After dipping its toes into the Marvel Universe with Runaways, the Disney-owned streamer Hulu went all in on superhero-programming earlier this year, ordering five adult animated Marvel shows – Howard the Duck, M.O.D.O.K., Hit-Monkey, Tigra & Dazzler Show and The Offenders – along with live-action Ghost Rider and Helstrom series.
The Ghost Rider series will spin out of ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., with Gabriel Luna reprising his role as the Robbie Reyes incarnation of the Spirit of Vengeance, and according to Marvel Television boss Jeph Loeb, the show will usher in a new wave of Marvel programming under the banner of ‘Adventure into Fear’.
“We were talking to [Hulu], and they started scratching because when you look at the success that they’ve had with Castle Rock and the world of terror,” Loeb tells Deadline. “Something that really interested us and interested them, and we always knew that we were going to do something with Ghost Rider, we were just waiting for the right place to put it. Then we started having the same conversation, which was there is in the comic book world the Spirit of Vengeance, and they are this sort of unusual group of characters, which involve Ghost Rider, which involve Helstrom, which involve Helstrom’s sister, Anna. We suddenly saw that there were three or four shows that we could put together that we now refer to as Adventure into Fear.”
“No, it’s terror, because when you say horror, it means so many different things,” he clarified when asked if Adventure into Fear meant Marvel Horror. “There’s everything from Saw, which is the last thing that we want to do, gore-fest kind of thing to there’s a monster running around. What we love is the notion of how we can present a Marvel hero who was truly feared and truly believed that they were a monster, but that, as the stories go on, they realize, oh, I’m the hero of the story, I’m not the villain of the story. That’s not something we’ve ever done before. So we started with Ghost Rider, we went out and managed to get Gabriel Luna to come back and reproduce the role he played on S.H.I.E.L.D. Then we’re going to do Helstrom, and then there’s a couple more that we haven’t yet revealed to the world.”
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