MAJOR SPOILERS FOR THE AGENTS OF SHIELD SEASON 4 FINALE FOLLOW
The fourth season finale of Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD brought Ghost Rider back after a prolonged absence and Spirit of Vengeance did not disappoint. However, fans were likely not expecting Ghost Rider to leave Robbie Reyes for another host, even if it was only for a brief time.
AIDA’s use of the Darkhold to build a human body out of dark matter is what attracted Ghost Rider’s attention back to the plane of Earth.
Coulson decided a new plan was needed. They’d use the Darkhold as bait to lure AIDA. In order to make sure AIDA didn’t flee, Coulson had the idea of hiding the Ghost Rider in an unexpected host.
AIDA came for the Darkhold, as expected. For a moment, it seemed as if AIDA also killed Jemma Simmons. But then plan unfolded. The Simmons AIDA killed was just an LMD. The real Simmons opened fire on AIDA to her distracted, giving Coulson a moment to grab hold of her. At first, AIDA
AIDA tried to teleport away, but the Ghost Rider’s grip was too strong. He stayed with her through each jump and eventually melted AIDA’s new body to ash and bone.
Once the job was done, the Ghost Rider returned to Robbie Reyes. Robbie noted to Coulson that there was only one reason that the Ghost Rider agreed to swap hosts. Coulson indicated that he understood, but would like the reason to remain secret until he was ready to reveal the truth to the rest of his team.
This isn’t the first time that Ghost Rider has borrowed a SHIELD team member as host in Agents of SHIELD’s fourth season. During the first half of the season, when Robbie Reyes was trapped between dimensions, the Ghost Rider left him and attached itself to Mack instead.
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