Marvel’s new Ghost Rider project was in development, but due to the SAG-AFTRA and WGA strikes, it’s temporarily paused, with plans to continue after the strikes are resolved. The project is a reboot within the MCU, and the character will appear in ‘Avengers: Secret Wars,’ set to theaters on May 7, 2027.
New ‘Ghost Rider’ Project Explores Challenges and Mysticism, Skips Origin Story
Ongoing strikes have impacted pre-production and casting, but the upcoming ‘Ghost Rider’ project won’t be an origin story. Instead, it will focus on the challenges of Ghost Rider, while exploring the mystical parts of Marvel Comics.
The Ghost Rider film series consists of two movies. The first film, “Ghost Rider” (2007), stars Nicolas Cage as Johnny Blaze, a stunt motorcyclist who transforms into the fiery antihero Ghost Rider after making a pact with the devil. With worldwide box office earnings of around $228 million, the movie follows Blaze as he battles supernatural forces to protect the innocent. The sequel, “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance” (2012), also starring Cage, sees Blaze hiding in Eastern Europe and coming to the aid of a young boy threatened by demonic possession. This installment grossed $132 million worldwide. Also, Ghost Rider has made appearances in the Marvel TV show “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Season 4, where the character Robbie Reyes/Ghost Rider (played by Gabriel Luna) was introduced.
Back in June 2022, Ryan Gosling expressed interest in playing Ghost Rider in the MCU. At San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige said, “If Ryan wants to be Ghost Rider… Gosling’s unbelievable. I’d love to find a place for him in the MCU.” Feige also mentioned how Gosling’s role as Ken in the Barbie movie gets more attention on Venice Beach than big movie releases, calling it “Amazing!”
In Marvel comics, there have been multiple individuals who have taken on the mantle of Ghost Rider over the years, each with their own unique backstory and powers. The most well-known and iconic version of Ghost Rider is Johnny Blaze.
Johnny Blaze, the original Ghost Rider, first appeared in “Marvel Spotlight” #5 in 1972. He is a stunt motorcyclist who makes a deal with a demonic entity named Mephisto to save his father from a terminal illness. However, this pact transforms him into the Ghost Rider, a supernatural being with a flaming skull for a head riding a fiery motorcycle. As Ghost Rider, Johnny Blaze’s mission is to hunt down evil souls and deliver them to Mephisto.