Do we finally have our natural link between the Marvel Cinematic Universe on ABC and it on Netflix? It’s something that we’ve wondered about for quite some time, mostly because the MCU is proving to be such a strange beast. Sure, here and there we do see some natural links between shows, such as when “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” ended up playing into the story for the upcoming season of Marvel’s “Agents of SHIELD.”
Yet, as a whole Marvel doesn’t put a whole lot of effort in creating crossover characters or connections. We’re sure that some of it is a financial issue, given that a show like “SHIELD” probably cannot afford a guy like Robert Downey Jr. showing up on the regular. Meanwhile, maybe it’s challenging to throw someone from “SHIELD” onto “Jessica Jones” since you’ve got series that cater to slightly different crowds and air on different providers. A fan of one may not be a fan of the other.
Yet, is Ghost Rider the perfect way to bridge the gap between the entire universe? We’re starting to think so for several different reasons.
1. A notable name – The majority of casual comic fans at least are familiar with the character, even if they know the Nicolas Cage version more than the Robbie Reyes incarnation played by Gabriel Luna. You can throw Ghost Rider into a movie or “The Defenders” and have him be someone who makes sense. You don’t need to waste much time on an introduction here given that the character ultimately is who he is.
2. Comparable powers – Sure, Ghost Rider may not be an equal to a guy like Luke Cage in some ways, but we think that he fits into that world reasonably well and could be an asset. Sure, he may be a little more magical than many of the Netflix characters, but he has a darkness to him that thematically lines up rather well.
3. Scheduling – This is always a big concern given that many of these actors often only have so much time. Luckily, Robbie’s not an essential part of the “SHIELD” cast like a Clark Gregg or a Chloe Bennet. He’s only been around for a handful of episodes! Therefore, it may be easier to take him from this show and try him out on some of the others.
What do you think: Could this sort of crossover work? Share in the comments, and head over here to get some other scoop on “Agents of SHIELD” and the next new episode coming up on November 30.