With only a few days left before the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 4 premiere, ABC and Marvel have kicked their promotional campaign into high gear. But of course, excitement for season 4 has been high since Marvel announced Ghost Rider would be joining Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. during the show's panel at Comic-Con International in San Diego this summer. It was additionally revealed that Gabriel Luna (True Detective) will play Robbie Reyes, a new character to take on the Ghost Rider mantle in the comics.
Since the announcement, and as the season premiere has drawn closer, Marvel has rolled out plenty of teases to the introduction of Ghost Rider - including clips of his car, a found footage style teaser, and an official image of Robbie Reyes with a full-on flaming skull. Now, however, a new clip from the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 4 premiere lays out just how the agents will stumble across Ghost Rider.
In the clip [above] Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) and Mack (Henry Simmons) return to the S.H.I.E.L.D. base only to be taken aside by May (Ming-Na Wen) so that she can tell them about mysterious instances of people being burned and mutilated in Los Angeles. Thinking it's the work of Daisy Johnson aka Quake (Chloe Bennet), Coulson and Mack decide to check it out, even though they've been expressly ordered not to pursue their former fellow team member. The scene lays the groundwork for the conflicts within S.H.I.E.L.D. since Coulson stepped down as director, leaving someone else to fill the role, as well as establish how the agency discovers Ghost Rider.
As to how Robbie Reyes will fit into Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the synopsis for season 4 teased tension between Ghost Rider and the rest of the team - with fans left questioning whether he will be an ally or an enemy. Previous set videos indicated he'll have a run in with Quake that includes her clinging to the roof of his car, but it remains to be seen which side Robbie Reyes inevitably falls on. Nevertheless, as Clark Gregg offered to EW, Ghost Rider will bring something unmistakably new to the series:
“He’s a different kind of threat than anything we’ve faced before. It introduces a part of the Marvel world that deals more with strange elements of the Marvel Universe and he’s definitely the villain from hell.”
Certainly, given Ghost Rider's powers - which can't be explained through science or a connection to the Inhumans as all Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s enhanced persons have been - he'll be bringing a wholly new element to the series. However, since the Marvel Cinematic Universe will also be welcoming Doctor Strange into the fold, Ghost Rider certainly won't be out of place, and will offer a chance for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to put their later timeslot to good use. Now it simply remains to be seen if the show's take on Ghost Rider can live up to all the buzz among fans.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 4 premieres Tuesday, September 20 @10pm on ABC.
Source: Marvel, EW