Ghost Rider and Helstrom are heading to Hulu for new live action series, as Marvel continues to expand its relationship with the streaming service.
Marvel is having something of a moment right now, as all eyes are on Avengers: Endgame in cinemas – and several MCU characters (including Hawkeye, Loki and more) are set to have their own solo serieson Disney’s new streaming platform, Disney+. But Marvel is also building its TV library with lesser known properties over at Hulu, and Ghost Rider and Helstrom are the latest to join the line-up.
Ghost Rider centers on Robbie Reyes, played by Gabriel Luna (Terminator: Dark Fate, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), the quintessential antihero, who lives on the Texas/Mexico border, consumed by hellfire and supernaturally bound to a demon. When he unleashes the Rider, Robbie brings vengeance for the innocents he encounters, but struggles controlling the power he wields. Ghost Rider is executive produced by Ingrid Escajeda, who will serve as showrunner, Paul Zbyszewski and Marvel Television’s Jeph Loeb.
“I couldn’t be more excited and honored to be handed the reins to a Marvel character as beloved as GHOST RIDER. This story hits every note for me—my love for grounded yet conflicted characters and my desire to scare the $&!# out of people! It’s important to me to find a take that thrills existing fans as well as wider audiences and I believe we’ve done just that,” says Escajeda.
Daimon and Ana Helstrom are the son and daughter of a mysterious and powerful serial killer in Marvel’s Helstrom. The siblings have a complicated dynamic as they track down the worst of humanity—each with their attitude and skills. Helstrom is executive produced by Paul Zbyszewski, who will serve as showrunner and Marvel Television’s Jeph Loeb.
“As a lifelong Marvel fan, I feel incredibly fortunate to help bring this darker, thrilling corner of the comic book universe to life, and I’m just grateful to everyone at Marvel Television and Hulu for the opportunity,” adds Zbyszewski. “Marvel’s known for all the heart, humor, and action they put into every series, but this time around we’re adding some scares to that mix. I think we’ve found a compelling way to dissect some of our deepest fears through the experiences of our two lead characters.”
Both series are co-productions with Marvel Television and ABC Signature Studios and join the upcoming third season of Marvel’s Runaways on Hulu. They also join the recently announced adult animated series based on other Marvel Television characters, including M.O.D.O.K., Hit Monkey, Tigra & Dazzler Show, and oward the Duck, all four of which will culminate in a special event, Marvel’s The Offenders.
The growing partnership with Hulu arrives as Disney has merged with Fox, which has grown the House of Mouse’s stake in the VOD platform from 30% to 60%. With Disney focusing on family-friendly content for Disney+, it’s expected that Disney will turn to Hulu as a potential outlet for some of its more adult-targeted programming. What that means for viewers in the UK is not yet clear – watch this space for how Disney plans to divvy up the rights for these.
Ghost Rider and Helstrom will debut on Hulu in 2020.