Marvel is stepping up their game when it comes to the Netflix side of the MCU. In 2017 alone, we will have Iron Fist, The Defenders, and The Punisher. Jon Bernthal is starring in Frank Castle's very own series after his critically acclaimed portrayal of the character in Daredevil Season 2. And it's his show that's causing the biggest buzz around the Internet because, going by this latest Instagram picture, Ghost Rider himself might crossing over from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Season 4 to The Punisher.
New York Comic Con happened this weekend and Gabriel Luna, the actor who portrays Robbie Reyes, a.k.a. Ghost Rider, in AoS posted this picture of himself alongside Jon Bernthal on Instagram with the caption "Everyone loves an anti-hero."
That's right, Luna alongside Jon Bernthal. It might seem innocent enough, right? The two actors are just posing together after a long day of NYCC craziness. The thing is that this year's NYCC has been the place to get the best updates on the TV side of the MCU: We have our first Iron Fist trailer, confirmation on Karen Page returning in The Punisher and we know that Sigourney Weaver will be the main baddie in The Defenders. So, what if this was Gabriel Luna's own little tease as to what's next for Ghost Rider?
After all, given the reports we've gotten these past few weeks, could they actually be teasing a Ghost Rider appearance in The Punisher as an introduction of the character to the Netflix world?
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Is Marvel Leaving Clues For Ghost Rider's Inclusion Into The Netflix Side Of The MCU?
At a screening for the Season 4 premiere of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Marvel's Head of Television, Jeph Loeb, brought Felipe Smith and Gerry Conway as guests, creators of the Robbie Reyes version of Ghost Rider and The Punisher, respectively. Loeb even introduced Conway as "the creator of The Punisher."
If that doesn't get your blood pumping, he followed the excitement with this comment:
“You will understand why I brought all of these people here later in the season, and why it makes sense,”
During this year's Comic Con, Gabriel Luna was asked about the possibility of Ghost Rider eventually getting his own show and here's what the actor said with a big smile on his face:
"You know, there's been some rumblings about that. Depends on how much you love it. If you love it, we'll make it."
Since the season premiere of AoS, his portrayal of the living, flaming skull has been well received by audiences. Ghost Rider is a very dark character and his inclusion in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has made the show darker than ever, especially now that it's in a later time slot at 10 p.m. So it's easy to assume if he were getting his own show, it would be on Netflix to allow for full creative freedom.
After the NYCC Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. panel, Jeph Loeb was asked about when S.H.I.E.L.D. would start paying attention to all the superheroes running around in Hell's Kitchen. While we could have gotten the usual "The tones don't fit together" comment, we got a much more enticing response from Loeb:
"Fair question. The answer is... stay tuned."
I don't know about you, but that right there seems to me to be a near-confirmation of the shows merging in some form or another — or Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. also making the jump to Netflix along with the Spirit of Vengeance. After all, Marvel hasn't been shy about dropping clues to their connected universe on the TV end of things, the biggest example being Daredevil's Matt Murdock living in the same orphanage where AoS' Daisy/Quake lived in as a child.
As we can see, the people in charge of these projects are being more and more open about creating a cohesive Marvel Cinematic Universe outside the movies. Therefore, Gabriel Luna posting a picture of himself with Jon Bernthal with the caption "Everyone loves an anti-hero" seems to point at something bigger.
Seeing this, it's very likely that Marvel is integrating Ghost Rider into the Netflix world through another hero's series to ease the arrival of his own show, similar to what happened with The Punisher spinning-off of Daredevil.
What do you think? Is Ghost Rider getting his own show? Will Robbie Reyes be meeting Frank Castle in The Punisher?