While the TV side of the Marvel Cinematic universe has received a lot of praise of late (particularly for Netflix series like Luke Cage and Jessica Jones), Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has occasionally taking flack for looking cheap. Perhaps in an effort to counter such criticisms, S.H.I.E.L.D. recently upped its game with an impressive car chase featuring season 4 major new superhero, Ghost Rider. Now, a new behind the scenes video shows off how the impressive chase was accomplished.
Posted to Marvel’s YouTube channel on Friday, the video breaks down the myriad production techniques and old-school editing fixes the S.H.I.E.L.D. production team used to stage a proper Hollywood car chase on a TV budget, employing chase-movie standards like Agent Coulson’s 1962 Chevy Corvette “Lola” diving under a backed-up semi, and Ghost Rider’s ’69 Dodge Charger making the inevitable detour into the L.A. River Channel. Helpfully, neither Coulson’s car nor Ghost Rider himself were using their special powers at the time
Fans can also get a look at how clever editing allows a series of shots on multiple unrelated streets, corners and alleys to appear as though the cars are in continuous motion. Even still, the video also makes it clear that an impressive amount of the chase was accomplished practically using real stunt drivers and cars – always a risky prospect no matter how precise the staging.
While the cars are definitely the focus here (S.H.I.E.L.D. fans have been anticipating a face-off between mutual classic car lovers Coulson and Robbie Reyes since Reyes’ version of Ghost Rider was revealed as a new character), the clip also details the very human stuntwork involved in the same episodes other big battle: Ghost Rider and the similarly fire-powered Inhuman turncoat Hellfire going hand-to-hand in a brawl that spills over from a storage locker into a fireworks factory – with somewhat predictable results.
First appearing as an enigmatic figure interfering in ex-Agent Daisy’s exploits as the vigilante “Quake,” Diego Luna’s Ghost Rider has emerged as a new breakout star for Marvel TV and a seemingly key player in S.H.I.E.L.D’s big mystery of the season, which involves a group of rogue scientists who’ve been transformed into ghost-like spectral beings after experimenting on an ancient book of evil spells potentially connected to the Doctor Strange mythos. Buzz has already begun to build for a possible spin-off for the character, which would surely mean that this is not the last big car chase fans will get to see Robbie Reyes run.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. continues with ‘Lockup’ Tuesday, October 25 at 10pm on ABC.
Source: Marvel Entertainment