Since it is Halloween Season, I thought it might be appropriate to Highlight a Marvel Hero who has not been depicted very well in the movies. Ghost Rider!
The 2007 Origin movie was actually better than the follow-up Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. I like Nicholas Cage, He’s great in movies like National Treasure, but he is not Johnny Blaze.
How hard is it to find a Blonde actor in his late 20s early 30s? There must be thousands at the casting calls who better fit the Johnny Blaze profile.
Channing Tatum is looking for a Super Hero role isn’t he? How about Tatum as Johnny Blaze? He can play the tragic hero who sold his soul to Mephistopheles (in the comics Mephisto) to save his Father/Mentor-yadda-yadda-yadda you know the story.
We don’t need to rehash it in anything other than a few brief flashbacks in a new Marvel Studios re-introduction/reboot/remake whatever you want to call it.
Here are the elements we need to make a good Ghost Rider movie:
1.) Ghost Rider punishes the wicked, He can burn the souls of those he judges by simply touching them with his hands. No need for the long drawn out Penance Stare. Their body burns with the cold Hellfire until their soul is consumed and they are an empty husk-Human Beef Jerky.
2.) Ghost Rider can weaponize anything he touches. They actually did a pretty good job in both movies representing this power. He touches an ordinary tire chain and turns it into the “Tire Chain From Hell”
3.) He gets on a vehicle and it becomes the “Hell Bike” or the “Hell Pick-up Truck” or perhaps the Hell SUV?
4.) Ghost Rider is Immortal while he is Ghost Rider. Guns won’t stop him. Explosives won’t keep him down for long. Ghost Rider cannot be killed by conventional weapons (much like Keith Richards.) No mere mortal is a match for Ghost Rider. That’s why he usually faces Supernatural Foes.
Hopefully, When Marvel Studios does their version of Ghost Rider, it will be worthy of the Hero many have come to love over the past 40+ years.
Note* A Halloween release time would also be great instead of February.