Although Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. isn't exactly Marvel's prized hen at the comic book county fair, the series is still a legitimate part of the MCU.
Season 4 is just around the corner and the new season will see the team tying into the movies some more, dealing with a post-Civil War world, with new threats to tackle and lots of new characters to meet. We'll get to see how the events of the movies have affected the series' characters, and how the collapse of the Avengers as we know them has impacted the rest of S.H.I.E.L.D.
An official synopsis for the upcoming fourth season of Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. has been released, and goes into details of how both new and older characters will be incorporated into the show:
"In light of the Sokovia Accords, and with Hydra obliterated, S.H.I.E.L.D. has been legitimatised again and no longer needs to operate in the shadows. Since the world presumes that Coulson is dead, the organisation needed a new Director (Jason O’Mara) to be the face of the organisation. Coulson finds himself back in the role as an agent and teamed with Mack (Henry Simmons), and together they are tasked with tracking down and confirming the presence of Enhanced people, aka Inhumans. They have been trying to track down and capture Daisy (Chloe Bennet), aka Quake, who has gone rogue in an attempt to atone for sins from the past. But with the world believing that Daisy is a dangerous outlaw who has taken down banks and bridges, the new Director has no qualms about taking her down for good. Agent May (Ming-Na Wen) is tasked with training specialist strike teams, and Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) and Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) have taken a big step forward in their relationship. But with Simmons’ new promotion as Special Advisor to the Director in Science and Technology, Fitz, as well as her former team members, finds it hard to confide in or trust her since she’s now the Director’s confidant.
"Robbie Reyes (Gabriel Luna) will roar into the lives of Agent Coulson and the team as a junkyard mechanic who can turn on a dime into the terrifying Ghost Rider. Will Robbie be a friend or foe to S.H.I.E.L.D.–as well as the world, itself? Meanwhile, Fitz discovers that socially awkward genius and friend Dr. Radcliffe (John Hannah) has started putting the finishing touches on a new, secret invention."
I'm looking forward to seeing how the events of Civil War impacted Coulson and the team, and how they move on from that to resurrect S.H.I.E.L.D. However, another crack at Ghost Rider is a little worrying, although they have gone for a new-to-screen iteration so hopefully it will work out a lot better than the last time the character appeared.
With each MCU movie gaining more hype as the timeline progresses, and the various Netflix Defenders series increasing in popularity as well, who's to say Season 4 won't bring much bigger things to the table for Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.?
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