There Are Still Marvels Left1 of 12
Today, it was reported that Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige is looking for a way to bring Namor, the Sub-Mariner into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Though many of Marvel's biggest guns have already had multiple film appearances, Namor's absence still goes to show that there are plenty of compelling characters left on Marvel's bench that have never made a movie or TV appearance, much less an MCU one.
Since we're still waiting for news of what comes after Avengers 4, not to mention when the FF and X-Men will make their MCU debut, here are ten characters that have never been on screen ready to debut in Marvel's next ten years of movies.
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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.
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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.
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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 though Thanos did blow up Xandar in Avengers: Infinity War.
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Even though former Guardians of the Galaxy mastermind 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 KHAN6 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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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.
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With Marvel and Netflix's Iron Fist now officially over, there's a martial arts master shaped hole in its live-action presence. And since there's seemingly little chance of Danny Rand making the leap to movies, Shang-Chi might be the perfect addition to Marvel's next wave of heroes.
With unparalleled skill in combat and a level of espionage skill, Shang-Chi could be the perfect successor to the role of Black Widow or Hawkeye in the MCU - the person with no super powers but who is so skilled he still holds his own alongside Kree warriors and Sorcerers Supreme.
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, with multiple filmmakers expressing a desire to helm the film.
Still, it's one of those things that ain't happening till it happens.
SHE-HULK10 of 12
Marvel's had an issue making a Hulk solo film due to a reported agreement that would give Universal distribution rights to a movie with ol' Jade Jaws name on it. And with the original Avengers' stories likely coming to a close in Avengers 4, Marvel may be looking at a "Legacy" option to replace Bruce Banner.
May we suggest Jennifer Walters/She-Hulk? Yeah, her origin may require some tweaking for the big screen, but the fact is she'd offer a POV and an attitude very different from what we've seen in any Hulk movie yet.
Just make sure she's driving that purple Cadillac...
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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. Back in 2006, it was reported that Universal had a Namor movie in development, but that film wound up *ahem* dead in the water.
But it seems as though Marvel Studios may have found a way to secure the rights to one of Marvel Comics' first characters, with Kevin Feige saying the studio is searching for a place to use the Sub-Mariner.
Dare we suggest going all the way back to the timeline of Captain America: The First Avenger to team him up with Jim Hammond as the Invaders?
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