Here's What Happened To The Ghost Rider's Suzuki Hayabusa
No matter how ballsy Ghost Rider copycats become, could anyone’s YouTube feats ever compare to the ones that the original Ghost Rider performed?
It was the early 2000s, and speed freaks the world over were united by the throb of their hearts, all thumping in unison to an unhealthily accelerated beat in their dizzying excitement over the “Ghost Rider.” The pseudonymous, presumably Swedish motorcyclist started circulating footage of his death-defying stunts , performed at police-humiliating speeds on streets all over Europe, in 2002.
And his choice of weapon was a heavily modified Suzuki motorcycle; the almighty Hayabusa. He immediately attained the mythic status and just as swiftly inspired a bevy of copycats. By the time he released his sixth video in 2012, “Ghost Rider 6.66: What the F**k,” the daredevil hooligan’s identity had pretty much been confirmed: the man behind the mask is now commonly accepted to be the former competitive racer/stunt cyclist and mechanic Patrik von Fürstenhoff .
But the true star of all those death-defying videos in the minds of many viewers was not Ghost Rider at all. It was rather his terrifyingly impressive Suzuki Hayabusa, that record-setting, insta-legend speed demon that had European regulators clutching their pearls in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
The tale of the bike, alas, comes to a sadder end as a cash-strapped Fürstenhoff allegedly raffled his indomitable two-wheeler off in an internet competition in 2012.
Updated July 2022: We have updated this article about the myth and truth about probably the most infamous Suzuki Hayabusa in the world, and its rider. We also give you insight into what the daredevil is currently up to.
Here’s what happened to Ghost Rider’s Suzuki Hayabusa, from the halcyon times of its illegal heyday to its devastating demise, to its Phoenix-like rebirth.
Ghost Rider’s Super-Tuned Suzuki Hayabusa
The all-black-clad automotive adventurer maniacally maneuvered the streets on several vehicles throughout his filmography. However, Ghost Rider could most often be seen accelerating the bejesus out of either a Suzuki GSX-R1000 or a Suzuki GSX-1300R , his most beloved Busas of all, of which he could be spotted on various year models, each with their unique modifications, natch. For instance, in Ghost Rider Goes Crazy in Europe , our eponymous hero was filmed astride a fully carbon-fiber GSX-R1000 K4.
In next year’s Ghost Rider Goes Undercover , he favored a GSX-R1000 K5 with 280+ brake horsepower. It’s that latter bike that probably won the most hearts and minds among Ghost Rider fans. This wasn’t just any GSX-R1000 K5—it was a very, very special one, built for Ghost Rider with love by MC Xpress, a Sweden-based company founded by racing bike enthusiast and amateur engineer Erik Marklund back in the 1990s.
Though it has but a small team of about nine people, including Alf Sundstrom, the company is considered the ultimate authority when it comes to turbocharging motorcycles and snowmobiles and sells its DIY turbo kits around the world.
Marklund, described by some as “a total madman,” has a global reputation for building explosive bikes, and Fürstenhoff collaborated with him several times when he was still competing on the track (under his name) in the 1990s, breaking several world records with MC Xpress–modified bikes.
Fürstenhoff was hoping to get Marklund and the MC Xpress team to help him create a turbo Hayabusa that would set a new record at Germany’s hellish Nürburgring race. The team famously selected for the task the 2005 Suzuki Hayabusa GSX-R1000 K5, which, out of the factory, had a tested power output of 147.3 hp and measured top speed of something like 178 mph.
With WP forks, ISR brakes, and many, many other modifications, they created a bike that runs 1.2 bar of boost and made up to 500bhp at the rear wheel (though, admittedly, the bike was prone to overheating at that speed). Its top speed was mysteriously reported to be a shiver-inducing “enough.” Fürstenhoff availed himself of the souped-up power-steed for his more illicit exploits in a few of his Ghost Rider videos and was recorded performing a should-be-impossible 211mph wheelie on the bike. (He would end up setting a record for hitting a wheelstand at 215 mph.)
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2012: Ghost Rider Inexplicably Gives Away His Suzuki Hayabusa
There have been various uncorroborated reports of sporadic arrests, and whether they’re true, he certainly does seem to be having money troubles: in 2015 he had to resort to a Go Fund Me to raise the money to take him to a stunt competition, while another crowdfunded effort to make a new Ghost Rider movie didn’t even get off the ground.
Perhaps it was a similar need for money or just a desperate bid to reclaim some of his early 2000s fame, that led Fürstenhoff to announce, like Ghost Rider, that he was giving his notorious and glorious turbo Suzuki Hayabusa away through a competition on his (now-defunct) website. It was never reported who won that competition, or if he even really gave the bike away or not, so the exact whereabouts of that GSX-R1000 today remains unknown.
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The Death-Defying Ghost Rider Is Alive And Kicking
Though from time to time rumors of Fürstenhoff a.k.a the original Ghost Rider's death have circulated on various internet forums, a quick Google search reveals he’s still alive and (mostly) well. Though the erstwhile Ghost Rider has made some efforts to get back on the road, it seems his glory days are probably behind him. He is over 50 years old now, and it is also being said that he’s a loving father of two.
He is speculated to now be living a quiet life working at a Subaru dealership in Stockholm. Fürstenhoff, he’s still chasing his need for speed, but maybe just a little slower these days. He posted on Facebook last week that he recently suffered a serious motorcycle accident that has left him in agonizing pain, and will take some time to recover from.
Source: Dailymotion, YouTube. Hayabusa Owners Group
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What Motorcycle is Used in the Movie "Ghost Rider?"
Contrary to popular opinion, there was a real motorcycle built for the 2007 “Ghost Rider” movie starring Nicolas Cage. However, it was 11-feet long and weighed more than 500 pounds!
It consisted of a chrome shell that was really fiberglass and had been molded around a chopper from Australia that was custom-made.
Not Just CGI
Most people who saw the film assumed that the bike was entirely CGI, which is why it's so interesting that there was a real bike that's actually somewhat rideable.
It was never street legal though and, if the engine was run for too long, it would have melted the fiberglass. Of course, the flames were CGI but the motorcycle does exist.
In fact, according to Hollywood Star Cars, the custom built panhead chopper had a Harley-Davidson engine. The name panhead, BTW, comes from the rocker covers' distinct shape that resembles a pan turned upside-down.
It's a two-cylinder (with two valves per cylinder) pushrod V-twin engine. In 1948, it replaced the Knucklehead engine and was continuously manufactured by Harley until it was replaced by the shovelhead in 1965.
An interesting note that only Harley experts know about is that the design of the engines has been evolving throughout the years. The valve covers have always had distinctive shapes, which helped true Harley enthusiasts to know what kind of engine they were looking at simply by the shape of the valve covers.
A $300,000 Build
According to Volo Auto Sales, the "Ghost Rider" Hell Cycle cost $300.000 to build. Here are the specs according to Bad Ass Helmet Store Movie Bikes:
Ghost Rider Bike Specifications – Movie Bikes
- Class Styling Chopper
- Exposure/Publication Movie Bike
- Frame Custom One Off Frame
- Gastank Custom One Off Gastank
- Intake Cover Custom One Off
- Paint Color(s) Bare Metal
- Seat Solo Solidmount
- Suspension Rear Rigid / Hardtail
The Storyline of "Ghost Rider"
Johnny Blaze (Nicolas Cage) is a stunt man who becomes a motorcycle-riding bounty hunter for the Devil himself and is called "Ghost Rider".
Johnny's custom hard-tail chopper turns into the Hell Cycle, which is an organic combination of bone and metal on two wheels with a seriously bad attitude that's fantasy-driven.
It has no rear or front suspension and limited sound suppression, which means it's incredibly loud. It's also equipped with front and rear disc brakes that give it sufficient stopping power.
The engine and the frame are surrounded by artfully sculpted fiberglass bodywork that is highlighted by some amazing organic textures and shapes that are vertebrae-inspired.
The entire bike was painted bright silver and also sported some dark gray accents. The front of the Hell Cycle resembles a demonic skull and the handlebars look like gleaming horns that are protruding from the front.
In addition, the front forks are quite long with resin “chain-link” covers. In the rear of the bike, the motif of the protruding bony vertebrae continues to the rear fender.
The Hell Cycle also had two independent electrical systems. One of them is for the engine while the second fuels the “interactive fire”, which is actually orange LED lights that were mounted on the outside of both wheels. Later, in post-production, they were replaced with computer-generated-images (CGI) of burning fire.
The "Ghost Rider" (in both the movies and the superhero comics) is a human being who transforms into a skeletal super-human who has supernatural powers and is enveloped in ethereal flames.
The motorcycle he's riding is capable of traveling faster than any ordinary vehicle and also performs feats that are seemingly impossible, like riding across water, up vertical surfaces, and even leaping over great distances.
Ghost Rider is virtually indestructible. Knives and even bullets go right through him, causing absolutely no pain. It would seem that he is actually immortal, since it's said that he was created by God and God is the only one who can destroy him.
In spite of the fact that he's made of bone and hellfire, the Ghost Rider has superhuman strength that is truly formidable. It's also been said that Johnny Blaze as the Ghost Rider is capable of pressing about 25 tons (50,000 lbs).
A Nod to "Easy Rider"
The Hell Cycle Panhead Chopper build was based upon the "Captain America" chopper ridden by Peter Fonda in "Easy Rider. In an interesting twist, Fonda plays Mephistopheles (the Devil) in "Ghost Rider" and Johnny Blaze sells his soul to the Devil to save the life of his dying father.
Later in life, Johnny becomes a famous stunt rider and battles the Devil at every turn. But then, Mephistopheles offers to release Johnny from his contract if he will help defeat the evil son of the Devil, who is aptly named Blackheart, whose dastardly plan is to end up possessing a thousand souls and turning the planet into Hell-on-Earth.
Where Was the Movie Filmed?
Johnny Blaze defied the Devil in and around a small town in Texas that was nameless in the film. In reality, however, it was filmed in Melbourne, Australia. This just proves once again that nothing is ever as it seems in the movies.
Whatever Happened to Nick Cage?
The 56-year-old actor's last major studio movie was “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance” in 2011. In that movie, Cage is Johnny Blaze again but, this time, he's deeply in debt and attempting to coerce a billionaire into buying a screenplay that he's been working on.
Many fans wonder what happened to Cage since then. The reason that he's not in any major motion pictures anymore is basically the same as for all actors when they end up falling from grace in Tinseltown.
He starred in a string of movies that were just plain bad. He also received a great deal of criticism for his poor performances, causing the powers that be to become unwilling to work with him.
And, most importantly, his movies were losing money and lots of it, so his brand just got weak. Still, we'll never forget his previous great performances like Castor Troy in "FaceOff", Sailor Ripley in "Wild at Heart" (where he showed off his amazing singing voice), John Milton in "Drive Angry", and of course, Johnny Blaze in "Ghost Rider" where he rides that amazing flaming bike right into the hearts of audiences everywhere!
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Famous Movie Motorcycles: From Easy Rider to Ghost Rider
When two-wheelers zoom into the frame, our pulses race..
Movie car scenes always grab our attention—whether it’s Bond escaping baddies in Alfa Romeo’s with his Aston Martin DBS in Quantum of Solace , or Nicolas Cage helming a stunning gray Ferrari 550 Maranello in Family Man .
But when two-wheelers zoom into the frame, our pulses race that much more. And there's been more than a handful of great motorcycles in movies to hit the big screen over the decades with no end in sight. We’ve selected some of the most memorable bikes, both production and custom bikes, that deserve your cinematic and motoring respect.
Easy Rider (1969)
Motorcycle: Custom Harley-Davidson Hydra Glide
Rider: Peter Fonda
Peter Fonda’s Wyatt rides the “Captain America” bike throughout the iconic film directed by none other than co-star Dennis Hopper. The custom motorcycle made use of the Harley-Davidson Hydra Glide former cop bikes and customized them into the Stars ‘N’ Stripes chopper.
Most of the bikes used for the film were actually stolen prior to the end of shooting and supposedly were dismantled for parts before their cult status was cemented. One bike that survived (but was demolished) was rebuilt and placed in the National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, Iowa and later sold for over $1 million. Replicas have been built and sold, though their veracity has definitely been questioned.
The Great Escape (1963)
Motorcycle: 1961 Triumph TR6 Trophy Bird
Rider: Steve McQueen
McQueen was pretty much a badass in every film he stars in, and The Great Escape was no exception. He helms a TR6 made especially for the film and it was outfitted to look like a German motorcycle. For a time, he outruns and outrides German forces, who look positively novice on their motorcycles. McQueen doesn’t actually perform the famous barbed wires fence jump due to insurance reasons, but he does a lot of the actual riding on roads and undulating hills all by himself, legitimizing his skills in the process.
Top Gun (1986)
Motorcycle: 1985 Kawasaki GPZ 900 R
Rider: Tom Cruise
We can’t all be perfect like Tom Cruise (at least in his movies). Way back when he was a nubile 23 year old, he starred in the testosterone fest Top Gun . As he rode his GPZ900 R, both racing F-14s and contemplating the deeper meanings of life, it was clear that the speed of his sportbike and the manly ethos it conveyed fit Maverick to a T.
First Blood (1982)
Motorcycle: Yamaha XT 250
Rider: Sylvester Stallone
John Rambo spent so much time with big firearms and big knives, you almost forget that he rides the capable XT 250 like a bat out of hell. He evades gunfire, traffic, sidewalk pedestrians, and Sheriff Teasle (Brian Dennehy), as well as jumps railroad tracks and rocky trails for almost three full minutes. Rambo had skills, boy, and riding was clearly one of them. Thank goodness he didn’t get on a Honda MB5. There would’ve been no sequels.
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
Motorcycle: 1990 Harley-Davidson FLSTF “Fat Boy”
Rider: Arnold Schwarzenegger
The Fat Boy was the perfect choice for Arnold with its huge wheels, tires and hulking V-twin mill. It propels the Austrian version of the Cyberdyne Systems 101 through myriad dangers, including going up against a big rig in a Los Angeles storm drain system. We love the fact that Cyberdyne took the time to program the hulking machine (Arnold) with the ability to ride the hell out of a hog.
Motorcycle: 2009 Triumph Street Triple R
Rider: Angelina Jolie
Though you don’t actually see Angelina truly ride for any significant length of time, she does actually own motorcycles and does ride in real life. Her “selection” of the Street Triple R in the film is a brilliant one with its high revving (12,650 redline) 675cc engine. It's good for quick escapes and maneuvers, but probably not so much for silent running. It looks like Eveyln Salt also had very good taste in bikes.
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The Matrix Reloaded (2003)
Motorcycle: 2001 Ducati 996
Rider: Carrie-Anne Moss
We can forgive the movie, as long as we put Trinity’s freeway chase scene on constant repeat. The black 996 is the ideal choice for dodging traffic flow (towards and against) in order to get the Keymaker out of harm’s way. She helms it like a true MotoGP racer, but we can’t figure out how the Keymaker holds on and shifts his weight so damned well.
The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
Motorcycle: Honda Cota 4RT
Rider: Matt Damon
Count on Jason Bourne to take everyday things and do amazing things with them, including motorcycles. Not only is he able to hot wire a bike, but he also jumps the small 4RT like he’s its bidding master and manages to hop a wall like he’s taking candy from a kid. We just would like to have seen more of Bourne’s moto skills on longer chase scenes. Now that would've made Jason Bourne even more impressive.
The Dark Knight (2008)
Rider: Christian Bale
This custom made monster was supposedly impossible to ride, but Christopher Nolan and his team made it happen with some expert stunt riding. The long wheelbase and interminably wide wheels gave the Bat-Pod a truly unique military look that was worthy of the Dark Knight. The fact that the wheels could rotate laterally and the bike could actually elongate were features we probably won’t see on a real motorcycle anytime soon. It’s good to be Bruce Wayne.
Ghost Rider (2007)
Motorcycle: Custom HD Panhead Chopper
Rider: Nicholas Cage
So a lot of it is CG. Who cares? It’s hard to have a leather-clad skeleton on fire riding a motorcycle that’s also on fire. Cage’s Johnny Blaze wages war against the netherworld’s worst while riding a Panhead Chopper, whichwas actually modeled after the Easy Rider “Captain America” bike prior to its angry transformation into a huge beast with a giant skull for a headlight and chains for forks. The fact that Easy Rider 's Peter Fonda plays Mephistopholes the Devil in the movie makes Ghost Rider an even better motorcycling homage film.
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The Legacy of Marvel’s Ghost Rider Movie
The Nicolas Cage Ghost Rider movie is a nearly forgotten relic of the pre-MCU Marvel movie world, but there's still plenty to be fascinated by.
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On Feb. 16, 2007, Mark Steven Johnson’s Ghost Rider movie hit theaters. Nicolas Cage starred as Johnny Blaze, a motorcycle stuntman powered by the devil to slay the damned in the form of a man with a flaming skull. It was the perfect vehicle for Nicolas Cage, a comic fan known for his often eccentric screen presence. Cage playing a demonic bounty hunter who spits hellfire is one of those things where it feels more like a documentary that only happens to resemble a Marvel Comics character.
It’s a fun movie on its own that hits just the right level of being over-the-top at the appropriate moments. If anything, it’s hurt by the perfect way it sets up fight scenes like video game boss battles, only for the fights to be over within seconds. While Ghost Rider is ultimately a footnote in the superhero movie pantheon, it’s still worth rewatching every now and then.
Get your martini glass full of jelly beans ready, because it’s time to talk about the legacy of the Ghost Rider movie, 15 years later.
Final Days of the Pre-MCU
The 10 year stretch between the release of Blade and the release of Iron Man was an interesting era for Marvel movies. Back in the ‘90s, a financially strapped Marvel made some quick cash by selling off the movie rights to their characters. While all the DC Comics heroes were under the Warner Bros. umbrella, the various Marvel properties were spread across various studios. Crossovers were a vague pipedream, and fans had to content themselves with . Spider-Man 2 ‘ s Doctor Strange name drop or having a guy who sort of looked like Frank Castle show up in the background in the final scene.
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Ghost Rider showed up around the time when superhero movies had shown some early momentum, but hadn’t achieved the level of success and consistency we’re now accustomed to. After the tremendous promise of the early X-Men and Spider-Man films, followed by Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins in 2005, 2006 brought disappointments like X-Men: The Last Stand and Superman Returns . Ghost Rider shared its release year with mediocre franchise entries like Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer and Spider-Man 3 .
Ghost Rider was buried in the mediocre chaos before 2008’s one-two punch of Iron Man and The Dark Knight truly boosted the superhero genre. It still stood on its own, carried by the novelty of Cage’s zany performance. As CGI effects were used more conservatively in these kinds of movies during this era, Ghost Rider couldn’t be in flaming skull mode all the time. Cage more than made up for it by playing to his strengths while in his human form, similar to how Willem Dafoe’s Norman Osborn showed more deranged menace without his Green Goblin mask on.
THE VILLAIN PROBLEM
Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for Wes Bentley as Blackheart. Not only did the performance leave a lot to be desired, but he fell into the common trap of the era where movie studios often weren’t up to making certain characters look like their comic book counterparts, whether due to budget or being unable to take the design seriously. The comic version of Blackheart is a sinister, shadowy demon with a mane of porcupine quills. The movie version comes off as a supporting villain from Buffy the Vampire Slayer .
Although there’s one area where the film got the jump on the MCU. When everyone was trying to figure out what was going on with WandaVision , there was constant speculation that Mephisto – Marvel’s “Not REALLY Satan, but, yeah, he’s Satan” villain – was the big bad behind everything. He had ties to the comics storyline that WandaVision was partially based on and that had people thinking that either Agatha was working for him or even that the fake Quicksilver was him in disguise. Of course, as we all now know, it was “Agatha all along.”
The Mephisto speculation continued when Loki kicked off with literal Devil imagery as a child in a church pointed at a picture of Lucifer, stating that to be the show’s antagonist. That was there to mess with us, as the kid was describing the horned Sylvie, who turned out to be a secondary protagonist in the end.
As a result, “It’s Mephisto!” has become the Boy Who Cried Wolf meme of the MCU. But Ghost Rider features Peter Fonda as Mephistopheles himself, beating the MCU to the punch by 15 years and counting! Good God, making Easy Rider ’s Peter Fonda the villain of a motorcycle-based superhero movie is such a brilliant idea.
Ultimately, critics were less than kind to Ghost Rider with a 26% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Financially, it made $229 million internationally against a $110 million budget. This motorcycle had gas in the tank.
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The Video Game
Days before the release of Ghost Rider , a video game of the same name was released by 2K Games for the PlayStation 2, PSP, and Game Boy Advance. This God of War clone was a quasi-sequel to the first movie, written by comic scribes Garth Ennis and Jimmy Palmiotti. It featured more characters from the comics and for some reason only retained the actor likeness of Sam Elliot as Caretaker, but it still came with plenty of inspiration from the film.
Mephisto reaches out to Ghost Rider, once again using him as his personal weapon, as he’s losing control of Hell and our hero needs to prevent the apocalypse. Roxanne is put in danger in order to get Johnny to play ball and Blackheart’s fried husk of a body is also brought back as a plot device. Otherwise, Ghost Rider takes on the likes of Vengeance, Lilith, Scarecrow, and so on. Blackout is one of the game’s villains and even though he would be introduced in the movie Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance , at least his design stays roughly the same. Ghost Rider even gets to revisit the carnival where Barton Blaze died, though given a malevolent redesign.
The game also came with the ability to unlock Blade. Wolverine was supposed to be in the game, but he was cut out last minute due to some kind of rights issue. The PlayStation 2 version was pretty fun, but it immediately fell into obscurity since it was so late in the console’s lifespan.
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance
As these things go, movie studios have a time limit before they have to give up the cinematic rights to whatever property they’re holding onto, usually with clauses indicating that if they aren’t actively developing projects featuring a character for a specified period of time, then the characters return to Marvel. That includes sequels, which meant that after the Marvel Cinematic Universe kicked off, it became a war of cinematic stamina. Fox could keep things going with their successful X-Men franchise and was intent on keeping Fantastic Four out of Disney’s hands for as long as they could, while Sony felt they could keep making Spider-Man movies forever. Sony also had Ghost Rider and kept it in their collection for a little bit longer by making a sequel.
Directed by Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, 2012’s Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance was another middle-of-the-road affair. It had some higher highs than the first film, whether it was Ghost Rider’s creepier appearance, the shot of Ghost Rider peeing fire, a really funny Twinkie gag, or the always-enjoyable Idris Elba. Unfortunately, everything else felt drab and slow. The heart was in the right place, but it needed more grindhouse energy.
Critics didn’t think too highly of Spirit of Vengeance , dishing out an 18% on Rotten Tomatoes. With a budget of $75 million, it only made $52 million domestically and $133 million internationally. Not a terrible box office take, but not the numbers Sony wanted if they ever thought about doing a Ghost Rider 3 . Then again, you could always watch Drive Angry as the spiritual sequel. It’s a ridiculous revenge movie about Nicolas Cage escaping Hell to prevent the end of existence. It’s stupid fun if you haven’t seen it and there’s a fantastic subplot about a conflicted cultist woman that has just the best payoff.
Johnny Blaze’s Penance Stare
Interestingly, the Ghost Rider movie influenced the comic in one notable way. While Johnny Blaze is considered the Ghost Rider, or at least the motorcycle-riding Ghost Rider, we have to show some respect to his half-brother Danny Ketch. Ketch was the Ghost Rider of the ‘90s and if there was ever a time when a concept like Ghost Rider would flourish, it’s the goddamn ‘90s. Danny was the first Ghost Rider to use the Penance Stare, Ghost Rider’s ace-in-the-hole ability to force his victim to become overwhelmed by all the horrors they had ever committed. It’s an attack so powerful that in the ‘90s Fantastic Four cartoon, it took down and nearly killed Galactus himself.
Even though the Penance Stare was Danny’s thing, the movie had it as part of Johnny’s repertoire, making it his ultimate weapon to stop Blackheart in the final act. As part of this Ghost Rider streamlining, a couple months before Ghost Rider hit theaters, a new comic run with Johnny as Ghost Rider started up by Daniel Way and Javier Saltares. In an issue that hit the stands right around the movie’s release date, Johnny took on Doctor Strange and busted out the Penance Stare for the first time.
Since then, it’s become a weapon for all the Ghost Riders in the comics. Even Robbie Reyes can pull it off and he isn’t even powered by a Spirit of Vengeance. Johnny does the attack as his level 3 super in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 , meaning he can make Viewtiful Joe relive all the sins he had ever committed and all the innocent blood he has spilled.
What? I’m sure the little guy has it coming.
MCU Ghost Rider
Without any more Ghost Rider sequels, the rights reverted to Marvel and they had the ability to stick him in the MCU. This happened via the fourth season of Agents of SHIELD , where Gabriel Luna played the current main Ghost Rider from the comics, Robbie Reyes . Reyes comes with a different take on the mythos, such as his helmet-like skull design and his use of muscle cars over motorcycles. It made sense to use a very different take on the mantle, as Cage’s casting was just too iconic for them to immediately start with Johnny Blaze again.
The intriguing part here is his origin story. Reyes explained that he was given his powers by the Devil, which tracks considering what we know of Ghost Rider in various media. A flashback would eventually show that his life was saved by the more familiar, motorcycle-riding Ghost Rider, who then shared his powers with him. Seeing the flaming skull, of course Reyes thought it was the Devil.
This reveal of the Johnny Blaze version of Ghost Rider has had people speculating since 2016. Luna’s Ghost Rider was intended to get his own Hulu spinoff, which would have given us more answers, I’m sure, but it was nixed at the eleventh hour. Curiously, it was Hulu’s choice to kill the series, with the explanation being due to a “creative impasse that could not be resolved.” Speculation continues that “creative impasse” involved Kevin Feige having his own plans for Ghost Rider, and as the divisions between Marvel Studios and Marvel TV collapsed, it made it harder for Hulu to continue Robbie’s story.
I suppose that until we get an official expansion on that scene, you can simply pretend that the Ghost Rider movie is secretly part of MCU canon!
The Age of Superhero Cage
Nicolas Cage has always been connected to the world of superheroes, even though Ghost Rider ended up being his first true superhero role. As Nicolas Coppola, he didn’t want his famous last name to affect his acting career, so he renamed himself Nicolas Cage after Luke Cage, Hero for Hire. Funny enough, in an unused Luke Cage film script by Ben Ramsey, the hero (born Carl Lucas) got the idea for his assumed name from seeing a nearby sign for a Nicolas Cage film festival. I love that.
The actor not only named his son Kal-El after Superman’s Krypton ian name, but we came so close to seeing Nicolas Cage play Superman on the big screen. For better or for worse, the Tim Burton project got scrapped. Around the same time, Joel Schumacher had Cage in mind to play the Scarecrow in what would have been the follow-up to Batman and Robin .
Once Ghost Rider tore off the band-aid, Cage has become more of a regular in superhero movies. In Kick-Ass , he channeled Adam West’s Batman in the role of Big Daddy, leaving no piece of scenery unchewed. With Teen Titans GO! to the Movies , he finally got to play Superman, albeit in animated form. In the same year, he got to be the delightful Spider-Man Noir in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse .
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Why Did Ghost Rider’s Fiery Motorcycle Demon Flame Out on Film?
A second-tier Marvel character, Ghost Rider's motorcycle mayhem tried but never could burn up the silver screen.
One of the admirable traits of Marvel Films is its willingness to take a risk by adapting lesser known characters. Until recently, Marvel’s closest competitor in the comics medium, DC Comics, has focused mainly on producing Batman and Superman films. The Marvel Films, on the other hand, began in earnest with Blade (Norrington, 1998), based on a character that even many comics fans were unaware of prior to the film. Granted, Blade came at a time when Marvel Comics was filing for bankruptcy, so licensing it may have been a ‘nothing to lose’ scenario. Since then, Marvel licensed its biggest properties (Spider-Man and X-Men), along with lesser known properties with name recognition (Hulk and the Fantastic Four), as well as properties that had experienced great success only within comics (Daredevil and the Punisher). The biggest properties had yielded the biggest hits, while some of the lesser known ones had enjoyed some surprising, moderate success. This approach would lead to one of Marvel’s biggest breakout successes when Iron Man (Favreau) launched the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2008. But a little over a year before that, Marvel achieved some moderate success from another lesser known character with 2007’s Ghost Rider .
The closest analogue to Ghost Rider is Blade . Both are supernatural horror characters created in the first half of the ’70s during the boom in horror-related comics. Also, neither the Ghost Rider nor Blade characters ever experienced a true high point of popularity in the comics before or after their respective films. Although Ghost Rider and Blade have their fans, they are C-list Marvel characters through and through. Despite this, both Ghost Rider and Blade films were surprisingly successful and were granted sequels. Unfortunately, the comparisons end there. While Blade captured the pre- Matrix , late-’90s zeitgeist and overcame a modest budget to become a surprisingly effective trifle, Ghost Rider wasted a talented cast and much higher budget on a boring, generic, ugly-looking film that has been mostly forgotten.
Johnny Blaze/Ghost Rider first appeared in Marvel Spotlight #5 (August 1972), created by Roy Thomas, Gary Friedrich and Mike Ploog. A previous Marvel character named Ghost Rider was featured in a western comic which debuted in 1967 and only lasted seven issues. When the Johnny Blaze incarnation debuted and achieved some success, the original Ghost Rider was retroactively renamed the Phantom Rider. The ’70s Ghost Rider was clearly a character that began as a striking image, a demonic motorcyclist with a flaming skull for a head, and was then fleshed out into a character. Johnny Blaze is a stunt motorcyclist who sells his soul to the devil to save the life of his father. As a result, Blaze is inhabited by the demon Zarathos and becomes a “spirit of vengeance”. When sinners are nearby, Blaze transforms into a being made up of pure hellfire, complete with his distinctive flaming skull, and his motorcycle catches fire. Ghost Rider made enough of an impact to earn its own book in June 1973. Though the series occasionally attempted to explore some moral and religious depths inherent in the concept, it largely remained a horror-tinged superhero comic until the series ended with Ghost Rider #81 (June 1983), when the demon left Blaze’s body.
When comics took a darker, more violent turn in the late-’80s, however, Marvel saw the opportunity to revive the demonic vigilante. The character was reinvented with a new host, Danny Ketch, and the look and powers were upgraded to fit readers’ perceived taste for more “extreme” heroes. Ghost Rider now sported shoulder spikes, a fiery chain and a futuristic-looking motorcycle. He also gained a new power, the Penance Stare, through which he could cause sinners to experience all of the pain and suffering that their crimes had inflicted. Johnny Blaze soon returned to the series in a supporting role, but this volume of Ghost Rider was cancelled with issue #93 (February 1998) due to poor reviews and the changing tastes of comics readers. Blaze became Ghost Rider once again in a 2001 miniseries, and a continued in a third ongoing series, launched in 2006 as a lead-up to the film.
Although the early-’90s were likely the most popular time for the character, and discussions of a film adaptation date back as far as 1992, it never truly broke out as a character. As a result, however, the filmmakers of Ghost Rider may have felt free to cherry-pick elements from Daniel Ketch, Johnny Blaze and even the Phantom Rider for their interpretation of the character. Unfortunately, this freedom did not translate into a film with any passion or energy. In fact, Ghost Rider may be the dullest entry up to this point in the Marvel Canon.
The film opens with a cheesy, abstract prologue featuring a Phantom Rider-esque version of Ghost Rider being ordered by Mephistopheles (played by a sleepwalking Peter Fonda) to retrieve the film’s MacGuffin: the Contract of San Venganza, a list of a thousand human souls that can be used to take over the world. The Rider refuses to hand it over, and races away from Mephistopheles.
Many years later, Johnny Blaze (Matt Long) is a teenaged stunt motorcyclist in the circus alongside his father. Writer/Director Mark Steven Johnson heavily cribs from his earlier Marvel film, Daredevil (2003), in these scenes. Both films feature an absent mother and a gruff loveable father (here portrayed by Brett Cullen) pushing his son to be better, while keeping his own secrets. In both films the son arrives home to find his father passed out amidst cigarette butts and empty booze bottles littering the place, in spite of this, he longs to follow in his father’s footsteps. And, of course, it all ends in tragedy. In Ghost Rider , Blaze Sr.’s secret is that he is dying of an incurable cancer. Johnny is approached by Mephistopheles, who offers to cure Johnny’s father in exchange for Johnny’s soul. Of course, after Johnny agrees, his father is cured only long enough to die in his next stunt show. The move is particularly devilish and predictable, but that doesn’t make it any less mean-spirited. Johnny chooses to cut all personal ties, including abandoning his childhood love Roxanne (Raquel Alessi), and await his inevitable servitude.
With the backstory complete, the film jumps to the present day to meet the adult version of Johnny Blaze, portrayed by Nicholas Cage. Cage is a longtime, well-documented comic book fanatic, having taken his stage name from the Marvel Comics character Luke Cage to avoid the appearance of nepotism from his famous uncle, Francis Ford Coppola. Cage came close to playing Superman in the aborted Tim Burton film Superman Lives in the late-’90s, so it was nice to see him finally achieve his dream of starring in a superhero film. Sadly, Cage doesn’t seem too outwardly excited in his fairly lethargic performance. He does at least imbue Blaze with a hint of nervous energy, and the filmmakers made an interesting choice to present him as a man who regrets making an enormous mistake in his youth, and chooses to test his boundaries and with increasingly outlandish stunt jumps on his motorcycle. But the burden of Blaze’s curse never truly comes across from Cage’s performance. He exhibits some charm, however, when Roxanne re-enters his life. Roxanne, portrayed by Eva Mendes, is a journalist covering one of Johnny’s jumps, and he takes her reappearance as a sign that he may not be doomed after all.
But, of course, he is very doomed. The main villain of the story, Blackheart (Wes Bentley), son of Mephistopheles, emerges on Earth, intent on acquiring the Contract of San Venganza and overthrowing his father. He is joined by three elemental demons, and the movie takes a turn for the terrible. Up to this point, Ghost Rider is a benign, slow-moving film with a hint of cheesiness. Blackheart and his gang are easily the worst part of the story, and their emergence causes it to nosedive. The hint of cheesiness earlier in the film were bits such as flashes of a demonic visage morphed onto Fonda’s face, or a lightning strike changing Johnny’s reflection in a bus window to a skull. The demons, however, feel like they are straight out of a less-than-average television fantasy show, complete with subpar visual effects to depict their powers. Their introduction is full of these horrible effects, choppy editing and annoying vocal effects. Not to mention some of the worst, most clichéd villain dialogue ever.
Blackheart appears randomly in a desert, finds a nearby bar, and massacres everyone inside for no good reason. A lack of strong villain motivation is the hallmark of the most terrible blockbusters and, thankfully, many superhero films have made strides to move past the villains that are evil for the sake of being evil. I suppose it’s technically appropriate for a being from Hell to have no motivation beyond chaos and evil, but it makes for a deathly boring character. Bentley, so promising in his breakout performance in American Beauty (Mendes, 1999), gives such a flat, uninteresting performance here. Several years later, Bentley spoke very openly about his decade-long struggle with drug addiction and his tendency to take roles only to earn money to buy drugs. The production of Ghost Rider , sadly, falls right into that difficult period for him. It’s clear he is not giving it his all. It’s a shame that Fonda and Bentley are so subdued, as characters like Blackheart and Mephistopheles cry out for big, flamboyant performances. When done well enough, these types of performances can buoy the rest of the film, or at least make the film more fun. Sadly, the lack of strong, charismatic villains contributes to the low-energy of Ghost Rider overall.
Blackheart’s associates also make almost no impact beyond their cheesy fantasy trappings. They are introduced primarily by their one-note elemental powers, earth, wind and water, and are later trotted out one at a time for Ghost Rider to defeat. In between those encounters with Ghost Rider, the villains seem to putter around the world, with no tangible drive or motivation.
With Blackheart posing a threat, however lackadaisical, Mephistopheles finally calls up his debt from Johnny, changing him into the Ghost Rider to protect his position. This establishes a very interesting moral quandary, with Johnny being used as a tool to protect one evil villain from, arguably, an even worse evil villain. The film seems to have no interest in exploring the inherent complexity in the situation, however, as the Ghost Rider mostly does what Mephistopheles wants, while Mephistopheles disappears until the end of the film. Johnson seems to take some pleasure in slowly evolving the character into its fullest expression. Ghost Rider gradually acquires the character trademarks: his chain, his transformed motorcycle, the Penance Stare, and the shoulder spikes. Unfortunately, the nature of Ghost Rider himself remains frustratingly undefined.
Blaze lived for 20 years in fear after selling his soul to the devil, and yet he never actually became Ghost Rider in all of that time. So, he knows he is in trouble, but has no idea what the nature of his curse is. Of course the audience knows he will eventually turning into Ghost Rider, but Johnny not knowing saps his motivation. His fear and regret seems superficial when there has been no sign of trouble for decades. When he finally becomes Ghost Rider (in the only, truly “Nicholas Cage” moment of the film), Johnny Blaze seems to be taken over by the demon, and Johnny no longer seems in control. Ghost Rider and Johnny, thus, feel like two distinct characters. It’s difficult for audiences to know whether to root for Ghost Rider, a demon carrying out the devil’s will, or root for Johnny to be rid of the curse. Also, after a single outing as Ghost Rider, Johnny does a bit of research and immediately manages to control and summon his alter-ego. From nothing for 20 years to total mastery of his curse after one-night strains credulity even in a film about a flaming-head motorcycle demon.
Cage does very little to sell the anguish of the curse catching up to him. He seems to gain full acceptance of his fate at the same time he masters his powers. Johnny receives some help from a cemetery caretaker (Sam Elliott) who is revealed to be the still-alive Western Ghost Rider from the prologue. The caretaker seems to have retained his Ghost Rider powers, but not used them in the century or more that he has hidden from Mephistopheles. The rules of the Ghost Rider curse are inconsistent and not well thought out. When filmmakers seem to care so little about their world-building, it’s difficult to care about the film.
Furthermore, Blackheart seems to have as little understanding of Ghost Rider’s abilities as everyone else in the film, which is odd, considering Ghost Rider is his father’s chief mercenary. Blackheart seems amazed/confused by Ghost Rider’s abilities in their first confrontation. Then, he sends his associates after Johnny one at a time. Each of these confrontations play out identically: Ghost Rider is attacked, he’s initially thrown off balance, then he quickly recovers to use his powers in a newfound, ingenious way to quickly dispatch the demon. The fights are all slowly-paced and lackluster, with absolutely zero weight or suspense. There’s never a doubt that Ghost Rider will emerge victorious. The fact that it always involves a heretofore unseen ability each time seems like a lazy cop-out.
So, what should be the most exhilarating moments of the film, Ghost Rider’s scenes, are constantly undercut by the fact that no characters in the film, nor filmmakers behind the camera, seem to have a clear concept of who Ghost Rider is or what he is capable of. There at least needs to be a consistent internal logic to these concepts, and it seems completely absent from Ghost Rider .
Finally, Blackheart personally captures Roxanne to lure Johnny to San Venganza with the contract. The caretaker immediately decides to give the contract he has hidden for over a century to Johnny (a man he just met) then disappears to (I suppose) heaven. Why does he trust Blaze so readily? None of it holds much weight, nor does it seem to matter.
Before discussing the climax, it’s worth examining Roxanne: the quintessential thankless female love interest role. Although Eva Mendes tries her best, the character checks so many toxic, one-dimensional boxes that her efforts are hopeless. Roxanne is a smart, focused career woman? Check. She loses all skill and professionalism when faced with the male protagonist? Check. She wants to support him (check) and has totally moved on emotionally (check), but not-so-secretly wants to be with him (check). She’s the only one who can get through to him, the only one he can tell his secret to, and that puts her in mortal danger simply to motivate him. In the end, she loves him so much, even enough to let him go. Does Roxanne have her own internal life/goals/desires? No, she does not. Does she have any definition beyond Johnny Blaze? Of course not. In the film’s most painfully unenlightened scene, Roxanne gets increasingly drunk at a restaurant waiting for Johnny, not knowing that he is transforming into Ghost Rider for the first time. Her “hilarious” emotional crumbling culminates when she grabs the waiter and asks, “You think I’m pretty, don’t you?” It’s awful. Roxanne has no life outside of Johnny, apparently, and bases her entire self-worth on her looks. In other words, to some male filmmakers, she is the ideal woman. In the commentary, Johnson states that he wrote Roxanne to be the audience surrogate, which clearly demonstrates how much disdain he has for the audience.
Perhaps worst of all is the ages of the actors portraying the roles. As teens, Johnny and Roxanne are portrayed as only a couple of years apart and, in fact, the younger actors are only three years apart in age. Fast-forward to the present day and 41-year-old Nicholas Cage romances 31-year-old Eva Mendes. Because, of course, a 40-something actor cannot have a 40-something actress as a love interest. And so, Ghost Rider does excel in one area: old-school Hollywood misogyny.
In the film’s finalé, Blackheart absorbs the thousand souls of San Venganza, then fights Ghost Rider. Absorbing the souls somehow makes him susceptible to the Penance Stare, however, and once again Ghost Rider easily defeats a villain with his endless supply of powers. Just then, Mephistopheles appears to congratulate Johnny, and offers to return his soul, allowing Johnny and Roxanne to be together. But no, who cares about Roxanne? Johnny declares he will remain the Ghost Rider in order to fight Mephistopheles. This threat seems incredibly hollow and short-sighted. Johnny has spent his entire two-day career as Ghost Rider following Mephistopheles’ will. Does he even know if he can disobey? If he does disobey, couldn’t Mephistopheles simply remove the powers? It would make sense that Mephistopheles would have a fail-safe, seeing as he created the Ghost Rider and gave Johnny the powers. The dull thud that you hear is the ending of Ghost Rider .
Ghost Rider is an unabashedly cheesy B-movie, complete with over-the-top music cues, poor visual effects, choppy editing, and showy camera moves. But it’s also an incredible bore. For a film about a motorcycle demon, it seems to have no engine or energy. Nothing seems to be urgently driving the plot, things just seem to happen in their own time. Writer/director Mark Steven Johnson states in the commentary that he intended the demon effects to be cheesy to really sell the B-movie trappings, but there’s no joy to be found in the presentation. He seems to have stripped down the Ghost Rider concept to its most generic incarnation, perhaps to appeal to mass audiences. He also continuously points out in the commentary places where he inserted moments of levity to temper the darker, more unsettling elements of the character. After researching his experience making Daredevil , where his dark R-rated original film was butchered to hew closer to the Spider-Man model, it’s not surprising that he lost his nerve with Ghost Rider . Rather than let a supernatural, horror-tinged character lead the story, Johnson made a film so devoid of character and energy that it has been forgotten by most audiences, and thankfully so.
Despite its many flaws, however, Ghost Rider made over $115 million in North America and nearly $230 million worldwide. As a result, it managed to score a sequel, Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor’s Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2011), which is something that Daredevil, Hulk, The Punisher and Elektra had all failed to do in the years before. This once again demonstrated that even a C-list Marvel character could find success on film under the right conditions. If only it had been a better film.
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Ghost rider: what's the biggest vehicle to replace the hellcycle.
Ghost Rider is known for his iconic flaming motorcycle, the Hellcycle, but it's far from the biggest or most powerful vehicle he's used.
Ghost Rider is a truly powerful figure in Marvel comics, with Robbie Reyes even taking a place on the roster of Earth's mightiest heroes in Jason Aaron's run on The Avengers. The Spirit of Vengeance is an almost godlike power, but another huge part of what makes Ghost Rider so badass - other than the flaming chains and penance stare - is his ability to imbue objects and vehicles with supernatural power.
The most famous of these vehicles is Johnny Blaze’s hellfire-wreathed Hellcycle, but with so many millennia under its belt and the Ghost Rider’s propensity to work with a mount, the Spirit of Vengeance has claimed far larger vehicles as its own. But exactly how big can they get? To find out, let’s dive into the comics.
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The newest incarnation of the Ghost Rider, Robbie Reyes, created by Felipe Smith and Tradd Moore, first appeared in All-New Ghost Rider #1 in 2014 and made a real splash in comics with his signature Dodge Charger RT nicknamed the “Hellcharger.” Though it doesn’t cut the same kind of silhouette as Blaze’s two-wheeled chopper, it certainly is a beast and one with room for passengers, a change that has served the Avengers well. While cruising around outer space in his Hellcharger - yes it can do that - in Jason Aaron and Ed McGuiness’ The Avengers #28 , Ghost Rider crosses paths with a hostile Silver Surfer. After a brief confrontation, Reyes steals the Silver Surfer’s board for a quick ride. Though this may not be the biggest in size , it sure packs a lot of power cosmic even before the Spirit of Vengeance gets involved.
In the first issue of the Avengers/Fantastic Four crossover event Empyre , written by Al Ewing and illustrated by Valerio Schiti, Reyes leaves behind wheeled vehicles altogether and opts to take to the sky in the Avengers’ Quinjet . The ship gets a pretty rad, but unfortunately short-lived, Ghost Rider upgrade, but again it's not large enough to take the top spot. Earlier, in Ghost Rider #33 , readers get a different taste of the Spirit of Vengeance from writer Jason Aaron, this time joined by artist Tony Moore. In this issue, readers are presented with a kind of madcap historical montage of Ghost Riders in biplanes shooting down the German Luftwaffe in WWI, cruising around hell-powered Sherman tanks in WWII, and even a “Hell-Driver” plowing down demonic sheriffs in a big “Devil Rig” truck. Equal parts ridiculous and wicked was the prehistoric Ghost Rider’s hell-infused mammoth mount. First appearing in Marvel Legacy #1 , by Jason Aaron and Esad Ribic (among others), and then again in Aaron’s Avengers run, the Stone-Age Ghost Rider makes the most of an era without combustion engines and rides a woolly mammoth into battle.
The biggest yet, however - and definitely a feat that will be hard to top, even for a Ghost Rider as powerful as Robbie Reyes - happens in Avengers #5 by Jason Aaron, Paco Medina, and Ed McGuiness. The Avengers are facing a host of rogue Celestials that have come to Earth to destroy it. To match the enormous threat, Iron Man brings to bear his Jaeger-sized “God Killer” armor and Ghost Rider takes over the body of a dead Celestial . What’s more remarkable here is that the enormous size of the celestial doesn’t strain Ghost Rider’s powers. In fact, Reyes appears reinvigorated by the new vehicle, and asks himself, “Just exactly how strong am I?” A question readers would certainly like an answer to in the not too distant future. Jason Aaron has a real love for the character that’s inspired him to push the boundaries of what’s possible for Marvel’s Ghost Rider past what any prior writer imagined, and the Celestial mount is definitely the most impressive yet - though it's also likely to inspire even more impressive feats from Marvel's Ghost Rider .
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- When motorcycle rider Johnny Blaze sells his soul to the Devil to save his father's life, he is transformed into the Ghost Rider, the Devil's own bounty hunter, and is sent to hunt down sinners.
- When the motorcyclist Johnny Blaze finds that his father Barton Blaze has terminal cancer, he accepts a pact with Mephistopheles, giving his soul for the health of his beloved father. But the devil deceives him, and Barton dies in a motorcycle accident during an exhibition. Johnny leaves the carnival, his town, his friends, and his girlfriend Roxanne. Many years later, Johnny Blaze becomes a famous motorcyclist, who risks his life in his shows, and he meets Roxanne again, now a television reporter. However, Mephistopheles proposes Johnny to release his contract if he become the "Ghost Rider" and defeat his evil son Blackheart, who wants to possess one thousand evil souls and transform hell on Earth. — Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- This is the story of Johnny Blaze, who was only a teen-aged stunt biker when he sold his soul to the devil known as Mephistopheles. Many years later, Johhny is a world-renowned daredevil by day, but at night, he becomes the devil's legendary bounty hunter called the Ghost Rider. He is charged with finding evil souls on Earth and bringing them back to hell. But when a twist of fate brings Johnny's long-lost love Roxanne back into his life, Johnny realizes he just might have a second chance at happiness if he can beat the devil Blackheart and win back his soul. To do so, he'll have to defeat his nemesis and wayward son, Blackheart, whose plot to take over his father's realm will bring hell on Earth unless Ghost Rider can stop him before it's too late. — ahmetkozan
- In 1986, the then innocent, seventeen-year-old motorcycle stuntman, Johnny Blaze, struck a bargain with the demon Mephistopheles to spare his father from certain death. Two decades later, the past comes back to haunt Johnny, now a famous daredevil, when the evil entity returns bearing dark gifts in exchange for a favour: to hunt down Mephisto's son, Blackheart, and if Blaze succeeds, he can have his precious soul back. As Johnny becomes the Devil's feared left hand, riding a fiery motorcycle, the legendary Spirit of Vengeance emerges. Now, with his flesh consumed by hellfire when around evil, all sinners will have to pay in blood. Is there an escape from the supernatural, leather-clad anti-hero from Hell? — Nick Riganas
- In order to save his dying father, young stunt cyclist Johnny Blaze sells his soul to Mephistopheles and sadly parts from the pure-hearted Roxanne Simpson, the love of his life. Many years later, Johnny's path crosses again with Roxanne, now a reporter, and also with Mephistopheles, who offers to release Johnny's soul if Johnny becomes the fabled, fiery Ghost Rider, a supernatural agent of vengeance and justice. Mephistopheles charges Johnny with defeating the despicable Blackheart, Mephistopheles' nemesis and son, who plans to displace his father and create a new hell even more terrible than the old one. — Kenneth Chisholm
- The movie opens with the voice of the Caretaker ( Sam Elliott ) relating the legend of the Ghost Rider - a damned soul condemned to walk the earth and obey the Devil's orders. The Ghost Rider had been sent to collect a parchment known as the Contract of San Venganza, which holds the power of 1000 evil souls. The Ghost Rider knew that this Contract was pure evil, so he betrayed his heritage and outran the Devil himself. The action changes to a carnival, where the father-son stunt duo of Barton Blaze ( Brett Cullen ) and his son Johnny ( Matt Long ) are performing on ramps for the crowd. After the show, Barton chastises Johnny for showing off and being extra reckless in an attempt to impress his girlfriend Roxanne Simpson ( Raquel Alessi ). Later that day, Roxanne and Johnny meet under a tree, and Roxanne tells Johnny that her father is sending her away. Johnny decides to pack up and they will run away together. They share a kiss before departing. Johnny goes back to his house to find his father asleep, holding a piece of paper. It is a report from a doctor, and the news is not good- he's been diagnosed with terminal cancer. Crushed, Johnny goes out to work on his motorcycle, when he is approached by Mephistopheles ( Peter Fonda ) who asks if Johnny will perhaps one day ride for him. Mephistopheles mentions Barton's illness and offers to help. Johnny asks what he could give in return, and Mephistopheles says "Your soul." Johnny, thinking the man crazy or sarcastic, responds "OK." Mephistopheles offers Johnny a contract, and Johnny cuts himself when opening it. Mephistopheles accepts this blood drop as an appropriate signature. Johnny wakes up in bed with Barton energetic and cheerful. Barton confesses to Johnny that he had been sick, but now feels "healthy as a horse." Johnny is stunned. Barton attempts a new stunt at the show the next day (jumping through a ring of fire), but he comes up short and crashes. Johnny tearfully watches his father die while Mephistopheles laughs ominously. Johnny sees Roxanne at the hilltop tree but does not join her and rides off into the distance. Mephistopheles approaches Johnny, promising that one day he will come for Johnny's services when needed. We fast-forward to 10 years later. Johnny (now played by Nicolas Cage ) is the most famous daredevil in the world. He is attempting a new stunt at a sold-out stadium, jumping over a row of parked semi-rigs. Johnny clears the targets on the field, but comes up short on the landing, wrecking his bike and sending him crashing into a wall. Johnny's pit crew, led by his best friend Mack ( Donal Logue ) rush to his side and find Johnny dazed but uninjured. The crowd roars with cheers as Johnny gets back up. Later, as Johnny and his crew are on the road, Mack is perplexed, believing that there is no way Johnny should have survived that crash. Mack suggests that maybe Johnny has a guardian angel, and Johnny mildly suggests that "Maybe it's something else" as he looks out the window, and momentarily sees his face turn into a skeleton with a flash of lightning. Mack and the crew watch a TV advertisement for Johnny's next stunt, taking place in his old hometown. Johnny will be attempting to clear an entire football field (300 feet), jumping over 50 cars in the process. Meanwhile, another strange figure in black, Blackheart, ( Wes Bentley ) arrives at a Hell's Angels club out in the desert. He proceeds to kill nearly all of the members with a single touch. Mack and Johnny arrive at Johnny's apartment, where Mack tries to talk Johnny out of doing this new stunt because it seems too risky. Mack is worried because Johnny is becoming increasingly reckless while delving into strange interests (Johnny's apartment has a lot of strange books about the occult). Johnny responds that he is merely looking for "a sign and a second chance." Back at the Hell's Angels bar, Blackheart is approached by 3 elemental spirits; Gressil (earth)( Laurence Breuls ), Wallow (water)( Daniel Frederiksen ) and Abigor (wind)( Mathew Wilkinson ) and recruits their help in finding the Contract of San Venganza. The spirits agree even though they are afraid of Mephistopheles (a name that angers Blackheart). Johnny is getting ready for his new stunt when he is approached by a reporter for an interview. To his shock, it is his old girlfriend Roxanne (now played by Eva Mendes ). Johnny is so stunned by her arrival that he cannot answer any of her interview questions. Roxanne breaks off the interview and leaves before Johnny begins his jump. Mack joins Johnny on the ramp, feeling relieved now that Johnny has agreed to take the cars out of the jump. Johnny then reveals that he thought of something else to put in, and the stadium roof opens to allow six Blackhawk helicopters to descend in. Mack is angry about this change and demands to know what prompted such an idea. Johnny explains that his father Barton thought it would be cool. Johnny sets up his bike, though his mind is obviously still focused on Roxanne. Without warning, he throttles up and heads down the ramp. After a few tense seconds, Johnny makes it across with a perfect landing. Johnny waves to the crowd and then speeds off. Roxanne and her news van are riding down the expressway when they are confronted by Johnny. Johnny pulls a few stunts to get the van to stop so he can talk to Roxanne. Roxanne relents, telling Johnny to meet her in the restaurant of her hotel later that evening. A group of motorists angry at the stop of traffic storm over to see what is happening, but when they find out that Johnny Blaze is on the freeway they swarm around asking for autographs. Blackheart and his gang confront Mephistopheles, the man in black who made the contract with Johnny. Mephistopheles warns them about trying to take the contract of San Venganza and threatens them with the Ghost Rider. Blackheart is unafraid. It is revealed through this conversation that Blackheart is Mephistopheles' son. Johnny is preparing for his date with Roxanne when he notices his hands glowing bright red. He washes them only to observe steam rising off his palms. Johnny goes out into the alley to find a brand-new motorcycle revved up and waiting for him. Mephistopheles appears, revealing that he has decided to invoke Johnny's services. Mephistopheles explains that he has been keeping Johnny alive all this time so that this day could come. Mephistopheles compels Johnny to get on the new bike and sends him off after Blackheart, offering to return Johnny's soul if he is successful. Johnny's new bike sets off at such a speed that it burns a trail of fire and destruction through the town. Blackheart and his gang arrive at a train yard where they are confronted by the night watchman ( Peter Callan ). Blackheart is curious, stating that this land was once a cemetery. The watchman explains that the graves were moved by St. Michael's Church, and Blackheart kills him. Johnny arrives and dismounts the bike, thrashing in pain. Fire erupts from his feet and hands, as Johnny roars with a mixture of pain and evil desire. Finally, his head bursts into flame, revealing a skeletal skull. Johnny Blaze has become the new Ghost Rider. Blackheart confronts the Ghost Rider and sends in his elementals to fight. Ghost Rider grabs some chains off a nearby wall to use as weapons but is stopped when Gressil drives a truck into the building. Ghost Rider erupts from behind the truck, lighting one of his chains on fire and ensnaring Gressil. Gressil screams in pain as he is turned to stone and dissolves. Ghost Rider whistles and his motorcycle appears. He touches the gas cap and the motorcycle transforms into a fiery skull-and-chain entity, much like the Ghost Rider himself. He rides through town and spots a young woman ( Rebel Wilson ) being mugged. He grabs the mugger ( Peter Barry ) who stabs him, but the knife merely melts off in Ghost Rider's body. Ghost Rider commands the mugger to "Look into my eyes." The mugger screams in horror as his memories of past crimes come back to haunt him. When this torture is finished, Ghost Rider tosses the mugger aside. Ghost Rider ends his drive through town on the outskirts, obviously growing weaker by the oncoming morning. He arrives in a cemetery and slowly but painfully changes back into Johnny Blaze. Johnny collapses at the headstone of his father, Barton. Roxanne, angry at Johnny for standing her up, reports on the chaos in town. The police find a license plate during the investigation that belongs to one of Johnny Blaze's bikes. Johnny is found by the Caretaker, who offers help. Johnny is skeptical at first, but relents. The Caretaker explains that the Ghost Rider is essentially "the Devil's bounty hunter," who must hunt down anyone escaping from hell. Furthermore, the Ghost Rider only appears at night or in the presence of evil. Johnny remembers what he did to the mugger, and the caretaker explains that that was the Ghost Rider's greatest weapon - the Penance Stare. It makes anyone who feels it experience the pain of every sin they have caused. The Caretaker explains the story of the last Ghost Rider and the town of San Venganza's souls. He also reveals that the spirits following Blackheart are The Hidden -- fallen angels cast out of Heaven. Johnny leaves to take care of some business, which the Caretaker advises against (Blackheart and The Hidden cannot come onto sacred ground such as the cemetery, so Johnny would be safer staying there). Johnny looks at the devastation caused by last night's events. He meets Roxanne, who is very mad at him. Johnny goes back to his apartment and does some research about "fire elements," and is able to display a minor degree of control over his new powers. Roxanne arrives and asks him what has been going on with Johnny. Johnny decides to be honest with her, but Roxanne does not accept his story (selling the soul to the devil and becoming a bounty hunter), thinking he is either lying to keep her away or has gone insane. Johnny walks outside and the police arrest him, thinking him responsible for the previous night's murders. Johnny denies any involvement, and the police throw him in a holding cell. The inmates recognize Johnny and decide to attack him out of revenge for never seeing him fail in his stunt shows. One young inmate stands up for Johnny but he is knocked aside. The remaining inmates jump on Johnny, who effortlessly transforms into Ghost Rider and defeats them all. Ghost Rider steals the lead thug's jacket and gloves, making small spikes emerge from the metal detailing. Ghost Rider proceeds to burn through the cell bars and leaves. He hesitates for a minute in confronting the young inmate who stood up for him, then proclaims the young man to be "Innocent" and walks off. Blackheart is seen at St. Michael's Church, asking the minister about the Contract of San Venganza. The minister denies any knowledge, so Blackheart kills him. Upon learning that the Ghost Rider is active again, Blackheart sends Abigor to deal with him. Ghost Rider reclaims his motorcycle and escapes from police custody. The cops quickly give pursuit, eventually trapping him in a dead-end alley. Ghost Rider merely tilts his motorcycle and proceeds to ride straight up the building! Roxanne, in a building across the block, is packing to leave when she looks out and sees the strange display. Ghost Rider confronts Abigor on the rooftop, but they are ambushed by a police helicopter. Ghost Rider uses his chains to throw the copter away from the roof so they do not interfere. Ghost Rider then attempts to catch Abigor just like he did with Gressil, but Abigor uses his wind powers to escape. This gives Ghost Rider an idea: he ignites a chain and spins it, causing a cyclone that pulls in Abigor. After a few minutes of resistance, the Wind Spirit is destroyed. The police attempt to apprehend Ghost Rider as he comes down from the roof. Ghost Rider attempts to resist until he spots Roxanne in the crowd. The flames on the Ghost Rider's head grow fainter as he approaches Roxanne. The police see this as an advantage and open fire with their weapons. Ghost Rider conjures a wall of flame and escapes, retreating to the cemetery. The Caretaker finishes the story of the Contract of San Venganza by telling Johnny about the previous Ghost Rider - a former Texas Ranger named Carter Slade. Slade became corrupt and made a deal with Mephistopheles to save his life. When Carter Slade saw what was happening at San Venganza, he took the Contract and hid it. The Caretaker puts forth the theory that Carter was buried with it. Roxanne returns to Johnny's apartment where she meets Mack. Mack talks bout how Johnny has had weird interests recently and Roxanne begins to flip through some of Johnny's books. She is now convinced that what Johnny told her was true. Blackheart suddenly appears and kills Mack. Johnny returns to find Mack dead and Blackheart holding Roxanne captive. He transforms into the Ghost Rider and attempts to use the Penance Stare on Blackheart. Blackheart merely laughs, explaining that the Penance Stare will not work on him because he has no soul. Blackheart agrees to free Roxanne if Johnny brings him the Contract at the ruins of San Venganza by morning. Johnny returns to the cemetery, vowing to dig up the entire place if need be. The Caretaker shatters his shovel, revealing a rolled-up parchment in the handle. It is the contract. Johnny decides to take it and have a final fight with Blackheart. The Caretaker relents, thinking that Johnny's circumstances make him unpredictable and he just might have an advantage. The Caretaker whistles, summoning a mysterious horse from the shadows. He climbs on and bursts into flames. The Caretaker reveals that HE is Carter Slade, the previous Ghost Rider. Both Riders head out to San Venganza. Carter escorts Johnny to San Venganza but then collapses. Carter explains that the trip has exhausted the last of his Ghost Rider powers. Carter gives Johnny a shotgun and then rides off into the sunset, ready to face eternity for his actions. Johnny is riding into San Venganza when he is ambushed by Wallow, the last surviving Hidden. Wallow pulls Johnny underwater, trying to drown him. Johnny counters by transforming into the Ghost Rider and super-heating the water, evaporating Wallow. Blackheart appears with Roxanne in custody. He lets Roxanne go as Johnny hands over the contract. Before Blackheart can take the Contract, Johnny transforms into the Ghost Rider and attacks. Blackheart manages to fight off Ghost Rider's attacks and reads the Contract, commanding the spirits within the town to join with him. The spirits emerge and unite with Blackheart, who then proclaims "My name is Legion; for we are many." Roxanne attacks Legion with Carter Slade's shotgun. It wounds him but does little to slow his advance. Johnny catches the shotgun and infuses it with his Ghost Rider powers, turning it into a hell-fire weapon. The blast disintegrates Legion, but he effortlessly begins to reform. Johnny realizes that Legion now has all thousand souls from San Venganza trapped within him, and has made himself vulnerable to the Ghost Rider's greatest weapon. He transforms into the Ghost Rider one last time and traps Legion long enough to use the Penance Stare. Legion screams in agony as the sins of one thousand souls pass through his body. Legion reverts to Blackheart and dies, the Penance Stare having succeeded once again. Mephistopheles arrives and congratulates Johnny on his success. He offers to take back the Ghost Rider powers, but Johnny refuses. He decides to keep the powers and use them against Mephistopheles' evil. He is angry but he cannot take back the power by force, and vows to make Johnny pay. Johnny and Roxanne share an emotional farewell as Johnny vows to head out and go wherever the road takes him.
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Ghost Rider is a 2007 American supernatural superhero film staring Nicolas Cage as Johnny Blaze, a stunt motorcyclist who sells his soul to the Devil and transforms into the vigilante Ghost Rider.
When the motorcyclist Johnny Blaze discovers his father has terminal cancer, he sells his soul in exchange for his father’s health. Blaze is tasked by Mephistopheles (Donal Logue) to destroy the demon, Blackheart (Wes Bentley), before he creates a hell on Earth.
This Panhead Chopper was custom built for the movie and, as the story goes, will transform with Blaze. The design of this bike is based upon the Easy Rider “Captain America” chopper used by Peter Fonda, who portrays Mephistopheles (the Devil) in this film.
The Panhead was a Harley-Davidson motorcycle engine, nicknamed because of the distinct shape of the rocker covers. The engine is a two-cylinder, two-valve-per-cylinder, pushrod V-twin. The engine replaced the Knucklehead engine in 1948 and was manufactured until 1965 when it was replaced by the shovelhead.
As the design of Harley-Davidson engines has evolved through the years, the distinctive shape of the valve covers has allowed Harley enthusiasts to classify an engine simply by looking at the shape of the covers, and the Panhead has covers resembling an upside-down pan.
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Despite its unique appearance, the Ghost Rider bike is not CGI, as some people think. In reality, it is a fiberglass-molded chopper from Australia, and cost $450,000. The movie featured several different versions of the motorcycle. One of them had a giant skull for a headlight, while the other had chains as forks. The movie’s starring actor Nicolas Cage was the lead on the bike. Mephistopholes the Devil, played by Peter Fonda, rode on the other.
Although Levandowski has been profiled numerous times, there are few complete stories of the GhostRider. While it is possible to find some information on his background and the bike’s development, the complete story has been scarcely told. Fortunately, the erstwhile Ghost Rider has made efforts to get it back on the road. He is now over 50 years old, and is a devoted father of two children.
Although the GhostRider is an incredibly popular movie character, he has also used several different types of vehicles, including a snowmobile. In one film, he rode a Suzuki Hayabusa. He also rode a fully carbon-fiber GSX-R1000.
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In the movie “Ghost Rider”, Nicolas Cage used several motorcycles, including a Yamaha V-Max. The bike was one of his signature vehicles and can burst into flames. The movie’s sequel, Ghost Rider 2, has Ghost Rider riding a new model of motorcycle.
Nicolas Cage was the star of the Ghost Rider movie, and his role as Johnny Blaze helped popularize the character. The Ghost Rider motorcycle was modeled after the custom chopper in the Captain America movie, “Easy Ride.” Although it resembles the motorcycles of the 1960s, it has modern parts.
The Ghost Rider movie featured Nicolas Cage as a motorcycle stunt rider who is hired by the Devil to destroy his enemies. The movie starred Nicolas Cage as Johnny Blaze, a stunt motorcyclist who sells his soul to the Devil to save his father’s life. The movie also featured a Panhead chopper that was custom built for the movie. The motorcycle’s bodywork was inspired by the Easy Rider “Captain America” chopper, which was ridden by Peter Fonda.
In 2005, Levandowski and the GhostRider team were invited to the DARPA Grand Challenge for a $2 million prize. The team did not meet the qualifying course, so the team was passed over for the main event.
You might be wondering how much the Ghost Rider bike costs, and the answer is a lot. The movie’s real motorcycle was stolen before it was ever filmed and supposedly destroyed for parts, but was later restored and sold for more than $1 million. The motorcycle was sold to the National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, Iowa.
While Levandowski’s story has been well-documented, the full story of GhostRider remains mysterious. While it was lucky to make it to the finals of the DARPA Grand Challenge, it hasn’t yet made it to the main event. Instead, DARPA went for Stanley, a self-driving Volkswagen Touareg built by a team led by Stanford University’s Sebastian Thrun.
The Ghost Rider bike’s design is incredibly futuristic. The design is inspired by a motorcycle from the past, but it also features futuristic technology. It can travel at high speeds and handle the most difficult terrain. With these features, the Ghost Rider bike is extremely dangerous.
In the movie Ghost Rider, Nicolas Cage rides a motorcycle that is 11 feet long and weighs 500 pounds. The bike is made from a fiberglass and chrome shell that was moulded around a custom chopper from Australia. The film is based on the character of Ghost Rider, a fictional character from American comic books. The character is best known for his ability to ride super-fast and break the laws of physics.
The motorcycle that Nicolas Cage rides in the movie Ghost Rider is called the “Panhead Chopper” and is similar to the Captain America bike in the Easy Rider series. The bike features a huge skull for a headlight and chain forks. The bike was used for a lot of glamour shots, but was also constructed with modern parts.
Nicolas Cage’s performance as Johnny Blaze as a motorcycle-riding vigilante in the Ghost Rider movies is inspired. But it isn’t enough to save this mediocre production. Fortunately, Nicolas Cage carries the film and makes the movie more entertaining than it is disappointing.
The Marvel Comics character Ghost Rider has a reputation for being fast. His powerful vehicle, the hellcharger, has the power to accelerate at breakneck speeds. It also carries the supernatural powers of the Spirit of Vengeance. The Hellcharger was first revealed in the Avengers #50 issue, where Ghost Rider’s encounter with Deathlok revealed that the hellcharger can accelerate faster than anything in the Multiverse. This means that Ghost Rider is the fastest super hero in the Marvel Universe.
The speed of Ghost Rider is more powerful than that of the Flash, but the speed of the Flash is unmatchable. His superspeed trumps all other powers, leaving him no room to lose. While human control Ghost Rider can be knocked out by mid-tiers, the Spirit-control Ghost Rider is capable of instant reforming his body and head via hellfire. This allows him to withstand the most powerful attacks of Thor and Hulk.
The Speed Demon is a mix of The Flash and Marvel’s Ghost Rider. In the “Amalgam” universe, a group of superheroes from both publishers was merged into one character. This created the Speed Demon, an extreme version of Ghost Rider. He also has a flaming skull and can breathe hellfire.
The Ghost Rider is one of the most powerful superheroes in the DC universe, and he is also the fastest one. His abilities include speed, the ability to run through dimensions and time, and the ability to regenerate limbs. This makes him far faster than the Flash, who doesn’t have all of these features, nor does he possess any type of healing ability. As a result, Flash can’t do much damage to the Ghost Rider.
The Ghost Rider can heal himself in an instant, and he has the ability to regenerate any part of his body. He has the ability to do so with minimal pain. Similarly, his car is faster than the Flash’s. His speed and agility will make him a formidable opponent in any universe.
The Hellcharger is a car that can enter different universes and allows the Ghost Rider to get to anywhere he needs to go. Although it isn’t suitable for small spaces, this car is powerful enough to make the Ghost Rider a dangerous foe. He can also use it to fight evil or protect the innocent.
The Ghost Riders Bike is a custom-built hoverbike. It was designed to obey the mental commands of its pilot, the Ghost Rider. As a result, the Ghost Bike cannot be destroyed. But it can be reformed. But how can a bike be destroyed?
The Ghost Bike is a magical creation. It can move faster than any other vehicle, and it can perform impossible feats. The bike can cross water, jump across great distances, and travel vertically. The Ghost Rider is also almost indestructible, which makes it difficult to injure him. Bullets don’t hurt him, and the bike itself is impossible to destroy.
The Ghost Bike is made to look like a ghost. Its visor is white. The bike is made of white materials and is painted in the Ghost Riders’ signature color. It is a popular design, and the Ghost Riders have a large number of ghost-style bikes in the city. They are a great way to attract attention and create a sense of community.
The character of Ghost Rider is one of the most popular superheroes in Marvel comics. His abilities are mysterious and nebulous. Some believe that he can lift up to five tons and make himself invulnerable to physical attacks. Regardless, the most important question to ask is: how strong is Ghost Rider?
The answer depends on the character and the situation. Ghost Riders are supernatural beings with powerful powers. They have the power to conjure up vehicles out of thin air. They have supernatural strength, including the ability to infuse motorcycles with hellfire. In addition, Johnny Blaze has a special ability to transform himself into a ghost with the use of his willpower.
Ghost Rider is up there with Thor and Doctor Strange in terms of power. He has comparable strength and durability to the top guys, but his endurance is better. His Hellfire ability is one of the most impressive. In one famous fight, he destroyed half of LA with a plutonium bomb and a Neutron star. It’s hard to beat that kind of power.
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Ghost Panther Unleashed - Marvel's Ghost Rider/Black Panther Fusion Returns in MCU-Worthy Redesign
Posted: January 1, 2024 | Last updated: January 2, 2024
- In epic art shared to Instagram by bosslogic, the Ghost Panther is unleashed.
- Ghost Panther combines the histories and souls of T'Challa and Johnny Blaze, hunting down the souls of the wicked.
- Ghost Panther is a hero of the Warpworld reality, existing as canon within the Marvel multiverse.
Marvel loves combining its iconic heroes to create new characters, and Ghost Rider and Black Panther 's combined form is one of the best - the Ghost Panther! Now, new art of this fiery force of vengeance shows that far from remaining in the comics, the Ghost Panther needs to be unleashed on the MCU as a hero from its vast multiverse.
In epic art shared to Instagram by bosslogic , the Ghost Panther is unleashed, as this former stunt driver puts a skeletal spin on Black Panther's Vibranium panther habit.
Introduced as part of the Infinity Wars event, Ghost Panther combines the souls of T'Challa and Johnny Blaze , as well as living a merged version of their histories. The Ghost Panther hunts the souls of the wicked while riding a gigantic, flaming panther.
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The ghost panther is marvel's best 'infinity warps' hero, ghost panther exists in his own, separate reality.
During the Infinity Wars event, Gamora used the Infinity Stones to create a new reality known as Warp World - one based on Earth-616, but with half as many people. Gamora accomplished this by combining the histories and souls of two people for every one, creating some surprising 'fusions' of well-known characters. Gerry Duggan and Humberto Ramos' Ghost Panther is the result of Johnny Blaze and T'Challa's histories becoming tangled to create a new character - an exiled prince of Wakanda who was killed while working as a stunt rider in America, then resurrected by the demonic Zarathos as a Spirit of Vengeance.
Further adventures have built out Ghost Panther's world and lore, and even continued to combine him with other heroes - first creating the Ghost Hammer (Black Panther/Ghost Rider combined with Thor/Iron Man) and finally the Hammer Supreme (Ghost Hammer combined with Spider-Man, Moon Knight, Captain America and Doctor Strange.) Now a unique hero in Marvel's vast multiverse, the Ghost Panther has the best aspects of Black Panther and Ghost Rider's lore and costumes, but with his own enemies and allies, including the time-traveling villain Erik Killraven and the armored hero Pantherheart.
Bosslogic's stunning art takes the character back to basics, depicting the classic Black Panther costume bursting into eldritch flames. Fans speculate on the post that the hero would make for an ideal WHAT IF? episode, however Ghost Panther isn't a variant of Black Panther or Ghost Rider - he's a new person created from their experiences. While he started life in an unusual way, Ghost Panther is an official 'original' hero within the Marvel multiverse, meaning fans may get to see this epic Black Panther / Ghost Rider fusion as the movies dive into Marvel's many alternate realities.
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How to get the ghost strike tarsyu flower.
In the northern part of the Outer Plains is the Tarsyu Flower for the Ghost Strike ability, which increases your damage by +30% while you're in Stealth. While its marker is on top of a rock formation called First Zakru. But how to actually GET to it isn't obvious. On this page of our Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora guide, we'll help you find the Ghost Strike Tarsyu Flower!
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The Ghost Strike Tarsyu Flower is found in Mother of Rivers, the region in the Northern area of the Upper Plains. It's found inside a large rock formation in a lake called First Zakru, but you cannot get there until you unlock the use of your Ikran in the Upper Plains by progressing the " Hunters Hunted " Main Quest.
First, from the crater on the top of First Zakru, look east-southeast and spot an orange kite floating in the wind. Head towards it.
Continue past the kite and down the cliff to the level below. Once you get to the bottom, turn around to spot a cave entrance (there should be an Ikran painting on the wall to the left of the entrance).
Head inside the cave, then enter the pool and swim through the underwater tunnel. When you emerge on the other side, the Tarsyu Flower is visible ahead behind the stalags, but you can't get to it from here.
Instead, head right to find a room lit by purple Coiling Sunshine plants, with a pool of water in the middle. On the opposite side of the room is a low tunnel entrance lit by the light of yellow plants.
Start your way to it by jumping across the gap to your left, then jumping across to the platforms in the middle of the pool, and then over to the low yellow tunnel. If you fall into the pool, you'll have to swim back to the entrance of this room.
Crawl through the low tunnel, drown down into the water on your left, then turn right. When you get to the two Coiling Sunshine plants, turn right to spot a low gap in the wall that you can crawl through.
On the other side, climb up the slope on your left to get to some upper ledges, then turn right and jump across the gap. If you head right you can get to a green area with a Tarsyu Sapling, while going left will take you to the Tarsyu Flower!
Jump across the last few gaps to make it to the flower. You can then leave by touching the pink Rib Plant to the right of the flower. Well done!
The skill the Flower gives you is Ghost Strike, which increases your Stealth Damage by +30%.
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