Since its launch in 2008, the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has continued to expand, introducing new heroes, villains, and worlds. With the launch of Phase 5 and the start of the multiverse saga, the franchise is currently at a point where it’s uniquely positioned to add more comic book characters to its roster.
Along with introducing a slew of younger heroes to potentially replace older ones, the MCU is also expanding its narrative with TV shows and specials. Therefore, he can increase the number of characters he introduces to the MCU without having to invest in a feature film. However, with Marvel Comics teeming with thousands of characters, the MCU has to be a bit selective about who it brings into the fold. The characters with the power to make things happen or the most interesting origin stories are the ones most likely to make it onto the screen. With that in mind, here are the 10 characters we most want to see enter the MCU.
Recently, Robert Reynolds (aka Sentry) has become one of the most rumored characters to enter the MCU. Rumor has it that he will be the main villain of Love at first sight and that Marvel is eyeing Ryan Gosling or Alexander Skarsgård for the role. If Sentry joins the MCU, he’ll be one of the most powerful characters to appear there yet. Reynolds gained the power of a million explosive suns when he injected himself with the Golden Sentry Serum in hopes of getting high. He exists in Marvel both as a hero (Sentry) and as a villain he sometimes manifests, the Void. Considering Reynolds’ power and tragic history, any movie featuring the character will be quite brutal and interesting. He’s the kind of flawed, complex, and conflicted antihero the MCU needs the most.
If DC has a Superman, then Marvel should have one too. There are several different iterations of Marcus Milton (aka Hyperion), but most see him as a baby of the Eternal Race sent to Earth and raised by human parents. He grows in his powers of superhuman strength, durability, stamina, speed, flight, and atomic vision, and becomes a member of the Squadron Supreme superhero team. In some iterations, however, he takes advantage of his powers and tries to give himself supreme authority over others in the name of good.
Ultimately, he’s a true hero with enough flaws and power to make him interesting and potentially dangerous. A Marvel-fied Superman who sometimes isn’t a hero would be interesting for the MCU.
We already know that the MCU officially introduces the Fantastic Four. So if the Fantastic Four are in the MCU, we need Doctor Doom too. You can’t have one without the other. In the comics, the Fantastic Four and Doctor Doom have an iconic rivalry. He’s the most high-profile villain on the team, spurred on by a decades-old beef with Reed Richards.
In addition to his classic revenge storyline, he’s a genius, inventor, wizard, and tech creator who can mimic the powers of Marvel’s Mightiest Beings. Doctor Doom is easily one of Marvel’s best and most prominent villains, and fans won’t stop clamoring for it now that the MCU is adding the Fantastic Four to the mix.
James Madrox (aka Multiple Man) may not be Marvel’s most powerful character, but he can create mind-blowing effects and he has an interesting backstory. Madrox is a changeling, a subset of mutants who manifest their abilities from birth. Any kinetic energy, like a slap on the back, causes it to duplicate itself. As an adult, he worked with superhero teams X-Factor, X-Corps, and Fallen Angels.
At one point, Madrox had a very interesting story arc where he worked as a detective. The MCU hasn’t really explored the mystery genre, and a detective storyline with an investigator who can create unlimited duplicates of himself makes for a pretty intriguing and trippy premise.
If the MCU is going to have magic users like Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen), they should also have Jericho Drumm (aka Brother Voodoo). Drumm is originally from Haiti and is motivated to become a voodoo master after his brother’s death, bonding with his brother’s spirit and gaining the powers of the voodoo gods. He can communicate with animals and the dead, and summon his brother’s spirit to double his powers.
Brother Voodoo’s connection to the voodoo gods gives him a level of mystical power that few in Marvel can contain. He also became the Sorcerer Supreme at some point and further elevated his power with the Cloak of Levitation and the Eye of Agamotto. If anyone becomes Doctor Strange’s successor in the MCU, it should be a character who embraces the supernatural and draws inspiration from the rich history of voodoo.
MCU heroes have been so serious so far, but it’s time they introduced some of Marvel Comics’ most abstract heroes. Squirrel Girl, born Doreen Green, is one of those heroes who is extremely interesting but ultimately inexplicable. She is not a mutant, so the source of her ability to communicate with squirrels and mimic their powers is unknown. One day, she just realized she could talk to squirrels, grew a fluffy tail, and gained a bunch of abilities, including night vision, superhuman strength, and quick healing. She’s a cute and funny character with inexplicable powers and a passion for heroism, which makes her very interesting.
No franchise has ever been hurt by starring a totally badass woman, hence why the MCU should consider debuting Heather Douglas (aka Moondragon). After her parents died, Douglas was raised by Titan monks and taught to push her body to its maximum capacity. As a result, although human, Heather managed to tap into her psionic abilities (including telepathy), gained complete control over all functions of her body, and became a skilled martial artist. His own will and strength of mind made Douglas a formidable opponent to both Doctor Strange and Galactus.
There are plenty of MCU characters who need serums, costumes, and inherent superpowers to be heroes, but it’s time for a woman to put them to shame with sheer willpower.
Adam Brashear (aka Blue Marvel) is one of Marvel Comics’ most powerful heroes, but he’s also faced a lot of discrimination. Brashear was a child prodigy and genius who gained anti-matter abilities after an incident with a reactor. He became the Blue Marvel hero, but was asked to quit when the public found out he was an African American.
Despite this gross injustice, Blue Marvel accepted the US government’s demands for his resignation and they faked his death. However, he never stopped having adventures and serving as a hero outside of public view. Blue Marvel has a story as tragic and impactful as Isaiah Bradley’s and it should be told in the MCU as well.
The MCU has already introduced the Nova Corps in guardians of the galaxy, so it makes sense to follow Nova’s introduction. In the comics, Richard Rider is recruited by Rhomann Dey to join the Nova Corps and thus has access to their powers. As a result, he gains superhuman strength, speed, and durability, and becomes a hero in his own right. Rider was just a teenager when he was recruited into the Nova Corps, and if the MCU Spider Man trilogy showed us something, and that is that young heroes have a certain appeal to audiences. guardians of the galaxy has already opened the door to Nova, and all we need is a youthful, relatable portrayal of him to make the hero a phenomenon.
Although Ultron (James Spader) was killed in Avengers: Age of Ultronthe Disney+ series What if…? offers a way for his return. In the comics, Ultron, in need of a companion, creates Jocasta and infuses her with the life force and brain patterns of Janet Van Dyne. Although Ultron designed Jocasta to be submissive, she often betrays him and works for the Avengers. However, she never quite escapes the judgment of Ultron or the Avengers.
With his immense power and compelling arc as a sentient AI, Ultron is a character viewers love to watch, which is why the equally complex Jocasta will likely appeal to viewers as well. She was a sentient AI looking for her own path and acceptance, which made her an interesting addition to the MCU, especially in today’s digital age.
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