From time to time Outright Geekery brings you a slanted and biased opinion on some trivially specific topic of geekery. We call it Outright Geekery’s Top o’ the Lot.
Since Ironman in 2008, to last year’s Guardians of the Galaxy, to the scheduled Inhumans of 2019, Marvel’s Cinematic Universe is an achievement unlike any other. A universe shared between dozens of films is something geeks will continue to enjoy until at least 2019, but I have to wonder what’s coming next. There are so many Marvel characters to choose from for the next addition to the MCU, so I narrowed this list down a bit to only include character that haven’t yet been introduced. This means no Black Widow, Winter Soldier, or Nick Fury standalone films on this Lot. So, without further ado, we have a team, a king, and a Castle, in Outright Geekery’s Top o’ the Lot: Marvel Cinematic Universe Movies We Want To See!
In 1997, Marvel Comics launched Thunderbolts #1 with a plan. With The Avengers presumably dead after the event of Onslaught, the Thunderbolts flashed on to the scene to fill the gap. They were heroes in the eyes of everyone, including the reader, but, the T-Bolts were really the Masters of Evil in disguise. In an effort to take advantage of the superhero angle, the series featured themes of redemption and deeper commentaries on the mature of heroism. This may be a bit deep for an audience right now, but give them a Civil War and another Avengers film or two and it’ll be the perfect evolution of the genre. This would be a great film, but I see it more as a series, and it may include some villains that may have been introduced previously, putting T-Bolts only at the honorable mention spot on this Lot. Maybe after S.H.I.E.L.D.
5. Black Bolt
After Inhumans establishes the Silent King as the supreme ruler of an entire race of super powered beings, and after the fall of that king and his kingdom at the hands of a jealous and fearful society, the King will seek to rebuild his kingdom, freeing his people from all sorts of evil experiments and ugly doings. I think there’s a great opportunity for a director and an actor to have stand out performances with a character like Black Bolt who is unable to speak, yet must communicate his wishes to his fellow Inhumans. I’d love to see Boltagon get his own solo film, but the odds are heavy against it actually happening. With Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. establishing the Inhumans 4 years before the film, there’s a good chance that we won’t see the Royal Family at all. Sad but true.
A long-shot at best for a solo movie, Wasp may be introduced as early as the upcoming Ant-Man movie (it’s all but official, really), and the character absolutely deserves her own solo film. Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne, the assumed successor to the comic book Wasp Jan Van Dyne, has blockbuster potential. If they do make her an Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. it opens up a lot of opportunities for good story-telling in a post-Civil War (maybe even a post-Thanos Invasion!) Marvel Cinematic Universe, that requires a frontline soldiers capable of taking on Inhuman, superhuman, and alien threats. We have no idea what the future of the MCU will be, but we know one thing for sure: Thanos is coming! The future will be dark, and Wasp could be the dark hero the future needs.
There’s many people who may not know who Wonder Man is, but I don’t think it matters. He’s an Avengers, he’s had a lot of problems in his life (to say the least), and he’s super powerful! But that doesn’t make him film worthy, no. The thing that makes him film worthy is his origins, and it doesn’t matter which one. His original origin involved him using his mass wealth to get powers, while his Ultiamte Universe version saw him as a body-builder on Hulk Serum, and either one works for the MCU. Not now, but in a post-Thanos world, where everyone seems to be getting powers, there’s a real opportunity to for Simon to be the ‘everyman’ sort of Avenger for Marvel’s distant future. As long as it’s making a profit, the MCU will continue to add films, and it’s simply a matter of time before we see Wonder Man.
Spider-Woman wouldn’t just be the perfect addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, she’s what the MCU will need in a world where no one can be trusted. Things will be even more complex after Phase 3, and a triple agent, super-spy Avenger will add the intrigue that audiences will have come accustomed to by the 2020s. She’ll also be a great accompaniment for Marvel’s sure to be on the way series of trilogies starring Spider-Man, Spider-Men, and everything and anything Spider-related. She works in the global landscape of a post-Thanos MCU, and it’s difficult for me to see an MCU of the future without her.
While the rumors of a Penske Truck driving Frank Castle showing up in Captain America: The Winter Soldier carry a lot of weight, I don’t buy it. Frank Castle wasn’t born in the Battle of New York, and there’s just not enough super-powered folks running around for him to really drive home his overall goals, but he’s coming. And when he does it will be a bullet ridden corpse-fest unlike anything we’ve seen before. With Inhumans and super-powered folks running around wreaking havoc, it’s easy to see an opportunity for Frank to lose his family in a fight between heroes and villains, and even more of an opportunity for Pun to kill some Inhuman trash! A villain? It’s all about your point-of-view.
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