The amount of Marvel TV shows for fans to keep up with is at an all time high. Netflix had its run of shows like Daredevil, Luke Cage, Punisher and The Defenders. They have still yet to release the final season of Jessica Jones. Disney+ is cranking out Loki, WandaVision, Falcon & Winter Soldier and even a Hawkeye series. FOX has Gifted, FX has Legion, and Freeform is two seasons deep into Cloak & Dagger. Marvel is doing everything they can to have shows and properties suited for all markets and demographics. This time around they have reached out to Hulu.
Hulu is no stranger to the Marvel formula of showrunning. They currently host the Hulu original series The Runaways and have recently added two more shows to their arsenal. The first of which is Ghost Rider. They are bringing back Gabriel Luna, who played the Ghost Rider for a spell in ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. While it does not seem to be picking up on his story, he will in fact be the same character we met in that greasy car garage. The IMDB description reads:
“Ghost Rider, aka Robbie Reyes, is an antihero, consumed by hellfire and supernaturally bound to a demon. Reyes lives on the Texas/Mexico border and brings vengeance for the innocent, but struggles to control the power he wields.”
Luna’s Robbie Reyes was the best thing to happen to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., in my opinion. It revitalized a show that was spinning its wheel when it came to new ideas. Many people wanted a Netflix show for the character, but with the street level MCU shows being cancelled I say we got a nice consolation prize. Being that the Rider got his powers by selling his soul to the devil, I think it is safe to say that the two new shows will have some crossover in subject matter.
The second show announced is Helstrom. A lesser known Marvel property about siblings with supernatural abilities. The IMDB show description reads:
“Daimon and Ana Helstrom are the son and daughter of a mysterious and powerful serial killer. The siblings have a complicated dynamic as they track down the terrorizing worst of humanity – each with their attitude and skills.”
A thing of noteworthy about the Hellstroms is that their dad is the devil in most comic iterations. The very same devil that Robbie Reyes is indebted to? One would assume so. It begs some interesting questions about how the shows will interact with one another. There is a chance they take some liberties, seeing as the simply refer to their parent as a serial killer instead of just saying he is, in fact, Satan. While it has been confirmed that they will not be crossing over with the S.H.I.E.L.D. series, I think it is smart of them to carve out a little niche in the supernatural and occult corner of comics. If only DC had done the same with Constantine; that show was awesome. There is no word on who will be playing the lead characters. Both shows are slated for a 2020 released with no info on exactly when.
Which Ghost Rider do you prefer, Nicholas Cage or Gabriel Luna? What other heroes would you like to see on Hulu?