We’ve known since San Diego Comic-Con that the fan-favourite supernatural superhero Ghost Rider would be coming to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in Season Four, and thanks to Yahoo we now have our first official look at him in action!
S.H.I.E.L.D. will be using the Robbie Reyes rendition of the character, who was introduced into Marvel Comics in 2014, as opposed to the more well-known Johnny Blaze version of Ghost Rider who was previously played by Nicolas Cage in Ghost Rider (2007) and Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2012). We’ve already had our first look at Gabriel Luna (Matador, Wicked City) as Robbie Reyes, and now we can finally see him once he has undergone his demonic transformation.
Promotional images have a tendency to be hit and miss for superhero TV shows, with a recent officially released image of Superman in the Supergirl show being panned by fans, before set photos showed the character in a much better light. Therefore, S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s Ghost Rider could look even better once we see him in live action. A recently released synopsis for the second episode of Season 4 revealed Ghost Rider would be battling one of the show main characters, all but confirming we’ll see him very soon in the show.
Robbie Reyes, within the context of the comics, is known for wearing a skull-like helmet when transformed into Ghost Rider, but the new still seemingly shows that Ghost Rider will be unmasked within Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. with his fiery skull on display as the character classically appeared. It’s completely possible that the show will still use Reyes’ helmet, however, in certain scenes, which would certainly allow them to cut corners on the budget when depicting Ghost Rider, who is no doubt an expensive character to create.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will be returning to American television with a later time slot than usual, which may indicate they intend to go darker in the new season to suit the usual tone of Ghost Rider. Marvel also just released a new TV spot for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season Four, seemingly confirming that the season will be subtitled Ghost Rider, and focusing on the demonic character’s arrival in the show, albeit without showing Reyes as Ghost Rider.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns to US TV on 20th September. A UK premiere date has yet to be announced, but you can expect it on Channel 4 soon after.