Following some heavy rumors regarding the announcement over the past few weeks, all thanks to a very interesting promotional display on the side of a train in San Diego a few weeks ago, and the appearance of a mystery vehicle on the Comic-Con floor this morning, Marvel has officially confirmed that Ghost Rider will be appearing in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season four.
Suffice it to say – vengeance is on its way.
This will be the character’s first appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and instead of the more well-known Johnny Blaze iteration of the character, the show will instead be introducing the Robbie Reyes version, they revealed during the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. panel today at the convention.
— Agents of SHIELD (@AgentsofSHIELD) July 22, 2016
Actor Gabriel Luna (True Detective, Matador) will be playing Reyes in the series, a character who participates in a street race in the comics to try and get both he and his brother out of their dangerous neighborhood, only to be gunned down by thugs afterwards, and almost burned alive before being saved by a ghost inhabiting his car.
Marvel’s Head of Television, Jeph Loeb, commented on the news with the following:
“Season 4 will unquestionably be the series’ biggest, most ambitious story yet, and it all begins with the introduction of one of our greatest legacy characters in Ghost Rider. When the Spirit of Vengeance rides into S.H.I.E.L.D., it’ll change everything.”
Ghost Rider has been heavily rumored to be introduced into the MCU for quite a while now as well, long before the train ad in San Diego, when many thought he would be getting his own Netflix series in The Defenders phase two lineup. In all fairness, with its budget and tone, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. doesn’t quite seem like the automatic fit for the character, though this certainly wouldn’t be the first time that Marvel has surprised us with their capabilities.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 4 will premiere on ABC this Fall.
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