Sunday, 3 July 2016

Ghost Rider and LMD Coming to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Thanks to a casting call from ABC's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. it's been revealed that an LMD will be coming to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, along with a character that is looking suspiciously like one of the Ghost Riders.

The first of the new roles has been revealed to be of an LMD, Life Model Decoy, named Aida.  The inclusion of an LMD in the new season is one of the developments that has come as less of a surprise for fan following the setup of the concept at the end of season three.

'This much I can tell you, LMDs are happening.  Specifically, the ABC series at this time is looking to cast the recurring role of Aida, a 'very attractive' robot who moves quite naturally but speaks a bit more formally, like Iron Man's Jarvis' said TVLine's Matt Webb Mitovich reported on the casting call.

The casting call has also been made for two as yet unnamed 'pair of Latino brothers' who have been described as 'one of whom is always the most dangerous person in the room, the other paralysed in a wheelchair'.

Whilst this description itself might not mean much on it's own, but when put together with the fact that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. have revealed an image of an advertisement on a San Diego light rail train featuring flaming chains it begins to point towards Ghost Rider coming to the series.

Though people initially thought that this image might refer to Hellfire, who had appeared in the series during season 3 and had wielded a flaming chain as a weapon, it has since been reinterpreted to be hinting at Ghost Rider.  The new character descriptions would appear to lend credence to this theory as the casting call appears to be describing Roberto Reyes and his brother Gabe.

In the comics Roberto is a young man who becomes possessed by an evil spirit and becomes a new Ghost Rider after he is shot and killed following a drag race.  Whilst the original, and most well known, Ghost Rider Johnny Blaze rides a motorcycle, Roberto instead drives a car.

Considering that most people are familiar with the Johnny Blaze version of the character it's a surprising turn that Marvel and ABC would chose to feature Roberto as the first MCU version of the character over Johnny Blaze, though this may be to allow them to use Roberto on the small screen, whilst using the more recognisable Blaze in future feature films.


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