Marvel recently announced that Ghost Rider would be joining its flagship TV series, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Instead of older renditions of the character, this one will be built around Robbie Reyes, a part-time mechanic played by Gabriel Luna. This version of Ghost Rider was first portrayed in 2013, and will be experiencing a revitalization this November when Marvel releases a new comic series about him.
Luna spoke to IGN about being Ghost Rider, and explained how the character will tie into the greater MCU. He started by saying what Ghost Rider will bring to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.- energy.
“With that kind of title — one of the tentpoles of the company and has been since the Silver Age of comics — it’s immediately going to energize the whole thing and infuse it and give it a sense of danger. The magical element is new to the world. They’ve always been rooted in a very realistic kind of depiction. Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD is a bridge between us the audience and the MCU. It’s like Thor’s rainbow bridge. Now you’re incorporating some of these things that they may not understand. It’s a whole new frontier, which is always cool.”
He elaborated on his ride, a black “Hell Charger”. Awesome.
“First of all, those things are so beautiful, and so powerful. They sound like a dragon. We go light them up on stage and it’s just shaking the entire soundstage, and then the scoop’s not even on. We have a blower on the top of the hood that we don’t even use because it’s highly illegal, for one. At that point, it’s a 700 horsepower vehicle. It’s just awesome. But, you can’t really touch the car unless I’m it driving. Brock, who’s one of our transpo guys, goes around with a towel all day rubbing it down. It’s pristine. It’s beautiful. All day, he’s just rubbing her down.”
Additionally, Luna spoke about his character’s legacy and connection to the previous Ghost Riders, and how the universe Marvel has built is such a good place for stories to occur.
“The most important way is it’s a young fresh face. He’s a Mexican American, he’s from LA. It’s just exciting. Every generation has a different Rider, and the Spirit of Vengeance has traveled and inhabited everyone, from Carter Slade on down. But I think it’s important to carry in a lot of the influence from those other books, because the idea of that alter ego, that spirit, there’s always a fight. It’s much like the Hulk. I was talking to my little brother about it, who’s got an encyclopedic knowledge of Marvel Comics — he’s a grown man now, he’s 31. That’s what Kevin Feige and Jeph Loeb and these guys have built. We all grew up with it, and we all got to continue to enjoy it and be kids.
We read all those books, and what I’m happy about is we infuse it with that dynamic. It’s the same but it’s different. It’s the same tragic story of this curse that they have. They do a deal with the Devil or they do a deal with Mephisto or whoever, or you have to have this bargain with this spirit Eli who lives in Robbie, which is part of the all new Ghost Rider. So I think it’s a great balance of being new and fresh and exciting, and also maintaining the proper dosage of the history and mythos of the character. It’s a really nice balance. I think Jed and Mo and the writing team has done a really good job of doing that.”
Excited for how Marvel is changing it up for season 4? What do you think the story and characters will be like? I for one am hoping we get some greater connections to the rest of the MCU.