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.

    10 months agoby @gyrene68Flag

  2. Xenon

    @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.

    12 months agoby @xenon56Flag

  3. Josh

    @xenon56@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.

    12 months agoby @shuabertFlag

  4. ejk1

    @xenon56 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.

    12 months 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?

    12 months agoby @ridglFlag

  6. Xenon

    @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.

    12 months agoby @xenon56Flag

  7. Fry_3000

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

    12 months 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

    12 months agoby @darkrevolutionFlag

  9. ejk1

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

    12 months agoby @ejk1Flag

  10. Josh

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

    12 months 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 :)

    12 months 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...

    12 months agoby @Zachariah-SwopeFlag

  13. LuxoIII

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

    12 months 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.

    12 months 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 ?

    12 months agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  16. comic_fan93

    cough! coughMARVELKNIGHTScoughcough...

    12 months agoby @comic-fan93Flag

  17. Taco-Ninja

    Shadowland Begins

    12 months 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.

    12 months 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?

    12 months agoby @felipe-11Flag

  20. Erikajinx

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

    12 months agoby @ErikajinxFlag

  21. Corey W.

    @xenon56 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.

    12 months agoby @coreyFlag

  22. Xenon

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

    12 months agoby @xenon56Flag

  23. TheDude1

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

    12 months agoby @thedude1Flag

  24. Zach Chappelear

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

    12 months agoby @Zach-ChappelearFlag

  25. The Real Goku

    Ghost rider really f*cked things up

    12 months agoby @therealGokuFlag

  26. Bawnian©-Dexeus

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

    12 months agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  27. Zak Lee Ferguson

    Now do something ingenious with them!

    12 months agoby @Zak-Lee-FergusonFlag

  28. mikehd

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

    12 months agoby @mikehdFlag

  29. Ghostman

    Now this is some great news.

    12 months 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.

    12 months agoby @junior-robertsFlag