Agents of SHIELD: Gabriel Luna on Ghost Rider's surprising move
Warning: This story contains major spoilers from the winter finale of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Read at your own risk!
Has the Ghost Rider had his last ride?
During Tuesday’s episode of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Robbie Reyes (Gabriel Luna) faced off with his power-mad uncle Eli Morrow (José Zúñiga), who thought he was creating matter out of nothing but was actually pulling it from another dimension, causing dangerous quakes as he ripped through the fabric of space and time. Knowing it was the only way to stop him, Robbie as the Ghost Rider sacrificed himself, pulling Eli and the demon core into another dimension.
Is Ghost Rider gone for good? EW hit the set of the winter finale to get Luna’s take on Ghost Rider’s surprising move: (Read our postmortem with executive producers Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen here.)
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Robbie sacrifices himself to take down Eli. Does he feel heroic in that sense?
GABRIEL LUNA: Yeah, he makes a really great heroic choice, and he makes it while in a form that usually has all the power. So that’s really, really cool. I’m really excited to see how that plays out. It’s a first for us, in terms of story, actually seeing a decision being made while Robbie isn’t Robbie. That is pretty special.
How difficult is it for Robbie to have to take down family?
Once he has the information that propels him toward that final encounter, he’s now restructured the deal with the Rider. At that point, he’s beholden to the Rider to carry out certain things. What Eli has done requires vengeance and for it to be brought down on him hard. Once he knows exactly what Eli is responsible for, the Rider wants Eli, but Robbie wants him equally as bad. He’s family, yes, but he’s now just this ultimate target. There’s no going back at that point. Robbie and the Rider are one at that point.
Robbie’s fate is left ambiguous. Is there a possibility that you could return to the show?
At Comic-Con, I had been asked that question a lot, considering the response has been what it has been. I’m very proud of my crew, the cast, all of us, for helping build this character because they seem to really love it. I’m not too worried about it being finite at this point.
Do you feel like there’s some unfinished business?
Well, my car is still parked on the cargo bay on the Zephyr, so I have to come back for that. I’m not going to leave her in the hands of these jokers.
What about in the dynamic between Robbie and Daisy?
Yeah, I love that pairing. I love working with Chloe; she’s fantastic. I loved the idea that there’s this really great almost-sibling thing that we share. I know a lot of people want it to be a relationship, a love story kind of thing, but she’s had plenty of those storylines. I like this Bonnie and Clyde, brother and sister thing that they have. If you go back to the comics, Mister Hyde, Kyle MacLachlan’s character from season 2, who is obviously Daisy Johnson’s father both in the comics and in the show — in the origin story of the Robbie Reyes comic, Mister Hyde is there, and he is responsible for Robbie becoming the Ghost Rider, in a roundabout way. So the fact that we’re both derivatives of Mister Hyde is really cool. It’s almost this sibling relationship that we’ve built. Just a couple of orphans trying to do the best they can. I hope to see some more.
We leave in this last episode, and Daisy is a little worried as to where her friend has gone; she seems to lose a lot of people. Even though we just met, we built this understanding between each other because of similarities in our lives, and we leave her in a moment of questioning and of hoping that this isn’t the end for Robbie. Agent Phil Coulson comes in and drops knowledge like a clumsy librarian, as he tends to do, and lifts her spirits and says to her, “I don’t think this is the last we’ll see of him,” so that’s a good sign for everyone who loves the Ghost Rider.
What’s been your favorite part about playing this role?
Everyone here. This is the best crew that I’ve ever worked with, best set I’ve ever worked on. We get to play in a huge sandbox every single day. We’re all just so excited to create a big, huge nuclear reactor, a big flaming car, a flying invisible jet, a shotgun ax, a bionic arm that has X-rays. Every single episode, we flip a page and there’s a WTF moment. These guys and women are the ones who make it real. I’m very thankful for that. That’s the one thing I take away more than anything, that this is by far the best cast and crew I’ve worked with, no offense to anyone else.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will Tuesday, Jan. 10 at 10 p.m. ET on ABC. Read our postmortem with executive producers Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen here.