Having appeared in ABC's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Ghost Rider has yet to make his feature-length debut in the MCU. So, in an unconventional way of broadening his presence in the franchise, here is what Ghost Rider might look like if he were combined with Black Panther.
Debuting in 1972, Marvel's Ghost Rider centered around the titular antihero whose intentions were inspired by good, but whose powers came straight from Hell. When stunt motorcyclist Johnny Blaze discovers that his father has been murdered, he takes it upon himself to exact revenge. He sells his soul to Satan, only to inadvertently make a deal with an arch-demon who imbues Blaze with hellish powers - including the ability to transform into a skeleton covered in hellfire, super strength, and chains and a motorcycle straight from the Netherworld. Now, what if these powers weren't given to Blaze, but someone else? More specifically, what if they had been given to someone like King T'Challa (aka the Black Panther)? A brand new piece of fan art envisions this look with realistic detail.
Australian graphic artist known only as Kode A. - or by his Twitter handle BossLogic - created a hybrid superhero when he combined Ghost Rider and Black Panther in an original illustration, posting the photo on his Twitter account. For no other reason than to experiment, the highly detailed image creates a perfect balance of both characters. Including the costume from the MCU's Black Panther (complete with the original habit and necklace), this iteration replaces T'Challa's body with purple hellfire (inspired by the purple accents on T'Challa's suit in Black Panther), and combines the original Ghost Rider skull with the head of Wakanda's giant black panther monument.
Aside from his Ghost Rider/Black Panther hybrid, BossLogic regularly creates artwork inspired by the MCU. His most notable work recently includes an interpretation of Jake Gyllenhaal as Mysterio in the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel, Vin Diesel as Bloodshot (a role that he is currently circling), and what Carnage might look like in the upcoming Venom movie. He's also best known for his Avengers/"Last Supper"-inspired drawing titled "The Last Shawarma."
While it's fair to assume that the MCU will never toy with hybrid characters - especially to this extent - it's exciting to see creative liberties taken nonetheless. The MCU is heading into a new era after Avengers 4, so audiences should anticipate some bold new directions in which the franchise will be heading - even if those directions are significantly more grounded than a Ghost Rider/Black Panther hybrid.
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