By including things like Norse mythological figures who are either aliens or humans with psionic abilities reaped from exposure to cosmic-powered scepters, the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has substantially placed both of its feet fixed into the domain of science-fiction as any franchise would. On the other hand, the MCU is beginning to blatantly accept the concept of magic and the paranormal, between this fall’s theatrical launch, Doctor Strange, and the to-be-released fourth season of the Marvel/ABC TV show, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – by adding Roberto “Robbie” Reyes (Gabriel Luna), a.k.a. the lead of the All-New Ghost Rider Marvel comics run which begun in 2014.
According to the season 4 synopsis of S.H.I.E.L.D., the junkyard mechanic, Reyes, possesses the powers of the Ghost Rider and “will roar into the lives” of Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) and the rest of his squad, among them was the rogue Daisy Johnson (Chloe Bennet) as well. It can be said that if the S.H.I.E.L.D. season 4 premiere title is not misleading then the fans will not have to wait for too long in order to get a first look at the new Rider in action.
From reports of Spoiler TV, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 4 premiere has the title “The Ghost” which is basically an obvious reference to the arrival of Ghost Rider on the TV show. On the contrary, the title has a double-meaning as it could possibly be referring to Daisy who is imperatively operating off the grid in the beginning of the season, similar to a “Ghost”. There is confirmation from the actress who plays Daisy that the character is still facing several traumatic consequences due to all that occurred in the third season of S.H.I.E.L.D. when Lincoln died and “The Ghost” picked up which signified that Daisy is a “ghost” of her former self as well, i.e. emotionally.
There were some leaked videos from the set of S.H.I.E.L.D. which give us the slight hint that the initial encounter of Daisy with Robbie in the fourth season does not go so smoothly, but it is beneficial for the two to finally put their differences to one side. The struggle to carry the Spirit of Vengeance and the desire to be alone is likely to allow Robbie to connect with Daisy in a much better way, keeping in mind that Daisy is someone who has reason to be careful of her super-powers and almost killing some of the S.H.I.E.L.D. team members whom she was using and who are closest to her in the third season of the show. With respect to this, it would be incorrect for Ghost Rider to feel out of place in a time and area where non humans inadvertently carry on with the discovery of their far-fetched powers. Yet, they found themselves on the run being hunted down by the public and government of a similar world.
Similar to Doctor Strange, the producers of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Maurissa Tancharoen and Jed Whedon) confirmed that the MCU TV series shall attempt to seamlessly blend the supernatural capabilities of Ghost Rider. However, if the members of the S.H.I.E.L.D. team are successful in its own efforts then Reyes and the Ghost Rider story thread should come off all the more similar to an organic expansion to the show – and not only an endeavor to blend things up by hurling Ghost Rider into the arrangement, now that Marvel owns the film/TV rights to the character once more.