When the Phase 3 slate of the Marvel Cinematic Universe was announced, a little known property called Inhumans was among the titles announced. Since that point, Inhumans have been introduced on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but have yet to appear on the big screen. The rise of the Inhumans was the main story focus for S.H.I.E.L.D. in season 2 and carried over into season 3, giving the series (and the TV side of the MCU) plenty of new threats. However, the show has not yet fully explored the general population’s response to the “Rise of the Inhumans”.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will be introducing Ghost Rider in season 4, but that doesn’t mean the series is done with the Inhumans yet (not least of all with Daisy/Quake now on the run). Viewers will be meeting a human who is openly anti-Inhuman though, when the Marvel TV show resumes on ABC later this year.
IGN is reporting that Marvel and ABC have added Parminder Nagra (The Blacklist) to the cast of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 4. Although there are no details about if her character is pre-existing or an original creation for the show, IGN was able to give the following details:
IGN can exclusively reveal that The Blacklist alum Parminder Nagra will be guest starring in a multi-episode role in the coming season. Nagra will debut in episode 3, and will be playing a powerful political figure who is outspoken in her distrust of Inhumans and the threat they pose to society.
Outside of newcomer Robbie Reyes aka Ghost Rider (Gabriel Luna) and Jason O’Mara as the mysterious new director, there has not been any word on who would oppose S.H.I.E.L.D. this season. While it is likely that Lilli Birdsell could well be that threat, Marvel has yet to give any indication as to whether or not that will be the case. It is time for the show to deal with the overall fallout from the Inhumans, which have so far only been questioned by the Watchdogs. Nagra should be able to do a great job in this role, but her political status could only further raise questions.
At this point, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has established that the President of the United States knows about Inhumans – and with S.H.I.E.L.D. now openly back in the government’s goo graces following the events of Captain America: Civil War, it will be interesting to see how the organization is tasked with handling the Inhuman “situation” compared to its previous approach. No, The Avengers won’t be getting involved with the Inhumans situation anytime soon, but at this point S.H.I.E.L.D. doesn’t need any characters from the movie side of the MCU to keep its fanbase watching to see what happens next.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 4 premieres Tuesday, September 20 @10pm on ABC.