Ghost Rider has been one of the breakout characters this season of Agents of SHIELD This has led to much fan speculation over whether or not Ghost Rider could possibly break out into his own solo television series or feature. Actor Gabriel Luna spoke to ComicBook.com recently about his role on the show and the prospects of Ghost Rider receiving a spin-off. Luna described Marvel’s position on Ghost Rider:
“It’s been talked about, there’s definitely deals in place for that potential. But I just take it one day at a time. I have so much fun now I just want to make sure I get these episodes right. If they throw more episodes on my plate, I will do my best to do well with those stories as well.”
Luna’s statements clarify that Marvel has already made plans for wider integration of Ghost Rider into the larger MCU. A Ghost rider series could have the potential to focus more on the character as well as his connection to the larger Marvel Universe. The recent release of Doctor Strange also opened the door to the mystic and magical side of the Marvel universe, and a Ghost Rider series could go further into these threats and feature appearances from other prominent supernatural heroes such as Blade. Luna described further how he imagined a crossover between Ghost Rider and the supernatural heroes of Marvel would go:
“I think it’d be cool to see Blade, and The Punisher, and Strange and that whole Midnight Sons kind of run. And you have the Dark Avengers – you’ve got all these teams that The Ghost Rider slides into… I love that idea, that potential.”
Luna elaborated further on if Ghost Rider would ever consider joining the Defenders or most of the other current MCU heroes in New York:
“as far as going and joining The Defenders: they seem to have NYC and Hell’s Kitchen on lock, so I’d just love to see more West Coast heroes.””
It would appear that any Ghost Rider series would have to be set in Los Angeles, or the West Coast. As a setting, this has not been explored that much in the Marvel Universe. Los Angeles was explored briefly in Agent Carter season 2, as well as in the current season of Agents of SHIELD as a setting. In the Television universe, this setting could open up a whole new avenue of west coast based superheroes.
Luna did not go into detail on whether this would take the form of a television show or Netflix, although he gave his own opinion on the format for a show when pressed further:
“I don’t have a preference. People talk about ‘Ah man, he’d be great as a feature’, which is an idea too….it could live on cinema, it could live on Netflix, whatever it is.”
Luna’s statements are purposely vague, as in the deal may still be in the early stages of talks. Netflix may be the perfect format for the show, however, and would provide a space where it would not have to be constrained in content by network television.
In addition, Ghost Rider is most likely the Superhero that is most likely to connect to the Netflix heroes further down the line. Ghost Rider is a violent character, more so than most of the MCU heroes currently showcased on Agents of SHIELD.
Gabriel Luna’s breakout success on Agents of SHIELD may yet prove him as the surest contender yet for a new Marvel Television series. Luna brought Robbie Reyes from obscurity into stardom overnight with his phenomenal role. What do you think the chances are of Luna’s Ghost Rider spinning off into his own series? Let us know in the comments!