Bring 'Em Back!1 of 11
The first trailer for Captain Marvel soared onto screens this week, featuring the return of Nick Fury and Agent Coulson to the MCU.
It's been a while since either character played a major role in a Marvel film (though Fury had a brief cameo in Avengers: Infinity War and Coulson's been headlining Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), but they're not the only long-lost Marvel characters worthy of a return.
Here are nine characters we'd like to see return to the MCU.
Doc Samson2 of 11
Leonard Samson may not have gotten super when Ty Burrell played him in The Incredible Hulk, but that doesn’t mean the Hulk’s psychiatrist wouldn’t have a place in the MCU if he returned.
Marvel wouldn’t even have to hulk Doc Samson out to give him a niche; make him the Avengers' top expert on superhero psychology - they'll need it given what happened in Avengers: Infinity War.
Of course, if Marvel wanted to give him a green ponytail and blue tights, the cult favorite character’s fans would likely not argue.
Helen Cho3 of 11
Helen Cho played a small but key role in Age of Ultron as the scientist whose technology allowed Ultron to build the Vibranium body that would eventually become the Vision. But there’s still lots of untapped potential for the character, whose comic book son is none other than Amadeus Cho.
And honestly, having another female Science-Bro would be a major asset to the MCU. Sure, we now have Shuri kicking all kinds of technological ass in Wakanda, but if we can have Tony Stark and Bruce Banner and Henry Pym, there's more than enough room for Helen too.
Science Bros may be no more.. so what about Science Sisters?
Howard the Duck4 of 11
In some ways, a major role for Howard the Duck in a Marvel movie just might be a bridge too far (and more than a little comical considering Disney once sued Marvel over the character allegedly infringing on Donald Duck), but fans seem to have been delighted by his cameos in the Guardians of the Galaxy movies. And given his hilarious role in Marvel Comics, he might at least have enough juice in him for an extended cameo or subplot.
Or, if Marvel is feeling brave, they could go all the way and try a feature film – as long as they learn every possible lesson from the George Lucas-produced box office bomb of the 80s.
Human Torch5 of 11
“Human Torch? Comeback?” you’re asking. “Isn’t he part of the Fantastic Four, likely newly-joining the MCU in the coming years?
Well, not so fast. Pending Disney-Fox merger aside, we’re actually talking about Jim Hammond, the original Human Torch who fought alongside Captain America and Namor as the Invaders in World War II.
And though Hammond hasn’t exactly played a role in the MCU previously, he did appear as an Easter egg in Captain America: The First Avenger, so what we’re after is a role for him as a fully fleshed-out character.
Given Hammond’s origin as an android built with advanced science, and his comic book connection to the Vision (whose original body was built with components of one of Hammond’s bodies), he’d make for a very interesting addition to the MCU.
Justin Hammer6 of 11
Sam Rockwell’s quirky Justin Hammer was one of the best parts of the not-so-well-regarded Iron Man 2, and references to Hammer-tech have made their way into several other MCU properties since that film. So why not bring back Stark’s former rival for another go round in the movies?
There’s an easy in, here – Stark may be on board with the government-sponsored Avengers spinning out of Captain America: Civil War, but he likely won’t brook some of the shadier government practices that won’t stop now that he’s on the payroll.
Solution: Bring in Hammer to do the dirty work Stark won’t do. Someone’s gotta reverse-engineer all the tech the government seized when they captured Ant-Man, Hawkeye, and Falcon - not to mention what Thanos' minions might leave behind.
Abomination & The Leader7 of 11
The Abomination may have been defeated at the end of The Incredible Hulk, but it takes a hell of a lot to keep a gamma-irradiated super-monster down. Given that the MCU has a bit of a dearth of super strong villains that can pose a physical threat to characters as strong as the Avengers, it seems like the Abomination would be a perfect dark horse choice to return and take them on – especially if someone like Baron Zemo forms a Masters of Evil-type team. He was reportedly in an early draft of Avengers: Age of Ultron in just such a role.
And while we’re at it, how about bringing back Tim Blake Nelson’s Samuel Sterns? When last we saw him – almost a decade ago – Hulk’s gamma-tainted blood was flooding his brain, potentially turning him into the Leader, Hulk’s super-smart arch-foe. Let’s tie up those loose ends, Marvel!
Jane Foster8 of 11
Now that Pepper Potts has made her MCU comeback in Spider-Man: Homecoming and then Avengers: Infinity War, we’d like some resolution for the relationship between Thor and Jane Foster - even if Marvel Studios won't go ahead with Foster's recent comic book stories as Thor herself.
Given Foster's absence from Thor: Ragnarok, we're not holding our breaths. But with Thor back on Earth in Avengers: Infinity War, we're hoping to get more than an off-handed comment about a break-up to settle one of the MCU's earliest romances.
The Nova Corps9 of 11
The Nova Corps are dead. Long live the Nova Corps.
The Nova Corps were seemingly decimated off-screen in the opening moments of Avengers: Infinity War through Thanos' exposition - and possession of the Power Stone that Peter Quill gave them in the end of Guardians of the Galaxy.
But what if that's not the end?
In comic books, the Nova Corps were snuffed out only to be revived with Sam Alexander and a slow gradual re-expansion of the empire including a the return of the original Nova Richard Rider and more. That could be what Marvel Studios is setting the table for here with a post-Phase 4 idea in mind.
Another overlooked avenue for this is the 1990s-set Captain Marvel. Remember, Guardians of the Galaxy established that Nova Prime recently signed a peace agreement ending a thousand-year war with the Kree. So the Kree are in Captain Marvel, and its set in the 1990s... Could Captain Marvel and Starforce cross paths with the Nova Corps there?
Zemo10 of 11
Daniel Bruhl's Zemo was the diabolical mastermind behind the events of Captain America: Civil War, and despite turning the government against Captain America, splitting up the Avengers, and killing T'Challa's father, he was still alive and imprisoned by the end of the film.
And when it comes to supervillains, that usually means there are more plans in store down the road.
As for what that may look like, well, Zemo did have a little team in comic books called the Thunderbolts - former villains masquerading as heroes, who later worked as a black-ops squad for the government.
Sounds like a perfect fit for the MCU - don'tcha think?
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