Entertainment Weekly obtained an exclusive first look at Gabriel Luna as Ghost Rider (True Detective) for Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 4. Executive producer Jed Whedon told EW, “As always, we are going to put our own spin on the character.” He continued to say, “We are staying true to the comics in the places where we feel like it’s really important — we love the character’s family dynamic and the East L.A. kid in him.”
The introduction of Ghost Rider comes at a time when the Marvel Cinematic Universe is branching out into the unexplained. Whedon has this to say about the direction the MCU is moving into:
It started out with a guy building a suit using science, and then we met aliens that are the origin of the myths behind some of our gods, and this year Doctor Strange comes out. We’re opening it up even further to the world of things we don’t totally understand, or as Thor says, ‘Magic is science that we don’t understand.’ Well, we’re getting into some very, very fancy science.
Personally, I’m excited to see a decent treatment of the character. Previously, we have only had the Nicolas Cage movies as a cinematic version of the motorcycle riding Spirit of Vengeance. I have high hopes that the MCU will give us a better Ghost Rider than those movies did.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns to TV on ABC Tuesday, September 20 at 10 p.m. ET.