Marvel Studios Reacquires the Rights to 'Ghost Rider', 'The Punisher' and 'Blade'

The film rights packages recently lapsed and several characters licensed to other studios are returning to Marvel.
Marvel Studios reacquires rights to Ghost Rider, The Punisher and Blade
Marvel Studios reacquires rights to Ghost Rider, The Punisher and Blade
Marvel has once again reacquired the rights to Ghost Rider, The Punisher, Blade, and more recently, Daredevil.

President of Production at Marvel Studios Kevin Feige commented on the acquisition in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly.

"Whenever a character comes back to us, it's usually because the other studios don't want to make the movies anymore - and that usually means the [previous] movies may not have been particularly well-received. They all have potential, but we're not going to say 'We got it back - make it.'


Ghost Rider, The Punisher and Blade are some of the most violent characters in the Marvel world. So the fact that they are owned by Disney will make reboots of the films or entrance into phase two or three a very unlikely possibility. They are more likely to be licensed back out to other studios. Only the time will tell what will happen.

What Marvel properties would you like the studio to put out themselves?



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Comments (37)

  1. Gyrene68

    Punisher? No way. Just a cheap knock off of Don Pendleton's Executioner.

    1 year agoby @gyrene68Flag

  2. Writer220

    @ejk1 there were other elements about it that I liked. some actors appearing that I have seen before, how the main actress character slowly turned into a vampire to Blades displeasure.
    What I found intriguing was when one of the actors from Blade, made an appearance on True Blood though his character was short lived. I highly enjoyed it.

    The PR for it was not there, just like my self published books.

    1 year agoby @writer220Flag

  3. Josh

    @writer220@ejk1 Yeah, I was aware there had been a show, but as you said not many people were watching it. I just think it would play better with the Marvel marketing machine behind it. Blade sort of came out before the big comic boom, so there wasn't as much hype as there probably would be now.

    1 year agoby @shuabertFlag

  4. ejk1

    @writer220 Apparently we were the only ones that liked it, lol. I thought it was very well done. Sticky Fingaz was a very effective stand-in for Snipes, and brought some street mentality to the role. Plus, Jill Wagner and Jessica Gower? Score.

    1 year agoby @ejk1Flag

  5. ridgl

    @darkrevolution why shouldn't I be allowed to watch comic book movies? Because I don't like these characters as much as you do?

    1 year agoby @ridglFlag

  6. Writer220

    @shuabert there is a show and @ejk1 you're not the only one that liked it a lot. It was so open ended that I was hoping a second season would come out but then I heard it was cancelled.

    Poor PR

    As much as I liked the Punisher films I felt they were empty, the only director that I can think of is Shane Black would do it some justice.

    1 year agoby @writer220Flag

  7. Fry_3000

    Hurray , when they're ready they can do justice to these characters

    1 year agoby @Fry-3000Flag

  8. DarkRevolution

    @ridgl Shut up dude..GR deserves a film. People like you shouldn't be allowed to watch comic book movies anyways. Anyways ignoring the troll..seeing these 3 get their own films would be good but I hope they wouldn't try to transfer them over to an avengers film unless they had a great way to fit them in. Ghost Rider and Punisher both don't fit well in teamups..Johnny Blaze hates the avengers/x-men because he thinks they don't know the meaning of sacrifice and the Punisher isn't well received by the other heroes because of the methods he uses

    1 year agoby @darkrevolutionFlag

  9. ejk1

    @shuabert That already happened. I loved it. Apparently, no one else did.

    1 year agoby @ejk1Flag

  10. Josh

    I can see them bringing Blade to TV. That would work as a cable show.

    1 year agoby @shuabertFlag

  11. LuxoIII

    @Zachariah-Swope Just remember this: contrary to popular belief, Disney is not against R-rated films in their subsidiaries. They still own Touchstone Pictures, which produces R-rated material. So maybe we'll see a Marvel Cinematic Touch-verse down the road. Just careful with what context you use that in :)

    1 year agoby @brady1138Flag

  12. Zachariah Swope

    Disney isn't the only one that works with Marvel... Maybe Paramount can make the Ghost Rider, Blade, and Punisher movies we want since Paramount is fine with making R rated movies. Then let Disney bring Daredevil back into the mix for The Avengers. I personally think Disney/Marvel can do well with Daredevil...

    1 year agoby @Zachariah-SwopeFlag

  13. LuxoIII

    Secret/Dark/West Coast/whatever Avengers? Please?

    1 year agoby @brady1138Flag

  14. LuxoIII

    @felipe-11 I think it's because Sony willingly gave him up. They decided there wasn't anything they really wanted to do with the property since it wasn't turning a profit.

    1 year agoby @brady1138Flag

  15. Sean

    @therealGoku Maybe the third Ghost Rider movie(if there will be a third movie), will be better then the first two movies if Marvel did reacquire the rights to it as the article says they did ?

    1 year agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  16. comic_fan93

    cough! coughMARVELKNIGHTScoughcough...

    1 year agoby @comic-fan93Flag

  17. Taco-Ninja

    Shadowland Begins

    1 year agoby @Taco-NinjaFlag

  18. Dan

    Blade/Blade 2, and the Thomas Jane Punisher were good movies. The rest were sh*t. Glad to see them come home.

    1 year agoby @dan1Flag

  19. Replicant

    How did they reacquire Ghost Rider so soon? The 2nd one came out last year, doesn't the studio get like 10 years or something before the rights expire?

    1 year agoby @felipe-11Flag

  20. Erikajinx

    I think they should buy back x-men, Spider-man, Silver Surfer, and Galactus

    1 year agoby @ErikajinxFlag

  21. Corey W.

    @writer220 FF, Spidey, and X-Men all have their own projects going on. I don't see them getting those rights back for a long, long, long time.

    1 year agoby @coreyFlag

  22. Writer220

    That's four of them - now they need FF,Spidey,the X-Men and Electra.

    1 year agoby @writer220Flag

  23. TheDude1

    I really liked Ray Stevenson as The Punisher. Too bad he can't be used as Punisher anymore.

    1 year agoby @thedude1Flag

  24. Zach Chappelear

    Don't give any of them a new stand alone feature... Let them make guest appearances for a bit.

    1 year agoby @Zach-ChappelearFlag

  25. The Real Goku

    Ghost rider really f*cked things up

    1 year agoby @therealGokuFlag

  26. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    They can only survive with a Marvel Knights brand, if done right

    1 year agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  27. Zak Lee Ferguson

    Now do something ingenious with them!

    1 year agoby @Zak-Lee-FergusonFlag

  28. mikehd

    Thank god if only if they can get the rights of Spiderman from sony.

    1 year agoby @mikehdFlag

  29. Ghostman

    Now this is some great news.

    1 year agoby @ghostmanFlag

  30. Junior Roberts

    Here's hoping to a better treatment of them on the big screen sometime in the future, whether its directly through Disney (highly unlikely) or a mutual partnerships that gives Disney/Marvel more control than previous arangements.

    1 year agoby @junior-robertsFlag