Is Norman Reedus a part of Marvel Cinematic Universe?
by Ana Walia | Wed, 29 Dec 2021 21:33:11 GMT
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Norman Reedus, who is famous for his role as Daryl Dixon in "The Walking Dead", has sent his fans and followers into speculation about whether he is going to be a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe or not.

There have been rumors that have recently made their way back in the social media as the news of Ghost Rider making its way into the Marvel Cinematic Universe was speculated. The one name that has been a constant pick for the character is Norman Reedus. The rumor or pick of the actor for playing Johnny Blaze comes after Norman’s experience and portrayal of tough loner Daryl Dixon on The Walking Dead for the past decade and his real-life penchant for motorcycles.

The actor has also been open about playing Johnny Blaze in Ghost Rider, and the actor has been liking various tweets about his potential casting as Johnny Blaze. Nothing is confirmed as of now, and liking of the social media post could just be a way of the actor directing the makers' minds towards casting him as the new Ghost Rider.

Norman Reedus told Comic Book in July, "The Ghost Rider conversation has been coming up for years, and yeah, tell them to put me in it. I want to play Ghost Rider. That would be great. So, I don't know, call somebody, make that happen. I want to do it. I want a fire skull. I want my face to turn into a fire skull and whip a chain around. That would be great. I now have 12 [motorcycles]. I'd just pick one. I'll do it, yeah. "

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Recently, artist Mizuri’s art that came out last year was re-shared on social media. Mizuri's artwork is inspired by Norman Reedus’ desire to play Ghost Rider, and the artwork instantly gained a lot of attention from the audience and went viral on the internet, where a lot of fans commented and shared the artwork, stating that there is no one else who can play Johnny Blaze more brilliantly than Norman Reedus. The Walking Dead showrunner Angela Kang also recently voiced her support for the actor playing Ghost Rider.

In the artwork by Mizuri, Norman Reedus is transformed into the fiery Marvel hero, complete with his flaming skull and leather jacket. The art truly looks like a piece of promotional art for an already in-the-works Marvel project and makes a strong argument for how incredible Norman Reedus could be in the role if given the chance. A fan commented, "It can't be said enough. Norman Reedus would be the perfect actor to play Ghost Rider. Please, @MarvelStudios, make him a part of the MCU."

Till now, there have been only two actors who have played Johnny Blaze on-screen Nicolas Cage in films that came out in 2007, Ghost Rider, and in 2012, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. The rights to Ghost Rider are now back with Marvel Studios, and the audience is expecting a recasting of the lead actor. In a different version of Ghost Rider, Gabriel Luna played the Hispanic character, Robbie Reyes, in a brief stint on "Agents of SHIELD".

Nicolas Cage has played Ghost Rider in 2007, Ghost Rider, and in 2012, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. Image Source: Bloody Disgusting

Gabriel Luna also expressed interest in reprising his role, only if the story was right. He said while talking to the ComicBook at that time, “I try to stay in the moment. This is interesting, in talking to you, it’s the first time I’ve done some recollection of the experience. You never say no. You always say that it comes down to the story. If it’s a great story and it makes sense and if I still feel the way I felt when I was reading for Jed and Moe that first day with Sarah Finn, it was a few years back, if I still feel it’s just like breathing, that’s what I felt with the character previously, then absolutely. That's what I loved about Felipe [Smith]'s writing was just the soulful nature of Robbie as this intelligent young man. His responsibility, his paternal nature, all these really beautiful qualities that he had that existed in the prior iterations. So that's what I love about this particular Ghost Rider and it all comes from Robbie and just his ... I always said in interviews it's his love for his family, his love for his brother is the superpower, and that's what gives him the ability to rein in the flaming head."

Norman Reedus has expressed his desire to play Johnny Blaze. Image Source: Giant Freakinn Robot

In the comics, Johnny Blaze is a stunt motorcyclist who bonds with the demon Zarathos to become the Spirit of Vengeance after a deal with the demon Mephisto. Using his Hellfire powers for good, Blaze rides a flaming Hell cycle as he battles supernatural threats in the Marvel universe.

Norman Reedus, who stars as Daryl Dixon, is set to star in a spinoff series of "The Walking Dead", centering Daryl and Melissa McBride’s character Carol Peletier, post the eleventh and final season of The Walking Dead that concludes in 2022. The second half of The Walking Dead’s final season will premiere in late February on AMC. Norman Reedus also returns for The Boondock Saints 3 as Sean Patrick Flanery.

Do you think Norman Reedus should be casted as the new Ghost Rider?