Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. star Gabriel Luna would like to see Norman Reedus play Johnny Blaze, aka Ghost Rider, on the comic book show. Luna made his debut as Robbie Reyes, the fifth character to carry the name Ghost Rider in the Marvel Universe, in the recently-concluded fourth season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., in which he played an integral role in securing the Darkhold as well as defeating Aida, aka Madame Hydra, in the real-world. By recurring on the ABC series, Luna effectively introduced Ghost Rider into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Marvel Studios head honcho Kevin Feige confirmed four years ago that they had regained the theatrical rights to the character. Prior to that, Columbia Pictures (a division of Sony Pictures) held the rights to Ghost Rider and had even released two films starring Nicolas Cage as the eponymous anti-hero: Ghost Rider (2007) and Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2012). The movies weren’t critically successful, nor were they box office hits. However, they did manage to turn a profit at the worldwide box office. That didn’t prevent the rights from reverting back to Marvel, though.
In the sixth episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 4, ‘The Good Samaritan’, we learned about how Robbie Reyes became the Ghost Rider; he obtained his powers from the previous Ghost Rider, who was briefly seen on screen. From what audiences saw, it looked like that previous Rider was Johnny Blaze, but that was never confirmed. He was only referred to as the Good Samaritan. If the character is ever introduced in the series, though, Luna said during the Ghost Rider panel at Phoenix Comic-Con this past weekend that he would like to see The Walking Dead‘s Norman Reedus appear in the role (via Omega Underground).
It would surely be interesting seeing Johnny Blaze on the small screen, especially given that he was the central character in two standalone feature films. If there’s anyone perfectly capable of playing the character, though, it’s Reedus, who has an affinity for motorcycles just like Johnny Blaze. His character on The Walking Dead frequently rides motorcycles, and Reedus has recently been headlining AMC’s Ride with Norman Reedus, a reality series that follows Reedus as he explores the biker culture across the United States.
While getting Reedus to play Johnny Blaze would be huge in and of itself, the question right now is whether or not the character will ever appear on the series. During the Ghost Rider panel, Luna also mentioned that the Good Samaritan’s name wasn’t revealed because of some unknown legal issues, which could either indicate that Marvel Studios doesn’t own the rights to Johnny Blaze but only to the Ghost Rider name, or that the studio is saving the character for another project. Hopefully, we find out more information as we near San Diego Comic-Con this summer.
Source: Omega Underground