Daisy Johnson is on the run from her former friends at S.H.I.E.L.D., and it doesn’t look like she’ll be having a happy reunion with Coulson, Mac, FitzSimmons and the gang anytime soon — at least not with Ghost Rider at her side.
The beleaguered Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. have become a punching bag in the Marvel Cinematic Universe left to clean up the dregs of superhero-sized battles that fractured the global justice organization in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Civil War. At the end of ABC’s small-screen super-show’s third season, Daisy Johnson (Chloe Bennet) lost another friend to S.H.I.E.L.D.’s battles and split from the group. In Season 4, she’ll be practicing a different kind of justice.
“I don’t think she’s necessarily working against S.H.I.E.L.D.,” Bennet told Entertainment Weekly. “She’s Robin Hood-ing it. My favorite part about playing Daisy is her empathy for people. I’d like to think that she is doing what she’s doing because she wants to help.”
Daisy’s plot has essentially come full circle. S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Coulson initially recruited her when she was a vigilante hacker-for-hire living out of a van.
Now, after a three-season arc as a trainee to a veteran S.H.I.E.L.D. agent and wrestling with newfound super powers brought by her Inhuman ancestry, Daisy — a.k.a Quake — is back out on the streets. That’s where Ghost Rider comes in. Robbie Reyes isn’t the kind of hero that will fit in well with the jumpsuit and jack-booted Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but he could be the perfect partner for a rogue agent with the power to control seismic waves and a bunch of emotional baggage.
“We know from the past that your power comes with a price,” Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Executive Producer Jed Whedon told EW. “It damaged her when she first used it, and you have to learn to control it. Part of her nothing-to-lose attitude has allowed her to unleash her power on a level that’s much more aggressive but also much more dangerous.”
We knew that adding in Reyes’s hot temper would make the show darker, deadlier, and sexier, but with Daisy/Quake out in the world ready to shake things up, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 4 could be ABC’s edgiest Marvel offering yet.