With Marvel recently acquiring back the movie rights of Ghost Rider, many people want the anti-hero to debut in his own Netflix series. While still unknown if the Spirit of Vengeance will join the Defenders on Netflix, and with rumor being that he’ll appear on season four of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., let’s dive into four ways Ghost Rider could be introduced in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
4. Daredevil Season 3 | An Already Existing Ghost Rider
At the end of season 2 we are left with the Hand about to begin Elektra’s resurrection. Seeing in the direction that Daredevil is heading, Ghost Rider as Johnny Blaze could be introduced already wielding his fiery powers, appearing after Elektra has come back from the dead. It will probably be the case that Elektra won’t be the same Elektra we experienced in season 2 of Daredevil, rather, she will probably be under the control of some evil spirit. This in turn could bring Ghost Rider to Hell’s Kitchen, aiding Daredevil in the fight against demonic entities.
3. The Defenders | Series Finale
After Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist finally team up and form the Defenders, they will probably face a foe stronger than all of their previous ones. Since The Defenders will be a miniseries, what if in the last episode the only way they can defeat the main villain is by the help of someone new, Ghost Rider. This could be a perfect way to transition into a Ghost Rider Netflix solo series. This solely depends on who the main villain for The Defenders will be, and some fingers are pointing at Mephisto.
2. Doctor Strange | Post-Credit Scene
With Doctor Strange anything is possible, and the way Ghost Rider could be introduced via the Sorcerer Supreme could be during a search for a mystic entity within one of the infinity stones (Soul stone?) or realm. Johnny Blaze could be a trapped soul within the realm of one of Doctor Strange’s recurring enemies or manifest as the being Zarathos within one of the infinity stones. Rather than Mephisto, whose mention we’ve over-saturated already, the villain could be Blackheart, Mephisto’s demon son.
Though I doubt Ghost Rider will make a big screen appearance any time soon, a post-credit scene in Doctor Strange’s movie could lead to a solo Netflix series. Alternatively, Johnny Blaze could be a character in Doctor Strange without his powers, then like Phil Coulson, he could star in his own series, or appear on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. where his story and his powers would be expanded on.
1. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. | Season 4
The character Hellfire was introduced as an inhuman in season three of the show. In the comics Hellfire is the grandson of the original Ghost Rider, the Phantom Rider. Since Hellfire will be a main part of season four as it’s looking to be due to the twitter post below, the season could possibly further explore his background which could tie him to Johnny Blaze or any of the other Ghost Riders from the comics, specifically his grandfather Carter Slade, or his granduncle Lincoln Slade.
Lincoln Slade in the comics also forced a romantic relationship with Mockingbird through a love potion. Rather than Lincoln Slade being his granduncle, a possible Lincoln Slade in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. could be a brother of Hellfire (With a different first name too, favorably to avoid confusion with the late inhuman Lincoln). If so, could we see the return of Adrianne Palicki’s Mockingbird, thus making the Ghost Rider a possible villain for the show’s new season?
Alternatively, Hellfire could become one of the principal villains in season four. This in turn could make Phil Coulson and the new director of S.H.I.E.L.D. contact someone with similar abilities to fight the inhuman. Johnny Blaze’s Ghost Rider?