Ghost Rider was a huge part of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s first half of its season, but unfortunately Robbie Reyes won’t be returning for the second half. Despite being a popular character and plot-line, the show decided to ditch the character, for right now; to focus on other storylines.
As cool as Ghost Rider was, he cost the show a lot of money. According to executive producer Jeffrey Bell, creating the antihero’s special effects took a lot of time and dipped too much into their budget. The show’s next arc will use less tech, but regardless will be as interesting as Robbie Reyes’s story.
Another reason Ghost Rider got canned, was due to the fact that the show is called Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D; not ABC’s Ghost Rider. Just like the second season of Marvel’s Daredevil, the normal storyline was overshadowed. Just like Frank Castle became the center point of the plot, people were more interested in Robbie Reyes than anything else. To bring the show back into focus, they had to say goodbye…for now.
“[Ghost Rider is] a lot for 22 [episodes], especially with everything else that we like and care about on the show,” he explained. “It would feel like one flavor over a long period of time, but we’ve certainly left it open” to revisit.
With Ghost Rider gone, AoS will focus on their new LMD story arc. The new adventure will begin January 10, 2017, with the episode “Broken Promises.” Though Gabriel Luna has expressed interest in a spin-off show, there’s yet to be any confirmation Ghost Rider will get his own series.