The Best of Who's Left

With a huge slate of Marvel movies on the horizon, it's time we revisited our list of Marvel characters that haven't appeared on film (yet). Since Captain Marvel, Dr. Strange - just cast with <a href=>Benedict Cumberbatch</a>, and Black Panther have all been announced for solo films - with Black Panther, portrayed by Chadwick Boseman, also announced as having a role in <b>Captain America: Civil War</b> - we've stricken them from the list. Also gone is Janet Van Dyne, who has been confirmed as appearing in Ant-Man even as just a flashback character - and, if a recent interview with actress Evangeline Lilly is accurate, Janet may even appear as the Wasp onscreen.   <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. <p><i>George Marston and Lucas Siegel contributed to updated versions of this countdown</i>


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 (but he's confirmed for Age of Ultron). 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 <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 2</b> - director James Gunn recently 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>, 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.


Spider-Woman seems like a tough nut to crack for film. While her history as a spy, her ties to both Hydra and SHIELD, and her decade of time with the Avengers, seem like a perfect fit for the MCU, her film rights are likely tied in with Sony's Spider-Man license. <p>And yet, it's not impossible that she could appear in the MCU in some form - just as her alter-ego, Jessica Drew, and not necessarily as Spider-Woman. Given how closely Hydra and SHIELD are tied in the MCU, her history as a double agent leaves her perfectly poised for a role in some form. <p>Meanwhile, Sony has repeatedly made promises to release a female-lead film in its Spider-Man franchise in the foreseeable future. And while this undoubtedly points to Spider-Woman, the question remains, will they tap Jessica Drew? Or one of the other women who have held the mantle, such as Julia Carpenter, or even someone like Silk? Either way, this could wind up a case like Quicksilver, where both companies use the character in wildly different forms.


Even though it looks like Hugh Jackman will still be the best there is at what he does for at least two more films - the upcoming <b>X-Men: Apocalypse</b> and <b>Wolverine 3</b> - 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>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 (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.


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 (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 (including the current one), 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, 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 like the Wasp, until we hear definitive word, he makes the cut.

Adam Warlock

<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.

Kamala Khan

The star of the breakout hit <b>Ms. Marvel</b>, Marvel's top-selling digital title 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 <b>Inhumans</b> 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. With no Spider-Man of their own, Kamala is 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 a Movie (Yet)

Date: 04 December 2014 Time: 05:55 PM ET