Ghost Rider has officially roared onto Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. So how does it feel to be one of the season’s most welcome new assets, not to mention a cool character most fans have been looking forward to seeing?
“He’s bad ass, man. For one of the tentpole titles that they have to now be a Mexican-American kid from LA doing this thing…it was just a beautiful twist of fate that I happened to be the right guy at the right time,” Luna told us at New York Comic Con. Naturally, that led to a certain amount of pressure — though Luna tried to keep himself grounded while creating the character. “I tried to just stay in my lane and do my thing, because the only thing I had control over was everything between action and cut,” he said. “I just told myself, do your thing, the rest of it is out of your hands.”
Ghost Rider, a.k.a. Robbie Reyes has been one of the most intriguing characters to hit the show in a long time. But even Luna doesn’t know much about his character, or how his actions will play out. Like most Marvel actors, he’s in the dark when it comes to storylines — and isn’t allowed to talk about what he does know. But fear not — we will see more of Ghost Rider’s background in time. “In the show, we haven’t gotten there yet,” teased Luna. “I read the books immediately after I got the call from Jeph [Loeb] and Jed [Whedon] and everyone else.”
As for his relationship with Daisy? Don’t count on those kinds of sparks yet. “There’s almost this really great sibling thing that’s being built between her and I,” he shares. And romantic interest or not, Luna is making sure that this Ghost Rider is taken seriously.
“I wanted him to be a man of few words. I wanted him to be dangerous. I wanted him to be a focused individual which is in the source material, all there in the books. I just wanted to make what’s all the page real.”
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs Tuesdays at 10pm ET on ABC.