The countdown to the season premiere of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is in single digits. Tomorrow will mark one week from the date. At the San Diego Comic Con this year, the cast was able to announce that this season will include Ghost Rider.
That news begs the question, how exactly will the character affect the show, now in its fourth season. Here are some of the changes:
- Ghost Rider will mark the shows first major character from the Marvel Universe.
As executive producer Jeff Bell said in an interview with Yahoo! TV, Ghost Rider is “the highest profile Marvel character to appear on Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. so far,” but he did say that a whole new spin is being put on the character for the show. For comic fans, that means a chance to draw comparisons between the books and the action on the screen. Those who are familiar with Nicholas Cage’s portrayal of Ghost Rider will come in with expectations, too.
- Ghost Rider will change the tone of the show.
With Agent May now coming to grips with the loss of Andrew and Daisy off the team and in the persona of Quake, the season was already poised for a dark tone. Add in Ghost Rider, and the shadows are cast over the plot even further. In the comics, Robbie Reyes is possessed by a serial killer who dabbled in Satan worship until he was killed by police. AoS may go a different way with the character, but the dark overtones will still be there given the nature of the character.
In an interview with IGN, Ming-Na Wen (Melinda May) said that she thinks the new time slot of 10PM is setting the show up to explore darker material than what was possible in previous seasons. Chloe Bennet (Daisy “Quake” Johnson) echoed those sentiments in a separate interview.
- Ghost Rider will introduce the supernatural to the show.
In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, aliens are no big deal, but the concept of supernatural possession has yet to be explored.
Iain de Caestecker (Leopold Fitz) has said that he believes FitzSimmons will both struggle with what it means. He stated in an interview with Enstars that he feels Fitz will want to find a rational explanation to explain Ghost Rider’s powers rather than simply accepting the notion that he’s possessed. We’re sure to see all of the characters trying to come to grips with the proof of existence of the other-worldly.
- Ghost Rider will introduce a youthful element.
ABC stated in a press release that the version of Robbie Reyes (Gabriel Luna) that will appear in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will be a high school senior looking after his disabled younger brother (Lorenzo James Henrie). While we saw the students at the Sci-Tech academy, we have yet to have characters so young on the show. It will be interesting to see how much high school drama Reyes brings with him to the series.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will premiere on Tuesday, September 20 from 10 to 11PM for the season premiere, entitled “The Ghost.”
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