Although Nicolas Cage’s Ghost Rider may reappear as the MCU continues to broaden the Multiverse in preparation for Avengers: Secret Wars, there is someone who might function even better. In both the 2007 film Ghost Rider and its 2011 follow-up, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, Cage reprised his role as Johnny Blaze. This was before the modern-day MCU sprang to prominence. There is an intriguing deleted scene from Iron Man in which Nick Fury addresses Spider-Man, the Hulk, and mutants since there was a chance the MCU may include them right away. Ghost Rider, nevertheless, was never counted among them.
Any speculation that other Marvel characters from non-MCU films may make a comeback is due to Spider-Man: No Way Home’s merger of both Tobey Maguire’s and Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Men. Patrick Stewart returned to the role of Professor X in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, but in a distinct universe than Fox’s X-Men Universe. When Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool and Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine cross-over in Deadpool 3, their stories will be partially incorporated into the MCU. As a result, there is precedence for Avengers: Secret Wars to incorporate well-known characters like Cage as Ghost Rider and serve as a celebration of Marvel films overall rather than just the MCU.
The ideal choice would really be Gabriel Luna’s Ghost Rider, even if it would be fantastic to see Cage get back on the bike from Hell in Avengers: Secret Wars, especially considering the MCU needs a Ghost Rider. Robbie Reyes, the fourth Ghost Rider, was portrayed by Luna in season 4 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Technically speaking, Ghost Rider has previously debuted in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, when they strayed farther from the main plot, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the rest of Marvel Television appeared to be demoted to an other reality and Disney+ took their place. It should be Luna’s Reyes if an older Ghost Rider appears in Avengers: Secret Wars.
Reyes is comparatively more known because to recency bias, and it would excite Marvel fans to see him return. As Blade may introduce Ghost Rider to the MCU, it might even occur before Avengers: Secret Wars. However, the strongest justification for using Reyes instead of Cage is that it leaves open the possibility for Johnny Blaze and/or other Ghost Riders Danny Ketch and/or Alejandra Jones to also appear. The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) would undoubtedly be able to accommodate several Ghost Riders, whether they are variations in Avengers: Secret Wars or already inhabitants of Earth-616.
Gabriel Luna’s Ghost Rider may find redemption in Secret Wars.
Gabriel Luna was scheduled to star in his own Hulu project as part of the MCU’s “Adventure into Fear” alongside Helstrom after only 10 episodes of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. However, that was dropped as Marvel Studios was reorganised in favour of the Disney+ series. The MCU Midnight Sons movie, which looks more likely than ever, or Avengers: Secret Wars alone, Luna deserves another chance since she was a great match for Reyes and deserves it. A sincere and committed Ghost Rider narrative may be his reward, something he has genuinely earned, if he is brought back.
Although a TV programme would also be appropriate, Luna’s Ghost Rider is a fantastic contender for his own Special Presentation like Werewolf by Night because of the MCU’s overall plot and delicately moving elements. Since they wouldn’t have to rewrite his history if they defined him as the same Reyes as before, the plot could move quickly toward an exciting and gripping conclusion. Regardless of how appealing the concept may seem, Luna would likely have greater longevity inside the MCU than Cage. So it’s obvious that Ghost Rider, played by Gabriel Luna, is the superior choice for the role in Avengers: Secret Wars and beyond.