Slated for a March 2022 release date, so many rumors have emerged about the upcoming Doctor Strange 2: Multiverse of Madness. Rumors from casting decisions to character appearances, what we do know is the story may center around the Marvel villain Nightmare. The recent rumor though is the potential appearance of the Ghost Rider. But not just a Ghost Rider, three Ghost Riders. Due to this only being a rumor, we will explore the three Ghost Riders we would like to see in the upcoming Doctor Strange movie.
Robbie Reyes has already made an appearance in the television show Marvel’s Agents of Shield during the fourth season. However, since Marvel already established Reyes as a Ghost Rider, we would love to see his interactions with some of the Marvel heroes. But with the budget for a large feature film like Doctor Strange, compared to the smaller scaled budget of a television show, it could provide us with a more accurate and detailed look at his incredible 1969 Dodge Charger when he rides it as the Ghost Rider. I think I can also speak for all of us when I say that Gabriel Luna is very much welcomed to come back for the film.
No doubt the most iconic Ghost Rider comes from the original. The first big screen appearance of Johnny Blaze came in 2007, portrayed by Nicolas Cage. Needless to say I think a new interpretation of Mr. Blaze is very much needed. I don’t believe we should get an entire origin story in the Doctor Strange film, considering how popular and well known Johnny Blaze is amongst Marvel fans. But there would be nothing wrong with seeing him appear and fight alongside Doctor Strange two other riders. However, if they were to introduce him to the MCU in this film, we would all be craving a solo film to follow. And using Johnny Blaze as the Rider for that film is the way to go.
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Cosmic Ghost Rider
In an alternate reality Frank Castle (The Punisher) became the Ghost Rider when Thanos came to earth and slaughtered the planet, leaving Castle as the final casualty. Castle was sent to hell where he encountered Mephisto and made a deal to be his Ghost Rider. This could be exciting to do because of Castle’s appearance in the Netflix series The Punisher. And since those shows tie into the Marvel Cinematic Universe it would be a pleasure for fans to see Jon Bernthal reprise his role as Frank Castle and the Cosmic Ghost Rider. In addition, the relevance of Thanos and the Infinity Saga could make for an intriguing backstory for the Cosmic Ghost Rider that would leave us begging for more.
No matter what, we will always welcome the Spirit of Vengeance into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with a villain like Nightmare set to appear in Doctor Strange: Multiverse of Madness. This would be a great opportunity to introduce however many Ghost Riders they would like, and with the recent announcement of an upcoming Blade film, the idea of having darker and grittier Marvel heroes make their way back onto the big screen, Ghost Rider is a good place to start.