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.
Season 4 kicks off on Tuesday September 20th....don't forget, it's at 10pm now.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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:
You heard it here first. Coulson's Ward-crushing robo-hand can now also sync with Skype. Maybe a little like this....
Image Credits: ABC/Marvel
Season 4 Synopsis