The Spirits of Vengeance are coming back to the Marvel Universe.
The partnership between Hulu and Marvel Television continues to evolve, as one of the comic publisher’s fan-favorite characters is now getting his own live-action series. Marvel announced Wednesday morning that Hulu had ordered a Ghost Rider series, set to launch in 2020.
The series will follow the Robbie Reyes incarnation of the anti-hero, who lives on the Texas/Mexico border, consumed by hellfire and supernaturally bound to a demon. When he unleashes the Rider, Robbie brings vengeance for the innocents he encounters, but struggles controlling the power he wields. Marvel’s Ghost Rider is executive produced by Ingrid Escajeda, who will serve as showrunner, Paul Zbyszewski and Marvel Television’s Jeph Loeb.
“I couldn’t be more excited and honored to be handed the reins to a Marvel character as beloved as GHOST RIDER. This story hits every note for me—my love for grounded yet conflicted characters and my desire to scare the $&!# out of people! It’s important to me to find a take that thrills existing fans as well as wider audiences and I believe we’ve done just that,” said Executive Producer and Showrunner, Ingrid Escajeda.
The original report from Marvel makes no mention of Gabriel Luna, who played the feared Ghost Rider in the Marvel Cinematic Universe/Marvel Television series, Agents of SHIELD. As of now, there is no confirmation on if the show will be set in the MCU. We do seemingly have confirmation however that Gabriel Luna will be back in the role…
In addition to the Ghost Rider series, Marvel and Hulu are also bringing to life a Helstrom TV show, based on the characters Daimon and Ana Helstrom from the comics. The siblings have a complicated dynamic as they track down the worst of humanity—each with their attitude and skills. Marvel’s Helstrom is executive produced by Paul Zbyszewski, who will serve as showrunner and Marvel Television’s Jeph Loeb.
“As a lifelong Marvel fan, I feel incredibly fortunate to help bring this darker, thrilling corner of the comic book universe to life, and I’m just grateful to everyone at Marvel Television and Hulu for the opportunity,” said Paul Zbyszewski, Executive Producer and Showrunner. “Marvel’s known for all the heart, humor, and action they put into every series, but this time around we’re adding some scares to that mix. I think we’ve found a compelling way to dissect some of our deepest fears through the experiences of our two lead characters.”
This will be the first time that the Helstorm character appears in a live-action format. Once again, with this being a Hulu production, there has been no confirmation on if the series will be set in the MCU.
“We’re thrilled Hulu will be moving into a new—admittedly chilling—corner of the Marvel Universe with GHOST RIDER and HELSTROM. Paul and Ingrid are crafting gripping adventures into fear that live in our SPIRITS OF VENGEANCE cornerstone.”
Both series are co-productions with Marvel Television and ABC Signature Studios and join the upcoming third season of Marvel’s Runaways and recently announced adult animated series based on the popular Marvel Television characters including Howard the Duck, M.O.D.O.K., Hit-Monkey, and Tigra and the Dazzler.