Blade, Ghost Rider and The Punisher all back with Marvel

News Simon Brew
5/3/2013 at 8:26AM

Marvel Studios has regained the movie rights to The Punisher, Ghost Rider and Blade, it's been confirmed...

It was a sad moment last year when the rights to make Daredevil movies reverted back to Marvel from Fox. Sad, because director Joe Carnahan had put together some work that seemed close to nailing the character for a new big screen interpretation, but was beaten by the clock. A real pity.

A new piece at Entertainment Weekly meanwhile has confirmed that a few more properties are back in Marvel hands. It was already widely assumed that Blade and The Punisher were back in house, although we don't recall seeing anything absolutely official on that. It's definite now. But what is news is that Ghost Rider has reverted back to Marvel Studios too.

That, unsurprisingly, brings to an end Nicolas Cage's tenure in the title role, with the underwhelming box office receipts for Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance the likely reason that all concerned didn't press ahead with a third outing.

Our guess is that Ghost Rider will be retired in movies for some time to come, though. Certainly, we'd be amazed if he turned up in Marvel's phase four, yet alone phase three. But we'll keep you posted if we hear differently...


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