As of now, Marvel Television has been on one impressive hot streak, scoring hit after hit. They produced one of the most psychedelic shows ever in #Legion and they're about to do their Avengers-like teamup in August with #TheDefenders. And yet, it still seems like they're missing a vital part to any shared universe: A ragtag bunch of people fighting the weirdest, scariest, fugliest things possible on a television budget.
Also, Netflix allows for more freedom with their programming, which would work perfectly for select characters that are darker in their nature. Let's take a look at four characters (and a story) that Marvel's Netflix universe could build a team around that would fit quite nicely next to Doctor Strange's Sanctum Santorum!
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1. Moon Knight
Quite frankly, Moon Knight really needs to be in the movies or television already. The Fists of Khonshu a.k.a. Marc Spector is one of the most interesting characters in all of comics. What makes him perfect for a supernatural show is the fact he allegedly died in Egypt, and the god Khonshu brought him back to life to wage a war on crime. That, and the fact he's just crazy. He makes Daredevil look like he can't take a hit.
Either way, he has #Batman-like fighting prowess and he gives us viewers a character the likes we have never seen before. The writers could establish he has multiple personalities or just a tough time to tell if things are real or not. His last two runs of comics with Warren Ellis and Jeff Lemire are the stuff of legends, and #Marvel Television would be better by having him in it. Seriously, if you haven't read Lemire's latest take on Moon Knight, you're really missing out.
This one might come as a bit of a surprise, but Mariko Tamaki's latest Hulk, shows that Jennifer Walters would fit right in with this crowd on Netflix. Plus, the creature she's currently fighting is plenty weird enough to be included in this show. While CGI used to be a factor (it still may a factor), now you can just turn her character grey when she's angry and we have ourselves a Hulk! Also, I'd love to see her start blasting a podcast of a cooking show when things start get tense like she does in her current run of comics.
She's another character that is just too good to be sitting on the sidelines and deserves to be in the game. There's only one thing that makes her the most unlikeliest candidate: She's one of Carol Danvers's best friends, and might fit better in 2019's #CaptainMarvel. If not, put her on Netflix so we can spend enough time with her to actually get a worthwhile story.
3. Ghost Rider (Robbie Reyes)
If you haven't been watching Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 4 then you're missing out on one of Marvel's greatest television/movie achievements. The show started out horribly in Season 1 (until the reveal of HYDRA in The Winter Solider) and it's now up there with the other great Netflix shows in terms of quality. One of those reasons was the appearance of Ghost Rider in the first half of the season. Robbie Reyes delivered someone so tormented, but somehow still managed to find his humanity with whatever spirit was riding shotgun with him in that beautiful Dodge Charger!
There is one problem with having Ghost Rider on Netflix though (and no, it's not because he was on ABC, or he lives in LA): He's extremely over-powered compared to the rest of the cast. In A.O.S., he survived some sort of nuclear radiation blast by being impaled with magical spikes. However, Gabriel Luna's performance was so spectacular that it'd be a shame to not see him put that Charger on blast for another season.
There's a reason why Blade is the most obvious choice to be on this list: Because we miss him and he's too awesome not to be on #Netflix. There's no way his brand could work with Marvel Studios, but he'd fit right at home next to Daredevil and The Punisher, slaying whomever gets in his way. Can't you just picture Dracula teaming up with someone and Blade comes knockin' for these heroes? Netflix understands that people want Marvel, and their brand can be whatever they want to be. Who says superheroes are becoming over-saturated?
Also, I don't think Wesley Snipes should be recast as #Blade. He did a phenomenal job as the coolest guy ever to wear sunglasses indoors, but give someone else a chance. Sadly, Blade might have to get a new car because Robbie's been here first and you just can't have two black cars (or can you?). Either way, as soon as Marvel received #ThePunisher rights back, they made him the only good thing in #Daredevil Season 2. It's time for Blade to tell us we don't know who we are BLEEPIN' with again!
Since FX's Legion just introduced a mental heath facility called Clockwork, our heroes could see themselves in a resort thinking everything is normal until Khonshu reminds Marc something is terribly wrong with what they're perceiving as reality. Because the heroes have been at the spa for an indeterminate amount of time, they forget who they are and must forego a labyrinth of tricks to not only find themselves, but to get out as well. These episodes can be used to explain how our heroes found one another and what exactly they were doing in the first place. Our heroes losing their grip on reality would provide some great story potential — just check out Lemire's Moon Knight to see some of the possibilities.
Marvel TV could also create a new character who promises Dracula that he could help produce a whole new creation without any previous flaws by using a blood of a god — the blood of a day-walker, She-Hulk's gamma-radiated blood and the magic from Ghost Rider. All Dracula has to do is brainwash the heroes to forget who they are and keep them comfortable. The heroes must track down this laboratory and stop this event from happening. It could be pretty off the rails.
The common theme of this article is the fact that these characters are just too amazing to be sitting on the sidelines at Marvel. She-Hulk may have a chance with Captain Marvel and I do believe Marvel owns her sole rights since she started in her very own comic first. Robbie will never get the screen time he deserves at A.O.S. because Quake and Jemma have already laid (well-deserved) claim. Blade is too violent for Marvel Studios, and no matter what Kevin Feige may say about Moon Knight, he's just too weird for the general movie audience.
So, why not have them form a team and fight the scariest, weirdest creatures the writers can throw at them? This may be our best chance to see these characters grace our screens in the near future.
Would you watch Marvel's The Unwanted?
Or would you rather they all get their own solo shows first?