Marvel's Phase Two has hit the ground running with the recent release of Iron Man 3, and whether you were a fan or not (we were), it's exciting to see the next round of Marvel films begin.
Phase Two takes us through the sequels of Phase One while introducing the Guardians of the Galaxy, a new team in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. We can assume Phase Three will feature a number of sequels as well, but with both Ant-Man and Doctor Strange joining the MCU, the potential for lesser known characters to get the big screen treatment has increased dramatically.
Joss Whedon’s recent tease of the brother-sister team appearing in Avengers 2 will only further add to the MCU by bringing in two core members of the team, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch. With the MCU laying massive groundwork throughout all of Marvel Studio’s upcoming films, new characters have to not only appeal to a mass audience, but effectively fit into the already established universe while adding to it. This is not an easy feat, but here are 10 possibilities that would make great additions to the MCU.
This one seems like an easy decision that fans have been eagerly anticipating for years. Not only would we be introduced to T’Challa AKA the Black Panther, but the locale of Wakanda is too visually unique to not include in the rich worlds we’ve already seen in the MCU. There have recently been some casting rumors concerning this character, which leads us to believe that Black Panther does have a place in the MCU. While it was once thought that Panther was more likely to appear in an Avengers sequel than his own film, with Marvel’s revealed approach to these Phase Three films anything is possible.
We spoke about Nova as a possible candidate for a Marvel/Disney animated film here, but his presence in the MCU is just as welcome. Marvel already has big plans in space with the inclusion of both Thanos and the Guardians of the Galaxy, so Nova would definitely be among good company. There have been a few Novas over the years, so the story could legitimately follow either of the two main ones, Richard Ryder or Sam Alexander. Well deserving of his own movie, Nova could help pave the way in Phase Three for the potentially huge end-game that The Avengers 3 is gearing up towards.
With the rights to Daredevil now officially back in the hands of Marvel Studios (along with Blade and recently announced, Ghost Rider), there is no reason there shouldn’t be another attempt at a Daredevil movie. Effectively moving him into the MCU would open the door for more of the New York-based ‘ground-level’ heroes that populate so much of the Marvel universe to shine on their own. Any plans for the future of the MCU should absolutely involve Daredevil, and hopefully break the ground on the Marvel Knights movie brand that could easily carry its own franchise of character films. Speaking of ‘ground-level heroes’…
Heroes for Hire
If the name didn’t give it away, this team operates on the professional side of the hero biz. No problem is too big for this team of heroes, if you can afford it. While the HfH have gone through a few different iterations over the years, the most popular would have to be led by Luke Cage and Danny Rand AKA Power Man and Iron Fist, respectively. Other long time members like Misty Knight and Colleen Wing would have to appear, and some favorites like Shang-Chi and Paladin would give them a fantastic team dynamic. While it could be a great introduction to Luke Cage and Iron Fist, the team had enough great rosters to pick and choose the best possible team to hit the big screen and draw in the crowds..
Jessica Drew’s history is already directly tied to a lot of the accepted MCU history, so her Hydra-related origin would fit in well. Spider-Woman started off as a fan favorite character, then fell off the radar for a bit before becoming an undercover S.H.I.E.L.D. agent and joining the Avengers, playing a pivotal role in many of Marvel’s company-wide events. While her non-connection to Spider-Man might cause a bit of confusion with casual movie-goers, her addition to the MCU, and specifically the Avengers, could only bode well for a cinematic universe running a little light on strong female characters.
There have been a few men to carry the name of Deathlok, the re-animated cyborg. The most interesting of the bunch would have to be Michael Collins, a pacifist stuck in the body of a living weapon. Deathlok would serve as a darker counterpoint to the Iron Man origin, with Collins being a victim of a similar tech with a much darker outcome. The Deathlok legacy lives on far after Collins time in the role, extending into the future, where we have seen Deathlok versions of our favorite heroes in recent story lines that would make an interesting theme for a future phase. The battle of man vs. machine has long been a mainstay in literature and movies, and Marvel’s shining example of that would fit well in the MCU.
Captain America: The First Avenger introduced us to Word War II in the MCU, but we got to see very little of his time there, and that deserves another look. While the comic version of the Invaders featured both Cap and Bucky, it could still be done without the characters, who are sure to be busy in the Captain America sequels. Focus more on introducing Namor (which could spin off into his own feature film), the WWII Human Torch (who was featured as an Easter egg in Captain America), and Union Jack, who was also featured as a member of the Howling Commandos in Captain America. Hell, include the Howling Commandos as the Invader’s personal strike force, giving them another chance to shine. A follow-up trip to the past of the MCU will always be appreciated.
Carol Danvers, more commonly known as Ms. Marvel, is easily one of the most anticipated characters to join the Avengers. While she currently holds the title of Captain Marvel, Carol spent far more time as Ms. Marvel and could also be introduced easily as that character. Carol holds a pretty powerful role in the Marvel Universe as both a member of the Avengers and is a part of the cosmic universe from her time as Binary. Her origin ties into the alien universe that has already begun to be explored in the MCU, and Carol would add a unique character to the team whose power and military training make her a powerful force in the MCU.
This would have to take place a little farther in the future of the MCU to allow the various heroes legacies to properly evolve enough to make a Young Avengers movie work. The original series featured a cast of characters that were integrally tied to the origins of the Avengers, with the members based off of the various members of the team. The big twist was that the characters were actually more tied to the Avengers than any of them could have realized, and the mystery behind this new team would make for a refreshing film that would appeal to both fans of the movies and the comics.
Konshu’s Fist of Vengeance would make an impressive addition to the MCU, and even as a member of the Avengers. Moon Knight has previously served on both the West Coast and the Secret Avengers, making him no stranger to the main characters of the MCU. Moony is often compared to DC’s Batman, since they are both highly trained millionaires who fight crime with the help of their plucky assistants and cool gadgets and vehicles. The similarities stop there, and a unique character emerges that would fit perfectly in the Marvel Knights style of film that would have been opened up by the previously mentioned Daredevil movie. Moon Knight’s origin has a supernatural element to it that can be interpreted in a lot of ways, but it’s the personalities of Marc Spector that would really drive the film. Yes, plural personalities. Marc Spector is the mercenary who becomes Moon Knight, while creating the personas of Steven Grant (Millionaire playboy) and Jake Lockley (Taxi Driver who keeps his ear to the ground) to help in his battle against crime. With the right actor and an origin story that could be fantastic if handled properly, Moon Knight would be a definite hit and add enormously to the MCU.
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