“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” has a new super-powered person to deal with in Season 4, and they might not know what to do with him. Ghost Rider has powers unlike anything the team has ever seen. He could be a great asset, but he might not be joining the team any time soon. Clark Gregg teased that Ghost Rider will be seen as a threat at first.
“He’s a different kind of threat than anything we’ve faced before,” Clark Gregg, who plays Coulson, told Entertainment Weekly. “It introduces a part of the Marvel world that deals more with strange elements of the Marvel Universe and he’s definitely the villain from hell.”
As previously reported, the ABC drama will introduce the Robbie Reyes (Gabriel Luna) version of the character. The writers chose to use the Los Angeles mechanic, as opposed to the more famous Johnny Blaze version, because he values his family, a theme that fits within the show. But it doesn’t seem like his family-friendly side will be showing in his first encounters with the group.
It won’t just be Coulson who has to deal with Ghost Rider, though. Daisy (Chloe Bennet), who is currently on her own mission after running away from S.H.I.E.L.D., will face off with him too. In a new trailer, she tells him, “You don’t get to decide who deserves to die.”
“I’m not the one who decides,” Robbie Reyes says. It seems like he and his alter ego Ghost Rider might not be on the same page. Still, he and Daisy are set to go to battle in Season 4, episode 2.
Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb warned viewers that “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” would take advantage of their new late time slot by getting a little bit darker. Robbie’s struggle with Ghost Rider’s thirst for vengeance will definitely contribute to the grittier tone. “He’s a violent character who comes with a lot of blood and a lot of fire,” executive producer Jed Whedon told TVLine.
While he clearly has methods that the agents are going to disagree with, he could be helpful if he’s willing to use his powers against the bad guys. He might be a great asset for S.H.I.E.L.D., but fans will have to tune in to see if he can be tamed.
“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Season 4 premieres Tuesday at 10 p.m. EDT on ABC.