The Marvel Cinematic Universe is a place of wonder for many people, and they've done a great job with their properties, both Marvel Studios and Fox have both had successes and failures, so here are a few characters that could use a mulligan going forward, some are already in the works and some we'd like to see in the future, so let's begin.
Now I know what you're saying, Rogue got the Anna Paquin treatment in the original X-Men trilogy, but was that really enough? She wasn't able to realize her full powers on screen or play a large part in the X team, she was constantly accidentally hurting people with her powers and we never really saw her begin using those powers to her advantage. Now she was briefly in X-Men Days of Future Past, taking over Kitty Pryde's role of holding Wolverine in the past, but she was barely there and in the theatrical release Rogue was left on the cutting room floor, recast, keep Anna Paquin, but let's see more of Rogue in the future, a fully realized Rogue.
10. Iron Man
I know I know, a controversial pick, I love RDJ as much as the next comic fan and the Avengers films are great, but if you look at Iron Man from a stand-alone standpoint, he's really only had 1 great solo film and it was his first outing, Iron Man 2 was forgettable at best and Iron Man 3 took Iron Man's most fearsome adversary and turned him into a drunken British thespian who was hired to create the character of The Mandarin but is not really The Mandarin. Not only that, but Iron Man 3 gave him a kid sidekick for a good portion of the film. Sadly with no Iron Man 4 in the pipe I'm not sure there will be another great Iron Man film, so it seems his future is solely with The Avengers films, which might not be such a bad thing, considering he doesn't fare that well on his own. RDJ is still great in the part, he just needs a solid stand alone film where he, and the character can shine.
Despite an abysmal attempt at portraying a live action Venom in Spider-Man 3 the closest thing we've had to a great Venom was in the short film "Truth in Journalism" and that is so sad, Venom is a fearsome adversary for Spiderman who truly deserves to be the main antagonist of a future film. Through the last decade and change we've had 2 actors as Spiderman, 5 films and 1 cringe worthy portrayal of Venom by the ridiculously cast Topher Grace in Spider-Man 3, and even then he was only on screen for a few minutes in the final act of the film before being dispatched by Spidey and a bunch of pipes (if you don't know what I'm talking about don't try to find out, I wouldn't wish that on my worst enemy) Instead of giving the fans a film with Venom as the main antagonist the films recycle Goblin after Goblin after Goblin, there have been more Goblin's than Spiderman, there's a massive well with which to pluck villains, start doing that and knock off the Goblin shit for a while, hopefully Tom Holland's future Spiderman films will throw in Venom, and maybe even Carnage, providing they don't try to be too kid friendly, both characters are terrifying, especially Carnage.
Granted, Nightcrawler was pretty decently portrayed in X-Men 2 by Alan Cumming (real name), he was only in the 1 film, and there was no explanation about what happened to him afterward, and he was never mentioned again Nightcrawler is a vital part of the X team and luckily has been recast for X-Men apocalypse, so if we're lucky we're going to get a newer, more important portrayal of the teleporting mutant. Sadly because of the nature of the X-Men universe this list has thus far and will contain a lot of character from those films and that world.
Yes, we all saw X-Men The Last Stand unfortunately, we did get a portrayal of Angel there, but he did almost nothing except fly around a little bit, back out of getting cured and fly over Alcatraz Island at the end of the movie, and there lies the problem, great characters that are featured just for the sake of them being there, even if they do next to nothing. Luckily, with X-Men Apocalypse coming up in a few months and a new Angel being presented on screen we may actually get to see the Angel that has been a key player in so many X-Men adventures, but judging by the Apocalypse trailer which features Angel with metal wings that fires sharp projectiles we'll more than likely be seeing Archangel, Apocalypse's henchman, which is just fine.
Juggernaut, what can be said about Juggernaut, what a great villain, a mutant who can bust through anything if he gains enough momentum, the man is like a herd of stampeding elephants on steroids, making him an awesome bad guy, he is purely physical, he'd be the Marvel answer to Bane, a villain who is physically equal to all others, he even bested Hulk at one point, which is no small task, so he needs to be done justice. His garbage appearance in The Last Stand was probably just so he could say "I'm the Juggernaut bitch", he crashed and smashed through things and was in no way shape or form used to the height of his ability, he spends the entire fight chasing down Kitty Pryde, and losing.
We got Rhino in The Amazing Spiderman 2, and portrayed by an excellent actor in Paul Giamatti, but unfortunately they chose to utilize him in the last 10 minutes of the movie as something to bring the wall crawler out of his post-Gwen Stacy depression, and not only was that his only purpose, but it was Paul Giamatti in a giant metal Rhino suit, I don't understand why movies believe giant suits will ground the more outlandish villains, if you have to CGI the suit anyway why not just CGI Giamatti into some huge son of a bitch who wears a lot of grey? Or something like that.
Sabretooth, one of my favorite all time comic villains, a violent beast and Wolverine's arch rival, a character who is equally ferocious and twice as psychotic. He's been portrayed twice on screen once by Tyler Mane in X-Men, where he was unfortunately dispatched at the end of the film and once idiotically by Liev Schreiber, when you know, Origins decided to say fuck continuity and portray Sabretooth as Wolverine's brother because you know, all rivals are related. Sabretooth desperately needs a reboot, he could make such a wonderful foil to Wolverine. As we all know, Hugh Jackman will be hanging up his claws after the third stand alone Wolverine film, so maybe new Wolverine means new Sabretooth.
3. Ghost Rider
Seriously, Ghost Rider is probably one of the coolest characters in comic books and he's almost completely untapped. We obviously got those 2 shitty Ghost Rider movies starring Nicolas Cage......FUCKING NICOLAS CAGE. Ghost Rider needs a serious, hard reboot with a young actor that manages to pull off Johnny Blaze, watching a 40 something play a leather clad motorcycle stuntman did not work, not only that, but the studio insisted on making the 2 films insanely cheesy. The Ghost Rider comics are deeply rooted in horror and the supernatural, just look at the fucking guy, not only that, but the devil and demons play a huge part of Ghost Rider's story. So please reboot Ghost Rider, make it cool and make it scary.
That's right folks, it wouldn't be a list of shafted Marvel characters without Gambit, the cajun mutant himself. We did get a portrayal by Taylor Kitsch in the painfully bad X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which he had absolutely no reason to be in, why Gambit is somehow part of Wolverine's past is beyond silly. The supercharged, card throwing mutant proves himself a rival to Wolverine and a love interest to Rogue. Kitsch himself wasn't a bad Gambit by any means, he just didn't need to be in that movie and the movie was just bad. So how will Fox remedy this? they cast Channing Tatum, who I've personally never liked in a single film. This isn't the type of character that needs a superstar, this is the type of character that makes superstars, Gambit needs to be a relative unknown, somebody with talent, not just somebody with a big name. I'll withhold judgement until I see Channing Tatum in the role, but I'm not confident.
1. Scott Summers/Cyclops
Cyclops is our number 1, despite having been portrayed through 3 movies by James Marsden before being unceremoniously killed via kiss at the very beginning of The Last Stand. Marsden is a fine actor it was just the writing, development and personality of the character that wasn't great, Cyclops is a constant thorn in Wolverine's side and the LEADER of the X-Men, there's a reason Professor X made him the leader because he's insanely powerful, smart and tough, he destroyed the master mold sentinel, which is the strongest, smartest and most powerful of all the sentinel's and had recently destroyed Storm, Havok, Colossus, Rogue, Psylocke and Wolverine, but he did it by his goddamn self, he's killed Sinister and fucking Apocalypse. This guy is tough, and he's never been portrayed as such. We'll be seeing a young version of Cyclops in the upcoming X-Men Apocalypse, and hopefully they'll finally do this character justice and make him the leader he's always been in the comics.
There's obviously a ton that I've missed, but these are my top choices. Who do you want to see? Let me know.