Gabriel Luna Says Ghost Rider Will Be a Wild Card on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Fourth Season
As Ghost Rider makes her debut tonight on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. fourth season, Gabriel Luna spoke up about his role as Robbie Reyes and what fans can expect from his character’s origin story. With Ghost Rider on the scene, it’s going to be one wild ride for the team.
Fans were disappointed with Ghost Rider’s portrayal in the last two films from Sony that starred Nicholas Cage. With the character appearing on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., we will be seeing a different version of Ghost Rider in the form of Robbie Reyes. Speaking with Collider, Gabriel Luna gave some more details on his role as the Spirit of Vengeance. Even though we aren’t seeing the more familiar characters associated with Ghost Rider, Gabriel explained that Robbie’s backstory is what made Luna the perfect guy to play him on the show.
Previous incarnations of the character are men who usually have a pretty decent life, to start out. Johnny Blaze is a famous Hollywood stuntman. Danny Ketch is not doing too bad to start with. And then, the Ghost Rider becomes this really heavy curse on them. Robbie is in an inverted position there. He had some hardships early in his life, and the Ghost Rider actually becomes an empowering thing. While it’s still difficult to deal with and very much a curse, he had some f*cked up shit going on before Ghost Rider ever came about.
With the ABC series going into the supernatural, some viewers might worry that the show will treat this part of the Marvel universe as a science. Luna assured fans that his character will be part of the unexplained part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. “Yeah, he’s very powerful,” said Luna. He also added:
That’s a huge wild card to throw into the mix. We’re starting to toe the line and inch towards some ground that hasn’t been covered, but that is a huge part of the books themselves and the entire Marvel universe and the canon of Marvel’s assortment of characters. What we haven’t touched on are things that can’t be explained perfectly by science. It’s a lot of really fun stuff that starts to lean into the world of Doctor Strange, Ghost Rider and Mephisto, and all of these other elements that also exist there, like ghouls and goblins and all sorts of cool things. We’re happy to be the ones to break the ice on that.
There is also so much that the show can do with Ghost Rider with the budget they have. However, Luna said that this version of Ghost Rider will be the most impressive the show has done as far as effects goes.
Last season, Brett [Dalton] transformed into Hive and it was a really amazing effect that he did. I remember watching it on television and thinking how great it was. We’re using a lot of the same technology for my character. He took the Hive head off and put the Ghost Rider head on, and I thought, ‘Wow, that’s great! It looks finished.’ But, it wasn’t. A couple days ago, he showed me the finished version, and it’s really exciting to see. It moves and it thinks. There’s a lot of characterization in the face. He took care to preserve my performance in a bare bones skull. I’m thankful for that and I’m absolutely over the moon for people to see it. I think they’re going to be happy.
Are you guys excited for Ghost Rider to make his MCU debut on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.?
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