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Ghost stories have probably been around as long as humans have had language. The Epic of Gilgamesh , thought by many scholars to be the oldest written story, contains many references to the spirits of the dead. That is the most basic definition of a ghost -- a person's spirit that continues to exist in some form after the physical body has died. Most religions describe an afterlife where these spirits are sent to be either rewarded or punished for their deeds in this life. A lot of ghost stories focus on spirits that return from this afterlife or never get there in the first place -- instead, they interact with people in the physical world.
Why do these spirits have such a hard time getting to, or staying in, the afterlife? Ghost believers often cite "unfinished business" in the dead person's life. Sudden violent or traumatic death is another reason given for hauntings. In some cases, people seem to have formed such a strong bond to a specific place in life that his or her spirit returns there after death.
Some hauntings don't seem to involve a specific spirit moving about in a conscious manner. These hauntings seem more like an old film replaying an event from the past, like a battle or a murder. There are reports of spectral Roman armies marching off to some long-forgotten war or soldiers still fighting the Battle of Gettysburg in ghostly form.
One of the most famous kinds of ghosts isn't believed to involve the spirits of the dead at all. Some have theorized that poltergeists (German for "knocking spirit") result from telekinetic energy given off by angry or frustrated people. Often, adolescents going through puberty are reported to be the focus of the bangings and moving objects that are the hallmarks of poltergeist activity.
The final type of ghosts can be classified as evil entities . Those who subscribe to Judeo-Christian religion and mythology believe that some hauntings are caused by demons or even Satan himself. Sometimes these demons even "possess" a living person. Believers feel that the best way to get rid of these ghosts is with an exorcism , a special religious ritual that is intended to cast the demons out.
Of course, this discussion of ghosts assumes that they're real, and assumptions have no place in worthwhile investigations. Ghostbusting investigations are no exception.
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Blackout ( Ray Carrigan ) was an agent on Johnny Blaze 's tracks who was assigned to kidnap Danny Ketch .
- 1 Biography
- 2 Personality
- 4.2 Enemies
- 5 Behind the Scenes
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Biography [ ]
Ray Carrigan was a gun and drug runner with his girlfriend Nadya Ketch . After a gun deal goes bad, Nadya has to jump out of a three story window to her death.
When the devil needs a new human formed body, he hires Carrigan to kidnap the boy and bring him to the devil. Moreau and other monks want to help the boy so they get Ghost Rider to help Danny. Ghost Rider kills Carrigan and the devil revives him as Blackout, a demon who decays everything he touches.
Blackout comes to get Danny again and kills the monks and takes him to Roarke . Johnny, Nadya and Moreau go to save Danny but Moreau is killed by Blackout and nearly kills Johnny. But Danny puts the demon of Zerithos back in Johnny and he is killed by Ghost Rider.
Personality [ ]
Blackouts personality doesn't differ much from Carrigan's personality when he was alive, aside from the ever growing want to kill everything he sees. This ends up making Blackout seem more insane and psychopathic, especially with the haste he has killing all the monks at the sanctuary protecting Danny from Roarke and his many followers.
Powers and Abilities [ ]
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- Decomposing touch : When Mephisto resurrected him, Ray was given the power of decomposition. He can decompose organic and living matter. He killed a ambulance medic simply by touching him, and could also turn an apple into dust by holding it.
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Who is Marvel’s Blackout – And Why Can’t Ghost Rider’s Deadliest Enemy Go Mainstream?
One of Marvel's most demonic supervillains has haunted Ghost Rider for years, but has yet to achieve lasting popularity.
The following contains major spoilers for Danny Ketch: Ghost Rider #2, on sale now from Marvel Comics.
While the Marvel Universe is filled with iconic heroes and villains hailing from every corner of the cosmos, there are others who have never been able to attain much footing with fans. Even worse, some of these figures have failed in spite of giving other characters tremendous popularity boosts. This is precisely the case for the demonic Blackout, who has acheived much by way of making Ghost Rider's life a living hell .
As the titular antihero of Danny Ketch: Ghost Rider #2 (by Howard Mackie, Daniel Picciotto, Guru e-FX, and VC's Travis Lanham) spends his night bringing penance to the souls of humanity's worst, a powerful new enemy is busy amassing a small army of supernatural foes to stand against the Spirit of Vengeance. Although the ominous Broker is clearly a potent threat in and of himself, that alone is still woefully little compared to the power the Ghost Rider commands. As such, it only makes sense for the Broker to seek out others with both similar abilities and similar interests in waging war against Ketch and his alter ego. This includes the terrifying villain Blackout, who remains menacing despite his rather unimpressive standing among the more popular villains of the Marvel Universe.
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Blackout Has a Grudge Against Ghost Rider
One of the spawn of the Mother of Demons herself, Blackout is an incredibly long-lived being who has tormented humanity for centuries following their war against his kind. First appearing in 1990's Ghost Rider #2 (by Howard Mackie and Javier Saltares), Blackout was working at the behest of the demonic crime lord Deathwatch. This led to a confrontation between Blackout and Danny Ketch, who was still adjusting to his role as the new Ghost Rider and the array of powers at his disposal. Despite having the upper hand in terms of experience, Blackout's initial encounter with the Spirit of Vengeance left him defeated and disfigured, the pain of which drove him to declare the Ghost Rider his undying nemesis.
Blackout's search for vengeance led to him hunting down and murdering Danny's beloved sister Barbara, who had already suffered at the hands of Deathwatch. While this firmly established Blackout as one of the most ruthless villains in the Marvel Universe, it also firmly established his role as Danny Ketch's worst foe. In fact, it was Blackout's actions that were directly responsible for most of Danny's early adventures as Ghost Rider, including his reunion with his long-lost brother and original Ghost Rider, Johnny Blaze . In the years that followed, this trend continued with Blackout's most important schemes almost always involving Danny, although none of them gained him the notice or degree of popularity enjoyed by his flame-headed archenemy.
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Blackout Has Never Gained the Popularity of Ghost Rider
Although Blackout possesses enough power to face Ghost Rider on a regular basis, he has yet to escape from a place of relative obscurity. Ghost Rider, on the other hand, has become one of Marvel's most popular characters, although his most well-known iteration has little to do with Danny Ketch. Additionally, Johnny Blaze being the more popular Spirit of Vengeance and Blackout's numerous failures have added up to the villain never really getting a fair shake at becoming a truly memorable Marvel villain.
Sadly, this isn't just true of Blackout, but of nearly all the monstrous menaces that the Marvel Universe has to offer. Whereas other demonic villains like Dormammu have stepped into the wider spotlight , oftentimes they have only been offered that opportunity thanks to their proximity to fan-favorite silver screen heroes such as Benedict Cumberbatch's Doctor Strange. Without Ghost Rider making his way back into the Marvel Cinematic Universe anytime soon, the chances of Blackout gaining more recognition is virtually nonexistent.
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Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance
Johnny Blaze, tortured by the Ghost Rider's curse, gets a chance of redemption through protecting the Devil's son, whose father is pursuing him. Johnny Blaze, tortured by the Ghost Rider's curse, gets a chance of redemption through protecting the Devil's son, whose father is pursuing him. Johnny Blaze, tortured by the Ghost Rider's curse, gets a chance of redemption through protecting the Devil's son, whose father is pursuing him.
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- Trivia Christopher Lambert was required to wear makeup that depicted heavy tattoos covering his entire head. It took so long to take off that he decided to keep it on when he returned to his hotel each night, until his filming schedule was complete.
- Goofs (at around 51 mins) While driving the ambulance, Carrigan's power does not decay the steering wheel, the back door or the gurney but it does work on metal as he destroyed the sword and a gun.
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- February 17, 2012 (United States)
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- Feb 19, 2012
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