The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) never ceases to surprise its fans with exciting casting news and unexpected character crossovers. The latest buzz in the superhero universe is that Norman Reedus, best known for his role as Daryl Dixon in The Walking Dead, is reportedly set to make his MCU debut as Ghost Rider in the upcoming Blade movie. This news comes from Giant Freakin Robot, which is an interesting if a little hit-and-miss source for exclusive entertainment news.
According to the report, Reedus will be bringing the Spirit of Vengeance to life in the Blade movie, which is set to hit the screens in 2025. This news has sparked a wave of excitement among fans, as it marks the first time Reedus will be appearing in the MCU, despite having a history with Marvel projects.
Norman Reedus Ghost Rider in Blade: What We Know
Back in December 2021, Giant Freakin Robot exclusively reported on the casting of Norman Reedus as Ghost Rider, though at the time it was not known when the Walking Dead star would make his first MCU appearance. The Blade movie has suffered a number of production delays, even beyond the most recently announced delays due to the Actors and Writers Strikes.
The film’s original director, Bassam Tariq, left the project amidst unconfirmed reports that star Mahershala Ali was unhappy with the script. Yann Demange has since been tapped as the new director, and True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto is reportedly rewriting the script. It could very well be that Norman Reedus’ appearance as Ghost Rider is something that was added in one of the more current rewrites.
The Ghost Rider Blade Connection
The news about Norman Reedus’ Ghost Rider appearing in Blade brings up interesting questions about the film. With both characters finding homes in the more mystical side of the Marvel mythos, it makes sense that Ghost Rider would appear in Blade, though he isn’t the vampire hunter that the Daywalker is.
It could suggest that while the Wesley Snipes-led Blade trilogy from the late 1990s and early 00s were focused almost exclusively on vampires, the new Blade could encompass a lot more than the bloodsuckers.
Norman Reedus and the Ghost Rider Legacy
Norman Reedus was one of the most widely fan-cast stars to take up the mantle of Ghost Rider, but he wasn’t the only one. Other actors who not only received fan love for the potential role, but who voiced their enthusiasm for the idea, include Ryan Gosling and even Keanu Reeves.
When he premieres as the Spirit of Vengeance in Blade, Reedus will be the third actor to play Ghost Rider in live-action. He’s preceded by Nicolas Cage who played the hero in two films, and Gabriel Luna, who played the Robbie Reyes version of the character in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Norman Reedus’ Other Marvel Work
Fittingly, while Norman Reedus’ premiere as Ghost Rider will mark his first time in the MCU, it won’t be his first Marvel project or even his first time in the Blade franchise. He plays Scud in 2002’s Blade II, the eponymous vampire hunter’s treacherous sidekick who briefly replaces Kris Kristofferson’s Whistler.
His only other Marvel project to date is as the voice of Frank Castle, aka the Punisher, in the 2013 animated film Iron Man: Rise of Technovore.
Final Thoughts on Norman Reedus playing Ghost Rider in Blade
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So, there you have it. Norman Reedus is reportedly set to bring the fiery Ghost Rider to life in the MCU’s upcoming Blade movie. While we’ll have to wait until 2025 to see Reedus in action, the anticipation is already building. With his history in the Blade franchise and his voice work for Marvel, Reedus seems well-equipped to take on the role of the Spirit of Vengeance. So, buckle up, Marvel fans! It looks like we’re in for a fiery ride with Ghost Rider in the MCU Blade Movie.
What do you make of this news? Are you looking forward to watching the Blade movie? Do you think that Norman Reedus is a good fit for the role of Ghost Rider in the MCU? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
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