Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. mastermind Jeph Loeb is aware that his show can evolve from the strange to the dangerous. “From the very beginning, we stated what S.H.I.E.L.D. does: it goes after the weird, it goes after the unusual, it goes after the dangerous,” Loeb told reporters at NYCC. As for the addition of Ghost Rider? It came with the territory. “We started looking through the Marvel Encyclopedia, and it helped that it took us in a new direction — somewhat supernatural,” said Loeb, who added moving up to the 10 p.m. hour also helped their decision to bring in the character. “If we were going to do Ghost Rider right, there was a certain level of action we wanted to do that we wouldn’t have maybe done at nine.”
Ghost Rider is, indeed, a departure from other storylines that have included plots like Inhumans and Hydra. But Loeb isn’t concerned that will affect the audience. “I think what it really speaks to is that the strength of the storytelling seems to be working and the audience is staying with us,” he said.
So is Ghost Rider around for the long haul? In classic Loeb fashion, the response was cryptic: “that would fall under the category of wait and see.”
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs Tuesday nights at 10 P.M. on ABC.