The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. panel at San Diego Comic Con has revealed that “Ghost Rider” will be appearing in the fourth season of the series, confirming previous rumors concerning the character.
In this first appearance of the character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the character will most likely be the Marvel NOW incarnation of the flaming skull – Robbie Reyes. In the Marvel NOW series, Reyes takes up the Ghost Rider mantel after being gunned down in the street after a misunderstanding. He is then revived by his estranged uncle, Eli Morrow, a satanic serial killer.
After his death, Reyes is bonded forever with the Spirit of Vengeance, and satiates his uncle’s thirst for murder by killing people with truly evil souls. When he is not in his transformed state, Robbie takes care of Gabe, his developmentally disabled brother, and attends high school. This newest version of the well-known character gets rid of the iconic motorcycle and instead replaces it with a sleek, black Dodge Charger.
This will not be the first time an audience has seen this character on the silver screen however, a series of Ghost Rider films starring Nicolas Cage were produced by Sony in 2007 and 2011. The films were not well received, and are in no way part of the Marvel Studios’ canon. With the rights to the character and franchise reverted back to Marvel and Disney, the studios will once again have the license to use the character in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and possibly continue his story in his own project, further expanding the spectacular line up of Marvel storytelling set to continue at the end of September with the release of Luke Cage on Netflix.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will be premiering on Tuesday, September 20th, at 10:00pm ET, on ABC. Stay tuned for more information on the Marvel Cinematic Universe as it unfolds!