We recently explored several villains that we could see in Season 4 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., listing Graviton and A.I.M. among the possibilities. Now that Ghost Rider, Robbie Reyes, is confirmed and will be joining the show this fall, let’s explore what infamous Ghost Rider villain we could see in this upcoming fourth season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
One of the original Ghost Rider’s recurring foes, Nightmare is a demon that feeds from the fear of mortals. In one iteration of his abilities, he can grow stronger by giving humans nightmares in their sleep. What’s interesting about Nightmare is that he’s also come in contact with Doctor Strange, an aspect that will be explored in this Season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Even more, Nightmare used to be a servant to one of Doctor Strange’s primary villains, Shuma-Gorath, an entity nicknamed “The Lord of Chaos,” who is said to rule over many dimensions in the Marvel Universe. The inclusion of Nightmare could serve as one of the show's tie-in aspect to Doctor Strange.
Blackout is an assassin, part demon and part human and has similar appearance to Spider-Man’s vampire villain, Morbius. While we don’t know to the extent that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will elaborate on mysticism and other dimensions, a human-demon hybrid assassin is something the show can definitely do. Even though Blackout has served more as a Daniel Ketch Ghost Rider villain in the comics, his hitman persona could tie into the story of Robbie Reyes, especially if Reyes owes money to a large mob boss and the mob boss wants him dead. Blackout was also portrayed in 2012's Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance by Johnny Whitworth.
Moondark was a stage magician that discovered other-worldly dark powers. After having a terrible accident that cost him his life, he made a deal with the evil spirits he worshipped, trading his soul to once again lay foot on the Earth. He came in contact with Johnny Blaze’s version of the Ghost Rider when he once trapped his soul. With Blaze’s soul now under his control, he planned to trade it with the demonic entities who took his, hoping to once again regain back his spirit.
In the comics, Deacon was a servant of Zadkiel, the Angel of Vengeance that betrayed Lucifer in the war between Heaven and Hell. Deacon serves as a kind of "punisher," killing people who have committed sin. The way Deacon could be portrayed in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is if he comes to Earth to punish Eli Morrow for his sins (Eli was a serial killer before his death). Eli is the spirit that possesses Robbie Reyes, allowing him to become an incarnation of the Ghost Rider. Hence, Deacon would probably be after Reyes instead.
5. Spirits Of Vengeance
An original way the show can incorporate Ghost Rider villains is by making the individuals that Eli Morrow killed come back from the dead. Those individuals could have made a deal with the Devil (Mephisto) or other demonic spirits (Blackheart, etc.), trading their souls for vengeance. While the Spirits of Vengeance are not entirely evil and serve more as antiheroes, the way they ultimately use their powers solely depends on the soul they inhabit. A perfect example is Robbie Reyes himself. If Eli Morrow’s spirit takes full control of Eli’s body, then the Ghost Rider would cease from being Reyes, allowing Morrow to act of his own free will.
Season 4 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will be one of its best Seasons yet. Make sure to catch the premiere on September 20th on ABC.
[Source: Comicvine, Marvel]