When fans last saw the team in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., some big changes had happened; Daisy had gone rogue and become a vigilante, while Coulson was no longer director of S.H.I.E.L.D. With the show moving to a new later time, those close to production have maintained that some darker times are in store for these secret agents. With all these changes, how exactly will the team cope with their new status quo? Apparently, the answer is to just not think about it.
During Entertainment Weekly's Spoiler Room, wherein questions about returning shows are answered to the best of their ability, someone asked what was going on with the team in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. Executive producer Maurissa Tancharoen didn't give away anything specific, but did tease that the team's healthy choice to avoid their problems will probably come back to bite them.
In short, it's business as usual when the show returns. The one thing that you'll really see across the board with all of our characters is that they're just in 'Let's move mode -- let's just move on from what went down. Whether or not that's just a coping mechanism or denial of all of the trauma that they've experienced, I think them being so functional will start to unravel.
The team certainly has seen their fair share of trauma. Their final encounter with Hive left them shaken and down a member, and it's had a big effect on them even months later. Now that they will be delving into darker territory the result of their actions might affect them with decidedly deadly consequences. Said consequences might take form in the MCU introduction of Ghost Rider. Typically portrayed as a spirit of vengeance, his inclusion in Season Four is sure to have a big impact on the team - though, it's too early to tell whether he'll be an obstacle or an ally.
Among the changes in store for the team are a new director, played by Jason O'Mara. Considering that Coulson is still an active agent in S.H.I.E.L.D., those briefing missions could get a little bit awkward. The biggest revelation in the Season Three finale tag was that Daisy was no longer an agent, and had seemingly gone full Quake. That's certainly one way to move forward after losing her boyfriend. She has a new mastery of her powers, and was avoiding capture from her former friends and agents. Since Daisy has never been the best at dealing with her problems, she's probably in for a tough season, emotionally speaking.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will return this fall on Tuesday, September 20. Mark the date in your calendars and head over to our fall TV premiere schedule to learn when more shows are returning.