Ghost Rider’s Status Revealed by Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Executive Producers
By Okon Essien
[MILD spoilers for those who haven’t seen the mid season finale of AOS]
Season four of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. introduced us to a few new things that hadn’t been tried with the show before: a new time slot, a bit more violence and blood, a darker storyline, and a new and very dope character: Robbie Reyes, aka Ghost Rider.
Ghost Rider had an abundance of appearances on the show in the first half of this season, but it looked as if his character arc reached it’s end in the mid season finale when he and Eli Morrow were whisked away to…somewhere. We were left to assume he died, but Executive Producer Jed Whedon claims that Robbie Reyes still lives on (hat tip to TVLine):
“He is trapped in another place, which usually means that he’s not dead.”
Okay cool, so he’s alive. Then why did they end the season in a way that made it seem as if his character was done for? Jeffery Bell, another Executive Producer, gave a bit of insight on that:
“[Ghost Rider is] a lot for 22 [episodes], especially with everything else that we like and care about on the show… It would feel like one flavor over a long period of time, but we’ve certainly left it open.”
While we loved seeing Robbie Reyes getting vengeance on the many murderers and criminals that he encountered in AOS, it does make sense for them to sort of ease up on his character for a while, seeing as how he’s not a main piece of their story. They did sort of hint that he’ll be back at some point in the future, so we’ll be looking forward to that day. Until then, we’ll enjoy whatever lies ahead in the rest of the season.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns on January 10th, 2017.