After Marvel Television finally confirmed that Ghost Rider would, in fact, be heading to the fourth season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., many fans were curious if it’d be Robbie Reyes or Johnny Blaze. In the end, it was revealed to be none other than the all-new Ghost Rider – Robbie Reyes. Given that the character is still relatively new, many fans were pretty disappointed, as they’d hoped when Ghost Rider would finally become a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe it’d be Johnny Blaze. So given how new Robbie is, why did the showrunners decide to go with Reyes? Following their panel at SDCC today, the S.H.I.E.L.D. team explained the reasoning behind their decision to bring in Robbie Reyes.

According to showrunners Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen, part of the reason they went with Reyes over Blaze was because of how new the Reyes is. They felt it allowed them the perfect chance to introduce him into their series.

“We decided to go with the Robbie Reyes version of the character because he’s a newer comic, and also it would be interesting to bring in someone with that background into our dynamic of the show,” Tancharoen said.

As to how they plan to go about bringing the character to life on the small screen, they plan on taking bits from various Ghost Rider stories and incorporating them into their story arc for season four. But they promise that they’ll make sure to remain true to the character, even if they mix and match stories.

“We’re pulling a little bit from different versions of the Ghost Rider,” Whedon added. “There’s an iconic image that we saw at Comic-Con of that skull on fire. Things are a little different with Robbie. There will be a little mixing and matching. We’re being true to the character, where he comes from, his little brother.”

They also explained that part of the reason that they’ve decided to bring in Ghost Rider is because of the upcoming Doctor Strange film. This, of course, isn’t entirely surprising. The show has generally made it a point to connect to the greater Marvel Cinematic Universe, and the inclusion of Ghost Rider offers the perfect opportunity for just that.

“With Doctor Strange coming out this year, the Marvel Universe is moving into new waters,” Whedon told EW after the show’s panel at Comic-Con on Friday. “We felt that this was obviously a great character that we’d love to have on our show that we feel fits with that shift.”

The fourth season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will premiere on September 20th at 10 PM EST.

Source: Entertainment Weekly.