The season 4 premiere of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is rapidly approaching and when viewers get reacquainted with the new team as well as a rogue version of Daisy, there will also be some new faces in the cast. The biggest addition to this season's cast has been Gabriel Luna as Robbie Reyes a.k.a. Ghost Rider, who will open up the mystical side of the MCU for the show in anticipation of possible tie-ins with Doctor Strange. It was recently revealed that Robbie's younger brother Gabe will also debut in the premiere, played by Lorenzo James Henrie.
The showrunners have already revealed their intentions to change up Ghost Rider's origin to better fit with the world that the character will inhabit, but that does not mean Robbie won't retain some of his natural characteristics. In fact, one of the showrunners is teasing Ghost Rider's violent, blood, and fire-heavy introduction.
Showrunner Jed Whedon spoke briefly with TVLine as part of their Fall TV preview and was asked about the way in which Ghost Rider will be introduced. Set videos have indicated an early run-in with Quake, but they have just started to promote the growing legend that he is. The combination of Robbie and the spirit that possesses him will bring with him plenty of damage, and the show is not shying away from that:
“He’s a violent character who comes with a lot of blood and a lot of fire... His skull will be on fire exactly as much as we can afford!”
One of the reasons the violent nature of Ghost Rider can be shown now is the move to 10pm, giving Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. more leeway in terms of the content it can include. The series has naturally progressed to be more adult and less of the tone that it had throughout season 1. Now, the circumstances seem to be perfect for them to do Ghost Rider and (hopefully) do it right.
It is also good to know that they are planning on giving viewers more than one chance to see Ghost Rider with the fire skull in full force. The few looks released so far have only shown Robbie in his comic accurate clothing, but there is no fire skull in sight. With Whedon promising to show it off as much as they can, the chances of seeing it in the season premiere seem to be high, no matter how long Robbie has had this "gift."
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 4 premieres Tuesday, September 20 @10pm on ABC.