Season 4 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has been unlike others that came before. Instead of telling one big story from premiere to finale, S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 4 has been split up into three story "pods." The first pod introduced Ghost Rider, and the second pitted the agents against L.M.D.s. The third story pod kicks off soon, and co-showrunner Jed Whedon has indicated that it may address the Season 1 plot that revolved around gravitonium, saying this:
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. first introduced the element gravitonium way back in the third episode of Season 1, when Coulson and his merry band of agents attempted to rescue the brilliant scientist Dr. Franklin Hall from kidnappers. Hall was trying to overload a gravity-distorting device powered by gravitonium before it could be used as a weapon; unfortunately, overloading the device would have destroyed an entire building full of people, so Coulson stepped in and destroyed it. Hall was sucked into the gravitonium, which was packed up and sent away to a S.H.I.E.L.D. facility with him still stuck inside. Jed Whedon's hint that we'll soon get another look at gravitonium may mean that we'll finally learn what happened to Franklin Hall.
If we do see Dr. Hall again, it's possible that he'll be a very different man. After being trapped in gravitonium for an indefinite period of time, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Hall may look an awful lot like his Marvel Comics counterpart. In Marvel lore, Franklin Hall was the civilian identity of the supervillain known as Graviton, who has the ability to control gravity. He'd be a formidable foe to the good guys of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and he would certainly raise the stakes for the third pod of Season 4.
Actor Clark Gregg also spoke to IGN, and he dropped this tease about payoffs for longtime fans in Season 4:
All things considered, it sounds like S.H.I.E.L.D. is going to be pretty fabulous for fans in the rest of the season. Sadly, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is heading into a long hiatus before the third pod of Season 4 can kick off. Coulson and Co. return to primetime on Tuesday, April 4 at 10 p.m. ET on ABC. Check out our midseason TV premiere schedule to see what you can watch on the small screen in the meantime, and don't forget to take a look at our 2017 Netflix premiere schedule.
Laura turned a lifelong love of television into a valid reason to write and think about TV on a daily basis. She's not a doctor, lawyer, or detective, but watches a lot of them in primetime. Resident of One Chicago, the galaxy far, far away, and Northeast Ohio. Will not time travel, but will sneak references to The X-Files into daily conversation.
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