For nearly 10 years now, ever since the franchise was first kickstarted in 2008 with the release of Iron Man, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has reigned supreme over Hollywood. The success of the Marvel films and the superhero genre, in general, is something that would have been considered unheard of and impossible 10 years ago. Yet, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has thrived and grown exponentially for almost a decade. In less than a decade, Marvel has managed to become the highest-grossing movie franchise in the United States currently and of all time. The franchise has made $7.7 billion across the US and $18 billion globally. Marvel movies are the biggest thing going right now in Tinseltown, and everyone wants to be part of at least one of their films. For all of the character/actor additions the studio is bound to make in the coming years, Marvel should certainly consider adding a few characters from their television series.
After taking over the movie world, it made sense for Marvel to decide to take over the television world as well with television continuations of their Cinematic Universe. Beginning in 2013 with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Marvel started producing television shows that featured characters and storylines relevant to the Cinematic Universe. These shows include the aforementioned Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Carter, Legion, and a plethora of Netflix television series — Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and most recently, Iron Fist. There are several more Marvel shows still on the way and in development. Viewers have grown so attached to these television characters that there is some genuine intrigue for some of these characters to collide with the Marvel Cinematic characters on the big screen. Given that there have been few crossovers between Marvel’s TV/Movie characters — and those that we have seen have remained solely on television — it seems like Marvel is reluctant to bring the casts of both mediums together. However, hopefully, they’d be willing to make an exception for the following TV characters on this list.
15. Jessica Jones
In the comic books, Jessica Jones takes part in plenty of prominent Marvel storylines and has connections to some pretty big characters. She has an active role in the infamous Civil War storyline, she’s close friends with Carol Danvers (who is set to get her own Captain Marvel movie in a couple years), and in a “What If?” storyline, she joins S.H.I.E.L.D. and marries Captain America. These are just a few examples that highlight Jones’s relevance to the comic book world and why she should be just as relevant to the movie world. Especially with the ensuing Captain Marvel movie hitting theaters in just a few years, now is the perfect time to introduce Jessica Jones to cinemas so that she can start hanging out with gal pal Carol Danvers.
14. Misty Knight
Given the comic book history between Misty Knight and Tony Stark, it seems like more than a given that she’ll appear in the Marvel films at one point or another. At least she should. Not just so that we can see Stark hand Knight her own bionic prosthetic arm as she does in the comics but because Misty Knight is one of the more captivating human characters in a mostly superpowered universe. On top of being played exceptionally well by Simone Missick, Knight happens to have a strong-willed personality that allows her to hold her own against superheroes and baddies alike. She wouldn’t seem out of place when standing next to someone like Captain America or Spider-Man. Such a presence should be in the movies interacting with Marvel’s biggest franchise players.
13. Elektra – Daredevil
Everyone wants to see the blind hero of Daredevil make his long-awaited return to the big screen by switching from the television side to the actual cinematic side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Still, let’s not forget the value that can come from his ex-girlfriend Elektra joining the movie franchise as well. Just like her counterpart, Elektra was failed to be given justice by Marvel in a live-action version of Elektra when she first made her big screen debut in 2003 when played by Jennifer Garner. Now that Marvel has found itself the perfect actress for the part in Élodie Yung and Netflix’s Daredevil series finally gave the character some great material to work with, justice to the character is almost complete. All that’s missing is a good run on the big screen to make things right.
12. Colleen Wing – Iron Fist
While both the title character and the show itself has divided audiences, the majority of critics seem to agree that Colleen Wing was the clear standout throughout the first season of Iron Fist. Some audiences were so unsatisfied with the lead character that they are undecided whether or not they want to see Danny Rand return for a second season of Iron Fist, yet alone an MCU movie. On the flip side, critics couldn’t stop raving about Jessica Henwick’s breakout performance as Colleen Wing and can’t wait to see more of her in the future. As she was the breakout star of Iron Fist, we most certainly will be seeing her again on Netflix for The Defenders, and if fans get their wish, maybe they’ll even get a spin-off adaptation of Daughters of the Dragon, which pairs Wing with Misty Knight in the comics. However, if Marvel really wants to capitalize on Wing’s sudden popularity, they should consider adding her to one of their films as well.
11. Kingpin – Daredevil
The Kingpin has always had a commanding presence in the comic books. Though Daredevil has always proven to be his biggest rival, Kingpin has crossed paths with just about every superhero under Marvel’s umbrella. And with every superhero he has encountered, he has used villainous tactics to find a way to conquer their spirit. The only thing which the character has yet to conquer is the movie world. The first and only time that the Kingpin appeared on film was in the 2003 version of Daredevil where he was played by Michael Clarke Duncan. While Duncan’s performance earned praise, it’s still been nearly 15 years since we’ve seen the Kingpin on a big screen. For a supervillain with as much rich history and menace as the Kingpin, that just ain’t right. Now that Vincent D’Onofrio has put in an incredible performance in that role on Netflix, it’s time to transition that character into the MCU movies.
10. Kerry & Cary – Legion
Legion is less connected with the official Marvel Cinematic Universe and more with FOX, seeing as they are the studio who currently own the rights to the X-Men franchise and the characters within them. If Marvel ever retains the movie rights to the X-Men, there are a number of characters from Legion they should consider bringing to the big screen. Even if that never happens, FOX should certainly consider bringing a handful of Legion characters to the new X-Men films. Two of those deserving characters happen to be Kerry & Cary. The two share the same body and, on occasion, separate to take part in their respective roles: Cary’s being a scientist and Kerry’s being the team’s resident ass-kicking fighter. The two have an incredibly unique dynamic that seems to work well both as a father-daughter relationship and a brother-sister relationship. The one-of-a-kind storytelling that has been showcased on Legion should easily translate to cinematic brilliance if they ever make it to a big screen.
9. Daisy Johnson/Quake – Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Daisy Johnson (aka Quake, or Skye) has always had an exceptionally fascinating character background in both the comics and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Originally, in the comics, she was a secret agent working under S.H.I.E.L.D. while, thanks to abilities retained from the DNA of her illegitimate father and supervillain, Mr. Hyde, Johnson has the power to produce seismic earthquakes. When the character was adapted for the sake of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., much of her backstory remained the same, except for the major alteration that reimagines Johnson as one of the Inhumans. This is particularly interesting because up until this time last year, there was an Inhumans film that Marvel had in the making for a 2019 release. Perhaps it’s not too late for Johnson to join the Marvel films, though, considering that the whole reason that she adopts the name of Quake in the comics is she’s inducted into The Avengers by Captain America personally. If Marvel ever decided to bring Johnson to the forefront of the films, there is already a sea of ready-made stories from the comics waiting to be adapted to film to depict Johnson’s arrival to the Avengers.
8. Melinda May – Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
When it comes to female badasses within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Melinda May has often given someone as acclaimed as Black Widow a run for her money. The stoic agent has remained a consistent highlight of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. ever since the show’s pilot, and there’s not a doubt in any MCU fan’s mind that she would fit right at home in the movies if the character were to ever make her film debut. The action heroine has taken part in some of the show’s most thrilling action sequences, and she surely could produce the same excitement in bigger budgeted action scenes in the films. Not to mention that along with having all of the makings of a great action star, Agent May also happens to be a well-rounded character complete with emotional gravitas. Plus, her connection to Phil Coulson could lead to some interesting scenarios with The Avengers considering they all think he’s dead while she’s been adventuring with Coulson for three seasons. It’s a crime that she still hasn’t made her MCU movie debut yet.
7. Mike “Deathlok” Peterson – Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Ever since the early 1990s, Hollywood has tried to bring Marvel’s Deathlok to the big screen with his own feature film. Those 90s talks never got past the script stage, and talks of a Deathlok film eventually fizzled out. Marvel had to settle on bringing the character onto Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and for two seasons straight, his character made for captivating television. In that time frame, he was played expertly by J. August Richards, and the character made for interesting storylines. Watching him go from ordinary civilian changed forever after a freak accident, to seeking redemption by joining S.H.I.E.L.D. after being forced to do the work of evildoers made for good TV. After season two, Deathlok quietly disappeared from the show and has gone without a trace since. Since he isn’t doing anything on MCU TV, it wouldn’t hurt to bring him into an MCU movie.
6. Claire Temple
Claire Temple has been the consistent strand that has connected all of the Marvel shows together on Netflix. Not only has her presence brought a great deal of importance to each series, her portrayal by Rosario Dawson has been adored every time. Although the introduction of Rachel McAdams to the MCU in Doctor Strange debunked suspicions that Temple was the Night Nurse from the comics, that doesn’t mean that there still isn’t some room for Temple to appear in the movies. She can bring the same touching heart and natural charm that she’s brought to Netflix, only now, for the big screen.
5. The Shadow King – Legion
The Shadow King has been a prominent figure in the Marvel comic books for years now. As a supervillain, this manifestation of fear and hatred has antagonized the likes of Professor X and even Black Panther. With Marvel releasing a Black Panther movie in 2018, there are strong chances that the Shadow King could appear in the film as well, especially when those seeds have been planted in the series Legion where the Shadow King is given a performance that is equally terrifying and androgynous on behalf of Aubrey Plaza. Given Plaza’s big Hollywood presence, she certainly wouldn’t feel out of place reprising her role in a Marvel movie, and considering the impressive work she’s done on the show, she should absolutely do just that.
The first time Daredevil hit the big screen in 2003, the character and film treatment did little to satisfy casual audiences or long-time comic book fans. The material provided for the character was considered lackluster by many, and the performance put in by Ben Affleck was disappointing. In the last couple years, the character found a new home on Netflix, and Affleck was replaced in the role by Charlie Cox. Both the Netflix show and Cox’s performance have been widely critically applauded. The stellar work that Cox has put in ensures that he’ll have a job playing Daredevil for a very long time. Hopefully, sooner rather than later, we can see him bringing his role to the big screen. The only thing that could delay that from happening is the fact that the gritty tone of the character doesn’t exactly fall in line with the lightheartedness of the Marvel films. Still, there are just too many moments in the comic books that the character has shared with Marvel’s finest to not bring him to the big screen.
3. The Punisher
The last time any of us saw The Punisher on the big screen, he was played by Ray Stevenson for the Lionsgate production Punisher: War Zone in 2008. Since then, movie rights to the character have reverted back to Marvel Studios, and he is now played by Jon Bernthal. Bernthal’s critically acclaimed performance on Netflix’s Daredevil earned him his own spin-off series set to stream in 2017. When he’s done with that, Marvel should strongly consider adding him to their movies. For the past decade, Marvel fans have been itching for another Punisher film, and with Bernthal at the helm, it would certainly be the gritty cinematic portrayal that fans have been waiting for. Even if he isn’t given his own film, there’s plenty of potential in The Punisher crossing over with numerous MCU characters. He could be used to re-create classic comic book moments with the likes of Spider-Man, Captain America, Hulk, etc. The possibilities are endless with The Punisher in a Marvel film.
2. Luke Cage
Ever since Luke Cage burst onto the scene with his own Netflix series, there have been some heated debates regarding whether or not Cage is actually the strongest character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The best way to find out is to put him up against someone just as powerful from the movies — someone like The Hulk. Or, better yet, instead of butting heads, maybe the two should be working together. Being someone with superhuman strength and bulletproof skin, Cage would be a perfect fit to join The Avengers. In fact, in the comics, he actually does join the team. It’ll only be fitting to see his Avengers initiation adapted to the big screen.
1. David – Legion
David’s potential as a character in the Marvel movies is rooted deeper than just his being an interesting character. Don’t get us wrong; he most certainly is an interesting character. His wide range of abilities allow him to be the most powerful mutant in the X-Men universe, and the fact that he is so mentally unstable makes him all the more unpredictably compelling. However, what could make David such a vital presence to the film franchise is the fact that (SPOILER ALERT!) he is the son of Professor X. Imagine the scene that could take place if David were to ever meet his long-estranged mutant father. Imagine all of the storyline possibilities with the two trying to bond and Xavier trying to help his son control his powers. The possibilities are endless and more than deserving of a big-screen treatment. David has proven to be a richly crafted character on the show, and adding him to the films would surely add some much-needed gravitas to the X-Men films.