7 Awesome Superheroes That Deserve a Spot in the Marvel Cinematic Universe


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Since the release of the first Iron Man movie back in 2008, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has gone from being a neat idea to taking a firm stranglehold of the blockbuster box-office. The end of the first ‘phase’ of the MCU, The Avengers, is the third highest-grossing movie of all time — and for the naysayers thinking that it was some sort of fluke, last year Iron Man 3 snatched the number five spot, cementing Marvel’s claim as a major player in the movies.

However, as the MCU keeps expanding, more characters need to be introduced to keep audiences wanting more. Thankfully, having been around for more than seventy years, Marvel Comics boasts more than enough fresh faces to keep the machine rolling.

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  • The Walking Cuban

    Taskmaster would be cool on S.Hield. I got tired of capitalizing and putting periods after each letter.

    • wat

      How is Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. doing?

      • The Walking Cuban

        Really good since the mid-season finale. It suffered from beaucoup episodes. I admit id watch it even if it still sucked, just to keep up.

        • wat

          I’ll watch it when the season is over, probably. If not, I’ll watch when the series is over. Funny how they could end up being the same thing lol

          • The Walking Cuban

            Snap! Well I ain’t seen it on any “likely to be canceled” lists. We’ll see. They have talked about 2 more seasons though.

          • wat

            Imagine if they manage to bring it up to the level of the most acclaimed shows today like The Walking Dead.

          • The Walking Cuban

            THAT would be nice. I think Cap 2 will raise the stakes in tag entire MCU. Man I wanna hear some announcements about the Netflix heroes. Filming starts in July for daredevil. I’m excited

          • wat

            Yeah Cap 2 looks like it’ll be the best movie in the MCU (which, imo, have all been ultimately pretty weak movies; cool as heck but weak in most areas).

            And I need to see a casting confirmation or promo photos before I get excited about the Netflix shows lol

          • The Walking Cuban

            I lnow what you mean by weak. I mostly agree except for Avengers and IM1 and 3. I’m about to rewatch 3 and may even change my mind but A and IM were strong to me. They defined the Avengers and Iron Man for the world. Then there’s the dark knight trilogy. The Godfather of superhero movies (and I don’t mean to compare the part 3’s lol). To me, that’s 2 examples of different styles that are equally good. Sometimes I don’t need the Godfather. Sometimes I need Avengers. Cuz I can’t think of anything like it. It ain’t there!

            Back to Cap 2, I think it, with the other sequels, are actually the start of a change in tone. There will always be humor, marvel can’t help themselves, but they have a bigger picture than TDK. A trilogy versus several phases, if things start out somber, thats gonna be slot of depressing movies if they would’ve started out dark. So a little darkness in Thor 2, more in IM3, and probably a bunch in cap2, it’s no wonder gotg looks so happy, it’s part 1! I think Cap 3 will be at the top of my list of MCU films so far. Almost certain.

          • wat

            I thought Avengers was weak story-wise and writing-wise. It was super cool but depth was sacrificed in favor of making a cool movie. Like, the alienation Captain American and Thor would naturally feel was completely ignored in favor for constant action. And I thought all Iron Man movies were terrible, especially the third. And Thor 2 was terrible as well.

            But Cap 2 looks AMAZING and seems to have a huge story with depth. And GotG looks really interesting.

            I wonder what Cap 3 would even be about. No way they can compete with BvS.

          • The Walking Cuban

            I feel ya. The aliens were super generic though I liked the space worms. As for Cap 3, short of snd probably including Death of Captain America, they have no chance against BVS. Cap 2 will raise the bar though and Avengers 2 I think will raise it again. Gotg… See, I’m a black Cuban, and none of the people I know wanna watch it lol. And they love tdk trilogy. I’m obviously a huge dork, but, callin em like I sees em, I think DC has the advantage right now. Dark is in. And they don’t have 4 bad, 1 or 2 mediocre, and 2 or 2 good films. They have Man of Steel, which was divisive but I liked it, and frikkin Batman. Batman vs Superman will be the TDK of this phase. If it is phases they do.

            When it comes down to it, I’m just sittin back and enjoying all of it. Eventually I wanna watch the DC shows, I just ain’t had time.

          • wat

            Yeah I’m a Marvel fan more but I’m riding with DC in the movie war. Their movies (at least Batman trilogy and the MoS franchise) have a much higher quality. They don’t aim to make blockbusters, they make quality, well-thought out movies with depth.

            Also I don’t want to watch the DC shows. Arrow seems lame despite good reviews I’ve seen and Flash looks absolutely terrible.

          • The Walking Cuban

            Haha!

          • TheRentschmeister

            “Like, the alienation Captain America(n) and Thor would naturally feel was completely ignored in favor of constant action”

            Could you explain that? I’m trying to understand what you mean.

            On a side note, I remember people talking about how Iron Man 3 was going to be buried by the incredible mega-hit that “Man of Steel” was going to be. Yeah……how’d that work out?

            Toss in Ben Affleck and it will be……..better? A movie that no film can “compete with”?

          • wat

            In The Avengers, Captain America pretty much JUST woke up from being frozen for all those years. He’d be culture shocked by suddenly being in the future. Similarly, Thor is from an entirely different world but seemed relaxed and comfortable during the events of the movie. Things like this were ignored in favor of the action of the movie.

            Also this time it’s different. For one, Iron Man is the biggest franchise of the MCU. People love Robert Downey Jr. Also Man of Steel had no prior movies so there’s no way it could compete. Now it’ll be Captain America, a less popular franchise vs. the first live action film featuring Superman and Batman on screen together. Of course there’s no telling what will actually happen in 2016 but I’m confident BvS will outdo Cap 3.

          • TheRentschmeister

            For some reason the reply I posted last night with supporting links was deleted. Anyway, Captain America had been awake for at least a few weeks if not months before his being sent to reclaim the Tessaract. His time getting to know New York again is shown in one of the deleted scenes in The Avengers.

            As far as Thor goes, you do realize that he is thousands of years old, right? Thor was encouraging the Vikings to worship he and his family @800 AD (to lead them towards rule of law instead of the Dark Ages). He has watched as man went from mud huts to skyscrapers. That’s why in Thor, he was at home in a bar, dealing with SHIELD, etc. while in New Mexico. He didn’t have all the social graces down, but Thor walking among mankind is comparable to an adult walking thru a playground full of 4 year olds.

            As far as MoS vs. IM3, Iron Man doesn’t have no where near the pedigree that Superman has. Superman has been an American pop culture icon since coming on the scene in 1938. From the Superman cartoons shown in theaters in the 40’s, the George Reeves tv series of the 50’s, the Christopher Reeves Superman movies of the 80’s, the Lois and Clark tv series of the 90’s, the Smallville series from the last decade, there is —-Nothing—- related to Iron Man that comes close to that. DC was on record that heritage behind it, they believed Man of Steel was going to be the most successful Warner Bros movie of all time. As we know, that didn’t happen.

            Also, there is Zip, Zero, Nada chance that any DC/Warner Bros movie is going to open up against an Marvel/Disney movie on the same weekend. There are simply far too many dollars at stake for BOTH companies. I had a link from Forbes that discusses that very fact.

            With the solid, positive reviews that are coming out about CA:WS and with the backlash against Batfleck coupled with how poorly MoS did in the theaters, I wouldn’t be so sure about how MoS would do against a third Cap film or any Phase 3 film. Captain America also has a long lineage, dating back to when Timely Comics (ala Jack Kirby) printed Captain America issue #1 in December 1940. I have neighbors that couldn’t pick Iron Man out of a lineup but would know Superman in a heartbeat. That’s why what Marvel is doing with creating their Cinematic Universe is so special. From TV to film, Marvel is building an Empire and DC is stuck trying to play catchup. Either way, Comic Book movie fans win.

          • The Walking Cuban

            Oh and the netflix shows, yeah I want some casting news

  • wat

    Yes to Black Panther and Doctor Strange. Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje for Black Panther! And Johnny Depp for Doctor Strange!

    • Tony

      Even if I don’t like him, think I have to agree on Depp, it would be cool to see him as someone other then kind of the same role over again.

      • wat

        I wouldn’t say I’m a fan of his either but I think he’d do great with the part.

  • DJRickyV

    I like the Avengers but would be stoked to see better treatment of street-level heroes such as Punisher and Blade rather than global protectors. Unfortunately, those characters would best be served by an R-rating or worse. You just can’t PG-13 them without losing the edge that makes them believable.

    • wat

      Yeah Marvel needs to establish a separate Cinematic Universe for the grown-ups. Perhaps based on the Netflix shows that are coming. Yeahhhh, once those shows take flight, reboot Punisher and Blade.

      • Haku

        I always thought the Midnight Sons were a pretty badass team. With people like Blade, Ghost Rider, Dr. Strange, and more, the group could very well be the adult team we’re looking for.

  • Marvel Fan

    There have been two Punisher films in the past decade, and a Doctor Strange movie was confirmed by Marvel studios to be in development last year. Not to mention Hawkeye was in The Avengers movie. Kudos for padding almost half of your list with Superheroes who already have a spot in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

    • Tony

      The Punisher movies are not part of the MCU, it starts with the Iron Man movie as Phase One and is currently in Phase Two.
      Yeah Hawkeye was in the movie but for about half of hs screen time he was controlled by Loki and has kind of lost his tone he has in the comics or cartoon shows and for a Hawkeye fan like me, the news that he will play a bigger role in Avengers: AoU is awesome and I would really like movie about him, maybe even with Black Widow.

  • John Taylor

    Doctor Strange, yes. Punisher, no. Not only has the Punisher been done more than once already, the character is nothing but a cheap imitation of Don Pendleton’s Executioner series of books.