Some people may see this month as August — others, however, are excited over the fact that it’s the last month before “Agents of SHIELD” finally returns.
The ABC series dropped some major bombs and cliffhangers at the conclusion of Season 3, and seems like it’s shuffling the deck for Season 4. Some fan favorites are gone (we miss you already, Brett Dalton), new cast members are joining and the Inhuman battle is escalating.
Thanks to this casting news, and the newly-released Season 4 summary from the studio, we’ve been able to piece together some key intel about where the show stands. Read on for your classified briefing.
Perhaps the most notable cast addition is Ghost Rider, as announced last month at Comic-Con. But before you start getting Nic Cage-induced migraines, know this: The TV version will focus on Roberto “Robbie” Reyes, a high school student involved in a street race gone bad. Actor Gabriel Luna will play the role based on more recent “Ghost Rider” comics, and the character will be accompanied by his wheelchair-bound brother Gabe. Look for that brotherly dynamic to bring a touch of added humanity to the show — while Ghost Rider adds a devilish dimension of his own.
Meet the new boss
Step aside, Agent Coulson — there’s a new director in town. The casting is solid, as Irish actor Jason O’Mara has spent the last few years looking like the new Alex O’Loughlin: Giving impressive work in one quickly-canceled project (“Life on Mars”) after another (“Vegas”); with any luck, he’s finally found his “Hawaii 5-0.” According to the studio, O’Mara plays a character “whose Marvel roots go back to the 1940s.” Does that mean he could help bring some “Agent Carter” storylines back into play?
No more shadows
Season 4 of “SHIELD” will have the agents moving back into the unforgiving daylight of public service. Fitz, Simmons and May are now training “specialist strike teams,” leading to suspicions that the show could introduce the British agency STRIKE. “In light of the Sokovia Accords, and with Hydra obliterated, SHIELD has been legitimatized again and no longer needs to operate in the shadows,” says the summary. Also worth noting: Coulson will return to being an agent, teamed with Mack (Henry Simmons).
After the death of Lincoln Campbell and the apparent defection of Daisy, the Inhumans will find themselves in the crosshairs of SHIELD as we head into Season 4. “They are tasked with tracking down and confirming the presence of Enhanced people, a.k.a. Inhumans,” reveals the summary. “They have been trying to track down and capture Daisy (Chloe Bennet), a.k.a. 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.”