Ryan Gosling would like to play Ghost Rider and Kevin Feige would love him in the MCU
Gray Man star Ryan Gosling is keen to enter the superhero genre as the new Ghost Rider – and Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige is just as eager to bring him into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
MTV News’ Josh Horowitz tweeted earlier in June (below) that Gosling denied rumors he would play Nova in the upcoming MCU project, but said he would love to play Ghost Rider. When Feige was asked about it at San Diego Comic-Con, he didn’t mention Ghost Rider specifically, but said he’d like to cast the Drive actor one way or another.
“Ryan is amazing. I would love to find a place for him in the MCU,” Feige told MTV News. “He dressed up as Ken on Venice Beach [and] it’s getting more press than giant movies coming out this weekend. It’s incredible.”
— MTV NEWS (@MTVNEWS) July 24, 2022
Ghost Rider wasn’t one of the many new Marvel movies or TV shows announced during Comic-Con and Marvel hasn’t explicitly mentioned the character appearing in the MCU before, but seeing how much the universe has stretches, it wouldn’t really be a surprise to finally see it. However, we’ve already seen Norman Reedus from The Walking Dead apparently for the role.
Feige himself explained that the MCU is now open enough to encompass the character – who, if you don’t know, started as a stuntman who sells his soul and becomes a skeletal spirit of revenge. “You’re talking about Ghost Rider,” Feige said. “We have Blade, we have Doctor Strange, we have the supernatural angles.”
Ghost Rider has previously appeared in Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, but there’s some debate over whether that show could be considered MCU canon.
Gosling has a pretty busy schedule at the moment anyway, having released The Gray Man (starring MCU royalty Chris Evans and the Russo Brothers directing), recently wrapped filming Barbie, and he’s also involved in a number of upcoming projects including Wolfman, The Fall Guy, The Hail Mary actor and project.
Ghost Rider made a final film appearance with Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance in 2012 starring Nicolas Cage. In our 8/10 review, we said, “The movie bears little relation to Cage’s original 2007 adventure of Cage’s cursed Johnny Blaze, which was surely considered a blessing.”
Ryan Dinsdale is an IGN freelancer. He’ll be talking about The Witcher all day.