The #Avengers movie franchise has been a fun ride and has seen nothing but success since the release of Iron Man in 2008. However, one thing that seems to frustrate fans (myself included) is that there are many Avengers on the comic book roster that will most likely never be a part of the big-screen team.
We currently have Netflix shows that Marvel wants to keep separate from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, making a Luke Cage cameo in a Captain America movie highly unlikely, and a Spider-Man appearance in any of the #Defenders shows even less likely to happen. Fox and Marvel's inability to find common ground has also meant that we won't be seeing famous comic book crossovers, such as a head-to-head between Hulk and Wolverine.
However, these limitations have also worked in the favor of fans, as some Marvel characters might not be a great fit with Disney, such as Deadpool or a weathered and R-rated Logan. Now that we can finally celebrate the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming, thanks to a deal between #Disney and Sony, let's take a look at six Marvel characters that you might not have known were Avengers at some point in their crime-fighting careers.
6. Storm: The Goddess The Avengers Need
Storm has been one of the elite heroes in Marvel for decades, leading the X-Men on several missions. But despite being as good as she is and having helped save not only the world but the universe multiple times, Storm was exclusively an X-Man for years. Soon after Odin's brother came and tried to destroy the world to get to Asgard, T'Challa recommended Storm to Steve Rogers to become an Avenger.
Storm being on the Avengers at that time helped save the team after they were captured by a Norman Osborn-run Hydra and Advanced Ideas Mechanics. #Hydra had not planned for her, and because of this she gave the Avengers an element of surprise that was needed to survive. Storm's tenure as an Avenger was short-lived. Once the Phoenix Force made it's way back to Earth, Storm left the Avengers to join the #XMen back on Utopia and plan for the inevitable fight against Avengers.
5. Eric O'Grady: Finding Redemption As An Avenger
Once upon a time, Eric O'Grady was one of the worst people in comics. Not as in he was a bad character, but rather in the "I tried to have sex with my dead best friend's ex on his grave the night after he was buried" kind of way. That is not an exaggeration — he truly was a terrible person. But beyond all the horrible things he did, O'Grady found a way to redeem himself, by attempting to stop the #Hulk (although he failed miserably) and helping make sure Norman Osborn didn't get his hands on one of Odin's greatest weapons. But nothing he did made him worthy of being an Avenger, which is one of the reasons Steve Rogers wanted him.
Steve loves his stories of redemption. It proves that anyone can step up, do the right thing and become a hero. And, like almost always, Steve Rogers was correct. Eric O'Grady joined Rogers' squad of Secret Avengers as Ant-Man and helped save the day multiple times. His last moments alive were in the service of the Avengers, saving anyone else's life, a selfless act no one would assume O'Grady was capable of. While Eric is part of the #MCU, his personality isn't one that I could see Disney using in any of their movies.
4. Rogue: From X-Men Loner To Avengers Leader
Rogue may have been an X-Man for years, but she was always a bit of a loner. Right after the "House of M" event, Rogue went from loner to leader. She led a motley crew including a few villains (Mystique, Lady Mastermind and Sabretooth) and a natural leader like Cable. After the events of Avengers vs. X-Men, Rogue went on to be part of Captain America's Unity Squad with Havoc, Sunfire, #Thor, Wolverine, Captain America, Scarlet Witch, Wasp and Wonder Man. But her greatest achievement was her leading her own Avengers team.
Rogue's next team had more personalities than Jamie Madrox. Rogue led Johnny Storm, Cable, a new Inhuman called Synapse, Quicksilver, Brother Voodoo, and the Merc with a Mouth #Deadpool. Rogue spearheaded this team, and even when Cap disbanding it she kept them together and ran it withe aplomb. There have been very few leaders that are as impartial as Rogue. She is a leader that should be mentioned as one of the best of the past few years.
Check out Anna Paquin's awesome version of Rogue from the first X-Men movie in 2000, along with Hugh Jackman's Wolverine.
3. Moon Knight: Too Crazy For PG-13
Moon Knight was an Avenger on a couple of occasions — once on the West Coast with Hawkeye and also with Steve Rogers with his Secret Avengers team. However, he will likely go down as a forgotten Avenger. Moon Knight never had a moment that stood out as a classic and didn't become a popular character until his reboot. Charlie Huston turned Moon Knight into a crazy street hero with multiple personalities that may or may not be talking to an ancient Egyptian God.
Moon Knight is insane, plain and simple. But he is one of the toughest guys in Marvel. His array of weapons ranges from military to ancient to lunar-themed blades and staffs. The problem with Moon Knight is that to do his character in a way that appeals to the audience, he just won't work in the Avengers. His personality works in the comics with the Avengers, but not in a Disney movie. Thankfully, it looks like we could be getting to see him in a #Netflix series.
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2. Bullseye: The Better Hawkeye
Bullseye is a mercenary who kills for money and rarely spends the cash he makes (he does it more for the thrills). He has no moral compass, which easily makes him one of the deadliest people in all of comic books. Anything in his hands becomes a weapon and he's proven it by killing people with anything from a rocket launcher to a paper clip. I've even seen him kill a fly with spit. He's killed children, politicians, animals, even mutants. Despite all of his faults, he's one of my favorite Avengers.
The Dark Avengers are are among the best of the Avenger roster because they're edgy and, despite all of Bullseye's Hawkeye-aping crazy, he always kept it together, never abandoning the mission. Heck, he even killed Sentry's wife, outright lied to his face and got away with it! I really wish he could have been an Avenger for longer. He was such a fun character. Because he is a Daredevil villain, we most likely will never see Bullseye in Avengers Mansion, dressed as #Hawkeye.
1. Deadpool: Fox Owned, But Avengers Worthy
Deadpool has been one of the most popular characters in Marvel over the last five years. People have gravitated to him for various reasons. He's funny, skilled, deadly, and in some ways very relatable. This popularity has translated to a blockbuster movie and a wealth of solo comics. The one thing I didn't see happening is #Deadpool becoming an Avenger.
Not only has he become an Avenger, he has become a productive one. He was a major asset during the Avengers: Standoff! series and was crucial in Rogue's plan to take out the Red Skull. It will be interesting to see how long Deadpool remains an Avenger, with the Captain America arc coming up. It will be even more interesting to see where Deadpool and Rogue's relationship goes in Uncanny Avengers. They have gotten really close over the last few arcs and Deadpool is totally about to get divorced.
As fans of the Marvel Comics movies, it's always a hope that the movie studios will find a way to bring all of our favorite characters together. As a fan of the comics, I hope to get some of my favorite characters and stories and see them brought to life. Even though we may not get to see these characters on the big screen, the good news is we still get to see them together on the pages.
What character would you most like to see team up with the Avengers? Let me know in the comments below.