After MCU's Infinity Saga which lasted for more than a decade, the MCU is now expanding its reach in Phase 4. With the multiverse in mind, allowing past actors from another franchise to reprise their roles in the current MCU timeline, such as Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield in Spiderman: No Way Home. Any characters can now make a comeback in the future of the MCU, specifically in the upcoming Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
With the latest Doctor Strange 2 trailer confirming Patrick Stewart's Professor X's return and the Illuminati group who will play a substantial part in the film, fans have been wondering who else could make a cameo for the Doctor Strange sequel.
One character that the fans demand is Nicolas Cage's sinister anti-hero, Ghost Rider. Cage first made his debut as the Marvel comics legend, Johnny Blaze in 2007's Ghost Rider. Following the debut's box-office success, a sequel titled Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance was released in 2011, which unfortunately flopped and made the idea of creating a trilogy impossible.
Since rumors continue to swirl around that Nicolas Cage will return as Ghost Rider in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, it seems to be the perfect time for the actor to address all these rumors. In an interview with DQ, Ghost Rider star finally addressed all the casting rumors regarding his fan-beloved character. When asked if Cage is open to working with Benedict Cumberbatch in the future, Cage responded, "Oh, I don’t think so. I don’t think they’re casting me. I mean, I would do it. It would be fun. I’d love to work with Cumberbatch, but I don’t think that’s happening."
Well, this wasn't the first time that the actor debunked these fan casting rumors, Cage also disclosed in a recent interview that Marvel president, Kevin Feige, hasn't called him yet for any casting. Following the actor's decision to star in films that personally interest him and moving away from presenting himself in different awarding bodies, stepping on the Ghost Rider again will definitely bring him to the spotlight.
However, one actor who's being eyed for the Ghost Rider reboot is The Walking Dead star, Norman Reedus. But nothing is yet confirmed.
For now, Nicolas Cage will be starring in a horror-comedy film Renfield, set to release in 2023. On the side of Marvel, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will premiere in theaters on May 6.