Gabriel Luna talks expanding Ghost Rider Canon on Agents of SHIELD
It was confirmed last month that the spirit of vengeance would be riding into Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD and Gabriel Luna will be bringing the character of Robbie Reyes to life. Reyes first appeared in 2014’s All-New Ghost Rider #1 from Felipe Smith and Tradd Moore, a series that only ran for 12 issues before cancellation. That in mind, Luna revealed that they’ll be expanding on the character in the TV series since his source material options are limited.
“Because there is so little material on him right now, a lot of the show is going to be expanding the Ghost Rider canon,” Luna tells The Hollywood Reporter. “That’s really cool. It’s all me. It’s all on me.”
Luna revealed that he will perform the flame-headed version of his character which will be augmented with VFX.
“I am playing that. We have this great VFX for it, and I saw the mockup the other day and I thought it was completely finished. I was like, ‘Just throw that up on my TV.’ It’s a combination of CG and also some marking on my face so I can do some expressions.”
In light of the Sokovia Accords, and with Hydra obliterated, S.H.I.E.L.D. has been legitimatized again and no longer needs to operate in the shadows. Since the world presumes that Coulson is dead, the organization needed a new Director to be the face of the organization. Coulson finds himself back in the role as an agent and teamed with Mack, and together they are tasked with tracking down and confirming the presence of Enhanced people, aka Inhumans. They have been trying to track down and capture Daisy, aka Quake, who has gone rogue in an attempt to atone for sins from the past. But with the world believing that Daisy is a dangerous outlaw who has taken down banks and bridges, the new Director has no qualms about taking her down for good. Agent May is tasked with training specialist strike teams, and Fitz and Simmons have taken a big step forward in their relationship. But with Simmons’ new promotion as Special Advisor to the Director in Science and Technology, Fitz, as well as her former team members, finds it hard to confide in or trust her since she’s now the Director’s confidant.
Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD stars Clark Gregg as Director Phil Coulson, Ming-Na Wen as Agent Melinda May, Brett Dalton as Grant Ward, Chloe Bennet as Agent Daisy Johnson, Iain De Caestecker as Agent Leo Fitz, Elizabeth Henstridge as Agent Jemma Simmons, Nick Blood as Agent Lance Hunter, Adrianne Palicki as Agent Bobbi Morse, Henry Simmons as Agent Alphonso “Mack” MacKenzie and Luke Mitchell as Lincoln Campbell.
Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD returns Tuesday, September 20 in its new timeslot, 10:00 PM ET on ABC.