Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. bid farewell to several major characters last season (we still miss you, Hunter!), but when the ABC series returns for Season 4 later this month, there will be a new face in the crowd.
In the season premiere, fans will meet the show's version of the Marvel comic book character Ghost Rider, as played by Gabriel Luna. However, the show is putting its own spin on the well-known character. First, this is not the man famously portrayed on the big screen by Nicolas Cage.
"It's Robbie Reyes, which is a different run — a very popular run of Ghost Rider — who's not the Harley-riding Johnny Blaze," says star Clark Gregg.
Robbie Reyes was introduced in the comics in 2013. This version of Ghost Rider is in high school, from East Los Angeles and drives a Dodge Charger. But the mode of transportation is not the only reason Robbie Reyes will stand out on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D..
"It's a different version of a powered person than we've seen on the show," explains Chloe Bennet, who plays Marvel character Daisy "Quake" Johnson. "Everyone who's powered on our show, it's been rooted in something that Fitz [Iain De Caestecker] and Simmons [Elizabeth Henstridge] could prove through science and research. I'm curious to see how this take of Ghost Rider is going to be explained by our very logic thinking Fitz and Simmons."
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. spent the bulk of its third season focusing on the history of the Inhumans, a race of superhumans with powers, and with the addition of Reyes to the ranks, the show will now be exploring a new part of the Marvel Universe, one that's demonic and magical.
"It'll be interesting to see how that fits into the reality of our show," says Gregg.
To learn more about Robbie and this new version of Ghost Rider, watch the video above.
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 10/9c on ABC.