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Ghost Rider Returns to Marvel

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The new issue of Entertainment Weekly, which features a lengthy interview with Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, is just the gift that keeps on giving for Marvel fans. Not only did it provide confirmation of the inclusion of Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch in The Avengers 2,official word of Zoe Saldana’s casting in Guardians of the Galaxy and new concept art for Bucky Barnes in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but it also includes news that certain character rights have reverted back to the studio.

Well, the print edition does, in any case. Luckily, ComicBookMovie laid its hands on an excerpt stating that, in addition to the previously reported Punisher, Blade and Daredevil rights, the studio now once again controls Ghost Rider.”Whenever a character comes back to us, it’s usually because because the other studios don’t want to make the movies anymore — and that usually means the [previous] movies have not been well-received,” Feige tells the magazine. “They all have potential, but we’re not going to say, ‘We got it back — make it!”

The reversion of Ghost Rider comes quickly — after all, Columbia Pictures’ Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance was released in February 2012 — but it probably shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. The studio scrambled to move the sequel to its 2007 film into production to prevent the character rights from reverting to Marvel, and was apparently willing to replace Nicolas Cage to meet the deadline. The stars aligned, however, with Crank duo Brian Taylor and Mark Neveldine signing on to direct the actor in a follow-up that appeared destined to set the box office ablaze. Instead, Spirit of Vengeance opened to an estimated $22 million, less than half that of the first film; it went on to gross $132 million worldwide.

In March, Cage revealed he’s finished playing Johnny Blaze, saying, “I’ve done what I had to do with that part. You never say never, but right now, today, I would say that I’m done.”

With the return of the Daredevil right last fall and now Ghost Rider, that leaves Marvel back in control of all of its characters except Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four and X-Men (including Deadpool and Wolverine), artifacts of an era when the properties were farmed out to other studios under fairly generous terms. As long as the films are in active development within a contractually prescribed time frame, the other studios can retain the rights, essentially, forever.


  • demoncat_4

    nice if nothing else once they do doctor strange they can have ghost rider do a midnights son film .with blade also theirs. though marvel given how ghost rider did at the box office may have him just do cameos in other films. for he is now like the hulk a solo film does not work for ghost rider

  • blazefan

    thank the maker!

  • Chris P. Bacon

    I guess Marvel can’t win them all.

  • The One and Only

    I could always go for some more Daywalker action.

  • darthtigris

    The only one that I feel NEEDS to be part of the MCU is the FF. Considering what they’ve done up to now and look to be going in the future, the FF just fit (as do the GotG and the Inhumans). Reed Richards just belongs here.

    It’s really frustrating to see that be the one that a studio won’t let go of even though the appear to be lost on what to do with it …

  • EVH

    I know Jackman said he could play Wolverine forever if he wanted to but at some point he’s gonna call it a day, and finding an actor who’ll do just a good a job could be a tough task. I only say this because i feel as long as Wolverine is a strong lead it’ll dictate how the X-Franchise goes. Once those movies stop making money by the bundles Fox might consider letting the rights go back to Marvel. Might.

    Spider-Man looks to be in Sony’s control for a while.

    F4, i say Marvel/Disney should just buy the rights back ASAP

  • Rubicon

    Fantastic News!!! This also means they got back Mephisto, Blackheart etc. Hopefully the bottom falls out from Fox’s lifeless disaster of a Fantastic Four movie next!

  • Mars Bonfire

    I’m with Mark Millar on this. That the rights are spread across multiple studios instead Disney owning them all. That way, we get three to four Marvel movies every year instead of two per year from Disney. Oh, they could make more, but they have all those Star Wars, Pixar and Depp movies to finance.

  • Victor Del Rio

    A convincing argument for not turning comic books into movies or cartoons as rarely is it done well. (Watchmen, The Crow, and Mystery Men)

  • Satyr000

    I’d love a Danny Ketch GR movie, without Nick Cage in it. Then a team up movie with Wolverine,GR and Punisher would be great. A rated R grindhouse style movie would be awsome with the right script and director.

  • BDL

    Just an idea: They should briefly mention Ghost Rider and Punisher at the end of Avengers 2. Sort of like a reference to the Ultimate Avengers 2 story arc, Crime and Punishment.

  • Alloyius McIlwaine

    Three suggestions: Either they should do a Marvel Knights movie with DD, GR, Blade and Dr. Strange, or they should do a Midnight Sons movie…OR…if there are fight scenes in Avengers 2 like there were in the 1st movie with heroes fighting a threat all over the city, the characters could all have quick badass cameos taking down threats. The fans would lose their minds (in a good way).

  • Cheeno

    What? You think Jackman is a good Wolverine? BLASPHEMY! Stone this idiot to death I say!

  • Joshua Robinson

    If nothing, Marvel needs to get Wolverine and Deadpool back. Or just Deadpool. Wolverine’s been doing alright so far.

  • Zeke

    they should make a movie with every single hero and team fighting every villain especially ghost rider

  • agent midas

    If we exclude Blade (Whose rights are still with Fox) can Marvel films make a Midnight Sons movie? We could see Ghost Rider, Dr. Strange, Morbius (Are his rights tied to Sony’s Spider Man films? I hope not.) and now, possibly Punisher. Not the failed supernatural version, but a somewhat non official member of the “team” who kills villains when the others can’t/won’t. I would love to see that film. It could be Marvel’s answer to DC’s supposedly upcoming Justice League Dark movie.