There have been rumors that fan-beloved actor Nicolas Cage is reprising his most iconic role as Johnny Blaze aka the Ghost Rider, inside the Marvel Cinematic Universe. First speculated to return in the recent box office milestone Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, it seems Marvel has bigger plans for him after another report surfaced that he is in talks to join Avengers: Secret Wars.
According to a report by Giant Freakin Robot, Nicolas Cage is currently being courted by Marvel Studios to return in Secret Wars. The report also stated that Cage has been open to reprising the role, but it looks like The Walking Dead star Norman Reedus was secretly cast as the new Spirit of Vengeance. However, with the Multiverse as the core plot of Phase 5 and Phase 6, we might see two Ghost Riders in one film, or even three:
"We have previously reported that The Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus has covertly been cast to play some version of the Spirit of Vengeance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, the aforementioned Multiverse makes it certain that not only will Secret Wars involve some new and old characters, but different versions of some of the same. It is entirely possible that we will see the Nicolas Cage version of Ghost Rider, the Norman Reedus version (Danny Ketch, maybe?), and maybe even Gabriel Luna as the Robbie Reyes version from Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. show up to battle it out during Secret Wars."
There's no doubt that fans would absolutely love to see The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent star Nicolas Cage return as the flaming skeleton superhero. More amazingly, Cage has addressed his MCU return countless times and even revealed how he could be persuaded to return to the role.
For now, let's hope that Marvel Studios' negotiations go well to get him on board. After all, Cage is now back in the limelight and is now taking more prominent roles than before, so this might also be the perfect time to ask him to return as the Ghost Rider.
Stay Tuned for more updates about Ghost Rider!