It's hard to believe the progress Marvel has made in the past decade. It feels like Joss Whedon's The Avengers was just dominating worldwide box offices, and the spinoff TV show, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., just debuted on ABC. Now that Marvel has countless other TV shows in renewal and development (The Defenders, Luke Cage, Legion, to name a few), it's easy to forget that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was the first of its kind. Now, though, as the show heads into its season 4 winter finale, fans are eager to see what action-packed surprises the beloved series has in store.
It's been thrilling to see Robbie Reyes, aka Ghost Rider, in action this season, as the mysterious vigilante and former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Daisy Johnson formed an unlikely alliance. In Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s most recent episode, 'The Good Samaritan,' we learned about Ghost Rider's origins (spoilers in that link), and we've already gotten a peek at next week's 'Deals with Our Devils.' Now, ABC is finally ready to spill the details on S.H.I.E.L.D.'s winter finale, an episode titled 'The Laws of Inferno Dynamics.'
The network released an official synopsis for the show's upcoming eighth episode earlier today, along with some teaser images. The synopsis is short but sweet:
"S.H.I.E.L.D. and Ghost Rider find themselves unlikely allies when the lives of all of Los Angeles hang in the balance."
And you can check out the new images below:
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Though the synopsis and these images are appropriately vague, so as to avoid totally spoiling fans, they definitely give us an intriguing peek at whats to come. The images mainly focus on the show's current primary characters, namely Reyes and Coulson and his team of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents. We can clearly see series favorites like Jemma, Melinda, and Daisy, as well as a number of glimpses at a team-up between Mack and Yo-Yo.
It's undoubtedly going to be cool to see an official collaboration between Ghost Rider and S.H.I.E.L.D., though many suspected the series was headed that way since they announced the Spirit of Vengeance's debut. Since this is a winter finale, it's likely the writers will drop a storyline bombshell on fans and leave us with a good cliffhanger until next year, like they did with season 3's bloody mid-way Inhumans reveal. It's unclear, though, whether S.H.I.E.L.D.'s current track will still be enough to keep fans interested (or attract new viewers). Though the show has a number of well-liked, established characters, it's never exactly soared, ratings-wise, and its plot has become a bit overcomplicated throughout the years. With the series running amok, now almost totally separate from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, S.H.I.E.L.D. may not be viable for much longer -- which means this mid-series finale really needs to wow.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 4 resumes November 29 on ABC.