One of the weird things about The Flash TV series (other than the fact that it’s, ya know… good… and about the Flash) is that they actually made Gorilla Grodd into a character. A character that worked and was compelling, despite being based on this:
This, and the obvious blockbuster success of Rocket Raccoon in Guardians of the Galaxy, got me thinking. What other animals could we see in the Marvel and DC film and TV universes? And thus, through the harsh fires of my brain, battling against my own crippling apathy and desire to play even more X-com 2, this article was born.
Now just a quick disclaimer, these are by no means all the animals ever in comics, no no no. That would take forever and feature a lot of characters such as this:
Also, no half-man half-whatevers will be on this list. This unfortunately eliminates King Shark and about a billion other weird villains, but hey, I don’t make the rules… ish.
Everybody’s favorite giant bulldog with a tuning fork in his head, Lockjaw is a very important part of the Inhumans and it's hard to think they’ll do an Inhuman’s movie without having Lockjaw in there somewhere. Now, I doubt he’ll play a huge role in the movie given that he a) can’t speak, and b) is a giant bulldog with a tuning fork in his head. Not exactly the stuff great films are based around. I guess it really depends on which direction they decide to take the Inhumans themselves. If they go for sort of a Guardians of the Galaxy-style fun romp through the space tulips, then Lockjaw makes a lot of sense. That said, we already have a Guardians of the Galaxy-type movie in the Marvel-verse and I think they may go a little more grounded with the Inhumans, just to make it stand out. If that is the case, it’s hard to see a big role for old Lockjaw, but I definitely think he’ll be in there somewhere.
Okay so, we’ve already technically seen Cosmo (space-dog of the future) in Guardians of the Galaxy 1. This of course raises the question, what can we expect from him in 2? Honestly, I doubt much at all. I get the feeling the cameo is all Cosmo is gonna get from James Gunn in this particular movie-verse. I mean, you’d think if he really wanted to do something with Cosmo he would have at least thrown him a little love/some hint of being more then just a space-dog in a space-dog, space-suit. But he didn’t. So I’d be very surprised if we saw much (or even any) of Cosmo in the future. Along similar lines…
3. Howard the Duck
Let the record show that I’m still more than a little bitter at Howard, not just cause he was in one of the worst comic book movies ever, but also because he was in what was probably the worst Marvel post-credits scene ever. I mean, what was that??? No information, no extra look at the future of Marvel or the characters we’d spent the rest of the film with. Nope, just Howard the Duck… sipping some sort of drank. Whatever. I’ve enjoyed his run in some comic books and maybe we get a quick glimpse from him or even a line or two in Guardians 2, I wouldn’t call it super likely to happen, but probably more likely than Cosmo.
The Falcon's pet falcon, I promise you Redwing will be in a movie sometime. Granted, it will be in the background or casually mentioned or the butt of some “You seriously have a pet falcon, Falcon?” joke, but he’ll make it in there. Be on the lookout the first time we go into Falcon's house in whatever movie that will inevitably happen in.
Yup… Pooch. Terrible name, but a decent comic character and the only comic dog (that I know of) to ever receive the purple heart. I’m only throwing him in here 'cause this seems like a really REALLY easy cameo to throw into the Wonder Woman movie. Literally they just need Chris Pine to let some dog run up to him excitedly while he says, "Come here you stupid Pooch" and all the DC fans out there will lose their Pooch-loving brains. Come on DC, this one's just sitting there.
6. The Legion of Super-pets
Nope, I am not making this up. Hang on, let me give you the full breakdown here: There’s Krypto the Superego (obviously), Beppo the Supermonkey (okay…), then Comet the Super-horse (wait, what?), and Streaky the Supercat (like I said: not making these up). Of course, Krypto the Superdog is obviously the biggest name out there, but Henry Cavill’s Superman doesn’t really seem like a dog guy. Unless that dog could get killed by a freak blizzard or something. I wouldn’t be shocked if CBS’s Supergirl at one point got a cat though, so I guess if you want to hold out hope for one of the Legion, that’s where I’d put it.
7. Devil Dinosaur
Probably my favorite comic animal, Devil Dinosaur will (sadly) probably never grace the big or small screens with his giant T-Rex visage. I mean, come on: he’s a giant T-Rex. That said, I think a Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur movie would be awesome.
Two years ago I would have said that there was no way Zabu, a saber toothed tiger, would ever appear in an X-Men movie. But post Days of Future Past and Deadpool, who knows what Fox is gonna start throwing in these movies. I mean, HUGE props to them for probably having the most comic book feeling comic book movie-verse, and by doing that they’ve really opened up all sorts of doors for themselves. They could totally do a Savage Lands movie and meet Zabu and his awesome saber toothed powers of death, and kitty littering. Why not?
So there you have it guys! Have a favorite pet superhero I missed? Are you a violently aggressive Howard the Duck fan? Let me know down in the comments! And hey, why not check out even more 'Thoughts We Might Have Had' by hitting up our main site here!