With every passing week, more reveals regarding the plot of Season 4 of Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. are being released. This week's reveal comes in the form of a synopsis for the fourth episode, "Let Me Stand Next To Your Fire," which has already dropped despite Episode 3 ("Uprising") still a week away from premiering:
"As Ghost Rider’s quest for vengeance brings him into an explosive confrontation with S.H.I.E.L.D., Coulson and Mack must rely on an unlikely ally in their time of desperate need; and Daisy reunites with a familiar face to stop the Watchdogs.”
The most intriguing aspect of the synopsis is Daisy reuniting with a familiar face to stop the Watchdogs. As to who that familiar face could be is up for debate. However, the episode synopsis also included a cast list, which may have revealed who the friendly face is. Here's the cast list:
Agents of SHIELD stars Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson, Ming-Na Wen as Agent Melinda May, Chloe Bennet as Daisy Johnson, Iain De Caestecker as Agent Leo Fitz, Elizabeth Henstridge as Agent Jemma Simmons, and Henry Simmons as Agent Alphonso “Mack” MacKenzie.The guest cast includes John Hannah as Holden Radcliffe, Gabriel Luna as Robbie Reyes, Mallory Jansen as Aida, Axle Whitehead as James, Jose Zuniga as Eli Morrow, Kerr Smith as Joseph, Phil Tyler as watchdog #1, Sergio Enrique as guard, Tanner Fontana as Elliot, and Lilli Birdsell as Lucy. The episode was written by Matt Owens and directed by Brad Turner.
Axle Whitehead Is Returning As James, A.K.A. The Inhuman Hellfire
Considering that the episode synopsis indicates that Daisy will be reunited with a familiar face to stop the Watchdogs, and a known character from Daisy's past can be spotted in the cast listing, we have a good picture of who the familiar face is.
In the cast listing, we can see Axle Whitehead's name as James, otherwise known as the Inhuman Hellfire. James hasn't been seen this season, but it appears as though he's returning to Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. and he's teaming up with Daisy to take down the Watchdogs in Episode 4. And considering the episode title ("Let Me Stand Next To Your Fire"), it probably has something to do with Hellfire's chains of fire.
Not only will James teaming up with Daisy lead to more of the Watchdogs being taken down, but their reunion is also hinting at Daisy forming another Inhuman team with Hellfire as her first recruit.
Is Daisy Assembling The 'Real' Secret Warriors?
In the scenario of James Hellfire joining Daisy in her crusade to save the Inhuman race, it's very possible Daisy will be assembling an iteration of her Secret Warriors team similar to the one from Marvel Comics.
In the comics, James Hellfire was a prominent member of Daisy's Secret Warriors, but he hasn't joined Daisy's team on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. just yet. If he does decide to sign up with Daisy this season, Hellfire's recruitment could lead Daisy to signing up more of her Secret Warriors comrades from Marvel comics.
Daisy's Secret Warriors from Marvel Comics also showcased Yo-Yo Rodriguez (Slingshot) as a prominent member, and it just so happens that the iteration of Yo-Yo on Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. is an ally to Daisy as well. With the possibility of Daisy actually forming the Secret Warriors this time around, unlike the attempt during Season 3, we could very well see every member of the Secret Warriors team join Daisy "Quake" Johnson during Season 4 of Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.
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The Remaining Members of Daisy's Secret Warriors Who Have Yet To Join
If the TV show does follow the comics, we can expect Daisy to recruit these characters...
Sebastian Druid (Druid)
Sebastian Druid is the son of Doctor Druid in Marvel Comics, Doctor Druid being a master of magical arts. Sebastian has similar abilities but he isn't necessarily an Inhuman. Sebastian Druid's origins could definitely be tweaked for Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., but there's one aspect of his origin that may play into this season, since season 4 will tie-in with Doctor Strange.
In the comics, Sebastian Druid seeks out Doctor Strange for advice on how to control his powers, but it turns out Druid's power comes from a chemical source, not a magical one. Considering that Sebastian Druid may very well be left in a similar place on Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., Daisy could definitely become a mentor to Druid and teach him about how to control his abilities.
Alexander Aaron (Phobos)
Phobos, the son of Ares, has the ability to instill fear in people and he also has precognitive abilities which means he can tell the future. Phobos could potentially appear on Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. in a different manner, but not as the son of Ares.
Recall the Season 3 finale of Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., which depicted Daisy talking to Robin Hinton, the daughter of psychic Inhuman Charles Hinton. Daisy's interaction with Robin and her mother could have possibly been hinting at Daisy wanting to recruit Robin for her Inhuman team. In the scenario of Robin sharing the same Inhuman abilities as her father, Robin could fill the role of Phobos on Daisy's Secret Warriors as the psychic on the team.
Jerry Sledge (Stonewall)
The son of Carl "Absorbing Man" Creel, Jerry Sledge could show up on Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., but it's more likely Carl Creel will return to action and join Daisy's Secret Warriors. However, Jerry Sledge could definitely show up in the scenario of Carl Creel running into him out in the streets, giving him the same Inhuman abilities — although Jerry Sledge will probably be affected by the Terrigen crystals if he's to become Stonewall, a member of Daisy's Secret Warriors.
Do you want to see Daisy "Quake" Johnson actually assemble her team of Secret Warriors this time around? Or is it not likely to happen? What do you think? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.
Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 4, Episode 3 "Uprising" airs Tuesday, October 11, 2016. Episode Four "Let Me Stand Next To Your Fire" airs October 18, 2016.