The Best of Who's Left1 of 12The Marvel Cinematic Universe is expanding daily, with new movies, new characters, and new TV series being confirmed all the time. In fact, finding a character to play in the MCU (or the X-Men film universe) is kind of becoming a pastime for Hollywood types – there’s practically a bidding war among young actresses over who might get to play Squirrel Girl when she appears on TV in New Warriors.
But there are still untapped depths to Marvel’s character base, 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.
GALACTUS2 of 12Okay, 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 12Just a couple of years 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 now c-ostarring in a currently ongoing Marvel Universe proper series.
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 as far as we know Nova won't be 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.
SHE-HULK4 of 12Marvel 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.
MILES MORALES5 of 12OK, so Miles Morales is technically going to appear in film from Sony, it’s an animated movie. And since that’s the case, we’d still like to see him brought to the big screen in live action.
With Sony building a second Spidey cinematic universe with some supporting characters, there’s room for Miles in the flesh. And who knows – maybe that animated movie is Sony testing the waters?
SPIDER-WOMAN6 of 12Given 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 are partnered for Spider-Man: Homecoming, 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 and Black Cat - it seems likely that a version of Spider-Woman will make her way to the big screen in the foreseeable future.
SHANG-CHI7 of 12For 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 12Namor 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 (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.
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.
MOON KNIGHT9 of 12Somehow, 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 12After seeing his apparent cocoon in the Collector's chambers in Guardians of the Galaxy, 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 Guardian Vol. 2, and Avengers: Infinity War films.
Even though James Gunn admitted that the cocoon’s presence in the first film was no coincidence, it now appears that it may have belonged to Elizabeth Debicki’s Ayesha, the film’s villain who, in comic books, was incubated in a cocoon just like Adam Warlock’s.
Coupled with Vision taking on many of Warlock’s characteristics in the Avengers films – he’s got an Infinity Gem in his forehead, and he philosophically explores the nature of humanity – it looks like Adam Warlock’s biggest traits may be split up among other characters, making it unlikely he’ll come to the screen himself any time soon.
Just recently, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 director James Gunn said Adam Warlock had been removed from an early version of the film's script - but left the door open for him to appear elsewhere.
KAMALA KHAN11 of 12The 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. Even though her pedigree is a little confusing, Kamala makes perfect sense as a POV character for the recently announced Inhumans film.
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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