On this episode of Nerd & Tie, the MST3K Revival has found a home on Netflix, SDCC sees the release of Justice League and Wonder Woman trailers, we finally find out who’s in Supergirl’s pod, Ghost Rider’s coming to Agents of SHIELD, Brie Larson’s been cast as Captain Marvel, the new Star Trek show has a name (and ship), and Trae and Nick went to Kitsune Kon.
And our computers barely kept themselves together… it was rough.
Note: Due to the normal server we stream to being down, we were forced to record this on a local machine… that couldn’t quite keep up. It gets a bit unsynchronized and the show goes on. And by “a bit” I mean “a lot.”
Earlier this month we posted about the likelihood of the Robbie Reyes incarnation of Ghost Rider appearing on Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD this upcoming season. Well, it looks like that rumor is not only true, but we also know who is going to play him.
Marvel has now officially announced that Gabriel Luna will take on the role this fall.
As we said last time, the version of Ghost Rider which will feature in Agents of SHIELD is not the same character who was played by Nicholas Cage in two films previously — instead a different character who took on the mantle later in the comics. It’s a pretty shrewd move, allowing the IP to be used immediately, while saving the Johnny Blaze character for future, potential film installations.
While rumors previously swirled regarding Ghost Rider appearing on Agents of SHIELD, there was very little to go on before. Now though, it appears to be far more likely… though it won’t be the incarnation of Ghost Rider you’d expect.
A casting call has gone out for what TV Line describes as “a pair of Latino brothers, one of whom is always the most dangerous person in the room, the other paralyzed in a wheelchair.”
While people only familiar with the Johnny Blaze version of Ghost Rider might not see the link here, as ComicBook.com points out, that does appear to be a pretty apt description of the Robbie Reyes version of the character (and his brother Gabe).
Using a lesser known version of the character is pretty smart, as it allows the show to use a big name character while still saving Johnny Blaze for a larger project down the road. And it’s true that this could all be a coincidence, as the casting call is vague enough to also apply to an original pair of characters.