Over less than a decade, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has transformed comic book superheroes like Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America into cinematic icons. Even lesser-known figures like the Guardians of the Galaxy and Ant-Man have led their own box office hits. However, despite the increasing number of characters that populate the MCU on both the big screen and television, many notable Marvel characters still remain absent. Now that Spider-Man has officially joined the group, here are six superheroes and villains that need to join the MCU next.
After the original Wesley Snipes trilogy and a short-lived television series, day-walking vampire hunter Blade has faded from the spotlight. However, now that Marvel has reclaimed the rights to the character, it seems like only a matter of time before he finds his way into the MCU. After all, the dark tone of the character and his world would be the perfect fit for a Netflix series along the lines of established hits Daredevil and Jessica Jones.
Their world-devouring intergalactic villain has already appeared onscreen before (sort of…) in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. However, fans were less than pleased by his depiction there, and the fact that the character’s rights are currently owned by Fox have put the kibosh on including him in the MCU. If Marvel were able to strike a deal with Fox similar to the one they have with Sony, Galactus would be the perfect “big bad” the MCU could start building toward in Phase 4.
3. The Fantastic Four
Fox’s 2015 reboot of this quartet of heroes has most fans most ardent than ever in their desire for Marvel’s First Family to finally return home. After all, Reed Richards is among the most brilliant minds in the comic books, and the addition of such a well-known set of characters could only help to flesh out the MCU even further. The Fantastic Four have yet to truly be given the film treatment they deserve. Here’s hoping it happens sometime soon.
4. Doctor Doom
Just like the Fantastic Four, this super-villain has yet to be captured effectively on film, despite three major appearances thus far. One of the most iconic Marvel super-villains, this Latverian genius and sorcerer could serve as the next breakout MCU villain character, filling the void that may soon be emptied by Loki’s exit from the films. Few characters who would be as perfect for a future Avengers film as Doom, whose power is surely a force to be reckoned with.
5. Wolverine (and the X-Men in general)
Now that Spider-Man has finally joined the MCU, fans are clamoring louder than ever that the other branch of missing Marvel heroes cross over into the Marvel Studios films. While Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine is the obvious choice given his insane popularity, the X-Men as a whole could really add new dimension to the MCU. Even if the characters only make appearances in a single MCU film, at least Marvel Studios could acknowledge the sixteen years of films Fox has made about the mutant team.
6. Ghost Rider
Like Blade, rights to this Marvel anti-hero have finally returned to Marvel after two disappointing films starring Nicolas Cage in the lead. Stunt motorcyclist Johnny Blaze brings with him a compelling visual style as well as a rich supernatural backstory involving demons and magic. The darker tone of the character’s world might not be quite the right fit for the family-friendly MCU slate, but Netflix could be the right destination for Johnny Blaze to ride again. [Update, 9/15/16: Ghost Rider will appear in season 4 of Agents of SHIELD.]
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