Season 4 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which premiers at 10 PM next Tuesday, September 20th, is shifting gears and moving towards a darker place. Part of that dark place comes in the form of Robbie Reyes, a young man who will become possessed and spend the season out for vengeance. While we’ve seen Gabriel Luna as Reyes, we now have our first look at him as the Ghost Rider ahead of next week’s season opener.
Adding Ghost Rider to the mix is certainly a big and different step for the show, as executive producer Jeff Bell explains, Ghost Rider “opens up a whole different kind of storytelling for us,” as a character whose “origins present themselves as supernatural.” In an “It’s all connected but not really well maybe kinda” MCU, the intro of a supernatural character just ahead of Marvel Studios’ release of Doctor Strange does present some semblance of a shared universe, something that remains unique about Marvel’s entertainment platforms. Even the Netflix shows have dabbled in the supernatural with Nobu and Elektra and we can presume we’ll see even more when Iron Fist hits the streaming service next year.
Expect Season 4 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to get off to a hot start (pun totally intended) throwing its new, big-name character into the mix early. At least for now, the show looks like it’s going to shift from aliens to demons and that’s a welcome relief given the flatness of the Inhuman story arc.
What do you think of this first look at the Ghost Rider? What do you expect from him when the season begins?