‘Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance’ Trailer: Darker, Grittier, Marvel Knight

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Most everyone seems to agree that 2007′s Ghost Rider was an underwhelming addition to the comic book movie genre. While next year’s sequel, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, has been touted as something completely different (and, by association, better) than the original, there hasn’t been a whole lot announced about the project that inspires confidence.

However, the footage previewed at the 2011 Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance Comic-Con Panel went over well with those in the audience – and now a trailer has been released, offering everyone else an early look at Johnny Blaze’s new (cinematic) ride.

Perhaps the biggest potential asset – and, ironically, reason for concern – for Ghost Rider 2 is the involvement of directing duo Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor (the Crank movies). Their particular breed of action flick tend to boast some of the loopier bits of editing and cinematography you’ll see in a film. Combine that with the fact that Nicolas Cage is reprising his turn as dark-haired daredevil Johnny Blaze/Ghost Rider in Spirit of Vengeance and you have to wonder: is there maybe too much crazy talent involved with this sequel for its own good?

No point in delaying any longer – get your first look at Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (via iTunes Movie Trailers) below:


One thing is certain: Spirit of Vengeance will definitely look like a completely different movie than its predecessor. Even the visual effects used to bring its flaming skull-headed protagonist to life are slicker and more refined. The digital format and bits of frantic editing glimpsed here are right on par with Neveldine and Taylor’s Crank movies, which may or may not translate that well into 3D – though some sequences (like the trailer bit where a car literally crashes into the camera) should prove effective. Just don’t go overboard with having Johnny whip his chain around, okay boys?

There’s not a whole lot revealed about the plot here, but Spirit of Vengeance is said to involve Blaze being in self-imposed exile, when he is approached by a monk named Moreau (Idris Elba) to protect a mother and son from a sinister figure named Roarke. We also know that the villainous Blackout will be involved in all this somehow, and that Blaze eventually loses his powers, forcing him to find (say it with us)… the strength to become a real hero.

Neveldine and Taylor have always been more about flashy action, not thematic substance, and so far Spirit of Vengeance looks like it won’t break that trend. David S. Goyer collaborated with Scott M. Gimple (FlashForward) and Seth Hoffman (Prison Break) on the script for the film – which is good news, since Goyer does his best work when collaborating with others. Hopefully, this crew haven’t bent the classic Ghost Rider comic book mythology so much that it’s broken.

Be sure to also check out the (flaming) Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance poster (via Coming Soon) below:

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Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance soars into 2D and 3D theaters around the U.S. on February 17th, 2012.

Source: iTunes Movie Trailers

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  1. lol what if u have to pee while ur on fire made me laugh…… Looks really dark and good wanna watch it badly now

  2. Ill reserve judgement till I see more of this….and what about the other Marvel Knights getting a movie…I.E. Moon Knight, or Cage I think those would be fun movies

  3. what I find interesting is the Marvel Knights logo…… Was that in the first one?

    Will the upcoming (if) Daredevil sport it over the regular Marvel logo?

    Are there others that are under the MK logo.


    • Punisher Warzone had Marvel Knights’ logo!

  4. Still not sure I want to take a chance on a Nic Cage film to help him pay off his home mortgages.

  5. this looks not bad gonna watch it tho

  6. LOL The guy on the right in the intro looks like Step (the man who lost his nutsack in Extract)

    Still cool trailer. I like how the fire looks and burnt clothing. I need one more trailer to convince me though. You can’t wash the taste of sour grapefruit juice out your mouth that easily.

  7. I guess Nic Cage knows HOWDITGEBURNED now. :p

  8. Ha, never thought I’d say the Ghost Rider sequel looks pretty good, but this looks pretty good! He looks way more scarier and freaky than he did in the first one. Don’t like the burnt leather look tho, but still looks twice as good as the first movie.

    • Also, I wonder if this is gonna be PG-13 or R?

  9. I think it looks awesome. I’m there!

  10. The peeing fire comment was rather lame to me. The seeing him actually do it made it even worse. No wonder why I’ve been passing up Marvel movies.

  11. I like the effect where they make Nic’s face with flesh on it and not a flaming skull.

  12. Really? Peeing fire? Really? Reminds me of Eddie Murphy’s joke about VD from his Raw stand-up.

    • Yeah that was pretty lame lol.

    • I think we will not being seeing that in the movie. Maybe the pee line from the kid but not the actual peeing fire…..

      I think it was just a goofy thing of showing off. Please feel free to bookmark this to remind me I was right.

      • I didn’t think he was peeing. I thought it was a like a flame thrower type thing made to look like he was pissing fire. I could be wrong.

        Either way, I will be seeing this because Nic Cage has crazy eyes and I dig the crazy eyes

      • Or to possibly remind you that you were wrong.

        Both options are possible

  13. Terrible. This is going to be as bad as the first one. I hope to be surprised when i actually see it, but i don’t expect much from this. Just another Marvel dissapointment

  14. Wiat what is this. Marvel’s version of Crank? I thought this was suppose to be a reboot why is cage back?

    • EXACTLY!!!! Why is he in this movie? ANYONE would be a better GR, literally I would take ANYONE over this DB.

      • Even Channing Tatum?

  15. I enjoyed the first one, and I’ll be seeing this one in the theater as well.

  16. This actually looks pretty awesome and much better than the first one. Never thought id watch cage reprise the role but this looks promising so its got my ticket

  17. Why are so many people calling this a Marvel movie? Marvel created the character but I think Columbia Pictures produced this movie.

    I’m one of the few who didn’t think the first was all that bad. Sure, they could have done better but I thought there were some good aspects to it. This one looks even better, so I’ll be there.

    • Marvel character = Marvel movie. Same reason why the Blade movies are Marvel movies. Disney doesn’t have the live-action movie rights to most of their major character films. It’s probably a good thing.

      • I think Marvel would disagree with that. I don’t think they would want to be associated with the FF and Elektra movies. And the same would go for DC; I doubt they would claim Catwoman as their own.

        • Are u trying to say that Columbia Pictures produced Spider’man does it mean its their the have rights but still its Marvel character!

        • Except WB (that owns DC Comics) released Catwoman. So, they are associated with the film…just saying.

  18. I’ll be seeing it although that was underwhelming..

  19. Looks better than the first movie at least, definitely. I can already tell by the direction.

  20. Come on… Cage’s got to be one of the producers, right? How else is he still getting work?
    The first GR was so bad that Sam Elliot couldn’t even help the film. This is just silly. If GR 2 is a Summer of 2012 release, it will be going up against Dark Knight Rises, and Avengers. GR 2 and Nick Cage with be the Superhero butt in every joke! Wait… This is a GOOD thing! I fully support this film coming out in 2012! *evil grin*

    • Clearly you missed the release date on the bottom of this post, in every other post we’ve done and the trailer itself. It’s coming out in the dead zone of February, trying to capitalize on the lack of blockbuster competition just like the first film did.

  21. Liked the first film. Liked this trailer. Watching this when this releases. This movie might, (hopefully) surprise people. Being that, it’s riding on the fumes of a “bad” (‘cos I liked it) first film, they should’ve planned to make this as spectacular as they can, and hopefully they have. Nice to see Nic Cage back in the Role, being that I’m a huge fan of Cage and the Ghost Rider Books.

  22. I don’t even know what to say. Sure, it does look darker and gritter, but who cares? Still looks bad compared to Marvel Studios productions of Marvel Characters. I will see it and I hope it changes my mind about Ghost Rider. I’ve never been a fan or think you can build a success franchise around him, full length motion picture wise.

  23. I love the ghostrider character so i hope this movie bombs and sony gives the rights back to marvel

  24. I honestly don’t think Cage is capable of portraying anyone but Cage. The last one was a very dry, flat, film IMO, and this trailer simply didn’t do it for me. DVD rental at best.

  25. Looks awesome…..I can’t believe I just said that lol.

    The peeing fire thing looks like its just a promo shot.

  26. spitting bullets and pissin fire?
    I’ll bite.

  27. I was skeptical at first, but this trailer’s got me on board!!!

  28. In Hollywood, I think there needs to be a minimum year-long ban on the words “dark,” “gritty” and “edgy,” including any variation of those words. That goes for synonyms used to convey the same points.

    Dark, gritty and edgy might work for Ghost Rider, but it now seems that the Hollywood gameplan for any superhero movie is to make it “dark,” “gritty” and “edgy.” It’s like a mantra.

  29. Holy Crap! Morbius!