Mark Steven Johnson, the American screenwriter, filmmaker, who directed the Ghost Rider film, starring Nicolas Cage as Johnny Blaze also known as Ghost Rider, Eva Mendes, Wes Bentley, Sam Elliott, Donal Logue, Matt Long, and Peter Fonda, says that he if he got the opportunity to work once again with Marvel in a superhero film "it would be a comedic one."
"It's been a wild career. I've had a blast. But I am back doing what I love and that's comedy. I started out writing the Grumpy Old Men movies and that's what I love to do," the Ghost Rider helmer says. I'm doing my second comedy for Netflix right now in Verona, Italy, and having the time of my life," he said while speaking with ComicBook.com during the Hellfire and Brimstone: A Celebration of Marvel's Ghost Rider.
Johnson further went on to reveal that if he ever got the opportunity in the future to work with Marvel Studios. "If I did another Marvel movie it would be a comedic one. I just love the Guardians of the Galaxy movies, They are the perfect blend of comedy and action and heart. I would love to make something like that. Most of all I'm just excited to see what Kevin and the gang come up with next. I'm still the same fanboy I was at six years old."
Johnson recalled his experience while working with the Marvel President Kevin Feige. "Kevin was always brilliant. Kind but supremely confident, His knowledge about this world is second to none. I'm really happy for him. It's just been a meteoric success," he recalls.
The 56-year-old Johnson during the discussion also talked about the fact that how the film's leading star Nicolas Cage was cast in the role of Ghost Rider. "Nic was always the choice for Ghost Rider, he has such a love for this character. There was never a talk around anyone else playing Johnny Blaze."
Johnson adds, "In my first pass at the script the villain was Scarecrow, I always loved the Marvel version of Scarecrow and thought he would have made a really cool and sinister adversary for Ghost Rider. But the studio was afraid it would get confused with the DC Scarecrow and so we ended up with Blackheart."
The filmmaker further admits the film's version of Blackheart fell short of what they imagined. "That was a tough character to crack. The Son of the Devil. Wes Bentley did a great job. As did Peter Fonda as Mephisto," the Daredevil director concludes by saying that "he never got the story" of the film in a right way. "But I never got the story right. A hero is only as good as his villain. And we never quite got the villain and the villain agenda down."
While the director is currently busy making comedy films with the media streaming giant Netflix, the fans and followers can watch both his superhero films Ben Affleck's Daredevil and 2007's Ghost Rider on Warner Bros. over-the-top video service platform HBO Max.