Ghost Rider will finally appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe nearly one month from today as Robbie Reyes, portrayed by actor Gabriel Luna, makes his way to Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D..
When casting for Ghost Rider, Jeph Loeb and the crew at Marvel Television made the decision to skip over original Ghost Rider, fan-favorite Johnny Blaze, and instead introduce Reyes to the MCU, who was first introduced in a 12-issue comic run in 2014.
With much less source material to base his character on in comparison to Tom Holland’s Spider-Man or Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man, Luna knows he has a big role to play in expanding the character he portrays. He sat down with The Hollywood Reporter to talk about the role.
“Because there is so little material on him right now, a lot of the show is going to be expanding the Ghost Rider canon,” Luna said. “That’s really cool. It’s all me. It’s all on me.”
As soon as he found out he would be portraying Reyes, Luna says he rushed to his local comic book store to read up on the character as much as he could.
“I went to the desk and gave the guy the books and asked him if that was the entire run. And he was like, ‘Yeah man. It was a couple years ago, they did 12 issues. You should read it, it’s really great,'” Luna said. “I had just found out I got the job from Jeph a day before. It was great because the owner of the shop, he was calling from the aisles, ‘Did you hear that stuff that’s coming out of San Diego? There’s like a chain that’s got an Agents of SHIELD wrap on it with a flaming chain and everyone is speculating that it’s going to be Ghost Rider.'”
Adding Ghost Rider to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is an ambitious move, especially when considering the effects needed to bring a “burning” character to life. Luna says, however, the visual effects are great.
“The flaming head? Yeah, that’s me,” Luna says. “I am playing that. We have this great VFX for it, and I saw the mockup the other day and I thought it was completely finished. I was like, ‘Just throw that up on my TV.’ It’s a combination of CG and also some marking on my face so I can do some expressions.”
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will return in a new 10 p.m. time slot for its fourth season on Tuesday, September 20th.
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