Ghost Rider is going to be a new challenge for the team on “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Season 4. Robbie Reyes, played by Gabriel Luna, isn’t an Inhuman but he has some decidedly superhuman characteristics. Executive producers of the ABC drama teased that the agents will be trying to figure out what exactly Ghost Rider is after they meet him.
“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,” Jed Whedon told 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.”
“Our team will definitely be trying to science this guy with the flaming skull,” Maurissa Tancharoen explained. Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) and Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) will probably want Robbie in their lab immediately, but it isn’t so clear how the mechanic will react to being discovered.
The producers also revealed Ghost Rider’s human look in this photo:
It seems like the new character will be introduced right away. According to SpoilerTV, the Season 4 premiere is titled “The Ghost.” While that can have a lot of meanings, the most obvious would be a reference to Ghost Rider.
As previously reported, Robbie Reyes is the newest version of the hero. He doesn’t drive a motorcycle, but he still has a sweet ride. His 1969 Dodge Charger, also known as the Hell Charger, from the comics will also be seen on screen. That’s not the only thing the writers have kept from the source material.
Although “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” always alters the source material, they plan to keep certain aspects to stay true to the character. “We picked Robbie, actually, because our show, at the end of day, is always about family,” Marvel TV head Loeb told ComicBook.com. “And the fact that Robbie’s relationship with [his brother] Gabe is so much a part of his character, and the world of east L.A., which is not a place that we’ve ever gone to in the Marvel Universe, was just a really exciting way.”
He isn’t the only comic book character hitting the small screen this year, though. Jason O’Mara’s new director character has a Mavel comics identity that hasn’t been revealed, and Aida (Mallory Jansen) will be the show’s first Life-Model Decoy. Learn more about the new characters HERE.
“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Season 4 premieres Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 10 p.m. EDT on ABC.