A few days back while I was watching the celebrity gossip channel TMZ on my TV connected to Dish Network, the promos of the yet to be released Ghost Rider sequel was shown. The sequel Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance follows the life of Johnny Blaze, which is reprised by Nicolas Cage.
The less-than-three-minute trailer was impressive and appealing. Most of the action sequences were worth watchable and awesome. Surprisingly the Marvel Comics and the producers have taken a lot of time for releasing the second installment of this popular franchise. The first installment was released in 2007 and it was a blockbuster hit. After the blockbuster hit and worldwide audience acceptance, the producers planned to release a sequel of the movie in 2009. But due to some reason, it was delayed as Nicolas Cage was not ready to continue the role as Johnny Blaze, the bike stunt daredevil again.
During a press conference, he said that the audience would get bored and will not feel the same excitement in watching the second part when compared to the first one. But he said if the script was interesting and the story was entertaining, he would be happy in reprising his role of Johnny Blaze/Ghost Rider. Owing to the lack of interesting scripts or Nicolas Cage being busy with his other films, the film’s shoot was delayed and hence the movie will hit the theaters in February 2012. But it does not have Eva Mendes reprising her role as Roxanne, Johnny’s girlfriend.
The films Ghost Rider and Spirit of Vengeance are the comic book adaptations of the Marvel Comic character under the same name. The first edition of the book was initially published in 1972 and was active till 1980s. In late 1990s, the publisher of the Marvel Comics brought back the character and the character of Ghost Rider occasionally appears in other Marvel Comics of Spiderman, Iron Man and other notable characters.
The original story as per the comic book is a lot different from the movie but the characters and the plot are the same. In the movie Ghost Rider, Johnny Blaze strikes a deal with the devil to cure his father’s cancer in exchange for his soul. The devil agrees and cures his father’s cancer, but Johnny‘s father dies while displaying a stunt. The devil approaches Johnny and tells him to keep the part of his deal and gave him his soul, which Johnny does not agree to. The devil gets furious and puts a curse on Johnny turning him to a Ghost Rider.
For many years Johnny tries to escape from the hands of the devil, but ultimately the devil catches him and Johnny starts working for the devil. At night, he would turn into the Ghost Rider and travel through the entire city, collecting all evil and devilish souls and helping innocent people side by side. Besides collecting corrupt souls, the devil assigns Johnny the task to retrieve a contract which has the corrupt souls of a thousand people. The contract was taken away from the devil by the previous Ghost Rider and hidden somewhere in the city.
In the final scene of the movie, when the devil offers to relieve Johnny from his burden and gives his soul back, Johnny declines and says that he would use the power given to him against the devil and save the lives of innocent people and avenge his father’s death. The devil gets angry and says that Johnny will pay for his imprudent mistake.
The second installment Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance starts from where it was left. The story shows Johnny living somewhere in a remote place in Eastern Europe. Everyday Johnny tries to fight his curse and struggles to repress it. One day an alcoholic warrior monk comes to meet Johnny and informs him that a religious sect had sent him to find Johnny. Johnny goes and meets the sect and the sect informs him that the devil wants to take over the soul of his mortal son and make him as an apprentice of the devil. In order to stop the devil, the sect needs the help of Johnny. The rest of the story is about how Johnny with the help of the alcoholic monk fights the devil and his evil assistant, a criminal who later on turns into a demonic creature later on in the movie.
Watching the promo was thrilling and the film appears to be impressive. The graphics and the stunt sequences are eye-catching and cool. The film will be releasing worldwide on February 12, 2012.
Mark is a freelance writer and enjoys watching all kinds of comedy, action, emotional movies and documentaries on his TV connected to Dish Network.