At San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel confirmed weeks of rumor and speculation when they announced that Ghost Rider would be coming to the television arm of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, appearing in the fourth season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. While the character has previously headlined two big-screen outings (where he was portrayed by Nicolas Cage), neither of those iterations were part of the MCU – the films were produced and distributed by Sony, before the rights to the character reverted back to Marvel in 2013.
Viewers expecting a reimagining of the Johnny Blaze character might be in for a bit of a surprise, however, as Marvel is opting to ignore the more iconic version of Ghost Rider in favor of Robbie Reyes, first introduced in the pages of Marvel’s comic book series back in 2014. Instead of a motorcycle, Reyes pilots a classic muscle car, and it’s this incarnation of Ghost Rider that will be headed to television screens this fall.
Comic-Con attendees were able to get up close and personal with the vehicle on the convention floor, and now Entertainment Weekly has revealed the first look at Gabriel Luna in costume as Reyes (without the flaming skull, unfortunately). Check out the new image below.
As with most components of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, this version of Reyes will hew closely to the source material, but will leave a bit of room for interpretation instead of being a direct carbon copy lifted from the pages. Executive producer Jed Whedon says:
“As always, we are going to put our own spin on the character. We are staying true to the comics in the places where we feel like it’s really important — we love the character’s family dynamic and the East L.A. kid in him.”
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns to the airwaves on Tuesday, September 20, exclusively on ABC.
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