Monday, September 26, 2016

Netflix Greenlights Marvel’s Ghost Rider, Blade?

Netflix Greenlights Marvel’s Ghost Rider, Blade?

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Netflix is expanding the Marvel Television Universe by bringing new characters to the screen. The successful and critically-acclaimed Daredevil started the trend. Netflix deployed another hit in the form of Jessica Jones, and now Luke Cage, Iron Fist, The Punisher, and Marvel’s The Defenders are coming up. But Netflix is looking at heroes outside of Hell Kitchen’s city limits, and the potential candidates are Ghost Rider, Blade, and Moon Knight.

Sources reveal that Blade, Ghost Rider, and Moon Knight are being tabled to join Netflix’s Marvel lineup. According to Movie Creed Live, the company is close to hitting the green light for the show and selecting possible showrunners.

Netflix has not verified these rumours, so it may be best to take them with a grain of salt for now. But if these stories are indeed given the Netflix treatment, it might be their point of redemption.

With the exception of Moon Knight, both Blade and Ghost Rider were previously picked up for movie adaptations. Blade went on to appear in a trilogy headlined by Wesley Snipes. The vampire hunter, however, did not garner rave reviews from critics and viewers.

The two Ghost Rider films top billed by Nicholas Cage also didn’t sit well with fans. Movie review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes gave the first film a 26 percent rating while the sequel had a 17 percent.

The Daredevil TV series far exceeds the 2003 Daredevil movie starred by incumbent Batman Ben Affleck. Daredevil Season 1, with Charlie Cox playing the charming Matt Murdock, saw a 98 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

But how might Blade, Ghost Rider, and Moon Knight be introduced the Netflix’s Marvel compendium? According to Movie Pilot, it is possible for Ghost Rider to make an appearance in Marvel’s The Punisher. After a well-received performance in Daredevil Season 2, Jon Bernthal will reprise his role as the vengeance-driven anti-hero in his own Netflix series. Since both Ghost Rider and The Punisher are known for their form of violent justice, it is likely that Johnny Blaze would hang out in The Punisher for a while before resurrecting as Ghost Rider.

The same could be said about Moon Knight. His alter-ego is known millionaire Steven Grant, giving him a similar background story with Iron Fist. He could chance upon an encounter with rich kid Danny Rand in his upcoming series.

Perhaps the most difficult character to introduce would be Blade. For now, there are no vampires in Netflix’s Marvel Television Universe. It would be unrealistic for vampires to just pop out in Daredevil and Jessica Jones all of a sudden. It is easier, however, to introduce this supernatural world in Marvel’s The Defenders where the heroes are expected to tackle a threat bigger than corrupt governments, mafias or obsessed ex-lovers.