While appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night tin support from his comic BRZRKR, Hollywood A-lister Keanu Reeves reiterated his oft-voted desire to play Ghost Rider in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The role is in high demand, with both The Walking Dead star Norman Reedus and Blade Runner 2049’s Ryan Gosling showing an interest in the role, and Marvel chief Kevin Feige even said he thought Gosling was an interesting choice for it. And of course there’s the fact that in the MCU Robbie Reyes, a later-generation Ghost Rider, has already appeared in Marvel’s Agents of SHIELDplayed by Gabriel Luna.
Of course, how canonical Agents of SHIELD is, someone suspects. While it was the Darkhold’s first introduction to the MCU, it ultimately played a key role in WandaVision and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness didn’t look like the same book. Anyway, Reeves spoke to Kimmel about being a comic book fan as a kid, saying that his younger self would have loved to have had a shot at the flaming skull. And fans have been agreeing with him for a while now.
“The ten-year-old I’d like — I think he’d probably want to be Ghost Rider,” Reeves admitted. He went on to admit that he’s talked to Kevin Feige quite a bit, saying about the MCU, “It’s really cool. I think the way the Marvel movies have evolved and what they are is really spectacular, and it would be great.” to be a part of that.”
You can watch Reeves’ interview below.
In terms of supernatural superheroes, Reeves has some experience; in 2005 he starred as John Constantine in the Warner Bros. movie Constantine, based on the DC character of the same name. A sequel to that film was recently announced.
There are three Ghost Riders, only one of whom (Robbie) has appeared in Marvel’s live-action movie universe so far… although the original (Johnny Blaze) was the subject of a few non-MCU movies in 2007 and 2011 , both of which Nicolas Cage played. At this point, Marvel has the rights back to the character, hence his Agents of SHIELD appearance. And while they may want to wait until Avengers: Secret Wars and bring the Nic Cage version of the character as part of what is widely considered a multiverse story, there’s also always Danny Ketch who was the main Ghost Rider in the ’90s when the character had a long running solo book.
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