‘Agents of SHIELD’ Interviews: Producers Talk Ghost Rider and a Darker Season 4

  • Oct 3, 2016
  • Buddy TV

Things are never boring in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and that certainly extends to the small screen. After a dramatic and bloody third season that saw our favorite Agents of SHIELD suffer some casualties, the team is back for season four but they certainly aren’t unscathed. 

Agents of SHIELD likes to shake up the status quo, and season four continues in that tradition. With a whole new Daisy and Ghost Rider in the mix, this is already shaping up to be a crazy, intense season for the SHIELD family. 

Luckily BuddyTV was at San Diego Comic Con to talk to showrunners  Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen, as well as producers Jeph Loeb and Jeff Bell. 

Watch the full interviews with both below:

Interview Highlights:


  • Whedon and Tancharoen talk about how they’re going to incorporate Ghost Rider in the new season. 
  • They talk about how the move to 10pm might allow the show to be a little darker. 
  • With Doctor Strange coming out soon, it’ll be another side of the Marvel universe and this is them dipping their toes into that.
  • Daisy has moved into a vigilante mode of operation, so she’ll experience some new adventures. 
  • The MCU has started to open up to the world of the fantastic and Agents of SHIELD will be opening up to that world as well and blending it with the show. 
  • The dynamic in the MCU world has changed and now powered people are much more prevalent. 
  • After the six month jump at the end of season three many things have changed. 
  • Asked about Fitz and Simmons, Whedon jokes, “They have six kids.” Tancharoen jokes that they’re actually rabbits.
  • They’re going to develop some advanced technology this season. 
  • John Hannah is a regular in season four so we’ll see a side of him that’s trying to do better than he did last season. 
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BuddyTV was also there with Jeph Loeb and Jeff Bell, trying to get some more season four scoop:

Interview Highlights:


  • Shield has always been about finding the new, weird and unexplained. The Marvel catalog is filled with great and often weird things. 
  • At the end of the day the show hinges off the idea of family and how that works in the world. 
  • Robbie’s relationship with the Ghost Rider is really interesting for the Shield folks to encounter. 
  • They jump time between every season, it’s just that usually the season ends and you jump back in months later. The season three six month time jump was a different way to do it and show the audience a glimpse of where the show was going. 
  • How do they feel about the move to 10pm? They don’t know if it changes things all that dramatically. “We’re not going to be making Deadpool anytime soon on television, especially not ABC.” 
  • Very few shows get to season four, they’re going on 88 episodes, and everyone still gets along.
  • They’re always trying to match up new combinations of characters every season. 

What do you think? What are you looking forward to seeing in season four? Sound off in the comments!

(Photo courtesy of ABC, videos courtesy of Morgan Glennon) 

Agents of SHIELD airs Tuesdays at 10/9c on ABC. Follow BuddyTV on Facebook to stay updated on the latest TV news.

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