob.
Now that the vengeance demon’s out of the bag, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 4 still has a world of work ahead to make Ghost Rider fit in with its typically super-science approach. Easing into that transition likely steered Agents more toward Marvel NOW! Ghost Rider Robbie Reyes, while Marvel TV bosses suggest that Doctor Strange will open up the MCU to a bit more magical thinking.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. gave us some Ghost-ly good news already, but Season 4 may yet be its most Marvel-ous, judging by the Comic-Con 2016 panel. Check out the major new addition for Season 4, and preview a darker tone to come in our full panel report!