The watchability of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has ridden the line between a typical NBC procedural show and the potential for what it COULD be…and it’s ridden that line hard. There have been occasional flashes of brilliance. For example – The events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier having a literal effect on the shows story thread. Agent Coulson’s rival & would be girlfriend getting shot in the head. Or that one incredible – one take/one shot – fight scene with Chloe Bennet’s Daisy Johnson that comes close to rivaling “The Hallway Scene” from the Daredevil series on Netflix. These occasional ups, however, don’t absolve the show from being very unbalanced, and one, that is too loosely connected to the rest of the MCU. It’s a show that exists in the same sandbox as the films but seems to go out of its way to not impeded the movies in any way, what with seldom references and its use of heroes & villains which might as well be from Marvel’s D-List.
The inclusion of Ghostrider in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 4 had doubters and defectors turn their heads with a collective “oh, snap”, thinking for the first time, AOS would include an A-list comic hero and one that, after those terrible Nicholas Cage movies, needed a cinematic redemption. But no. This is not the version of Ghostrider that most fans would recognize. It’s neither the motorcycling riding Johnny Blaze or Danny Ketch… it’s Robbie Reyes, the CAR driving version of Ghostrider.
Robbie Reye’s Ghostrider is relatively new, making his first appearance and series in 2014. It is interesting as to why Marvel chose this newer, and not that wildly received, version of Ghostrider to its cinematic universe. Whether the still have plans for the character, or this being a matter of adding more diversity to their TV and movie-verse, it definitely adds a whole other level of appeal to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D..
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns Tuesday, Sept. 20 on ABC. We’ll be getting Robbie Reye’s Ghostrider (played by Garbiel Luna) straight from the get-go, thanks to this new promo for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 4, which features the first real footage from the season premiere, “The Ghost”
It’s fairly brief, but in addition to a few shots of Robbie Reyes (Gabriel Luna) and his flaming Hell Charger, we get a look at returning characters Daisy/Quake (Chloe Bennet), Fitz, (Iain De Caestecker), Mack (Henry Simmons), and former Director Coulson (Clark Gregg). There’s also a glimpse of one of The Spirit of Vengeance’s unfortunate victims right at the end.
If anything, that’s one hell (pun intended) of a car. The supernatural take seems a bit out of place for a show about a rogue military team chasing down terror groups like Hydra. Regardless, Ghost Rider is going to bring a certain edge and tone that’s gonna be refreshing.