One of the most surprising things to come out of this year’s San Diego Comic-Con was footage from “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance.” Everyone knew that the film was roaring down the highway toward us, but no one expected it to actually look, well, good. After scenes from the movie were shown at the event, the Internet was abuzz with talk of fans finally getting the “Ghost Rider” movie they deserve. Now, you can see what all the fuss was about for yourself with the first trailer for the upcoming film.
Based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name, “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance” is the sequel to 2007’s “Ghost Rider.” The biker with the flaming-skull head has long been one of Marvel’s darker and more twisted characters, especially considering his backstory as a motorcycle daredevil whose pact with the devil didn’t turn out quite as he planned. As the Ghost Rider, Johnny Blaze rides America’s forgotten highways, meting out vengeance with his flaming bike, signature chain and a host of fire-based powers.
Like the 2007 film, “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance” features Nicolas Cage, and the character boasts a whole new look that ties into the darkness at the Ghost Rider’s core.
“The Ghost Rider is just the coolest-looking superhero, and it has to be the one that goes to film and looks the best,” Cage told MTV News last month. “I think they’ve achieved that with this.”
At the helm of “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance” are Brian Taylor and Mark Neveldine, the pair of directors best known for their high-octane flicks “Crank” and “Crank: High Voltage.” The duo told MTV News that they were test-driving all-new techniques while filming the movie, including Neveldine strapping on Rollerblades and clinging to the back of a motorcycle just to get a single amazing shot.
That commitment to madness is clearly on display in the new trailer for “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance,” as the movie looks to be fully embracing what makes the character so spectacularly over-the-top. Though it starts out slow, by the one-minute mark, you’ll find yourself up to your leather jacket in explosive, flame-drenched action. Over the course of the trailer, you’ll see the Ghost Rider take out cars with his chain, spit bullets at bad guys and even pee fire. Seriously — he actually pees fire, and it’s absolutely awesome.
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