The team is almost back! The first synopsis for “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Season 4 has been released, and it’s clear that Coulson’s little family will change. However, it seems that some of the big changes might be caused by the arrival of a highly-anticipated new character.
“In the season premiere episode, ‘The Ghost,’ Ghost Rider is coming, and S.H.I.E.L.D will never be the same,” the premiere synopsis reveals.
Season 4 of the ABC drama will introduce the newest version of Ghost Rider, Robbie Reyes (Gabriel Luna). He’s a mechanic in east Los Angeles who cares for his disabled little brother Gabe. Unlike the veteran version of the character, Johnny Blaze, Robbie does not ride a motorcycle, but he does have a 1969 Dodge Charger, also known as the Hell Charger.
It isn’t clear how exactly he’ll change the team, but he’ll definitely confuse them. The executive producer has already revealed that he isn’t an Inhuman, and Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) and Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) are going to have difficulty figuring out where his powers come from.
“[The Marvel Cinematic Universe] started out with a guy building a suit using science, and then we met aliens that are the origin of the myths behind some of our gods, and this year ‘Doctor Strange’ comes out,” Jed Whedon told Entertainment Weekly. “We’re opening it up even further to the world of things we don’t totally understand, or as Thor says, ‘Magic is science that we don’t understand.’ Well, we’re getting into some very, very fancy science.”
The rest of the synopsis just reiterates what was in the Season 4 description. Coulson (Clark Gregg) and Mack (Henry Simmons) are looking for Inhumans, as seen at the end of the Season 3 finale, while Jason O’Mara’s unnamed character becomes director now that S.H.I.E.L.D. is no longer a secret agency.
Coulson’s other team members will have different focuses. “Agent May [Ming-Na Wen] is tasked with training specialist strike teams, and Fitz and Simmons have taken a big step forward in their relationship,” the synopsis reveals.
Not mentioned anywhere in the Season 4, episode 1 description is Daisy (Chloe Bennet). She went rogue at the end of last season, and Coulson and Mack were trying to track her down. However, no hints are given about their search in the premiere.
“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Season 4 premieres Tuesday, Sept. 20, in a new timeslot at 10 p.m. EDT on ABC.