As the return of Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. edges ever closer, the hype machine is well and truly beginning to kick into gear for what will undoubtedly be a pivotal season of the MCU television series. Although the show’s third season was reasonably well received by fans and critics, accusations of repetitiveness, unconvincing romance angles, and a lack of widely recognizable faces from the Marvel canon have led to less-than-spectacular ratings. The season 3 finale’s time-skip scene, which showed a rogue Daisy (Chloe Bennet) and a demoted Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg), did little to get people excited for the show’s return, and was instead a confusing end to an otherwise solid episode.
Since San Diego Comic Con 2016, however, anticipation for Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s fourth season has been considerably heightened thanks to the announcement that the show will introduce fan-favorite character Ghost Rider, to be played by Gabriel Luna. Understandably, much of the marketing is revolving around this exciting new addition and the early indications are that Ghost Rider, who is confirmed to be the Robbie Reyes incarnation of the character, will have a prominent role in the forthcoming episodes.
The latest promotional item has now arrived fresh from the official Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Twitter account and takes the form of a slick new poster featuring both the show’s regular primary cast members and the unmistakable, iconic, Ghost Rider skull ominously looming above them.
Though main figures Coulson, Daisy, Mack (Henry Simmons), May (Ming-Na Wen), Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) and Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) are all present, Hunter and Bobbi (played by Nick Blood and Adrianne Palicki respectively) are conspicuous by their absence. The duo last appeared in season 3’s “Parting Shot” and were given an emotional send-off as they went to film a pilot for a spin-off series, which then failed to move forward. Right now, it seems unlikely that the characters will return to the Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. fold.
As for Ghost Rider himself, it certainly seems as if the character will figure heavily in the show’s future – and since the first episode of the new season is titled “The Ghost”, it also seems as if fans won’t have to wait long for Reyes to make his debut. Exactly how Ghost Rider will weave into the narrative remains unclear, although Daisy/Quake actress Chloe Bennet recently commented that she had been filming a number of scenes with Gabriel Luna, seemingly suggesting that the newly renegade superhero will be the first to bump into the man on the motorbike.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 4 will premiere on September 20th on ABC.
Source: Marvel TV/ABC