“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” may be doing Ghost Rider after all. TVLine reports that the Marvel tie-in show is looking to cast two brothers who sound suspiciously like Robbie Reyes, the most recent incarnation of Ghost Rider, and his brother Gabe: “a pair of Latino brothers, one of whom is always the most dangerous person in the room, the other paralyzed in a wheelchair.”
The report comes on the heels of a fiery Season 4 promotion, which will appear on an “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”-themed train for San Diego’s Comic-Con International. The design features a chain on fire, which — in and of itself — is not entirely unique to Ghost Rider, though it is most often associated with him; the Inhuman Hellfire, who made his debut last season on the series, also used this trick in the show. However, the casting rumor steers the ship back towards Ghost Rider.
Felipe Smith and Tradd Moore introduced the Reyes brothers to Marvel Comics in 2014. Robbie Reyes took up the Ghost Rider mantle in this series, following a misunderstanding that resulted in Robbie being gunned down in the streets. He was revived by the ghost of Eli Morrow, his estranged uncle and Satanic serial killer. Permanently bonded with the spirit, Robbie satiates Eli’s thirst for murder by killing only those with truly evil souls. When he is not in his transformed state, Robbie takes care of Gabe, his developmentally disabled brother, and attends high school. This iteration of the character swaps out the iconic motorcycle for a sleek black Dodge Charger.
The report also confirms casting for Aida, “a ‘very attractive’ robot… who moves about quite naturally but speaks a bit formally, like Iron Man’s Jarvis.” Aida was introduced in the Season 3 finale, when Holden Radcliffe promised the AI a body. This also seems to confirm that LMDs — that is, Life Model Decoys — will be a part of Season 4.
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