The Marvel Cinematic Universe seems to give almost every character in the comic book list their own movie or TV series these days, but there are others who deserve the same treatment.
While the media landscape is oversaturated with superhero projects, there are still many Marvel characters whose stories and stories are worth the time and money typically devoted to such a project. So before superhero fatigue fully kicks in, these characters should get their own movie or TV show in the MCU.
Genetically engineered to be the perfect being, Adam Warlock discovered his own destiny and began protecting the universe from evil as the avatar/champion of life. He notably led Earth’s Mightiest Heroes against Thanos after the Titan used the Infinity Gauntlet to wipe out half of all life. He eventually wielded the gauntlet himself and became a god. And with its ability to revive itself, this cosmic entity was essentially one of the most powerful forces in the Marvel Universe.
Warlock will make his big screen debut in Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 3, but this could still serve as a stepping stone for the mighty hero to begin his own adventures. In the comics, he is responsible for creating “The Magus” and “Goddess”, two versions of himself who became existential threats to the universe. So a project centered around this golden god and his enemies could make for an intriguing story that explores morality, religion and the fact that it’s virtually impossible to be perfect.
Betsy Braddock as Psylocke/Captain Britain
Betsy Braddock, known to many fans as Psylocke, remains one of the most popular X-Men in Marvel Comics, particularly due to her time in the body of the psychic ninja Kwannon. That intricate part of her backstory might not work in film today, but Braddock is still a great fighter with a layered story that could make for an excellent journey into live-action.
Braddock recently got the chance to rewrite a comic book storyline, 2019’s Excalibur, in which she takes on Otherworld’s Arthurian forces and the mantle of Captain Britain. Marvel Studios can introduce her and the Captain Britain Corps as a whole, which may set the stage for a sprawling multiverse fantasy epic centered around Braddock and the mutated team Excalibur.
Marvel fans have been waiting a long time for this hero to appear. Richard Rider became the superhero Nova after finding the last survivor of Xandar’s Nova Corps, which gave him his uniformed and cosmic powers. Rider has long worked with the Guardians of the Galaxy, and his power allowed him to face Thanos, Annihilus, and even Galactus.
It’s a shame Nova hasn’t landed in the MCU yet, but the seeds of its origins were sown with the release of Nova Corps in 2014 Guardians of the Galaxy. Also since Avengers: Infinity War Aside from the destruction Thanos left in his wake on Xandar, a film or series about Nova could explore this cataclysmic event and make it a part of his journey to becoming a superhero.
Although Black Cat started out as Spider-Man’s opponent/partner, this free-spirited feline burglar has come into her own over time. She received many of her own comics over the past few years, showing her leading her own gang of thieves, confronting the man who taught her to be a thief, seeking Infinity Stones, donning her own Iron Man armor and even transforming an Asgardian goddess.
Even without Spider-Man, she’s more than capable of directing her own exciting live-action adventure, and the fact that she hasn’t received one yet is the real crime.
Just for the record, Namor can’t get a solo film in the MCU as the rights to his character still belong to Universal. This doesn’t change the fact that the Sub-Mariner deserves his own project, and he might as well work with a miniseries centered around him and his underwater kingdom, Talokan.
Marvel Studios introduced moviegoers to Namor Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, which presents him as a compelling and well-rounded anti-hero who just wants to protect his home from the outside world. Namor became an instant fan favorite, and Tenoch Huerta’s performance as the Sub-Mariner helped make the aquatic mutant one of the MCU’s biggest highlights in recent years. This character and the underwater world he hails from are brimming with potential for an outstanding fantasy adventure that audiences would love to see.