source : TVLine
To a greater degree than in previous years, ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has changed horses midseason, wrapping up one distinct arc to segue into a quite different one.
Or has Ghost Rider not been extinguished completely?
As suggested during the midseason finale, “He is trapped in another place,” co-showrunner Jed Whedon noted during a recent set visit, “which usually means that he’s not dead.”
The Marvel series instead bid Robbie Reyes adieu, for the time being at least, lest it stretch a good idea too far. “[Ghost Rider is] a lot for 22 [episodes], especially with everything else that we like and care about on the show,” said EP Jeffrey Bell. “It would feel like one flavor over a long period of time, but we’ve certainly left it open” to revisit.
The producers also admitted that “financial considerations” played a role in snuffing Ghost Rider’s flame. After all, telling the story of LMDs (or Life Model Decoys), as played by Mallory Jansen and now Ming-Na Wen, “doesn’t cost as much” as setting a guy’s head on fire via CGI, Bell quipped.
Besides, as Whedon sees it, the more story arc options, the merrier. “This year we’re getting to play with a lot of the toys that we’ve been hoping to play with,” he shared. “[LMDs are] something that we’ve been wanting to get to, and now we’re finally able to get to.”
As for switching gears barely a third of the way into Season 4, “We want everything to feel like its own mini world, and to have its own flavor,” Whedon said. “So we do think you’ll come into the next section [of episodes] and immediately feel like, ‘Oh, this is a different kind of story.’ So we’re excited about that.”
The twist that Agent Melinda May has been abducted by Dr. Radcliffe’s LMD assistant, Aida, and replaced with an android lookalike, will offer a fresh wrinkle on S.H.I.E.L.D.’s longheld pattern of trust issues. “Trust is always an issue in a spy organization. But it’s much worse when you don’t know if the person next to you is the person next to you,” Whedon noted. “We want to not just tell scare stories of things popping out of closets, but the emotional stories — and when you get into trust, that’s when things get emotional.”
When Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns on Jan. 10, with the episode “Broken Promises,” Coulson and “May” will continue to grow closer, while Aida is unrelenting in her search for the Darkhold, the mysterious tome that easily corrupts human minds and seemed to set Radcliffe’s assistant on her new, secret path. The Darkhold thus serves as the connective tissue between the first and second arcs of this season.
“In the same way that Radcliffe allowed Aida to read the book to get [Coulson, Fitz and Robbie] back, by building these quantum sort of things, it makes sense then that she can make other adjustments,” Bell said. “It seems to us that that’s part of the same story.”
Added Whedon, “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.” (With reporting by Scott Huver)
source : TVLine
AGENT MAY’S DEADLY SECRET COULD DESTROY COULSON AND THE TEAM, ON ABC’S ‘MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.’
“Broken Promises” – 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, on “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” TUESDAY, JANUARY 10 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network.
“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” stars Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson, Ming-Na Wen as Agent Melinda May, Chloe Bennet as Daisy Johnson, Iain De Caestecker as Agent Leo Fitz, Elizabeth Henstridge as Agent Jemma Simmons, Henry Simmons as Agent Alphonso “Mack” MacKenzie and John Hannah as Holden Radcliffe.
Guest starring are Natalia Cordova-Buckley as Elena “Yo-Yo” Rodriguez, Jason O’Mara as Director Jeffrey Mace, Mallory Jansen as Aida, Parminder Nagra as Senator Nadeer, John Pyper-Ferguson as Terrence Shockley, Manish Dayal as Vijay Nadeer, Patrick Cavanaugh as Burrows, Blaise Miller as Agent Nathanson, Shari Vasseghi as Sunjna Nadeer and Bryan Keith as Zack Bynum.
“Broken Promises” was written by Brent Fletcher and directed by Garry A. Brown.
Episode 4.09 – Broken Promises
Coulson is unaware of a dark secret May is hiding, even as the two grow closer; Aida is determined to find the Darkhold.
Guests: Natalia Cordova-Buckley, Jason O’Mara, Mallory Jansen, Parminder Nagra, John Pyper-Ferguson, Manish Dayal, Patrick Cavanaugh, Blaise Miller, Shari Vasseghi, Bryan Keith
Has the Ghost Rider had his last ride?
During Tuesday’s episode of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Robbie Reyes (Gabriel Luna) faced off with his power-mad uncle Eli Morrow (José Zúñiga), who thought he was creating matter out of nothing but was actually pulling it from another dimension, causing dangerous quakes as he ripped through the fabric of space and time. Knowing it was the only way to stop him, Robbie as the Ghost Rider sacrificed himself, pulling Eli and the demon core into another dimension.
Is Ghost Rider gone for good? EW hit the set of the winter finale to get Luna’s take on Ghost Rider’s surprising move: (Read our postmortem with executive producers Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen here.)
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Robbie sacrifices himself to take down Eli. Does he feel heroic in that sense?
GABRIEL LUNA: Yeah, he makes a really great heroic choice, and he makes it while in a form that usually has all the power. So that’s really, really cool. I’m really excited to see how that plays out. It’s a first for us, in terms of story, actually seeing a decision being made while Robbie isn’t Robbie. That is pretty special.
How difficult is it for Robbie to have to take down family?
Once he has the information that propels him toward that final encounter, he’s now restructured the deal with the Rider. At that point, he’s beholden to the Rider to carry out certain things. What Eli has done requires vengeance and for it to be brought down on him hard. Once he knows exactly what Eli is responsible for, the Rider wants Eli, but Robbie wants him equally as bad. He’s family, yes, but he’s now just this ultimate target. There’s no going back at that point. Robbie and the Rider are one at that point.
Robbie’s fate is left ambiguous. Is there a possibility that you could return to the show?
At Comic-Con, I had been asked that question a lot, considering the response has been what it has been. I’m very proud of my crew, the cast, all of us, for helping build this character because they seem to really love it. I’m not too worried about it being finite at this point.
Do you feel like there’s some unfinished business?
Well, my car is still parked on the cargo bay on the Zephyr, so I have to come back for that. I’m not going to leave her in the hands of these jokers.
What about in the dynamic between Robbie and Daisy?
Yeah, I love that pairing. I love working with Chloe; she’s fantastic. I loved the idea that there’s this really great almost-sibling thing that we share. I know a lot of people want it to be a relationship, a love story kind of thing, but she’s had plenty of those storylines. I like this Bonnie and Clyde, brother and sister thing that they have. If you go back to the comics, Mister Hyde, Kyle MacLachlan’s character from season 2, who is obviously Daisy Johnson’s father both in the comics and in the show — in the origin story of the Robbie Reyes comic, Mister Hyde is there, and he is responsible for Robbie becoming the Ghost Rider, in a roundabout way. So the fact that we’re both derivatives of Mister Hyde is really cool. It’s almost this sibling relationship that we’ve built. Just a couple of orphans trying to do the best they can. I hope to see some more.
We leave in this last episode, and Daisy is a little worried as to where her friend has gone; she seems to lose a lot of people. Even though we just met, we built this understanding between each other because of similarities in our lives, and we leave her in a moment of questioning and of hoping that this isn’t the end for Robbie. Agent Phil Coulson comes in and drops knowledge like a clumsy librarian, as he tends to do, and lifts her spirits and says to her, “I don’t think this is the last we’ll see of him,” so that’s a good sign for everyone who loves the Ghost Rider.
What’s been your favorite part about playing this role?
Everyone here. This is the best crew that I’ve ever worked with, best set I’ve ever worked on. We get to play in a huge sandbox every single day. We’re all just so excited to create a big, huge nuclear reactor, a big flaming car, a flying invisible jet, a shotgun ax, a bionic arm that has X-rays. Every single episode, we flip a page and there’s a WTF moment. These guys and women are the ones who make it real. I’m very thankful for that. That’s the one thing I take away more than anything, that this is by far the best cast and crew I’ve worked with, no offense to anyone else.
source : EW
The Ghost Rider may be gone, but a new threat emerged in the midseason finale of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
During Tuesday’s episode, S.H.I.E.L.D. teamed up with Ghost Rider (Gabriel Luna) to take down Eli Morrow (José Zúñiga). Mace (Jason O’Mara) also wanted to use AIDA (Mallory Jansen) to help, forcing Coulson (Clark Gregg) to reveal that she’s an android. Fearing a repeat of Ultron, Mace plans to use AIDA, but to dismantle her after.
Though Eli believes he’s creating matter out of nothing, he’s actually pulling it from another dimension, causing quakes as he rips through the fabric of space and time. Robbie pulls Eli and the demon core into another dimension, and Daisy prevents further quakes and subsequently reveals herself to the public, and Mace assures everyone she’s not a danger, but an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. who saved the day.
During the chaos, AIDA shields Fitz (Iain de Caestecker) and Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) from being shot, fulfilling her purpose. Mace decides to keep the AIDA program running — but under S.H.I.E.L.D.’s guidance. When an agent heads back to Radcliffe’s (John Hannah) lab to gather all the intel, he discovers something shocking hidden in the lab, and AIDA kills him to keep it secret. What’s behind the door? The real Agent May (Ming-Na Wen) being kept alive. But May is back at HQ drinking with Coulson! What does this all mean?!
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: To get this straight, the real Agent May is behind that locked door, and an android version is with Coulson?
MAURISSA TANCHAROEN: Correct.
How long has the Robo-May been in the field? Since May essentially went crazy?
JED WHEDON: That will unspool, but there are many stops to the process of being able to make one. That will unspool later.
Why has AIDA planted a robot version within the team, and why May in particular?
WHEDON: I’ll just say that you’ll know that in the first episode coming back.
AIDA says she’s learning, and she’s now able to kill. This seems like you’re gearing up for something similar to Ultron. How will her evolution be different?
WHEDON: AIDA started as something that was supposed to mimic human behavior. Ultron came out almost a fully fleshed-out creature with his own agenda, where she’s been discovering hers along the way. What we will learn is that AIDA is different than Ultron in many ways; that’s all I can really say. She started with the base of trying to be human.
Considering Life Model Decoys have played such a huge role in the comics, has this been a moment you’ve been waiting for since the beginning of the series?
WHEDON: A little bit, yeah. There were reasons that we couldn’t do it earlier. We were gunning for it this year. She obviously took a leap when she learned that new technology in episode 7, so we felt like there was a way, with what Ghost Rider introduces into our world, that there was a way to launch this that would be rewarding.
Clark Gregg had teased that it looked like fans would finally get the Philinda relationship. Is this an android trying to get close to Coulson in the way that Ward got close to Agent May in season 1?
TANCHAROEN: That would be interesting. You can reason it either way. This android is built on May’s actual memories, thoughts and feelings, so…
WHEDON: What her mission is has yet to be revealed, but you can see they opened that bottle at the end of the episode, so it feels like they’re not waiting around anymore, so we’ll see where it goes.
Coulson knows her the best, so will he notice something amiss? Or will a potential budding romance blind him to the truth?
WHEDON: We’ll see! [Laughs.]
Were Robbie and Eli sucked into another dimension?
WHEDON: We don’t yet know exactly where it is, but the hints we got along the way are that when Mack was the Rider, the Rider says to Robbie, “I know where you’re going. I don’t want to go back there,” so we get the sense that some of these otherworldly elements might be coming from this other place, wherever that may be. In Doctor Strange, they painted a Dark Dimension and other dimensions, so we don’t know exactly — or, at least, we haven’t said. But we do get the sense that things can come from there, things live there. He’s been dragged to that place, wherever that is. What happens to him there or where that goes is a “wait and see.”
The end of the winter finale indicated that we haven’t seen the last of Ghost Rider. Will you explore where that place is, or are you leaning away from that in the second half of the season?
WHEDON: We have three different pods this season, and they will all feel distinctly different. We’re moving into a new pod.
TANCHAROEN: That doesn’t mean that he is gone.
WHEDON: Or that he will not be involved at some point, but it will definitely have a different feel.
Speaking of the next pod, what is the subtitle?
WHEDON: It’s LMD, so it’s not a big shocker. For the comic book fans, it has a nice draw. For the people who don’t know what it means, the ad will spell it out for them a little bit. We’re going to play in that sandbox for a little while.
Now that Daisy is back in S.H.I.E.L.D., how do her ideas conflict with Mace’s moving forward?
WHEDON: In the first episode back, in episode 9, we’ll explore that a little bit. She’s been a fugitive, but she’s not a bad person, and I think the audience will agree with that. While he may have other agendas, he presents as not a bad person. They should be able to reconcile in some way early on, but where that goes, we’ll see.
TANCHAROEN: Ultimately, they’re on the same team. Despite their differences, they will work together.
How does her relationship with Coulson change moving forward?
WHEDON: You got a little sense in the first pod where she came back and was like, “You’re not going to give me a speech?” and he goes, “No.” He’s treating her almost like the kid who has left the house and he’s got to let her make her mistakes. They’ll always have that father-daughter dynamic, but I think he’s being a little more hands-off now, letting her be her own person.
Will Daisy, Fitz, and Simmons be hunting down that Inhuman, a.k.a. Nadeer’s brother?
TANCHAROEN:Yes, at least an episode’s worth.
Does Nadeer have something more on Mace than just what he said?
WHEDON: There might be more. What he said she had on him was the presence of Daisy and Ghost Rider, but we also know that Simmons, at one point, observed him telling his story and caught him in a lie, so we know there’s something there.
TANCHAROEN: There is something there that has yet to be uncovered.
Are you going to dig more into Mace and how he came to be what he is?
WHEDON: We will.
What’s next for Mack and Yo-Yo’s relationship?
WHEDON: Well, what’s next after a kiss? I’m pretty sure it’s second base and then third base.
TANCHAROEN: What’s after third base? [Laughs.]
How do they navigate the challenges of working together while in a relationship?
WHEDON: That will be a hurdle for them to get over, that it’s hard for them to work with a fellow spy. We like the two of them together. It’s a pairing we’re happy with, so we think they’re going to just head down that road a little bit, and we’ll see where it goes. We like the two of them together a lot — both as actors and as characters.
Are you getting more into Mack’s history in the back half of the season so we can find out more about Hope?
WHEDON: I hope so, yeah.
SOURCE : EW
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