A long-running legal battle over the rights to comic book character Ghost Rider has been settled out of court. Freelance writer Gary Friedrich, who created the fiery, motorcycle-riding superhero, filed suit against Marvel bosses in 2007, alleging the character had been used as the basis of a 2007 Nicolas Cage film of the same name, as well as spin-off video games and merchandise, without his permission. His initial claim was dismissed, but subsequently reinstated by an appeals court, before it was finally settled out of court ahead of a scheduled trial in November (13), according to Variety.com. The terms of the settlement have been kept private, but it is believed Marvel bosses will be allowed to retain ownership of the character. Ghost Rider featured in two Cage blockbusters - the first film in 2007 as well as the 2012 sequel Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance.