Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has had a history of tie-ins with the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Some of these tie-ins are more direct while others are more subtle. Lady Sif has made a number of appearances on the show expanding our knowledge of the MCU as well as introducing new characters. Other tie-ins include dialogue references to the Sokovia Accords seen in Captain America: Civil War. And probably the biggest tie-in was the war against Hydra following Captain America: Winter Soldier. This trend will appear to continue with Marvel’s upcoming movie Doctor Strange which looks to do extremely well at the box office this Fall.  

Executive Producer Jed Whedon told EW, “Our ties are at times very direct and at times are more thematic. 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.”

Maurissa Tancharoen, who is also an executive producer, echoed Whedon’s sentiments, “The same questions that our team is exploring leading up to the premiere of Doctor Strange, perhaps some of those concepts will be reflected in the movie and then carried through.”

Whedon continued, “Hopefully some of the questions that we’re asking will be answered by it and then pose some new themes and ideas for us to explore.”

The first thematic connection we will see is an exploration of the supernatural as well as artificial intelligence. Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. had it’s Season 4 premiere this past Tuesday by introducing us to Ghostrider as well as what appeared to be at least one evil spirit with the power to possess certain individuals. Whedon explained that Ghost Rider’s role in the show will begin Marvel’s exploration into the unexplained. “Doctor Strange will introduce some new ideas but we’re starting to lay the first brick in the yellow brick road to that.” He continued, ““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.”

Tancharoen concluded with a hint of mystery, “It’s made very clear in Age of Ultron when diving into the world of A.I. that things may not go as planned, so whether or not we continue that theme you will see,”

It definitely looks as if Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., at least at first, will be dealing with the after effects of Ultron and the Sokovia Accords. In the season premiere the Sokovia Accords were front and center with Quake still on the run and Yo-Yo coming in for check-ups.

However, on the other side of the spectrum, Ghost Rider, or at least the person they are leading us to believe is Ghost Rider, is running around inflicting vengeance with supernatural powers. To add to that there is a new supernatural threat that appears to have the ability to possess multiple people and inflict large amounts of violence in a short span.

The introduction of this ghost or spirit definitely looks to be an easy tie-in to Doctor Strange. The Sorcerer Supreme is after all Earth’s primary protector against supernatural threats. Who knows it’s quite possible the Cloak of Levitation and the Eye of Agamotto might make an appearance albeit small cameos that only a trained eye might catch.

The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will definitely need to find an expert in the supernatural if they are to combat this demonic ghost and Robbie Reyes’ alter ego and who better than someone from the cast of Doctor Strange!

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will be on ABC on Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET, and Doctor Strange hits theaters November 4th.