WHO'S NEXT?1 of 13
With Spider-Man: Far From Home now in theaters, Marvel Studios' 'Infinity Saga' has officially come to a close. And as for what's next, well ... we're still guessing.
While we've previously made some wild predictions about the future of the MCU (Captain America 4, anyone?), today we're looking at things from a different angle, presenting 11 movies Marvel should make next.
MARVEL/MIRACLEMAN2 of 13
Let’s face it, Marvel is a multi-media entertainment company in the truest sense of the word now. Yes, no doubt the comic book division still operates with a certain amount of autonomy and we’re not suggesting everything is developed as a comic book with eyes toward a feature film, live-action, or animated TV series in mind.
But Marvel has spent a looonnggg-time and undoubtedly some considerable legal fees to apparently finally iron out the rights issues surrounding Marvelman. So the question becomes, did they go through all that strictly for the comic book publishing rights?
Maybe. But could there be a bigger play here?
The Marvel Universe doesn’t really have a Superman archetype among its core stable of characters (though Hyperion, a direct Superman analogue, has appeared in Avengers and Squadron Supreme, and even briefly held a solo title in recent years), and no doubt Marvel Studios is probably feeling pretty good about what they could turn out if they had one.
Marvel/Miracleman has an interesting enough back-story to fuel free press were Marvelman developed into a big screen property and Neil Gaiman potentially being in the mix offers some intriguing possibilities as well.
A long-shot yes, but something to keep an eye on - especially considering that Marvel went through to acquire the character.
MS. MARVEL3 of 13
Sticking with Marvel namesakes...
With Captain Marvel now a key part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, what better time to show her immediate impact on the world?
Whether Kamala's an Inhuman in the MCU or not might be a question - but there's plenty of room to tie her origin even more directly to Carol Danvers.
Now that Spider-Man is back under the Marvel movie umbrella, Kamala's place as the MCU's likely Peter Parker type isn't as strong a foothold, but her youth and energy are still something special. The fact that she’s a non-Christian woman of color really doesn’t hurt things, either, giving a three-pronged booster shot of diversity into the MCU.
And of course, Captain Marvel star Brie Larson has already voiced support for bringing Kamala into the inevitable sequel.
MOON GIRL & DEVIL DINOSAUR4 of 13
Yeah, we could've gone with a safer bets like redo of Blade, but we're going wild with an out-of-the-box suggestion.
We’ve often said the MCU needs some youth. And sure, now it’s got Spider-Man crawling up the walls, but let’s go even younger – how about Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur?
It might be the weirdest concept Marvel would put to film, but what’s not to love about the story of an 8-year-old super genius and her pet dinosaur?
That Moon Girl would open up an almost entirely new demographic in superhero movies is just an added bonus. How many superheroes are little girls – let alone little girls with best friends who are dinosaurs?
Marvel Animation is already working on a Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur series, and animation and movies are often close together on what characters they focus on - so why not?
KILLRAVEN5 of 13
Oh right, like Guardians of the Galaxy and Ant-Man were obvious, likely choices?
This one would need some liberal adaptation of its comic book roots, however. Just think ‘gladiators and descendants of superheroes in a post-apocalyptic Marvel Universe.‘ Think 300 meets The Avengers meets any post-apocalyptic film ever, really.
And the apocalypse could be from any number of events – aliens, robots, or how about zombies? The Marvel Cinematic Universe decades afterMarvel Zombies.
Sign us up.
(And don't forget, Marvel has unpublished comic book series by Robert "The Walking Dead" Kirkman and Robert "Deadpool" Liefeld they could pick from, even if just for the name value alone.)
CHAMPIONS6 of 13
Think of a potential Champions movie working the same way a Young Avengers movie might work - with younger heroes banding together to save the world without the approval of the elder heroes.
Some of the pieces are already in place - Peter Parker could easily be the MCU version's Spider-Man. Add in Ms. Marvel (tying into a solo film!), and a young version of Nova, and you've got the core of the team.
Just think about this: with some core Avengers actors now retired from their roles, it's time for Marvel to start looking at the next generation of heroes.
X-MEN7 of 13
Yes, we know Dark Phoenix has only just come and gone from theaters, but Marvel Studios is almost certainly planning how to raise the franchise from the ashes of Fox's films now that Disney's buyout of 21st Century Fox is complete.
There are a few paths Marvel could take to differentiate their films from Fox's - but one thing's for certain, it won't be much like what's come before. And that could be a good thing - given one likely direction for an MCU X-Men film would be to hew closer to comic books.
THUNDERBOLTS8 of 13
The ultimate answer to the ongoing critique of Marvel's one-note movie villains is simple - make a movie that's all villains.
In a way, Thunderbolts would be Marvel's answer to Suicide Squad (not that they necessarily need one) but with a twist - these bad guys actually would try to take over the world, even while they're saving it.
With Captain America: Civil War having put the pieces in place - and we're not just talking Baron Zemo; you can read our theory right here.
POWER PACK9 of 13
Of course, let’s not forget with whom Disney’s bread and butter still lies.
Kids like watching kids on the screen (notice how few Disney Channel and Nick Jr. hits feature adults in the lead role?) With the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s appeal among families/younger audiences at all-time highs, wouldn’t a team of superhero kids set firmly in the MCU and even more firmly in the pure-PG category be a good bet for the movie studio that both defined and is defined by family entertainment?
Even a high-end CGI-animated treatment could give Disney a cousin to Pixar’s The Incredibles and Big Hero 6. The possibilities here are endless.
MOON KNIGHT10 of 13
One of the names that consistently gets brought up as a contender for the MCU both by fans and filmmakers is Moon Knight - Marvel's enigmatic vigilante with multiple identities and a mystic past.
Though Moon Knight is more a cult-classic than a household name, that might mean he's a prime candidate for Marvel to cast their dice on a big screen story focused on a mysterious crimefighter with a troubled past and a connection to a much larger mythos.
A-FORCE11 of 13
Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige hasn't been shy about the idea of banding together some of Marvel's top super-women into a team for an Avengers spin-off movie. In fact, Avengers: Endgame even featured an A-Force type team-up moment in the final battle with Thanos.
And why not? Many of the MCU's most powerful and popular characters are women. So why not take a cue from the original Avengers and unite them in a full-on big screen event movie - the kind Marvel needs to find increasingly more in-roads to create.
FANTASTIC FOUR12 of 13
Now that the FF's film rights are in the hands of Marvel Studios, a new shot at a Fantastic Four movie seems like an inevitably.
Marvel Studios will still have its hands full overcoming the 2015 stinker and the radioactivity surrounding the property, but again considering how deep into their bench they already are, an MCU Fantastic Four just makes too much sense on too many levels NOT to happen.
Phase Four... Fantastic Four... it has a certain ring to it - and we may have even seen such a teaser in Spider-Man: Far From Home.
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