Ghost Rider will Make 'Agents of SHIELD' Hotter and Deadlier

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Marvel revealed in July that the fourth season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will introduce Ghost Rider, the biggest superhero the show has featured to date. A new promo released Monday about the upcoming season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., demonstrates the creative team behind the series isn’t bluffing about the show upping the ante on brutality.

Ghost Rider is officially in the MCU and he’s out for vengeance, rampaging his way through whatever obstacle stands in his way. Actress Chloe Bennett, who plays Daisy on the show, revealed that along with the new 10 p.m. time slot, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will be moving towards a darker, sexier direction. “[T]he show will have to deal with issues of vengeance, penance, the line between good and evil, and who deserves to die,” Bennett says,, and it certainly seems like there will be some gruesome deaths ahead.

In the trailer, we get a glimpse of a man beaten and chained to the wall as the sound of a car revs toward him. The trailer is cut in a way that implies it’s Robbie Reyes’ Ghost Rider doing the driving, and execution. Anyone familiar with the character knows that this kind of retribution isn’t unnatural for the spirit of vengeance.

However, this level of violence hasn’t been seen much on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. which previously has lent itself to a more action-adventure, goofy tone than the gritty crime dramas seen on Netflix’s Marvel shows like Daredevil and Jessica Jones. Ghost Rider will most likely change this, bringing a touch of darkness and more supernatural elements to Agents. While it’s unclear how many bodies Ghost Rider will leave in his wake, there is little doubt that Reyes will be playing nice with those who’ve wronged him. Along with the promised violence will be a send-up to the Marvel Universe’s more supernatural elements which will be on full display in this fall’s Doctor Strange starring Benedict Cumberbatch. Agents’s executive producer Jeff Bell promises that the supernatural origins of Ghost Rider will tie-in with the supernatural elements of Doctor Strange.

In the All-New Ghost Rider comics written by Felipe Smith, Johnny Blaze is succeeded by Robbie Reyes, an LA mechanic who was murdered by a local gang. Resurrected as the Spirit of Vengeance by deceased serial killer Eli Morrow, Reyes and his souped up 1969 Dodge Charger begin a warpath of vengeance.

Season 4 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will premiere September 20 on ABC at its new time, 10 p.m. EST.

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