With Agents of SHIELD just a few weeks away, ABC has been hyping the debut of one of Marvel’s most iconic characters, Ghost Rider. A teaser video, in found footage fashion, was also posted on the Agents of SHIELD Twitter account, amping up the anticipation for the flamed spirit’s appearance.
The video also confirms that the Ghost Rider fans will be seeing on TV is the Robbie Reyes instead of the bike-riding Johnny Blaze (who was played by Nicolas Cage in the disappointing big screen version). The character’s introduction, also comes at an opportune time, since Doctor Strange will also be making its way to theaters next month. This goes hand-in-hand with Agents of SHIELD’s exploration into the occult entering the new season, and with Ghost Rider’s debut.
“It started out with a guy building a suit using science, and then we met aliens that are the origin of the myths behind some of our gods, and this year Doctor Strange comes out,” Agents of SHIELD executive producer Jed Whedon said during an interview with Entertainment Weekly.
“We’re opening it up even further to the world of things we don’t totally understand, or as Thor says, ‘Magic is science that we don’t understand.’ Well, we’re getting into some very, very fancy science.”
Marvel has confirmed that Freeheld and Matador actor Gabriel Luna will be playing the part of the skullheaded superhero. Whedon also clarified that they are putting their own spin on the character, so fans may notice some differences when compared with Robbie Reyes’ comic-book version.
“As always, we are going to put our own spin on the character,” Whedon told reporters. “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.”
A photo of Gabriel Luna as Ghost Rider was released officially through ABC.
Agents of SHIELD will be riding back to TV on September 20 for its fourth season, with the first episode rumored to be titled the Ghost.
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