Gabriel Luna Returning As Ghost Rider?
Gabriel Luna portrayed Ghost Rider in Agents of SHIELD and he would love to join the MCU, although nothing is set in stone.
Gabriel Luna, the actor known for portraying Ghost Rider in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., says he would love to reprise the role in any future Marvel Cinematic Universe project. Speaking to Forbes, the actor talked about how special it was to bring Robbie Reyes to life in the fourth season of the popular Marvel series.
“I love that character. It was really special. [He] had only come into existence in 2014 (Robbie Reyes’ Ghost Rider), created by Felipe Smith, and then it was in 2016 that we did the show, and not a day goes by that somebody doesn’t ask me about it,” the FUBAR actor revealed. “It feels like the demand may be there, and if the creative is there and it makes sense….”
However, Gabriel Luna believes it might be a while before Ghost Rider returns. “I think with Marvel right now, it’s so intricately woven that it would be a few years out if they started to think about it, to do the character. I’m always open,” he added. After his memorable portrayal of the Skeleton Driver in a nine-episode arc on S.H.I.E.L.D., Gabriel Luna had been tapped to lead a Ghost Rider spinoff series on Hulu.
Unfortunately, those plans were abandoned due to a creative impasse, leading Gabriel Luna to announce his departure from the character. However, the actor has since had a change of heart. “My stock answer used to be, ‘I loved what we did, I’m very happy with what we accomplished, and I can be happy leaving it on the shelf and have the audience remember it fondly,” he told Forbes.
“To do the character again just gives me another opportunity to screw it up,” Gabriel Luna explained. Touching on his role alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger in FUBAR, the actor says he’s still physically capable of playing Ghost Rider. If it’s a great story and Marvel gave him the opportunity, he would definitely take it.
Although the MCU was built on the idea that everything was connected, previous films never mentioned events that happened in any Marvel series or Gabriel Luna’s Ghost Rider. Some shows briefly referenced the Battle of New York, but that’s where the links ended. Although actors from the movies made the occasional cameo in S.H.I.E.L.D., characters who originated in a series never appeared on film.
It wasn’t until 2019’s Avengers: Endgame that the unwritten rule changed. Anson Mount, who portrayed Black Bolt in the ABC series Marvel’s Inhumans, played a variant of the character in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Netflix’s Marvel stars, Charlie Cox and Vincent D’Onofrio, also made similar appearances as Daredevil and Kingpin in Spider-Man: No Way Home, Hawkeye, and She-Hulk: Attorney at Law.
Meanwhile, Gabriel Luna can be seen as Boro in the upcoming Netflix series FUBAR. Led by Arnold Schwarzenegger, the story follows Luke Brunner, a retired C.I.A. operative tasked with finding a lost agent. After reluctantly taking the job, he discovers that the person he is looking for is his daughter. While trying to come to terms with their entire relationship being a lie, they take down greater evil.
The series, created by Nick Santora, will premiere on the streamer on May 25 and consists of eight episodes.