Marvel's Agents of SHIELD is widening its Marvel Comics base or Season 4 with Ghost Rider joining the cast. They've just revealed his costumed look as well as a bit of “found footage.”
The agents are getting a new director when they return September 20 at their new 10 p.m. timeslot but they're also getting a new Ghost Rider. This character is different than the one Nicolas Cage played on film. His name is Robbie Reyes and he's a Mexican-American character created in 2014 by Felipe Smith. In the comics he's high school age and works as a mechanic. After being shot by gang members he's brought back to life with the Ghost Rider powers and an extra spirit along for the ride.
On SHIELD he'll be played by Gabriel Luna and ABC has just released a bunch of new promotional items for him. For instance, this shaky “found footage” clip.
Entertainment Weekly also revealed our first costumed look at the character and if you're curious how they're going to deal with his power set, executive producer Maurissa Tancharoen said “Our team will definitely be trying to science this guy with the flaming skull.”
I'm not sure if SHIELD will actually be utilizing the skull look because in the comics Robbie actually has a flaming helmet when he turns into Ghost Rider, but it might make more sense to go traditional considering the non-comic-reading public already has a generally idea of what he looks like. Executive producer Jed Whedon would only say, “We are staying true to the comics in the places where we feel like it”s really important – we love the character”s family dynamic and the East L.A. kid in him.”