Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 4 got off to a fiery start with the introduction of Robbie Reyes, a.k.a. Ghost Rider. Gabriel Luna has made a big impression on audiences already as Robbie, and it turns out that some S.H.I.E.L.D. fans are already clamoring for a separate Ghost Rider series. Apparently, a full series isn't entirely out of the question. Luna had this to say about a Ghost Rider-centric show in a recent interview:
It's been talked about, there's definitely deals in place for that potential. But I just take it one day at a time. I have so much fun now I just want to make sure I get these episodes right. If they throw more episodes on my plate, I will do my best to do well with those stories as well.
Apparently, there has been at least some chatter about a Ghost Rider show. In fact, Luna recently revealed that he actually has a deal in place with Marvel to work on a series should the company want another drama. Ghost Rider is a pretty dark character, what with all the murder and flaming skull and soul-selling, so it could work. Nothing is currently moving forward at the moment, although the actor also told ComicBook.com that if a show does move forward, it could be in multiple mediums, including a Netflix show, a project on another network or even something on the big screen.
He could be a good addition to the Marvel lineup on Netflix. As anybody who has caught any of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and/or Luke Cage will know, the Netflix model allows shows to get much darker than what they could get away with on one of the broadcast networks. Still, Netflix has a pretty full slate of Marvel shows in the near future, with Iron Fist, The Defenders, and The Punisher all in the works. A Ghost Rider show might not be able to happen any time soon.
Alternately, a Ghost Rider show could hit the airwaves on ABC as a direct spinoff of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The network passed on the spinoff that would have followed the adventures of former agents Bobbi Morse and Lance Hunter, and it cancelled the prequel series Agent Carter after Season 2, but Ghost Rider might be a big enough antihero that ABC would give it a chance. After all, Ghost Rider is a huge comics character. Two movies about the Johnny Blaze incarnation were financial (if not critical) successes on the big screen; the Spirit of Vengeance could have enough of a mainstream presence that ABC would feel comfortable greenlighting a series.
Of course, we shouldn't count on Gabriel Luna headlining his own show just yet. Just because there have been talks doesn't mean that a series is a sure thing or even on the radar right now. As of now, Luna is technically only a recurring side character on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. We may want to cross our fingers that he gets bumped up to regular status before we start planning spinoff plots.
I'll admit that I was skeptical about Ghost Rider on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. when news first broke that Robbie Reyes was turning up in Season 4, but Gabriel Luna has been so natural and compelling in the role that I became a fan almost immediately. If he does get his own Ghost Rider show, I know I'd tune in no matter where it aired.
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