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 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.”
The writing for Agent Carter seemed pretty much on the wall with the announcement of Hayley Atwell’s ABC Conviction pilot, even as many suggested the Marvel star could balance filming both. Sadly, Conviction won the day regardless, but according to Atwell, ABC might have commissioned Agent Carter specials to help fill the gap between actual seasons.
As often as a seventh Star Wars movie seemed like a lost hope, TV fans have wondered if the franchise would ever make good on a live-action TV series to further the brand. Time and time again, rumors have spread, while the latest sees ABC bosses acknowledging they’d love to host one, and still talk to Lucasfilm about the possibility.
The series finale of ABC’s Castle still feels dizzyingly abrupt, given the frantic race for a ninth season amid multiple firings, and a tacked-on conclusion to the Season 8 cliffhanger finale. Longtime fans perhaps hoped the final season DVD might present the cliffhanger ending as originally designed, but producers have curiously declined to include it.
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?