With the likes of Spider-Man, Baron Zemo, and Black Panther being added to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in next year's Captain America: Civil War, plus Marvel Studios' ever-expanding Netflix series, there is no better time than now (or the near future) to introduce new characters into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. These are my top five picks for additions to Marvel's billion-dollar franchise(s).
Okay, so I lied about "five". Of course I wanted more than just five new characters to join the MCU, so here are a few that didn't make the list.
1. Red Hulk
Although he's rumored to appear in [Captain America: Civil War](tag:994409) (his "alter-ego" is General "Thunderbolt" Ross), I felt he should appear somewhere on this list, as he's definitely worthy of an appearance, even if just a tease in Civil War.
2. J Jonah Jameson
Sony made the fatal mistake (well, one of like, a million) of not including J Jonah Jameson in their Amazing Spiderman films. Although he's not technically a villain, few have made Peter Parker's life more miserable than his own boss (don't they all?). Now that Marvel Studios has acquired the right to use Spiderman in their films, let's hope they learn from Sony's mistakes.
3. Miles Morales
Speaking of Spiderman, when it was first announced that he would appear in the MCU, yours truly was personally hoping for Miles Morales to make his big screen debut (I got sick of Peter Parker). I have faith that Tom Holland will do a good job in the role of Peter Parker, but it still would be nice to introduce Morales; maybe at the end of Phase 3?
It's expected that Bullseye will appear in [Daredevil (Netflix)](tag:1168702) season 2 in 2016 alongside Jon Bernthal's Punisher and Elodie Yung's Elektra, so of course he needed to make this list. Most are familiar with Colin Farrell's interpretation of the character, but a fresh actor on Marvel's Daredevil may be just what the MCU needs.
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#5: Mistress Death
Mistress Death is expected to appear in [The Avengers: Infinity War](tag:738027), if not sooner, due to Thanos' intense desire for the personification of Death in Marvel Comics. In the Infinity Gauntlet sotryline, Thanos uses the Infinity Gauntlet's power to eliminate half the life in the universe with a snap of his fingers, simply to impress Death. In fact, she, Thanos, and Deadpool have an interesting love triangle, to say the least. Thanos ends up cursing Deadpool with immortality to prevent him from ever being with Death. Anyway, seeing Thanos' love for the character in the MCU could provide him with some more depth as a character, seeing that Marvel seems to have a problem with their villains. I'm looking at you Iron Man 3. . .
#4: Moon Knight
Kevin Fiege himself has talked about his interest in Moon Knight, saying
"Moon Knight's a challenging, but extremely interesting character. We've been discussing various versions of it for years."
With several of Marvel's actors' contracts soon to expire, new heroes are constantly being added to the Avengers roster, from Vision to Captain Marvel. Even without his incredible origin story and bipolar disorder, Moon Knight is an incredibly unique character, and a darker tone to a Marvel film would bring something new to the MCU, giving Marvel the chance to show off "their own Batman." In one incredible story, Moon Knight uses his suit's "locking" mechanism to support a falling building; a group of goons around him, seeing his vulnerability, take this chance to strike, but Moon Knight proceeds to abandon his suit and defeat all the thugs in just his underwear! If this doesn't excite you for a potential Moon Knight film, I don't know what will.
#3: Ghost Rider
So we all remember the train wreck that was Sony's attempt at a Ghost Rider film, and then the subsequent explosion that was Spirit of Vengeance (seriously, why didn't they shut down that train station?). However, now that his film rights have reverted back to Marvel Studions, Ghost Rider can finally be done justice on the big screen for the awesome character that he really is. Seemingly the biggest problem in making a Ghost Rider solo film would be the very, very, VERY dark tone that would be partnered with it, but they could always go the Netflix route, just like Daredevil and, later this year, (AKA?) Jessica Jones.
Speaking of Sony characters going back to Marvel (well, not exactly), WE WANT A NEW VILLAIN IN THE SOLO SPIDERMAN FILM!!! We didn't really want Peter Parker, and we really don't want another Green Goblin (first motorcycle helmet, then skin cancer villain, what's next, aliens!?). Plus, Venom wasn't really handled well in Spiderman 3, a movie that should've been the conclusion of a solid trilogy. Learn from Sony's mistakes Marvel! Cletus Kasady, a serial killer infected by the offspring of the Venom symbiote, then broken out of prison only to battle Spiderman! How cool does that sound? I don't know about Sony, but I know that Marvel can do Carnage right; hell, I know they can do Spiderman right!
#1: Squirrel Girl
Oh yeah, we're going there. Screw the Runaways, get Squirrel Girl in the MCU! A unique and strange character, to say the least, Squirrel Girl has defeated the likes of Doctor Doom, Deadpool, and even Thanos! In fact, it's become an ongoing joke that Squirrel Girl can beat just about anyone with her retractable claws and army of squirrels. Of course, it's doubtful that this extent of her ability would show up in a film, but it would be interesting to see her nonetheless. James Gunn, director of Guardians of the Galaxy, and the guy who make a talking raccoon and tree work, said
"I love her so much. I'd love to do a Squirrel Girl movie."
Of course it might make more sense for her to show up as Doreen Green on Netflix, as she once served as a nanny for Luke Cage's and Jessia Jones' child in the comics, both characters who will be getting their own Netflix shows. She could then get her powers a few seasons/shows later.
Wrapping it up
So that's it: my picks for new characters in the MCU! Of course I didn't mention that I want Quicksilver back; he was my favorite part of Age of Ultron. Maybe they'll bring him back with the time gem in Infinity War? Wishful thinking, I know. And about the Runaways, I think they would work better as a Disney animated film, like Big Hero 6. Aside from that, Marvel is doing an excellent job with their films! I can't wait to see Crossbones fighting Captain America, Spiderman quipping with Iron Man, Daredevil battling the Punisher! Who knows, maybe some big Marvel official reads this and decides to include a few of my picks. . .