We're only a few months away from the Season 4 premiere of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and with production just beginning a few days ago, we can expect to see some photos and clips leaking out from the set in the coming months. But before that, we can begin to discuss the small tidbits of information we already know of in regards to Season 4, including the massive reveal announced during this weekend's panels at the San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC).
First, we need to recall the concluding events of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 3 finale. During the last few minutes of the season finale, a clip is included with the tag line of "6 Months Later," indicating a time jump between Season 3 and Season 4. Knowing that a time jump will occur between seasons makes it nearly impossible to predict what could happen within that span of time. However, with the clip of "6 Months Later" being added on to the Season 3 Finale of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., we can analyze all the Easter Eggs and subtle hints left in the "6 Months Later" clip to gain a clearer picture of what to expect when Agents of SHIELD returns for Season 4:
(RUMOR PATROL: Before anything, we need to clear up the confusion on the marketing image used in promotional materials for Season 4 of Agents of SHIELD. In the recent weeks of Comic-Con preparing to launch in San Diego, a rail line within the city has been spotted featuring the following cover-art image brandished on its sides.
The image itself isn't noteworthy, but some fans have gone on to speculate that the flaming chain seen is that of Ghost Rider, implying that Ghost Rider would appear on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in the upcoming season. The rumor of Ghost Rider coming to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. makes sense, especially with the property rights to Ghost Rider recently reverting back to the Marvel/Disney brand.
Update: In the newest set of information to be released out of San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC), Ghost Rider has been confirmed as a featured cast member on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. next season via tweets by the Twitter Account, @AgentsofSHIELD.
The depiction of Ghost Rider featured in Season 4 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will be that of Robbie Reyes. Reyes differs substantially from the more well-known iteration of Ghost Rider, Johnny Blaze. Robbie Reyes isn't even inhabited by the Spirit of Vengeance, the truth is much more sinister. He also rides in a fiery charger, not a motorcycle as Johnny Blaze does. The Ghost Rider, Robbie Reyes will be portrayed by actor Gabriel Luna (True Detective) in the upcoming season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Along with the reveal of Ghost Rider, a teaser trailer was also shown at (SDCC) which gives us our first look at Ghost Rider on-screen. You can check it out here.
In Marvel Comics, Roberto "Robbie" Reyes takes a fateful trip through the barrios of East Los Angeles to protect his younger brother but winds up dead on that very fate. While briefly encountering death, the spirit of Eli Morrow resurrects Robbie Reyes in exchange for a deal. Morrow's spirit presents himself to Robbie Reyes in good faith but in reality, the spirit of Eli Morrow is none other than the embodiment of a serial killer. Robbie Reyes allows the spirit of Eli Morrow to inhabit his body, not knowing the truth of Morrow's past as a serial killer. But the signs became apparent to Robbie once the Ghost Rider's presence begins to exude the essence of Eli Morrow. However, Robbie is tethered to the Spirit of Eli Morrow by a supernatural bond which can't be broken.
Now, Back To Daisy's Objectives In Season 4 Of Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.
After viewing the "6 Months Later" clip, we can see that Daisy Johnson has left S.H.I.E.L.D. and taken on her comic book moniker of Quake. Along with Daisy finally embracing her true nature as Quake, we can also see that Daisy a.k.a. Quake has been quite busy making stops all over the United States. As to what Daisy is doing all over the country is unknown at the moment. Even after looking back at Coulson's clipboard and the all the cities she's affected during her time away from S.H.I.E.L.D., there's no prevalent connection between any of the cities. From the clipboard seen on Coulson's wall, there is a layout of all the incidents involving Daisy, including one incident which occurred in New York, leaving even reporters on the scene questioning whether Daisy/Quake is a "Hero or Rogue."?
The clipboard trimmings of incidents on Coulson's board are quite vague when referencing the headlines on each particular piece. Even considering the undetermined opinion of the New York Bulletin reporters questioning whether or not Daisy is a hero or a rogue implies that Daisy has had some face-to-face confrontation with an adversary on the streets of New York, to where she was spotted by the public exercising her Inhuman abilities. Aside from Daisy's incident in New York drawing her into the public's eye, the rest of the incident locations indicated on Coulson's clipboard are equally as important.
Daisy has been seen all over the country, making a statement wherever she goes by forcefully using her abilities in public, which also implies that she's being met with resistance at some points on her excursions. But we still don't know what Daisy "Quake" Johnson could be up to while traveling around the United States. Although, a subtle hint dropped during Daisy's dialogue in the "6 Months Later" clip could have spelled out Daisy's plan in great detail.
Going back to the "6 Months Later" clip, when Daisy is conversing with Robin and her mother, Daisy mentions a doctor who she'd like them to meet. And one particular detail she makes abundantly clear is that the doctor she's referring to likes animals too. The only plausible doctor for Daisy to be referring to is that of her father, Calvin Zabo. Daisy's father, Calvin was last seen returning to his veterinarian practice during the Season 2 Finale of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. But if Daisy's line in the aforementioned clip is hinting at Calvin's return to Daisy's side, that would raise the implication of Daisy confronting her father with the truth of his past as she needs his help while she's on the run as a fugitive.
And within that same scenario of Daisy seeking out her father, the two would need to proceed in removing the T.A.H.I.T.I. project's programming on Calvin in order to lead a search for any Inhumans left in the United States. But in doing so, Daisy will be confronted with resistance, possibly from the enforcers of the Sokovia Accords. Iron Man/Tony Stark is no longer working for the United Nations as an enforcer, but there'll likely be replacement enforcers that handle the detainment and neutralization of enhanced individuals, calling back to the Sokovia Accords affecting Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as well. And from the looks of Secretary Thaddeus Ross in Captain America: Civil War, he isn't backing down from the capture and detainment of all enhanced individuals; including Inhumans.
The ramifications of Captain America: Civil War on the entirety of the Marvel universe have made their effects known, and will undoubtedly play a major part in the next season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. We merely had a glimpse of the Sokovia Accords being enforced on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. last season, but the degree of forceful detainment is likely to have increased in that time, placing Inhumans in the cross-hairs of government agencies seeking to manipulate enhanced individuals. Just as General Glenn Talbot came calling to Agent Coulson for his team of Inhumans to register, that didn't go over so well with Agent Phil "Beat-Down" Coulson.
It's possible that Daisy "Quake" Johnson will call upon her father to aide her in assuring that no more Inhumans are harmed by agencies like HYDRA and S.H.I.E.L.D. But to do that, Daisy will have to be willing to risk everything in order to recruit Inhumans to her cause. She had a hard enough time convincing new Inhumans to join her team of Secret Warriors when she had a team backing her up. How many Inhumans are going to step up and leave their old lives behind to follow Daisy when she stands alone? Along with multiple government agencies on the lookout for Daisy as a fugitive, she has the odds stacked against her, and not many people are going to be willing to stand by her side. That is, unless the persecution of enhanced individuals like Inhumans begins to affect the general population, to where Daisy's vision for an Inhuman future is the only possibility of a safe haven for Inhumans. In that circumstance, Daisy would be looked at as a messiah and could become the new leader of the Inhuman race as more and more Inhumans come out from hiding in the shadows (speculative, of cours. And there is of course, the addition of Ghost Rider to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., his role is a mystery for now but he could either be the new antagonist on the series, or an ally to Daisy Johnson.
No More Guessing, Here's All The Proof We Need.
Without theorizing or speculating anymore, let's look at the facts and determine whether or not Daisy "Quake" Johnson is uniting the Inhuman race as a union of Secret Warriors and Inhumans alike in the upcoming season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
First of all, we know that Daisy is on the run as a fugitive after last season's conclusion and her dialogue within the concluding scene of the finale more than implies that her father, Calvin Zabo is returning to her side. Calvin currently has no inclination to help the Inhuman cause (or Daisy for that matter) as his brain's been washed by the T.A.H.I.T.I. project's programming. That simple fact proves how Calvin Zabo's role in the upcoming season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will only come to be because of Daisy's influence on him. Accounting for the T.A.H.I.T.I. project erasing his memories, Calvin Zabo won't have the inclination to help Daisy unless she does something to return his memories. In that circumstance, Daisy would also have the help of her father in uniting the scattered Inhumans around the continental United States. Then there's the mapping of several incidents involving Daisy across the United States. Those incidents could have occurred for a variety of reasons, but in the scenario that Daisy is attempting to rescue all Inhumans before they can be tracked and detained, most of those incidents may have been brought to the public's eye due to potential confrontations between Daisy and rivaling government agencies attempting to capture Inhumans for themselves before Daisy gained the opportunity to sway them to her cause.
Those two key tidbits of information provide us with enough evidence to conclude that Daisy "Quake" Johnson is once again forming the team of Secret Warriors, but on a much larger scale. Seeing is how Daisy is moving all across the country, she's going to have a lot of candidates to choose from when recruiting Inhumans. And one of those recruits could very well be James a.k.a. Hellfire. With Hellfire and Calvin Zabo potentially joining Daisy, she can begin to create a protected nation for all Inhumans, much like the intended image of Afterlife before Jiaying sank her claws into it. Along with the manner in which events are progressing on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., it appears as though Daisy will be taking a note from her mother and attempt to become the savior of the Inhuman people by forming a nation of purely Inhuman people. However, that's just one person's opinion on the matter.
What do you think? Will Daisy "Quake" Johnson form the nation of Attilan for all Inhumans? Or could she still be focused on forming a team of Secret Warriors to counteract the world's threats? And is it possible that Coulson hasn't betrayed Daisy, providing her with intel to keep her out of the grasp of S.H.I.E.L.D. while she's on the run as a fugitive? Have any thoughts, leave them in the comment section below.