The original Ghost Rider is a movie that was way better in the teaser trailer, I’ll admit, but it’s still one of Marvel’s movies that is way, way better than people want you to believe. I dug it, much like Daredevil and Fantastic Four; not great movies, but still enjoyable flicks that aren’t terrible. Besides, I think we all know what the worst Marvel movie so far has been.
But even if you hated the original Ghost Rider, there’s a lot of good news for the sequel. For starters, David Goyer (who is part of the team responsible for saving Batman from development hell) is handling the script, which is currently titled Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. The story aims to have a much darker slant to it, featuring Blaze trying to stop a gang of demon bikers from resurrecting the demon lord Zarathos. This gets 100 times better if Goyer remembers that Zarathos is the name of the demon bonded to Blaze to form the Ghost Rider.
The only cast member confirmed to be returning is Nicolas Cage. This is sure to give a few eye rolls, but on the upside Marvel isn’t following current suit and rebooting a movie that wasn’t a critical success. They’re just going in a different direction. It’s also in 3D, which I’ll gladly eye roll at along with you, since the 3D trend is currently doing little more than jack up ticket prices and make the screen too dark to see a thing. No word yet on if any other cast members will also be returning, but we should find out soon; Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance starts filming this fall in Romania.