Over the last few weeks, you might have caught some breathtakingly speculative reports that because Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Comic-Con 2016 promos featured flaming chains, Ghost Rider might be revving up for Season 4 (nevermind the Season 3 Inhuman who actually used a flaming chain), but might the truth lie somewhere in between? A new casting report might just put a flaming rider somewhere in our future.

Take this all with a grain of salt for now, but where the flaming chains decorating Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 4's Comic-Con trolleys almost certainly reference James (Axle Whitehead), the Hellfire-ing Inhuman who prominently already swung said chain (not to mention, flaming chains are just a provocative image), a new casting does seem to tip toward a notable Marvel hero.

TVLine first reported that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 4 would be casting “a pair of Latino brothers, one of whom is always the most dangerous person in the room, the other paralyzed in a wheelchair,” while Heroic Hollywood noted that the description rang awfully close to Marvel NOW Ghost Rider Robbie Reyes, along with his handicapped younger brother Gabe. Mind you, Robbie Reyes shares a vastly different backstory than the traditional Ghost Rider, though his origin does feature a small connection to Calvin Zabo, noted as Daisy Johnson’s father in the comics (as well a good reason to have Kyle MacLachlan back for Season 4).

Granted, the casting description might refer to any number of other characters (also mentioning the season’s emphasis on Life Model Decoys, rather than demonic possession), mention of Latino brothers with one using a wheelchair makes for an awfully specific coincidence. Even so, Agents might introduce the characters without actually turning Robbie into Ghost Rider. It's also worth noting that the series was said to skew darker in its new 10:00 P.M. timeslot.

For what it’s worth, Marvel declined to comment on the trolley’s flaming chains for this story.

We’ll find out more when Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 4 heads to Comic-Con 2016 this month, but would even *a* Ghost Rider make a worthwhile addition to the team?


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