Ghost Rider
Ghost Rider (Robbie Reyes).jpg
Textless variant cover of All-New Ghost Rider #2 (April 2014), with art by Felipe Smith.
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceAll-New Ghost Rider #1 (March 2014)
Created byFelipe Smith
Tradd Moore
In-story information
Alter egoRoberto "Robbie" Reyes
Team affiliationsAvengers
Ghost Racers[1]
Notable aliasesSkeleton Driver
Robot Racer
La Leyenda
The Hellcharger
AbilitiesRobbie:
  • Proficient hand-to-hand combatant
  • Highly experienced driver
  • Superhuman conditioning
  • Fury empowerment
  • Immunity to fire
  • Demonic transfusion
  • Regeneration
  • Immortality
  • Penance stare
  • Pyrokinesis
  • Mediumship
  • Teleportation
  • Portal creation
  • Use of enchanted Dodge Charger and hellfire chain

Roberto Reyes is a superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. He is the fifth Marvel character to use the name Ghost Rider, after Carter Slade (the Western comics hero later known as the Phantom Rider), Johnny Blaze, Danny Ketch and Alejandra Jones.

The character was portrayed by Gabriel Luna in the fourth season of the Marvel Cinematic Universe television series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D..

Publication history

Robbie Reyes first appeared in All-New Ghost Rider #1 (March 2014), created by writer Felipe Smith and artist Tradd Moore.

When Marvel Comics was getting retooled as All-New, All-Different Marvel, editor Mark Paniccia approached writer Felipe Smith on creating a newer and younger Ghost Rider. Among Paniccia's suggestions were that this new Ghost Rider drive a car instead of a motorcycle, an idea that excited Smith.[2] Another big difference between this Ghost Rider and its predecessors is that Reyes doesn't have a floating head, or a human skull, Smith says. "He's an amalgam of a flaming car and a human being. He's not wearing a helmet, and his head isn't a skull: this Ghost Rider is designed so his look simulates the lines of the classic muscle car he was racing the night he died."[3] Tradd Moore was brought in to sketch ideas based on Smith's concept.

He also, more recently, appears on Ghost Rider (2016), Marvel Legacy and Avengers (2018) #1.[4]

Fictional character biography

Felipe Smith’s TV variant cover art to Ghost Rider (2017) #4.
Felipe Smith’s TV variant cover art to Ghost Rider (2017) #4.

Robbie Reyes is a high-school student working as a mechanic at an auto body shop who lives with his developmentally disabled brother Gabe and seeks to get away from the dangerous, gang-riddled streets of East Los Angeles. To that end, he enters a street race, hoping to use the prize money to move themselves away. He is gunned down by mercenaries trying to retrieve pills that caused the transformation of Calvin Zabo into the supervillain Mr. Hyde, which had been left in the trunk of the 1969 Dodge Charger he "borrowed" from the auto body shop for the race. He is revived as a demonic being with a flaming, helmet-like head. He drives off in the car, now similarly ablaze.[5]

Later, the spirit bound to the car introduces itself to Robbie as the ghost of a man named Eli Morrow, who says he had been killed by gang members. Eli offers to help Robbie clean up his neighborhood in exchange for Robbie helping him avenge his death.[6] Robbie becomes a local hero whose fame catches the attention of Johnny Blaze, who travels to Los Angeles to confront the new Rider. Eli is later revealed as Robbie's estranged uncle, a Satanic serial killer who kidnapped and murdered at least thirty-seven people in rituals before being fatally shot by police in 1999. A possessed Robbie later encounters Johnny Blaze, who uses the Penance Stare on Eli's spirit.[7]

Eli was also the one who pushed Robbie's mother down the stairs while she was pregnant with Gabe, causing Gabe's disabilities.[8]

In addition to confronting Mr. Hyde and his criminal underworld, Robbie and Eli fight for dominance over Robbie's body. Robbie eventually permanently bonds with Eli and agrees to sate Eli's thirst for murder, but only by killing people with evil souls.[9]

He appears in The Unbelievable Gwenpool along with Hawkeye, both working to stop a ceremony being held by dwarves using a mystical space rock. Gwenpool appeared in his trunk's portal via her friend Sarah "The Terrible Eye" and the police arrived, prompting them all to flee. He had claimed the gem with Gwen's ghost friend Cecil inside and left it in his car, where his possessing spirit was apparently attempting to turn Cecil on Gwen. When that fails he shrugs it off and decides to just go back to corrupting Robbie.[10]

Following a vivid nightmare involving an ancient gathering of heroes that include a previous Ghost Rider, Robbie awakens in South Africa with no memory of how he got there. He is attacked by Star Brand, who seeks to keep him from finding a buried Celestial. Robbie defeats Star Brand by using the Penance Stare, an ability he previously had no idea he possessed, but somehow accidentally kills Star Brand as well.[11]

Robbie then joins a new team of Avengers formed by Thor, Iron Man, and Captain America to fight off the Celestial Final Host. Sometime later, word of Star Brand's death somehow reaches Odin. The long-time ally of the original pre-historic Star Brand thought that Robbie killed the current Star Brand purposely. Robbie explains to the All-Father of Norse Gods about his accidental murder of the latter Star Brand when his Penance Stare first awakened, thus easily winning forgiveness and making friends.[12]

In light of the threat caused by the Multiversal Masters of Evil, Ghost Rider travels the Multiverse with a Deathlok that became his companion as they look to find allies to fight them.[13] As they travel through the Multiverse, Ghost Rider and his Deathlok companion managed to get allies like Ant-Man of Earth-818, Star Panther, and an assortment of Captain America variants.[14]

Powers and abilities

Robbie differs from previous Ghost Riders, mainly because he is not possessed by a Spirit of Vengeance or any similar demonic entity. Rather, he is possessed by the spirit of Eli Morrow, a deceased serial killing Satanist who worked for the Russian mob as a hit-man. Despite this, he has abilities similar to his predecessors; he possesses superhuman strength, speed, agility, stamina, and durability potent enough to challenge Thor or Captain Marvel,[15] as well as the natural Rider's capability of conjuring natural and hellish flames.[16] He wields a supernaturally strong chain weapon, and can banish people to Hell or outright consume their souls.[16][9][17] Unlike previous Ghost Riders who rode on motorcycles, Robbie drives a 1969 Dodge Charger R/T which he refers to as the Hell Charger. The Hell Charger is linked to the Ghost Rider, allowing Robbie in his Ghost Rider form to instantly teleport to and/or merge with the car. It also acts as a warp hub which he can shadowmeld with in order to warp things (himself or others) over varying distances using shadows.[16] The Charger can also be driven remotely, and Robbie's Ghost Rider form can pass harmlessly through it, allowing it to drive into foes. The car's trunk, when opened, acts as a portal through Hell, allowing the Ghost Rider to transport anything, including people, to any location.[18] Robbie, through his Hellcharger, can create portals out of hellfire in order to take himself anywhere he can think of while Eli can change the shape and appearance of their ride.[19][20] Eli is shown to able to take control of Robbie's body whenever he feels that he isn't up to the task or when Robbie gives into negative emotion, which is signified in his human form by a pallid skin tone and both of his eyes turning orange.[7] During his battle with Star Brand, Robbie discovers that he possesses the Penance Stare, which allows him to force anyone who makes eye contact with him to experience all of the pain and suffering they have ever inflicted on others.[11] His Ghost Rider form can also evolve into a stronger, more demonic form when Robbie is sufficiently angered, though this transformation is harder to control and more destructive.[21] Recently while battling corrupted Celestial's Robbie later realized he'd entrenched a simple tractor with his rider properties. Similarly to Daniel Ketch; Robbie's rider transformation changes everything within reach alongside him as well.[22] The vehicle can also contact the spirits of the deceased as it was able to enlist the aid of Tony's dead father Howard Stark to ask for information.[22]

Other versions

Heroes Reborn

In an alternate universe depicted in the miniseries Heroes Reborn, Robbie Reyes never became Ghost Rider and instead lived a normal life.[23]

Secret Wars

During the 2015 Secret Wars storyline, a variation of Robbie and his brother Gabe live south of Doomstadt on Battleworld. The former and several of his friends are arrested by the Thor Corps when patrol bots discover that Robbie possesses an "igniter spirit", taken to the Killiseum, and forced to participate in Arcade's Ghost Races. Dubbed "The Hell-Charger" to distinguish himself from other Ghost Riders, Robbie loses his first race, but makes a deal with his spirit Eli to win every race onward, becoming popular with audiences.[24] Robbie later kills a monster that was created using his friends. Realizing the severity of his new life, Robbie escapes as Eli could not be controlled by Zadkiel. When Robbie discovers that Gabe was kidnapped by Arcade, he is forced to race in the races.[25] Robbie returns to the Killiseum, where he defeats Zadkiel and frees the other racers. Afterwards, Eli kills Arcade and the Ghost Riders decide to become the Spirits of Vengeance.[26]

Venomverse

An alternate universe version of Robbie possessed by Eli and Venom calling himself Host Rider appears in the 2017 Venomverse storyline. Due to Eli and Venom uniting against him, Robbie became a puppet. Host Rider is recruited by a "Venomized" Doctor Strange to join an army of Venoms to defeat a species capable of taking over symbiotes and their hosts called Poisons. While Host Rider is assimilated by the Poisons, they are killed by an alternate universe version of Carnage.

In other media

Television

Video games

Motion comics

Collected editions

Title Material collected Published date ISBN
All-New Ghost Rider Vol. 1: Engines of Vengeance All-New Ghost Rider #1-5 October 2014 978-0785154556
All-New Ghost Rider Vol. 2: Legend All-New Ghost Rider #6-12 June 2015 978-0785154563
Ghost Racers Ghost Racers #1-4, Ghost Rider (vol. 1) #35 January 2016 978-0785199212
A Year of Marvels Ghost Rider X-Mas Special and A Year of Marvels: The Amazing, The Incredible, The Unstoppable The Unbeatable and The Uncanny and Marvel New Year's Eve Special infinite comics May 2017 978-1302902957
Ghost Rider: Four on the Floor Ghost Rider (vol. 8) #1-5 July 2017 978-0785196648
Ghost Rider: Robbie Reyes - The Complete Collection All-New Ghost Rider #1-12, Ghost Rider (vol. 8) #1-5, What If? Ghost Rider #1 June 2021 978-1302925345

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