Favorite Characters Who Might Join the Marvel Cinematic Universe Next
Rather than focusing on the same heroes over and over, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is constantly introducing additional characters from the comic books. And now that the series is looking to move into another era, even more new faces will have to start showing up.
After the dust settles from Infinity War and Marvel looks ahead to Phase 4, here are some of the characters we think will join the series.
1. Moon Knight
Very frequently compared to Batman, Moon Knight is also wealthy and uses gadgets rather than superpowers. However, his origin story is a lot different: he’s a former mercenary who operates as the avatar of an Egyptian god.
Fans for a long time have been begging for a Moon Knight movie, and Marvel President Kevin Feige has actually confirmed that he’s interested in bringing this character to the MCU. However, Feige isn’t sure whether this will happen in the immediate future or not.
James Gunn, the director of the Guardians of the Galaxy movies, says that he has an idea for a Moon Night movie and has shared it with Marvel. He says he personally doesn’t have time to direct it, though. But it does seem like a safe bet that we will see Moon Knight at some point in the future.
Next: Feige says this character has an immediate future with Marvel.
The stage is all set for Nova to appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In the comics, Rhomann Dey, the last member of the Nova Corps, selects a random teenager, Richard Rider, to replace him as he is dying. Richard subsequently gains the powers of flight and super strength.
Fans have been waiting to see this character ever since the Nova Corps were introduced in the first Guardians of the Galaxy. In fact, John C. Reilly played Rhomann Dey himself in that movie. In Avengers: Infinity War (spoiler alert!), Thanos decimates the capital of the Nova Empire off screen, so it’s possible that Rhomann has already passed on his powers and died in this universe.
Feige has said that Nova has “immediate potential” in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, so this seems like a character we might see show up in Phase 4.
Next: Feige says that he’s also considering bringing these characters into the MCU.
3. The Eternals
There’s another group of characters that Feige has said might be coming to the MCU: the Eternals. In an interview with The Wrap, Feige said that the Eternals are “one of many many many things that we are actively beginning to have creative discussions about to see if we believe in them enough to put them on a slate.” Now, an Eternals movie reportedly has writers attached, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
In the comics, the Eternals are an ancient race that was created by the Celestials; they wanted to speed up the humans’ evolutionary process. So the Eternals look like humans, but they are essentially immortal and have a variety of powers, including being able to regenerate damage to their bodies.
Once again, this is an example where it won’t be too hard to introduce the characters since a lot of elements of the Eternals already exist in the MCU. Not only was Peter Quill’s father a Celestial, but Thanos is also an Eternal.
Next: A recent MCU movie already teased this character.
4. Adam Warlock
This character has already sort of appeared in the MCU; the end credits of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 showed Ayesha creating Adam Warlock with the intent of destroying the Guardians. But he can’t really be considered fully introduced until we see him in the flesh, and we still don’t know when that’s going to happen.
Director James Gunn has said that it isn’t a guarantee that Adam will show up in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 because “who knows how long it will take him to bake in that cocoon.” It’s possible the full entrance of Adam will be saved for a future movie, like an Avengers film.
In the comics, Adam is a pretty crucial character; he’s got super strength, speed, stamina, agility, and he’s basically immortal. He was also a key part of the Infinity War. Hopefully, we’ll be seeing him on screen sooner rather than later.
Next: We can’t wait to see this Spider-Man character again.
5. J. Jonah Jameson
A sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming is on the way in 2019, and everyone wants to know which classic characters will be incorporated. Fans are especially curious about who the villain will be. But what we really want to know is when J. Jonah Jameson will be introduced.
Spider-Man’s boss at the Daily Bugle is one of the great characters of that series, played brilliantly by J.K. Simmons in the original Tobey Maguire trilogy. Maybe Peter in the future will start contributing videos of Spider-Man to the Daily Bugle’s website; he was passionate about film in Spider-Man: Homecoming, after all.
So who could play J. Jonah Jameson? There are a number of options, but none are better than just having Simmons do it again. The actor himself has said he’d be open to that.
Next: This character nearly appeared in Black Panther.
6. Kraven the Hunter
Speaking of Spider-Man, there’s another character associated with Peter Parker who might come into play in the future: Kraven the Hunter. While promoting Black Panther, director Ryan Coogler revealed that he wanted to include Kraven in his movie, but Marvel wouldn’t let him.
That’s probably because this is a Spider-Man villain, and although Spider-Man is part of the MCU, Sony still has the rights to him and his universe. However, it’s always possible that Kraven will be introduced in a future Spider-Man movie. This big game hunter is too good of a character to never see on screen.
Next: These characters can show up in the MCU once the Fox purchase goes through.
7. The Fantastic Four
Of course, tons more characters can enter the MCU now that Disney is purchasing 20th Century Fox. Once that deal goes through, Marvel Studios, which Disney owns, will have access to all of the Marvel characters that Fox had previously owned.
Among all the characters they can now use, the Fantastic Four will probably be among the first up. After all, these are classic comic book heroes who have never been depicted well on screen before, so Marvel Studios finally has a chance to do them justice.
Plus, Marvel Studios will also have access to Doctor Doom, one of the great villains of all time who often appears without the Fantastic Four being involved. So it seems likely that we will see the Fantastic Four, Doctor Doom, or both, in the MCU sometime soon.
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