Canceled Ghost Rider TV Show To Lead To Defenders-Style Team-Up Special
The canceled Ghost Rider TV series reportedly resulted in a team event similar to the Netflix Defenders series.
Gabriel Luna played Robbie Reyes aka Ghost Rider in the Marvel TV series Agents of SHIELD. Hulu announced a Ghost Rider spinoff series starring Luna with a Helstrom series in May 2019, but decided not to go ahead with Ghost Rider about four months later. Helstrom launched its first season in October 2020 before being canceled.
Luna said ComicBook.com that the plan was to combine Ghost Rider, Helstrom, and other Marvel characters for a team event against Lilith aka the Mother of Demons.
“I remember when I was throwing stuff I had a really great idea that would have kept Robbie in LA and pitted us against the classic villains of Ghost Rider,” Luna said. “And I think that would have led to [Lilith] being the big bad of what we were originally trying to start, which was this four-show, very Defenders-esque thing that was going to happen. “
The only other Hulu series announced as part of that original list was Helstrom, so it’s not clear what the other two cross-shows would have been.
Luna said he was disappointed the series never came to fruition, especially for the huge portrayal it would have brought to a Mexican-American in Hollywood.
“There was a big missed opportunity for a character who was truly loved and, for a Mexican-American superhero to be highlighted, ‘American’ being the keyword,” Luna said. “I always try to tell people that the goal is of course to be portrayed on the screen, but beyond that, the ultimate goal, the next step is for others who are not like us to see themselves in us and that’s what I was hoping to achieve at this show and I think we were there. “
This is the second failed Marvel crossover for Hulu. The MODOK animated series was going to team up with the upcoming Hit Monkey series in an Offenders event. A Tigra & Dazzler show and a Howard the Duck show were originally part of that plan, but those two shows haven’t evolved.
MODOK aired its first season in May 2021 and has yet to be renewed for season 2. Hit Monkey premieres on November 17th.
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Petey Oneto is a freelance writer for IGN.