There’s been a lot of speculation in the past several weeks about whether Ghost Rider (and specifically, the Robbie Reyes “All-New Ghost Rider” variant) would appear in the fourth season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. when it returns this fall. Some believed he would, while others argued that the fiery chains teased weeks ago were a reference to Hellfire (a character who has already appeared on the show as an Inhuman).
The debate is now over, however; Robbie Reyes and Ghost Rider are confirmed for season 4. Not only that, but Marvel had his car on hand at Comic-Con to give fans a good first look at what the All-New Ghost Rider will be driving on the show.
We previously discussed why the “All-New” version of the character would be a good fit for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., with one of the reasons given being that his character would be easier to do with practical effects. Instead of having a flaming skull and riding a motorcycle with flaming wheels, Reyes’ Ghost Rider wears a racing helmet shaped like a skull and drives a car that emits flames and smoke. Yes, there’s still going to be some CGI involved, but Hollywood has a lot of experience adding practical flame effects to cars.
As you can see, the look of Reyes’ car holds pretty close to the comics; this is another advantage of having the All-New variant of the character on the show, since it’s not exactly a stretch to mimic the look of a sleek black car. The car will obviously look different on TV than it does in these pictures, but even without any tweaks or special effects it’s still an attention-grabbing vehicle. Robbie Reyes is going to ride in style.
One of the big questions that remains is what role Reyes will take in the fourth season. While he was essentially a hero in the comics, much of his run was spent trying to avoid getting involved and instead using his powers to make life easier for his wheelchair-bound brother Gabe. He even became somewhat of a villain at one point as Eli, the spirit that gave him his powers, tried to exert control and get revenge upon those who had wronged him in life. On the show, we may see him start out as an antagonist that the team is trying to track down (similar to Deathlok in season 1).
Some fans will obviously be disappointed that it’s the Reyes version of the character who’s been confirmed for the show, and may not like that the character is appearing on an ABC show instead of Netflix. With the show’s later timeslot, though, it may be able to push some boundaries in the next season and give a more dangerous version of Ghost Rider than you might expect on network TV. Only time will tell, but Ghost Rider is looking good so far.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 4 airs on ABC Tuesday nights at 10/9c, starting on September 20, 2016.