Gabriel Luna speaks for the first time about the cancellation of his solo Ghost Rider series.
About three years ago, when the 'Civil War' was released, the re-precautions of the movie’s dividing device The Sokovia Accords were felt on the small screen as well. While the film showed how the accords divided the 'Avengers,' and no smaller changes on the street level was shown. This was where 'Agents of SHIELD' stepped in; the ABC show displayed the fear in everyday people and the growth of militias who hate powered people.
While the season was going on and Daisy was in trouble, another superhero character came to the rescue, and it was an unexpected hero in the form of 'Ghost Rider.' Instead of 'Johnny Blaze,' it was 'Robbie Reyes' who sold his soul to the reaper for the sake of protecting his brother after a street race goes wrong. Gabriel Luna was hired for the role, and he was a revelation in the show and one of the shining sparks in the relatively okay series.
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The character of 'Ghost Rider' is not particularly well-loved, but this iteration of the burnings skulled supernatural being was embraced by fans. Gabriel Luna was a revelation, and even though his stint on the show wasn’t particularly long-lived, the top brass at Marvel TV saw the potential in the character and the reaction of the fans, which is why a solos series on Hulu was commissioned.
The actor revealed after his time on 'Agents of SHIELD' was over, he was still under contract for two years with the hopes of the series being made when word came to the show was greenlit, and everything was coming into place, but there were some creative differences when it comes to the direction of the show, and the creators and the writers of the series were not seeing eye to eye with the people at Hulu, and the show was canceled.
“You know, there was a lot of changes. That was in the works for some time,” Gabriel Luna told Comic Book. “I was still under contract for almost three years with the promise that we would make it, and then it got the green light. We were setting up and building sets and writing scripts, and everything was happening, and then I got a call that it wasn't. I'm thankful for all the time I had doing it; it's been really really fun playing him.”
The creator of 'The Punisher' and 'Hannibal' Stephen Lightfoot was executive producing the show, and it seems the script was being written while the set was also coming together as early as the start of this year, but creative differences caused the demise of the show. It seems the creators clashed with Hulu, who were imposing their visions of the series on the writers, and when they reached an impasse, there was nothing to do but go their separate ways.
Gabriel Luna loved the character, and he said how much he loves playing heroes, but this time, he could do nothing but just watch when it comes to the death of the series. There was also the added caveat of Kevin Feige taking over the whole Marvel division at Disney, and the television wing also coming under the tutelage of the MCU maestro. His team was said to be looking into all the projects in development and production to see their viability, and this also probably played a role in the cancelation of 'Ghost Rider' at Hulu.
The idea of the 'Ghost Rider' series in production at Hulu was a new character without the basis on 'Agents of SHIELD.' Luna was playing the same character, but he was not related to the cameo appearance on the show, and he was said to be outside the continuity of the MCU. It could’ve been great considering how good the actor was in SHIELD, but he also took the time to appear in 'Terminator: Dark Fate,' which is a big deal franchise. 'Terminator: Dark Fate' is in theatres now, and the 'Ghost Rider' series at Hulu is canceled.
Watch: The trailer for Terminator: Dark Fate from Paramount
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