The MCU is now a huge hit and characters that we previously thought would never make the big screen now have their own respective films and TV shows. It all started with the Iron Man franchise, who has always been super popular. Then Marvel used all their heavy hitters like Captain America and Spider-Man, but they seem intent on keeping their franchise going any way they can. This has led them to use obscure characters such as the Guardians of the Galaxy and Jessica Jones. After all, did anyone ever think that Luke Cage would have his own TV series?
At this point, it seems like there is no character that they couldn’t make cool with an excellent production team and a 2017 coat of paint. However, because of the direction the movies are going, it doesn’t always make sense to introduce a new character in that medium. That said, it would be much easier to give them their own TV shows. After all, look at just how quickly Jessica Jones entered production. The show turned out great and no one knew who she was before it.
Because of this fact, Marvel themselves have teased plenty of new shows for us to sink our teeth into, but we’re still chomping at the bit. Despite the fact that they’ve used the majority of their characters, there are some great heroes that deserve a shot at the small screen one way or another. In short, these characters need their own TV shows, whether it be on Netflix or ABC. These are 15 MCU TV shows we’re still all waiting for.
15. Black Widow
Think about it. Marvel has always had a weird thing where they struggle with connecting their films and TV shows outside of a few name drops and subtle hints. One of the best ways to resolve this problem is to bring one of the bigger characters into the TV universe. Granted, there are rumors of a Black Widow movie (if that ever gets made). In actuality, the character lends herself much better to a television audience. Black Widow is a character with a broken past that has led her to become a remorseless assassin who is now functioning for the greater good. A show starring her could easily take inspiration from amazing shows like 24 and put a superhero spin on it. A movie starring her likely wouldn’t sell tickets based on the marketing, simply because people want big bombastic things out of a comic book property. A television audience, on the other hand, isn’t so concerned about that. They simply want good TV, and that’s what Black Widow could offer. Then just have Chris Evans or Jeremy Renner show up and the ratings would be as good as gold.
In light of my argument for Black Widow, Hawkeye would deserve his own show for much similar reasons. Taking care of a family while still being a spy that uses a bow and arrow would make for some excellent TV. Much like the previous entry, this story wouldn’t lend itself to a superhero blockbuster very well, and instead would fit better on the smaller screen. Besides, that gives the audience much more time to spend with Hawkeye and how he struggles balancing his family life with his work life, or the added pressure that he has children to think about while he’s on missions. In a perfect world, a Black Widow and Hawkeye TV series could either be combined or running separately at the same time, and they would easily cross in and out of each other’s shows. Throw in a few Daredevil cameos to boot and that’s something that I would watch without a doubt in my mind. Hawkeye needs a bit of time in the spotlight as well- he doesn’t deserve the stigma that he gets from the movies.
13. Cloak and Dagger
This is a show that has more or less been confirmed already, and by the title of this article, you can see that we’re still waiting for it. Cloak and Dagger are relatively lesser-known characters; their biggest roles being in Ultimate Spider-Man as well as the Civil War comic event. For those of you just tuning in, this pair of heroes has a set of interesting powers. Cloak wears (you guessed it) a cloak that can teleport people to other dimensions or places, while Dagger harnesses the power of the light and can shoot it from her fingertips. Together they make an excellent team, and while they’re not large-scale enough to elicit their own blockbuster, their work would make a pretty good TV show. They’re probably closer to the Agents of SHIELD world as opposed to The Defenders, but either way it would be a show worth putting on your radar. For some reason, though, we haven’t heard anything about the show in a long while, and we’re anxiously awaiting any more information. We want Cloak and Dagger and we want it now.
It’s been years since the vampire hunter ever had anything to do on the big screen, and now it’s about time to bring him back. Obviously another bombastic movie romp wouldn’t do as well as a smaller scale project would, so Blade needs to have his own TV show. While he is a bit of a darker property, Marvel has already proven that they’re not afraid to play with more mature themes via Netflix (watch Jessica Jones if you don’t know what I mean). The character would integrate almost seamlessly with the world of the Defenders, and could either serve as a temporary member in a later season or even as a subplot for one of the characters to face. One way or another, he must end up with his own TV show. His respective films were already one of the best rated-R superhero films to date (before Deadpool that is), so it’s not hard to believe that audiences would be willing to spend time with this character again, especially with that Marvel touch that we’ve come to expect. The combat would probably be some of the best out of the TV shows as well.
11. Night Thrasher
What do you get when you cross the impressive tech of Iron Man with the fighting prowess of Batman? You would get Night Thrasher. The character himself has already been on a street-level basis when it comes to fighting bad guys, so bringing him into the fold of Marvel TV would be practically seamless. He would have to be included in the Netflix world, because in the comics he has been known to face off against The Punisher. Bringing him into the fold would recreate that battle and get a lot of comic book nerds like me jumping for joy. Often times, Night Thrasher has even been known to work with other heroes to take down drug dealers and brute thugs, so it’s like the Netflix forum was practically made for him. Because of his teamwork capabilities, he would easily integrate with characters like Daredevil and Luke Cage, and would even easily show up to antagonize the Punisher. Just please, Marvel, let him have his own series. We want to see a beefed up Batman taking on the crime lords of Hell’s Kitchen.
10. Captain Britain
This is easily the most “out of left field” entry I have on this list, but you’ll have to hear me out for this one first. Captain Britain may be the British alternative to Captain America, but, apart from the names, the two aren’t very similar. Instead of utilizing above average strength and a frisbee to take down his foes, Britain was given extraordinary powers by the wizard Merlin, making him one of the strongest heroes in the Marvel universe. He has all the powers you’d expect from a super-powered British hero, such as super reflexes, super strength, super speed, and the power of flight. Granted, his costume is a bit ridiculous, but that’s something that Marvel can easily fix. If you’re still not on board, think of a show with British overtones similar to movies like Kingsman: The Secret Service, with the heroic tension of the later seasons of Agents of SHIELD. If done well, that would make for an exciting expansion in the MCU. He would likely fit more with the SHIELD agents as opposed to the Defenders, as they deal with more “meta” abilities than the Netflix shows do.
9. Black Knight (Dane Whitman)
Speaking of Captain Britain, there is another unique character that we feel would make a good Marvel TV series. Black Knight has had several people take up his mantle over the years, but the one we’re focusing on is Dane Whitman. Whitman is a direct descendant of an old Camelot soldier who bore the title of Black Knight. Naturally, his armor is very rustic and reminiscent of the 12th century. However his uncle, who bore the suit before him, was a fervent villain, so Whitman took it upon himself to take the Black Knight name out of the dirt. It wasn’t long before he had a few run ins with the Avengers, who mistook him for a villain. However, his most notable outings include the time he was part of the 12th century version of the Defenders. Eventually, this journey saw Black Knight searching for Captain Britain, who was lost at the time. After rescuing him, the duo worked together in order to save Camelot from devastating times. It’s very obvious why Black Knight deserves his own show; a medieval tone is something a superhero property has yet to do, and we could even see a Black Knight/Captain Britain team up.
8. Ms. Marvel (Kamala Khan)
There are numerous times where superheroes influence other people to use their powers for good. Probably the best example of this in the Marvel universe is the Kamala Khan version of Ms. Marvel. Her idol is Captain Marvel (who is already having a movie on the way soon), and that’s the reason she chose to use her powers for good. She discovered that she bears a gene from the Inhumans (also confirmed to have their own TV show) that allows her the ability to stretch and manipulate her body in all sorts of ways, similar to that of Mr. Fantastic. There are many reasons why she deserves her own show, the biggest of which being that she is a Pakistani-American hero, meaning that the people screaming that there isn’t enough diversity would have something to watch. Furthermore, the connective tissue for her is already there. Captain Marvel will be integrated into the Marvel universe, and the Inhumans are getting their own TV show. All they would have to do is get someone to play Ms. Marvel, and that would be the end of that.
7. The Punisher
While this show is confirmed and in production, by the title of this article alone, it still deserves to be on this list. The reason we want to talk about The Punisher specifically is because there are so many things that we don’t know. After all, this will be the first time in the MCU where we’re getting an entire story centered around an anti-hero. How are they going to use that to propel the story forward as well as get us to think about our own decisions in life? On top of that, it will be interesting to see what Punisher comics they choose to draw inspiration from as well as what new twists they will add. Furthermore, we already know that it will be part of the Netflix world, but does that mean the series will have any connections to Daredevil or any of the other Defenders? We’ll have to wait and see when the show comes out, but it’s easily the most intriguing show Marvel has on their slate. Are you excited for The Punisher series?
6. She Hulk
It’s been heavily argued that a Hulk movie is pretty much unfilmable, as there hasn’t been a definitive experience that both captures the character while still giving viewers a lot of heart and thought to chew on. Regardless of how you feel on the subject, there isn’t much arguing that we need more characters from the Hulk’s history to appear in the MCU. For the purpose of this article, we’ve chosen She Hulk. She is the most obvious decision, as there can almost never be enough female superheroes these days. But think about what her own show would mean. After all, Marvel could easily model it after the Lou Ferrigno Hulk TV show in all of its glory (similar to what the CW’s The Flash has been doing). Then they could easily add their own Marvel touch of excellence to bring in some great drama while still keeping it entertaining for everyone to watch. It would probably lend itself better to the Agents of SHIELD family of Marvel shows, due to the nature of the character, but if it can be pulled off in another realm, I’d be just fine with that too.
A lot of people are complaining about all of the superhero movies that we’re getting nowadays (I personally am loving every minute of it), so people have started putting more diversity into their products. Ant-Man was more of a heist film, Guardians of the Galaxy was a space opera, and so forth. It will make sense that Marvel will have to start doing the same with their TV shows in the future. One possible solution to this is to make one based on the character Ka-zar (pronounced Kay-zar). Think of Tarzan but more like a superhero. However, one big difference is that instead of being raised by apes, Ka-zar was born and raised in the Savage Lands, a jungle filled with entirely dinosaurs. Yes, you read that right. His protector and adopted parent was Zabu, a saber-toothed tiger. Together they work in order to watch each other’s backs as well as surviving through the Savage Lands. Eventually, he had a few encounters with the X-Men and the Avengers, as well as Daredevil. He would overall make for an action-packed TV show filled with impressive visuals. I would also love to see how they’d connect him with their other properties.
4. Moon Knight
I’ll come right out and say it: Marc Specter deserves his own show. While he is essentially the Marvel equivalent to Batman, the character and stories he’s involved in aren’t quite big enough to elicit a 2-hour movie made about him. However, a Netflix show would be practically perfect in every way. A man struggling with mental illness and the tendency to murder his foes would be something that people would eat up in this day and age. People don’t like watching the guy that has it all figured out; they want to watch the man who struggles every day. Furthermore, a show with a character like Marc Specter could even elicit the empathy of those who also struggle with mental illness, while still showing respect to it. Moon Knight would lend himself very well to that world, and even his costume would lead to some excellent color work. An entirely white suit would contrast perfectly to the dreary overtones of Hell’s Kitchen. He’d also look pretty good standing next to Daredevil and Iron Fist.
3. The Runaways
A witch, an alien, a strong mutant, a tech genius, a girl who loves animals, and a powerful dinosaur. Did I mention that they’re also teenagers and all of their parents are super criminals? Are you interested yet? Out of all of the properties on this list, I firmly believe that this one would be the most fun to watch. The Runaways are a bit of a dysfunctional family, but that alone would make it hard not to love them. Growing up, all of their parents met for a charity event, which they soon discovered was secretly a villainous organization. Upon finding this out, they “run away” and form their own team together. A show based on these characters would bring a certain uniqueness to the tried and true superhero formula; it would also cater to diversity, and those wanting a bit of action. Did I also mention that there was a super powerful dinosaur involved? Because of all of these different characters, they wouldn’t even need to cross over with anyone else. The first season alone with them trying to fight their parents would be interesting enough- we’d be satisfied from start to finish.
2. Ghost Rider
Ghost Rider, like Blade, has had a few movies in the past, but they unfortunately weren’t as well received. Since then, there hasn’t been much done with Ghost Rider over the years, until Marvel chose to include him in the newest season of Agents of SHIELD. This is a different version of the character from the Johnny Blaze we all know, but what we do have is still quite cool. However, why stop at having him be a side-character in a different show. Why not give the Ghost Rider his own series? Furthermore, bring him over to the Netflix world; Marvel gets away with a lot more on that platform, and the increased leniency is something that a character like Ghost Rider would benefit from greatly. He is the spirit of vengeance and a ruthless fear machine. He deserves his own bout in his own show after casting Nicolas Cage in the leading role. Marvel has already proven that they can take a property turned sour and make it great again. We believe they could easily strike gold twice.
1. Spider-Man (Not Peter Parker)
Yes, we’re all excited that Spider-Man has finally found his way home to the MCU, but the possibilities are now endless. Now that Marvel has access to all those characters, there’s almost no limit to what they can do. Why not make a TV show based upon another version of the web slinger? There are plenty of versions to choose from, such as Spider-Man 2099, Spider-Man Noir and so much more. Spider-Man is a small-scale character to begin with, so using a different version for their own adventures would be nearly perfect. To add fuel to this fire, Miles Morales is heavily rumored to play a part in Spider-Man Homecoming, and we all know him as the Ultimate Spider-Man. Marvel could make a TV show based entirely upon this version of the character. It would appeal to people wanting diversity, as well as those wanting a proper Spider-Man TV show. If not him, then use Spyder Knight, and have him cross paths with Black Knight. Use Spider-Man Noir and take the opportunity to give the superhero genre more diversity. There is no limit to what they can do with the character now, and we’re excited to see where they go next.