Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Gets Us Ready for Lots of Doctor Strange Tie-Ins

Wednesday, 28 September 2016 - 10:21AM
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Wednesday, 28 September 2016 - 10:21AM
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Gets Us Ready for Lots of Doctor Strange Tie-Ins
Last week, Ghost Rider charged onto the scene with a flaming screech, heralding in a thrilling new era of Marvel's Agents of Shield. That moment marked a significant shift in the tone not only on AOS, but in the MCU as a whole. Ghost Rider has brought a darker supernatural element into play, and so far it looks like the change is for the better, especially since it connects the show to the larger MCU through Doctor Strange tie-ins.
 
This week leans into the supernatural vibe with a haunting new adversary. The spooky specter we met last week (aka Lucy) tracks down and frees her friends from their fancy ghost containment units. After being freed, the ghosts went rogue, seeking vengeance against the mysterious "him" that locked them away all those years ago. Unfortunately, the show's foray into horror was short-lived. Once they started bickering amongst themselves, the ghosts themselves felt a little less "stuff of nightmares" and more "who you gonna call."

But despite the cheese factor, the introduction of these "ghosts" was far from a waste, since they've opened up the possibilities for a Doctor Strange tie-in. In this episode, we learned that Lucy is at least partially responsible for the ghosts' predicament, and that it has something to do with the Darkhold. The Darkhold is more or less a powerful book of black magic with a shady history, and factored heavily into the Doctor Strange comics. We already know that Doctor Strange will explain the science behind Ghost Rider, but it looks like AOS may provide some backstory for the November film as well.
 
Meanwhile, the Inhumans plot will likely tie in heavily to the events of Captain America: Civil War. In this episode, we learned that the new director of SHIELD is himself an Inhuman, after he showed off his superhuman strength and apparent invulnerability. Given the recent implementation of the Sokovia Accords, having a secretly Inhuman Director might not be very well-received, especially with SHIELD preparing to go public again.

We also get a hint that the Director's identity ties into Marvel comics. While SHIELD is getting ready to go public, we find out that his name is "Jeffery," and he was chosen to be the new Director of SHIELD after Captain America went AWOL. This is probably a hint at the identity of the Director, who is likely Jeffery Mace, aka The Patriot, who also took up the mantle of Captain America for a time. If you can't have the original Cap, you might as well have one of his incarnations.  
 
The edgy, angsty, supernatural vibe is continuing to work in the show's favor with Ghost Rider pulling it all together. Now that Daisy and Robbie have teamed up to tackle this season's new challenges, this season is shaping up to be one of the best. Next week promises to continue the trend in "Uprising" with a global blackout, declarations of war, and Agent May fighting for survival. 

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