Fitz tries to explain AIDA’s newfound powers to Simmons – and the audience – in a clip from next week’s episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. After a season full of Inhumans, ghosts, science magic, and killer androids, the various plot threads of SHIELD‘s fourth season are finally converging in next week’s finale. Following the events this past week, AIDA is now more powerful than ever thanks to her collection of Inhuman powers. As such, the agents are going to need all the help they can get to stop her and save their reality from becoming the one controlled by AIDA and Hydra.
To aid the agents in their fight, Robbie Reyes will be returning to the show to help pit the Ghost Rider against AIDA in hopes of countering the effects of her new abilities. Still, the intelligent and powerful former-LMD will be working tirelessly to enact her master plan while the agents struggle to locate and stop her. If she succeeds, her deep knowledge of the Darkhold will help her to restructure the world in her image, which will be far from a habitable place for our heroes. But first, they need to better understand her new skills.
Marvel and ABC have released a new clip from next week’s finale, teasing the continued tension between Fitz and Simmons and trying to explain how AIDA came to wield the powers of Inhumans like Gordon and Lincoln. In the clip, Fitz discusses his role in experimenting on the nascent Inhumans and extracting their powers, further compounding the guilt he feels for his actions in the Framework. He also confirms that, like the Framework itself and AIDA’s vast knowledge set, her new powers are tied to the information within the pages of the Darkhold.
Given the threat AIDA poses and her connection with the mystic Darkhold, it’s no surprise that Ghost Rider is back. After all, it’s that very book that got Robbie Reyes into his current situation in the first place and it’s what caused so much trouble for our heroes at the beginning of the season. Hopefully, his return will be a prolonged one, as fans are anxious to see the character stick around (or get his own show).
Now that SHIELD has been officially renewed for a fifth season, many of the plot elements put forward in this new season can carry over. While AIDA herself might not survive the summer break, there’s a good chance the popular Ghost Rider will.
Gabrielle Luna has been doing great work as Robbie, and he opens up an interesting new dimension in the MCU. He’s also a strong candidate for a spin-off show should next season prove to be SHIELD‘s last, so some more exposure would certainly be a smart move. Either way, we should have a better idea when the season four finale airs next week.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 4 concludes May 16th with ‘World’s End’ on ABC.