The three words, "It's all connected," are the rallying cry for Marvel Television and Marvel Studios. And since its debut in 2013, "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." has featured connections to Marvel movies, from "Thor: The Dark World" and "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" to "Avengers: Age of Ultron" and "Captain America: Civil War."
But while there will be a connection between the fourth season of the ABC drama and Marvel's "Doctor Strange," it perhaps won't be as explicit as with some of the previous films.
"Our ties are at times very direct and at times are more thematic," "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." Executive Producer Jed Whedon told Entertainment Weekly. "The tie this year will feel more of a reflection of the movie, less an interweaving plot. As that movie hits the world, it comes at the right time in our show, and you will see some of those same ideas being explored."
As "Doctor Strange" introduces the idea of mysticism into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." will do the same on the with Ghost Rider, whose powers don't have scientific or alien origins. S.H.I.E.L.D. has no experience dealing with magic, and it will be interesting to map how Ghost Rider's themes mirror those in "Doctor Strange."
"'Doctor Strange' will introduce some new ideas, but we’re starting to lay the first brick in the yellow brick road to that," Whedon said. "We want to slowly play with the morality of building these things, whether or not we even should and the scientific questions that come along with it. [That’s] the first step that we explore before we inevitably get into other things."
Season 4 of "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." premieres Tuesday at 10 p.m. ET/PT on ABC. "Doctor Strange" arrives in theaters Nov. 4.