In season 4, we saw Ghost Rider in the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, the famous actor Gabriel Luna was cast to play the role. He is the most recent incarnation of Ghost Rider i.e Robbie Reyes instead of Johnny Blaze. He drives a car on fire and dispenses vigilante justice to criminals. He has the power to teleport himself into the car.
Johnny Blaze, the Ghost Rider debut in 1972 as part of the ensemble and later got his own series in 1973 which lasted till 1983. Johnny Blaze was not the first Ghost Rider, the original was Carter Slade who made his debut in 1967 in Ghost Rider #1.
The name “Ghost Rider” is inspired by a song titled “(Ghost) Riders in the Sky”, a cowboy-style song written in 1948. In the story ‘Trials and Tribulations’, it was revealed that the spirit of vengeance has been around since the Biblical times, hence there have been many ghost-riders across time. The current Ghost-rider is Robbie Reyes who was turned by Johnny Blaze.
In fact, Marvel confirmed the existence of Johnny Blaze as part of the MCU. We saw the book of the dead which contains powerful secrets about every Marvel creature from a superhero to demons. Also, we saw a poster of Quentin Carnival (a place where Johnny Blaze spent time doing stunt work) in the basement along with a leather jacket and a torn bike. This clearly suggested that he had existed in the past.
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The fans were made to believe that the show-makers have dumped the character. The executive producer clarified to TVLine “He 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 to revisit.” Well, in the last episode, he came back from extra-dimensional hell to aid S.H.I.E.L.D to put an end to AIDA & her forces. Moreover, AIDA herself is made up of energy from the “Darkhold”. Fans are speculating that this will open new worlds and dimensions and all that’s going on is part of the centuries-old war. There is a real possibility of a possible spin-off series based on Ghost-rider after season 5 is over.
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