SPOILER WARNING: This article contains spoilers for “Deals With Our Devils,” the latest episode of “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”
In “Deals With Our Devils,” the latest episode of “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”, Robbie Reyes gave up the ghost — or, rather, the ghost gave up him. When Coulson, Fitz and Robbie were blasted between dimensions by the force of Eli Morrow’s transformation, the Ghost Rider switched hosts and landed in one Alphonso “Mack” Mackenzie.
Mack didn’t have a long stint with the Ghost Rider, but it was enough to shake him. Not long after the transfer, Ghost Rider took control and forced Mack to defy his orders from Director Mace. Ghost Rider was able to escape the Zephyr just before takeoff, but Daisy wasn’t ready to let him go quietly. She immediately hopped in Robbie’s car and took off after him.
She found Ghost Rider attacking a gang and forced him to acknowledge her. However, she was unaware that Robbie was also present, if trapped in another dimension. Eventually, Robbie was able to persuade the Ghost Rider to return to him by promising to take care of its debts as opposed to his own.
What’s more, the transfer of the Ghost Rider from Robbie to Mack and back again revealed a few interesting new clues about the supernatural entity. For one, Ghost Rider used Mack as an escape hatch; in this place between dimensions, a dark void loomed on the horizon, threatening to pull Robbie “down.” The Ghost Rider, not wanting to “go back” to this void, jumped to Mack in order to anchor itself in a host that wasn’t in danger. However, the Ghost Rider wasn’t going to make it in Mack very long, as Mack was “too good” to host it, at least according to Robbie.
But that doesn’t mean there’s no darkness in Mack. The Ghost Rider made it clear that Mack had lost Hope, but — as seen in the last few moments of the episode — Hope is a person, not an ideal. It’s unclear who Hope was to Mack; we only see the back of a photo, which is labeled with a name and a date. She could range from a girlfriend to a wife to a daughter to a sister. The show will likely pick up this thread in the latter half of the season.
Mack’s adventure wasn’t S.H.I.E.L.D.’s only brush with dark supernatural forces. AIDA used the Darkhold as an instruction manual in order to bring Coulson and Fitz back to the proper dimension. In doing so, she was able to construct a device that harnessed some kind of magical energy, which created a portal through which Coulson and Fitz reentered. This wasn’t the only thing she picked up from the book; in the last scene of the episode, she toys with a holographic model of a brain just out of Radcliffe’s sight, but it’s unclear what her intentions are.
Additionally, Simmons had a close encounter with a new Inhuman — and not just any new Inhuman. This one happens to be Senator Nadir’s brother, and he’s been trapped in the Terrigenesis process for months. However, Simmons was able to coax him out of his shell (literally). Before she could be properly introduced, she was dragged out of the room by several of Nadir’s agents, so she likely has no idea who she met or why their meeting was shrouded in such secrecy.
Airing Tuesdays at 10 pm ET/PT on ABC, “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” stars Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson, Chloe Bennet as Daisy “Quake” Johnson, Ming-Na Wen as Melinda May, Iain De Caestecker as Leo Fitz, Elizabeth Henstridge as Jemma Simmons, Henry Simmons as Alphonso “Mack” Mackenzie and more.
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