Several Marvel characters have not had a good experience to date with crossing over from comic book to TV or film. Until the most recent season of ‘Daredevil,’ for example, The Punisher had three films and 25 years to get the character right, and had utterly failed to do so each and every time. So, too, goes the tale for Ghost Rider, the supernatural motorcyclist imbued with Hellfire and acting as the Spirit of Vengeance on Earth.
Featured in two recent films that utterly failed to capture the – pardon the pun – spirit of one of the biggest badasses that Marvel has to offer (thanks for nothing, Nic Cage), the company does now own the rights in-house to the character in TV & film form, but has yet to capitalize on using them. There has been recent speculation that that may be changing: a pre-Comic Con advertisement on the side of a San Diego light rail train car showed the logo for the ABC TV series ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ with a fiery chain across the logo.
The blazing chain, of course, has long been a symbol for Johnny Blaze, the most iconic form of the Ghost Rider, although other versions of the character do exist. Hellfire, another MCU character that does share some back-story with Ghost Rider, appeared briefly on the show last season in his “secret identity” form of James “JT” Taylor (insert bad joke about singer with same name here). Recently, however, an ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ casting call went out for two specific characters: Latino brothers, individually described as “the most dangerous person in the room” and “paralyzed in a wheelchair.” Marvel comic readers may recognize these descriptions as fitting in very closely as Robbie and Gabe Reyes, two Latino brothers who featured in the 2014 ‘Ghost Rider’ comic series under the “Marvel NOW!” label.
Could ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ be taking a new approach to an alternate-design of Ghost Rider? Is Hellfire set to make an expanded return to the series? Or does the flaming chain mean something else entirely? Find out when the show returns to the airwaves this Fall, at a 10pm air time – something else that could warrant a “darker” character making an appearance on the show!
If Tony Schaab had unlimited funds and Hollywood connections, the first film he made would absolutely be ‘Plan 10 from Outer Space.’ A lover of most things sci-fi and horror, Tony is an author by day and a DJ by night. Come hang out with Tony on Facebook and Twitter to hear him spew semi-funny nonsense and get your opportunity to finally put him in his place.