Everything We Know About Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 4

Wednesday, 27 July 2016 - 4:50PM
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Wednesday, 27 July 2016 - 4:50PM
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The premiere of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 4 is now just a couple of months away, which means we're also just a couple of months away from erasing the emotional events of the Season 3 finale from our minds. At San Diego Comic Con this past weekend, Marvel revealed a ton of information about the upcoming season, both in their Ballroom 20 panel and in various junkets and interviews after. From Ghost Rider to new Inhumans and a link to Doctor Strange, here's everything we know about Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 4.

UPDATE - 08/02/16 03:44 pm


Check out the first (and very detailed) synopsis for Season 4 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. at the bottom of this page.



A New Time Slot


Before we get any deeper into this, let's start on the basics. AoS will no longer appear at 9/8c. ABC made the move to push the show out to a rather perilous 10pm slot, the same 10pm slot that has seen the demise of a number of dramas in recent years. This is a disappointing move by the network, but hopefully the show's fourth season has what it takes to fight of the 10pm Grim Reaper.

Premiere Date


Season 4 kicks off on Tuesday September 20th....don't forget, it's at 10pm now.

Ghost Rider



The biggest AoS news to emerge from San Diego was the confirmation that Ghost Rider is appearing on the show. After months of speculation, the Season 4 teaser proved all the doubters wrong, and we eventually learnt that it would be the Robbie Reyes version of the character just as we all expected.

If you're wondering why it's Reyes that has been chosen for an appearance instead of the better known Johnny Blaze version, Jeph Loeb has an explanation. In an interview with Comicbook.com, Loeb revealed it's Reyes' strong family storyline that appealed to the show.

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"It's incredibly exciting, and I know a lot of people were speculating on it. Not only is it exciting to be able to tell people that it's Robbie Reyes, but that we have this unbelievably cool car, that 1969 black Charger that's still on the floor of the convention, and then on top of that that we've just announced that Gabriel Luna, who is an extremely talented young actor who people may know from Matador on El Rey. It's going to be a hell of a season. We picked Robbie, actually, because our show, at the end of day, is always about family, and the fact that Robbie's relationship with Gabe [Robbie's developmentally disabled brother] is so much a part of his character, and the world of east LA, which is not a place that we've ever gone to in the Marvel universe, was just a really exciting way."
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Doctor Strange Links


AoS and Doctor Strange won't top the list of most people's Marvel matches made in heaven, but it looks like Stephen Strange's particular brand of mysticism will, in fact, tie directly into events on the show. AoS tying into MCU movies is no new gimmick, in fact it's happened at least once every season so far. But, blending the mystic with the high-tech world of S.H.I.E.L.D. is tricky.....unless you have Ghost Rider in the show.

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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," Jed Whedon told i09 of Doctor Strange's influence on the MCU.
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But, unlike most AoS movie tie-ins, it looks as though Doctor Strange will actually be answering questions raised on the TV side of the MCU and not the other way around.

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"We can start to pose the questions that perhaps the movie will answer for us," adds Maurissa Tancharoen. "And coming out of we see how that will affect our characters moving forward."
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New and Classic Inhumans


Inhumans are in some fairly muddy waters in the MCU right now. While they've had a semi-successful debut on AoS, the movie has seen its release date pushed back before being removed from Marvel's current slate of movies. If you're a fan of these characters though, it's not all bad news. Jed Whedon actually revealed that the drama surrounding the Inhumans movie could actually pay off in a big way for AoS. 

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"We do have a little more freedom," Whedon told i09. "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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So, while it sounds as though the focus won't be on the Inhumans for a while, it would appear that the wait will be well worth it.

Bobbi and Lance



During the show's panel at SDCC, a number of cast-members selected 'Spy's Goodbye' as their most memorable scene on the show so far. The emotional moment when Bobbi and Lance left the show was at least sweetened by the fact that they would be appearing in their own spin-off show, Marvel's Most Wanted. That's no longer the case, with ABC pulling the plug on an expansion to the S.H.I.E.L.D. franchise earlier this year. So, where does that leave two of AoS's best characters?

Leave it to the Comic Con crowd to ask the questions that matter, and leave it to Jeph Loeb to give a suitably vague response. When Loeb was asked whether or not they couple would be returning, he responded with this:

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"It's classified, but keep watching."
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I'd like to think that means they'll be back pretty soon, but I really don't want to get my hopes up.


A New Leader


The closing scenes of Season 3 saw Coulson in the field hunting down Daisy/Skye/Quake/Whatever. During this scene, Coulson clearly makes reference to a new leader at S.H.I.E.L.D. and since that moment the identity of this new leader has been the big question on everyone's minds. Unfortunately, we don't know who the new Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. will be, but we're not beating ourselves up about it because even the cast don't seem to know. 

In an interview with E the cast revealed that they've still got no clue who the new director is, in no small part because they'd only just started shooting. Instead of giving us hard facts, the cast speculated on who would be goof for the job. Elizabeth Henstridge built a solid case for Jemma Simmons to be the new director, Clark Gregg suggested Mack, while Ming-Na Wen suggested that Melinda May wouldn't be in the right emotional frame of mind to take on the role. Personally, I'd like to see a director with a Shotgun/Axe, so it's Mack all the way.

UPDATE - 08/02/16 03:44 pm


Jason O'Mara (Terra Nova, Multiple Batman voiceover roles) has been revealed as S.H.I.E.L.D.'s new Director. We're not sure exactly what his character's name is, but judging from the Season 4 synopsis, he's going to be rattling a lot of cages. Click here for all the details.

May's Upgrade


While she might not want to be Director, Melinda May is still getting an upgrade...During the Women of Marvel panel on Sunday, the show's costume designer suggested that Agent May's outfit is going to get be getting an upgrade. This in itself would seem to rule her out from the director's role, because upgrades might suggest that May will be seeing a lot more action in the field.

Coulson's Robo-Hand


Clark Gregg is never one to be outdone. If Melinda May is getting an upgraded outfit, Gregg wants Coulson to get an upgraded robo-hand. When asked whether Coulson's hand would be getting some enhancements, Coulson responded with a resounding "Yes," before adding this:

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"I think Fitz just surprises Coulson with a new version, it's like an iPhone. He just comes up and hands him a new hand every once in awhile. In fact, maybe the instructions are just on the hand!"
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You heard it here first. Coulson's Ward-crushing robo-hand can now also sync with Skype. Maybe a little like this....

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Season 4 Synopsis


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In the aftermath of their journey to another planet, Director Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) and the rest of the team were driven more than ever to put an end to the Hydra organization. Little did they know that they were up against the deadliest threat they've ever faced – an extremely powerful Inhuman, Hive, who was transported back from Maveth in the body of their worst enemy, Grant Ward. The team was able to thwart and kill Hive and take down Hydra, but they are all still mourning the death of fellow agent and Inhuman, Lincoln Campbell.
 
In light of the Sokovia Accords, and with Hydra obliterated, S.H.I.E.L.D. has been legitimatized again and no longer needs to operate in the shadows. Since the world presumes that Coulson is dead, the organization needed a new Director (Jason O'Mara) to be the face of the organization. Coulson finds himself back in the role as an agent and teamed with Mack (Henry Simmons), and together they are tasked with tracking down and confirming the presence of Enhanced people, aka Inhumans. They have been trying to track down and capture Daisy (Chloe Bennet), aka Quake, who has gone rogue in an attempt to atone for sins from the past. But with the world believing that Daisy is a dangerous outlaw who has taken down banks and bridges, the new Director has no qualms about taking her down for good. Agent May (Ming-Na Wen) is tasked with training specialist strike teams, and Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) and Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) have taken a big step forward in their relationship. But with Simmons' new promotion as Special Advisor to the Director in Science and Technology, Fitz, as well as her former team members, finds it hard to confide in or trust her since she's now the Director's confidant.
 
Robbie Reyes (Gabriel Luna) will roar into the lives of Agent Coulson and the team as a junkyard mechanic who can turn on a dime into the terrifying Ghost Rider. Will Robbie be a friend or foe to S.H.I.E.L.D. – as well as the world, itself? Meanwhile, Fitz discovers that socially awkward genius and friend Dr. Radcliffe (John Hannah) has started putting the finishing touches on a new, secret invention.
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