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Marvel Comic Book Adaptations: Movies (Ongoing)

Marvel Comics Film Adaptations

  • Captain America (1944)
    • 15-chapterserial film; Marvel was then known as Timely Comics
  • Howard the Duck (1986)
    • Co-produced by LucasFilm
  • The Punisher (1989)
    • Direct-to-video in U.S.; limited theatrical release internationally
  • Captain America (1990)
    • Co-produced byJadran Film; Direct-to-video in U.S.; limited theatrical release internationally
  • The Fantastic Four (1994)
    • Unreleased
  • Blade (1998)
  • X-Men (2000)
  • Blade 2 (2002)
  • Spider-Man (2002)
  • Daredevil (2003)
    • Co-produced byRegency Enterprises
  • X2 (2003)
  • Hulk (2003)
  • The Punisher (2004)
  • Spider-Man 2 (2004)
  • Blade Trinity (2004)
  • Elektra (2005)
    • Co-produced by Regency Enterprises
  • Fantastic Four (2005)
  • X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)
  • Ghost Rider (2007)
  • Spider-Man 3 (2007)
  • Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007)


  • Iron Man (2008) – MCU
  • The Incredible Hulk (2008) – MCU
  • Punisher: War Zone (2008)
    • Produced under Marvel Knights banner; Distributed by Lionsgate Films in the U.S. and Canada and Columbia Pictures in other territories; Not part of MCU
  • X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)
  • Iron Man 2 (2010) – MCU
  • Thor (2011) – MCU
  • X-Men: First Class (2011)
  • Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) – MCU
  • Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2012)
  • The Avengers (2012) – MCU
  • The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)
  • Iron Man 3 (2013) – MCU
  • The Wolverine (2013)
  • Thor: The Dark World (2013) – MCU
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) – MCU
  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) – MCU
  • Avengers Age of Ultron (2015) –MCU
  • Ant-Man (2015) – MCU
  • Fantastic Four (2015)
  • Deadpool (2016)
  • Captain America: Civil War (2016) – MCU
  • X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)
  • Doctor Strange (2016) –MCU
  • Logan (2017)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (2017) –MCU


  • Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
    • To be distributed bySony Pictures; Part of the MCU
  • Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
  • Black Panther (2018) – MCU
  • New Mutants (2018)
  • Avengers: Infinity War (2018) – MCU
  • Deadpool 2 (2018)
  • Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) – MCU
  • Untitled Venom Film (2018)
  • Dark Phoenix (2018)
  • Captain Marvel (2019) – MCU
  • Untitled Avengers Film (2019) – MCU
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming 2 (2019)
    • To be distributed by Sony Pictures; Part of the MCU

Launch Trailer for Deadpool Video Game Released


The much-anticipated video game based on the Deadpool comic book character is finally here (well almost.) The game arrives tomorrow and IGN recently debuted its officially launch trailer which features some of the games craziest gameplay moments. And yes, expect some X-Men cameos in this exclusive game! Continue reading

Frank Grillo

Frank Grillo Added to ‘Captain America: The Winter Solider’

Frank Grillo

It’s confirmed, actor Frank Grillo will play a key role in the comic book movie sequel, Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

I’m a fan of the actor you may remember as Nick Savrinn of TV’s Prison Break. A natural as the gritty, NYC cop type, his other credits include Pride and Glory and Edge of Darkness. My favorite role was his somewhat small part as a trainer in the mixed martial arts flick, Warrior. He seemed to have a lot of heart in that one and his physique wasn’t bad either.

Grillo was also the jerk in the cast of The Grey, starring Liam Neeson, which was okay because he sort of redeemed himself in the end…a little. He also played in one of the best cop dramas of all time, 2012’s End of Watch, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña. I still think Peña’s name should come first on that one, though. He plays their police sergeant.

But let’s talk comic book movies! Actor Chris Evans will return to the big screen as Captain America. The film is called Captain America: The Winter Soldier and I can’t wait until more details are revealed. I simply have to know if Agent 13, also known as Sharon Carter, a relative of Cap’s First Avenger love interest, Peggy, will be introduced.

I’ve also noticed that Sebastian Stan, who acted as Bucky Barnes is returning to the cast! This either means there will be WWII flashbacks involved, or, dun dun dun, Bucky lives!!! Well, you hard-core Marvel Comics fans probably saw that coming as soon as you read the film title. It’s true that Buck’s comic book hero name is The Winter Soldier. But I won’t give any more spoilers than that. We don’t know how closely the Captain America movie franchise will follow the comics anyway.

Anthony and Joe Russo are directing the film which comes to theaters April 4th, 2014. Frank Grillo is playing the villainous Crossbones! He’s one heck of a mercenary, but I doubt he’ll be the main antagonist in the film. We’ll have to wait until more is revealed. Great casting choice, though!

Frank Grillo must have a really great agent. We’ll also see him this December in the Kathryn Bigelow showstopper, Zero Dark Thirty. Bigelow won an Oscar for The Hurt Locker, so there are some ridiculously big expectations for this film, which proposes to tell the story of the ten-year hunt for Osama bin Laden. There is a great cast, including the spitfire Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke, Joel Edgerton, Mark Strong, James Gandolfini and Kyle Chandler.

The next Marvel Comics film will be Iron Man 3, released on May 3rd, 2013. Did you see the trailer yet? That one is followed by Thor: The Dark World on November 8th, 2013. Then, we re-visit Cap in 2014. The Avengers sequel is likely to follow along in 2015. Joss Whedon will probably return as director. That’s great news for this thriving franchise!

I don’t know how closely related it will be, but another Marvel film in development is Guardians of the Galaxy from director James Gunn. That one will bring the Rocket Raccoon to the big screen!

‘Iron Man 3’ Trailer Unleashed

After the teaser to the teaser trailer put us all in a tizzy, we can finally relax, having enjoyed the first trailer for Iron Man 3. All I can say is, “Oh yeah!” This one definitely looks better than Iron Man 2.

For me, Iron Man was one of the best Marvel Comics based films to debut. When I saw Tony Stark in live action, speeding through the skies, war-gaming with Jarvis, I had to wipe a tear from my eye. A comic book legend had really, truly come to life. And hardly any actor looks more like his comic book alter ego than Robert Downey, Jr. looks like Tony.

If we’re honest, the highlight of the sequel was meeting Black Widow. I thought Mickey Rourke did a pretty spectacular Russian accent and it’s always a joy to see Sam Rockwell on the screen, but let’s face it, some bits with Whiplash were a little cartoony.

Yes, Joss Whedon’s Avengers was awesome, but that doesn’t mean I had the highest hopes for a thrilling Iron Man 3. Don’t even get me started on Captain America 2. Will they introduce Sharon Carter or not? I simply must know!

I have to say this trailer restores my faith in the Iron Man solo franchise.

Walt Disney Pictures and Marvel Studios will release Iron Man 3 in 3D and 2D on May 3rd, 2013. The film is directed by Shane Black. Along with Downey, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jon Favreau and Don Cheadle also return. Are you ready for some bad guys? Okay, so Ben Kingsley is acting as scary villain, The Mandarin. Right now I’m on the fence about how I feel about this. Sir Kingsley is an Oscar winner, but he also played a role in Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. The film wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be, but there’s a danger here of what happened to Whiplash in part two. There’s a fine line between drama and melodrama.

Now the baddie who cannot fail is Mr. Guy Pearce. Yes, you heard me. He just performed a killer cameo in Prometheus as Peter Weyland and now he’ll be a comic book villain. Rock on! He was pretty much already a super villain in Prohibition film, Lawless, anyway. He knows what he’s doing.

Rebecca Hall, Stephanie Szostak and James Badge Dale round out the cast. Seems to me the plot will loosely follow the Extremis storyline from the comics. The synopsis circulated the web were a little vague, however. They refer to The Mandarin as simply “an enemy whose reach knows no bounds”. Stark will suffer some personal trauma. It looks like his home is toppled into the ocean. This seems to test Stark in a grueling way, the likes of which we haven’t seen since his original story. Here’s the money line: “Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?”

I’ll be watching! Now, who can tell me why there’s a red, white and blue iron man suit? Okay, it’s more of a silver than a white, but that made me very nervous. If you’ve read Marvel’s Civil War arc, you’d be anxious about it, too. Oh, I get it now. The patriotic suit belongs to War Machine, a.k.a. Rhodes. Duh.


Meet Joss Whedon’s ABC ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Team


By now you know The Avengers was one of the biggest films of 2012 and one monster of a comic book movie. Where else, aside from within the pages of a Marvel comic book, have you ever seen such A-List super heroes together in one place? You’ve probably also heard that the director of Avengers, the legendary Mr. Joss Whedon has a vision for a TV show inspired by S.H.I.E.L.D. If you’re like me, you probably thought the reality of such a thing coming to fruition was a little too good to be true. We Marvel fans have been on a lucky streak. It has to end somewhere, right? Well, so far, so good. We’ve learned even more details about the ABC network project.

Now, in the comics the S.H.I.E.L.D. team is sort of militarized group of covert humans tasked with policing super heroes. They get around on their giant Helicarrier, which I believe also sometimes doubles as a prison for the super powered. I seem to recall an issue of X-men where the Canadian team, Alpha Flight guest starred and the two gangs had to fetch Sauron, a Savage Land mutate who looks a lot like a man-sized Pteranodon. He had just escaped the Helicarrier. At any rate, Nick Fury is in charge of the black ops group. He was acted by Samuel L. Jackson in The Avengers film and in the preceding flicks, like Iron Man and Thor.

These days S.H.I.E.L.D. stands for Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division. This is a modern update on the original acronym. You see, created by Stan “The Man” Lee, as many most popular Marvel heroes also were, S.H.I.E.L.D. has been around in print since 1965. Phew! Let’s not ask Nick Fury how old he is. We don’t want to incur his wrath.

So, here are the latest details about the show, which is still moving forward with a green light. Joss plans to write the live-action series with his brother Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen. Speaking of super heroes, don’t the names Joss and Jed sound like alter egos? Makes you wonder!

The Buffy creator has outlined some of the characters we can expect to meet as agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Let’s take a look.

SKYE | This late-20s woman sounds like a dream: fun, smart, caring and confident – with an ability to get the upper hand by using her wit and charm.

AGENT GRANT WARD | Quite the physical specimen and “cool under fire,” he sometimes botches interpersonal relations. He’s a quiet one with a bit of a temper, but he’s the kind of guy that grows on you.

AGENT ALTHEA RICE | Also known as “The Calvary,” this hard-core soldier has crazy skills when it comes to weapons and being a pilot. But her experiences have left her very quiet and a little damaged.

AGENT LEO FITZ and AGENT JEMMA SIMMONS | These two came through training together and still choose to spend most of their time in each other’s company. Their sibling-like relationship is reinforced by their shared nerd tendencies – she deals with biology and chemistry, he’s a whiz at the technical side of weaponry.

I won’t get my hopes up until the pilot airs. I mean we all saw what happened to the DC comics reboot of the Wonder Woman TV show. It was cancelled before the pilot ever aired. Sometimes a good show is even cancelled mid-season. So, we’ll have to wait and see.

My other concern is this: Will there be actual Marvel heroes making guest appearances on the show? The appeal of this series is that it’s based on Marvel comics, yet not a single super hero has been identified as appearing on the series. Will Samuel L. be making appearances? What about Coie Smulders? If the show centers on S.H.I.E.L.D. and makes up original mutants for the team to interact with, why give it the S.H.I.E.L.D. name at all? It could be any bunch of humans dealing with any bunch of super powered individuals. I think this will have to be more like Smallville to work. Fans want to recognize the names of the mutants that our team is sent in to police. Who knows, if this show really, really succeeds, maybe actors like Chris Hemswroth, Chris Evans, and Scarlet Johansson will put in cameos. That, true believers, would be a dream come true.

If I went even further with my wishlist, the S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series would keep the chronology of the films. I daresay Joss could introduce the character of Agent 13. She’s a certain blonde S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who is a relative of a certain lady from Captain America’s past. Introduce her on television, then graduate her character to one of the Captain America sequels. Wouldn’t that be something?

Rocket Racoon, guardians of the Galaxy

Marvel Adviser Joss Whedon Believes In “Guardians Of The Galaxy” Director

Rocket Racoon, guardians of the Galaxy

Even the most fervent fan of Marvel Comics may be scratching his head, asking, “What in the world is Guardians of the Galaxy?” Thankfully, you’ve got us to get you up to speed on what may become a very hot new comic book movie.

With a big name like Joss Whedon putting his official stamp of approval on the project, you can bet heads will be turning. According to the headlines, even Whedon, who is a creative adviser to the comic book giant, had reservations about making the unusual Marvel Comics team into a feature film. That was until he heard the name of the man who would be responsible for directing. That man is James Gunn.

The first issue of Guardians of the Galaxy hit newsstands in 2008. Created by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning, it follows the exploits of a team known as The Guardians. It is space opera style material and members of the team are pretty out there. One is called Rocket Racoon, who is actually an anthropomorphic, biped, raccoon, who wears clothes and has a face full of fur. Another team member is Groot, a sentient tree, not completely unlike something out of Lord of the Rings. There’s even a telepathic dog called Cosmo.

“James is what makes me think it will work,” Whedon told MTV News at the Toronto International Film Festival, where he debuted his Shakespeare adaptation, Much Ado About Nothing.

“I myself was sort of like, ‘Well, I liked Rocket Raccoon as a kid, but I’m not sure how that plays [to a wider audience].’ And then they said, ‘Well, we’re thinking about using James Gunn.’ And I said, ‘Oh, then no, you’re fine.’ He is so off the wall, and so crazy, but so smart, such a craftsman and he builds from his heart. He loves the raccoon. Needs the raccoon,” Whedon said.

Why is Whedon such a James Gunn fan?

“This is the guy who wrote ‘The Specials.’ People don’t understand how influential that movie was about heroes, about taking heroes and making them mundane,” Whedon added. “And [he directed] ‘Super.'”

Super is the film where Rainn Wilson is The Crimson Bolt and Ellen Page is Boltie.

“[Gunn]has a very twisted take on it, but it all comes from a real love for the material. It’s going to be hard for the humans to keep up,” said Whedon.

You don’t have to tell me twice. I’ll be on the look out for more Guardians of the Galaxy news. Just don’t confuse all this with the animated fantasy picture about a bunch of high flying owls.

Whedon fans, by the way, will be excited about Much Ado About Nothing. Many of Whedon’s most popular collaborators are in the film. These include Amy Acker as Beatrice. She’s one of my favs. Nathan Fillion and Clark Gregg also star.

2012 also saw Whedon releasing The Cabin in the Woods and The Avengers, of course. Don’t forget to read up on his plan to bring Marvel Comics’ S.H.I.E.L.D. to television via the ABC network.

Eliza Dushku Confirms Voicing The She-Hulk in Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.

Eliza Dushku has been confirmed that she will provide the voice of She-Hulk in Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., according to SuperHeroHype. The show will be an animated series, set to air on Disney XD early next year.

Dushku (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Dollhouse) has had multiple voiceover roles in the past, including both cartoon and videogame work. Dushku’s videogame credits include 2011’s Fight Night Champion, 2009’s Wet and 2003’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Chaos Bleeds, among others.

She has also voiced comic book characters, including most recently Selina Kyle/Catwoman in Batman: Year One, released by Warner Bros. Aside from She-Hulk, the show will feature Hulk, Red Hulk, Skarr and A-Bomb, Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb said at Comic-Con last summer.

Writer Paul Dini, who works on Disney XD’s animated series Ultimate Spider-Man, will also be working on Hulk, according to a release from Marvel.

Adrian Pasdar, who voices Iron Man on Ultimate Spider-Man, said he will be guest-starring as the character on Hulk as well.

She-Hulk is not a new addition to the Marvel Comics family. She was created in the 1970s in order to avoid CBS copywriting. They created their own She-Hulk character to capitalize on the popularity of the live-action Incredible Hulk series.

To stop this from happening, Marvel asked Stan Lee (Spider-Man) to write the first issue of a She-Hulk comic book series, according to Comic Vine.

According to the Marvel Database, the character he created was this:

“As the cousin of Bruce Banner, Jen Walters received her abilities when she had a transfusion of blood from her gamma-powered cousin. She usually has the ability to change into her She-Hulk form on demand, and usually retains her intellect after the change as well. She’s a strong character who tries to balance her life as a lawyer with her life as an Avenger and adventurer.”

The resulting series, the Sensational She-Hulk, launched in 1989, and it relied on comedy to sell issues.

“She-Hulk was jumping pages, tearing holes in the paper of the page to escape, and often yelling at the writer. The series was stand-alone, as in not part of the dozen or so crossovers with an X-Men or Spider-Man title. Remember when the X-Men were funny? She-Hulk was sort of like that… with more laughs.”

She-Hulk has been a member of several superhero teams as well over the years. She has been a part of the Avengers, the Fantastic Four, Heroes for Hire, the Defenders, Fantastic Force, and S.H.I.E.L.D. As a highly skilled lawyer, she has served as legal counsel to various superheroes on numerous occasions in addition to being a hero herself.

Few other details have been released about Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.

New Poster for The Avengers Revealed

A new poster has hit the internet for the upcoming movie The Avengers, only one day before the new trailer kicks off. Adapted from Marvel comics, the Avengers are a team of superheroes who gather together to battle problems that each singly can not.

The eye catching poster features the main cast in in their superhero glory, posing ridiculously as they would in comic books. I’m more surprised that Black Widow isn’t showing more cleavage or more in a cheesecake position. It would have been more inline with the comic book industry standards of, “making it big.” Go google “black widow comic” and take a look. It seems that all superheroines have their hips permanently locked and should have problems moving. As silly as the poses are for the Avengers, it still strikes a chord of badassery. At least it’s not the Ginyu Force team pose.

The backdrop for the poster shows the heroes set in what appears to be a semi-destroyed New York still under attack. Without their headgear to obscure the star studded faces, the poster shows Chris Evans as the pro-drug use Captain America, Robert Downy Jr. as the Incredibly Pompous Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth as Thor; Space God of Thunder and Abs, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury; such a bad ass that he stopped being white, Jeremy Renner as the Bullseye version of Hawkeye, and a CGI Hulk who’s alter ego is played by Mark Ruffalo. Then we come back to Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow. Her superpower set is using a gun and launching a luchador wrestling technique that disables men with her swinging crotch.

The Marvel Comics that the movie is actually adapted from is called The Ultimates, a dark and gritty reboot of the Avengers franchise. The comics did well to distance itself from more campy versions of the Avengers and other complex storylines.

Too bad the poster in the U.K will label the upcoming film adaptation as “Avengers Assemble.” Which is understandable because the Brits have their own team of heroes that fight crime called The Avengers.

In the states, the Marvel comics version of The Avengers debuted in September 1963. While in the U.K. Citizens tuned in to watch a spy adventure television show January 1961. It was also called the Avengers which was well produced before Marvel ever started cranking out their comics. So to protect everyone from confusion; and obvious questions about trademarks and copyright laws; it was probably for the best that the movie was renamed. Though I think Ultimate Avengers would have been better move.

One of the more memorable opening sequences of the show explained the spy adventure succinctly:

“Extraordinary crimes against the people, and the state, have to be avenged by agents extraordinary. Two such people are John Steed, top professional, and his partner Emma Peel, talented amateur. Otherwise known as The Avengers.” The opening narration would then cut to the theme song.

Though it happened so long ago, doesn’t make it any less of a cultural icon. I grew up on black and white versions of the show, and still to this day want a sword umbrella. A real proper gentleman one. Not a samurai sword handle umbrella or a shiv umbrella. That and add a intelligent, yet beautiful sidekick wearing a catsuit. That wouldn’t be bad either.

Mrs. Peel, we’re needed.

The Hunt for The Amazing Spider-Man is On!

What began as a launch for the new trailer for the upcoming movie, The Amazing Spider-Man, has quickly turned into a scavenger hunt gone viral.

Within the trailer, obscured by quick moving lights and explosion of sound, there were hidden words that read, “Mark of the Spider-Man” If you go to the website for “markofthespider-man.com”, you’ll end up at a website with six static filled screens and the new rebooted spider-man logo. I’m not sure who’s goal in life it is to find these things, but day-uhm! There’s no way I could have seen that with my ADHD. This type of marketing has been reminiscent of last years viral treasure hunt for the movie, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

Using the same words, you can find the site’s matching Twitter feed @MarkofSpiderman, which has been tweeting longitude and latitude coordinates for several major US cities. Each of these coordinates pointed to a comic book shop accompanied by the message, “Propery of Peter Parker… Lost”.

In a turn of luck for one comic book reporter; not me, never me; one of the shops turned out to be a local area distributor, Secret Headquarters in Silverlake, Los Angeles. The SuperHeroHype’s reporter made a quick sprint down the street to find a discarded backpack.

Yes, secret hidden messages, codes to break, a country that is overtly suspicious of packages and then a discarded backpack in one of six major U.S. Cities.

Instead of returning the backpack or trying to find them; it clearly says Property of Peter Parker on it; the contents were looted. Inside contained: Safety goggles (They do nothing!), Physics and Chemistry textbooks, keys, a MetroCard, a notebook loaded with class notes, sunglasses, drawing pencils, a pencil sharpener, a sketchbook, a binder, film canisters, photo contact sheets and a small canister of what appear to be watch parts; probably to make his web shooters look all steam punk. There are even running shoes in the bag, all modified of course for, uhm… special needs. I would like to take this opportunity to note that the sketchbook which contains preliminary drawings of the Spider-Man costume has a mask that looks like Strong Bad’s of Home Star Runner. Also the bag does not contain any sewing equipment or space age costume material that I have gripped about. You can read that article here.

Parker also collected some well crafted Daily Bugle clippings about a certain masked vigilante, including one that reads, “This letter will be the first of many, and the first letter is always key.” When applying the cipher of first letter to the black block of text, it reads “slashprepare” which I can only assume is a reference back to the viral website. So here I went typing in /prepare. This sent me to a a screen that looks like its telling you to click on the six screen in a particular order.

I did that. Nothing. Turns out that it’s already been triggered and each screen now shows the name of the cities in question and an ominous countdown timer for each.

Meanwhile, in another part of town… The film is set for release on July 3rd and stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Campbell Scott, Irrfan Khan, with Martin Sheen and Sally Field. Directed by Marc Webb; heh, Webb of Spier-Man, The Amazing Spider-Man arrives with a screenplay written by James Vanderbilt, based on the Marvel comic by Stan Lee.

Here’s the official movie synopsis for The Amazing Spider-Man:

The Amazing Spider-Man is the story of Peter Parker (Garfield), an outcast high schooler who was abandoned by his parents as a boy, leaving him to be raised by his Uncle Ben (Sheen) and Aunt May (Field). Like most teenagers, Peter is trying to figure out who he is and how he got to be the person he is today. Peter is also finding his way with his first high school crush, Gwen Stacy (Stone), and together, they struggle with love, commitment, and secrets. As Peter discovers a mysterious briefcase that belonged to his father, he begins a quest to understand his parents’ disappearance – leading him directly to Oscorp and the lab of Dr. Curt Connors (Ifans), his father’s former partner. As Spider-Man is set on a collision course with Connors’ alter-ego, The Lizard, Peter will make life-altering choices to use his powers and shape his destiny to become a hero.

Check out the images of what they found over at SuperHeroHype


Bite Sized Ghost Rider Spirit of Vengeance Trailers

Three more TV spots for Colombia Picture’s Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance aired; one which aired during the pre-game show for the Super Bowl. Each spot was a mini copy of the official trailer using slightly different imagery or audio.

Come February 17, Nicolas Cage will once again hit the big screen as Johnny Blaze. This, “Gritty” new vision for the character will show Blaze struggling with his inner demons. As the flaming skull superhero for the movie adaptation, the Ghost Rider’s purpose on the mortal realm will be to act as the Devil’s bounty hunter. Directed by Mark Neveldine and Bryan Taylor; Chev-Chelly-Crank-Os; the Ghost Rider will risk everything to save a young boy from the devil; who’s trying to take human form; and hopefully rid himself of his curse forever.

The movie trailers have shown more bubbling and boiling of tar like leather and flaming pee. Hoping to out-do; or even distance themselves from; the 2003 movie of Ghost Rider, it appears that touting the franchise as dark and gritty is the sell point. Is this admission that the previous movie was fun and campy? I’m still trying to get over the poor man’s Batman known as the Daredevil. His superpower was to be able to see; the better to sue you; but I’m still trying to unsee the movie version.

In the past, I’ve created a running theory on how to determine if a Nicholas Cage movie will be good or not. Originally the theory was that the longer the hair, the worse the movie, but as time progressed, the idea had to be adapted. Using simple observational skills, I’ve postulated that the better groomed or kept Cage’s hair is, the better the movie. The wilder or worse the hair, the worse the movie will be.

Nicholas Cage's hair: Short and Neat

Cage; who seems to be accepting any script that comes his way; nearly destroys my theory by making me question which hair I’m suppose to be observing. The hair for Johnny Blaze, or the flaming hairless skull that is the Ghost Rider. In the trailers I’ve seen, Johnny Blaze’s hair is all over the place. While the CGI Ghost Rider is on fire; which is wild and out of control. So both do not meet the prerequisite for being well groomed. Ergo, the movie should flop.

This isn’t the first time that we’ve seen a reworking or reboot of a marvel film superhero flop. At the zenith of the Spider-man franchise popularity, superhero movies were being cranked out as fast as they could film them. Some of them were not so good and fans were not forgiving. So after assessing the damages done, some movies were either redone or a sequel was reworked. The Incredible Hulk (2008) smashed the Hulk (2003) as a sequel. The Punisher (2004) was replaced with Punisher: War Zone (2008). While some movies like Electra were so bad that they were forced from the collective consciousness a la Highlander II; not even the sequels acknowledge it’s existence.

Long and Crazy

Also, if there’s a superhero who’s the Spirit of Vengeance, that would be Detective Comic’s Spectre; the actual wrath of God, not the devil’s errand boy that Marvel has.

Check out some of the Ghost Rider Spirit of Vengence TV spots below: