Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. introduced a major Marvel player this season as the character of Robbie Reyes a.k.a. Ghost Rider came to life in the first half of Season 4. While the origin behind how Robbie became the Spirit of Vengeance would naturally be seen as supernatural, that’s not the case according to Jed Whedon and Jeff Bell, executive producers on the show.
According to Bell and Whedon, the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s take on Ghost Rider is actually based on science. Whedon went into full length to explain how the show and the cinematic universe itself explained something like Ghost Rider.
“The Marvel rule is that magic is science we don’t understand. But when we are trapped between [dimensions] in [Episode 7], we’re in the quantum energy fields between dimensions. The Ghost Rider very clearly says, ‘That’s where I came from. I know where you’re being dragged down and I don’t want to go back.’ One of the things that it allows us, and Doctor Strange allowed us, to do is to have something you would call a ‘hell demon’ on our show because we’re opening holes between worlds and between universes. Any time there’s something that on another show would be a wave of the wand magic thing, we can chalk it up to, oh, it’s from another dimension. There’s another set of physics rules in that world and so it’s allowed us to put it all under the science umbrella. The word ‘dimensions’ is sort of covering a lot of ground there.”
“COULSON DISCOVERS A SHOCKING TRUTH ABOUT DIRECTOR MACE,
ON ABC’S ‘MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.’
“The Patriot” – Separated from their team, Coulson and Mack discover a shocking secret about Mace, leaving all of S.H.I.E.L.D. in a precarious position, on “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” TUESDAY, JANUARY 17 (10:00–11:00 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network.
“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” stars Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson, Ming-Na Wen as Agent Melinda May, Chloe Bennet as Daisy Johnson, Iain De Caestecker as Agent Leo Fitz, Elizabeth Henstridge as Agent Jemma Simmons, Henry Simmons as Agent Alphonso “Mack” MacKenzie and John Hannah as Holden Radcliffe.
Guest starring are Jason O’Mara as Director Jeffrey Mace, Mallory Jansen as Aida, Adrian Pasdar as Brigadier General Glenn Talbot, Maximillian Osinski as Agent Davis, Patrick Cavanaugh as Burrows, Troy Caylak as Yuri Zaikin, Kimberley Drummond as Agent Crawford, Shelly Robertson as Michelle Caldwell and Alastair Bayardo as Agent McCafferty.
“The Patriot” was written by James C. Oliver & Sharla Oliver and directed by Kevin Tancharoen.”
Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.: LMD Season 4 airs on Tuesday nights at 10/9c on ABC. Make sure to check back at Heroic Hollywood after every single episode of Season 4 for our weekly reviews.