Okay, So We're Greedy1 of 12
The Avengers roster just keeps getting bigger. Avengers: Infinity War will bring together dozens of characters in one movie – though if the ominous marketing for the film and its untitled sequel are any indication, Marvel’s gonna need some new blood to fill in the ranks of whatever comes after Phase 3 in the MCU.
To that end, we’re digging into the Avengers roster to pull out a few more heroes that could take up arms alongside Earth’s Mightiest – some of them are even iconic Avengers that just haven’t made it to the big screen just yet. Check out the next ten big-screen Avengers we want to see here. You just may be looking into the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe!
WONDER MAN2 of 12
One of the more complicated origin stories amongst the Avengers, Wonder Man a.k.a. Simon Williams, would need a bit of tweaking in order to make it to the big screen, especially amongst what we already know about the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But with that tweaking, he could fit shockingly well.
In fact, Williams actually has appeared in the MCU – almost. A series of fake movie posters from a Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 deleted scene featured actor Nathan Fillion portraying Williams (not Wonder Man) in a variety of fictional roles.
Fillion’s a fan favorite actor, and Gunn’s got some Marvel Studios sway – what say we get him onscreen for GotG Vol. 3?
STATURE3 of 12
With reports circulating that a teenage Cassie Lang will appear in Avengers 4, we're holding out hope that means she'll take on her Young Avengers mantle of Stature and join her dad Scott Lang as an MCU superhero.
Cassie would be a perfect fit for a second generation of MCU heroes (Champions anyone?), a legacy group maybe even involving Shuri, Spider-Man... and, if we get our way, Ms. Marvel (more on that later).
ANY DEFENDER4 of 12
All of Marvel TV's Defenders - Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist have served on the Avengers in some capacity, so we're open-minded about this one.
Luke Cage's powers are probably the most practical.
Iron Fist's martial arts skills would be unique.
Jessica in any team setting is a lot of fun.
And Daredevil... ummmm... maybe the Avengers need a good lawyer??
Seriously. Less so than any one member, seeing the theatrical MCU actually acknowledge the existence of the TV MCU would be welcome and Netflix's somewhat cinematic TV shows would translate pretty well. We'd just like to see World's collide, and for it all to be REALLY connected.
That can't just be a catch-phrase.
SHANG-CHI5 of 12
Marvel’s Master of Kung Fu is a more recent Avenger, but he’s got a long history in comic books dating back to the ‘70’s. With Iron Fist already a part of Marvel's TV Defenders, Shang-Chi may seem like overkill, but his deadly hands could add a strong human element to a future team made up of Gods, wizards, and mythical swordsmen.
Shang-Chi is a master of martial arts, crafting his body and his mind to be the ultimate weapon. And while he’s often had an element of spirituality, there’s nothing magical about his ability to kick any ass that gets in his way. His stoicism would be a welcome foil for the onscreen Avengers, who have often been shown to pour on the snark and wit whenever possible.
BLACK KNIGHT6 of 12With Dr. Strange now a full-fledged part of the MCU, it’s only a matter of time before Marvel’s magical floodgates open and more of its supernatural characters are allowed into its film world.
Enter Black Knight – a character with a recognizable backstory and an easy to digest mystical twist.
Bearing a cursed sword forged by Merlin himself, Dane Whitman is a hero who fights to overcome the blade’s bloodlust, and who has often found himself caught in a struggle between his heroic nature, and the blade’s dark personality.
Black Knight could be an easy addition to the next generation of MCU heroes, with his magic sword taking the place of Mjolnir or even Captain America’s iconic shield as the weapon every kid wants to wield.
Add in the fact that Dane Whitman is enough of a blank slate to survive some reinvention on the big screen, and you’ve got a recipe for film success.
MS. MARVEL7 of 12
Kamala Khan seems like a shoe-in for an eventual role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As a fan-favorite, she hits all the right notes for what the future of the studio is calling for.
Her visually dynamic power set and “fangirl’s fangirl” characterization would make her a perfect choice to potentially head up a new team of young heroes – dare we suggest the Champions again?
Think about it – even if real world time doesn’t line up with movie time, by the time Phase 3 wraps up, the Avengers will have still been an in-universe presence for years. What better way to capitalize on that than to have them directly influence their successors?
SPIDER-WOMAN8 of 12
Now that Marvel is allowed to use (some) Spider-Man characters in their cinematic universe, would it be overkill to bring a second spider-person into the Avengers?
Not so fast - aside from their iconography, Spider-Man and Spider-Woman share very little in common. Even their powers are drastically different.
In fact, Jessica Drew’s history as a superhero is much more closely tied to S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Avengers (you know, the cornerstones of the MCU) than to Spidey’s world. It’s those connections that make Spider-Woman such an obvious inclusion into Marvel’s film canon.
And, if they’re really worried about the similarities between Spider-Woman and Spider-Man, superficial as they may be, Spider-Woman's alter ego Jessica Drew was a bad-ass S.H.I.E.L.D. super agent, or even a Hydra double agent in comic books - more than enough fodder for a cool addition to the MCU.
SHE-HULK9 of 12
What better way to introduce Jen Walters than in a franchise that's already got her cousin in it?
There's no learning curve from introducing the concept, as audiences already get the Hulk. She-Hulk also brings an interesting dimension of wisecracking personality to the team, another profound difference between her and Bruce (aside from her femininity, of course).
She-Hulk has been eyed by Hollywood for quite some time (who can forget the Bridgette Nielsen test shots? Okay, maybe you should), and it would be cool to see her.
MONICA RAMBEAU/PHOTON10 of 12
There's already one Captain Marvel scheduled to join the MCU, but that doesn't mean there isn't room for a former holder to that name - especially when it's Monica Rambeau.
Created by Roger Stern and John Romita Jr. back in 1982, Monica Rambeau has some claims to fame ranging from being the first female Captain Marvel and the first female African-American Avenger. But what earns her a spot on this list is her characterization by Stern and others.
Pardon our french, but Monica Rambeau cut through the B.S. pretty quick - even though she was by far the rookie when she joined the Avengers. Down-to-earth with more than a little sarcasm, Rambeau-as-Captain Marvel quickly rose through the ranks to become leader of the team in the late 1980’s.
She was written out of the Avengers in a sea change at Marvel, and changed codenames a couple times, but Rambeau resurfaced in 2006's Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E. as Pulsar. Although short-lived, Nextwave solidified Monica's place as someone to watch - and she came full circle in her lastest chapter as part of the Marvel Universe’s cosmic problem solvers, the Ultimates.
Now, Rambeau herself is reportedly a part of Captain Marvel, played by Lashana Lynch (though her role hasn’t been officially confirmed) and, we’re very excited about that – but we’ll be even more excited if she winds up getting powers and a codename of her own.
THE FANTASTIC FOUR11 of 12
Now that Disney is nearing a deal to buy 21th Century Fox, the movie rights to the Fantastic Four are within reach of the MCU.
As for how they’d get there, we’ve got some ideas, but let’s just say we’d like to see them already primed as full-fledged heroes, no origin story necessary. We all know how the FF got their powers, but what’s been missing from previous film iterations is the family dynamic that’s at the heart of their story. Let’s skip past the appetizer and get right to the meat of the story.
And of course, with Avengers: Infinity War and its untitled sequel potentially rewriting parts of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the time to bring Marvel’s First Family to the big screen in a proper way is fast approaching.
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