As you can tell from the trailer above, one of Marvel Comics’ Ghost Rider’s (there have been at least three or four variations on the character) is making an appearance on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
and honestly I am not sure what feel about that.
Reason being, unlike over at DC Films and DC Television (I assume that that’s what their television arm is called), Marvel Studios and Marvel Television have been acting in somewhat of a coordinated fashion, so the groundwork for something like a flaming demon and his hellfire-spewing car doesn’t quite have a precedent (and I get the whole ‘magic is just scionce that’s slightly beyond our understanding’ sort of stuff, though this is a whole ‘nother matter) just yet or until Doctor Strange premieres this November.
Hopefully the series will make things a bit clearer.
According to Variety, Scott Derrickson is directing Doctor Strange for Marvel Studios! This is an awesome choice because, judging by some of the films that he has directed, like Sinister, Hellraiser: Inferno and The Exorcism of Emily Rose, to name a few, show that he has a grasp of the strange and unusual.
A quality that’s a must for a character like Doctor Strange.
Another thing that’s worth mentioning is that the only type of humor that I have seen in his movies is primarily of the gallows type, so it will (probably) be tonally different than anything else from from Marvel so far.
It could also potentially be a way to introduce characters like Blade and Ghost Rider to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe.
Possibly, though under some certain very specific conditions. Marvel Studios has regained the rights to use characters like Blade, Ghost Rider, Daredevil and The Punisher, though Fox owns not only the rights to use the X-Men in features (which Wolverine is a member) but also the term “mutants” – describing enhanced human beings – as well.
And speaking of Daredevil, I suspect that a similar fate was only just avoided with The Fantastic Four, which was rushed into production with Josh Trask (Chronicle) at the helm.
Since Wolverine doesn’t necessarily “exist” outside the X-Men continuity, I suspect that for Marvel to regain the rights to the character they would have to first gain the rights to the entire X-Universe of characters.
And that’s possible, though considering how successful the last X-Men film was, it’s very, very unlikely.
What’s more likely – if Wolverine’s performance overseas were weaker or grows weaker overall – is that we would see no more single X-Men adventures, and instead concentrate on the team as a whole.