The fact that anyone would try to make a sequel to the Marvel comic adapting, Nic Cage starring, demon on a flaming motorcycle movie Ghost Rider is a bit of a head scratcher. I mean, that was one of the worst movies I’ve ever seen. Sure, the source material has some value. I can imagine a reimaging, a remake, or a reboot of the Ghost Rider character. But a sequel that brings Nic Cage back? No thanks.

Or maybe it’s an idea so crazy it just might work. The first clue that this might be the case is that Spirit of Vengeance has ditched hack director Mark Steven Johnson in favor of a more interesting choice, Crank’s Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor. The second is that some footage from the film was recently shown at Comic Con that is getting a lot of positive buzz on my Twitter feed.

Riding high off of that wave of positivity, Spirit of Vengeance’s marketing blitz continues with the first still images from the movie being debuted in the new issue of Empire Magazine. Thanks to some scans that showed up on, we can all take a look.

We get one image of Nic Cage looking all Nic Cagey. His hair even seems to be pretty under control. He doesn’t have any stringy sort of Gollum meets an aging rock star mop coming off his head, or any weird, winged pompadour that looks like it’s going to lift off and take flight. Pretty subdued. Then we get another image of Cage in full Ghost Rider mode. This time he’s got a flame-charred skull with licks of fire and plumes of smoke pouring off of it. This movie just might beat Bangkok Dangerous for most interesting Cage hair yet. This is big news. Oh, and there’s also a picture of Idris Elba looking tough while riding a motorcycle. That was probably included because Idris Elba rules. Hot damn, I just might go see another Ghost Rider movie.

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