According to Deadline, Hulu and Marvel are expanding their fledgling partnership to include two new live-action series: Ghost Rider and Helstrom. Both shows are expected to premiere on the streaming platform sometime in 2020; both will be produced by Marvel's Jeph Loeb.
Intriguingly, it sounds as though Hulu's Ghost Rider will revolve around the Robbie Reyes version of the character (previously played by Diego Luna on Agents of SHIELD), rather than the Johnny Blaze version of the character so memorably played by Nicolas Cage in the two live-action Ghost Rider movies (please take a moment to bow your heads in respect for Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance):
"The antihero Ghost Rider, also known as Robbie Reyes is consumed by hellfire and supernaturally bound to a demon. Reyes lives on the Texas/Mexico border and when he unleashes the Rider, Robbie brings vengeance for the innocents he encounters, but struggles to control the power he wields."
And here's how they're describing Helstrom:
"In Helstrom, Daimon and Ana Helstrom are the son and daughter of a mysterious and powerful serial killer. The siblings have a complicated dynamic as they track down the terrorizing worst of humanity — each with their attitude and skills...
From the sound of it, Helstrom shares some similarities to the Marvel comic book character Daimon Hellstrom who was also known as Hellstorm and the Son of Satan. He first appeared in the Ghost Rider comics before getting his own Son of Satan series. He has demonic abilities and the ability to travel back and forth between hell. In the comics, he has a sister named Satana — which is probably why his sister is named Ana in the Hulu series.
So, sounds like Hulu wants to be in the hellfire business (hint: don't be surprised if these two shows cross over at some point). Furthermore, launching a new Ghost Rider series guarantees we won't be seeing another Ghost Rider movie any time soon. That's probably something we could have safely assumed, anyway, but I gotta be honest: I'd be very curious to see what an MCU version of Ghost Rider would've looked like. Oh, well!
No word as of yet on who might headline these shows or direct them, but obviously we'll keep you informed as further updates roll in. While we're waiting on said updates to arrive: what do you make of this? Into a Robbie Reyes Ghost Rider series? Into this Helstrom business? How many times will I mistype Helstrom as Helstorm in the months ahead? Weigh in below, at your convenience.