Marvel has some amazing things coming our way from 2015-2019, a seriously ambitious lineup of movies ranging from amazing sequels to introductions of new characters. Although Marvel Studios doesn't have all the properties they'd like to have like Spider-Man, X-Men, and Fantastic Four, they still have many properties that can be explored and played with on film. So, besides the 11 movies roster we have from 2015-2019, let's look at 10 movies that Marvel Studios needs to make.
1. Black Widow
Black Widow has always been a cool character to me growing up. I've read her in different incarnations whether they were the gritty comics that comprised her own series or alternate universes like the Ultimates. But she's always been an eye-catcher and not because of her looks but because she fulfilled that Bond-girl flavor that comics often lacked and she definitely has an onscreen presence as well ever since Scarlett Johansson made her debut in Iron Man 2 all the way through movies like Avengers and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. She also looks to be having some intense moments of drama and character in Avengers: Age of Ultron. But despite many people calling out for a solo movie for Black Widow, there still hasn't been one announced (although I'm sure she'll show up in other movies between Avengers: Age of Ultron and Avengers: Infinity War). So that's why Black Widow gets a slot on my list. Let's talk about it.
- Scarlett Johansson has really made Black Widow even more popular to general audiences and even the likes of my wife, who doesn't care for Scarlett Johansson, has often talked about how she thinks she was a cool character. I remember her specifically saying so walking out of the theater for Avengers. With that being said, Scarlett Johansson has the acting chops to pull of this solo film. There's a crowd of fanboys and girls waiting to see it happen so it needs to happen.
- I don't know if the movie she would be in would be pre-Avengers or post-Avengers but either way, I do want to say that they should keep it like Captain America: The Winter Soldier where it's very espionage and cloak-and-dagger, mixing it maybe with some James Bond, Bourne Identity, and whatever else falls in that vein of movies. Personally, I'd like to see a pre-Avengers movie and seeing her live through Soviet Russian influences and maybe even combatting against S.H.I.E.L.D. throughout the movie until her conversion in an ending scene or something.
- Also, bring back her long haired look from Iron Man 2, it was much better than the Avengers haircut.
Marvel Studios has had the rights to Blade a for a little while now and that's a good thing because the more Marvel characters that Marvel Studios owns, the more options they have and more resources they have in their storytelling capabilities which in the long run is good for their business because whether we like it or not, Avengers can't last forever, at least not in my opinion. So, let's focus on a character who isn't an Avenger and how he could fit in the Marvel Universe.
- Recast the character, Wesley Snipes was good but I think a new, fresh face would help the transition of franchises in the minds of the audience. So, I cast Michael Jai White, he's a very good martial artist and did well enough in the movie Spawn that it caused cult fame among fanboys. Michael Jai White I think has that intimidating presence in his characters. He's only a half dozen years younger than Wesley Snipes, but for a character like Blade, I don't think he needs to be some young, fresh-out-of-college actor.
- I think they could do with a PG-13 rating and still be okay. It don't need to be rated R. I think PG-13 movies have come along way to allow some violence that otherwise may have earned it an R-rating in the past. Look at movies like Lord of the Rings with all of their war scenes and bodies being torn apart, you could easily do that in this movie and that would help open up the movie to a larger demographic of people.
A few years ago whenever FOX was really pumped about putting out a Daredevil reboot, I was sad because I really wanted to see Daredevil back in the hands of Marvel Studios, then one day I woke up, got onto comicbookmovie.com and shocked to see the announcement that Daredevil's rights had been transferred from FOX to Marvel Studios. I was so excited that we'd get a Daredevil reboot that'd belong to the world of the Avengers. Well, that didn't happen but we did get some cool information years later that we'd be seeing Daredevil get his own 13 episode Netflix series that would coincide with Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and Jessica Jones who would all get their own 13 episode Netflix series which would lead to a Defenders series later on. Well, Daredevil will be the flagship for that and that's exciting and all, but I want to see it go into a movie and apparently I'm not the only one. Rumor has it that the creators say that if the series does well, then there is potential for a movie release. Let's talk about that.
- Charlie Cox has already been cast in the role of Matt Murdock aka Daredevil and I'm cool with that. From what I've seen of him as Matt Murdock, he looks like he will do alright. So, obviously he'd have to be the one to headline into the movie but I doubt that he'd have much of a problem with that considering it's a huge deal (if the show is successful...it will be in my opinion).
- We won't have to focus on an origin because thankfully we'd have 13 hour-long episodes to introduce the character to the world and general audiences. It's also been said that it's not so much a traditional show as it is a 13 hour-long movie. So, I'm sure they can give us an origin and much more in the same amount of time it takes to tell 3 or 4 individual movies. We should have a full-fledged, horn-headed, red-tights-wearing Daredevil by the time the film comes out.
- With them saying that characters like Elektra and Bullseye may not show up, it may be the perfect opportunity to introduce them as they have an amazing story to tell (that was told badly in the 2003 Daredevil movie).
- Then again, if you didn't want a repeat, you could always have the start to a crossover event on film where Daredevil has to deal with likes of criminals belonging to Wilson Fisk aka Kingpin while simultaneously thwarting off attacks from Elektra and Bullseye simultaneously while also dealing with Punisher who is dealing out his own form of justice in a way that Daredevil has to struggle with morally.
4. Ghost Rider
Just like Daredevil and Blade, I felt a magnificent win for Marvel Studios when Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (unsurprisingly) failed and the rights to the character reverted back to Marvel Studios. Marvel Studios may be without Spider-Man and X-Men, but they have all of their darkest characters at home, safe and snug, who knows, with them owning the rights, maybe we'll see like a Dark Avengers or something. But let's talk about just Ghost Rider.
- I'd cast Charlie Hunnam in the role of Ghost Rider. The man's good actor, I loved him in Greenstreet Hooligans and he was cool in Pacific Rim and I know he's a fan-favorite due to his involvement in shows like Sons of Anarchy (which is ironic because it's all biker dudes). But his involvement in SoA is more than enough reason to give the man the job just because he's familiar with the role in a way or at least the world, all he'd have to do is get into the darker and more fantastic elements of story-telling that are needed for Ghost Rider.
- No origin story needed. With Ghost Rider coming out in 2007 showing us the origins and then the Spirit of Vengeance movie showing us flashbacks and whatnot, I don't think it's needed at all. Give us a straight up Ghost Rider who is fully developed and requires not back-story.
- Obviously Nicholas Cage wouldn't return (thank God) and therefore we could do away with the ridiculous transformation scenes where he screams like a maniac. I mean honestly, was anything else more cringe-worthy than that? Obviously you convey that it hurts, but do away with maniacal act.
5. Heroes for Hire
Luke Cage and Iron Fist are two characters that, to me, seem like they would have a great buddy-cop vibe to them; not just cause they are black and white (like every 80s and 90s buddy cop film) but because of their two different characteristics. One being a man with impenetrable skin making him the most durable man alive and the other having been blessed by a dragon and given an awesome power and then lumping that and throwing in New York as two guys doing what they do for money. So let's talk about the characters.
- First things first, the cast for Luke Cage would have to be Terry Crews. I haven't read Luke Cage in much, but the man is a force to be reckoned with and no one could pull off his gigantic presence as intimidatingly as Terry Crews could. Terry Crews literally looks like a real-life Luke Cage.
- Next up, Jensen Ackles for Iron Fist. I know the man would have to learn some martial arts for the movie if he doesn't already know some. But when I read some of Iron Fist, I thought to myself that someone with some spunk to him should play the role, and I feel that Ackles is the man for that role.
- Obviously they are already getting their own individual 13-episode Netflix series that will also lead into the Defenders like Daredevil, but with Daredevil getting all the attention about possibly seeing a feature film, I thought to myself that many have waited to see these characters on screen, they already worked as a team together in the past as the Heroes for Hire, so therefore it should be brought to the big screen if the shows do well.
Obviously, Hulk was the real star of the Avengers despite a mediocre response from general audiences to the Incredible Hulk starring Edward Norton (which I thought was a good film). But ever since Avengers, fanboys have been calling out for a Hulk solo film that would be post Avengers. Obviously, despite what many thought, there was no solo Hulk film slated in Marvel's announcement, but that doesn't mean it won't ever happen or that we won't see the not-so-jolly green giant grace the big screen in other movies. But let's talk about what a solo film could look like.
- Mark Ruffalo did a good job as Bruce Banner, I can admit that even though I was always a fan of Edward Norton, but you can't always get what you want and what's done is done. But Mark Ruffalo does a great job as well and I'm excited to see where he goes in Avengers: Age of Ultron and the rest of Phase 3; but I feel strongly that Ruffalo is a big enough actor to carry a solo-act Hulk movie by himself and it be extremely successful due to the response that was given to his performance in the Avengers.
- I'd like to see Hulk taken somewhere unexpected. We've seen him enough times running from the military and frankly, that's getting a little old if they that's what they decided to do again. I want to see Hulk sent to outer space, maybe after the events of Avengers: Infinity War, Hulk can be banished for whatever reason and have his solo film be the launch of Phase 4. But a Planet Hulk movie adaptation would be a great way to keep things cosmic and yet separate from Guardians of the Galaxy, of course, him meeting the Guardians would be a cool thing to see on film as well. But in a Planet Hulk movie, I'd love to see Beta Ray Bill.
- I'd like a movie that finally has as many Hulk scenes as Bruce Banner scenes. I'd like to see a somewhat growing intelligence in Hulk, at least enough to listen and to reason, despite sounding like a buffoon.
7. The Punisher
The Punisher holds a soft spot in my heart, don't know why specifically, I just liked the idea of this anti-hero being able to contend with all of the heroes from Marvel's universe for the most part. But let's talk about how his movie could work.
- Cast Thomas Jane as the Punisher again. I know I said in the Blade section and the Ghost Rider section that parts should be changed for sake of differentiation but, in this case, I'd make an exception. Jane looks like the Punisher to me, he's the perfect man to play the role and didn't get the movie he deserved in 2004.
- Have him interact with the heroes of MCU like Daredevil or Heroes for Hire. I want to see Punisher strive for relevance in a world full of heroes. i want to see him take justice into his own hands simply because he believes that the "superheroes" who exist aren't doing enough. I definitely want to see him and the other heroes butt heads with each other. I originally was petitioning for Captain America's three-quel to be titled: Captain America: Capital Punishment and have the film be about Punisher coming at odds with Captain America (but Civil War will be amazing so no complaints).
We've seen Bruce Banner Hulk it out and lose control often enough now, especially by the time Avengers: Age of Ultron comes out, but how about watching Jennifer Walters get mean and green on the big screen? Her character has always been unique in that she is more than just a female Hulk but an advocate and attorney for superheroes. I've mused in another article that it would be a fun easter egg in the Daredevil series if we saw Jennifer Walters in court against Matt Murdock for some reason, or if her name was mentioned fleetingly or seen on an attorney roster. Anyways, let's talk about her own movie.
- I'd cast Olivia Wilde for the part. I once was hoping to see her as Wonder Woman whenever she put out an image of herself, photoshopped to look like Wonder Woman, and I was convinced. But since that role went to Gal Gadot, I'd like to see Wilde step in the role of Walters. I think she has that mature atmosphere but at the same time she might have some spunk as well. Perfect mix for She-Hulk in my opinion.
- I would like to see connections to Bruce Banner's Hulk, their relationship as family members (they're cousins). I'd like to see the origin of her transformation and it being a huge contrast to Banner's.
- I'd like to see some more of the absurd, like Guardians of the Galaxy was. When you read some of her early books, you'll see appearances from Howard the Duck and strange characters like that. It'd be really cool to mix that sort of epic and humor just like Guardians did. I'd like to see her lifting huge objects over her head while chasing enemies and making a sarcastic remark.
- Overall, the movie would just need to be extremely fun for all-ages in my opinion.
9. Winter Soldier
Anyone who knows me, knows that I'm a huge Red Hood fan, if you don't know who that is, it's the second Robin Batman had that went rogue (to make a long story short). It was really cool how that relationship changed so drastically. Well, Winter Soldier is very similar in a lot of ways in that he too was a rogue sidekick only that he went good a lot quicker than Red Hood did. But, I think after Captain America: The Winter Soldier, people are familiar with the character so there's no real need to go into all of it. But, what we do need to go into is why he needs his own movie.
- Sebastian Stan was awesome and definitely a great antagonist in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. But as we well know, he found some heart at the end of the movie and even became a man to save Cap's life and then disappear from the rest of the cast's knowledge.
- Winter Soldier is a unique character and kind of pivotal to future storylines, especially storylines like Civil War. Now, I'm going to let you know right now that this will contain spoilers for the story but may not for the movie. But at the end of Civil War, Steve Rogers aka Captain America is killed and it's Bucky Barnes aka Winter Soldier who ends up taking the role of Captain America. Now Chris Evans has signed a deal for six movies and he's already done Captain America: The First Avenger, Avengers, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and Avengers: Age of Ultron. He said that his cameo in Thor: The Dark World didn't count, so that leaves two movies for him to fulfill his contract. So maybe he won't die in Civil War or maybe he will but still play a part in Avengers: Infinity War as a dream sequence or something. Either way, as much as I love Chris Evans as Cap, I'd love to see Winter Soldier take up the shield.
- BUT, more than the above point, I'd really like to see a Winter Soldier movie first that shows Bucky rediscovering his roots and history, coping with the memory jog that Rogers gave him, and really show an out-of-states adventure as Bucky tracks down the people who turned him into a monster and tries to deal with them the only way he knows how.
I must confess that I do not know where the rights to Spider-Woman's film properties lie, but, if I were to take a wild guess, I'd say they are shared between Sony and Marvel Studios. The reason I say this is because Quicksilver and Scarlett Witch are also shared between FOX and Marvel Studios because they are both X-Men characters and Avengers characters; with that being said, Spider-Woman is both a Spider-based character and an Avengers character. I think it's safe to assume that she has more presence as an Avenger than she ever did in any Spider-Man related books (unless you count the recent Spider-Man storyline in comics). But let's imagine for an instant that Jessica Drew aka Spider-Woman were adapted to the big screen.
- I'm not sure who I'd cast in this role, I've heard a lot of fans cry out for Kate Beckinsale or Evangeline Lilly but Lilly is already in the Ant-Man movie and can't play two different characters in the same shared universe and I've already fancasted Beckinsale as Hawkgirl in another post and as a rule, I don't cross-universes while fancasting. I debated fancasting Jenna Coleman but that's probably just because I've been watching too much Doctor Who.
- The fact that Spider-Woman could be shared between Sony and Marvel Studios could also make her the bridge between the two companies to allow for shared rights of Spider-Man's much larger universe (assuming for this post's sake that Spider-Woman is shared).
- Would bring another female Avenger into the mix, truly diversifying the group.
Well, there you have it, my list of 10 movies that Marvel Studios needs to make. I know I'm not alone in a lot of these choices of movies, I'm not sure where I rate on my fan-casting choices. But overall, I'd be super stoked to see these movies brought to the big screen or see some of them get the Defender's treatment and launch in the form of Netflix original series.
Please let me know which Marvel Studios movie you'd like to see and sound off below.