Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. didn't have any major superhero in their cast prior to Season 4. They are adding Ghost Rider in the mix, but not the more well known version. They are using Robbie Reyes not Johnny Blaze and also featuring a burning car, not a bike.

I know Robbie Reyes is famous for his car but why to even pick him in first place? What was the reason for picking him over Johnny Blaze? Wouldn't Johnny Blaze have helped the show's popularity?

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    Really? Because those other Ghost Rider films were sooo popular? Plus, he's the current version of Ghost Rider....isn't he?
    – Paulie_D
    Commented Sep 15, 2016 at 9:40
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    Its possibly a rights issue, the Johnny Blaze character on screen may belong to the production company behind the films, and ABC may not be able to use him. I have no reference for this so its just speculation, despite what the interview below say.
    – Sarriesfan
    Commented Sep 15, 2016 at 12:35
  • Basically, Agents is made by comic book fans, who love to draw upon the comics both thematically and for actual characters (without shying away from making original characters). In doing so, they can display more depth than "the most recent" or "the most popular". (Yeah, I'm a big Whedon fan)
    – Jasper
    Commented Sep 15, 2016 at 14:00
  • Because marvel isn't afraid of new things while dc rehashes the same crap over and over?
    – cde
    Commented Sep 15, 2016 at 17:53
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    Probably because Robbie is the current Ghost Rider in the comic books.
    – Digifiend
    Commented Oct 8, 2016 at 18:59

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Per EW.com

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will be introducing Ghost Rider in season 4 as part of a new shift in the Marvel Universe, according to executive producers Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen.

As EW earlier revealed, True Detective star Gabriel Luna has been tapped to play Ghost Rider, a.k.a. Roberto “Robbie” Reyes. In the comics, Robbie is a high school student working at an auto body shop, who tries to make a better life for him and his brother Gabe, who is in a wheelchair, by entering a street race, only to be gunned down.

“With Doctor Strange coming out this year, the Marvel Universe is moving into new waters,” Whedon told EW after the show’s panel at Comic-Con on Friday. “We felt that this was obviously a great character that we’d love to have on our show that we feel fits with that shift.”

For the uninitiated, in the titular film and its sequel, Nicolas Cage portrayed the first Ghost Rider, stunt motorcyclist Johnny Blaze. Reyes, on the other hand, drives a muscle car. “We decided to go with the Robbie Reyes version of the character because he’s a newer comic, and also it would be interesting to bring in someone with that background into our dynamic of the show,” Tancharoen said.

The All-New Ghost Rider comics reveal that Robbie is a different kind of Ghost Rider. Instead of being possessed by a Spirit of Vengeance, he’s taken over by a Satanic serial killer. The S.H.I.E.L.D. bosses, however, were shy to say whether they’ll go down that same path. “We’re staying true to his circumstance,” Tancharoen said. “But as always with any property that we use, we’re taking our liberties with it.”

“We’re pulling a little bit from different versions of the Ghost Rider,” Whedon added. “There’s an iconic image that we saw at Comic-Con of that skull on fire. Things are a little different with Robbie. There will be a little mixing and matching. We’re being true to the character, where he comes from, his little brother.”

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