There are other reports that claim that Marvel is also looking into adopting Alejandra Jones as the new Ghost Rider in the MCU.
It's been almost 10 years since the last Ghost Rider film's release and slowly several rumors have begun to crop up about the franchise's future. Things began to heat up after reports that John Wick star Keanu Reeves' name was in the mix to play the titular character in a potential reboot of the series. The news comes as both DCEU and MCU are apparently vying to rope in the 56-year-old in a bid to give themselves an edge at the box office. As it turns out though, Marvel is likely to come out on top as the role of Johnny Blaze could appeal to the motorcycle enthusiast in Reeves, reports WeGotThisCovered.
I really wish the Nicholas Cage Ghost Rider was a prominent member of the current MCU.— Callum Wayman (@CallumWayman) August 22, 2019
Various other reports claim that Marvel is also looking into adopting Alejandra Jones as the new Ghost Rider in the MCU, in a bid to give the anti-hero a female-driven spin. This plan could make the character stand out from the current roster which includes Nicolas Cage and Gabriel Luna, who played the role on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D and was expected to reprise the role in a solo series before it was canceled. And, now, yet another report has surfaced suggesting that Marvel is still keen on bringing Nicolas Cage back, one possibly from a different dimension. Although no further details are available, Roger Wardell, an insider, has suggested that Cage may take up the opportunity given he's already a major comic book fan.
PLEASE BE TRUE🤞!!! I badly want to see Raimi Spider-Man, Nicholas Cage Ghost Rider and Andrew again. https://t.co/OYwgPiAIhU— TASM Webb-Page 🕷 (@Earth120703) March 7, 2020
"Nicolas Cage was approached by Marvel to reprise his role as Johnny Blaze in the MCU," Wardell wrote in a recent Twitter post, per the outlet. "It's also worth to mention here that "Guardian's Inferno" song from GOTG Vol. 2 contained a reference for a character called The Orb – mercenary and a member of Ghost Rider Assassination League." At the moment, there are simply way too many rumors regarding the character and the MCU multiverse, reports like these are only going to muddle the water. It is worth noting that the two Ghost Rider films haven't exactly set the world ablaze with regards to their box office performance. But, it would be worthwhile to see the actor return for at least a brief cameo to the lore he once made his own.
The first film in the series released in 2007 with Cage and Eva Mendes taking on the leading roles while Mark Steven Johnson came on as director. Made on a budget of $110 million, the film amassed $228 million at the box office and currently holds a paltry 26 percent approval on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. The second film, entitled Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance released in 2011, had an even worse showing generating $132 million on a $75 million budget. With a rating of 18 percent, the film was panned by critics who went on to say that it wasn't worth a watch. Commenting on the poor action sequences in the film, James Berardinelli wrote: "Comic book movies, no matter how disappointing, generally manage to deliver at least halfway competent action scenes, but that's not the case here. It could have something to do with the shoestring budget that makes Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance appear to have been shot using a maxed-out credit card with a low limit."
Just occurred to me that Nicholas Cage has, at different points of his career, played Ghost Rider, Superman, Big Daddy and a version of Spider-Man.— Kevin the Disaster Nerd (@CCharmanderK) January 5, 2021
Dude is basically superhero movie royalty now with how many different characters he's portrayed.