She-Hulk episode 4 has been arguably the best episode of the show. It brought back a fan favorite character in the form of Wong. The storyline followed Wong as he went to She-Hulk for help with a case involving a magician known as Donny Blaze. He was recklessly using the magic that he learned at Kamar-Taj. He was transporting volunteers to different dimensions. The name Donny Blaze might sound familiar to you if you have heard of Ghost Rider before aka Johnny Blaze. So let us explore every weird reference to Ghost Rider in the episode.
He is a former student of the mystic arts from Kamar-Taj. He was kicked out because he had conjured three kegs and his fraternity brother Ky-Dog. Wong very clearly shows his dislike and lack of respect for Donny Blaze. This is the most obvious reference to Ghost Rider who is also known as Johnny Blaze. Before appearing in Agents of SHIELD merely as a cameo, Johnny Blaze was first portrayed by Nicolas Cage in 2007’s Ghost Rider. The episode also has a blurry poster in the scene which rings true to a Ghost Rider poster. Few fans have also theorized that the name “Donny” might have been a combination of Johnny and Danny Ketch, who was the third Ghost Rider.
In the episode we are introduced to one such volunteer, Madisynn King who testified as a witness in court regarding her experience in an alternate spooky dimension. During her testimony, she talked about a demon called Jack with whom she made a deal. The demon would send her to Wong at Kamar-Taj and in return would have earned her silence. He even threatened to devour her and her family’s souls if she told anyone about their pact.
“I made a pact with a demon that I cannot discuss. Otherwise he said he would reap my soul and the souls of all I love. The demon, I think his name was Jake, opened a portal that dropped me off at Wongers’ house, and that’s how we became besties.”
This sounds exactly like Mephisto, the ruler of hell. He has previously made multiple deals with known superheroes in exchange for their souls. He has also previously encountered She-Hulk in the comics regarding one of his legal documents. Thus rumors have been rife regarding Mephisto officially appearing in She-Hulk. Mephisto even made Ghost Rider who he is. Johnny Blaze made a deal with Mephisto to save his adoptive father’s life in return for his own soul. This led to him being consumed by hellfire during that very night and becoming Ghost Rider. However, the deal was that Mephisto would cure Crash’s cancer. Thus, even though he escaped his illness, Crash died just moments later while stunt riding.
She-Hulk episode 4 also gave a nod to Ghost Rider’s iconic weapon, the hellfire chain. In the episode, Donny Blaze had accidentally opened up a portal to hell. This resulted in the Mystical Castle getting flooded by a bunch of flying demons that were growing in size with every passing second. Wong, recruited She-Hulk and went to clean up the mess. During this battle, Wong wielded a magical chain much like a whiplash that he used to catch the creatures and throw them through a portal to a snowy region. This was very similar to Ghost Rider’s Hellfire Chain which was his iconic used to create and control mystical fire. The chain has been used by multiple versions of Ghost Rider and is arguably the most famous detail of his classic look.
Johnny Blaze’s appearance in the MCU
The Spirit of Vengeance, Ghost Rider’s much awaited MCU appearance has not heard much news as of yet. However, there have been many rumors about him being introduced through one of the other supernatural related projects of the MCU such as Moon Knight, Blade, and Werewolf by Night. There have even been talks about Ryan Gosling throwing in his hat for the role of Johnny Blaze. Hopefully we will get some new soon.