What was once Netflix now appears to be all things Hulu, with Marvel and the streaming service (both coincidentally controlled by Disney and an integral part of the company’s entire Disney+ streaming service rollout) announcing that the Marvel Universe would be expanding to include two new live-action series set in the world of the Spirits of Vengeance: Marvel’s Ghost Rider and Marvel’s Helstrom – both set to premiere in 2020.
For those of you who don’t remember, Bleeding Cool’s own Rich Johnston reported in mid-April that Marvel had registered trademarks for two new names for various uses (including television) – with “Helstrom” being one of those.
Executive produced by series showrunner Ingrid Escajeda, Paul Zbyszewski, and Marvel’s Jeph Loeb, the antihero Ghost Rider (also known as Robbie Reyes) is consumed by hellfire and supernaturally bound to a demon. Reyes lives on the Texas/Mexico border and when he unleashes the Rider, Robbie brings vengeance for the innocents he encounters, but struggles to control the power he wields.
Variety is reporting that Gabriel Luna is returning to the character he played in the ABC-Marvel series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – but sources stress that “this will be a completely new iteration of the character in no way connected to the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. storyline.”
— Gabriel Luna (@IamGabrielLuna) May 1, 2019
Executive produced by series showrunner Paul Zbyszewski and Loeb, Marvel’s Helstrom centers on Daimon and Ana Helstrom: the son and daughter of a mysterious and powerful serial killer. The siblings have a complicated dynamic as they track down the terrorizing worst of humanity – each with their attitude and skills.
While no specific information has been announced or confirmed, both series are expected to occupy a “shared universe” set-up, similar to how the characters existed in the comics. Another possibility to consider is if either – or both – series would crossover with Runaways.
Marvel Television and ABC Signature Studios serve as co-prodcuers, with the series joining the upcoming third season of Marvel’s Runaways and recently announced adult animated series Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K, Marvel’s Hit-Monkey, Marvel’s Tigra & Dazzler Show, and Marvel’s Howard The Duck, which will all lead into special event Marvel’s The Offenders.