Introduced as the first television spinoff from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. seemed to struggle in season 1 - until Captain America: The Winter Soldier hit theaters and the show's tie-in episode turned its premise on its head. Following S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) and his team on missions, the ABC series has explored various aspects of the MCU. Most notably, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has introduced Inhumans to the MCU, including the reveal that Skye was Daisy Johnson a.k.a. (Chloe Bennet) and the formation of the Secret Warriors.
However, following the defeat of the Inhuman Hive (Brett Dalton) in the season 3 finale, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. teased a time jump that would prove to shake up the status quo once season 4 arrives. Recent reveals, like the announcement that Ghost Rider will be joining the series and the casting of Jason O'Mara as the new S.H.I.E.L.D. director along with the official synopsis for season 4, confirm that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will be quite different when it returns this fall.
Marvel unveiled the official season 4 synopsis, which reveals the new roles for Coulson and members of his former team within S.H.I.E.L.D., teases the introduction of Robbie Reyes a.k.a. Ghost Rider (Gabriel Luna), and hints at Dr. Radcliffe's (John Hannah) Life-Model Decoys that were introduced in the season 3 finale.
Check out the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 4 synopsis:
In light of the Sokovia Accords, and with Hydra obliterated, S.H.I.E.L.D. has been legitimized again and no longer needs to operate in the shadows. Since the world presumes that Coulson is dead, the organization needed a new Director (Jason O’Mara) to be the face of the organization. Coulson finds himself back in the role as an agent and teamed with Mack (Henry Simmons), and together they are tasked with tracking down and confirming the presence of Enhanced people, aka Inhumans. They have been trying to track down and capture Daisy (Chloe Bennet), aka Quake, who has gone rogue in an attempt to atone for sins from the past. But with the world believing that Daisy is a dangerous outlaw who has taken down banks and bridges, the new Director has no qualms about taking her down for good. Agent May (Ming-Na Wen) is tasked with training specialist strike teams, and Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) and Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) have taken a big step forward in their relationship. But with Simmons’ new promotion as Special Advisor to the Director in Science and Technology, Fitz, as well as her former team members, finds it hard to confide in or trust her since she’s now the Director’s confidant.
Robbie Reyes (Gabriel Luna) will roar into the lives of Agent Coulson and the team as a junkyard mechanic who can turn on a dime into the terrifying Ghost Rider. Will Robbie be a friend or foe to S.H.I.E.L.D. – as well as the world, itself? Meanwhile, Fitz discovers that socially awkward genius and friend Dr. Radcliffe (John Hannah) has started putting the finishing touches on a new, secret invention.
Of course, while the season 4 synopsis does mention Ghost Rider joining the series, it offers little about how the Marvel character will affect Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Certainly, considering Doctor Strange will officially bring the mystic arts into the MCU this fall, it's perhaps the best time to welcome a character such as Ghost Rider to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. But, aside from his working as a junkyard mechanic, it remains to be seen how Robbie will fit into the dynamic of Coulson's team - or whether he'll butt heads with S.H.I.E.L.D.'s resident mechanic, Mack.
Plus, the synopsis also offers a brief hint at Radcliffe's "new, secret invention," which was teased to be Marvel Comics' Life-Model Decoys in the season 3 finale. The robotic creations are made to mimic living people and act, as their name suggests, as decoys or body doubles for high-ranking agents. However, given how little time in the finale and space in the synopsis is devoted to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s LMDs, it may be some time into season 4 before they become integral to the storyline.
In addition to the teases of Ghost Rider and LMDs, the season 4 synopsis also lays out how Captain America: Civil War - specifically, the Sokovia Accords - will affect Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. going forward in that the agency is back on the up and up. But, the legitimization of S.H.I.E.L.D. will cause a shift in the dynamics of the organization, with Coulson no longer being director. Additionally, it seems Simmons' promotion to work alongside the new director will have an effect on her relationships with Fitz and her friends. Since Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has worked due to the dynamics of the team, fans will certainly be curious to see how the relationships between these characters evolve.
So, while the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 4 synopsis doesn't offer too many specific details about what to expect, it certainly hints at what's to come and where viewers will find the characters when the series returns this fall.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 4 premieres Tuesday, September 20 @10pm on ABC.
Source: Marvel (via CBR)