The divide between Marvel TV and movies has gotten a bit fuzzier over the years, to the point Alfre Woodard can play separate roles in Civil War and Luke Cage, but actors nonetheless show caution choosing their MCU role. Such was apparently the case for Breaking Bad guy Giancarlo Esposito, who turned down a Marvel TV role in the hopes of securing something on the big screen.
Agents of SHIELD
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.
Much has naturally been made of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. introducing a new Ghost Rider, perhaps overshadowing another notable Marvel mainstay teased in Season 3's finale. To wit, Galavant star Mallory Janson has joined Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 4 in a key role, but is she our first Life Model Decoy?
If any Marvel movie director had a take on long-awaited crossovers, it’d be Guardians of the Galaxy boss James Gunn. The Vol. 2 director is only now preparing to share his interstellar heroes with The Avengers, but even Gunn doubts we’ll see the other Earth-based TV heroes taking part in the great Infinity War.
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.”
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?
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. may have answered the burning question at Comic-Con, to confirm (a) Ghost Rider inbound, but left on the table was the mysterious new “Director” teased by the Season 3 finale. Now, Season 4 confirms Terra Nova star (and Batman voice!) Jason O’Mara has landed the gig, potentially tying back to the Agent Carter era.
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.