Since its premiere, Marvel’s Daredevil has become one of the most popular shows on Netflix, delighting critics and fans alike. The show proved to be so successful that Netflix almost immediately ordered a second season of the gritty noir crime drama. Vincent D’Onofrio’s villainous Wilson Fisk, AKA the Kingpin, is one of the biggest appeals of the superhero show. Some critics have even said he is the greatest villain to date in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
But with such a rich universe to choose from, fans can’t help wondering about the even greater entertainment potential of other comic book favourites. Netflix and Marvel have many more plans; Daredevil will be appearing in a Netflix miniseries titled the Defenders, which will see all of Marvel’s small screen superheroes team up. Netflix’s next Marvel TV show will be A.K.A. Jessica Jones starring Krysten Ritter, which will debut later this year. Then, Marvel are planning to make shows starring Luke Cage and Iron Fist.
Since the Marvel Cinematic Universe is already into its 11th film with Avengers: Age of Ultron, with the franchise’s popularity growing consistently, it seems reasonable that we could see many, many more TV shows on Netflix starring Marvel superheroes.
These are ten Marvel superheroes that would make an even better Netflix TV show than Daredevil.
Which comic book hero do you want to see on their own Netflix show? Have your say in the comments below!
Given the success of Guardians of the Galaxy and the wild anticipation surrounding the DC / Warner Bros Suicide Squad movie, it’s clear that heroes aren’t the only characters enjoying popularity these days.
Rag tag teams of villains and scoundrels have a lasting appeal, and a Netflix show starring some of Marvel’s evilest villains could be very interesting to see. The Thunderbolts are team that has consisted of many reformed comic book villains over the years.
Members have included popular characters such as Venom, Baron Zemo and Bullseye. Since so may characters have been a part of the team at one time or another the possibilities are endless when it comes to who might show up in a potential Netflix TV show.
With an Iron Fist Netflix show on the way, why not have another martial arts expert join the mix? In the comics, Shang-Chi was at one time a member of Heroes for Hire alongside Iron Fist and Luke Cage.
Although Shang-Chi has no superpowers, his fighting skills are so incredible that he has been able to go toe to toe with many superheroes and supervillains. He is so adept at Kung Fu that he can fight hoards of opponents at once, and he is also skilled in the use of martial arts weaponry.
A team up with Iron Fist on Netflix seems like a natural choice. The duo could team up to take on the Hand or other martial arts centric villains. The possibilities are endless.
7. The Prowler
Now that Marvel Studios has made a deal with Sony, it has the freedom to use any of the characters from the Spider-Man universe in TV and film. Likewise, Sony can use characters owned by Marvel Studios in Spider-man movies.
So, that means that Marvel Studios has a plethora of new characters to choose from.
One Spider-Man character that has the potential to be featured in a Netflix show is the Prowler. The Prowler has a very unique and interesting look that would look impressive and menacing on the small screen.
As a street-level hero, the Prowler would fit well alongside Daredevil. Hobie Brown, aka the Prowler, was created by Stan Lee and first appeared in the Amazing Spider-Man #78. He creates a high-tech battle suit to take on crime in the Bronx.
6. Cloak and Dagger
Cloak and Dagger are another set of characters that first appeared in a Spider-Man comic who would be good choices to star in a Netflix TV show. The characters have a strong cult following.
The fact that Cloak and Dagger are teenagers also opens up many possibilities for a TV show. In fact, in 2011 there were reports that a live action TV show was already in development for ABC family. However, nothing has officially been announced on that front yet.
Interestingly, Cloak and Dagger rarely fight super villain or costumed criminals. Instead, they focus their crime-fighting efforts on eliminating the drug trade in New York City. If this is the type of crime that these characters would face in a TV show then perhaps cloak and Danger belong on Netflix rather than ABC Family.
5. Ghost Rider
After two failed movies starring Nicolas Cage, the rights to the character of Ghost Rider have reverted back to Marvel Studios. It’s unlikely the character will be seen on the big screen again for quite some time, but maybe the supernatural antihero will appear on Netflix instead.
The darker tone of the character and comic books he has appeared in means he’s probably better suited for the small screen. A smaller budget and a mature rating could result in a much more faithful adaption than what was already seen in the big screen.
With a Dr. Strange movie just around the corner we know that Marvel Studios is not afraid to have mystical and supernatural characters be a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, so naturally Ghost Rider could find his place within the MCU. Give this one some time though.
Unlike Daredevil, Ghost Rider appeared on screen not too long ago – only four years ago. Maybe the character needs a little time away from the limelight before a reboot happens – even if that reboot is on the small screen.
Now that Marvel has the rights back to Blade it would be a perfect time to reboot the character for Netflix. The first Blade movie is the film that reinvigorated the superhero movie genre after Batman and Robin nearly ended superhero movies for good.
A Blade TV show on Netflix would be the perfect opportunity to create more horror themed content for the streaming service. Netflix could create other horror themed superhero shows and then have the characters meet in a miniseries like Netflix is planning to do with the Defender.
Blade could team up with other supernatural characters like Ghost Rider, Werewolf by Night and Son of Satan to create the ghostly superhero team known as the Midnight Sons. With Universal planning a cinematic universe with their movie monster Netflix would be wise to make their own monster themed shows if Universal finds success.
A Blade series on Netflix would not be the first time the character has appeared on the small screen. There was a Blade TV show that lasted for one season on Spike TV.
3. Moon Knight
Marvel fanboys most likely caught many of the Easter eggs that were in the Daredevil TV show on Netflix. In one of the episodes Foggy Nelson and Matt Murdock were working on a huge case representing Roxxon Oil.
In Marvel Comics, Roxxon Oil is a huge conglomerate that cared little about morals or ethics. The company was often featured in Moon Knight comics. This Easter egg could be a hint of what may be to come from Marvel on Netflix.
Moon Knight is often seen as Marvel’s version of Batman, and Moon Knight has regularly teamed up with Daredevil in the comics. The cult appeal of the character would make him an interesting choice for a Marvel Netflix show. A Moon Knight show was reportedly in development at one point, but the show never ended up getting made.
As a street level hero, Moon Knight would fit in well in the Marvel Cinematic Universe on Netflix. Moon Knight played a large role in the Daredevil centric comic book storyline Shadowland, which saw a possessed Daredevil go off the deep end and start using questionable crime-fighting methods. This comic storyline would be an excellent source material to adapt for the small screen.
When Marvel Studios and Disney struck a deal with Sony to make Spider-man a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe there were cheers of elation and plenty of speculation. It is still not known what the new Spider-man movie will be called and who will play the web slinger.
However, we do know that this Spider-man movie will be Peter Parker and the new Spider-man will also first appear on the big screen next year in Captain America: Civil War. When the deal was first announced some fans wanted to see Miles Morales be the new Spider-man instead of Peter Parker.
That won’t happen, but perhaps this version of Spider-man could appear on the small screen. A Netflix series starring the Miles Morales version of Spider-man would be a welcome addition to Marvel’s stable of TV shows.
The show could focus more on Morale’s high school life and work as a counter offer to the Peter Parker version of Spider-man on the big screen. The name Morales was even mentioned in Netflix’s Daredevil already. This could be an Easter egg or maybe it was just a coincidence. We will just have to wait and see.
1. The Punisher
There’s no Marvel character that fans want to see on Netflix more than Frank Castle. After three movies, none of which were particularly successful, Marvel Studios has finally retained the rights to the Punisher.
Since none of the Punisher films really worked or were critically well received perhaps the character is simply better suited to the small screen. Just like Daredevil, the Punisher is a much darker character than any of the Marvel superheroes that have appeared on the big screen as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Steven DeKnight, who served as the showrunner for season one of Daredevil, has already said he wants to see Punisher appear on Netflix. “I’ve been a huge fan of the Punisher comics for years. I’d love to see him get his due on a platform like this. Nothing would delight me more than to see the Punisher get his own show and maybe we could convince Marvel to go hard-R rating. If any character deserves an R rating, it’s the Punisher,” said DeKnight in an interview with SciFiNow.
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