Ghost Rider is bringing his family with him to “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Season 4. Executive producer Jeph Loeb revealed that unlike many allies, viewers will actually see Robbie Reyes’ home life on the ABC drama, including his hometown and his brother Gabe.
“We picked Robbie, actually, because our show, at the end of day, is always about family,” Loeb told ComicBook.com. “And the fact that Robbie’s relationship with 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.”
Gabe is Robbie’s developmentally disabled brother. Robbie lives with and takes care of Gabe, who is a paraplegic. Gabe looks up to his big brother even before Robbie gets his powers in the comics, Marvel Database reports. Robbie uses his powers to make money off street racing so he could work less and spend more time with his brother. However, Robbie’s alter ego, Ghost Rider, isn’t so attached to the younger Reyes.
The comics aren’t always an indicator of what “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” will do, and executive producer Jed Whedon warned that Robbie’s journey as Ghost Rider would differ from the source material. However, he promised that Robbie himself would be true to the comic book version. “We’re pulling a little bit from different versions of the Ghost Rider,” Whedon told Entertainment Weekly. “There’s an iconic image that we saw at Comic-Con of that skull on fire. Things are a little different with Robbie. There will be a little mixing and matching. We’re being true to the character, where he comes from, his little brother.”
Though Gabriel Luna has been announced to play Robbie, they have not revealed who will be portraying Gabe.
“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Season 4 premieres Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 10 p.m. EDT on ABC.