Marvel rolled a brief clip of the standard S.H.I.E.L.D. logo, which burned red with heat and burst into flames. As the flames rolled back, a flaming skull appeared -- confirming longstanding rumors that Ghost Rider would appear on the show.
As indicated in previous reports, the Ghost Rider appearing on "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." will be the Marvel NOW! version of the character, Robbie Reyes. Reyes took up the Ghost Rider following a misunderstanding that resulted in 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 of Vengeance, 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 Ghost Rider's iconic motorcycle for a sleek black Dodge Charger.
The addition to Ghost Rider on the series is also notable for being the first time the character has appeared in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While we already saw the character in live-action in the less-than-well-received Nicolas Cage films, those movies were produced by Sony, and not a part of Marvel Studios' canon. Now that the rights have reverted back to Marvel and Disney, the studios have license to use the character in a series like "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," or his own potential project.
"Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." premieres on Tuesday, September 20, at 10:00pm ET, on ABC.