Agents of SHIELD will burn rubber in the season 4 premiere. Ghost Rider is coming, and Robbie Reyes managed to slip into the first episode title of the year.
Coulson's (Clark Gregg) team will jump back into action on Sept. 20, following May's six-month time jump with the events of "The Ghost."
A clear reference to Ghost Rider's (Gabriel Luna) debut, the premiere promises to throw viewers headfirst into a brand new branch of Marvel mythology. The Inhumans are still causing chaos for the general public, but Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) and Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) will be confronted with yet another puzzle when Robbie Reyes bursts onto the scene.
"SHIELD has always been about exploring the unusual, the surprising, the odd, the inexplicable, and Ghost Rider in this universe is a new slice of that world," executive producer Jeph Loeb to EnStars at San Diego Comic Con.
Fans have yet to catch a glimpse of Reyes in action, but Ghost Rider's 1969 black Charger was spotted screeching down the streets of Los Angeles last month. The flaming wheelman was dealing with a pesky hitchhiker in the form of Daisy Johnson (Chloe Bennet).
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Meanwhile, the rest of SHIELD will use the premiere to adjust to a new Director. With a name that can be traced through Marvel lore to the 1940s, the unnamed newbie will cause a bit of a shake-up at HQ. With Coulson back in the field, the new regime will pursue Inhumans with force. As May (Ming-Na Wen) trains strike teams, Simmons will take up a new post as Special Advisor to the Director in Science and Technology, a move that will cause dissension amongst the ranks.
What's next for SHIELD? Find out when Agents of SHIELD returns to ABC on Sept. 20 at 10 p.m. ET.