Thursday, May 2, 2019

Thursday's Headlines | Hulu/Marvel News

Hulu has ordered two new Marvel live-action TV shows - Ghost Rider and Helstrom - to debut in 2020. Announced on, the two series will co-exist with one another, with Marvel using the branding "Spirits of Vengeance".

"Marvel’s Ghost Rider centers on Robbie Reyes, the quintessential antihero, who lives on the Texas/Mexico border, consumed by hellfire and supernaturally bound to a demon," reads Marvel's description of the show. "When he unleashes the Rider, Robbie brings vengeance for the innocents he encounters, but struggles controlling the power he wields."

Ingrid Escajeda (Sneaky Pete,Empire) will reportedly be the series' showrunner.

"I couldn’t be more excited and honored to be handed the reins to a Marvel character as beloved as Ghost Rider," said Escajeda. "This story hits every note for me - my love for grounded yet conflicted characters and my desire to scare the $&!# out of people! It’s important to me to find a take that thrills existing fans as well as wider audiences and I believe we’ve done just that."

Gabriel Luna played Robbie Reyes/Ghost Rider in ABC's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but it is unclear if the actor will reprise his role or if it will be re-cast. Hulu's Helstrom is set to feature feature Daimon and Ana Helstrom, "the son and daughter of a mysterious and powerful serial killer."

"The siblings have a complicated dynamic as they track down the worst of humanity - each with their attitude and skills," reads Marvel's description of Helstrom.

The siblings are based on Daimon and Satana Helstrom, who in comic books was the progeny of the biblical Lucifer and a human woman named Victoria Wingate. Daimon was created by Roy Thomas and Gary Friedrich in the pages of Ghost Rider, while Satana came later in Vampire Tales by Thomas and John Romita Jr. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Paul Zbyszewski will showrun Helstrom.

"As a lifelong Marvel fan, I feel incredibly fortunate to help bring this darker, thrilling corner of the comic book universe to life, and I’m just grateful to everyone at Marvel Television and Hulu for the opportunity,” said Zbyszewski. "Marvel’s known for all the heart, humor, and action they put into every series, but this time around we’re adding some scares to that mix. I think we’ve found a compelling way to dissect some of our deepest fears through the experiences of our two lead characters.”

Hulu already has a massive line-up of Marvel-based shows, from the current live-action Runaways to the upcoming cartoons M.O.D.O.K., Hit-Monkey, Tigra & Dazzler, Howard the Duck, and The Offenders. Marvel doesn't specify if Ghost Rider and Helstrom will be in the same continuity as the other MCU live-action shows. Marvel's parent company, Disney, owns a major stake in Hulu.