It's no doubt that the MCU won't end after Avengers: Infinity War. Marvel even came out and said they had plans for movies until 2040! So, which heroes can they bring to the MCU in Phase 4? Well, here are the top five I want to see make the cut!
I actually find it really hard to believe Jessica Drew hasn't at least been hinted at for The MCU yet! I mean, she would tie in so well with everything! Plus, she is COMPLETELY different to Spider-Man! Spider-Woman is a trained fencer, spy, stealth artist, information gatherer, and plus she has superhuman strength, speed, agility, stamina, reflexes, hearing and smell, flight, fear-inducing pheromone generation, bio-electric energy projection and is resistant to all poisons and radiations! That all makes up for not being able to web swing! She was created by Stan 'The Man' Lee, Archie Goodwin (who created her origin and basic character) and Marie Severin (who designed her). It's only recently that the character has returned to comics in New Avengers (2005) and now has her own ongoing series written by Dennis Hopeless, in which she'll get a brand new outfit in Issue 5! As for her origin, well:
Spider-Woman was born Jessica Miriam Drew, daughter of Jonathan Drew and Merriam Drew, in London, England. At a young AGE, her family moves to a lab built by her father and Herbert Wyndham near Mount Wundagore in Transia, where she becomes gravely ill from months of uranium exposure. To save her life, her father injects her with an experimental serum based on irradiated spiders' blood. Because the serum requires a month's incubation, Wyndham places her in a genetic accelerator. Shortly after, her mother dies and her father leaves for the U.S.A., leaving Wyndham to care for her. While in the accelerator, she ages at a decelerated rate. When she is finally released, decades later, Drew is only 17 years old.
Drew is ostracized by the other residents of Mount Wundagore, the High Evolutionary's New Men, since she was originally human while they were animals. Because of this, she eventually leaves to seek human civilization. She is captured by a HYDRA reserve unit under Count Otto Vermis's leadership who erases her memories, brainwashes her, and recruits her as a HYDRA agent under the codename Arachne. One of HYDRA's top agents, Jared, is assigned to train her in combat and espionage, and to seduce her. Once Jessica has become his lover, he allows himself to be captured by S.H.I.E.L.D., so that she can be goaded into assassinating S.H.I.E.L.D. commander Nick Fury.
While battling Fury, Jessica accidentally kills Jared and learns HYDRA's true nature. She quits HYDRA and assaults the unit's base, sending Count Vermis into a fatal crash, but not before he unlocks memory implants that she was actually an evolved spider and had killed a man before her association with HYDRA. Despondent from these revelations, she wanders the woods where Vermis crashed until being recaptured and hypnotised by HYDRA.
Holy sh*t, what a story that would be! And you know, HYDRA's pretty big in The MCU right now, so this is a perfect setup for Drew! And the perfect person to portray her is Nina Dobrev!
4. The Punisher
Okay, okay, yes! The previous two or three attempts that both sucked...sucked. But hey, Marvel could make a standalone Punisher movie that's actually good! If they can make a movie with a talking tree work, they can make this one work! The character of Frank Castle was created by writer Gerry Conway and artists John Romita, Sr and Ross Andru, with Stan Lee providing the name. Appearing for the first time in The Amazing Spider-Man #129 (Feb. 1974), the Punisher was initially an antagonist of the titular hero. He was a bloodthirsty vigilante who had no problems about killing gangsters, something that most superheroes of the time refrained from doing. J. Jonah Jameson described him as "the most newsworthy thing to happen to New York since Boss Tweed." In this appearance, the Punisher was determined to kill Spider-Man, who was wanted for the apparent murder of Norman Osborn. So if Marvel is to introduce him in the potential sequel to the potential reboot of Spider-Man, they could follow this storyline and throw in Green Goblin faking his own death (Because you know, he's Norman Osborn) and trying to get the bounty for Spider-Man. Then, Punisher gets a movie about his origin. Speaking of origins, The Punisher is a vigilante who employs murder, kidnapping, extortion, coercion, threats of violence, and torture in his war on crime. Driven by the deaths of his wife and two children, who were killed by the mob during a shoot out in New York City's Central Park, the Punisher wages a one-man war on the mob and all criminals in general by using all manner of conventional war weaponry. His family's killers were the first to be slain. A war veteran of the U.S. military, Frank Castle is a master of martial arts, stealth tactics, warfare, and a wide variety of weapons. Could this be Marvel's R-rated movie? I doubt it, but just get Liam Neeson for this role.
3. Moon Knight
Born in Chicago, Illinois, Marc Spector is an American rabbi's wayward son. As an adult, Spector spends time training to be a heavyweight boxer, a U.S. Marine, and a mercenary. He becomes a skilled combatant and befriends the French pilot Jean-Paul DuChamp, whom he calls "Frenchie." While working for the African mercenary Raoul Bushman in Egypt, the group stumbles upon an archaeological dig whose crew includes Dr. Peter Alraune and his daughter Marlene. The dig had uncovered an ancient temple where artifacts included a statue of the Egyptian moon god Khonshu. Intent on looting the dig, Bushman kills Dr. Alraune. In response to Alraune's murder, Spector challenges Bushman to personal combat but is beaten nearly to death and left to die in the sub-zero temperatures of the desert night.
Roaming Egyptians who worship the ancient Egyptian gods find Spector and carry him to their temple. Helpless before the statue of Khonshu, Spector's heart stops. Khonshu appears to him in a vision, offering Spector a second chance at life if he becomes the god's Avatar on Earth. Spector awakens, wraps himself with the silver shroud that covers Khonshu's statue, and again confronts Bushman. He defeats Bushman and returns to America with Marlene Alraune, Frenchie, and the statue of Khonshu. Deciding to become a crimefighter, Spector creates a silver cloaked costume, based on the silver shroud, and becomes the Moon Knight.
Enough said. Just call Tom Hardy!
Well, either Richard Rider or Sam Alexander missed their shot at joining the team of misfits that brought in tons of dosh for Marvel and Disney, but with The Nova Corps established, I think we can throw either one of them in for a standalone film. When the last surviving member of the planet Xandar's elite Nova Corps, Rhomann Dey, is dying, he selects New York high school student Richard Rider to replace him. Rider is given the uniform and powers of a Nova Centurion but little instruction on how to use them. Calling himself Nova, Rider becomes a superhero, fighting costumed supervillains such as Condor, Powerhouse, Diamondhead, the Corruptor, and the Sphinx, and teaming with heroes such as Spider-Man and Thor. He initially hides his identity, but later reveals it to his family.
Richard's origin is very, VERY similar to Hal Jordan's Green Lantern, and Xandar's Nova Corps is pretty much doing well unless 2017's Guardians 2 begs to differ. So, Richard's possible, but it's no doubt Sam Alexander for me.
Sam Alexander is a fifteen year-old living in Carefree, Arizona with his father, mother, and little sister. His father is a drunk who often talks about his supposed life as a Nova Centurion, and shirks his duties as janitor at his son's school. Sam's mother is Latina and a homemaker. It is hinted throughout the series that Sam's mom knows something about her husband's previous, heroic lifestyle. When Sam comes home from school to find his father missing, Sam accidentally injures himself and wakes up in a hospital.
There, he is greeted by Rocket Raccoon and Gamora, who reveal Sam's father really was in the Nova Corps. After putting on the helmet, Sam travels to the moon, meeting Uatu the Watcher, who reveals a fleet of ships. Upon returning to Earth he reunites with Rocket Raccoon and Gamora, who train and tell him to scout the Chitauri fleet. Sometime later, Sam has become a Nova before the Avengers vs. X-Men storyline. He is on a mission to warn planets in the path of the Phoenix it is coming. He crashes on Earth, but is able to deliver the warning. So, I think the perfect guy for this is Logan Lerman, because I think he'd do better in this role than he would at Spider-Man.
And the number one hero we NEED to see in Phase 4 is...
1. The Bucky Barnes Captain America
Come on. We know this has to happen. You've set up the character, Marvel, you've made him a greatly developed character, but Chris Evans can't be the stars and stripes wearing Captain America forever. He has to hand it over to another actor at some point, just like RDJ. Or they could go the James Bond route and recast their actors without rebooting anything. Just a thought. But wouldn't it be more interesting if they followed the comics route? Read the spoiler if you want to know.
Steve Rogers dies after Civil War and Bucky Barnes takes his place.
Well, if you read it good for you. But I digress, that could lead us to a New Avengers movie. Only take out The Thing. And replace him with Red Hulk. Yay.
So, would you like to see these five heroes pop up?