Marvel characters that need to be on TV/film: Part 1

With Netflix’s recent release of the first of five new television series set in the Marvel cinematic universe, I began to think about other characters who aren’t currently featured in a film or television shows and those not currently in pre or post-production. My list does not discriminate between which film studios currently have the rights to characters. It’s just a simple of list of characters that need to show up quickly.



In my opinion the Punisher, also known as Frank Castle, would be the easiest to put into one of these mediums. He’s just a regular guy with no superpowers, but Nick Fury was once quoted as saying that he has the same destructive potential as the Hulk. The reasoning is that Frank Castle has years of Special Forces training, he’s a weapons and demolitions expert and he’ll resort to any means to capture or kill criminals. You could say that he has a very particular set of skills that he’s acquired over a very long career.

The Punisher, aka Frank Castle (Photo credit:

The Punisher, aka Frank Castle. (Photo credit:

There have been a total of three standalone films featuring the Punisher, but none of them having garnered a sequel. Personally, I like the latest two, but that’s just me. The film rights have been reverted back to Marvel Studios from Lionsgate. I believe that he could easily appear in Agents of SHIELD or in the upcoming Captain America: Civil War as an ex-SHIELD agent going after criminals and the like.



Namor, also known as the Sub-Mariner, is one of Marvel’s oldest characters. With that said, he’s yet to appear in any film medium. Namor is also the king of Atlantis.  He’s half human and half Atlantean, which makes him technically a mutant. Because of his mutant DNA, he’s just as strong as the Hulk and can also fly due to tiny Hermes-esque wings on his feet. He generally doesn’t like nor trust humans and has been known on occasion to align and sometimes attack the X-Men, Avengers and Fantastic Four. And even after all of this he’s still considered a hero and not a villain.

Namor, the Sub-Mariner (Photo credit:

Namor, the Sub-Mariner. (Photo credit:

His film rights are believed to now belong to Marvel, so he could be showing up in any number of films or shows. I believe that he could easily show up in a future Avengers, Inhumans or even Black Panther film for the Marvel cinematic universe. As Black Panther is the king of his country, he has at times been one of the few individuals that Namor has listened to and respected.



Cable is definitely a fan favorite and has surprisingly not appeared in any of the previous X-Men films. He is the son of Cyclops and Madelyn Pryor, a clone of Jean Grey, who was then sent into the future. He has telepathic and telekinetic abilities and has been given several techno-organic body parts that have given him enhanced abilities such as improved strength and vision. Because Cable comes from the future, he has improved weaponry and the ability to time travel.

Cable aka Nathan Summers.  (Photo credit:

Cable aka Nathan Summers. (Photo credit:

In my opinion, Cable should have been in the latest X-Men movie, X-Men: Days of Future Past, as it was not only set in the past but also in the future and his story arcs usually deal with anything related to time travel. I can realistically imagine 20th Century Fox casting Cable in the next franchise film, X-Men: Age of Apocalypse, but also I can picture him in the upcoming Deadpool film, as they both had a long running comic book series together.



Spider-Woman is a character that I’m very amazed hasn’t shown up yet. As Marvel looks to diversify its film and character roster, why wouldn’t they add a major female character? Spider-Woman, also known as Jessica Drew, is of no relation to Spider-Man. The same spider that bit Peter Parker didn’t bite her. There is no relationship at all: zip, zero, nada. She has several abilities including superhuman strength, speed and stamina. She can omit concussive blasts from her hand and she can emit pheromones to attract men and repulse women.

Spider-Woman, aka Jessica Drew. (Photo credit:

Spider-Woman, aka Jessica Drew. (Photo credit:

I can definitely see her in a future Captain America film or in the Agents of SHIELD television show, as she was originally a HYDRA agent who then worked at SHIELD as a double agent. She could even fit into both series, let alone a standalone film.



Though unloved by many, Sentry is a personal favorite of mine. Also known as Robert Reynolds, he’s ultimately one of the strongest characters in the Marvel Comics universe. His origin story is simple: he was an addict that broke into a laboratory to get high. He took an extremely high dose of the super soldier serum that gave Captain America his powers and now he’s just as strong as the Hulk (once picked up Ares, the god of war, and ripped him in half) and can fly to the sun and back in a matter of minutes. He has control over matter–not only his molecules, but also others around him (he managed to bring his wife back to life one time). He reminds me of a blonde version of Superman, but one that has even more abilities.

The Sentry, aka Robert Reynolds. (Photo credit:

The Sentry, aka Robert Reynolds. (Photo credit:

I believe a standalone film would do extremely well. He has an alternate personality that goes by the name of the Void. The Void has said “for every person that the Sentry saves he (the Void) will go ahead and kill.” As his film rights were never sold, they belong solely to Marvel. I could picture him in a film featuring the Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy or even his own film series.

What characters would you add to this list? Check back next week for my second installment of three to see if they made my list.


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  • Power-Man and Iron-Fist: Heroes for Hire would make a phenomenal screen adaptation. Having written that I’m shocked it hasn’t happened yet.

  • Netflix is releasing a Luke Cage series in 2016 along with an Iron Fist miniseries. Jeph Loeb at Marvel Television said in 2013 that they’d been talking about making a Heroes For Hire movie, but I’m guessing the Netflix series is happening instead.

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