Midnight is about to descend on Hulu, as two of Marvel Comics’ Midnight Sons are getting their own live-action shows on Hulu, ‘Ghost Rider’ and ‘Hellstrom’. Gabriel Luna will reprise his role as Ghost Rider/ Robbie Reyes, which he originated on episodes of ABC’s ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ (More on that below.) Hulu already hosts one live-action series ‘Marvel’s Runaways’, which was recently renewed for a third season. In February, Hulu announced four new original, adult-targeted animated series, ‘Howard the Duck’, ‘Hit-Monkey’, ‘M.O.D.O.K.’, and the ‘Tigra & Dazzler Show’, to be followed by a crossover special, ‘The Offenders’. This follows Disney’s buyout of 21st Century Fox, making it the 60% controlling shareholder of the streaming service.
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Here are the descriptions of the new shows.
Marvel’s Ghost Rider, also known as Robbie Reyes, is a quintessential antihero, consumed by hellfire and supernaturally bound to a demon. Reyes lives on the Texas/Mexico border and when he unleashes the Rider, Robbie brings vengeance for the innocents he encounters, but struggles to control the power he wields. Marvel’s Ghost Rider is executive produced by Ingrid Escajeda, who will serve as showrunner, Paul Zbyszewski and Marvel’s Jeph Loeb.
Daimon and Ana Helstrom are the son and daughter of a mysterious and powerful serial killer in Marvel’s Helstrom. The siblings have a complicated dynamic as they track down the terrorizing worst of humanity — each with their attitude and skills. Marvel’s Helstrom is executive produced by Paul Zbyszewski, who will serve as showrunner and Marvel’s Jeph Loeb.
Like the now-canceled Netflix shows, it looks as though these will explore the darker side of the Marvel Universe.
Even though Gabriel Luna portrayed Ghost Rider on ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’, according to Variety, this new series is “in no way connected to the ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ storyline.”
The description for ‘Helstrom’ indicates that the series will deviate pretty drastically from the comics. Originally, Daimon Hellstrom operated under the alias The Son of Satan, and he was LITERALLY the son of Satan and a human woman, although that was later toned down, making his father was simply a demon. But on the TV series, he will be the son of a serial killer.
His sister, “Ana” is based on the character Satana. I guess “Satana” was a little too on-the-nose.
Please note that both ‘Ghost Rider’ and ‘Helstrom’ are executive produced by Jeph Loeb, indicating that they originate from Marvel TV/Marvel Entertainment, and not Marvel Studios, makers of the movies. Marvel Studios is creating its own TV shows for Disney+, including ‘Falcon and Winter Soldier’, ‘Loki’, ‘WandaVision’, and ‘Hawkeye’, with more on the way. Those shows will directly connect to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Like the Netflix shows, while ‘Ghost Rider’ and ‘Helstrom’ will technically exist in the same reality, there won’t be any direct connection to or input from the film division.
It was not announced when these shows would arrive.
What do you think? Are you intrigued by the prospect of these shows?