About nine months ago, the film rights for The Punisher returned to Marvel Studios. Then, nearly two weeks ago, Daredevil made the jump back to the House of Ideas. Now, two more of the company’s characters have returned home.
According to the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly, Kevin Feige revealed that his company now possesses the rights to Ghost Rider and Blade once again. Prior to this, the dark heroes were licensed to Sony and New Line, respectively. The Marvel Studios President shared this about getting these two characters back on their roster once again:
“Whenever a character comes back to us, it’s usually because the other studios don’t want to make the movies anymore – and that usually means the [previous] movies may not have been particularly well-received.”
While it’s very true that none of the films featuring those four heroes fared particularly well at the box office, they could all be done properly with the right people behind them. However, despite Marvel’s loving manner in which they care for their characters onscreen, that doesn’t mean that every one of them will make it that far. Feige continues to say:
“They all have potential, but we’re not going to say ‘We got it back – make it’.”
Understandably, Marvel Studios is focusing on creating films for heroes who have yet to experience the big screen treatment, but that doesn’t mean that there’s absolutely no chance of Ghost Rider, Blade, Punisher, and Daredevil popping up in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the future. The report also says that it’s possible that Marvel could license the properties out to other movie studios again. Considering how violent Frank Castle and Johnny Blaze can be, they don’t exactly fit in with the shared movie universe that Marvel and Disney are building, so that doesn’t seem like an entirely terrible idea.
Regardless of all this uncertainty, one thing is for sure: Nicolas Cage will most definitely never be playing Ghost Rider ever again! After the complete and utter mess that was ‘Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance’, we can all be thankful that we won’t be suffering any more.
How do you think Marvel should go about business with Ghost Rider and Blade? Would you be interested in seeing them alongside Captain America, Iron Man, and Thor? Do you think they’re far too violent to inhabit the same cinematic universe under the Disney banner? Share your thoughts in the comments below.