GHOST RIDER, BLADE and PUNISHER Rights Go Back to Marvel

By AMC May 3, 2013

The demand and popularity for superhero movies is not going to slow down anytime soon. Phase 2 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe just kicked-off last night, with the release of Shane Black's "Iron Man 3".

All Marvel fans know that the rights to their characters have been moved around to various studios. "Spider-Man" is with Sony, most of the "X-Men" universe is with Fox and so on. It is now being reported that the rights to "Ghost Rider" (previously with Sony), "The Punisher" (Lionsgate), "Blade" (New Line) and "Daredevil" (Fox) have all gone back to Marvel.

Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, seems perhaps less excited than say the fans, who always dream of all Marvel characters going back to Marvel. Feige explains the difficulty that family-friendly Disney might have reintroducing these characters:

"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."

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Source: DarkHorizons

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