Nicolas Cage has, in the past, found himself in the right place at the wrong time – no more so than in superhero movies.
Decades before they dominated the box office, Cage was tapped to play Superman in a Tim Burton adaptation called Superman’s life, in which Cage depicts Man of Steel as a lonely and strange person (Emo summons Batman). This project never saw the light of day. He then returned to the comic book world as the title character in 2007 Ghost rider and 2011 Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, Before the Marvel wave hits big. These were middling hits—they made a bank, were panned by critics, and are often remembered for Cage playing a flaming skeleton.
But Cage has a long-standing personal relationship to the topic. He’s primarily a fan: his prized copy of Action Comics #1, featuring Superman, was once stolen from his home, only to be recovered by Cage, and later sold at auction for $2.1 million; He named his second son Kal-El, after Superman’s birth name; He even had to cover up his real flaming skull Ghost rider tattoo when photographing Ghost rider films.
All of this puts him in a unique position to provide insights into the approval of superhero films over the past 15 years. Along with his love of documented superheroes, he is also a truly voracious movie lover with an appreciation for world cinema and desire to continue acting in independent films. These, of course, are the very projects (along with the mid-budget movie) that have been pulled out of movie theaters by blockbuster superhero franchises.
When we met for our second April cover story interview, in New Orleans, Cage was talking about wanting to get back to his independent roots, as he did in 2021. pig. As he looks to the future of his career, I asked him about the rumors that he will appear as Ghost Rider again in the future. Doctor Strange in a multiverse of madness. “Oh, I don’t think so. I don’t think they throw me,” Cage said to me. “I mean, I will. That would be fun. I’d like to work with Cumberbatch, but I don’t think that’s happening.”
I wanted to know his view of the Marvel phenomenon and created several directors, such as Martin Scorsese and Aunt Francis Ford Coppolacriticize them. (The former said: “I don’t think it’s cinema,” and the latter recounted recently GQ that “the Marvel image is a prototype of a movie being made over and over again and over and over to look different.”)
“Yes, why would they do that?” Cage said. “I do not understand the conflict. I do not agree with them in this perception or opinion.”
You’ve brought up the idea that Marvel movies make it more difficult to make other kinds of movies that Cage enjoys.
“I think the movies I make, like pig or AtmosphereThey are not in any kind of conflict with the Marvel movies.” “I mean, I don’t think a Marvel movie has anything to do with the end of the tweener. By tweener, I mean the movie has a budget of 30 to 50 million dollars. I think the films are in good shape. If you look at dog power or if you look at Spencer, or any of Megan Ellison’s movies. I think there is still Paul Thomas Anderson.
“Marvel has done a really excellent job of entertaining the whole family. They put a lot of thought into it. I mean, it’s definitely been a huge progress since I was doing the first two Ghost rider films. Kevin Feige, or whoever is behind this machine, has found an ingenious way to weave the stories together and connect all the characters. What’s wrong with wholesome entertainment that attracts parents and children and gives people something to look forward to? I just, I don’t see what the problem is.”