Robbie Reyes

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has its fans and non-fans. Some people love the interconnectedness of the show with the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), as there have been milestone episodes that coincided with the big MCU films. Other fans grow weary of the Inhumans storyline as we are a ways away from an Inhumans movie. One thing we can all agree on, this season’s introduction of Ghost Rider has been fantastic. Instead of giving us old school Johnny Blaze, we have the latest iteration of the iconic character, Roberto “Robbie” Reyes. The show has managed to do his character justice (as opposed to the two other films made for Johnny Blaze starring Nicolas Cage). Since he’s so prominent on the show, fans have wondered if we would possibly see him in either his own movie or TV show. Well, it looks like we might have an answer.

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The spirit of vengeance is headed to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. this season and now we’ve got a look at him in all his fiery glory. For those wondering, that is Gabriel Luna as Robbie Reyes, the latest version of Ghost Rider that travels in a supped up 1969 Dodge Charger instead of a motorcycle. Don’t worry though, the flames, chains and vengeance are all there and Ghost Rider is set to bring havoc to those deserving getting their just due. (more…)

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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.  (more…)