Five years on from the moment Nicolas Cage had a crack at the character of Johnny Blaze, Marvel has introduced its new take on the infamous Ghost Rider ahead of his imminent appearance in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D..
Those who have kept pace with Ghost Rider’s journey to ABC’s hit ensemble series will know fine well that Gabriel Luna is actually stepping into the fiery boots of Robbie Reyes – not Johnny Blaze – a Mexican-American character who supplanted Marvel’s iconic stunt driver in the comics two years ago.
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Promising an “edgier” and “grittier” take on the hell-raiser, it goes some ways to explaining the overhauled look, too, with Luna’s anti-hero sporting some new duds along with a smoking hot Dodge Charger – how apropos as opposed to the ol’ flaming motorcycle. How exactly the creators plan to make Ghost Rider – a character teeming with supernatural undertones – consistent with a show that has so far grounded all characters in some semblance of reality is still up for question.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D returns to TV for its fourth season on September 20. Luna’s Spirit of Vengeance may be one of, if not the main points of attraction going into the season premiere, but fans can also look forward to appearances from Natalia Cordova-Buckley as Elena “Yo-Yo” Rodriguez, Mallory Jansen as Aida, Lorenzo James Henrie as Gabe and Briana Venskus as Agent Piper.
VENGEANCE COMES TO ‘MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.,’ ON THE SEASON FOUR PREMIERE ON ABC
Gabriel Luna Guest Stars as Robbie Reyes – aka Ghost Rider. In the season premiere episode, “The Ghost,” Ghost Rider is coming, and S.H.I.E.L.D will never be the same.
Guest starring are Natalia Cordova-Buckley as Elena “Yo-Yo” Rodriguez, Gabriel Luna as Robbie Reyes, Mallory Jansen as Aida, Lorenzo James Henrie as Gabe, Briana Venskus as Agent Piper, Max Osinski as Agent Red, Ricardo Walker as Agent Prince, Edward Gelhaus as skinhead, Ian Hutton as Blondie, Blaise Miller as lab tech, Samuel Barajas as Felix, Bryan Rasmussen as warehouse manager, Wilson Ramirez as Diego, Jen Kuo Sung as Chen, Jerry Ying as thug #1 and Lilli Birdsell as Lucy.