When “Agents of SHIELD” moved to a 10 PM time slot for its fourth season on ABC, there was some fear that a later air time would mean declining ratings. While that’s been true to an extent, the series has also been seeing triple-digit percentage gains in DVR numbers, and some of those delayed viewings are in thanks to the addition of the darker character of Ghost Rider, brought to life by Gabriel Luna. With such a popular character on the show, there have been whispers of spin-off potential for the character, and Gabriel Luna is on board.

Taking the Ghost to Netflix

Luna has been busy fielding interviews for the show since the season premiere, and he hasn’t had a chance to slow down.

His most recent interview with ComicBook.Com revealed that there had been talk behind the scenes of Ghost Rider becoming a Netflix property.

While he first was diplomatic in his interview, thanking the fans for wanting more Ghost Rider, he also said about the possibility of a Netflix series that, "It's been talked about, there's definitely deals in place for that potential. But I just take it one day at a time. I have so much fun now I just want to make sure I get these episodes right. If they throw more episodes on my plate, I will do my best to do well with those stories as well."

As someone who has been reading every Ghost Rider comic book, he can get his hands on - even those not about the Robbie Reyes version of the character - Luna even has a few ideas he thinks would be fun to explore on the streaming site.

With Netflix focused on “The Defenders” in New York, he’d like to see Marvel stories set on the West Coast. He also name-checked teams like the Midnight Sons, which included Blade and Doctor Strange, as well as the Dark Avengers, which at times featured characters like Luke Cage, Sentry, and even Hawkeye.

The best laid Marvel plans

Of course, just because there have been talks behind the scenes doesn’t mean audience members should look to Netflix in the near future. Marvel has backup plans for its backup plans for its cinematic universe; we just have to look to Spider-Man and Mockingbird for evidence of that.

There were rumours for over a year that Spider-Man would be brought into the Marvel Studios fold from its onscreen home at Sony, and while the two studios did work out a deal for the character to be shared, that wasn’t always going to be the case. Kevin Feige revealed that before the studio knew for sure that they would be able to include Tom Holland in “Captain America: Civil War,” they had versions of the story in place and ready to give to the actors that didn’t include the character.

Adrianne Palicki, when she joined “Agents of SHIELD” in season two, signed a contract that included provisions for her character to be a part of the movies. Mockingbird AKA Bobbi Morse was a sometimes Avenger in the comic books, so the provision made sense to keep the actress on board.

Instead, her character (along with Nick Blood’s Lance Hunter) were written out of the show for the spin-off series “Marvel’s Most Wanted,” which then never got a pickup from ABC.

Deals for utilising existing characters on Netflix shows also becomes complicated when the character has already appeared on another network. Distribution deals for shows and the characters on them make broadcast rights a concern - which countries would a “Ghost Rider” show be allowed to be broadcast in if he’s already an “Agents of SHIELD” character? That was a similar concern when Netflix considered creating an “Agent Carter” series after ABC cancelled it, and they ultimately decided not to.

What’s next

Agents of SHIELD” is currently on hiatus, but the series will be back with all new episodes on November 29.

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