The next season of Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. is continuing to look like it’s biggest & most ambitious season yet. The series made a big splash at last weekend’s San Diego Comic-Con when they revealed that they will be bringing Robbie Reyes aka ‘Ghost Rider’ into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That won’t be the only thing the series will tackle though as we all remember that last season’s finale ended with the introduction of Life Model Decoys. So, how are these two very different things going to work together?
Chatting with CBR, series showrunners Jed Whedon & Maurissa Tancharoen revealed that while the character of ‘Ghost Rider’ has a background which is rooted in the mystic side of the Marvel Universe, the series is looking to blend the fantastical world of magic & the grounded reality of science together next season with Whedon comparing it to what their big screen counterparts are doing.
“You’ll see this in the movies that are coming. In Thor, they famously said, ‘Magic is just science we don’t understand.’ The MCU started with Iron Man, who is a guy who built a suit — a smart guy built a suit. And then when you put Thor into that world, it started to be like, ‘How are these things going to work?’ And they worked! So they started to open up into the world of the fantastic, and we will be doing that this year in terms of sort of trying to blend the two and trying to see if there are things we don’t understand, why, and then meanwhile we’re building things that we do understand, that maybe we start to lose our understanding of them.”
Tancharoen stated that how they blend these subjects “is exactly what our team may be asking as they encounter something like Ghost Rider. We’ll basically be trying to science why.” The showrunners then added the following on the subject.
Whedon: “I think that we’re going to slowly start to develop some very advanced technology this season, and maybe — as that becomes more advanced and we have strange people… possessed people — those things somehow merge down the line.”
Tancharoen: “We’ve dealt with normal people who want to… be more than just a man, like Mike Peterson. With Coulson, he has a robot hand. Then we meet [Holden] Radcliffe, who’s definitely into body modifications. This is just sort of a progression and extension of that.”
Last season’s finale ended with the introduction of an LMD with a very familiar name and ties to another Marvel property. With the introduction of AIDA, is there a chance that we could see more elements of Squadron Supreme next season? Head of Marvel Television Jeph Loeb had a very uncharacteristically brief (but exciting) response to that question.
“Let’s just say nothing is off the table.”
Let’s just say that next season can’t come soon enough. Let us know what you think about the above in the comments section below.
Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns Tuesday September 20th at 10/9c.