Sorry, Ghost Rider fans, but the planned live-action TV series centered on the character won't be moving forward at Hulu. We first learned that the Robbie Reyes version of Ghost Rider was poised to get his own show back in May. Now, it's come to light that Marvel has decided not to proceed with the series, which opens up a whole host of questions. Unfortunately, for the time being, precious few answers to those questions are available.
According to several reports, Ghost Rider has been scrapped at Hulu due to creative differences. The specifics of those differences haven't been revealed. Whatever the case may be, Gabriel Luna will not be suiting up, so it would seem, as Robbie Reyes again anytime soon. As fans may recall, Marvel also announced a live-action Helstrom series as well. At present, that show is still scheduled to proceed. So this shouldn't come as a signal that Marvel's relationship with Hulu is degrading by any means. Just that things with this specific show couldn't be worked out. The big question becomes, what happens to the character now?
The simple answer could be nothing, but the options are abundant. Disney is getting ready to launch the Disney+ streaming service in November. A host of Marvel shows such as The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, WandaVision, Hawkeye, Loki, She-Hulk, Ms. Marvel and Moon Knight are all in the works for the service. It's possible Marvel could explore bringing Ghost Rider into that fold, just not this version of the show. Maybe we could get a new version of the better known Johnny Blaze version of the character? Or, it's possible Marvel Studios could explore a movie reboot. Though, that seems less likely and probably wouldn't happen for a long time, as Phase 4 is fully mapped out and Phase 5 already has several projects announced.
The Robbie Reyes / Ghost Rider was brought to the small screen in ABC's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. with Gabriel Luna playing the part. The character has since appeared several times and went on to become something of a fan favorite. That ultimately opened the door for this proposed spin-off series, which Ingrid Escajeda was set to executive produce, in addition to serving as showrunner. On the big screen, Nicolas Cage starred as Johnny Blaze in a pair of Ghost Rider movies. First in 2007, which was followed up by the much-maligned 2012 sequel, Spirit of Vengeance.
At the present time, it's not clear if Ghost Rider will be shopped to other networks or streaming services. Hulu's Marvel plate is still full. Aside from Helstrom, the streaming service also has The Runaways season 3 on deck. They've also got four animated shows centered on M.O.D.O.K, Hit-Monkey, Tigra & Dazzler Show and Howard The Duck. All of those will culminate in a crossover event titled The Offenders. Those shows are set to debut sometime in 2020. This was first reported at Deadline.