Everything You Need to Know About Ghost Rider on 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'
Nicholas Cage, he is not
For those of you who know the character primarily from the Ghost Rider films, this will be very different. Not only will the tone be darker and less campy, but it's literally an entirely different character. Rather than Johnny Blaze, Gabriel Luna will play Robbie Reyes, the All-New Ghost Rider who premiered in 2013. Although we don't know his origin story in the show, in the comics it varies wildly from Johnny's. Where Johnny Blaze is bonded to an actual demon, Reyes is possessed by the spirit of a serial killer. But that's not the most significant difference between the characters...
He drives a muscle car, not a motorcycle
Maybe we should call him "Ghost Driver." As in the comics, Robbie Reyes doesn't drive the classic flaming motorcycle, but rather a flaming muscle car, specifically a 1969 Dodge Charger.
He will introduce magic into the Marvel Cinematic Universe
Technically, magic was introduced into the MCU by the mildly racist mystical ninjas in Daredevil, but AOS will introduce mysticism to the universe in a way that will connect to the films. According to showrunner Jed Whedon, they will establish a kind of magic that will also appear in Doctor Strange. In fact, Doctor Strange will essentially explain the science behind Ghost Rider.
He faces off against Daisy
We don't know much about his plotline or character arc, but we do know that he faces off against Daisy/Quake, who has now become a rogue agent after the events of last season.
He's a villain (maybe)
Sources say that Ghost Rider is a villain, at least depending on who you talk to. Clark Gregg, for his part, is pretty convinced that Robbie is an antagonist:
Robbie Reyes and Ghost Rider are separate from each other
It's possible that the rumored ambiguity comes from the fact that Ghost Rider is a villain, but Robbie Reyes is not. Robbie is, by all accounts, a normal kid who is devoted to taking care of his disabled brother. If he's compelled to do evil things, it's by a separate entity:
But Robbie might not be innocent
Luna qualified that answer while speaking with Collider, saying that Reyes "has more control over these fits than other Ghost Riders have had," and that he derives empowerment from this "curse."
He's getting a new comic
Robbie Reyes is getting a new comic, most likely to create buzz for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. All-New Ghost Rider's Felipe Smith will bring the character back to Marvel Comics with a series starting in November.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns tonight at 10pm on ABC.