Everything You Need to Know About Ghost Rider on 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'

Tuesday, 20 September 2016 - 11:38AM
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Tuesday, 20 September 2016 - 11:38AM
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In case you haven't heard, Ghost Rider is coming to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., marking the most high-profile—and darkest—comics villain to grace the Marvel show yet. He will first appear in the premiere episode of the fourth season, aptly titled, "The Ghost," and from the looks of things, he'll be terrifying (or at least as terrifying as network TV can get). Here's everything you need to know about Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s new Ghost Rider:

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:

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"He's a different kind of threat than anything we've faced before," Clark Gregg said last week. "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."
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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:

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"The Ghost Rider is a completely separate thing from Robbie," Luna said last month. "It's something that always inhabits his body and something that he always has to fight. It's an evil thing. That's what they have maintained in the writing. It's going to be a really solid interpretation of Ghost Rider."
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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."

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Previous incarnations of the character are men who usually have a pretty decent life, to start out. Johnny Blaze is a famous Hollywood stuntman. Danny Ketch is not doing too bad to start with. And then, the Ghost Rider becomes this really heavy curse on them. Robbie is in an inverted position there. He had some hardships early in his life, and the Ghost Rider actually becomes an empowering thing. While it's still difficult to deal with and very much a curse, he had some fucked up shit going on before Ghost Rider ever came about. His control over it is something that slightly differs from the previous characters and previous vessels of the Ghost Rider spirit.
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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.
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