Will Ghost Rider Ever Appear in the MCU?
The Ghost Rider rumors will not stop. With the forthcoming Hulu Original officially no longer happening, fans are curious about the fate of the flaming stunt rider. Will Ghost Rider live on in the MCU to ride again? If rumors are to be believed, there is no doubt that Ghost Rider is not done as a character just yet. What incarnation of the role will appear or who will take on the iconic comic book character, however, remains unknown. In fact, we aren’t even sure where Ghost Rider could be popping up in the future, but there are plenty of rumors about it.
Ghost Rider has had a troubled foray into the live-action medium
It looked like Ghost Rider was dead and buried, at least on the silver screen, back in 2011. Nicolas Cage’s second try at the iconic, flaming vigilante seemingly cemented the character’s fate. Cage didn’t do Ghost Rider justice, and fans were pretty disgusted by the first and second cinematic attempts.
In 2016, however, Ghost Rider got a second wind when Gabriel Luna took on the role of Robbie Reyes in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. In 2019, it looked like Luna was ready to reprise the role for Hulu. In May 2019 it was announced that Luna would pick up where he left off in a solo series for the streaming giant, but last week, Hulu announced that it was not going to happen.
Luna, disappointed by the announcement, took to Instagram to share his feelings about the series being yanked from Hulu before it even got a chance to start filming. While it might be the end of the road for Ghost Rider in the streaming medium, there are plenty of rumblings about the flamed motorcyclist making another run at the silver screen.
Will Ghost Rider show up in the MCU?
Rumors have swirled that Hulu’s series was axed after Kevin Feige decided he wanted to add Ghost Rider to the MCU in some capacity. While a solo film is unlikely, the character could pop up in any number of films that are forthcoming from the studio. In fact, some insiders believe that Luna’s exact character could show up in an Avengers flick soon.
This would not be the first time a character slated for television was pulled back by Feige, according to CBR. There has been something of a war between Feige and the minds behind Marvel’s TV properties. It’s rumored that several characters slated for the small screen were pulled when Feige decided he wanted to include them in the MCU.
Blade, which had an upcoming movie announced at San Diego Comic-Con, was rumored to be a character that the TV studio had interest in until Feige pulled the franchise back into the movie world. The new Blade film is expected to release in 2022 as part of Marvel’s Phase 5.
A female Ghost Rider might make an appearance
A rumor that appears to have its roots in 4Chan has linked Bella Thorne to an upcoming Ghost Rider character. According to We Got This Covered, Thorne is allegedly being considered for a small role in the forthcoming Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. The flick is slated for a 2021 release. According to the rumor, Thorne’s character will hail from an entirely different universe than previous Ghost Riders.
Kevin Feige is producing the film, and Benedict Cumberbatch is signed on to play Dr. Stephen Strange, according to IMDB. Elizabeth Olsen is also slated to take on the role of Scarlet Witch in the upcoming movie.
A female Ghost Rider, known as Alejandra Jones, does have pretty deep roots in the Marvel comic universe. Most recently, the character appeared in Absolute Carnage. She also appears in Venom, and Doctor Strange: Damnation.