The MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) has come along way since 2008's Iron Man, smashing global box office records and providing us with amazing films along the way. What's exciting though is that Marvel don't seem to have any plans of discontinuing the MCU any time soon with films planned all the way up to 2019 (and those are only the ones we know about).
Now after 7 years we have the well established MCU, so of course it is time for Marvel to start portraying some more of its biggest story arcs from the comics. With decades worth of great source material it's only right that some of the most spectacular Marvel crossover events will be portrayed on the big screen. Luckily, that's the direction the MCU will now apparently take with some of the biggest movies in their Phase 3 plans; [Captain America: Civil War](tag:994409) and [The Avengers: Infinity War](tag:738027) Part 1 and 2.
Although why stop there? There are plenty more amazing story-lines throughout the Marvel comics that fans are begging to see. So if or when Phase 4 comes around, what story-lines could we see come to life on the big screen? Also, how would they be adapted?
Well unfortunately I do not have the answers to those questions as I'm not an executive over at Marvel (yet!). However I am a creator here at Moviepilot, so if there's one thing I can do it's speculate! So enough rambling on, here's 5 of the greatest Marvel story-lines that need to be adapted for the MCU!
Planet Hulk/World War Hulk
Brief description of Planet Hulk:
The Illuminati decide Hulk is too dangerous to stay on Earth and trick him into a spaceship that's meant to go to a peaceful planet. However, it is sucked through a wormhole and eventually crash lands on the planet Sakaar. There Hulk is enslaved and made to fight in the gladiatorial pits where he quickly moves up the ranks and gains respect from his fellow fighters.
Hulk and his fellow fighters start an uprising to overthrow the evil Red King. Once he is defeated, Hulk becomes King of Sakaar and marries (and has children - somehow). The Sakaarians build a statue in honour of Hulk out of the spaceship that brought him there. However they trigger the ship's self destruct and a huge explosion occurs, leveling the city and killing Hulk's wife. Angered as he blames the Illuminati for his wife's death, Hulk prepares to return to Earth to get his revenge
Brief description of World War Hulk:
Hulk returns from Sakaar to New York to call out for the Illuminati to face him and also for the city to be evacuated. Hulk and his allies known as the Warbound, defeated a number of superhero groups who opposed them, including the New Avengers, The Mighty Avengers and teams of X-men. When defeated they were fitted with obedience disks and made to fight in Madison Square Garden which was converted into a gladiatorial arena by Hulk.
A number of events occur which reveals Miek (one of Hulk's Warbound) knew that the explosion that killed Hulk's wife on Sakaar would happen and didn't prevent it. Infuriated by this, Hulk unwillingly starts to radiate the Earth with dangerous gamma rays. At Hulk's request, Tony Stark activates weaponized satellites to fire on Hulk which reverts him back to Banner. It ends with Bruce Banner being locked up in a SHIELD facility 3 miles underground.
A Planet Hulk film has been begged for by many fans ever since Mark Ruffalo did an awesome job smashing his way into the MCU, taking the mantle from Edward Norton in 2012's The Avengers. However, the possibility for this movie has been consistently shot down by Kevin Feige and the Hulk himself, Mark Ruffalo which leaves all us fans that want another Hulk solo movie a little bit down.
But c'mon cheer up guys! Even if a Planet Hulk film and then an eventual World War Hulk film are probably not coming any time soon, it doesn't mean we can't dream! The Planet Hulk/World War Hulk story-line would be truly amazing if it were adapted for the MCU, showing us a more intellectual, caring side to the Hulk which the films are yet to explore. Of course it would need to be heavily adapted with all the rights issues but that wouldn't be too hard.
Mark Ruffalo recently told IGN he would be up for a Planet Hulk film. So even though he has all but ruled out a Planet Hulk or World War Hulk film, he seems to be warming to the possibility. Let's just keep our fingers crossed Feige has the same change of heart! Next up...
Brief description of Secret Invasion:
The alien race known as the Skrulls have the ability to shapesift into anyone they please. After the destruction of their homeworld by Galactus, the new leader of the Skrulls, Empress Veranke, decides on Earth as their new home and so guides an invasion party. The Skrulls capture several superheroes and pose as them, Empress Veranke posing as the heroine Spider-Woman. They begin to infiltrate superhero teams such as the Mighty Avengers and also SHIELD.
Eventually the Skrulls presence is aware to the superheroes and paranoia and distrust begins to rip apart the superhero community. Learning who to trust, the remaining members of the Avengers, Young Avengers and the Thunderbolts along with Nick Fury and his Commandos, Daredevil and Ka-Zar lead an assault on the Skrulls in New York. Finally the Skrull armada are destroyed and the superheroes who were being kept prisoner by the Skrulls were located by Iron Man.
Secret Invasion is an amazing story-line that would bring something new to the MCU. Sure [Captain America: Civil War](tag:994409) will pit superhero against superhero but at least each superhero will have someone they trust. In Secret Invasion that goes out the window and paranoia sets in for each hero, knowing they can truly depend upon no one.
What would be interesting is if they made the film so the audience doesn't know who to trust either. Imagine sitting through this movie and not knowing who to actually side with for the majority of the film, edge of your seat stuff right? The suspense of not not knowing if your favorite superhero is actually your favorite superhero and not an evil Skrull would be gripping!
As far as I'm aware, Marvel only partially own the Skrulls because of the rights issues with Fox so unfortunately Secret Invasion might be hard to do, but still very much possible (I think Fox only have rights to the Super Skrulls). In my opinion, it's only a matter of time until the Skrulls pop up, it's just a matter of where they make their appearance. Next on my list...
Secret Wars (The original 1984-85 series)
Brief description of Secret Wars:
The cosmic entity called the Beyonder observes Earth and is fascinated by the heroes there. Wanting to find out their full potential, the Beyonder transports a number of heroes and villains to the planet 'Battleworld' which he created in a far off galaxy. Once there, the Beyonder orders the heroes and villains to fight each other, telling them that anything they desire will be theirs if they do this.
A number of significant developments occur in Secret Wars, for example, female villains Titania and Volcana are created, the second Spider-Woman, Julia Carpenter is introduced and Doctor Doom temporarily steals the Beyonder's power. The most important though is that it is the first time Spiderman wears the infamous black costume (not realising it is actually the alien symbiote which later bonds with Eddie Brock to become Venom).
The humongous scale of Secret Wars would be incredible to witness on the big screen. Being one of the biggest Marvel crossover events ever, it wouldn't be right not to have it in the MCU at some point in the future.
The story would be a great way to move the MCU forward with new story-lines, the most fascinating being the symbiote costume turned Venom. This way we could have Venom in the MCU and give him the redemption he deserves after the poor portrayal in Spiderman 3.
The only downside to Secret Wars is that it would need to be adapted to not feature The Fantastic Four, the X-men, Galactus etc. However, Civil War looked completely out of the question a few years ago without the Fox-owned characters so if anyone could pull Secret Wars with the rights issues in play it would be Marvel. Number 4 on my list...
Brief description of Annihilation:
In short The Annihilation Wave, a large armada of warships under the control of Annihilus enter the universe through 'The Crunch'. Annihilus and his army begin to invade and destroy planets such as Xandar and even trap Galactus and the Silver Surfer; with the help of the supervillain Thanos and cosmic entities Tenebrous and Aegis.
Nova (Richard Ryder) assembles and army known as the United Front to defeat Annihilus. The land-based army included Drax, Gamora, Ronan the Accuser and Star Lord while the outer space forces included Firelord and Stardust. The United Front is defeated the first time that the come up against the Annihilation Wave. The heroes flee to regroup apart from Drax who stays to hunt Thanos.
Drax evenyualy kills Thanos and releases the Silver Surfer who in turn releases Galactus. Galactus then unleashes a huge energy blast known as the 'Galactus Event' which decimates most of the Annihilation Wave along with three star systems. In the aftermath Nova battles and kills Anihilus.
Out of all of these story-lines, Annihilation is possibly the least likely to appear in the MCU. Why? Well because most of the main villains are or probably will be dead come Phase 4 (Thanos and Ronan) and more importantly, the entire plot relies heavily on Galactus and his Heralds who are owned by Fox.
Unlike the other story-lines in this article, the characters owned by Fox are crucial to the Annihilation plot. So if Marvel were to make this a movie, some major plot points would have to be adapted or just completely left out, which could lead to major fan disruption.
Of course Marvel is no stranger when it comes to changing it up so they probably know they could this and we'd all still be lining up for the movie. Annihilation would fit in perfectly to the MCU with its intricate plot and heavy focus on mostly B-list characters. It may be a long shot but it'd be an excellent film if it was made. And finally...
The Death Of Spiderman
Brief description of The Death of Spiderman:
It starts with Norman Osborn imprisoned by SHIELD who think Osborn has lost his Green Goblin powers. However, Osborn transforms into the Goblin and breaks out of his cell and helps free fellow villains, Doctor Octopus, Electro, Sandman, Kraven the Hunter, and Vulture. Together they make it to New York and hide in a building to plot their revenge on Spider-Man.
Peter hears of the escaped villains and rushes into the city, where he finds Doctor Octopus's body, who's dead after refusing to take revenge on Peter, and sees The Punisher pointing a gun at Captain America. He pushes Cap out of the way and leaps in front of the gun, taking a bullet to the stomach. Injured, Peter returns to his house, but Kraven tracks his scent to there.
When the villains arrive at Peter's home, they are met by Iceman and Human Torch who battle them shortly before being knocked out. Peter then emerges from his house without his mask, having lost it. He battles the villain's for a while and seemingly defeats them, until the Goblin shows up. A violent battle ensues which ends in a weakened Spiderman slamming a van on the Goblin which then explodes, flinging Spidey back to his front lawn. Aunt May, Gwen and Mary-Jane all gather around him and with his last breath, Peter smiles up at Aunt May and says...
"It's okay... I did it. Don't you see... it's okay. I did it. I couldn't save him. Uncle Ben. I couldn't save him... no matter what I did. But I saved you. I did it. I did..."
Many fans were pretty annoyed that the new Spiderman movie would once again feature Peter Parker as the web slinger and not the Ultimate Universe Spiderman, Miles Morales. While I love Peter Parker as Spiderman, it cannot last forever in the MCU (even though the 19 year old Tom Holland has been cast as Spiderman quite recently).
So what better way to keep the Spiderman legacy going than to bring in the fresh faced Spidey after Peter bites the dust in the most dramatic, climatic way that'll have the whole audience shedding a tear. Of course if this would happen, it would not be for a long time, letting Tom Holland have a trilogy or more and really grow into the role, making this scene mean even more to the MCU as a whole.
I think Tom will do a great job with the wall crawler, but eventually Marvel would need to change it up to avoid redoing the same thing over and over. The best way to do this would be to introduce Miles Morales as the new Spidey, as many people would love to see the on screen debut of Ultimate Spiderman.
So there's my 5 story-lines that I think should be adapted for the MCU! Do you agree or disagree with my choices and also is there any more that you would add?