Marvel’s ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘ just had a spectacular half-season by introducing us to the Ghost Rider and now the producers are talking about the character, the switch to LMDs for the second half of the season, and have revealed the synopsis for the returning episode!
One thing fans of the new Ghost Rider were a bit disappointed in was that he wouldn’t be returning. Well, it looks like that was a matter of both budgetary concerns as well as not wanting to overuse the character as according to Executive Producer Jeffrey Bell:
“[Ghost Rider is] a lot for 22 [episodes], especially with everything else that we like and care about on the show. It would feel like one flavor over a long period of time, but we’ve certainly left it open” to revisit.”
So it seems “financial considerations” were a factor as using Mallory Jansen and now Ming-Na Wen as LMDs “doesn’t cost as much” as having Reyes turn into the Spirit of Vengeance and walk around with his head on fire.
Of course, they also wanted to dip into the LMDs which play a huge factor in the history of S.H.I.E.L.D. in the comics. As Jed Whedon says:
“This year we’re getting to play with a lot of the toys that we’ve been hoping to play with. [LMDs are] something that we’ve been wanting to get to, and now we’re finally able to get to.”
Whedon did, however, tease that this isn’t likely the last time we’ll see the Ghost Rider:
“He is trapped in another place which usually means that he’s not dead.”
Which he later followed up with:
“We can go on a different journey, but we are still playing in the same world [as Ghost Rider], and these things could link up later in some way — maybe in thrilling fashion.”
My money is either we’ll see him released in the finale for next season or just down the line in general if the Darkhold keeps making an appearance.
When the show returns for the fourth season, it will debut with “Broken Promises” written by Brent Fletcher and directed by Garry A. Brown. Here’s a synopsis:
Though Coulson and May are growing closer, Coulson remains unaware of the dark secret May is hiding beneath the surface. Meanwhile, Aida is unrelenting in her search for the Darkhold.
It looks like we won’t just have the LMD May around for awhile but that Aida will still be after the Darkhold which could hold the key to a future return of Ghost Rider or an introduction to even more mystical Marvel madness.
Are you looking forward to the return of Marvel’s ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’? Do you think that the LMD story arc will be able to top the Ghost Rider one? Share your thoughts below True Believers!
Marvel’s ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ returns to ABC on Tuesday January 10th, 2017!
Sources: TV Line
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