Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 4 premiere on ABC is less than one month away. We know that Ghost Rider will make his Marvel cinematic universe debut in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 4. We know that there’s a new S.H.I.E.L.D. director in town. We know that Daisy Johnson has now been given the name “Quake” by the press and that she is on the run.
Now it’s time to bring on the bad guys.
For everything we know about Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 4, we know practically nothing about who the villain will be. We know that scientist Holden Radcliffe, a villain from Marvel’s Machine Teen comic, had a role inAgents of S.H.I.E.L.D.during Season 3 and that he will return in Season 4. We also know that he has created the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s first Life Model Decoy. However, that alone isn’t enough to cement the Radcliffe as this season’s primary antagonist.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 4 is particularly wide open, compared to past seasons, in terms of potential villains. The first three season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. formed an arc with Hydra as the unifying antagonist. In Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 1, S.H.I.E.L.D. rooted out Hydra from its own ranks in the form of traitorous Agent John Garrett after the revelation of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. In Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 2, S.H.I.E.L.D. battled Hydra in open warfare, finishing off Hydra head Daniel Whitehall (and, indirectly, leading to the capture of Hydra leader Baron Wolfgang von Strucker in Avengers: Age of Ultron). In Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 3, S.H.I.E.L.D. discovered the true, quasi-religious nature of Hydra, and finally ended its existence by eliminating its purpose, the godlike Inhuman called Hive.
With Hydra seemingly gone for good (We know, we’ve heard that one before…), who is there to step into the villainous void? What direction will the series take from here? We have some idea about which characters from the Marvel Comics universe would make great villains for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 4.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 4 premieres Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 10 p.m. ET on ABC.