Ghost Rider, Marvel's fire-covered, bat-out-of-hell character, is no stranger to live-action. Nicolas Cage played the character in two movies, and now, five years later, Ghost Rider is back in the burning flesh and the first official look is here. As you probably know, Ghost Rider will soon be coming to ABC's Marvel show Agents of SHIELD. He'll be played by Gabriel Luna, but not as the original Johnny Blaze version. This is the Robbie Reyes version, which is from a more recent Marvel Comics run. Hence the new look. Here's the photo.
Ol' Flame Head is pictured here with his smoking hot 1969 Dodge Charger, another change from the traditional motorcycle. According to SHIELD executive producer Jeff Bell, introducing the character "opens up a whole different kind of storytelling for us". Um, yeah it does.
Ghost Rider represents a character whose origin has no basis in reality. Pretty much every other character in the universe, even Vision, Thor or Hulk, at least attempt to make sense. (One is artificial intelligence, one is from another planet, the other enhanced by gamma radiation.) Even SHIELD's Inhumans were made that way by science. But Ghost Rider has no "logical" explanation. How that will play out in this reality-based world should be interesting to follow.
Here's another brief glimpse, which you've already seen if you read today's Morning Spoilers.
Agents of SHIELD returns to TV in the US on September 20. It airs on Channel Seven in Australia.