Doctor Strange Will Explain the Science Behind Ghost Rider in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Tuesday, 26 July 2016 - 1:27PM
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Tuesday, 26 July 2016 - 1:27PM
Doctor Strange Will Explain the Science Behind Ghost Rider in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Between the Hand in Daredevil, the Iron Fist series, Doctor Strange, and now Ghost Rider on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Marvel is introducing magic and mysticism into its cinematic universe more and more. But according to AOS executive producer Jed Whedon, the MCU is going to stay squarely in the realm of science fiction, since all of the apparent "magic" is going to have a scientific explanation. In the case of Ghost Rider, the science behind his magic will be explained in another high profile Marvel property: Doctor Strange.



Speaking at a press roundtable at San Diego Comic Con (via io9) Whedon said that Doctor Strange mysticism is paving the way for other magical stories to be told in the Marvel universe:

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"It's one of the reasons we think Ghost Rider will fit this year is that the cinematic universe is being opened up into that world," said Whedon.
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But that doesn't mean that the MCU is becoming fantasy just yet, since vague, pseudoscience explanations in the vein of "quantum harmonic oscillation" are forthcoming:

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"But, as we learned in Thor, the Marvel approach is that magic is just science we don't yet understand," said Whedon. "We're going to have both the introduction of magical elements in our show as well as very hardcore science."
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But funnily enough, the science probably won't show up explicitly on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Instead, according to Whedon, AOS will pose questions that will be answered in Doctor Strange, which will provide the full scientific explanation for people like Stephen Strange and Ghost Rider.

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"It's sort of how other shows treat a webisode, a sort of 'I don't want to explain magic so Doctor Strange will do it,'" said Whedon. "Our webisode is gigantic."
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This is just one in a long string of examples of the Marvel movies impacting Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and that trend will continue in the future. For example, Whedon said that Inhumans being dropped from the movie slate will give them more freedom in the stories being told:

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"We do have a little more freedom," said Whedon. "We've told a couple of seasons of stories but now we do have some more freedom. So when we return to focusing on Inhumans, we'll be able to do a little bit more."
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He and fellow producer Maurissa Tancheroen said that they'll be able to use more classic characters in their Inhumans stories, but does that mean they'll be able to use characters who were going to star in the movie, like Black Bolt or Medusa? And what does that mean for the movie, exactly? Kevin Feige has claimed that Inhumans is still happening, just later than we expected, but this is making that sound less likely.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns for season four on September 20 on ABC. Doctor Strange opens in theaters on November 4.
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