“Things are really heating up in this season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but what do you expect when the Ghost Rider is on the scene? Bad puns aside, Robbie Reyes and his fiery alter-ego seem to be keeping Coulson and the S.H.I.E.L.D. team busy.
Finding out more about how Robbie became the Ghost Rider has been a slow burn so far, but it looks like that’s about to change. A synopsis for season 4, episode 6 suggests that fans will finally find out how Robbie became the man with the flaming skullin just a few weeks.
It’s unknown how much the character’s origin in the show will differ from the comics, but there will likely be at least some changes. There have already been a few changes to the Ghost Rider character, especially in the way he looks; the comics version of Robbie Reyes’ Ghost Rider had a flaming racing helmet in place of an actual skull, whileAgents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has opted for the classic skull look as seen with other versions of the character. It’s quite possible that the AoS Ghost Rider’s origins will similarly be an amalgamation of Robbie Reyes’ backstory from the comics and the origin of a “classic” Ghost Rider such as Johnny Blaze or Danny Ketch.
In the comics, Robbie Reyes wasn’t actually possessed by a Spirit of Vengeance like previous Ghost Riders were; he was killed and brought back to life by the vengeful spirit of a serial killer named Eli Morrow. Robbie and Eli fought for control of Robbie’s body for a while, though Robbie eventually won control thanks to the assistance of original Ghost Rider Johnny Blaze. In the end, Robbie made a deal with Eli that allowed Eli to satisfy his bloodlust but only against those who truly deserved the Ghost Rider’s vengeance…”