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- Nicolas Cage in all his hamminess . "I WILL EAT YOUR STINKING SOUL!!!!"
- In the montage that Johnny goes on about the devil possessing people, one of the people happens to be Jerry Springer .
- So damn funny they had to show it twice!
- When he spots the mining machine , you can practically hear the Rider thinking, "Does it have a seat?" Considering the Rider's tendency to set any vehicle he sits on, on hellfire, it becomes a moment of gleeful anticipation.
- The Rider actually cackles as he's driving the thing, as if acutely aware just how ridiculously awesome it is.
- "You're the Devil's baby mama."
- Fridge Logic : But shouldn't the paper bag rot then? So paper must be immune.
- When Blackout and the Rider fight, and the Rider seems to be losing his flame, Blackout taunts the Rider by claiming he was never afraid of him. The very affronted look the Rider gives him as his flames burst back to life implies that he's more pissed off that Blackout dares to insinuate that he's not scary than he is about the fight itself, and that he took that comment personally .
- Moreau explaining why he didn't die after being sent off a bridge in the opening sequence. He explains that God saved him by having him come to hanging upside down in a tree. While the French National Anthem plays .
- The scene is supposed to be dramatic and heart-wrenching, but when Nadya runs over, stunned and horrified by the sight of the car with Danny inside rolled upside down, on fire, and half-crushed , Ghost Rider's body language just screams "...Whoops."
- "Merry Christmas, you ASSHOLES!"
- Roarke's (Mephisto's) final line: "Worst fucking deal I ever made!"
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15 superpowers you didn't know ghost rider had.
The Spirit of Vengeance's arrival on Agents of SHIELD will spell trouble for all involved. But just what sort of tricks does he have up his sleeve?
One of the most well-known and beloved of all Marvel characters, the Ghost Rider has finally hit screens in something other than a crazy Nicolas Cage haircut . Little has changed with the character since first igniting the comic scene back in 1972. Sure there's been a slew of people who have filled the role for a convoluted number of reasons, but behind all that leather and fire, the Rider's purpose has remained righteously the same -- to scorch evil while protecting the innocent from ungodly and supernatural forces.
The most recent incarnation of the afterlife's ultimate weapon has already heated up season 4 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and appears ready to carry the torch of all those Riders that came before. Neither hero nor villain, this Spirit of Vengeance employs a bevy of powers in punishing the wicked. Some of his methods are well known, like his fiery weapons, killer ride and ability to burn the souls of his victims. Others, not so much. While there are still plenty of questions surrounding TV's latest flaming skeleton still to be answered, there's a good chance we'll see the Ghost Rider's impressive skillset grabbing the spotlight in episodes to come. So what better time to brush up on all this avenging spirit has to offer.
Here are the 15 Superpowers You Didn't Know Ghost Rider Had .
15. Breathing (and Peeing) Fire
Remember that touching moment from the trailer of 2012's Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance film when Nicolas Cage pees fire? Well that's just one of the Rider's many fire related party tricks. You might have also noticed the scene where a gun-wielding thug unloads into the character's mouth, after which he vomits a spray of fire bullets. As you probably can tell from just looking at Ghost Rider, generating, controlling and manipulating fire is kind of his thing.
The ethereal element known as Hellfire is at the core of the Ghost Rider's powers and allows him to do a whole bunch of awesome things (many of which we'll discuss here). Aside from the obvious of being able to sear the soul and singe the flesh, it can burn underwater, create massive nuclear-sized explosions, rain down firestorms from above that incinerate creepy children , and shoot from the eyes, hands and mouth, along with “other places.”
14. Superhuman Strength
Bound to the Spirit of Vengeance Zarathos, it's no surprise that Ghost Rider can pack one helluva punch. While he may not be the most physically strong of superheroes , any human host who's been transformed into the Ghost Rider gets a sizable boost in their strength, to the tune of being able to lift around 25 tons. As an example, we've seen Riders casually flip cars while motorcycling by and toss a massive construction crane across a forest.
One important thing to know about the Ghost Rider's powers is that they are boundless. When Johnny Blaze, the original Rider to appear in comics, went up against World War Hulk, Dr. Strange comments that the abilities of the Ghost Rider entity are “godlike” and the only reason the character doesn't wield its full force is because their human hosts act as a built-in safety, holding back the Rider's full power. This means that the Ghost Rider actually possesses infinite strength. When fully unleashed, he can single-handedly lift far in excess of 100 tons with ease, obtaining Thor and Hulkian levels of strength. However, it's unlikely that we'll ever see such a display (he'd simply be too powerful, which could make him less compelling as a character). Which is probably for the best, since giving Nicolas Cage the ability to punch a hole through the planet is in no one's best interests.
13. Hellfire Weaponry
You might think that Ghost Rider has a nice collection of chains at home just waiting to be taken out on the road and swung around sinners' necks. But it turns out those chains aren't what they seem. In fact, they're not even real metal. Apparently, when one becomes a Spirit of Vengeance, you get a swag bag that includes an unbreakable enchanted chain made out of Hellfire capable of altering its shape and size and firing off its individual links like fiery ninja stars . Even cooler, Ghost Rider's signature weapon can be willed to do pretty much whatever he wants, including disobey gravity and shoot from out of his mouth and chest.
Beyond metal whips, the Rider has been known to use his flames to conjure up other mystical weapons, like pistols, knives and, most awesomely, shotguns that shoot Hellfire bullets. This particular gun, which never runs out of ammo of course, has been used by Johnny Blaze when he's not even fused with the Spirit of Vengeance. Suffice to say, if you plan on going out on the town to snuff out a few demonic threats, you should never leave home without one.
Of course, shotguns and chains aren't the only cool things Ghost Rider can whip up from the fiery depths of hell....
12. Hellvehicle Summoning
The Ghost Rider doesn't just swing by a local chopper shop and pick up any old bike to ride across the river Styx. Possessing the ability to summon whatever Hellfire-enhanced mode of transportation he desires with a simple whistle of his bony lips or a mental command, the Rider gets around in ways befitting his spirited style.
Most famously, this includes the flaming motorcycles used by Ghost Riders Johnny Blaze and Dan Ketch, which can fly, travel between dimensions, across water, up buildings and through space, not to mention the fact that they reform from nothingness and can ghost through matter. Then there's Robbie Reyes and his Hell Charger, the most recent incarnation of the character and the one featured on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D . When Reyes was imbued with mystical vengeance powers, his black 1969 Dodge Charger naturally transformed as well, possessing all the same capabilities as it's two-wheeled predecessor, with the added feature of its trunk acting as a portal that can transport anyone (or anything) anywhere. Finally, there are all the other Ghost Riders in existence, who have used a little more imagination when it came to getting around. These included everything from planes to trucks, horses, sharks and even Hell Elephants . Because if you're going to make a big fiery entrance, it might as well be on a flaming elephant.
11. Increasing Size
What could be scarier than a vengeful skeleton of fire riding a motorcycle? How about a gigantic vengeful skeleton of fire riding a motorcycle. In the Uncanny Avengers Annual #1, Ghost Rider goes up against Thor and reveals yet another one of his many hidden talents by skyrocketing in size. To his credit, the God of Thunder doesn't back down -- that is, until giant Ghost Rider spews a volcano-full of fire in his face.
The Spirit of Vengeance has used Hellfire to manipulate matter before, so why not its host's own body? Which also begs the question over what other tricks he's got up his bony, leathered sleeve. We've only seen a Rider pull a Gulliver one other time (when Alejandra Jones grew to half a mile in size to fight the satanic Mephisto ), but we're betting that if he/she can go all Giant-Man on us, then the Flamehead can probably switch things up and get really small too. Just imagine a pint sized Ghost Rider motorcycling across your floor, adorably unleashing hell's fury. Looks like Ant-Man might be out of a job.
10. Superhuman Speed and Agility
Obviously, the Ghost Rider can move pretty fast, thanks in no small part to some smoldering rides. But on account of his otherworldly abilities, he can push these vehicles beyond normal limits to super speeds that would appear as nothing more than a fiery blur to the naked eye. This also means he possess heightened reflexes, which lets him pull off some truly epic stunts. And because the Rider's movements aren't bound by pesky bodily mass, his magically augmented dexterity is bar none, allowing for enhanced coordination and accuracy.
All of these skills are on full display when Ghost Rider beat up an entire team of Earth's Mightiest Heroes in Avengers #214. The true highlight of the brawl came during his showdown with the God of Thunder, when not only is he able to dodge Thor's hammer, but he hops on his bike and outraces it to boot. He then grabs Mjolnir mid-flight and rides it back to slam Thor in the face with his motorcycle, diabolically laughing all the way.
9. Sin Perception
The Ghost Rider can literally smell sin -- a nifty party trick that probably comes in handy when he's trying to find evil to destroy. But his ability to sense wickedness goes well beyond just his nasal cavity. This ethereally-enhanced extrasensory perception allows him to see a person's sin just by looking at them, as well as “feel” it, no matter where he is. Which kind of makes that kid from The Sixth Sense look like even more of a pansy than he already was.
But why step there? Because he's hella extreme, Ghost Rider can see into the soul of any living creature, righteous, depraved or otherwise. So if the whole superheroing thing ever falls through, he at least has a career as a new age soul reader. But just be warned, he also has the ability to consume souls, which is probably one reason why we won't see him invited to any Avenger parties anytime soon.
8. Raising the Dead
Riders can raise souls from the dead and restore them to their bodies just by touching a corpse. Or, as seen in 2011's Ghost Rider Vol. 7, they can remove all the sin from humanity, and they even have the power to return it. In that story, the female Ghost Rider Alejandra Jones is tricked into wiping out the sin of every person in Nicaragua, which basically leaves them as walking dead. To rectify the situation, she wages war against hell to retrieve their sins and save their souls, in essence bring them back from their waking deaths.
This particular power isn't limited to just the comics. For anyone who's ever played the video game Marvel Ultimate Alliance , the Ghost Rider character has the ability to save a teammate that dies in battle by returning them to full health. Apparently, he can also do the same to himself in the real world. Case in point: resurrecting the character in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. after being thoroughly murdered by two Nic Cage movies.
One of the perks of being a Ghost Rider is that you can sustain all kinds of beatings, abuse and physical damage without ever feeling a thing. When World War Hulk steamrolled his way through Earth's Mightiest Heroes, pulverizing their bodies into jelly , the Ghost Rider bounced back from the worst the Jade Giant thunder clapped his way without a scratch on him. And unlike pretty much every other superhero that went up against the green rage monster, Ghost Rider rides away of his own volition because he's got more important things to avenge. Hulk, on the other hand, lets him go because he knows Ghost Rider is one of the few things he can't smash.
The only caveat to this invulnerability is that some Heavenly-forged objects, such as the archangel Zadkiel's blade, can harm the Rider. But even in those instances, when divine weapons unleash their wrath and revert Johnny Blaze into a pile of ash, he won't stay down for long.
6. Regenerating His Skull
Deadpool's not the only one who can regenerate his body from nothingness . During The Legend of Sleepy Hollow story arc, the pumpkin-headed Jack O'Lantern blows the Ghost Rider's head to smithereens, only for it to nonchalantly grow back as if nothing had happened at all. What's more, the whole process takes all of one second. Even Deadpool's creepy 127 Hours baby hand takes its sweet time returning.
As cool as it is to have your skull blown off and then have it instantly regenerate in a blaze of glory, that's not the limit of Ghost Rider's healing abilities. Any limb, digit, orifice (or even his entire body) can be brought back after the most devastating of disintegrating attacks. And unlike Wolverine, who seems to go through all sorts of agony recovering from his wounds, the Rider heals with little pain or discomfort, as if having his skull blown off was just another day in the devil's park.
5. Manipulating Weather Patterns
Of all the Riders, Alejandra Jones has displayed the most exotic powers. We've already seen her become a giant and turn an entire Central American nation into drooling zombies, so why stop now? But first, a little background. Whereas Johnny Blaze ignorantly sold his soul to the devil/Mephisto, Danny Ketch unknowingly touched a gas cap, and Robbie Reyes was involuntarily cursed by his dead uncle, Alejandra knew exactly what she was getting into when she became a Ghost Rider. She was chosen by Adam (yep, that Adam) to be trained as a Spirit of Vengeance to help him undo sin on Earth. The fact that she was tailor-made to be a Rider -- and has a helping hand from the man who created sin in the first place -- explains why Alejandra has displayed powers that none of the others have ever demonstrated, or even knew they could wield.
Oddly enough, one of those is the ability to manipulate the weather on an epic scale. Like the time she created a massive skull-shaped desert cloud just so she could make an awesome entrance . Much more devastating, if not just as flashy, was when she summoned, held, and cast lightning from the sky in a fit of rage to destroy some redneck swamp people.
4. Summoning Locusts
What fun is there in exacting vengeance on sinners without a locust or two? Thankfully, Alejandra Jones realizes that if you're going to ride around with your head on fire, your powers should have a comparable flare for the dramatic. So if ginormous skull clouds and lightning bursts weren't biblical enough for you, then there's always her signature move: shooting Hellfire locusts from her mouth.
Unlike her two other weather-related powers, Alejandra has used this one on a number of occasions. There's the time she sent a massive swarm to incinerate a being from Hell made of pure sin. Or the time she unleashed a bevy of locusts to dive bomb a human trafficking ring in Mexico. Most recently, Alejandra went up against Robbie Reyes and showed him the true meaning of vengeance by vomiting an explosion of locusts right in his face. No matter the occasion, the results are always the same. Mainly, the locusts consume all in their path and annoy the crap out of the wicked. Because isn't that what being a Ghost Rider is all about?
3. Agelessness and Immortality
So long as the Spirit of Vengeance resides inside them, their human host has the potential to physically live forever. As an added bonus, they remain ageless. Kind of like Nicolas Cage . (We could go all day.)
In Ghost Riders: Heavens on Fire #6, Johnny Blaze states that since God created the Ghost Riders, only God can destroy them. All theological debates aside, the fact that a Ghost Rider possesses the already mentioned invulnerability and regenerative abilities, not to mention a limitless stamina, there's a pretty strong case for immortality to be made. However, there have been instances where a Ghost Rider's host has been killed. (Daniel Ketch has actually gotten the ax a couple times.) But since the Spirit of Vengeance is an celestial entity, it can never be killed, and even if a host is somehow done in, it will simply find another one to bind with. Suffice to say, it's hard to permanently put the Ghost Rider down. And even if you manage to, he'll look as young as the day he was possessed when you do it.
2. Creating Clones of Himself
As we just mentioned, the Ghost Rider is incredibly hard to exterminate, and the Spirit of Vengeance can never truly be killed. However, there is a loophole. In 2009's Ghost Rider #32, Zadkiel is up to his old tricks and is trying to overthrow Heaven, this time tricking Daniel Ketch into helping. Long story short, Ketch wages war against all the existing Spirits of Vengeance. Since murdering them is pointless, Ketch decides to take a different approach and manifests avatars of himself composed entirely of Hellfire.
What's particularly powerful about these Ghost Rider clones is that Ketch uses them to absorb the Spirits of Vengeance out of their dead hosts and into himself, in essence creating a super duper (technical term) Ghost Rider. Obviously, this is too much Ghost Riderness for any one being to handle, and as this all-powerful Spirit ascends to heaven on angelic wings, Ketch inadvertently blows open the gates of Heaven. Epic blunders aside, seeing a Ghost Rider multiply himself is a pretty cool feat, so much so that even his fellow Riders are impressed .
1. The Penance Stare
We arrive at the greatest and most awesomest of all of Ghost Rider's powers. By merely making eye contact, this ability allows a Rider to set someone's eyeballs on fire while forcing them to feel the torment of a billion billion (that's a lot) extinguished souls and experience the pain of eternal guilt (also a lot). Or, to put it another way, Ghost Rider can instantaneously put you through all the pain you have ever caused anyone while at the same time causing you to remember every painful memory you've ever had. Also, make you go blind. And insane. And dead. In some cases, a person's sins are so great that their bodies will spontaneously combust.
Only a select few have ever proven immune to its effects, most notably Venom, Deadpool and the Punisher, who, as you might have guessed, regrets nothing. Though the eye burning has still got to hurt quite a bit, we imagine. Most impressively, in the 1994 Fantastic Four animated series, Ghost Rider rides out of nowhere and uses the Penance Stare to bring down Galactus, the devourer of worlds, ravager of planets and sometimes huge fart cloud , in withering pain. It's probably only one of the greatest scenes ever drawn in a superhero cartoon, but the inexplicably bad voice acting damn near ruins it.
The point is, the Penance Stare is no joke.
Did we miss any of Ghost Rider's hellish powers? Will the Spirit of Vengeance's arrival on the small screen have you tuning in to catch him on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. ? Let us know in the comments.
New Ghost Rider Engine of Vengeance HasLab Project Revealed by Hasbro Pulse
During another Hasbro Pulse Marvel Legends Series live stream today, the team revealed the third Marvel HasLab project: The Engine of Vengeance.
- When the moon rises, and evil prowls the street, a vengeful spirit awakens. Crackling with Hellfire and consumed by a dark power, no nemesis can withstand the wrath of… The Ghost Rider!
- Marvel Legends is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Ghost Rider franchise with a new type of HasLab project: Robbie Reyes Ghost Rider and the Engine of Vengeance!
- 50 years ago, the supernatural super hero first rode off the pages of Marvel Comics and into the realm of Marvel legend. From Carter Slade to Johnny Blaze to Danny Ketch to Robbie Reyes, many names have taken on the Ghost Rider mantle, fueled by vengeance and a sick ride. The next Marvel Legends HasLab project will bring another Ghost Rider to life like never before, starring a vehicle unlike any on your shelf. With Hasbro Pulse, fans can bring the Spirit of Vengeance into our realm — and it won't even cost you your soul!
Engine of Vengeance details:
- Engine of Vengeance vehicle inspired by the supernatural muscle car in Marvel Comics All-New Ghost Rider (2014)
- Premium 1:12 scale car design measuring approximately 18.5 inches long, 7.5 inches wide, and 5.5 inches tall
- Vehicle fully equipped with 20 LEDs for scorching Hellfire light-up effects in tires, engine, grill, tailpipes, and driver's seat headrest (requires 3 AA batteries, not included)
- 6 flame trail effect pieces for tires and tailpipes
- 2 Brimstone Risers for dynamic car display
- 4 interchangeable tires and 1 additional engine to convert Engine of Vengeance from Hellfire Mode to Street Mode
- Exclusive Robbie Reyes Ghost Rider 6-inch scale figure with comic-inspired accessories, including real metal chain
- During an interview with comic writer and creator of Robbie Reyes, Felipe Smith, he revealed that the 3L1 MRW custom license plate on the car is a nod to Eli Morrow, the character whose spirit possesses the engine of vengeance.
- While additional unlocks were teased for this new HasLab project, they were not revealed at this time. However, Dwight, as always, left us with a little tease that these future unlocks will all be additional figures rather than accessories for the vehicle.
- This crowdfunded project will run from September 16, 2022, to 11:59pm ET on October 31, 2022.
- If successful, the project will begin shipping around Fall 2023.
- You can back the project now for $349.99.
Early-Bird Special Offering:
- If the HasLab Marvel Legends Engine of Vengeance campaign reaches its minimum goal of 9,000 backers before 11:59 PM ET on September 23, 2022, all project backers before the campaign ends on October 31, 2022 will receive the exclusive Marvel Legends Robbie Reyes Human-Form 6-Inch scale figure.
- If the campaign does not reach its minimum goal of 9,000 backers before 11:59 PM ET on September 23, 2022, the Early-Bird Special Marvel Legends Robbie Reyes Human-Form figure will not go into production.
You can watch the full Hasbro Pulse live stream, including the interview with Felipe Smith and comic artist and fellow Robbie Reyes creator Tradd Moore, below:
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Director of Nic Cage's 'Ghost Rider' film recalls 'Wild West' era of Marvel movies before the MCU
"It was a very different kind of environment, you really had to fight a lot for your characters."
Long before Iron Man kicked off a shared cinematic universe the likes of which Hollywood had never seen, movies based on classic Marvel properties were quite disconnected from one another. Shocking, we know. With 2007's Ghost Rider streaming on Peacock this month, SYFY WIRE reached out to the film's writer-director, Mark Steven Johnson, for his recollections of the pre-MCU era.
"It was kind of like the Wild West. It was a very different thing," he tells us over Zoom. "We were more scrappy and trying to find a home for characters that I loved as a kid growing up, reading [the comics]. It was a very different kind of environment, you really had to fight a lot for your characters ... But on the plus side, because there wasn't so much pressure of everything fitting into some grand design, you could do some things that were different, which I kind of pushed to the limit with Ghost Rider ."
By the late 2000s, future MCU architect Kevin Feige was already on the up-and-up as a leading executive of Marvel Studios, having served as a producer on the X-Men , Spider-Man , and Fantastic Four franchises. Feige also produced 2003's Daredevil , another movie that Johnson wrote and directed that starred Ben Affleck as Matt Murdock and a pre- Iron Man Jon Favreau as Foggy Nelson. "He was always incredibly smart, very kind, very supportive," Johnson remembers of Feige. "But now, he is Marvel. It’s really incredible to see what he's done. I'm so happy for him."
The idea of a skeletal motorcyclist punishing the wicked on behalf of Satan doesn't seem too far-fetched in the current comic book movie landscape, but back in 2007 (a year before Robert Downey Jr.'s indelible performance as Tony Stark changed everything), it was a major gamble for Sony/Columbia, which distributed Ghost Rider .
"I’m a big Harley Davidson fan myself, I’ve been a big motorcycle rider my whole life, and I always thought [Ghost Rider] was the coolest, most underused character," Johnson says. "There was no Ghost Rider comic out at that time and so, when you have to explain these characters, it always takes a moment. Like, ‘Wait, so it's a flaming skull and a Harley Davidson?’ I’m like, ‘Yes, that's correct.’ So that was always tough to explain to people, but the graphic is so strong, the visual is always so powerful for Ghost Rider."
He's not wrong. Despite the fact that 15 years have passed since Ghost Rider 's theatrical bow, the CGI for its eponymous hero continues to hold up, more or less. "The fire ended up taking over everything," Johnson reveals. "Now, CG fire is fantastic. When we were doing it, it was very difficult and you realize how tricky fire is. Fire is such an illusion. Even when you look at real fire in a fireplace or a flickering campfire, it doesn't look real. There's something about it that looks almost like a hologram and trying to get that across at 24 frames per second, it was very tough."
Once the studio handed down the green light, Johnson dove headfirst into production, reaching out to "the biggest Ghost Rider fan in the world," Nicolas Cage . "He had the tattoo on his shoulder and then we met and hit it off and both geeked out over it." The filmmaker insists that no one else was considered for the role of Johnny Blaze, a famous stuntman who strikes Faustian bargain with the Devil in his youth. As expected, the actor brought his own unique, shall we say, take on the character.
"Nic always thought, ‘Well, if my character really couldn't die and I keep crashing and walking away all the time, eventually, I’d lose my mind. Eventually, I would start to go a little crazy.’ And so, that would explain some of Nic’s ideas of listening to music that made him feel safe like The Carpenters; or eating jelly beans out of a martini glass; watching monkey karate videos; and all this crazy s***. But somehow, I got it. I thought, ‘That's a really fun way to go.’ Instead of being the big, brooding tough, amazing macho guy, be the guy who's terrified and losing his mind a bit and just trying to hold on."
Johnny struggles to contain the creature within while hoping to rekindle (no pun intended) the romance he left for dead years before. "It kind of became this very expressionistic, Gothic fairy tale in a way," Johnson explains. "This fun, Beauty and the Beast vibe to it. But Nic’s a great partner and as I said, he, he'll try anything. He really will. He will never say, ‘I would never do that.’ [He’ll say] ‘Let's talk about it, let's try it. What could it hurt?’"
The filmmaker also characterizes the movie as "a monster Western," especially once the OG Ghost Rider from the 1800s — Carter Slade (known as the Phantom Rider in the original comics) — becomes a mentor-like figure to Mr. Blaze. "We got to really expand on Carter Slade, because he had a very small story in the comic. So I felt like that was really fun to get to flesh that character out as a sort of caretaker," continues Johnson. His first choice for Slade was Sam Elliott, who graciously accepted, bringing his famous bushy mustache and deeply soothing cowboy voice to the table. "Sam Elliott, he's such a legend and you look smart just having him on screen because everything he does is honest. You believe everything he did."
In another stroke of casting genius, Johnson landed Peter Fonda (an absolute legend in motorcycle circles for his work on 1969's Easy Rider ) in the supporting role of Mephistopheles, who calls in his debt to Johnny by transforming him into the titular Spirit of Vengeance once escaped demons from Hell (led by Wes Bentley's Blackheart) start wreaking havoc on the mortal plane.
"Peter was just fantastic," the director recalls of Fonda, who died in 2019 at the age of 79. "He was such an odd duck, God bless him. He was such a fantastically eccentric person. I remember having the whole cast over to my house once and we watched Easy Rider and Peter narrated the entire thing. So it was like the greatest Director's Cut you can imagine. He would just say, ‘Oh, this is when Jack [Nicholson] came in and he was on acid.' Smoking a joint watching himself in Easy Rider , which is pretty incredible."
Ghost Rider, which was released on March 3, 2007, racked up nearly $230 million worldwide against a sizable production budget of $110 million. A direct sequel, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance , was released five years later in February of 2012 — just three months before the MCU was on the verge of its most ambitious undertaking up to that point: The Avengers .
The follow-up, which saw Cage back as Johnny, brought in a little over $132 million globally against a more modest budget of $57 million. Not a bad showing for a time in which most studios were starting to veer away from the concept of standalone superhero flicks and focusing on how they could replicate the uber-successful Marvel formula. Johnson did not have any involvement with Spirit of Vengeance , which was helmed by the duo of Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor and written by comic book movie veteran David S. Goyer ( The Dark Knight , Man of Steel ) and current Walking Dead brand manager, Scott M. Gimple.
"That was just somebody else getting their take on it. Completely different thing," Johnson admits. "Same with Daredevil when they did the spinoff of Elektra , it was just a completely different thing. They give you a credit because you did the first movie, but that's it. They want to do their own version and that's great. Everybody should."
Ghost Rider returned to the realm of live-action in the fourth season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. , which introduced the Robbie Reyes iteration of the character (played by Gabriel Luna). While Reyes only appeared in 10 episodes of the ABC show, Luna was slated to reprise the role in a Hulu spinoff series , which received the axe following a spat of creative differences not long after.
This was also around the same time Marvel upped Feige to Chief Creative Officer , effectively bringing all film and television projects under the purview of Marvel Studios. With supernatural heroes and antiheroes like Moon Knight, Blade, Werewolf by Night, and Black Knight arriving on the scene, it's probably safe to assume that Ghost Rider is not far behind (a Midnight Sons project seems more and more likely with the passing of each title in Phase 4).
"I think he's gonna come back in a big way," Johnson says. "I was seeing an interview the other day that Keanu Reeves was saying he'd loved to play Ghost Rider and I was like, ‘Yes!’ He’d be fantastic." Ryan Gosling and Norman Reedus have also expressed interest in tackling the part, though Johnson has his money on the Constantine actor .
"I never know how serious these are, but Keanu would be amazing because he lives it," the filmmaker adds. "He eats and breathes and sleeps motorcycles. He has his own motorcycle company. But yeah, it's it's exciting … you get a chance to steward these characters for a couple years and then you got to step back and let other people do it. And as a fan, you're excited to see different interpretations. There's so many interpretations of Batman. I loved the new one and I can't wait to see where that goes. I would love to see different versions of Ghost Rider come along."
When we ask what he'd like to see out of Ghost Rider's MCU debut, Johnson pitches the idea of "a really fun, scary, almost Halloween episode, or movie version" featuring Marvel's Scarecrow whom he wanted to feature as the main antagonist in the 2007 film. The idea never materialized and understandably so, given that the studio feared confusion with the more well-known member of the Caped Crusader rogues gallery bearing the same monicker.
"Scarecrow was always about fear and I’ve always said that was such an interesting thing to get into Johnny's head, to see what what that would do to him and do the character of Ghost Rider. That was that was just the first one off the top of my head. But I'd also like to see him team up because he's such a rogue. He's such an isolated person. And to see him get this big dysfunctional family, which is what you love about these team-ups, that would be really fun. So I hope that we do get to see him and Midnight Sons or some of these other [teams]. I thought Werewolf by Night great. I thought that was super fun. So I like what they're doing and I'm curious to see where it's all headed."
But even as the Spirit of Vengeance stands on the precipice of a fresh interpretation on the silver screen, moviegoers haven't forgotten the 2007 film that first brought Johnny Blaze to the big screen. Moviegoers like comedian Marc Calderaro, whose one-man show — Ghost Rider: My Favorite Film — has turned the movie into a cult classic for the ages.
"He did it in Austin for years and it was kind of a Rocky Horror Picture Show thing," Johnson explains. "Everybody would come, they all knew the movie, and they'd all watch it together, make it a drinking game and make fun of it and have a laugh with it. But [Marc] really did love it. Even though he was making fun of it and making fun of me, I’m glad he was. I had my Ghost Rider gloves from the movie, and I dropped them off ... with a little note to him and just said, 'I've had these long enough, I want you to have them to complete your outfit. I don't care if you're laughing at me or with me, as long as you're laughing and having a good time with the movie.’ People like him keep it going and it's just fun that people look back and find it and they just have a hoot with it."
Ghost Rider is now streaming on Peacock .
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20 Strange Things Fans Never Knew About Ghost Rider's Bones
Ghost Rider is one of Marvel's most dangerous characters and most of his power comes from his strangely powerful anatomy!
One of the most iconic and recognizable characters in the Marvel Universe is the Ghost Rider. The original Ghost Rider appeared in 1972 with Johnny Blaze selling his soul to Mephisto and ending up cursed to ride the land as the Spirit of Vengeance. While the sole purpose of the demon was to enact vengeance on the sinners and evil beings in the universe, Johnny's inherent goodness also made the character a being who protected the innocents from supernatural forces. Johnny Blaze was the primary Ghost Rider of the mainstream Marvel Universe, but he wasn't the only man -- or woman -- to hold that role.
Johnny's brother Danny Ketch, a young man from Los Angeles named Robbie Reyes and a woman named Alejandra Jones, the daughter of a human trafficker, all took on the role as Ghost Rider for periods in the Marvel Universe as well. They also were just a small percentage of the Ghost Riders that have existed throughout history, and each of these characters possess some of the most awe-inspiring powers in the universe and have strange bodies that not only keep them alive no matter what happens to them, but also make them superior to almost every hero and villain that walks the Earth and beyond. From a body that keeps them practically immortal to eyes, nose and hands that are able to seek out the worst in anyone, Ghost Rider has one of the strangest, yet most unique bodies in the entire Marvel Universe.
20 THE POWER OF HELLFIRE
When a host turns into the Ghost Rider, they have a very specific power that gives them control over a very deadly infernal fire. While they are agents of Heaven -- and not Hell, as originally believed -- the main power at their disposal is the use of Hellfire. This is what surrounds the head/body of Ghost Rider as well as his motorcycle.
On top of that, Ghost Rider can also create just about any weapon out of the Hellfire, with his chain as the one most used. Unlike regular fire, the Hellfire is Infernal Pyrokinesis and can both burn the soul of a person it touches as well as physically burn them as well. He can also throw Hellfire itself at an enemy and has the ability to control it with his mind.
19 JOHNNY BLAZE IS A FAIL-SAFE
When Johnny Blaze first became Ghost Rider, he turned into the Spirit of Vengeance when the sun went down and reverted back when the sun came up. However, that changed over the years and Johnny gained control of the transformation and actually controlled the spirit after he transformed.
In Ghost Rider Vol. 6 #13, Ghost Rider showed up to try to stop The Hulk during the World War Hulk storyline. During this fight, Johnny lost control and Ghost Rider refused to fight Hulk because he believed that The Illuminati were the guilty ones and not The Hulk. According to Doctor Strange at this moment, Johnny is the "fail-safe" for Ghost Rider to keep the spirit from growing out of control. If Johnny completely loses control, the Ghost Rider might become uncontrollable and unstoppable.
18 GHOST RIDER IS GOD-LIKE
In the World War Hulk storyline, Doctor Strange had faith that, if anyone on Earth had a chance to stop The Hulk, it was The Ghost Rider in Ghost Rider Vol. 6 #13. While the fight was great, it ended up as a stalemate because the Spirit gained control over Johnny Blaze and decided that Hulk was not the guilty one in this fight and left, realizing that there was no use for him in this battle.
Doctor Strange seemed very scared at that point because he admitted to Reed Richards that when the Spirit gains control he is actually one of the most powerful beings on Earth. Strange called his powers "boundless" and "godlike." As long as Johnny is in control, the Ghost Rider's powers are in check, but once he lets go, there is no limit to what he can do.
17 IMMEASURABLE STRENGTH
While Ghost Rider is not a huge superhero, he possesses immeasurable strength and is one of the most powerful characters in Marvel Comics. In the battle with The Hulk in World War Hulk , he wrapped his chain around a building and brought it down on Hulk. According to the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe , Ghost Rider can lift up to 25 tons on normal circumstances.
However, Ghost Rider's strength and power increase when the Spirit takes control. At this time, there is no limit to how strong Ghost Rider can become when pushed to the extreme. His skin is also highly durable and is resistant to almost all physical damage from weapons, intense cold and powerful energy. He has fought Hulk to a standstill, so that should reveal just how strong he really is.
16 GHOST RIDER DOESN'T GET TIRED
Ghost Rider never gets tired. This is because his body does not produce any fatigue toxins when taking part in physical activities, which means he has superhuman stamina and can fight as long as needed to win a battle or outlast an equally powerful foe. While Ghost Rider does not get tired, Johnny Blaze can still grow mentally fatigued, so the longer the fight goes, the more chances Johnny has of losing control.
With that said, the Ghost Rider does have a weakness. Any weapon crafted in Heaven itself or blessed by a holy source can mutilate the Spirit of Vengeance. There is also the fact that the host can be separated from the Spirit, which means that the Rider will remain dormant until another host is found.
15 GHOST RIDER CAN CONTROL CELESTIALS
In Avengers (2018) #5, the team was tasked with battling the Dark Celestials that wanted to purge the planet Earth. The team needed to really power up in order to compete with the new threat and that meant Thor and She-Hulk getting Frost Giant upgrades and Iron Man getting his own Celestial-inspired armor.
However, Ghost Rider got the most interesting upgrade. Robbie Reyes was able to enter into the empty armor of the Ghost Celestial and then using his power, he took control of the Celestial that same way he controlled his car in the past. Reyes also learned that he had not yet tapped into his full powers yet and that he might end up as the most powerful Avenger of them all.
14 LIMITLESS ARRAY OF WEAPONS
Ghost Rider's key weapon is his Hellfire, which gives him the ability to form and create any weapon he wants out of the mystical flame. The most obvious example of a weapon that Ghost Rider uses is his Hellfire-covered chain, which he has mastered the use of over the years. However, Ghost Rider can construct just about any weapon from his Hellfire, from firearms to knives and swords.
On top of that, Ghost Rider can form walls and other objects with the Hellfire just using his mind. He also has his motorcycle that is covered with Hellfire and Robbie Reyes can use the Hellfire to mentally control his car. He also used it to control a tractor at one point to save people.
13 HE CAN GROW IN SIZE
Ghost Rider has shown over the years that he also has the power to grow in size. This was clearly shown in Uncanny Avengers Annual #1 where the heroes were taken into Mojoworld to take part in a television show against their will. However, Ghost Rider proved too powerful to keep under control and he broke free from Johnny Blaze's control and attacked everyone.
While battling Thor, Ghost Rider then grew to a giant height saying that he has the strength of "the demon." There was another moment this happened. In Ghost Rider (2011) #9, Alejandra Jones was Ghost Rider and went to Hell to battle Mephisto. When Johnny Blaze showed up to try to stop her from destroying Hell (and therefore destroying reality), she had grown "half a mile tall" in her fight with Mephisto.
12 HE HAS SUPER SPEED
When thinking of the various powers, skills and abilities of The Ghost Rider, one that not many people think of, or even know about, is that he has super speed. This was really shown in all its glory in Avengers #214. In that issue, Ghost Rider showed up when Johnny Blaze decided that life just wasn't fair and he was going to make it hard on others.
He started out by catching up with X-Men founder The Angel, who himself was doing 190 mph in his car. He then challenged him to a race and easily beat him before hospitalizing him. The Avengers came to the fight, and in the battle, Thor threw Mjolnir at Ghost Rider and the Spirit of Vengeance was able to actually outrace it to get away before turning and catching it when it reversed direction.
11 HIS NOSE CAN SMELL SIN
The entire purpose of the Ghost Rider is to seek vengeance against those who have sinned. The Spirit of vengeance doesn't just guess who might or might not have sinned, though. He has the ability to know when someone has sinned through both his eyes and nose.
When it comes to the eyes of the Ghost Rider, he can see into the soul of any creature -- both the righteous and the sin-filled and judge their guilt or innocence on the spot. He can also see the sins that the people will commit over the rest of their lives. On top of that, Ghost Rider can also smell the sin on the guilty and said as much in Ghost Riders: Heavens on Fire #1.
10 INSTANT REGENERATION
Wolverine and Deadpool aren't the only Marvel heroes who have impressive regeneration skills. However, when compared to Ghost Rider, their regenerating seems very pale in comparison. More like The Hulk, Ghost Rider regenerates entire body parts almost instantly after an injury. Following an injury, both Ghost Rider and Johnny Blaze immediately regenerate lost limbs in moments.
This happened in the storyline The Legend of Sleepy Hollow when Jack O'Lantern blew Ghost Rider's head to pieces and it simply regenerated in seconds. While someone like Wolverine grows back limbs to great pain, Ghost Rider doesn't seem to feel anything as it returns to normal. While Ghost Rider is invulnerable to almost all human weapons and devices, he does suffer harm from weapons that were forged in Heaven.
9 CAN'T ENTER A HOLY PLACE
With most Ghost Riders, they have a weakness to holy items. For Johnny Blaze, that means that he is vulnerable to many weapons and devices that were forged in Heaven. However, when looking at the Ultimate Marvel world in Earth-1610, Ghost Rider has a specific weakness. If Ghost Rider enters a church or another blessed holy place, he immediately reverts back into John Blaze.
John Blaze in the Ultimate Universe sold his soul to the devil to protect his girlfriend after a biker gang took his life and then he returned as Ghost Rider to get revenge. It was at this point, that he eliminated all the members of the biker gang, who were now rich and powerful, and when the battle with the final member raged into a church, Ghost Rider immediately reverted back into John Blaze.
8 ALMOST INVULNERABLE
Ghost Rider is almost immune to just about any type of physical damage. In World War Hulk , Ghost Rider attacked Hulk head-on and the two fought to a standstill. While Hulk delivered some brutal blows to the Ghost Rider, the Spirit of Vengeance simply stood back up and was ready for more. When Johnny Blaze finally lost control, it looked like Ghost Rider could be the being to finally take down the Hulk, but then decided it wasn't his fight.
Ghost Rider's body is also capable of withstanding weather extremes as well as pressure extremes. He can survive in outer space and in the depths of the ocean. He can survive in freezing temperatures and can withstand intense heat. He can survive falls from extreme heights and can survive being crushed by immeasurable weight. Bullets pass through him or bounce off his bones. As a matter of fact, he doesn't even feel pain when attacked.
7 BASICALLY IMMORTAL
As long as a being has the Spirit of Vengeance in them, they are basically immortal. There is nothing that can harm them except for weapons forged in Heaven. As a matter of fact, Johnny Blaze said in Ghost Riders: Heavens on Fire #6 that God created the Ghost Riders and therefore only God has the power to destroy them. In other words, unless God changes an opinion on the matter, the Ghost Riders are immortal.
Not only is the Ghost Rider invulnerable to anything outside of Heaven, but he regenerates immediately anytime something takes out a body part. On top of that, the Ghost Rider is ageless and looks the same now as the day that he took over his first host. However, with that said, the host can perish and if that happens, Ghost Rider only needs to find a new host and will just ride on.
Danny Ketch succeeded in doing something that Johnny Blaze never seemed capable or at least never knew that he could do. In Ghost Rider #32, the archangel Zadkiel was trying to overthrow Heaven and tricked Ketch into helping him. Danny then waged war on all the Ghost Riders, including Johnny, and realized he couldn't take them out because they would just find a new host.
Instead, he created avatars of himself made out of pure Hellfire -- proving that Hellfire could not just forge weapons but also create duplicates of himself. They then attacked and stole the Spirit from all the other Ghost Riders. Of course, he realized too late that he was playing for the wrong team, but it was an amazing power that appeared for the first time in that issue.
5 THE PENANCE STARE
Ghost Rider's eyes have the strongest power in his arsenal. When he stares anyone in their eyes, he unleashes his Penance Stare and that is enough to drive anyone to the brink of sanity, and in many cases throws them right over the edge. The Penance Stare causes the person to feel all the pain they ever inflicted on anyone else in their entire life and it lasts an eternity.
Interestingly, there are times where this power does not work. Ghost Rider has looked into the eyes of Deadpool and The Punisher and the Penance Stare did not work because they actually felt no remorse at all over the pain they caused. However, this is a major weapon and it has even worked against someone as powerful as Galactus, as Ghost Rider stared into his eyes and left the Devourer of Worlds lying on the ground feeling the pain of countless innocents left in his wake.
4 CAN SURVIVE UNDERWATER
Ghost Rider's body is capable of withstanding massive pressure and lack of oxygen, and he doesn't even sweat it when he is put into these situations. This includes tossing Ghost Rider into the bottom of the ocean, where he can just chill and have no worries whatsoever outside of how he plans to get out of that mess, to begin with.
Also, add in the fact that Ghost Rider can ride his motorcycle across the top of a body of water, and it seems that this hero has surprisingly little problems with water for a guy with a flaming head. Robbie Reyes has proven to have a nice skill here as well. Avengers Vol. 8 #4 shows that his entire car can work basically as a submarine thanks to his use of Hellfire.
3 ROBBIE GAINS SCARS WHEN PUNISHING CRIMINALS
There is a huge difference between Robbie Reyes and other Ghost Riders. For Johnny Blaze and Danny Ketch, they are Ghost Riders based on the creatures created by God and serve as Agents of Heaven. However, while they are Spirits of Vengeance, Reyes is instead possessed by the spirit of Eli Morrow, a devil worshipper who tried to use Robbie to seek his own form of revenge.
Thankfully, Robbie was able to gain control and keep Eli from corrupting him, becoming a hero and an Avenger in his own right. However, there is still a downfall to being a possessed Ghost Rider rather than a legitimate Spirit of Vengeance. That is the fact that whenever Robbie takes a life or punishes a person for their sins, he gains more scars on his body, which is evident by the one on his forehead.
2 DANIEL IS IMMUNE TO FORCEFIELDS
There is also a power that Daniel Ketch has as the Ghost Rider that is different from other Ghost Riders in the past. For this specific power, the Ghost Rider's body is immune to external forces. This comes in the form of things like force fields and the like. As a result, if a structure has a force field surrounding it to protect those inside, at least Ketch's version of Ghost Rider can move right through it without any concern at all.
All Ghost Riders also have the power to take notice if there are any supernatural occurrences taking place around them. Doctor Strange has found it impossible to sneak up on Ghost Rider with a spell and the Spirit of Vengeance almost always knows when Mephisto is up to no good in his vicinity.
1 THE APOCALYPSE RIDER IS ALSO IRON MAN
Possibly the strangest version of Ghost Rider appeared in the Age of Apocalypse. Whenever a Ghost Rider's host passes away, the Spirit of Vengeance then seeks out its next host and moves on. This is obvious as the Ghost Riders have been in existence for many years, as Marvel Legacy showed, stretching back almost to the beginning of time as Ghost Rider was a member of the first superhero team in 1,000,000 BC.
Moving to the different timeline and the Age of Apocalypse, the successor to Apocalypse was Weapon Omega and he had his own team of mercs known as the Black Legion. One of these characters had the most interesting body, as it was Iron Man who took on the Spirit of Vengeance and became the Iron Ghost.
Ghost Rider (2007) - full transcript
When the motorcyclist Johnny Blaze finds that his father Barton Blaze has a terminal cancer, he accepts a pact with the Mephistopheles, giving his soul for the health of his beloved father. But the devil deceives him, and Barton dies in a motorcycle accident during an exhibition. Johnny leaves the carnival, his town, his friends and his girlfriend Roxanne. Years later Johnny Blaze becomes a famous motorcyclist, who risks his life in his shows, and he meets Roxanne again, now a TV reporter. However, Mephistopheles proposes Johnny to release his contract if he become the "Ghost Rider" and defeat his evil son Blackheart, who wants to possess one thousand evil souls and transform hell on earth.