THE BEST OF WHO'S LEFT1 of 12
It’s getting harder to update this countdown all the time...
Marvel Comics doesn’t seem to have any plans to stop dominating the big and small screen any time soon. Even though the MCU as we know it may be about to change in Avengers: Infinity War, there’s little doubt Marvel will be on the hunt for new properties to adapt to the big screen... as is the other studios who own certain Marvel movie rights.
Fortunately, there are still a few untapped characters left to tap, including some surprising omissions.
Here’s our list of ten Marvel characters who haven’t made it to the big or small screens in live action … yet. Take a screenshot, Marvel could announce movies for any of these characters any day now!
GALACTUS2 of 12
Okay, okay, we’re kind of bending our own rule here, but the exception proves the rule, right?
Yes, “Galactus” has “appeared” in a theatrical film before.
You tell us - was the version of Galactus in 2007’s Rise of the Silver Surfer a representative version of the character? Or was the one million mile-wide cloud-based version of the “character” Galactus in name only?
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.
Sorry, you aren’t talking us out of this.
NOVA3 of 12
Just a decade ago, Nova would have been considered a very long shot for movie stardom. Then a couple of things happened: The Guardians of the Galaxy movie of course, and a new Nova named Sam Alexander was introduced in the Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon, and is co-starring in the comic book team book Champions.
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.)
Of course, the Nova Corps appeared in a somewhat different form in Guardians, and though Nova wasn't in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, there are still plenty of places that Sam Alexander, or even original Nova Richard Rider, could find their way into the MCU (even if the Nova Corps is destroyed on Xandar).
SHE-HULK4 of 12
Marvel has had a tricky time getting a Hulk movie franchise off the ground following mixed receptions to both 2003's Hulk and 2008 reboot Incredible Hulk - and some licensing issues with Universal - so it's not entirely surprising that a She-Hulk movie hasn't happened yet.
But the high-profile of Jennifer Walters within the Marvel Universe — she’s currently Marvel's flagship Hulk — combined with the warm reception to Mark Ruffalo's cinematic Hulk does make it feel at least possible that she'll pop up somewhere sooner rather than later.
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.
KA-ZAR5 of 12
The Savage Land-dwelling Ka-Zar may have you saying "who?", and we really can't blame you. This lesser-known Marvel hero, his lover and adventuring partner Sheena, and his tiger Zabu had a moment in the spotlight in the 90s with a well-received series, but Ka-Zar has largely gone under the radar since then.
But with Marvel constantly working to explore new genres in the framework of superhero films, Ka-Zar might be a perfect choice. With a story sorta like Tarzan's (minus some of the problematic elements and with a sci-fi veneer on top), Ka-Zar could be a high-flying adventure film that also introduces the Savage Land to the MCU... and with that, dinosaurs.
(Devil Dinosaur... is that you peeking out in that underbrush?)
And hey, Marvel Studios has made mountains out of molehills before - look at the Guardians of the Galaxy.
SPIDER-WOMAN6 of 12
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.
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 have partnered for Spider-Man: Homecoming and its sequels, Marvel may also have access to Jessica Drew as well.
With Sony pursuing films about some of Spidey's other supporting cast - such as Venom, Silver Sable, and Black Cat - it seems likely that a version of Spider-Woman could make her way to the big screen in the foreseeable future - MCU or not.
SHANG-CHI7 of 12
For all the controversy Netflix's Iron Fist has generated, one name keeps coming up in the discussion - Shang Chi.
Since Shang-Chi is the Master of Kung Fu (and yeah, he's got some problematic elements too) an ass-kicking, non-stop fight movie seems like a safe bet for something fans would want to see - especially those left cold by Iron Fist.
NAMOR8 of 12
Namor the Sub-Mariner is not only one of Marvel's most important characters, he's also one of the oldest, literally — his first appearance was in Marvel Comics #1 in 1939.
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 and has been a member of the X-Men (the rights to both of which were in 20th Century Fox’s hands for a while). 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.
And now that those aforementioned FF and X-Men film rights come home to Marvel Studios thanks to Disney’s in progress deal to buy Fox’s media assets, some of those possibilities will be closer than ever to becoming reality.
MOON KNIGHT9 of 12
Somehow, Moon Knight feels like an "always the bridesmaid" candidate for a Marvel movie - his name is always being rumored, but when the announcements come, there's no Moon Knight to be found.
But we know the schizophrenic vigilante is on Marvel's radar (especially after the success of Legion) because Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn said he's got a great idea for a Moon Knight movie.
But with Gunn confirmed to direct Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is there a chance the director's vision will ever see he light of day?
ADAM WARLOCK10 of 12
Even though James Gunn admitted that the cocoon’s presence in the first film was no coincidence, Adam Warlock didn't show up in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 - but he did get a cryptic mention as a new creation of Elizabeth Debicki's Ayesha at the end of the film, portending his appearance in a later MCU film.
Soon... but not yet.
KAMALA KHAN11 of 12
The star of the breakout hit Ms. Marvel, one of Marvel's top-selling digital titles, is kind of a no-brainer when it comes to a film adaptation.
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.
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.
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