Hulu is partnering with Marvel to bring fans two new, live-action series that will be much darker and grittier than what we’re used to seeing over in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Those two shows? Marvel’s Ghost Rider and Marvel’s Helstrom.
During a live stream of the upfront presentation, Hulu CEO Randy Freer offered some insight on the upcoming series, explaining that “together, [Hulu and Marvel] are journeying into a different corner of the Marvel universe: thrillers.”
“Kicking off these shows is one of Marvel’s signature characters, Ghost Rider,” he said. “Ghost Rider roams border towns exacting justice on those who do harm. Following Ghost Rider will be Helstrom, based on two of Marvel’s most complex characters, the children of Satan.”
Freer went on to say that “these two new live-action shows join the four animated series [MODOK, Hit-Monkey, Tigra & Dazzler, and Howard the Duck] and an animated special that are already on deck in our partnership with Marvel.”
While many of us have heard about Ghost Rider over the years and fans recently got to see him on ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Helstrom (which has dropped an “l” from its original comics title, Hellstrom) will be introducing us to two characters, siblings Daimon and Satana Hellstrom, who are mostly unknown to the wider world.
There’s a lot we still don’t know about Helstrom but here’s everything we know, from plot and character details to Hulu’s planned released date.
Wait, Who Are the Hellstrom Siblings?
Daimon and Satana Hellstrom have had a robust life in the world of Marvel Comics since they made their debuts in 1973. In the comics, Daimon and Satana are the children of Satan after he decided to use a woman (in the case of the siblings, that woman is their mother, Victoria Hellstrom) to help create a gateway between the human and demonic world and strengthen his own powers. So naturally, he took a human form, married Victoria, and started a family.
Daimon and Satana’s father eventually whisks Satana to the underworld when Victoria discovers his true identity, leaving Daimon to grow up in an orphanage and become an occult expert who occasionally battled his sister and encountered other Marvel heroes like Doctor Strange. Meanwhile, Satana learned all there was to know about her father’s powers and returned to Earth, wielding those abilities as a part-demon.
Daimon has no explicit superpowers, but in the comics he drives a chariot pulled by three demonic horses (Hecate, Amon, and Set) and he fights with a trident. It’s safe to say that even if he can’t do anything supernatural, he’s pretty skilled in hand-to-hand combat and is somewhat protected from harm through supernatural means as the son of Satan.
Satana, on the other hand, is part demon and part succubus with powers ranging from life-force absorption to superhuman strength and durability to hellfire manipulation to astral projection.
When Is the Helstrom Release Date on Hulu?
No premiere date has been confirmed for Helstrom yet. Per Freer’s statement at the upfronts presentation it sounds like Helstrom will premiere after Ghost Rider, which means we could be looking at a mid- to late 2020 release date.
When Does Production on Helstrom Start?
No production start date has been confirmed. If our guess about Helstrom debuting in 2020 is correct, then additional casting for the series would continue throughout Summer 2019 and production could begin in Fall or Winter 2019 at the earliest or, more realistically since it’s Freer mentioned in his statement that Helstrom would follow after Ghost Rider, in early to mid-2020.
Who’s Been Cast in Helstrom?
So far, your guess is as good as ours. There has been nary a whisper of who might be in contention to play siblings Daimon and Ana Hellstrom, nor do we have any information on other characters involved in the series and who will play them. However, it seems likely that Ghost Rider could cross over into this show after debuting on his own Hulu series.
What Is The Plot of Helstrom?
Here’s Hulu’s official synopsis:
Daimon and Ana Helstrom are the son and daughter of a mysterious and powerful serial killer in Marvel’s Helstrom. The siblings have a complicated dynamic as they track down the terrorizing worst of humanity — each with their attitude and skills.
This summary of Helstrom makes it sound as if there will be a distinctly gritty vibe to that will strengthen the antihero vibes pulsing through this show. There a good chance that Helstrom will act as an origin story, giving us all of the backstory we need about supernatural siblings Daimon and Ana (who has probably shortened her name in the TV show from “Satana” for good reason) since they’re relatively unknown quantities in the zeitgeist at large.
Is There a Trailer For Helstrom?
There is no trailer for Helstrom yet, nor are there any promotional stills or production images. In short, we are currently very in the dark about what the look and feel of the show will be even though we expect something dark and intense, given the source material.
A trailer could surface as early as three months before the series premieres, but it could arrive even sooner or clips of it could included in future Hulu presentations at upcoming events. Keep your eyes peeled, folks.
How Can I Watch Helstrom?
You will be able to watch Helstrom exclusive on Hulu when it finally lands on the streaming service. Thankfully, Helstrom is a Hulu original series which means it will be a permanent fixture on the streaming platform and you can watch it whenever you want.
Inverse reached out to Hulu to ask more about a premiere date, plot, production schedule and more. We’ll update this post as long as more details are available.