Ghost Rider is known to be among the most powerful characters in the Marvel comics. His divine powers are versatile enough. He can head-to-head with Marvel’s most powerful and end up on the winning end. Most of the time, when it comes to Ghost Rider’s power, the fans always assume we’re going to be detailing Ghost Rider’s legendary Penance Stare. However, there is more to this mystic character than simply his offensive abilities, and this is what we’re going to cover in today’s post – Ghost Rider’s mortality, or lack thereof. We know that Ghost Rider is extremely difficult to kill, but is he immortal? If he is, what are the limits? Let’s see.
Ghost Rider is immortal while he is possessed by the Spirit of Vengeance. As long as the Spirit of Vengeance uses the host, his aging will significantly slow down, and he will be unable to die of old age. As far as invulnerability goes, Ghost Rider is immune to most physical damage as long as he is transformed. As soon as he reverts to his human form, he can be killed through regular means.
Now that we’ve given you a brief overview of Ghost Rider’s immortality and invulnerability, it’s time to analyze it in a bit more depth. If you’re interested in what it takes to kill Ghost Rider, stay with us and keep reading!
Ghost Rider is among the most powerful characters, and it’s partly due to his incredible durability
Ghost Rider is often considered to be overpowered when we take everything into account. Due to his divine nature, he can presumably be killed only by weapons of divine origin and divine beings themselves. Ghost Rider is highly immune to all forms of physical damage since when the transformation occurs, there’s hardly anything left to kill, considering that Ghost Rider’s superpowered form is merely a skeleton with a blazing skull.
Even when Ghost Rider is injured, pieces of his body are blown to pieces or crushed; due to his incredible healing factor Ghost Rider can regenerate, and as far as his healing factor goes, it’s fast and efficient. But, like with any other superpowered character, there are loopholes when it comes to this incredible durability (and longevity).
Spirit of Vengeance is immortal; his human host is not
Ghost Rider transformation occurs when the soul of his human and mortal host is cursed. Numerous characters have carried the mantle of a Ghost Rider over the ages. Most of them were merely humans whose bodies got possessed by the Spirit of Vengeance through some accidental or purposeful means. The human host is not mortal, but the Spirit of Vengeance is. Due to its nature, the Spirit of Vengeance can only be destroyed by God or divine beings, which have to be pretty high regarding the hierarchy of powers. So let’s set the record straight. Ghost Rider is immortal, but only as long as the Spirit of Vengeance possesses him.
Ghost Rider’s lifespan doesn’t have exact limits as long as the Spirit possesses the host. We’ve seen this when it comes to Cosmic Ghost Rider, a version of Ghost Rider where the Spirit of Vengeance possessed Punisher. Cosmic Ghost Rider lived for thousands and thousands of years. It lived long enough to see Thanos annihilate the universe during the Thanos Wins storyline.
But the moment the Spirit of Vengeance decides to leave its human host, the host will die since the only thing that added supernatural lifespan to it was the Spirit itself.
Ghost Rider is invulnerable and unkillable, but only when transformed
Besides seemingly not having any cap to its lifespan, Ghost Rider is likewise highly immune to most types of damage. Be it magical or physical in nature. This is once again due to the Spirit of Vengeance. The person that serves as the host to the Spirit is invulnerable to damage and cannot be killed only when transformed into a Ghost Rider, while out of the form, it can be killed just like any other human being.
This is not an obstacle to the Spirit of Vegenace since it can always find a new host to assume the mantle of the Ghost Rider. One such notable case was Alejandra Jones. After Spirit of Vengeance left her body, she clung onto a small portion of Ghost Rider powers and assumed the mantle of Guardian Fantasma.
Even though she had supernatural powers to some degree, she was still successfully killed by Carnage when he raided her village. After Alejandar’s death, Carnage absorbed a small portion of the Spirit of Vengeance that clung to her soul, making killing him even more difficult.
To sum everything up, Ghost Rider, when in his fiery form, cannot be killed, but as soon as he reverts to his human and natural form, he is vulnerable to damage just like any other human is. Likewise, the moment that the Spirit of Vengeance decides to abandon its human host, it can be killed.
Spirit of Vengeance can be killed by another Spirit of Vengeance
Even though the Spirit of Vengeance is immune to damage, and even the most powerful characters in Marvel Comics cannot physically (or magically) harm it, the Spirit is still vulnerable to divine weapons, other powerful demons, and God. It has everything to do with its place of origin. And while it’s highly unlikely that Spirit of Vengeance gets killed, it is possible. But true death is possible only if the creator of the Spirit of Vengeance somehow decides to destroy the Spirit.