Marvel fan art: Ryan Gosling stuns as Ghost Rider in jaw-dropping image

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 19: Ryan Gosling attends "The Gray Man" Special Screening at BFI Southbank on July 19, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 19: Ryan Gosling attends "The Gray Man" Special Screening at BFI Southbank on July 19, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images) /

Fans are eager to see Ghost Rider join the Marvel Cinematic Universe and this image of Ryan Gosling in the role makes a strong argument for why he should play the character.

We’ve seen Ghost Rider appear on the big screen via the Nicolas Cage-led films and in a guest arc on Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, the character has yet to make his official debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe; however, that could change very soon.

Rumors have been swirling that Marvel is looking to introduce Ghost Rider within the MCU which has many fans wondering who Marvel might turn to bring Johnny Blaze to life in the MCU.

There are a lot of suggestions floating around, but one name who seems to be emerging as a fan favorite is an actor who fans have long hoped to see play a superhero on the big screen: Ryan Gosling.

The actor has recently emerged as a favorite among fans to play Marvel’s iconic motorcycle-riding antihero after expressing an interest in the role. Now, thanks to an incredible piece of fan art, we’ve been given the chance to see Gosling suit up as the iconic character and we have to say we’re truly stunned!

What Norman Reedus could look like as Ghost Rider in the MCU

Clearly inspired by Ryan Gosling’s interest in portraying the character of Ghost Rider in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, artist 83pixelstudios took to Instagram to debut a truly jaw-dropping piece of concept art envisioning the 2-time Academy Award nominee as the iconic Marvel hero.

In the movie-quality concept art, Gosling is transformed into the fiery Marvel hero complete with his flaming skull and iconic leather jacket.

The art truly looks like a piece of promotional art for an already-in-the-works Marvel project and definitely makes a strong argument for how incredible Gosling could be in the role if given the chance.

Is Ryan Gosling playing Ghost Rider in the MCU?

At this time, there are no confirmed plans from Marvel to bring Ryan Gosling into the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Ghost Rider. However, it is clear Gosling is incredibly interested in playing the character within the MCU and it seems Marvel is interested in bringing him into the MCU.

During a recent appearance on the Happy Sad Confused podcast, Gosling revealed to host Josh Horowitz that the one superhero he wants to play is Ghost Rider.

It wasn’t long after that Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige weighed in on Gosling’s desire to play the role of Ghost Rider. And while he didn’t confirm his casting, he made it very clear that he’s open to bringing Gosling into the fold and finding a place for him in the MCU.

"“Hey man, if Ryan wants to be Ghost Rider…,” Feige told MTV News when he learned about Gosling’s pitch. “Gosling’s unbelievable. Ryan is amazing…I’d love to find a place for him in the MCU."

Not only have both Gosling and Feige commented about him playing Ghost Rider, but there are also some rumors swirling that suggest Marvel might have already signed him to a deal. What’s interesting is that the rumor suggests Gosling would be playing a different Marvel character.

As rumored via Giant Freakin Robot, there have been insider reports Gosling has been approached about playing Richard Rider aka Nova. Marvel has been rumored to be developing a Nova project for some time now, and Gosling would be amazing in the rumor indeed pans out to be true.

Regardless of whether Gosling has already signed a deal with Marvel or the reports remain nothing more than rumors, there seems to be a clear interest from both parties in having Gosling join the MCU.

If that ends up being in the role of Ghost Rider, the concept art above definitely makes a compelling argument for why he’d be perfect in the role. Let’s just hope Marvel will iron out a deal and finally bring Gosling into the MCU, be it as Ghost Rider, Nova, or another iconic Marvel character.

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