Okay, so as many of you probably know by now, the Netflix Daredevil series is already in the works, and is expected to debut next year, May 2015. It'll be awesome to see Matt Murdock tracking down bad guys and serving up some blind justice (yes, I said it) to every bad guy he crosses, when the show airs.
Next up will be Jessica Jones, then Iron Fist, then Luke Cage. And all the series will culminate in a group series, The Defenders. And if you ask me, it's a much better move to introduce these street-level characters in TV series than movies. I have love for all of them, but I'm not sure they could carry movies on their own. Not for lack of substance, but perhaps from lack of mainstream name recognition.
On that very subject, the purpose of this article. Again, I think that certain street-level heroes would go over much better if given a shot on TV, but I'd actually like to take a look past the four shows already slated to arrive, to predict and make the case for some others I'd like to see show up. Now, mind you, the following is not in order of preference, just putting all the ideas out there.
So, first off, I hope we get a Marvel Studios look at The Punisher. Now, true enough, Disney isn't exactly the first brand name to come to mind when you think dark, gritty vigilante action, but they seem to be trying to toe the line a bit when it comes to what they're known for, and what they're capable of (not bloody, but pretty decent fight and action sequences). I wouldn't be shocked to see it.
Granted, I'm neither a fan nor an expert of this character (I've never read any Punisher comics), but he's only recently returned to Marvel Studios custody. And while he's been in movies recently, introducing him alongside superpowered crimefighters like Moon Knight and Daredevil (or even folks like Black Widow and Hawkeye) would be great to show just how truly impressive he is, in comparison.
Cloak and Dagger
Next up, I think it'd be so much fun to see Cloak and Dagger come to Netflix. Of course, there's the obvious fact that Cloak would be one of the first leading Black male protagonists in the MCU, Dagger would be one of the first leading female antagonists, and they would both be the MCU's first interracial couple. Though, even putting that aside, their story is quite interesting to tell.
The two of them start off in positions where they otherwise might never have met one another in life, so their coming together seems almost fateful. And when the two join forces, their relationship becomes nearly symbiotic. Not to mention, their powers are more passive than many superheroes--so their combat would be a mix of not just superpowers, but also some cleverness and ingenuity on their part.
I would love to see Blade make a big return, via the small screen. I mean, I gotta say, I love me some mythology, but let's face it, with the advent of The Twilight "saga" and similar works, we could use some more frightening bloodsuckers in the mainstream, to restore the faith of horror and fantasy fans everywhere. And Blade would be just the series to do it, if you ask me.
We all know how popular the movies were (at least the first two), with Wesley Snipes in the role of Blade. Though, since Snipes would likely not return for the pay of a TV role (not to mention, due to possible future projects), I say recast. Give Blade a proper reintroduction into Marvel Studios, so the brand has Marvel's own fun, special touch, while dabbling in the supernatural.
Now, Moon Knight is another really fun choice for me because A) I love myth, so I think even a brief exploration of Egyptian mythology would be cool, and B) I am very interested in whether Marvel would portray him with his original comic-book powers, a new set of powers (I have ideas in mind, but we can get into that some other time) or no powers at all, which he's been going with in comics lately.
Personally, I think it's unlikely that he would get a movie any time soon, but a show could be done on a lower budget (which would loosen Marvel's purse strings a bit easier on the project), and a series would help us better appreciate not just his capabilities as a hero, but also the depths of his mental illness, and the strange nuance of his occult connection to Ancient Egyptian myth.
And the last, but not least, on my list is Ghost Rider. Now, I know that some might be rolling their eyes at me right now--we just had a pair of movies featuring this hero in recent memory. One in 2007 and one in 2012. That being said, I haven't seen the first one, but I've seen the second one, Spirit of Vengeance, and it should go without saying. That was truly a new level of bad, even for Nic Cage.
So, I'd like to get Marvel Studios' take. Obviously, they know it better and have much more respect in terms of writing and casting (SRSLY NIC CAGE THO???). After all, the problem was never with Ghost Rider--his ties to the worlds of stunt riding, the carnival and the supernatural are bound to be attention-grabbers--this hero's success really hinges on good writing, on the right medium (TV).
In all, my thought is this: the upcoming Daredevil series is looking good from the very outset. And if it turns out to be as good as I think it will be--intense, fun, intriguing and action-packed--then I can't wait for the Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, Luke Cage and Defenders series which will follow. And from that point, I fully expect the Marvel Cinematic Universe to leave us wanting more.
The list I gave above is precisely the 'more' I have in mind. For now, at least. Though, even with the above,there is so much more that lies yet untapped within the depths of Marvel Comics history. And, with any luck, we can expect to see them cover these awesome heroes, and plenty more! So, what do you think? Do these cover your entire wish list, or no? Let us know, in the comments below!