Marvel Studios regains control of Blade and Ghost Rider

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Comic book movies are hot these days, and with films like Iron Man 3 and The Dark Knight Rises pulling in a ton o’ cash, you can bet your graphic novel collection that the studios want to hold onto the screen rights for those films as long as possible.

Spider-Man is one such example, as Sony isn’t ready to let those options lapse anytime soon. Recently though, Fox lost the rights to Daredevil, which have now reverted back to Marvel Studios and their parent company, Disney. And it looks like ol’ hornhead is getting some company, as Blade and Ghost Rider are returning to the fold as well.

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Ghost Rider and Blade were originally in the mismanaged hands of Sony and New Line Cinema respectively, but according to EW, that’s no longer the case. Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige, commented that the transition was due to the various studios no longer being interested in those properties:

Whenever a character comes back to us, it’s usually because the other studios don’t want to make the movies anymore – and that usually means the [previous] movies may not have been particularly well-received.


But just because they have ’em, don’t expect Marvel to start work on a new Ghost Rider or Blade flick anytime soon:

They all have potential, but we’re not going to say ‘We got it back – make it.’

I’m kind of happy that Marvel has control of these more street-level characters again. While they won’t be gearing them up for a feature film anytime soon, the possibility is therre. And judging by the way that Marvel has gone into the business with a clear goal and vision in mind, it makes me optimistic as to what the future holds in store for those characters. The first Ghost Rider film, and first two Blade films specifically, were actually pretty decent. In fact, it’s thanks to the original Blade film that we have the current comic book movie boom.

Anyone up for a Phase Three Avengers movies that goes into supernatural territory?

Last Updated: May 3, 2013

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