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The success of the Robbie Reyes version of the Ghost Rider on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. may lead to a new solo venture, according to a new interview with actor Gabriel Luna. Luna, who portrays the character on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., confirmed discussions are well underway for either an ABC series, a Netflix series, or a potential new solo film during a recent interview with Comic Book.
There have been three comic book versions of the character since the creation of the original western hero during the 1960s. The Johnny Blaze, Danny Ketch, and Robbie Reyes versions of the character all featured some aspect of demonic possession and anti-hero status, which were all significantly different from the “cowboy” version created by Gary Friedrich, Roy Thomas, and Dick Ayers in 1967.
Gabriel Luna’s Ghost Rider (Robbie Reyes) has been featured extensively so far (six episodes) during the fourth season of ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Robbie Reyes has been received so well, a ground swell of support has grown for fans to continue seeing the character either on the show or elsewhere in the wider Marvel Cinematic/Netflix universe. Most often mentioned by fans is a possible spot for a Ghost Rider series among the highly successful Marvel Netflix shows.
“I don’t have a preference. People talk about ‘Ah man he’d be great as a feature,’ which is [an] idea too… It could be in the cinema, it could live on Netflix, whatever it is,” Gabriel Luna told Comic Book.
“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.”
Before this recent success, the Ghost Rider has been a popular character for decades in the Marvel Universe. Unfortunately for Marvel, the company has had mixed reviews in previous attempts at transitioning the hero demon from the comics to the silver screen.
Two previous Ghost Rider films featured Hollywood actor Nicolas Cage as the Johnny Blaze version of the titular hero. 2007’s Ghost Rider and the 2012 sequel Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance were not well received by most comic book fans or movie critics, though they did each achieve a fair amount of commercial success at the box office – $228 million and $132 million dollars respectively.
To date, no definite information or public announcements have been made about the Ghost Rider’s future other than these comments from actor Gabriel Luna or similar comments from those involved with the production of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Stay tuned!