Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has had its highs and lows. Highs being Clark Gregg‘s Agent Coulson who’s never not charming and witty, the turning of Grant Ward from hero to double agent bad-guy, and that one incredible fight scene where Daisy kicked some HYDRA butt. The lows? Well, the show being itself. While Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has gotten away from self-contained episodes (villain of the week-type stuff) its still a typical procedural ABC show. It has its charm and heart, but it has failed to live up to the promise and opportunity to explore Marvel’s universe outside The Avengers; there’s no getting around the fact that you’re watching a ABC product versus a Marvel product. So are they about to shake that up?
Let’s go to the Marvel booth on the floor of San Diego Comic Con and consider this question: What’s under the tarp?
— Ryan Penagos (@AgentM) July 22, 2016
If you said “a car,” you’re a genius, but does it matter if there’s a car in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.? We’ve seen cars on the show before. Well the big deal is this:
— Agents of SHIELD (@AgentsofSHIELD) July 22, 2016
Now if you haven’t been keeping up with recent Ghost Rider developments in Marvel Comics, you may be at a loss since all you may know about the character is that he’s the flaming skeleton riding a motorcycle that was played by Nicolas Cage in two awful movies. The more recent Ghost Rider introduced in Marvel Now! in 2013 was Robbie Reyes, who was gunned down by Dr. Zabo and left to die in a car explosion, but is brought back by a spirit of vengeance named Eli Marrow, who has a mysterious connection to Robbie and drives around in a hellfire engulfed 1969 Dodge Charger.
Rumors have been circling about a Ghost Rider appearance on S.H.I.E.L.D. since the producers put out a casting call for two Latino brothers: one “the most dangerous person in the room” and the other “paralyzed in a wheelchair.” (Robbie’s brother Gabe has developmental disabilities in the comic book.) Gabriel Luna (Freeheld, True Detective season two) will play Robbie.
UPDATE: TVWeb has clips of the new teaser for season four, and the cast unveiling the Ghost Ridermobile.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns this fall every Tuesday at 10 pm on ABC.