In 2007, Marvel’s Ghost Rider blazed its way into cinemas. The super hero horror movie, about a stunt motorcyclist who makes a deal with the devil, became a box office success and brought yet another Marvel Comics character to the big screen.

But how many Ghost Rider movies are there? And who took on the role of the flame-headed anti-hero?

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The Ghost Rider movies in order

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To date, there are two live-action Ghost Rider movies. The Ghost Rider movies – which were produced between 2007 and 2012 – include:

  • Ghost Rider (2007)
  • Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2012)
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Are the Marvel Ghost Rider movies part of the same series?

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Both Ghost Rider films are part of the same series, with events revolving around the same lead character, Johnny Blaze. However, it should be noted, that while the films were produced in chronological order and are part of the same series, they are only loosely connected.

While 2007’s Ghost Rider was a financial hit when it was released theatrically, it wasn’t a huge critical hit. As such, 2012’s Spirit of Vengeance was designed as a sort-of soft reboot of the series, so it could stand apart from the first film.

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Who are the cast of the Ghost Rider films?

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The cast of the Ghost Rider films differ across the two movies, with one exception – Nicolas Cage. Cage is the only actor to appear in both pictures, playing the role of Blaze.

Notable actors in the Ghost Rider series include Eva Mendes, Wes Bentley, Donal Logue, Peter Fonda, Rebel Wilson, Fergus Riordan, Ciarán Hinds, Idris Elba, Christopher Lambert, and Spencer Wilding.

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Is the Ghost Rider series the work of the same director?

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The Ghost Rider films are the work of three directors. Mark Steven Johnson directed Ghost Rider, while Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor directed Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance.

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What is the best Ghost Rider film?

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Ghost Rider is generally considered to be the stronger of the two films in the collection, and although it isn’t a particularly amazing Marvel movie, it does have a certain charm. Spirit of Vengeance is a considerably weaker movie, and is not so well remembered.

According to IMDb the Ghost Rider films are ranked as follows:

  • Ghost Rider (2007) – 5.2/10
  • Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2011) – 4.3/10
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