As we gear up for the fourth season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., it should be quite different than what has been shown during the first three seasons. This is what we can expect when a man with a flaming head joins the show. Initially, this could have signaled the show distancing themselves from Inhumans after the movie was removed from the Phase 3 slate, but that doesn’t appear to be the case after all. Kevin Feige has been adamant that Inhumans will hit theaters eventually, but it could do so now without some of the regular characters.

During a recent interview with io9, showrunners Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen were asked about the show’s future. Ghost Rider will certainly be a big piece to puzzle in season 4, but we should not expect the Inhumans to disappear, especially with one of the main characters being one herself. With a movie so far out, the show has been given more freedom in terms of what they can use, and apparently some classic Inhumans are coming this season as well.

“We do have a little more freedom,” said Jed Whedon. “We’ve told a couple of seasons of stories but now we do have some more freedom. So when we return to focusing on Inhumans, we’ll be able to do a little bit more.” That freedom, Whedon and Tancharoen said, included being able to use some of the classic Inhumans. We’re pushing for Lockjaw.

I’m not sure a gigantic super powered dog is precisely what Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. needs this season, but Gorgon could be an intriguing addition. His presence, if the right actor is cast, could carry over to a film in four to five years, but that is of course unlikely. Explaining the existence of an ancient alien race is one thing, but Ghost Rider brings in arguably more complicating circumstances than aliens. The important thing according to Whedon is being able to explain his presence in a believable way.

Whedon: It’s one of the reasons we think Ghost Rider will fit this year is that the cinematic universe is being opened up into that world.

But, as we learned in Thor, the Marvel approach is that magic is just science we don’t yet understand. We’re going to have both the introduction of magical elements in our show as well as very hardcore science.

Luckily for the show, they have some help in explaining the stranger corners of the MCU. Marvel Studios gives audiences that larger narrative and with Guardians of the Galaxy and Doctor Strange expanding the universe, both can help them explain more complicated concepts. At least, that is what they are hoping for.

Tancharoen: We can start to pose the questions that perhaps the movie will answer for us, and coming out of we see how that will affect our characters moving forward.

Whedon It’s sort of how other shows treat a webisode, a sort of ‘I don’t want to explain magic so Doctor Strange will do it,. Our webisode is gigantic.

It is a bit concerning as a fan of this show that they are hoping for movies to pick up some of the weight in terms of explaining things that they are using in the show. However, I like to think that they already know for a fact that this will be the case so that there are no loose strings in Ghost Rider or any other mystical character’s story. Let us know what you think in the comments below!

Season 4 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. premieres on September 20th at 10 p.m. EST on ABC.

Source: io9.