Weeks after Marvel’s President of Production Kevin Feige confirmed that the screen rights to Daredevil have reverted back to Marvel Studios, a new interview with Feige in Entertainment Weekly (via Movieweb) revealed that Marvel has now regained several more popular characters.
The report claims the screen rights to Blade, Ghost Rider and Punisher have now been restored to Marvel. Though the news regarding Blade and Punisher had been speculated for some time (there have been no acitivity in developing a new installment in either franchise for some time), the Ghost Rider announcement came as a bit of an surprise to some.
Then again, given the critical drubbing and box-office disappoint that greeted 2012’s Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, it’s hardly surprising that future installments would not be commissioned.
Feige says as much in the interview, though he does not elaborate whether Marvel will be developing new films with 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.”