GHOST RIDER Fan Art Makes A Compelling Case For Ryan Gosling To Play MCU's Johnny Blaze

GHOST RIDER Fan Art Makes A Compelling Case For Ryan Gosling To Play MCU's Johnny Blaze GHOST RIDER Fan Art Makes A Compelling Case For Ryan Gosling To Play MCU's Johnny Blaze

Following rumours that Ryan Gosling is finally in talks for a role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, badass new fan art imagines what the actor could look like suited up and transformed into Ghost Rider.

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By JoshWilding - Dec 24, 2023 06:12 PM EST
Filed Under: Ghost Rider

Following rumours that Barbie star Ryan Gosling is in talks to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe, some fiery new fan art imagines what he would look like as Johnny Blaze/Ghost Rider. 

As we're sure you'll agree, he looks phenomenal as the supernatural superhero and it would be a dream come true for many fans if this happened. The role previously belonged to Nicolas Cage who, funnily enough, starred in the 2007 Ghost Rider movie with Gosling's wife, Eva Mendez.

Marvel Studios has been sitting on the rights for this character for years now and allowed Marvel Television to use the Robbie Reyes version in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. for a brief spell. Now, rumours persist Johnny is being lined up to make his MCU debut.

Gosling has previously expressed interest in a superhero movie role and, more specifically, the Spirit of Vengeance. Asked about that last year, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige said, "Hey man, if Ryan wants to be Ghost Rider...Gosling’s unbelievable. Ryan is amazing. I'd love to find a place for him in the MCU."

The actor has suggested he's turned down many superhero roles, saying, "It doesn’t matter. I wasn’t right for it. But I would love to do it." Clearly, he's waiting for the right character, but will Ghost Rider be it? We're going to have to wait and see.

The Ghost Rider "mantle" has been held by several characters, though Johnny Blaze remains the most iconic. Debuting in 1972, he's a stunt motorcyclist who, through a deal with the devil, transforms into the Ghost Rider when in the presence of evil.

As you'll no doubt already know, his head then becomes a flaming skull and he wields a chain imbued with mystical powers, punishing the wicked and riding a flaming motorcycle. The character borrows heavily from the supernatural horror and superhero genres, with Danny Ketch and Robbie Reyes among those to later inherit the curse from Johnny.

Gosling is perhaps best known for his work in movies like The Notebook, La La Land, and Drive, but is no stranger to action after starring in movies like The Gray Man and the upcoming Fall Guy.

Could you see him playing the MCU's Ghost Rider?

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dracula - 12/24/2023, 6:14 PM
Gosling would be a good DCU Batman
WruceBayne - 12/24/2023, 7:44 PM
@dracula - I disagree
TheLight - 12/24/2023, 8:07 PM
@dracula - Dude...
Equivocal - 12/24/2023, 8:47 PM
@dracula -

actually I don't mind him in a dc movie


everytime I see the fan casting of him in a MCU movie, I'm like...
uugghh !!!
why ???

his acting is soooo boring !

the dc can keep him.
Slotherin - 12/24/2023, 8:57 PM
@dracula - maybe an older Dick
TheNewYorker - 12/24/2023, 10:41 PM
@dracula - stop
JustAWaffle - 12/25/2023, 4:26 AM
@Slotherin -
lazlodaytona - 12/25/2023, 4:56 AM
@Slotherin - nobody likes older dicks
DaHULK2000 - 12/25/2023, 8:10 AM
@dracula - Funny enough. He was offered the opportunity to play The Joker in Ayers suicide squad. Turned it down
Slotherin - 12/25/2023, 9:05 AM
@lazlodaytona - Dick has matured nicely. Many would beg to differ
dragon316 - 12/25/2023, 9:55 AM
@Equivocal - love fan casting go by looks not work experience
Forthas - 12/24/2023, 6:20 PM
Ya know! I can see it!!!!!
AmazingFILMporg - 12/24/2023, 6:22 PM
AI art💁.

Just bring Nicholas cage back
NinnesMBC - 12/24/2023, 6:22 PM
Seeing him covered up in flames and with that gear makes me think of his upcoming role in romantic action comedy film next year, The Fall Guy.

Good art.
comicfan100 - 12/24/2023, 6:25 PM
@NinnesMBC - It's AI generated. Nothing good about it
NinnesMBC - 12/24/2023, 7:15 PM
@comicfan100 - It's hard to tell nowadays due to that.
clintthahamster - 12/25/2023, 7:54 AM
@comicfan100 - How can you tell it's AI? Seems more like a digital "painting."
comicfan100 - 12/25/2023, 3:26 PM
@ClintThaHamster - It's pretty obvious to spot if you're used to seeing AI.
clintthahamster - 12/25/2023, 4:02 PM
@comicfan100 - I'm used to seeing AI, and that looks like a digital painting to me. Normal number of fingers, thoughtful composition of Gosling and Ghostie. I could be wrong, but I don't see any telltale artifacts...
Feralwookiee - 12/24/2023, 6:25 PM
Josh's last two "articles":

FF casting is NOT confirmed and some fan art; literally a what if from a movie that will never happen.

El journalismo numero uno!

mountainman - 12/24/2023, 6:32 PM
If he played the role similar to his character in Drive, I can see this working.
FireandBlood - 12/24/2023, 6:40 PM
This is that type of casting that’s too good to be true but this happened, so… 🤞

DrReedRichards - 12/24/2023, 7:08 PM
Johnny has had his time in the spotlight. Bring Nic Cage back for a cameo as a mentor, but let the main one in the MCU be Danny Ketch.
Toecutter - 12/24/2023, 8:43 PM
@DrReedRichards - Those movies sucked, tho. Johnny deserves a good outing, but the mentorship can still work if they do it in Ant-Man style. I say get Keanu Reeves as Johnny and a younger actor as Danny.

Also, even though I'm not a fan of the movie, this was the best scene, and it's still pretty cool: ?si=LEXjCeiJXjDKZC72
DrReedRichards - 12/24/2023, 8:47 PM
@Toecutter -

Oh, don't get me wrong, those movies sucked balls, especially the second one. But they're still part of Marvel on screen, know what I mean? That's why I'm all for the idea of Nic Cage as a cameo.

Now, if they choose to use the character more heavily, then I agree with you, Keanu would be an infinitely better pick.
Toecutter - 12/24/2023, 8:58 PM
@DrReedRichards - Yeah, I agree. I am still deciding whether I want to see Nic Cage in the role again and be given a proper send-off or have someone like Keanu give a new take on the character. It has me feeling like this:
DrReedRichards - 12/24/2023, 9:10 PM
@Toecutter -

Toecutter - 12/24/2023, 9:58 PM
@DrReedRichards -

StSteven - 12/24/2023, 10:32 PM
@DrReedRichards @Toecutter - Actually, I've ben saying for a while now that I think that it would be a cool idea (and a way for Marvel to differentiate the new GR from the previous efforts) to actually have Cage back as Blaze but have him act as sort of a mentor to Danny (and from my recollection of the comics Ryan looks a lot like Danny). More specifically, I was envisioning an anthology type of D+ show similar to the 70's Hulk show in tone where Danny gets the curse, Cage shows up to train him, and the rides off into the sunset with Eva Mendez (which would be pretty funny if the actually get her and Ryan). From that point on it's Danny going town to town in the southwest hunting down demons and such.

This approach leaves the door open for Cage to return as Blaze at any point, and along the way he can possibly encounter other incarnations of GR (if it fits the story), but the main focus would be on Danny. Hell, they could even have an episode where he encounters and has to team up with Gabriel Luna's GR. And it could all culminate in Danny, Luna, Cage, etc. having to team up to take down some big bad.

I know that some folks are in favor of only having one GR at a time, but it's working in the comics for him and many other characters, so...
DrReedRichards - 12/24/2023, 10:44 PM
@StSteven -

Won't hear those "one rider at a time" complaints from me, I can tell you this much. One of my favourite side-stories of Battleworld in 2015's Secret Wars was the Ghost Racers' battle royale.

Also, since you brought up the anthology approach, i'm all for a Trail Of Tears adaptation with one of the lesser known Riders (won't spoil who for those that haven't read it).
lazlodaytona - 12/25/2023, 4:57 AM
@DrReedRichards - Didn't A.O.S have a ghost rider run at some point? If so, how did it look for a tv budget?
lazlodaytona - 12/25/2023, 5:00 AM
@StSteven - great idea dood
DrReedRichards - 12/25/2023, 6:09 AM
@lazlodaytona -

They nailed it, frankly. Season 4 of SHIELD is top tier CBTV.

lazlodaytona - 12/25/2023, 8:28 AM
@DrReedRichards - Holy sh1t! That's sweet
StSteven - 12/26/2023, 4:40 PM
@DrReedRichards - Yeah, I think that we're well past the point of "only one _____ at a time" with superheroes, as both Marvel and DC have established that there can be multiple _____s at a time, so I don't see the problem with there being multiple GRs, as long as it's explained well enough. Like in the case of GR, sure he's possessed by a certain demon but that doesn't mean that other demons can't possess other people and give them similar abilities. Also, and I'm no demonologist here, but it might be possible that a single demon can possess multiple people at the same time (I think that that just happened in that (reportedly) lame-ass "Exorcist" sequel). And then, of course, there's the Multiverse to consider.

So yeah I don't get the whole "there can be only one!" approach, but, hey, to each their own. Overall I think that if done well, like I said above, Marvel can have Blaze the the older, wisened GR who's retired with Ketch being the new guy going off on his own adventures anthology-style. Makes sense to me, and it gives Nic Cage a reason to come back and may even make those previous GR movies MCU "canon-ish" kinda like the Netflix shows are kinda being.
StSteven - 12/26/2023, 4:44 PM
@lazlodaytona - Thanks but technically it's "Prof. Rev. Dr. Dood IV, PhD" (working on that "Esq" title). You know what? Nevermind. St.Dood works for me 😊.
lazlodaytona - 12/26/2023, 6:56 PM
@StSteven - oh Steven. you will ALWAYS be my favorite (I'm on my 4th, I think, iteration of myself with this site) and you make me happy while I'm at Blockbuster, which took me a 13 hr drive to get there because there's only 1 left (I can't wait to have to return the vid I rented: Jingle All The Way!). All I could say at the counter was "StSteven has my tab!
They let me out of the county jail a week later because they just gave up and didn't want to use any funds with my case. I signed the papers, got my stuff, and gave them the double finger out the door.
They let me out of the county jail after that incident, so my plan was to only use one hand with the finger. They let me go....after three dude beat the sh1t out of me with their nightsticks. My court-ordered therapist says I'm making progress....with my coloring skills. I'm SO going to Heaven.
StSteven - 12/26/2023, 7:22 PM
@lazlodaytona - Amen, brother, amen. Well, as they say "progress not perfection", which is what I keep telling my wife when she's yelling at me about only doing a little coke and only f**king one prostitute instead of my usual "running a train while snorting a train" Saturday nights.

And good on you for making that journey dude. "Jingle All the Way" is a God damned masterpiece of cinema and I can't believe that it wasn't on my holiday movie watch list until you mentioned it just now (I for real have a replica Action Man figure in my movie room). Don't worry, I'll cover your tab at Blockbuster (they know me there).

NOW, your mission, should you accept it, is to make your way to the last remaining Hollywood Video and rent "The Santa Clause" on VHS (I've got you covered on the late fees there as well). And last I checked they have one of those holiday coloring contests going on where you can color a pic of Santa and win a gift card, so win-win-win.
AnthonyVonGeek - 12/24/2023, 7:12 PM
Fan art?

Feralwookiee - 12/24/2023, 7:18 PM
@AnthonyVonGeek - Gotta love it!

While we're just clowning on here at this point...

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