Marvel characters that need to be on TV/film: Part 2
As Netflix has just released the first of five new television series set in the Marvel cinematic universe, I began to think about other characters that are not currently featured in a film or television show and not currently in pre-production. This is my second part of a three-part series. (To find part one click HERE.)
Richard Rider, also known as Nova, is a Centurion member of the Nova Corps. You know, the good guys from Guardians of the Galaxy. Nova wields a small portion of the Nova Force which gives him his superhuman powers including superhuman strength, speed and stamina. He can also fly and absorb energy which can then be discharged through his hands. His Nova Corps uniform comes with a number of features that grant him even more enhancements.
He could easily appear in a future Guardians of the Galaxy or Inhumans film, as he usually deals with extraterrestrial affairs. I believe that his character does have enough depth and mythos that he could also bear his own solo film.
Moon Knight is a character not known by many. Like most other interesting superheroes, Moon Knight has a dark past. Before becoming Moon Knight, he was a marine worked for the CIA and a boxer. He gets his super powers from the Egyptian moon god, Khonshu, and the level of his power is dependent upon the phases of the moon. He’s known more as a vigilante with a mythos that follows a character like Batman. The other thing that’s interesting about Moon Knight is that he has dissociative identity disorder due to all of his powers.
I believe that Moon Knight could easily fit in with Agents of SHIELD due to his military background or in future Doctor Strange films, as there is an air of mysticism around him.
Balder and other Asgardians
In all honestly, there are several quintessential Asgardian characters that have surprisingly not appeared in any of the previous Thor films. Balder is Thor’s other half-brother, who in the comic books rules over Asgard in the absence of Odin over both Loki and Thor. Another half-brother of Thor is Tyr. Where was he when Asgard was attacked? We can’t forget the beautiful but deadly Valkyrie. She’s the one who escorts the bravest of warriors to Valhalla, yet we haven’t seen her at all. And the final Thor-related character that we should’ve seen by now is Beta Ray Bill. While he’s technically not an Asgardian, he was the first being other than Thor to wield Mjolnir.
All of these characters can still appear in the next film, Thor: Ragnarok. Though one Asgardian has made a couple of cameos on Agents of SHIELD, I can also see these characters appearing in either future Guardians of the Galaxy or Doctor Strange films.
Venom has always been a fan favorite. But due to the lack of success of his last motion picture presence, Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3, I’d have to say we’ll be waiting a while to see his next appearance. In the comic books, there have been a few individuals who went by the name Venom, but I’m referring to Eddie Brock’s Venom. Eddie Brock was a disgraced journalist who gained control of the symbiote that Spider-Man had. The symbiote grew stronger with rage and Eddie Brock had oodles of it for Spider-Man. Once he became Venom he had many of the same powers of Spider-Man, as well as being able to silence Spider-Man’s “Spidey-sense.”
While Venom appeared in Spider-man 3, his reception was not positive. In the comic books, his character has gone through a transformation where he would now be considered an anti-hero. I can see him in future Spider-Man films as he’s almost universally recognized.
With the pressure of showing more diversity in comic book films, I’m genuinely surprised that there hasn’t been an appearance of She-Hulk. Attorney at law and cousin to Bruce Banner, Jennifer Walters was hurt in an accident and needed a blood transfusion to save her life. The only person available to do this was Dr. Banner. But his blood transformed her into She-Hulk who, like the Hulk, is green and strong. She retained her normal personality and intellect, however she cannot revert and change back into human form like the Hulk.
As far as I know her film rights belong to Marvel, so she’d be able to appear in any number of films or series. I’d like to see her cameo in Daredevil as an opposing attorney for Matt Murdock. If they ever made another standalone Hulk film, I don’t see why she couldn’t appear there as well.
After two weeks, what characters would you have added to this list? Check back next week for my third and final installment to see if they made my list.
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