The multi-billion dollar movie machine Marvel Studios is once again lining up their movie slate for 2012 that kicks off with Ghost Rider 2: The Spirit of Vengeance! They have already made a huge success with three of their summer flicks which is Thor, X-Men: First Class and Captain America: The First Avenger and there are no signs of them slowing down. The new Ghost Rider movie takes on a fresh look on the overall appearance of the character as well as story wise that both fans and critics alike, agree that it might just deliver! There is even a teaser trailer recently released, even though the full specs of the plot remains undisclosed to the public, but so far everything looks good and the new Ghost Rider looks as if he just walked out of hell’s tar pits.
Long-time fan and writer-producer David Goyer (Blade, Batman Begins and The Dark Knight) has been working for months now with Scott M. Gimple and Seth Hoffman to formulate the new script for the sequel. Rumors spread initially that the new Ghost Rider film will be a reboot much like The Incredible Hulk (2008), but Goyer dismissed the rumors as false when he spoke in an interview way back October 2009. He continues to add that the sequel picks up many years from the first movie and that Johnny Blaze (Nicolas Cage) is a tormented soul who has exiled himself from the rest of humanity, because he fears of the harm he could do. Incidentally he is called once again to protect an innocent mother and child who is being hunted by his old foe.
The 2007 release Ghost Rider film made nearly $230 million in ticket sales both domestically and overseas. Statistically it was a success considering Marvel allocated a $75 million budget to produce the film, but the opinions of the fans and the critics did not favor much for writer-director Mark Steven Johnson. His take on Daredevil (2003) did not get a positive review either, but now the movie makers have high hopes to rectify the way the movies were introduced, because they will try to be true to the comic books this time. However, even from the teaser it’s just seemingly too obvious that this might have a darker storyline than the previous one. Brian Taylor and Mark Naveldine who both worked on movies such as Cranked, Gamer and Jonah Hex will be directing the sequel which has a February 17, 2012 release.
It seems Marvel has been working hard to make up for their movies that flanked after their release and they seem to be doing good this year. This brought about a positive effect on both the fans and the critics alike and some are even optimistic that this new Ghost Rider movie might just cut it. Already the media is all abuzz on this sequel and fresh new information comes out every once in a while, the fans also take on discussion boards and social media sites to discuss it. But the movie has yet to prove itself, we’ve seen some of them fail before just like Superman Returns (2006) that fell far away from the fans affection. The sequel appears to operate at the same budget as the first one which is around $75 million, but Michael Bay proved that he can double quadruple a $100 million budget with Transformers (2007). In any case we will have to see it for ourselves and see if Marvel can deliver a good film as much as it did this year.