The Avengers will need to prepare for Johnny Blaze to give them some trouble in a future movie if Mark Neveldine gets his way. The director of the 2011 sequel Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, Neveldine has some experience with helming Marvel stories, though the Ghost Rider films were not a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Now that we’ve seen Daredevil characters crossing over into the MCU, as well as characters from alternate Spider-Man movie universes, the door is wide open to bring in other fan favorites from different comic book movies.
In a new interview with ComicBookMovie, Neveldine reflects on his Ghost Rider movie, which brought back Nicolas Cage to play the Johnny Blaze version of the flaming cyclist. Neveldine believes that the legend of Johnny Blaze continues to grow, even if the character hasn’t appeared in more than ten years. The director also recalled how working on the project was one of his greatest experiences, both personally and professionally.
“Johnny Blaze will continue to grow his legend. I kind of wish we could have made the rated R version of that movie, but it was one of the greatest times in my life. My first child was born in Romania, and working with Nic Cage was better than you can imagine.”
So if Johnny Blaze were to make his return by crossing over into the MCU, what could be done with him? Neveldine has an idea for that as well, though it doesn’t seem likely Marvel Studios will end up going for his pitch.
“Ghost Rider should blaze through the Avengers and lay them to waste.”
Ghost Rider Will Be Back One Day, But Who Will Be Playing Him?
Given the enduring popularity of the character, it’s a matter of time before we see a live-action Ghost Rider adaptation, perhaps bringing the character into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. What we don’t know is if it could be someone who’s played Ghost Rider from the past returning, as the multiverse makes this possible, or if it will be a new actor as a rebooted Ghost Rider. The Walking Dead star Norman Reedus is someone who has said he wants the part and his name recently came up amid new rumors of a Ghost Rider arrival.
Gabriel Luna, who played the Robbie Reyes incarnation of Ghost Rider on the ABC series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., has also teased a potential return to that role. When the Ghost Rider rumors had the digital artist BossLogic tweeting fan art of Luna back in the role, the actor retweeted the photo. His hashtag signifies that he’s ready to go if the time ever comes to get back into Ghost Rider mode.
Fans will certainly continue to speculate when Ghost Rider will be coming back and who it just might be in the role. There are rumors of an appearance in the upcoming sequel Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, though that has yet to be confirmed. In any case, we most likely have not seen the last of Ghost Rider’s days on the big screen.