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Jeph Loeb Says Ghost Rider & Helstrom Shows Will Be ‘Terror,’ Not Horror

August 13, 2019 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
Ghost Rider

Marvel TV boss Jeph Loeb revealed a couple details about the upcoming Ghost Rider & Helstrom television series, calling them “terror” rather than “horror.” Loeb spoke with Deadline for a new interview and talked about the two shows, which will debut on Hulu in 2020

“No, it’s terror, because when you say horror, it means so many different things,” Loeb said. “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.”

Luna will reprise the role he originated in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season four and will follow Robbie Reyes as he lives on the Texas/Mexico border and sets the Rider free to seek vengeance for the innocent, but has trouble controlling his power. Loeb also shot down rumors that the show was ever going to be on ABC, where it would have been constrained by network standards.

“We never intended for [Ghost Rider] to be on ABC because we wanted to do a show that was more mature,” he said. “Look, it has the weight in the best way that there had been a Daredevil movie, so that when there was a Daredevil television show, people knew the name. There was a lot of weight that came with the Daredevil movie that we had to shake off and prove ourselves that we could make a television show that became what it was. The good news is people love Gabe, people love the way that character works, the feature film levels special effects – and the part that’s really exciting is we’ll push it further. It will have a little fun that folks will really dig.”