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When Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which I will refer to as S.H.I.E.L.D. from now on, premiered in 2013, many were convinced it would not get a second season. And yet, here we are a few years and a few seasons later and S.H.I.E.L.D. is just getting better and better. From adding Inhumans to taking on an ancient alien, the show has come a long way and gotten so much better. And I can't wait for everything that Season 4 will will give us. From Ghost Rider to LMDs, S.H.I.E.L.D. is ready to take on its comic roots.

Here's everything we know about S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 4! (Spoilers!)

The Characters

  • Coulson

Agent Coulson is back to being just that: an agent. With S.H.I.E.L.D. becoming a more public agency, and with Coulson still supposedly dead and all, they needed a new face. That means Coulson is back in the field. For Clark Gregg's part, he is happy about the change. From THR:

"I always felt like Coulson was happiest in the field. Neither I nor Coulson loved playing and listening while his agents went into dangerous situations. And there are more dramatic possibilities when you have a boss that you have to deal with."

Coulson won't be doing field work alone as he gets a new partner, Mack. They'll start off the season on the search for Daisy, or as the public now knows her as Quake, and other Inhumans. His loyalty will be questioned as people start to wonder if he is possibly letting Daisy go.

  • Daisy Johnson

When we last saw Daisy, she was using her powers to escape S.H.I.E.L.D. Yeah, she has gone full rogue and full-on Quake. The Hollywood Reporter got a chance to talk to Chloe Bennet. According to her, Daisy hasn't been Quake very long and she has become much more closed off. She doesn't have anything to lose and she has reverted back to the loner she once was. However, she is more of a vigilante then anything. She is still trying to do the right thing. Or as Bennet put it, she becomes Quake "for all the wrong reasons."

You can read the entire interview here.

  • Melinda May And Mack

May, for her part, is taking it all in stride the way she does. She will be in charge of training new strike teams for S.H.I.E.L.D. and its new director. That doesn't mean she won't bend the rules to help Daisy.

Mack is in the same boat. While he is helping hunt down Inhumans, he wants to help Daisy. Just like Season 3, Mack isn't ready to give up on Daisy. You can also expect to see more of him and Yo Yo as that romance continues to grow.

  • Fitz-Simmons

Simmons gets a new job. She will become the "Special Advisor to the Director in Science and Technology." This cause Fitz and the rest of the team to question her loyalties. They find it hard to trust her. But don't worry. Fitz-Simmons will still be going strong. They will continue to see where their relationship goes, both during professional and personal moments.

You can also bet that they will be involved with Dr. Radcliffe and his Life Modell Decoys, or LMDs. And you can expect those to have a huge impact on the season.

Newcomers: Ghost Rider And The Director

The biggest addition to the show this year is easily Gabriel Luna as Robbie Reyes a.k.a. Ghost Rider. Reyes is the newest incarnation of the character in the comics. And he is most definitely not Nicolas Cage's version of the character. First off, instead of a motorcycle, you will be seeing Reyes ride around in his hot rod.

Second off, if he is anything like his comic book counter part, he does everything he does for his disabled brother, Gabe, needing money to help Gabe and to move the two of them to a better neighborhood. Lorenzo James Henrie has been cast as Gabe.

Another important addition is the the new director. Jason O'Mara has joined the show as a series regular and as the mysterious new director. Only a few things is known about the character. He will not have an Irish accent. He is a character that has been around Marvel since the 1940s and he and Coulson won't get along all too well. O'Mara via THR:

"Obviously, the relationship between my character and Coulson is going to be huge. It's a power struggle kind of dynamic there. It's going to be huge and important. And of course, how my character interacts with the entire team and their dynamic, but even their goals and purpose as a team, that's going to be really interesting to see as that changes, if that changes. My character is going to lean on [Simmons] quite a bit to make sense of a lot of the science stuff because he's new and needs it to be turned into laymen's language"

The Story

source Comingsoon
source Comingsoon

The season premiere is titled, "The Ghost."

Synopsis:

In light of the Sokovia Accords, and with HYDRA obliterated, S.H.I.E.L.D. has been legitimatized 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, a.k.a. Inhumans. 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. 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’s 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.

When Does It Air?

The season premieres on Tuesday, September 20 at 10pm.

Other Details

The show will be darker and a bit edgier. It will also take on what technology and its advancements means to the world. Jed Whedon has this to say about that:

“We’ve talked about what are the differences between people with powers and people without powers and I think our show started as not all heroes are super because we were about the little guy who doesn’t have powers. Now, some of our people do have powers and some of them don’t. Next year, with the advances in technology, we might be asking the question of, ‘If you can have this, do you want it?’ And a little bit of be careful what you wish for. That’s about as specific as we can get.”

The supernatural side of the Marvel comics will start showing up. Ghost Rider is a big indicator of that. But, also Doctor Strange, at least that is what EP Maurissa Tancharoen told Entertainment Weekly.

There have been a few different videos for the new season.

This one is a closer look at Ghost Rider:

Here, May tells Coulson and Mack about a new lead on Daisy in the season premiere:

Are you ready for Season 4? What are you most looking forward to?

sources: io9, ComingSoon, EW, TVCheatSheet, THR, Gamespot