In case the Netflix cancellations weren’t an indicator enough, Marvel Television hasn’t had the greatest time in the past year. The Defenders are no more, their flagship Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will be wrapping up soon, and Marvel Studios is overshadowing them with an absurd number of Disney+ projects. Now the Jeph Loeb-led division can barely carve its own space in Hulu, with the previously-announced Ghost Rider starring Gabriel Luna no longer happening on the streaming network.
According to Deadline, Hulu and the Ghost Rider team reached “a creative impasse.” The show was meant to have Luna, who will portray the antagonist in Terminator: Dark Fate, was due to reprise his role of Robbie Reyes from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.; the show was also meant to pair with another Marvel Television-Hulu joint Helstrom, which is reportedly still moving forward.
MCU fans are probably putting on their conspiracy hats, theorizing that Marvel Studios and their president Kevin Feige wanted to use the character, whether it’d be the Reyes or the original Johnny Blaze incarnation. You know, the one the Nicolas Cage played in those movies. Seeing how Marvel Studios is using Blade, Moon Knight, and other mature comic characters, it wouldn’t be the most surprising thing.
At the very least, Marvel Television still has a presence on Hulu, with Runaways continuing and with a whole slate of animated shows going on the service. And according to Loeb himself, the company will have their own programs on Disney+ as well. There’s still room for Marvel Television to shop the show elsewhere, but for now, Ghost Rider is in development hell.