Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. tends to get the most attention when it makes reference or pulls in characters/iconography from the broader Marvel Cinematic Universe or the original comics, but it’s also built its fair share of original iconic fixtures. One of those is Lola, Agent Coulson’s modified 1962 Chevrolet Corvette equipped with Howard Stark’s flying-car technology from Captain America: The First Avenger.
Now, a new clip teases a road battle between Coulson and the series’ newest classic car aficionado: Ghost Rider. While the best known “classic” version of Marvel’s Ghost Rider traditionally rode a motorcycle, the version appearing in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D’s fourth season is a newer incarnation: Robbie Reyes, a Latino man from South Central Los Angeles who instead drives a souped-up 1969 Dodge Charger, which takes on supernatural powers of its own when Reyes transforms into his fire-powered Spirit of Vengeance form.
In the new clip from the upcoming fourth episode in season 4, “Let Me Stand Next To Your Fire,” Coulson and Mack encounter Reyes unexpectedly and begin a pursuit, which takes the form of a classic Hollywood-style Los Angeles car chase complete with a detour into the L.A. River channel. The vehicles seem, at first, evenly matched – in no small part because, as the scene points out, Lola’s flight capabilities are currently disabled – though the clip ends before we see how the chase actually concludes.
Ghost Rider is at the center of one of Agents‘ current unfolding major mysteries of the season; one that has centered on a research laboratory in Los Angeles that was conducting experiments on a yet-unseen magical relic called The Darkhold. That object seems to have transformed a group of scientists into ghost-like creatures and is implied to have played a role in how Reyes managed to acquire his Ghost Rider powers – which he claims involved selling his soul to The Devil.
While the series tends to build such implications toward unexpected twists, Marvel fans will recognize The Darkhold as a magic force associated chiefly with the Doctor Strange and Conan the Barbarian comics, with a tangential connection to H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu mythos as well.
Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. continues October 18th with ‘Let Me Stand Next To Your Fire’ @10pm on ABC.