Gabriel Luna Talks Stepping Into Nicolas Cage’s Shoes As Ghost Rider

Ghost Rider

Ghost Rider is gearing up to spread vengeance among the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. when Season 4 premieres tonight on ABC, and actor Gabriel Luna spoke to regarding his hot-headed role. If you’re a Marvel fan, there’s a good chance you’ve seen the Ghost Rider movies starring Nicolas Cage – well Luna certainly has, and he’s been thinking about how he’s going to step into his shoes as this iconic character.

“I think I might try to just go crazy every opportunity I can on screen so they can make a really sweet Youtube video of all my freak-outs, I think that’s the legacy I want to carry from Nic.”

It’s worth noting that even though they share the mantle of Ghost Rider, these two versions of the character are very different. While Cage’s stint as the Spirit of Vengeance focused on Johnny Blaze, Luna is portraying the All-New Ghost Rider: Robbie Reyes. This means there’s plenty of differences between their two takes on the character, so they may not be too comparable.

“No, you know – our versions are really, really different, I mean there’s a world [of] difference between our take and their take. I really love how serious [we take Ghost Rider]. We’re definitely infusing it with a lot of gravitas and true-to-life emotional struggle. He’s just trying to be a normal guy who has to care for his brother [and] deal with these very real family ties. Meanwhile, [he’s] moonlighting as the Spirit of Vengeance and going out at night and putting more X’s on the wall when it comes to taking out bad guys.”

In another interview with, Luna discussed his approach for the character – especially since it’s the first live-action adaptation of Reyes.

“When I read the books by Felipe [Smith] and Tradd [Moore], and all the people who contributed to doing those first 12 issues of the All-New Ghost Rider, the first thing that I identified with was the orphan nature of his upbringing and some of the hardships that he deals with, at a very, very young age. He’s raising his little brother, from the age of 13. There were some striking similarities to my background and my past, and some similar family dynamics.

Previous incarnations of the character are men who usually have a pretty decent life, to start out. Johnny Blaze is a famous Hollywood stuntman. Danny Ketch is not doing too bad to start with. And then, the Ghost Rider becomes this really heavy curse on them. Robbie is in an inverted position there. He had some hardships early in his life, and the Ghost Rider actually becomes an empowering thing. While it’s still difficult to deal with and very much a curse, he had some f*cked up sh*t going on before Ghost Rider ever came about. His control over it is something that slightly differs from the previous characters and previous vessels of the Ghost Rider spirit.”

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is back with a vengeance on September 20th at 10pm ET on ABC.


Adam Fitch

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