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Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Fall Preview: The Team Deals With a New Director, and a Fiery Foe

As teased in the season-ending time jump, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. are answering to a new Director (played by Life on Mars‘ Jason O’Mara) when the ABC series opens Season 4 on Tuesday, Sept. 20 (now airing at 10/9c) — and “the relationship between him and Coulson may start out a little tense,” Clark Gregg tells TVLine. “But at the end of the day, Coulson’s happy to be back in the field.”

How will May and the others take to the new leadership, especially with Daisy out shaking up the world as Quake and after Fitz’s POSSLQ Simmons gets promoted up the ranks? “They’ll always be a spy organization, so trust will always be an issue,” says co-showrunner Jed Whedon. Agents of SHIELD Jason O'Mara“The dynamic has changed a lot at headquarters, so we’ll see how that affects everybody differently.”

Ming-Na Wen, meanwhile, offers a more direct assessment from the trenches: “There is a group that does [like the new Director], and definitely a group that prefers to have Coulson back in that role.”

Whatever the case, S.H.I.E.L.D. best solidify its ranks and quick, given that a new threat — Ghost Rider aka vengeful mechanic Robbie Reyes (Matador‘s Gabriel Luna) — is about to ignite. “He’s a violent character who comes with a lot of blood and a lot of fire,” says Whedon, adding: “His skull will be on fire exactly as much as we can afford!”

BONUS SPOILER!: Sorry, ladies — Dublin native O’Mara’s character, who has decades-old Marvel roots but whose “very manly” name has yet to be revealed, “does not have an accent, which is too bad,” Gregg shares. “Jason has a beautiful accent, but not on our show.”

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