The Best of Who's Left

Marvel has a big few years ahead of it, with <i>Avengers: Infinity War Parts One and Two</i> putting a capstone on the third phase of their Cinematic Universe. And from the looks of things, it’s shaping up to be quite a doozy, with co-director Joe Russo <a href="">confessing</a> that they have a list of 67 characters that could be included in the film. <p>That’s a metric tonne of characters – including ones we likely haven’t even met yet. So who could fill those slots? We took that question and started thinking about some big names that Marvel hasn’t tapped for the big screen yet. But we couldn’t do that without also considering the major Marvel comic book characters that aren’t controlled by Marvel Studios, such as Cable, who creator Rob Liefeld <a href="">showed</a> his dream casting for this week. <p>We didn’t count anyone already cast and scheduled for the big screen, such as Black Panther or Apocalypse, both of whom will make their debuts in 2016. But we did consider just about everyone else. So without further ado, here’s our list of 10 major Marvel characters who haven’t been in a movie yet.


Okay, okay, we’re kind of bending our own rule here, but the exception proves the rule, right? <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 <b>Guardians of the Galaxy</b> movie of course, and a new Nova named Sam Alexander was introduced in the <b>Ultimate Spider-Man</b> cartoon, and is now starring in a currently ongoing Marvel Universe proper series. <p>Considering that the stars of 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, the Nova Corps appeared in a somewhat different form in Guardians, and though we know Nova won't be in <b>Guardians Vol. 2</b> - director James Gunn has repeatedly shot down the idea -  there are still plenty of places that Sam Alexander, or even original Nova Richard Rider, could find their way into the MCU.


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> - and some licensing issues with Universal - 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 — the most recent volume of her solo-series just wrapped, and she plays a central role in the upcoming all-female Avengers title <i>A-Force</i> — combined with the warm reception to Mark Ruffalo's Hulk in Avengers does make it feel at least possible that she'll pop up somewhere sooner rather 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.


By now, we know that the new cinematic Spider-Man, who will make his debut in <i>Captain America: Civil War</i>, will be a young Peter Parker played by Tom Holland. If everything goes according to plan, the new joint Spider-Man effort from Marvel and Sony will become a major part of Marvel's plans moving forward. <p>So while it may not happen any time soon, there's always the possibility of Miles taking over for Peter as he did in comic books, either due to Peter's retirement, or even his death. But beyond that, there's also potential in Miles for a spin-off featuring a second Spider-Man, or even fitting him in as a supporting character in another spider-centric identity.


Given Spider-Woman's history as both an agent of Hydra, and as an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., it seems like a no-brainer that Jessica Drew should show up in the MCU at some point. <p>It's been assumed for some time now that Spider-Woman has been tied up in Sony's Spider-Man rights, but now that Marvel and Sony are partnered for the next iteration of Spider-Man, Marvel may also have access to Jessica Drew as well. <p>With Sony having said for some time that they want to pursue a female lead Spider-Man spin-off, it seems likely that a version of Spider-Woman will make her way to the big screen in the foreseeable future.


Even though it looks like Hugh Jackman will still be "the best there is at what he does" for at least one film, many see the third Wolverine solo film as a likely endpoint for Jackman's X-Men tenure. Who better to replace him onscreen that Wolverine's young clone, X-23? <p>Now that she's fallen in with the time-displaced original X-Men in the comics, X-23 - Laura to her friends - seems like a good fit for inclusion in a film, like <b>X-Men: Apocalypse</b>, set in the unexplored years of the X-Men film world. Given that Apocalypse is no stranger to cloning and genetic tampering, it seems that there is an easy in for X-23 as a part of the franchise. <p>On top of all that, X-23's profile is only on the rise in comics. With Wolverine currently dead (we know, we know, how long can that really last?), she is one of the characters most perfectly poised to take his spot in the X-universe. And honestly, who wouldn't want to see Hugh Jackman meet his match in the form of a feral teenage girl?


Namor the Sub-Mariner is not only one of Marvel's most important characters (even though he might be dead, as of <i>Squadron Supreme #1</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>Though Fox's plans for a joint universe between the X-Men and Fantastic Four seem unlikely to come to pass due to the failure of their most recent Fantastic Four effort, it's nearly a lock the Atlantean will surface (get it?) in a movie eventually.


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 Multiple Man to the super-obscure Arclight — have turned up in tiny roles (well, some version of them has anyway). 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, and yet has gotten relatively little other media love outside of a few video games and a handful of episodes of the '90s X-Men cartoon. But if they keep making X-Men movies, surely his number will get called — hey, <i>Days of Future Past</i> was all about time travel, and the follow-up deals with Cable arch-villain Apocalypse, after all. <p>Yes, there is an <I>X-Force</I> film in development, and Cable is as likely as anyone to make that cast (in fact, the character's creator Rob Liefeld has seemingly confirmed that Cable will be involved in the film, based on his conversations with Fox and the writer), but until we hear definitive word, he stays on our list.


<p>After seeing his cocoon in the Collector's chambers in <b>Guardians of the Galaxy</b>, many fans have become even more convinced that Adam Warlock, guardian of the Soul Gem and longtime nemesis of Thanos will play a major role in the upcoming <b>GotG 2</b>, and <b>Avengers: Infinity War</b> films. <p>Some fans even believe that Warlock will be revealed as Peter Quill's mysterious father since director James Gunn said it won't be J'Son of Spartax. <a href=>While we have our own theories about Quill's father</a>, it seems pretty spot on that Warlock will appear in the MCU, as one more tie between the Infinity Stones, Thanos, the cosmic setting, and the Avengers.   <p>While James Gunn hasn't made anything official, he did acknowledge that it was no coincidence that cocoon showed up in the Collector's chamber. Furthermore, Warlock is a character that fans have been clamoring for since that first shot of Thanos in the Avengers stinger scene. It seems almost impossible that he won't show up in some form.


The star of the breakout hit <i>Ms. Marvel</i>, one of Marvel's top-selling digital titles, is kind of a no-brainer when it comes to a film adaptation. Even though her pedigree is a little confusing, Kamala makes perfect sense as a POV character for the recently announced Inhumans film. <p>An Avengers super-fan who takes the mantle of Ms. Marvel after her latent Inhuman gene is awakened, Kamala has quickly become the latest heir to the classic Peter Parker archetype. She's an obvious choice to take the role of a nascent hero coming into her own in the shadow of the already prevalent Avengers. <p>On top of that, Kamala hits a lot of important buttons for onscreen diversity - a not so subtle topic when it comes to Marvel's films. Her youth, energy, ties to elements that certainly appear central to the future of the MCU, and background make Kamala Khan a character that would be more surprising as an omission than an addition to the MCU.

10 Biggest MARVEL Characters Not in Movies Or TV (Yet)

Date: 11 January 2016 Time: 12:00 AM ET