Feeling burned by Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.? That's probably just because of this season's introduction of Ghost Rider, the flaming, car driving spirit of vengeance who has been butting heads (not literally, because his head is made out of fire) with our heroes since this year's Season 4 premiere.
But that all ended at the end of last week's episode, when Ghost Rider (Gabriel Luna) teamed up with Daisy Johnson (Chloe Bennet) to try and track down a... Uh... Bunch of business-ghosts who live in a stack of boxes, and have been driving people crazy. This is either an actual plotline, or a dream I had.
Anyway! With that big team-up in mind, New York Comic Con attendees were treated to a screening of this next week's episode, "Uprising" as well as plenty more news and teases for the season to come!
Kicking things off, star Clark Gregg noted that bringing Ghost Rider to the show didn't seem like an immediate fit to him. "I'll be honest," Gregg quipped. "I saw the movies." He continued that the show is very based in science (okay, super science), another point that didn't seem an easy fit for Ghost Rider's magical origins. But once the cast heard what they were going to do with the character, and saw Luna's costume, he — and the rest of the cast — were sold.
For Bennet, this season was different because, "I was in a van. Alone. With a lot of makeup." But ultimately her journey having "a season alone" allows her to shake things up as an actor.
But the biggest tease probably came when Gregg noted they've been introducing a lot of magical elements this season, which seems, "Strange." Gregg immediately admitted that he was referencing Marvel's upcoming movie Doctor Strange, with Bennet joking, "I'm a Cumberbitch!"
Fans of the show know that whenever a Marvel movie comes around, S.H.I.E.L.D. ties in, in some way. Sometimes its a direct connection, like when S.H.I.E.L.D. was shut down during Captain America: The Winter Soldier; or sometimes it's a non-direct connection, like when the show thematically tied into Avengers: Age of Ultron. At least given Gregg's tease, it seems that around November we're going to get something a little more overt than a cursory mention.
Oh, and on tying into Marvel's Netflix shows? When Marvel TV boss Jeph Loeb was asked when the S.H.I.E.L.D. team would "notice what's going on in Hell's Kitchen," Loeb said, "It's a fair question. And the fair answer is... Stay tuned."
So will Agent Coulson be mixing it up with Daredevil (Charlie Cox) and the rest? Well... Stay tuned.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs Tuesdays at 10/9c on ABC.