During Thursday's panel for Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. at Comic-Con International: San Diego, it was confirmed that Ghost Rider will make his debut on the fourth season of the series.
Marvel presented a brief clip of the standard S.H.I.E.L.D. logo, which burned red with heat and burst into flames. As the flames moved back, a flaming skull appeared, confirming rumors that Ghost Riders would show up in the series.
The Ghost Rider appearing in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will likely be the Marvel NOW! version of the character, Robbie Reyes, but that's still not confirmed. Reyes became the Ghost Rider following a a misunderstanding that resulted in being gunned down in the streets. He was revived by the ghost of Eli Morrow, his estranged uncle and Satanic serial killer. Permanently linked with the Spirit of Vengeance, Robbie satiates Eli's thirst for murder by killing only those with evil souls. When he is not in his Ghost Rider form, Robbie takes care of Gabe, his developmentally disabled brother, and goes to high school. This version of Ghost Rider swaps out the classic character's motorcycle for a sleek black Dodge Charger.
This is the first Ghost Rider will appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While we've already seen the character (played by Nicholas Cage) in the live-action films, those were produced by Sony, and not part of the Marvel Studios canon.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. premieres on Tuesday, September 20, at 10:00pm ET, on ABC.