Ghost Rider will roar into the world of Agents of SHIELD this fall, black muscle car ablaze with new possibilities. The Marvel Cinematic Universe will unveil Doctor Strange in November, and Robbie Reyes could prove to be the spark that sends #ItsAllConnected blazing across social media once more.
No film will ever affect Agents of SHIELD quite like Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but, nevertheless, Marvel is always careful to ensure a connection between the primetime series and the MCU's blockbusters. Although executive producer Jeph Loeb couldn't officially confirm the speculation, there's a chance Ghost Rider (Gabriel Luna) might tie into the mystic world of Doctor Strange.
"Wouldn't that be cool? Whenever the television division, and the film division, and the publishing division find something that we can hashtag 'It's All Connected,' that's very cool," Loeb teased at San Diego Comic-Con, adding that "SHIELD has always been about exploring the unusual, the surprising, the odd, the inexplicable, and Ghost Rider in this universe is a new slice of that world."
Fans, however, will have to wait until Agents of SHIELD's September return to learn if Robbie Reyes will become a bane or boon to the agency. Considering Reyes' was only introduced to the comic book world in 2014, the series' writers have plenty of room to play.
"The idea was sort of two-fold," co-showrunner Jed Whedon said at SDCC, detailing the decision to choose Reyes over other iterations of the Ghost Rider. "One was that we want it to feel totally new a different, and most people aren't very familiar with that version of the character because it's new. That gives us a little bit more latitude. But also, we like the idea of a guy from east LA. That's a character we're interested in introducing to the dynamic of our show...we feel like there's a good story to be told."
Are you ready for Marvel to kick open another door in the MCU? Find out more when Agents of SHIELD returns to ABC on Sept. 20 at 10 p.m. ET.