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Agents of SHIELD’s Ghost Rider Is ‘Vanilla,’ Says Spirit of Vengeance Director

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Agents of SHIELD’s Ghost Rider Is ‘Vanilla,’ Says Spirit of Vengeance Director

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance co-director Brian Taylor had some fiery words about the version of the Marvel Comics character that appeared on ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

“They’ve brought [Ghost Rider] back on TV now and he looks like the clean, vanilla, G-rated character again,” the filmmaker told Flickering Myth. “That version really has no interest for me, but I do think a scary, rated-R, horror superhero movie is an awesome thing that should be done and I wish that Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance had been it.”

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Taylor discussed his desire for an R-rated Ghost Rider film, saying, “The original script that David Goyer wrote for that movie, which was actually written almost a decade before the first Ghost Rider film, was a hardcore, rated-R horror script and it was awesome … If we had had the opportunity to do the original, rated-R Goyer script, I think that movie would’ve been a classic.”

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Alongside Mark Neveldine, Taylor directed 2012’s Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, which starred Nicolas Cage as Johnny Blaze/Ghost Rider. The movie was poorly received, and currently holds a rating of 17 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. In contrast to Taylor’s Ghost Rider film, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. uses the Robbie Reyes iteration of the character, played by Gabriel Luna since the fourth season.

Airing Fridays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on ABC, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 5 stars Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Chloe Bennet, Henry Simmons, Ian De Caestecker, Natalia Cordova-Buckley and Elizabeth Henstridge.

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