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Agents of SHIELD reveals Ghost Rider origin story

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How did Robbie Reyes become Ghost Rider?

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will answer that question during Tuesday’s episode (10 p.m. ET on ABC), which reveals what happened when Robbie (Gabriel Luna) and his brother Gabe (Lorenzo James Henrie) got caught in a shooting. What really happened that fateful night? EW turned to Luna to find out:

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Robbie has discovered that the shooting that claimed his life was a paid hit. How far will he go to get some answers?

GABRIEL LUNA: The Fifth Street Loco — who was the last loose strand that’s out there in terms of that gang, because at this point, Ghost Rider has completely snuffed out the entire gang — but before I hand down my judgment on him, he clues me in to what actually went down. The fact that it wasn’t just random, it was a hit, somebody ordered that, these guys were just the guys who carried it out — there’s a whole batch of new questions that Robbie has after that. In episode 6, we’re going to find out exactly how it happened, and we may find out why later.

What can you tease of the origin story episode?

I can definitely say that there’s some wonderful elements of Felipe Smith’s original origin story mixed in with this new angle that we’re approaching from, but that new angle still draws from the source material. It still draws from this really, really great moment in the latter half of that first run of the All-New Ghost Rider that I won’t say too much about. The way that we fuse these two elements of the existing story together and to this moment, this origin story moment, is pretty phenomenal. We went all out trying to do it justice in terms of the stunts, the effects, the CGI. Everything that was put into this episode is just phenomenal.

What surprised you most about the origin episode?

The way I’m forced to reveal it is really, really great. It’s actually told through my memories that I’m sharing for the first time with my brother. Gabe, for the first time, hears this story. That’s a really interesting and powerful scene that I really enjoyed doing with Lorenzo Henrie. We’re in a very confined space for this whole scene, and it’s intercut with this retelling of the origin, which is — I can’t state it enough — really, really going to be amazing. I can’t wait.

How will Director Mace feel about Robbie working with S.H.I.E.L.D.?

Director Mace, once he finds out what Coulson is up to, I’m sure he’ll be unhappy. While he’s inside S.H.I.E.L.D., Phil Coulson has been doing what he wants, doing his own thing, taking the quinjet out for a spin wherever he needs to go. He’s shooting from the hip with a lot of these moves he’s making, and I’m sure that’s going to rub the director the wrong way. [He’s] bringing someone in who is reportedly a serial killer, so how the director is going to respond to that, we can only wait and see.

Check out an exclusive sneak peek at Tuesday’s episode in the video below:

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