Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is introducing a number of new characters from the comics this season, including Robbie Reyes a.k.a. Ghost Rider (played by Gabriel Luna) and the Life-Model-Decoy, A.I.D.A. (played by Mallory Jensen). Ann Foley is the phenomenal costume designer of the beloved ABC Marvel drama, who has done great designs for characters like Deathlok, Mockingbird and more.
In an interview with Comicbook.com, Foley was asked about what went into the designs of the new characters that we are meeting this year. She was asked about any possible challenges in bringing Robbie’s look to life and more, to which she said the following.
“I was super excited when I heard that he was going to be joining us this season. I’m so lucky that we have such amazing writers on the show and how they manage to bring these characters into our universe and fit them into the universe, it’s great for me and it’s such a great collaboration. Just like any time we introduce any character on the show, we always want it to fit into the universe of the show that we have established. With Robbie Reyes, it was no different.
We have a really great creative director over here at Marvel Television by the name of Joshua James Shaw. He did concept art for me of the jacket, which was based on the illustrations that Felipe Smith did in his comic books. I just wanted it to stay true to the comics, which is what I think that we achieved that. I also wanted it to fit into our world as well. We kept him grounded in the reality of where he was brought up in Los Angeles and his clothes reflected that, with his jeans, where they’re Levis, and we put him in some really great Vans and just kept him really grounded, but also paying tribute to Felipe and Tradd [Moore].”
Foley was also asked about what she could tease about A.I.D.A’s costume, as we have yet to see the design for that character and Foley teased with the following.
“We’re really excited by her costume. We built it here in-house so it’s completely custom made. It’s a very beautiful suit that has very interesting style lines along the lines of Alexander McQueen. I wanted to keep it very simple and to not take away from the character at all, but I didn’t want it to look like something that just came off the rack. I wanted it to have a sort of a “Where did this outfit come from?” kind of a feeling so that it’s specifically hers. It just adds to the mystery of who she is.”
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 4 premieres on Tuesday, September 20 at 10/9c on ABC.