GENERATION M1 of 15
This week, Professor X returned to the land of the living in an unexpected way with Astonishing X-Men #6 - it's something Marvel and series writer Charles Soule promised was coming, just how it came about was... unique.
And then there's who showed up in Doctor Strange #382.
And with yet two more "Legacy" era return on the books, Newsarama figured it's high time to look at the characters and stories that the Marvel Universe is still sorely missing.
Some of these elements are still technically floating around the Marvel Universe, but what we're wondering is, when will we see some of these concepts brought back to their classic roots in the "Legacy" mindset?
We're not necessarily holding our breaths, but a status quo update on some of these folks seems basically inevitable.
MARVELMAN2 of 15
Marvel hasn’t done much with Marvelman/Miracleman since acquiring the rights to the character several years ago. Yes, they’ve reprinted portions of the series, but we’re looking for new material – and maybe even a place in the Marvel Universe.
OK, so it’s a bit of a longshot, and no, he's technically not a classic Marvel concept. But if DC can reinvigorate their line (and return to “classic” characters) by bringing in Doctor Manhattan and the Comedian, surely Marvel can find a compelling place for an iconic but troubled hero in theirs.
MAR-VELL3 of 15
Captain Mar-Vell, a.k.a. Captain Marvel, was one of the first Marvel heroes to die a for real, forever death all the way back in Jim Starlin’s 1982 OGN The Death of Captain Marvel.
The Captain Marvel name lives on in Carol Danvers, the former ally and protégé of Mar-Vell, and the Kree warrior himself has made a handful of brief appearances in the last 35 years, but a true return for Mar-Vell has never been attempted.
Mar-Vell will reportedly appear in 2019's Captain Marvel film, with Jude Law said to be in talks to portray him. That may be enough of a reason to finally bring the Kree hero back once and for all.
BIG HERO 64 of 15
OK, we’ll admit – we just like Big Hero 6. The comic book version of the team does vary slightly from the winning portrayal that made it into Disney’s 2014 film, but Baymax, Hiro, Go Go, Wasabi, and Honey Lemon seem like the perfect characters to adapt to the page – especially since they’re got their own show on Disney XD.
Yes, it's a different kind Marvel legacy, but we think it's one worth bringing back in a big way.
NEW WARRIORS5 of 15
The idea of the New Warriors may feel a little obsolete with the younger Champions filling the junior heroes niche, but with a TV show on the horizon (maybe), it seems like it’s just a matter of time before the team is revived in comic books too.
Marvel’s tried to make the team work a couple times in the last few years, but it hasn’t stuck around. But here’s what we’d like to see. Let’s bring back the classic team – Justice, Nova, Firestar, Night Thrasher, Speedball, Namorita, and so on – and bolster the ranks with some new blood. Maybe Squirrel Girl, who currently finds herself without a team affiliation after the end of U.S.Avengers, and who is one of the central characters in the proposed TV series?
XAVIER'S SCHOOL6 of 15
Spoilers ahead for this week's Astonishing X-Men #6.
Kitty Pryde is still leading the X-Men in teaching young mutants in X-Men: Gold even though their school is stuck in Central Park. But since the death of Charles Xavier - and the fracturing of the X-Men into two distinct camps - the X-Men's scholastic endeavors have fallen by the wayside.
Of course, Xavier is back, so maybe the one-time figurehead of mutantkind will be able to get things back on track. But given that he's got a svelte new genetically engineered super soldier body courtesy of Fantomex, we're betting he's not gonna be the headmaster type.
Still, it was Xavier's dream that started it all, so with him back on his feet (see what we did there?) maybe we'll see a return to form for the school that bears his name.
X-FORCE7 of 15
Cable’s back. Deadpool’s more popular than ever. They’re teaming up with Domino in Deadpool 2 - now bring ‘em all back together on the page and give us a new X-Force that really capitalizes on that core dynamic. (Not to mention the movie in the works.)
Yeah, Cannonball and Sunspot have been tied up in U.S.Avengers, but they may have a lot more free time once "Avengers: No Surrender" wraps up and closes the book on that team. And there are plenty of other worthy characters from the classic team who are primed for a comeback – Boom Boom, anyone? – and centering the team on the Cable/Deadpool dynamic would be kind of a “having your cake and eating it too” solution.
Also, we hear Shatterstar and Rictor (and their new mustaches) need jobs. Call ‘em up!
CYCLOPS8 of 15
Now that the original Jean Grey is definitely returning, what we’d like to see is the original Scott Summers back in health and good form. Maybe there’s little hope of them existing as a couple – too much baggage (and too much weirdness with their teenage selves) – but the dynamic they bring to the X-Men universe is undeniable, and has been noticeably missing in recent years.
Maybe the solution lies in the return of another long-lost X-Men mainstay – Professor X. Now that he's back - and in a new body, to boot - maybe more ol' Slim could be due for a resurrection as well.
Speaking of iconic Marvel married couples...
THE SPIDER-MARRIAGE9 of 15
Yes, we know that technically we can read about a married Peter Parker and Mary Jane in Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows, and yes, we do realize that means Marvel probably won't bring Peter and MJ back together in mainstream continuity anytime soon.
But really, what we're looking for is for Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson to have a relationship. MJ and Peter rarely even cross paths these days, but considering their marriage didn't end due to unhappiness or strife, we'd like to think there's room in the mainstream Marvel Universe for Peter and MJ to be in each others' lives.
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY10 of 15
The original Guardians of the Galaxy made a return a few years ago after the unlikely success of the film featuring the new guys, but their title, Guardians 3000, quickly fizzled out as the even more obscure spin-off to an already obscure property. But that was before members of the original Guardians showed up onscreen in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, sparking a renewed interest in the sci-fi superheroes.
We’re not gonna go out on a limb to suggest that these guys could support a second Guardians of the Galaxy ongoing series, but the Marvel Universe is a little less expansive without them in it. And considering that it’s called “Marvel Legacy,” bringing back these former cosmic mainstays in a guest spot or supporting role – as in the film – would be icing on the cake.
With Guardians of the Galaxy confirmed to be ending with #150, maybe the big story writer Gerry Duggan has promised in its aftermath could lead to bringing back a few of the classics, too.
NICK FURY/UATU11 of 15
Marvel has been dipping their toes back into the espionage world with titles like Secret Wariors and Tales of Suspense, so while we're at it, we’d really love to see the original Fury return from his exile in space as the Unseen. Make him the iconic, retired agent who still knows too much - Marvel’s version of The X-Files’ Smoking Man – and bring him back down to Earth to do what he does best.
On that note, isn’t it about time Earth got a new Watcher? Ever since the death of Uatu – stemming from the same Original Sin events that changed Fury’s place in the Marvel Universe – the cosmic observers of all important events have been largely absent. And quite frankly, it just doesn’t feel like the “classic” Marvel Universe without Uatu’s face looming in the distance as the publisher’s meta-story reaches major turning points.
BRUCE BANNER12 of 15
Bruce Banner has only been dead a little over a year, having been killed in 2016's Civil War II, but we're already champing at the bit for Marvel to bring him back.
The original Hulk is a fan-favorite - especially since he's gotten so popular in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. His return is practically inevitable - Marvel is even already teasing it as part of the upcoming weekly story "Avengers: No Surrender."
And with Amadeus Cho - the current Totally Awesome Hulk - returning from his jaunt to Sakaar to a new "World War Hulk" story that Marvel says will bring him to his "final fate," the return of Banner is looking more and more likely every day.
DR. DOOM/GALACTUS13 of 15
Yeah yeah, both Doctor Doom and Galactus are still alive and kicking in the Marvel Universe, but there's a small problem there: they're the good guys.
Or at least, kinda good guys. Seriously, two of Marvel's deadliest villains have joined the side of the angels. Galactus is now the Lifebringer, having bonded with a Celestial Lifeseed, and Doom is using some of Tony Stark's old armor as the Infamous Iron Man.
Of course, Tony Stark seems to be returning in the very near future, so it's entirely possible Doom will go back to his old ways eventually. Galactus on the other hand is going to have to find his appetite to reclaim his status as one of the publisher's top cosmic threats.
Of course, having the Fantastic Four back in fighting shape might help speed the idea along...
FANTASTIC FOUR14 of 15
This one’s a no-brainer. The bottom line is, there’s no better way to signal the return of the “classic” Marvel Universe than bringing back the team that started it all – the Fantastic Four – especially with a “Legacy” issue number on the cover.
Yes, Marvel is gonna have to find the right niche for their first family to make a revival successful, but the question of when the Richards family will return has been on the minds of readers since the end of Secret Wars - coincidentally, the same milestone that some more cantankerous fans see as the moment when the “classic” Marvel Universe went the way of the dinosaur.
Ben Grimm and Johnny Storm will be back in each others’ company in “Legacy” for the relaunched Marvel Two-In-One (in a story titled “The Fate of the Four” no less), but what we want is the full FF, all in one place again.
So bring them all back together – Reed, Sue, Johnny, Ben, Valeria, and Franklin – and find a way to recapture the sense of adventure, ingenuity, and family that defined the original Marvel Universe.
Easier said than done, we’ll admit, but for the FF, the impossible has always been within reach.
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