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Agents of SHIELD EPs Reveal Ghost Rider’s Status, Why His Arc Ended

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Agents of SHIELD EPs Reveal Ghost Rider’s Status, Why His Arc Ended

In the Season 4 fall finale of “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”, Robbie Reyes went head-to-head with his powerful uncle Eli Morrow. However, just as Robbie was about to go full Ghost Rider, he and Morrow disappeared — and that was the end of Ghost Rider, or so it seemed. Speaking to TVLine, executive producer Jed Whedon revealed just where Ghost Rider has disappeared to.

“He is trapped in another place,” Whedon revealed, “which usually means that he’s not dead.”

Executive producer Jeffrey Bell also weighed in on why they decided to end the show’s Ghost Rider story arc in the mid-season finale, saying, “[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.” They added that “financial considerations” also impacted their decision to wrap Ghost Rider’s story by the fall finale.

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Considering the upcoming “LMD” storyline, the show’s producers are glad to seize the opportunity to tell a new story in the back-half of Season 4. “We do think you’ll come into the next section [of episodes] and immediately feel like, ‘Oh, this is a different kind of story.’ So we’re excited about that,” Whedon shared.

Nevertheless, there’s always the chance that both the Ghost Rider and LMD story arcs will come full circle before the season is over. “In the same way that Radcliffe allowed Aida to read the book to get [Coulson, Fitz and Robbie] back, by building these quantum sort of things, it makes sense then that she can make other adjustments,” Bell teased. “It seems to us that that’s part of the same story.”

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“We can go on a different journey, but we are still playing in the same world [as Ghost Rider], and these things could link up later in some way — maybe in thrilling fashion,” Whedon added. As such, it seems that the show isn’t quite finished playing with the mystical corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which was introduced in this fall’s “Doctor Strange.”

Returning Tuesday, January 10 at 10 pm ET/PT on ABC, “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” stars Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson, Chloe Bennet as Daisy “Quake” Johnson, Ming-Na Wen as Melinda May, Iain De Caestecker as Leo Fitz, Elizabeth Henstridge as Jemma Simmons, Henry Simmons as Alphonso “Mack” Mackenzie and more.

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