With the Season 4 premiere episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. titled “The Ghost“, it didn’t seem like we’d be waiting too long before getting to meet Robbie Reyes. Now, thanks to Entertainment Weekly, we have our first official look at Gabriel Luna as Reyes, looking VERY much like he stepped right out of one of Tradd Moore’s sketch books.
While his look seems very loyal to the comics, executive producer, Jed Whedon, seems to indicate that the small screen version of Reyes will follow his own path while still staying true to some key characteristics:
“As always, we are going to put our own spin on the character.” “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.”
While many people are familiar with the Johnny Blaze iteration of Ghost Rider, a man who exchanged his soul to the demon Mephisto in return for a favor, Reyes’ Ghost Rider has a bit of a different origin. Blaze, bonded to the demon Zarathos, became the Ghost Rider, a spirit of vengeance, whenever he encountered evil; Reyes, on the other hand, is murdered and is resurrected when the ghost of a violent criminal merges with his body. With Whedon making note that they will put their own spin on the character, it will be interesting to see if Reyes’ origins are kept as written.
However they decide to create the Ghost Rider, one thing we do know is that much like Doctor Strange, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is now opening a door to the supernatural, something that will be very interesting given the science-based team, something executive producer Maurissa Tancharoen says will help guide the story, “Our team will definitely be trying to science this guy with the flaming skull.”
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 4 premieres September 20th and it’s likely we’ll get our first look at Robbie Reyes pretty early on in that episode.
SOURCE: Entertainment Weekly.