So, last month, the knuckleheaded “superhero expert” on this very website went to great pains to discredit the speculation about the Marvel character Ghost Rider appearing on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. next season after the show’s marketing folks wrapped a tram in San Diego with S.H.I.E.L.D. logos and flaming chains.
This dope brought up how, with new execs at ABC and Marvel enamored with the gritty Netflix, there was no way on earth they would introduce a character with two feature films starring Nic freakin’ Cage on its resume into the Marvel Cinematic Universe on a show that seemed to be voted ABC’s “Show Most Likely to Have Its Last 10 Episodes Burned Off in Six Weeks.”
However, spies from Oohlo’s Counterintelligence Labs were in the Agents of SHIELD panel at SDCC on Friday had other news.
— Agents of Geek Pod (@agentsofgeekpod) July 22, 2016
If AoS is going out, it looks like it’s going to go out swinging by bringing in what is, at the very least, a B-list character off Marvel’s bench.
True to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s history of diverse casting, instead of bringing back Johnny Blaze, they will use the Robbie Reyes version of the character, to be played by Gabriel Luna, who had a brief role in the first season of True Detective and large role on the short-lived ABC series Wicked City.
The series might embrace a grittier side if the introduction of Marvel’s spirit of vengeance, the move to a later time slot, and Daisy’s eye makeup in the season finale are any indication.
With the flaming skull out of the bag, more news about how Ghost Rider fits into everything S.H.I.E.L.D. is doing next season is sure to come pouring out, and you can take that prediction to the bank.