Some cast members of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. have been bouncing around NYCC this weekend talking about the current fourth season of the show. One of them is Gabriel Luna, the man playing Robbie Reyes/Ghost Rider. When IGN asked him about the possibilities of a Ghost Rider spin-off show, he was surprisingly forthright about the possibility and encouraged fans to be part of the process. (Find the video embedded below as well.)
You know there’s been rumblings about that, [turning to camera] it depends on how much you love it. If you love it, we’ll make it.
He followed up a few questions later by showing his enthusiasm about a spin-off and what the plot of that show would be. Instead of being placed in New York City, the show would be in Los Angeles.
What happens if we go out west, you know palms trees and beaches and bikinis and whatever and you got this kid from Hill Rock Heights who is a legend in his neighborhood and is growing and there’s more and more people becoming aware of he’s out there what happens then? And I think there’s a lot of bad dudes we can clean up, with Ghost Rider on our side, so let’s see it, let’s make it happen.
Again, it’s interesting to see him directly courting fans to help “make it happen.” Usually, Marvel actors are a tad more reserved about spin-off opportunities, but Luna seems to be having a lot of fun. He also may have dropped an unintentional hint about the conversations he may have had with Marvel. By bringing up New York and his hopes to move out of New York it’s easy to conjecture that Netflix is the possible outlet for a Ghost Rider show. The films and ABC shows have been far less NYC-centric, so his choice to reference the need to move outside NYC hints at Netflix.
Luna also continued the theme of S.H.I.E.L.D. as connective tissue to the MCU. Both Jeph Loeb and Clark Gregg were hinting this weekend about film and Netflix connections. Luna also thinks the ABC show is the meeting point of all other parts of the universe.
Now we have this Marvel Cinematic Universe where all of these glorious powerful people and our real world now running parallel to each other and intermingling, and S.H.I.E.L.D. is that place where they intermingle and I’m happy to be part of that show.
It would be easy in such an environment to get overwhelmed by trying to make a big impression with one’s character, but Luna has a sense of how to create a unique persona. While he has drawn from the Hulk and Wolverine, among other characters, in this building of Ghost Rider, he also has worked hard to block out all of the noise about other versions of the character.
All I had to do was just what we said before: believe it, make it real and do your best, and keep your head down, find your own lane. Because yeah there’s Johnny Blaze, yeah there’s Nick [Cage]’s version of it and things, but we’re doing Robbie Reyes and this is brand new.
He also repeated that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. writers love Reyes because they are essentially defining the character. His first stint in the comics only lasted 12 issues. So it is easy for the writers to take a limited starting sample and flesh out the character in the best way that they can. This creative freedom makes Ghost Rider an interesting character. He’s a known bit of intellectual property, but he carries so few of the expectations that older, major characters bring with them.
Do you love Luna’s Ghost Rider? Do you love it enough to help Luna “make it happen?” Should Netflix and Marvel consider adding a Ghost Rider show to their growing corner of the universe? Share your thoughts below in the comments!