The fourth season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is shaping up to be the series' biggest yet! With Daisy fully embracing her Quake persona and going rogue, Dr. Radcliffe creating LMDs (Life Model Decoys) and Ghost Rider set to appear, Season 4 is almost certain to satisfy fans of the series. But while we can expect Ghost Rider to play a pivotal role in the season, expect to see a lot of Inhumans as well!
Showrunners Jed Whedon & Maurissa Tancharoen recently sat down with iO9 and spoke about the show's freedom when it comes to Inhumans, now that the movie has been delayed to be part of Marvel's Phase Four:
“We do have a little more freedom. We’ve told a couple of seasons of stories but now we do have some more freedom. So when we return to focusing on Inhumans, we’ll be able to do a little bit more.”
That freedom, Whedon clarified, is being able to use classic Inhuman characters! With the Inhumans movie being moved to Phase Four, it would make sense for Kevin Feige to allow the series to use a lot of Inhuman characters.
The decision to allow more freedom when it comes to Inhumans could very well be tied to the marketing of the film. The Inhumans are very eccentric characters that only die-hard Marvel fans will know of, so the film could very well be Marvel's first box office failure if they don't expose the characters to the public before their own movie. While Marvel Television and Marvel Studios operate largely independently of one another, the logical choice would be to introduce most, if not all, of their most well-known Inhumans, namely the Inhuman Royal Family, into Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Odds are that we will be introduced to the Inhuman Royal Family during the course of the show's fourth season in one form or another. Who we will be seeing is a completely different question, however. Here's who we might meet:
Lockjaw: A Giant, Teleporting Bulldog (No, Really)
Lockjaw is an Inhuman who resembles a giant bulldog. Need I say more? On top of being a giant bulldog, Lockjaw possesses the power of teleportation and is used as the Inhumans teleporter and escort to the Royal Family.
Now tell me, who wouldn't want to see a teleporting bulldog on their TV screens? Not only can he teleport, but he has super strength within his jaw (on one occasion he latched onto the Thing's arm and Thing couldn't remove him) and has been known to speak on certain occasions.
Lockjaw would be the perfect member of the Royal Family to introduce to the MCU. Marvel have had great success by introducing Rocket Raccoon, so bringing in another well-loved animal certainly wouldn't hurt them. Plus, we already saw a brief cameo by Cosmo in Guardians of the Galaxy, who why not another space-dog?
Crystal: A Powerful Manipulator Of The Elements
A fan-favorite Inhuman, Crystal is a member of the Royal Family who can manipulate the four elements: earth, fire, air and water. She has also, on occasion, been seen psionically controlling other materials and phenomena such as metal and electricity. Suffice it to say, Crystal is a very powerful Inhuman who could definitely cause friction in the series. Daisy, who will most likely create her own team, would possibly scout and/or recruit Crystal, creating an even bigger void between her and her former S.H.I.E.L.D. teammates.
Crystal is also the sister of the Inhuman Queen, Medusa, making her the princess of the Inhuman Royal Family. Having Crystal on the series would be the perfect way to bring in the rest of the family. Not only is she the sister of Medusa, she's also the sister-in-law of a certain King...
Black Bolt: The King Of The Inhumans
Arguably the most popular and well-known Inhuman, Black Bolt is the silent King of the Inhumans. Black Bolt possesses the power of a hypersonic destructive voice that is capable of leveling entire cities. Due to the magnitude of his power, Black Bolt has undergone extreme mental training to make sure he does not utter a sound. His whispers alone can knock back the Hulk several hundred meters. Luckily for everyone around him, he shares a telepathic bond with the Royal Family (and many other Inhumans) so he can speak to them that way.
If we will ever see Black Bolt on the show, it would be in the season finale. The character would not have a major or even recurring role on the show at the risk of over exposure before the Inhumans movie. He would possibly appear at the end of the season, attempting to invite various Inhumans such as Daisy into Attilan, the home of the Inhumans.
The news that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. now have the freedom to use classic Inhumans is amazing. We will finally be receiving top class Inhumans instead of second-string characters such as Gordon or completely invented ones like Lincoln, which could lead to the introduction of Black Bolt and Medusa. The loosening of the restrictions on the series should have major ramifications for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, within both Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the movies.
Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Returns September 20, 2016 on ABC.