With his debut on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. just a few months away, Ghost Rider is also en route to a new ongoing series at Marvel Comics. Announced via TV Guide, Ghost Rider will feature the recently introduced Robbie Reyes Ghost Rider, and be written by co-creator Felipe Smith and drawn by Danilo Beyruth; Reyes' other creator, Tradd Moore, will have a back-up story in the first issue, which is due in November.
According to Marvel Editor-In-Chief Axel Alonso, this new Ghost Rider wasn't prompted by Marvel Television opting to use the character, although his division was "given a heads up" and "were very excited."
"We were waiting for Felipe's schedule more than anything," said Alonso. "I would have loved to have launched it sooner, but he has a prosperous career in animation, we needed the time to carve it up and do it right."
Smith currently works as a character designer for Nickelodeon's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Smith heavily contrasts Robbie Reyes' Ghost Rider with the other previous Ghost Riders, saying he's not even "a spirit of vengeance."
"Prior Ghost Riders were compelled to do good," said Smith. "Robbie makes the choice to do good things, because it's the spirit who compels him to kill."
Reyes became the new Ghost Rider after being possessed by the evil spirit of the deceased serial killer Eli Morrow, whom TV Guide describes as "the Hulk" to Reyes' "Bruce Banner."
Alonso is frank about the initial negative response Marvel received when this new Ghost Rider first appeared in 2014, although the diverse nature of this series - and the Marvel U as a whole now - has been "better and better."
"Predictably, the first people we hear from are the naysayers," said Alonso. "People looking at the Marvel Universe now see a Marvel Universe that's reflective of everybody. It's [gotten] better and better in that way."
Unlike the previous All-New Ghost Rider series (and much of all Ghost Rider series of the past), the new Ghost Rider series will be interconnected more to the larger scope of the Marvel U - including guest appearances by the Hulk, Wolverine, and Ms. Marvel, who are all currently younger characters like Reyes.
"Having characters who are the same age, but from different backgrounds is always interesting," Smith said. "More likely than not, there's going to be a friction."
According to TV Guide, Alonso said that the "macro picture" of this new Ghost Rider series is to inject him more into the main Marvel Universe.