New Details on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Ghost Rider
I was actually pretty unhappy with the announcement of Ghost Rider for the ABC's Marvel television series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. I'm a pretty big fan of Ghost Rider and have seen the character butchered in two feature films. Then came a little rumor that the character might be given a Netflix series. Of course, I jumped the gun and went nuts with excitement. Netflix has provided some excellent and appropriately dark takes on some of Marvel's street-level heroes, which is just what Ghost Rider would have needed.
Then the show-runners revealed that the character would not be Johnny Blaze, but Robbie Reyez. For those who don't know him, he's a new character who plays a different Ghost Rider, has a different origin story and drives a pretty badass muscle car that looks even cooler when on fire. From this announcement, I saw a tiny seed of hope. Maybe, just maybe, they were told that they could have Robbie Reyez but not Johnny Blaze because they are saving him for something else. If this is confirmed, I will be more than on-board for what Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is going for, because I don't know if I can watch another neutered version of Johnny Blaze. Robbie Reyez, however, go for it.
Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb along with executive producers Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen spoke with THR on why they elected to use Ghost Rider as a focal point in Season 4:
"At the end of the day, S.H.I.E.L.D. is really a show about family. I know that it looks like a show about a bunch of spies that are running around on a big, giant plane that are saving the world every week, but it really is about a group of people who come together because they have no one else in their lives. When you watch the show from that point of view, you really understand that Coulson (Clark Gregg) is a father figure, and these people around him are people he needs to look after and make sure they’re okay."
I don't know, I feel like if they could have used Johnny Blaze, they would have. That being said, I think the character of Robbie Reyez definitely will work out better for them in the long run. Loeb goes on to explain how Reyez lets them take more creative liberties with the story:
"People are familiar with Johnny Blaze. Robbie Reyes is a new iteration of the character. There’s not a lot of material on the character so it gives us a lot of room to have our take on it. And also, just the fact that he is a young kid who grew up on the streets of East L.A., we liked that backstory. We like seeing a character like that in the mix of our team."
I personally haven't been watching Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. since season 1. Nothing about it particularly grabbed me, but I might just see how this turns out just out of pure curiosity. I have nothing against the show, I just don't have time to watch everything that's on TV. If it's a perfect world; this will turn out great and we will also get a Netflix show featuring the original Ghost Rider. For now, I'll keep holding my breath.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns September 20th, 2017 at 10 PM on ABC.
Source: THR through screenrant