There have been rumors going about regarding a significant Marvel character making its way to Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and now io9 has reported that the rumors were confirmed when the character of Ghost Rider, and his arrival on S.H.I.E.L.D., was linked to a fiery chain displayed on the side of S.H.I.E.L.D.-themed San Diego trams for Comic-Con. A couple of weeks later, they were solidified with a casting call sourced by TV Line that was looking for actors to play Latino brothers, one of whom was paralyzed.
That description pretty much summed up Robbie Reyes, the version of Ghost Rider introduced in All-New Ghost Rider in 2014—not the traditional version of the character, Johnny Blaze, aka the version that Nicolas Cage has played in multiple Ghost Rider movies.
In the comics, Reyes was killed by mysterious gunmen in the wake of entering an illegal street race to win money for his disabled brother Gabe, only to be possessed by a ghost and reborn as the latest Ghost Rider. And now, for the first time, he’s leaving the pages of comics and heading to live-action.
Revealed at the very end Friday’s S.H.I.E.L.D. panel, Ghost Rider is indeed coming to the show. Marvel has now clarified that Gabriel Luna (Matador, True Detective) will play Robbie Reyes in the fourth season of the show, who will “will roar into the lives of Agent Coulson and the team.”
— Agents of SHIELD (@AgentsofSHIELD) July 22, 2016
Below is a photo of a display set up by Marvel at Comic-con showing Reyes’ car. The flames will undoubtedly be added later!
Agents of SHIELD is set to return for its fourth season later this year on ABC.
How does this refreshing take on Ghost Rider satisfy you? Will this wash away the bad taste that you might have had from the Nicholas Cage movies? Do you think this might also herald another move to eventually see some crossover from the TV shows back to the Marvel movies?
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