Spoilers for Season Four, Episode one of Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD follow – This information may be classified.
Science and magic are usually in opposition to each other, and agents of SHIELD is bringing opposites together for season four. I’m predicting new villains arriving in season four, and artificial intelligence resurgent
Episode one of season four The Ghost has a burned-out and cagey Daisy still running from the organisation that built up her life, brought her new friends, and put her through more than one struggle for her life and family. And now she has a ghost to deal with.
Leo Fitz’s relationship with Jemma might be stronger, and he may now have a new friend he can related to intellectually, but a new secret is stepping into his life again. Life Decoy Models (LMDs) are designed to protect SHIELD’s agents, but is there a shade of something like Ultron within the program?
Regardless, it’s clear Daisy and Fitz seem to be carrying the greatest emotional weight.
Magic and science collide.
Fitz works ebulliently, yet he is heavy-hearted with a new secret to hold onto, which might distance his relationship with Jemma Simmons.
Holden Radcliffe has a new invention. AIDA stands waiting for orders in Radcliffe’s living room. Fitz has to avert his eyes, since Radcliffe has left her naked, and undressed. It’s a shock to have stepped out of his high-tech, ethical lab working with his partner Simmons, and into a “Weird-science” naked robot lady story.
What’s most interesting about this scene, however, is AIDA’s observation skills.
Switched off, she has her eyes downcast to the floor. There is something alert in her gaze, however. Radcliffe aimed to cross the “Uncanny Valley”, and he seems to have done it. There is a sadness to AIDA, as she waits to have her voice and agency returned. Something about her is very human.
I predict AIDA might have an issue with Radcliffe and Fitz discussing her fate without her opinion.
Daisy has slipped into the rebillious persona “Quake”, and she is deeply impacted and grieving, still working through the anger of her loss from last season. Can her scientific, serial way of thinking handle a ghost?
Daisy’s pathway through life has involved a lot of serial, procedural, and analytical thinking.
She worked as a compute scientist, a hacker, and a video editor.
She learned about the ritual and procedures of the Inhumans. Terrigen has to be applied in a certain way, and metamorphosis follows a strict process. If Inhuman, grant abilities, and if else, reduce to ashes and dust. Definitely a tough and almost machine-like brutal efficiency.
So when faced with an actual shapeshifter in Ghost Rider, will daisy be able to handle this threat? She thinks procedurally, and serially. Ghost rider seems to shift randomly. Is his power motivated by a concept as nebulous as justice? Or as emotional as vengeance?
I predict Daisy might have encountered something she won’t be able to take on with her current methods and state of mind.
A gaseous woman also appears in the opening episode – could this woman be the villain Vapour AKA Ann Darnell?
Trapped in a box, a mysterious woman who seems to manifest in a gaseous state arrives at the end of the episode to menace Agent May, and her strike team of elite SHIELD agents.
Is this Ann Darnell, of the villain team the U-Foes? Based on teaser information from the next episode, It seems unlikely. Particularly since this character might be wrapped into Fantastic Four copyright, and not available to Marvel Studios.
I predict this character might be a reference to the U-foes, at least, with poisonous gas that can cause hallucinations
Do any of these predictions strike a chord with you? Let me know in the comments where you think Season Four of Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD is going.