AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Ghost Rider Unleashed (Video)
This summer’s San Diego Comic Con brought the revelation that Ghost Rider – the fiery supernatural anti-hero who previously made his way to the big screen with star Nic Cage in 2007’s Ghost Rider and 2012’s Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance – would be racing into Marvel Studios’ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. when the show returns to ABC for its fourth season next week. Courtesy of Yahoo, we have our first look at series newcomer Gabriel Luna as Robbie Reyes, whose iteration of Ghost Rider wields a 1969 Dodge Charger instead of the flaming bike most audiences are familiar with.
A Chicano teen from East L.A., Reyes is gunned down by gang members – leading the young man to make a pact with a malevolent spirit claiming to be a Spirit of Vengeance. Gifted with the powerful curse of the Ghost Rider, Robbie “opens up a whole different kind of storytelling for us,” shares S.H.I.E.L.D. executive producer Jeff Bell. And while this isn’t the Johnny Blaze or Daniel Ketch Ghost Rider, Reyes’ superhero alter ego is one of the most famous Marvel Comics characters to be included on the show thus far. Not only is this a big move for a show that concerns a world of “spies and agents,” it’s a big move for the Marvel Cinematic Universe: their first Ghost Rider presents a take on supernatural mysticism, even ahead of the coming of Doctor Strange to the big screen in November.
A recent addition to the Marvel comic books, Robbie is immediately sympathetic – he has a younger, mentally disabled brother, and it’s this brotherly love that prompts Robbie to participate in a dangerous street race in order to win enough cash to relocate his family to a better neighborhood – and while the show will present their own take on Ghost Rider’s origin, executive producer Joss Whedon tells EW, “We are staying true to the comics in the places where we feel like it’s really important — we love the character’s family dynamic and the East L.A. kid in him.”
S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s move to 10 p.m. (instead of its former 9 p.m. time slot) means a “darker and sexier” season, says Chloe Bennett, who plays superpowered agent Daisy, with the actress adding that the inclusion of Ghost Rider will see the season dealing with the “massive” themes of “vengeance, penance, the line between good and evil, and who deserves to die.” Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns to ABC on Tuesday, September 20th at 10 p.m.