Production is currently underway on the fourth season of Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. and it’s looking more & more like this will be the biggest season of the series yet. Speaking with iO9, series showrunners Jed Whedon & Maurissa Tancharoen discussed the future of the Marvel television series. While it’s clear that Robbie Reyes aka ‘Ghost Rider’ will play a big part in the season, expect Inhumans to play a significant part as well. With the movie being pushed back into Phase Four, this has allowed the series a bit more freedom as far as what they can use moving forward.
“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.”
The showrunners then stated that this freedom would allow them the ability to use some of the “classic” Inhuman characters from the comics but they didn’t go into specifics as far as who we should expect to see. Whedon then went on to discuss the introduction of ‘Ghost Rider’ and being able to explain his presence in a way that audiences would believe. Don’t worry, he’s not going to be an Inhuman.
“It’s one of the reasons we think Ghost Rider will fit this year is that the cinematic universe is being opened up into that world. But, as we learned in Thor, the Marvel approach is that magic is just science we don’t yet understand. We’re going to have both the introduction of magical elements in our show as well as very hardcore science.”
While the series might not be able to explain everything when it comes to the mystical side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the series showrunners hope that some of the upcoming big screen releases will help out on that side. Tancharoen went on to state that they can “start to pose the questions that perhaps the movie will answer for us” with Whedon adding that they look at it as “sort of how other shows treat a webisode, a sort of ‘I don’t want to explain magic so Doctor Strange will do it. Our webisode is gigantic.”
With a new 10p timeslot allowing the series to go much more mature and the addition of Robbie Reyes, I’m very excited about this upcoming season of Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. and September 20th can’t come soon enough. What are you looking forward to next season? Which “classic” Inhuman characters would you like to see make an appearance? Sound off with your thoughts in the comments section below.
Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns Tuesday September 20th at 10/9c.