One of the biggest surprises this year for anyone who enjoys Marvel TV is that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D decided to bring on the character of Ghost Rider, as portrayed by Gabriel Luna. This is not the more classic Johnny Blaze version of Ghost Rider mind you, but a more recent version by the name of Robbie Reyes. The reception has been very positive, so that has led to discussion of the character possibly getting his own series. Or maybe even a movie.
In a recent interview with Comicbook.com, Gabriel Luna revealed that there actually have been talks about possibly giving his Ghost Rider character a spinoff of some kind. It is unclear if that would also be on ABC or if he would join up with The Defenders over on Netflix, but he made it clear the possibility is very much alive. Here is what he had to say.
"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."
This is not the first we have heard of a potential Ghost Rider series, but this is probably a bit different than what most Marvel fans were expecting when the studio got the rights to the character back. There were rumors that Netflix was looking at developing shows for Blade, Moon Knight and Ghost Rider before Robbie Reyes ever got near Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. It was presumed at the time that we would be seeing Johnny Blaze at the forefront, but that doesn't appear to be the case. However, a recent episode of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. seemed to tease Johnny Blaze as well, so who knows what is going to happen at this point. As for a movie? Gabriel Luna commented on that briefly as well.
"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."
There are a lot of ways Marvel could go with it at this point. It seems like the character is destined for more than just a few appearances on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, especially given the warm reception from fans. Maybe Netflix could do a one-off movie explaining the origin of Robbie Reyes that features Johnny Blaze as well? The streaming service has been dabbling a lot more with original movies lately. No matter how it happens, if Ghost Rider wound up on Netflix, it would be a nice way for at least the TV side of Marvel Universe to feel a bit more connected than it currently is. The movies feel like they live with the movies. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D feels like it is on island all alone at the moment and Netflix is doing its own thing with The Defenders.
Marvel has no shortage or projects on either the TV or movie side of things. Outside of the shows that are already up and running, a Punisher series is currently being filmed for Netflix, a Cloak & Dagger series is in development and Hulu is currently adapting The Runaways. The movie side of things is tacked through 2020, so it is hard to fathom squeezing anything Ghost Rider related in at Marvel Studios, even if we ignore the separation that currently exists between the TV and movie divisions of Marvel.
Gabriel Luna made it clear that talks have happened and that there are "deals in place" should Ghost Rider become something worth exploring outside of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. That said, Marvel probably has similar deals in place for absolutely anything that has potential, so that may not mean all that much. Still, more Ghost Rider probably isn't a bad thing and if the character continues to gain popularity, who knows?