One of the best parts about the Marvel Cinematic Universe is that it is continuously expanding. Every movie, television show, or one-shot expands the world in some way, shape, or form. Marvel appears to be attempting to reconstruct their comic universe on screen.
Everyone has their favorite heroes, villains, and anti-heroes. There are dozens of characters that we could see pop up in the MCU. For now, I pick a few that I think would fit well into the established Universe.
My long-time readers know that I spent a lot of time before Guardians predicting that Nova was on his way for a post-credits scene. I’m eating those words now and somewhere on Duckworld Howard is laughing at me. In short, no character has been better set up than Nova. Not only were the Nova Corps heavily set up in Guardians of the Galaxy, but Richard Ryder’s predecessor, Rhomman Dey, was featured in the film, played by John C. Reilly.
Nova is nicknamed the “Human Rocket”, with good reason. His status among the Nova Corps is one similar to a space cop. When the Annihilation Wave came, however, he was thrust into a leadership position to stand up to Annihilus. Throughout the Annihilation Wave, he even has an interesting relationship with Peter Quill.
He would fit well because he is already set up well. I would like to see him in Guardians 2 or other similarly cosmic movies in the future.
Moon Knight is one of the few heroes with some serious mental issues. He has multiple personality disorder. Beyond that, his multiple personalities are aware of each other and actually converse within his mind. For this reason, he is a billionaire, a taxi driver, and a superhero.
Moon Knight is something similar to Batman for Marvel. He uses ninja stars and often gets decently bloody. Unfortunately for the character, he never quite found his niche in comic publications. His own series never lasted very long, but he was consistently popular guest-starring in other series.
When the Defenders roster was announced, many fans pointed out how well Moon Knight would fit among them. He is a street-level hero that has often tangled with and occasionally against the other Defenders. He would fit in “Phase 2” of the Defenders.
Yes, there is a Captain Marvel movie coming. I’m talking about the original guy. Captain Mar-Vell was a Kree that came to Earth to spy, fell in love with it, and became one of its greatest champions. He often fought against Thanos and was one of the first cosmic-level characters in Marvel.
Unfortunately, Mar-Vell is often viewed only through his relationship to Carol Danvers, the new Captain Marvel, formerly known as Ms. Marvel. While Mar-Vell was pivotal in her story, he spent a long time doing his own thing. Captain Mar-Vell died in a graphic novel issued by Marvel. He got cancer and died on Mars, surrounded by his friends. Although that doesn’t sound like the heroic death we’d expect, the novel dealt with the harsh issues of death and disease and is widely celebrated.
I expect to see Mar-Vell in Captain Marvel. If he was not involved in the film, I would be very disappointed.
Adam Warlock was created to be the perfect being. He rebelled against his creators and spent much of his life as one of the most mysterious and popular cosmic figures in Marvel. Wearing a sole gem on his forehead, he was a member of the Guardians of the Galaxy for a time.
Warlock’s true moments of glory were with Thanos, however. Numerous times, Thanos’ rise to power was disrupted by Warlock, including during the Infinity Gauntlet story arc. I’ve written about this character in his own article, which you can find here.
He could fit in very well among the Guardians in their second outing, or in Avengers 3: Infinity Wars.
You probably saw this coming. I have written consistently about the need to introduce the Punisher at some point during the MCU. The Punisher is the chief Anti-Hero in Marvel who fully embodies moral ambiguity in the quest for justice. After his family was killed, Frank Castle declared war on crime. Unlike most heroes, he doesn’t hesitate to provide the kill shot in the name of justice, which puts him at odds against other heroes.
Punisher has had run-ins with Spider-Man, Daredevil, and numerous other street-level heroes. Castle has had two films already, but the rights now belong to Disney, where I wait for them to utilize them.
Punisher would fit extremely well into the Defenders, although there is comic precedent to introduce him in either Civil War or the Spider-Man film. In the end, I believe he should end up in the Defenders.
What do you think? Should Marvel take these characters out for a spin? Or did I miss one of your favorites? Answer the poll and sound off in the comments. I love reading them. For now, only time will tell.