'Agents of SHIELD': 10 Burning Questions for Season 4

9:45 AM 6/22/2016

by Sydney Bucksbaum

When ABC's Marvel drama returns in the fall, these are the questions we need answered.

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The dust has barely settled from the fallout of Hive's (Brett Dalton) failed master plan on Agents of SHIELD's third season finale, but it's already time to look ahead to next season.

The season three finale saw both hero Lincoln (Luke Mitchell) and villain Hive die in space as a result of the ancient Inhuman's plan to turn the entire world into primitive Inhumans. Subsequently, the ABC drama wasted no time in jumping ahead six months to show how two fatalities affected the rest of the SHIELD team, particularly Daisy (Chloe Bennet), who lost both of her loves. 

The Hollywood Reporter rounded up 10 burning questions that Agents of SHIELD needs to answer when season four debuts this fall. 

  • 10. Is Brett Dalton Officially Gone?

    His first character, former SHIELD agent turned Hydra villain Grant Ward, was killed in the midseason finale, but when the ancient Inhuman Hive took over his body up on the planet Maveth before finding his way to Earth, Dalton was able to delay his exit. But now that Hive was blown up in space, there's no way his body survived. So is Dalton out of a job, or will Ward/Hive still show up in flashbacks?

  • 9. Will Bobbi Morse and Lance Hunter Rejoin the Team?

    After ABC's attempted spinoff series Marvel's Most Wanted did not get the green light for the 2016-17 TV season, it felt like Bobbi/Mockingbird (Adrianne Palicki) and Hunter's (Nick Blood) emotional SHIELD sendoff was all for nothing. The husband-wife duo sacrificed their careers to save the rest of their team, and as a result were disavowed and given a "spy's goodbye," all in the name of setting up their non-existent new show.

    In the ill-fated off-shoot, Bobbi and Lance were supposed to be on the run with no friends, no SHIELD and a long list of enemies looking to claim a bounty on their heads. Able to trust no one but each other, Bobbi and Hunter form an uneasy alliance with a rogue adventurer with a wealth of resources and even more adversaries, who agrees to protect them so long as they help him with his own agenda. While on dangerous missions that take them to every corner of the globe, the two heroes will help anyone in need, all while trying to uncover the conspiracy that put their own lives in jeopardy. Now that there's no reason for Bobbi and Hunter to be separated from the team, will they rejoin SHIELD?

  • 8. Why Did Daisy Leave SHIELD?

    At some point in the six months since Lincoln's death, Daisy left her SHIELD team and went completely rogue. She's back to her loner ways, and even rocking a new goth look. According to newspaper clippings, Daisy is now globally known, using her powers to destroy banks and other buildings and keeping off the grid. What is her endgame, and why did she leave all of her friends behind? Why are Coulson (Clark Gregg) and her former partner Mack (Henry Simmons) staking out where she might show up? Are they trying to help her, or stop her? 

  • 7. Are the Secret Warriors Done?

    With Daisy no longer apart of SHIELD, the fate of her team of Inhumans is left up in the air. As co-showrunner Jed Whedon told THR last month, "We’ve introduced some great characters who we've been bringing back, pending their availability. As far as an initiative that she would be spearheading, that is tabled for the time being, because she's nowhere to be found." Were the Secret Warriors just a season three story, or will someone else take over the initiative to keep it going? Someone like Yo-Yo (Natalia Cordova-Buckley) has strong leadership skills, and a strong moral center. Could she keep the Secret Warriors alive?

  • 6. Who Will Become the Next Director of SHIELD?

    In the six-month flash-forward, an offhand conversation between Mack and Coulson revealed that Coulson was no longer the director of SHIELD. The new Director can't be Mack since he was talking about the new director with Coulson, and it can't be Daisy either for obvious reasons. Will the new director be a character we already know, or will someone new come in to lead the organization in the wake of everything that went down in season three? How much did the Sokovia Accords from Captain America: Civil War play a part in that?

  • 5. What Else Happened to Coulson?

    In the flash-forward, Coulson has definitely seen better days. He's unshaven, sans his normal attire of a clean, tailored suit, and it's clear he's been staking out Daisy for quite a long time. Even Mack is worried about the now-former director. Was Daisy's absence enough to send him over the edge, or were there more traumatic events that occurred after the finale?

  • 4. Are Dr. Radcliffe's Life Model Decoys a Good Invention, or a Mistake?

    As Marvel fans have seen in the past -- cough, Ultron, cough -- sometimes building an A.I. has unforeseen consequences. But in the final moments of the season three finale, the newest SHIELD recruit began experiments to bring computer A.I. "AIDA" to life in a humanoid body. Can the SHIELD team trust who or what will be born out of these experiments? "Radcliffe has a good heart, but he's willing to do anything for science," Whedon said. "He's excited about the prospect. He said Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) and Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) had friends die and maybe they didn't have to. He's clearly opening a box. Whether or not it's Pandora's box remains to be seen. He thinks there's something beyond humans." Both Whedon and co-showrunner Maurissa Tancharoen reveal that the end tag with Dr. Radcliffe will be the focus of season four.

  • 3. Can a Romantic "FitzSimmons" Relationship Work?

    Now that Fitz and Simmons have finally consummated their long-simmering romantic feelings for each other, the real work begins. Can these BFFs turned lovers figure out a way to navigate their feelings for each other while simultaneously remaining professional in the SHIELD labs? Has Simmons gotten over her feelings for her first love Will (Dillon Casey) enough to put Fitz's mind at ease? Why weren't they shown in the six-month flash-forward?

  • 2. Where Is May?

    Another agent missing from the six-month flash-forward was Agent May. Could she be the new director of SHIELD? Is she even still on the team? "That's another wait and see," Whedon said. "We like to time-jump because we can make the audience play catch up. They'll be doing some of that when they come back to how things are different in season four."

  • 1. Is Agent Carter Gone for Good From the Marvel Cinematic Universe?

    Peggy's death was highlighted in both Captain America: Civil War and on SHIELD, but that doesn't mean Peggy (Hayley Atwell) can't show up in flashbacks, right? "She is the founder of SHIELD and once an agent, always an agent," Whedon said. "There is, of course, that possibility. The great thing about the Marvel comics and the Marvel universe in general is that nothing is really off the table. Coulson is living proof of it. So yes, of course there is that possibility."

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