Ever since his debut in the pages of Marvel Spotlight #5, Ghost Rider has been one of Marvel’s most popular characters. The antihero’s popularity eventually allowed him to break out of the comic book world and make his presence felt on a variety of different mediums. Over the past 20 years, Ghost Rider has appeared in numerous animated series and video games, has starred in his very own big screen franchise, and most recently, got the chance to stir up trouble in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as a supporting character in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
A big part of what made Ghost Rider such an appealing character is the fact that he isn’t your typical superhero. On the contrary. He’s actually one of the strangest comic book characters out there, both in terms of backstory and physical appearance. Given his bizarre nature, there’s been a long list of surprisingly weird aspects about the character that have been established over his decades-long comic book career. However, most of those curious tidbits have slipped under the radars of even the most dedicated fans thanks to the rider’s increasingly-complicated mythology. So, with that in mind, let’s take a look at 15 weird things about the Spirit of Vengeance that you may not know about:
15. POWER IS UP TO THE IMAGINATION OF ITS HOST
Thanks to his supernatural abilities, Ghost Rider is considered one of the most powerful characters in the Marvel Universe. He’s gone toe-to-toe with numerous superheroes, and he even scared the Hulk during the “World War Hulk” storyline. What many fans may not know about the Rider’s impressive power, however, is that there’s a very peculiar trick to unlocking its full potential. Back in 2011, a woman named Alejandra Jones became the new Ghost Rider.
Jones displayed various different abilities never before seen in other hosts of the Spirit of Vengeance.
As it turns out, this is because the Rider’s power levels depend solely on the imagination of the person wielding it. Basically, the Rider is a being of unlimited potential, and all it needs is a creative individual to fully tap into it. Yikes. Here’s hoping a really imaginative villain never becomes host of the Spirit of Vengeance.