San Diego is already undergoing some serious changes in preparation for Comic-Con next month. And residents in the neighborhood surrounding the convention center have noticed a lot of movie and TV related promos popping up to tease incoming projects. One of the more intriguing images to come out of the city this past week was Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. art wrapped around one of the downtown trollies. Accompanying the show's iconic logo was a glowing chain. Many suspected this weapon belonged to Ghost Rider, but as it turns out, there is a much more reasonable explanation.
We say reasonable, because many fans were bewildered by the why and how of Ghost Rider joining S.H.I.E.L.D. In all honesty, that character doesn't really fit the tone of the show. And while the glowing fiery chain certainly looks like the same one used to promote the Nicolas Cage movies, there is another character who has a similar weapon. And guess what? That Marvel character in question has already been introduced on the show.
So, yeah. It doesn't look like this Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. art is teasing the impending arrival of Ghost Rider at all. Sorry to those who were excited by the idea. But more likely, this fiery chain is tied to a more logical possibility. And that's the arrival of Hellfire, played by Axle Whitehead. He was introduced in Season 3. And in the Marvel Comics, he also carries a flaming chain that he likes to whip people in the eyeball with on occasion.
At this juncture, Axle Whitehead's character is just a henchman to HIVE. But if this promo art relates to him, which sounds much more plausible than Ghost Rider getting introduced, it's likely that Hellfire will arrive in Season 4 with a much bigger role to play. Though, the Aussie Inhuman does have ties to Ghost Rider in Marvel lore. If Hellfire is getting a substantial story arc, Ghost Rider still shouldn't be ruled out. Marvel recently won the rights back to the character from Sony Pictures and they have been biting at the chomp to use him. Some have even speculated that Ghost Rider is getting his own Netflix series.
Though ABC and Netflix are two separate entities, it is not impossible for Ghost Rider to first appear on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. before moving onto the streaming service, since they are all part of the same shared universe. Though it seems more likely that one of the Netflix Marvel shows would instead set up the character. Hellfire, who's name is James, is an Inhuman who was taken to Afterlife under Jiaying's leadership, but was expelled from the community before undergoing Terrigenesis for trying to steal from its archives. After he finally gained his Inhuman powers with the intervention of Hive and Daisy Johnson, he started calling himself Hellfire. In all likelihood, Hellfire is who we'll see on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. this fall. Here's another look at the Comic-Con trolley.