The Johnny Blaze ‘Ghost Rider’ Won’t Return to ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has literally dropped the Ghost Rider from Season 4 to focus on its LMD arc, but even if Gabriel Luna’s Robbie Reyes returns, it’s worth wondering what became of the other figure we met, suspected to be Johnny Blaze. Sadly, producers clarify we won’t be seeing him again, as the Rider only takes one host at a time.
Season 4 never outright confirmed that the fiery “Good Samaritan” who transferred his curse to Robbie Reyes was indeed the Marvel character’s best-known iteration, Johnny Blaze, though the aesthetic and nods to Blaze’s comic roots seemed clear enough. As executive producers Jed Whedon and Jeff Bell told IGN, however, said mystery man is no longer himself a Ghost Rider, and therefore won’t have any role in the story going forward:
There is a tradition within the comics that there’s been many Ghost Riders and our take on that was they’re not simultaneously a tribe of Ghost Riders but that it’s passed. The Spirit of Vengeance is passed from person to person. In that respect, at least our intention was that the Spirit of Vengeance was passed from one person to another. And who passed that on, there are suggestions within the storytelling … That’s as far as we’re going to take that part.
The popularity of Gabriel Luna’s Ghost Rider all but assures we’ll see his character again, but it’s understandable that Season 4 wouldn’t have time to cast (and animate) an additional Rider. Marvel may yet have other plans for Johnny Blaze anyway, hence the apparent unwillingness to name the character in the first place.
In the meantime, you can read the latest Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 4 review, and stay tuned for more to come.
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