Obligatory disclaimer: Marvel Studios is an impenetrable fortress of secrecy, and few secrets make it out alive.
Still, there's always the slim chance that a nugget of truth will reach daylight before the people in charge are ready for it. So here goes:
While it remains to be seen whether it's rumor, conjecture, or a real fact that slipped through Disney's fingers, there are rumblings that Brooklyn Nine-Nine actor Stephanie Beatriz will be suiting up in the Marvel Cinematic Universe soon, in a role you might not expect.
The website Giant Freakin Robot is reporting that the 39-year-old actress is being eyed to take over as Ghost Rider, Marvel's sometimes Spirit of Vengeance.
The site states that the scoop comes from a source which has provided reliable information in the past, filling in their team on Kevin Feige's intention to block Black Widow from moving straight to streaming.
If true, this would be far from the first time that Beatriz has been considered for a high profile superhero role — and far from the first person rumored to play Ghost Rider. She was reportedly on the short list to star in She-Hulk before Tatiana Maslany landed the gig, and was also a candidate to replace Ruby Rose following her departure from the CW's Batwoman.
Stephanie Beatriz is best known for her work playing Rosa Diaz on all seven seasons of Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Her next project, a movie adaptation of the Lin-Manuel Miranda musical In the Heights, is scheduled for release in 2021.
Ghost Rider, in his familiar flame-skulled form, first appeared in Marvel Comics back in 1972's Marvel Spotlight #5. Originally, "the most supernatural superhero of all" was the alter ego of the cursed motorcycle stuntman Johnny Blaze, an adrenaline junkie who made a pact with Mephisto, summoning the comic book devil through the most extreme and nefarious means of all: poetry. Since then, others have taken up the mantle, including Blaze's brother Dan Ketch, and more recently, Robbie Reyes. Keep watching the video to see that a Brooklyn Nine-Nine star reportedly taking over a huge MCU role.
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