A new clip from Agents of SHIELD has dropped, and it debuts Ghost Rider in a very dark light.
The footage shows a crew of gun-toting baddies as they make their getaway in a busted ride. When the vehicle's engine dies, the group is left alone in the dark with nothing but shadows to keep them company - and a few metahumans too. Quake makes a sudden appearance ahead of Ghost Rider as she takes down a few henchmen before the Spirit of Vengeance makes itself known. And, man, does he make an entrance.
Sitting in a souped-up muscle car, Ghost Rider heads straight towards the baddies and doesn't even flinch when a rocket launcher takes aim at his ride.
Instead, he catches fire. What follows can only be described as a bloody mess, one which suites the show's new 10 P.M. showing on ABC.
Clearly, the crew behind Agents of SHIELD was right to say the show would be far grittier this season. The drama promises to explore new, darker themes in Season Four as Ghost Rider comes to the small screen and leaves SHIELD scrambling over his supernatural gifts.
Gabriel Luna is playing Ghost Rider on the show as Robbie Reyes, the latest iteration of the major Marvel hero. The actor recently spoke with Collider about his fiery role and shared his thoughts on Robbie's rough past.
"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."
He went on to say that, "He [Robbie] 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."
Of course, this isn't the first teaser clip to hit the Internet ahead of the tonight's season premiere. Earlier this week, footage featuring Daisy 'Quake' Johnson (Chloe Bennet) and Ghost Rider was posted.
If you're interested in checking out some stills from the upcoming premiere, then feel free to check screenshoots from the episode here. ComicBook.com's Jaime Lovett shows off several scenes from Agents of SHIELD Season Four for fans to fanboy over.
In light of the Sokovia Accords, and with Hydra obliterated, S.H.I.E.L.D. has been legitimatized again and no longer needs to operate in the shadows. Since the world presumes that Coulson is dead, the organization needed a new Director to be the face of the organization. Coulson finds himself back in the role as an agent and teamed with Mack, and together they are tasked with tracking down and confirming the presence of Enhanced people, aka Inhumans. Agent May is tasked with training specialist strike teams, and Fitz and Simmons have taken a big step forward in their relationship.
Agents of SHIELD airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET on ABC.