Hulu has expanded its partnership with Marvel Television with two new live-action series, Marvel’s Ghost Rider and Marvel’s Helstrom.
As Variety first reported, Gabriel Luna will reprise his role as Robbie Reyes after playing him in Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, but the show isn’t being treated as a SHIELD spin-off, per Marvel – this will be a new iteration of the same character with a completely unconnected story.
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SHIELD’s producer and Marvel Television boss Jeph Loeb will executive produce both shows, alongside Paul Zbyszewski, who will serve as showrunner on Helstrom.
Ghost Rider, which will be helmed by Justified and Sneaky Pete writer Ingrid Escajeda, sounds as if it will be an origin story, with Hulu saying it will follow antihero Robbie Reyes, who, after unleashing the Rider, “brings vengeance for the innocents he encounters, but struggles to control the power he wields.”
These are the latest Marvel shows Disney has announced since ending its partnership with Netflix, effectively killing The Defenders television franchise for the next couple of years. But it makes sense for the studio to switch: Disney’s stake in Hulu makes it the more logical choice for shows they may not want to produce on their own streaming platform, especially those with more of an adult base content.