Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Whedon on the LMD storyline, why Ghost Rider was benched

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May 4, 2017, 11:52 AM EDT (Updated)

After spending the first several weeks telling a bloody good story about Robbie Reyes' version of Ghost Rider, ABC's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is set to dive into a classic corner of the Marvel canon next: Life Model Decoys. So what can we expect when the show returns on Tuesday?

Producer Jed Whedon chatted with TV Line about the next segment of Season 4, and he and fellow producer Jeffrey Bell admitted "financial considerations" played a role in wrapping up Ghost Rider’s story (at least for now). Which makes sense, because it's a whole lot cheaper to have people pretend to be robots than pump up the CGI budget to light a dude's head on fire, no matter how cool it may be.

But LMDs are a staple of Marvel lore, and introducing the lifelike robots could make for a geeky-fun story for comic fans. Whedon said they want to use it to tell a spy-centric story about trust and what it means to know (or not know) the person fighting next to you:

"This year we're getting to play with a lot of the toys that we've been hoping to play with. [LMDs are] something that we've been wanting to get to, and now we're finally able to get to. We want everything to feel like its own mini world, and to have its own flavor. So we do think you'll come into the next section [of episodes] and immediately feel like, ‘Oh, this is a different kind of story.’ So we're excited about that …

Trust is always an issue in a spy organization. But it's much worse when you don't know if the person next to you is the person next to you. We want to not just tell scare stories of things popping out of closets, but the emotional stories — and when you get into trust, that's when things get emotional. We can go on a different journey, but we are still playing in the same world [as Ghost Rider], and these things could link up later in some way — maybe in thrilling fashion."

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns to ABC on Tuesday night.

What do you think of the show's use of LMDs? Are you looking forward to seeing how this plays out?

(Via TV Line)