A new agent is coming but not from S.H.I.E.L.D. but of vengeance. All-New Ghost Rider has been tapped to guest-star on the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s (S.H.I.E.L.D.) coming season.
In a report from Newsarama, Showrunners Executive Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tanchareon, along with executive producer Jeffrey Bell and Marvel Television Head Jeph Loeb spoke about the upcoming season of S.H.I.E.L.D. during a press room set up at Comic-Con International: San Diego, discussing the inclusion of Gabriel Luna as Ghost Rider Robbie Reyes, as well as the show’s new time slot and the status of other characters across the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
“S.H.I.E.L.D. has always been about exploring the unusual and inexplicable, and Ghost Rider and his universe is part of that,” Bell said, adding that Gabriel Luna “killed it” during his audition for the part.
“We wanted it to feel totally new and different — and more people aren’t familiar with that version of the character, so it gives us more latitude,” Whedon added, saying that he and Tanchareon immediately jumped on Reyes as their Ghost Rider of choice. “We liked the character, who is a guy from East Los Angeles… we didn’t really hem and haw about it. They asked us which one we’d want, and we said that one, because the car is cool, and that’s the kind of story we’d want to tell.”
While Ghost Rider has drawn much of the spotlight for S.H.I.E.L.D. news, the producers were also quick to say that other Marvel characters were still on the table. When asked about the potential return of Bobbi Morse and Lance Hunter, Loeb said, “nothing’s impossible,” while Bell teased there could be future tie-ins to the upcoming Doctor Strange film.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns for a fourth season September 20 on ABC.