Keanu Reeves talks about the possibility of playing the Ghost Rider of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, saying it would fulfill a childhood dream.
As audiences continue to throw names to play the iconic character, Keanu Reeves has discussed the possibility of playing the Marvel Cinematic Universes. Ghost Rider. The Ghost Rider is one of the more iconic characters in Marvel Comics due to his connections to the supernatural realm, facing various demonic threats over the years, including Lucifer himself. Empowered by the Spirit of Vengeance Zarathos, the Ghost Rider name has been passed down to several characters, although it is most commonly associated with Johnny Blaze.
Nicolas Cage memorablely brought Ghost Rider’s Blaze incarnation to life with the 2007 film and its 2011 sequel. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, who have garnered cult followings for his performance as the titular protagonist. After his departure from the role and a discarded sequel, Ghost Rider would return to the screen with Agents of SHIELD, which briefly featured the Blaze version of the character, but mainly focused on Gabriel Luna’s Robbie Reyes, who planned to get a solo show in Hulu before Marvel Television collapsed to Marvel Studios. While the ABC show was technically set in the MCU, Reyes’ Ghost Rider had the abilities to travel to other dimensions, leaving the door open for a new Ghost Rider in the franchise.
During a recent appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! to discuss his comic book BRZRKR, Keanu Reeves opened up about which Marvel character he would like to bring to life. While joking, he’s better suited for the lead role in his own comic, but Reeves shared his interest in bringing Ghost Rider to life for the screen. See what Reeves said below:
10 year old I would like – I think he would probably want to be Ghost Rider.
How can Ghost Rider join the MCU?
The public recently assumed that a Ghost Rider reveal would be coming to the MCU in the near future with She-Hulk: Lawyer, with the marketing for episode 4 hinting at a character named Donny Blaze. The character, played by Entourage alum Rhys Coiro, turned out to be a former Kamar Taj dropout who misused his magic, resulting in demons being unleashed on the crowd during one of his shows, agreeing to refrain from practicing the Mystic Arts. Some also went on to speculate that Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness would include the return of Cage’s Ghost Rider, in addition to several other cameos in the dimension-hopping sequel, although he would ultimately not appear in the film.
Given that the MCU is currently in its Multiverse Saga in Phases 4-6, it’s not entirely out of the question that Luna’s Robbie Reyes or Cage’s Johnny Blaze will return as the franchise’s. Ghost Rider. However, with Marvel Studios being very excited to bring Reeves to the MCU, and the actor’s continued interest in the comic book realm with the likes of the recently released DC League of Super Pets and the under development Constantine 2can one also hope for the John Wick star to try his hand at the roll. In the meantime, the public can revisit Cage’s first Ghost Rider streaming on Fubo and the second on Starz.
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