When president of Marvel Television Jeph Loeb took the stage at New York Comic Con late Friday night, the panel attendees knew they were in for a treat. Maybe it was because he started a Ghost Rider chant, or maybe it was because he ran out from behind the curtain wearing a Ghost Rider mask.
The panel itself was about the hit ABC series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but fans had one character in mind when they sat down in the room below the show floor – They were there for the Ghost Rider.
Clark Gregg (Agent Caulson), Chloe Bennet (Daisy) and Gabriel Luna soon joined Loeb on stage to take questions regarding the S.H.I.E.L.D. – the most interesting being “When will the crew start paying attention to the crime in Hell’s Kitchen? (“Stay tuned,” replied Loeb) – but it wasn’t long before they premiered Episode 403, aptly titled Ghost Rider. Here are the five things we learned about the latest iteration of Robbie Reyes; the Ghost Rider.
Not everybody was excited to hear about Ghost Rider joining the cast
On stage, Leob asked Gregg to repeat his reply to hearing the news of Ghost Rider joining the show. After a few seconds of awkward silence and shy laughing among the crew, he replied “Well… When I saw Ghost Rider was coming to the show… I’ll be honest: I saw the movies. I was nervous.” That was music to the ears of con attendees, as most of them were likely nervous, too. Gabriel Luna’s interpretation of Robbie Reyes, they later assured us, is much darker and far more different than versions people have seen in the past.
He’s part of a much bigger storyline
In spite of the magnitude of his character, and the episode itself being titled Ghost Rider, the episode, and the entire fourth season pit Reyes in a storyline much bigger than himself. Without giving anything away, fans should know that the Inhumans are about to find themselves up against a much stronger resistance than they’re used to – The Watchdogs. City-wide blackouts are on the way, as are an increase in the crime rate and even the infiltration of the minds of some of fans’ favorite agents.
Robbie Reyes doesn’t possess the Ghost Rider traits by choice
“I don’t get hurt,” says Reyes in this episode. “I’ve been stabbed, shot, and run over… Twice.” While that seems like a benefit to any superhero, it comes with its qualms, too, as Reyes believes he needs to right the wrongs of his families to be cured of the powers. In the meantime, though, he mentions that he “might as well take advantage of the darkness.”
If you’re looking to learn even more about where the agents are headed in Season 4, and how they will incorporate and benefit from the partnership of the Ghost Rider, tune in to Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., every Tuesday night at 10PM on ABC. And for the best selection of Marvel Comics costumes, be sure to check out Costume SuperCenter!