So, now it’s official – <a href=http://www.newsarama.com/20026-ant-man-casts-michael-douglas-as-hank-pym.html>Hank Pym <i>will</i> make his cinematic debut in 2015’s <b>Ant-Man</b></a>, just not by the actor we thought would bring him to the screen. Michael Douglas will appear as an obviously older-than-we’re-used-to Pym, opposite Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang, Marvel announced Monday. <p>That officially strikes two characters off our countdown of the ‘Biggest Marvel Characters Who Haven’t Been (and for purposes of this countdown, Aren’t Yet Scheduled To Appear) in a Movie Yet.’ <p>Who makes up the list now? Ultron and Apocalypse have been stricken off the list since it first appeared right before the <i>San Diego Comic-Con</i> last summer, and two characters have been consolidated for reasons you’ll read in a moment. <p>So are there really any big, important Marvel characters left that haven't been depicted in a live-action feature film or is scheduled to? The answer to that question is a resounding, "Yep!" and here are our picks for the 10 biggest. <p>Remember the ground rules – this countdown takes into account ALL Marvel movies – not just Marvel Cinematic Universe ones – and with apologies to Ghost Rider and The Punisher, even the ones we’d like to forget ever existed.
Okay, okay, we’re kind of bending our own rule here, but the exceptions prove the rules, right? <p>We considered the Vision for a new 10th entry. Wonder Man got a mention. But we gotta go with the Devourer of Worlds. <p>Yes, “Galactus” has “appeared” in a theatrical film before. <p>Sort of. <p>You tell us - was the version of Galactus in 2007’s <i>Rise of the Silver Surfer</i> a representative version of the character? Or was the one million mile-wide cloud-based version of the “character” Galactus in name only? <p>We’re going with the latter, and making the case that while other characters have been depicted badly on film, the true Lee-Kirby creation has not been depicted on film at all. <p>Sorry, you aren’t talking us out of this.
Just a couple of years ago, Nova would have been considered a very long shot for movie stardom. Then a couple of things happened: The <i>Guardians of the Galaxy</i> movie of course, and a new Nova named Sam Alexander was introduced in the <i>Ultimate Spider-Man</i> cartoon, who is now starring in a currently ongoing Marvel Universe proper series. <p>Considering that each of the-soon-to-be-big-screen-stars the Guardians are arguably lesser-known characters than Nova himself, it may very well be less of a "why hasn't Nova been in a movie yet?" situation and more of a "how long until the Nova movie comes out?" situation. (And if not a Nova solo film, another cosmic feature with Nova as part of an ensemble certainly sounds like a thing that could happen.) <p> Of course, we also know now Glenn Close will play Nova Prima Rael in </i>Guardians</i> so the presence of the Nova Corps is assured, But whether Sam makes his present felt is yet to be seen.
All signs point to Wasp on the big screen in the near future. Joss Whedon has said that the character was in the original draft of his <i>Avengers</i> script, surely making her a candidate to join the cast in a sequel. And given her close ties to Ant-Man, and the fact no female lead or supporting character has been announced yet, she could very well show up in that movie, as well. Though Michael Douglas’s age and the fact Whedon almost certainly had written a previously more youthful certainly raises some questions. <p>But until the day she’s cast officially, the founding member of Avengers remains a charter member of this list.
Marvel has had a tricky time getting a Hulk movie franchise off the ground following mixed receptions to both 2003's <i>Hulk</i> and 2008 reboot <i>Incredible Hulk</I>, so it's not entirely surprising that a She-Hulk movie hasn't happened yet. <p>But the high-profile of Jennifer Walters within the Marvel Universe — she's led several solo books in the past and will soon be starring in another, inspired subsequent She-Hulks like Betty Ross and Lyra, and is also currently part of the <i>Mighty Avengers</i> — combined with the warm reception to Mark Ruffalo's Hulk in <i>Avengers</i> does make it feel at least possible that she'll pop up somewhere sooner than later. <p>There was talk of a She-Hulk film in the early '90s, but then you'd be hard-pressed to find a character on this list (or in comic books in general) that hasn't had a movie in some form of development (or at least heavily rumored) in the past couple of decades.
Iron Fist and Luke Cage both appeared on this list as individual entries in its original incarnation, but now that it’s been announced they’ll both star in a individual mini-series and then the <i>Defenders</i> event series that will be distributed by Netflix, and given Marvel has now erased the line between television, home video releases, and feature films, the issue has become cloudy. <p>There’ll certainly be opportunity for the characters to cross over to film if the Marvel/Netflix production is a hit, but this <i>is</i> a list about feature films so we’re going to provisionally keep them both on for the time being. <p>But make no mistake, both are certainly two of the most high-profile Marvel characters they have yet to be adapted to film.
At this point, Carol Danvers is perhaps the most high-profile female superhero in Marvel's comics. She's a major part of the Avengers, stars in her own solo series that will be relaunched in March, <i>and</i> she serves as the heroic inspiration for another new upcoming new comic book series <i>Ms. Marvel</i>. <p>Marvel is clearly intent on raising her profile, and she already has he S.H.I.E.L.D. ties to make her an easy fit in the established universe. For all these reasons, she seems destined to show up in a movie sooner rather than later, be it an <i>Avengers</i> sequel or a solo jam.
It's difficult to find a prominent X-Men character that hasn't been in a movie yet. Sure, a lot of them haven't been featured heavily at all, or even necessarily had any speaking lines, but thanks to cameo-filled films like <i>X-Men: The Last Stand</i> and <i>X-Men Origins: Wolverine</i>, a multitude of mutants — from major players like Psylocke to the super-obscure Arclight — have turned up in tiny roles. Hell, even Bishop and Blink are now disqualified. <p>One that most assuredly has not is Cable, the time-traveling offspring of Cyclops, despite being one of the most visible X-characters of the last 25 years. He's headlined his own series and multiple incarnations of X-Force (including the current <i>Cable and X-Force</i>), and yet has gotten relatively little other media love outside of a few video games and a handful of episodes of the '90s <i>X-Men</i> cartoon. But if they keep making X-Men movies, surely his number will get called — hey, <i>Days of Future Past</i> is all about time travel, isn't it? <p>Yes, there is an <i>X-Force</i> film in development, and Cable is as likely as anyone to make that cast, but like the Wasp, until we hear definitive word, he makes the cut.
Namor the Sub-Mariner is not only one of Marvel's most important characters (currently part of the all-Illuminati <i>New Avengers</i>), he's also one of the oldest, literally — his first appearance was in <i>Marvel Comics #1</i> in 1939. <p>Like Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, the film rights to Namor appear to be a little bit complicated. He's a big part of the Fantastic Four mythos (Fox has the rights to that), and recently was a member of the X-Men (also Fox). Back in 2006, it was reported that Universal had a Namor movie in development, and in later years, reports surfaced that the project was dead. Not much has been said recently about Namor's live-action prospects, but there are several possibilities out there if it ever comes to pass. <p>With Marvel always looking to expand their universe and with Fox not only looking to expand their properties but maybe merge the X-Men and movie Fantastic Four universes as well, it's nearly a lock the Atlantean will surface (get it?) in a movie eventually.
As the first black superhero, Black Panther is incredibly important to comic book history, and as an original Lee-Kirby creation is also important to the fictional world of the Marvel Universe. He's been a member of the Fantastic Four and the Avengers, headlined his own solo series on multiple occasions, and is currently part of the <i>New Avengers</i> cast. <p>Yet he hasn't been depicted in a movie yet, though it's not for lack of trying. A Black Panther movie has been in the ether for more than 20 years, with Wesley Snipes declaring his interest in the role way before he ever played <i>Blade</i>. That didn't happen, but there are still signs of life: In 2011, Marvel Studios hired documentarian Mark Baile to work on a script. There haven't been many updates since, but given Marvel's aggressive schedule with putting new material out there, T'Challa could be coming to theaters in the near future.
Marvel’s Master of the Mystic Arts is somewhat a surprise entry to this list, for no other reason than Marvel has been talking him up for movie adaptation for years now. But as of <i>this</i> moment, despite Kevin Feige name-dropping him at every opportunity, he remains in limbo, which isn’t so bad for him because Doctor Strange is quite at home in realms like Limbo. <p>Make no mistake, however, Dr. Strange sits atop of not only the list of most prominent Marvel heroes that haven’t been adapted to a theatrical feature (by the Hoary Hosts of Hoggoth! Forget the 70’s TV movie!), but he also sits atop the list of Marvel <i>franchises</i> ripe for Disney to exploit. <p>The Marvel Cinematic Universe has introduced technological & science-based heroes, supers-spies, aliens, gods (but <i>really</i> aliens), and monsters and managed to mash them all up for the third highest grossing movie of all-time. And the mutant thing is covered over at Fox. <p>But the Marvel mystic/magical realm remains unexplored. By the Hoary Hosts of HOGWARTS, you don’t think Disney would like a magic-based movie franchise?