In a recent interview with Marvel Television head Jeph Loeb, he revealed details about plans for a horror-inspired series of shows on Hulu. The main, most recognizable name on the list, however, will not be coming to the streaming wars original contender anytime soon. The Ghost Rider live-action series will not be going forward at Hulu. The second series in that group, Helstrom, reportedly is “on track” to debut. It’s unclear what the reason behind it is, though one rumor suggests that Ghost Rider may head to the big screen. Again. These details come from single sources, so take them with a giant, flaming grain of salt. Still, what they report doesn’t seem all that far-fetched.
Ghost Rider Live-Action Series Stopped Because of ‘Creative Impasse’
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As noted in our Marvel Comics movies guide, there was talk that the Nicolas Cage version of Ghost Rider could find his way into the nascent MCU. Eventually, a version of the character ended up in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. played by Gabriel Luna, who will appear in Terminator: Dark Fate later in the fall. The Ghost Rider live-action series would have seen this version of the character go on a whole new adventure. Yet, this will not be according to a report from Neelie Andreeva at Deadline. “I hear Hulu and the Ghost Rider team had reached a creative impasse which could not be resolved, leading to the streamer’s decision not to move forward with the series,” she writes.
While studios and streaming services or networks don’t usually air their dirty laundry in the entertainment press, this is a strange statement. It boggles the mind what “creative impasse” could so disrupt a series around an already-established character it shuts down. While Luna’s Ghost Rider appeared before, Loeb said that this story would be a standalone offering. Whatever the creative differences ended up besetting the show, it proved to be its undoing. Yet, Ghost Rider may still find himself on the road to a new Marvel project.
Ghost Rider May Head to the MCU Proper
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Daniel Richtman, an entertainment writer with a sizable Twitter following, reports that his “most reliable Marvel source” told him about plans underway for Ghost Rider at Marvel Studios.
So two days ago my most reliable Marvel source told me Feige wants Ghost Rider in the MCU, and now this happens! Hmmmmmm…🤔 https://t.co/SCssZvBLt9
— Daniel Richtman (@DanielRPK) September 25, 2019
Marvel Television, run by Loeb, and Marvel Studios, run by Kevin Feige, are basically different companies. If Feige does have plans for Ghost Rider, either for a movie or a live-action Disney+ series, he would likely get the character. While it’s possible Luna could still play Robbie Reyes, another version of the character could be cast. Nicolas Cage played the Johnny Blaze version, while no one has brought the 1990s Ghost Rider, Daniel Ketch, to life yet. Still, with MCU Phase 4 already planned out, any Marvel Studios Ghost Rider project waits until 2022 at the earliest.
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