We posted an article about a year ago that showcased a number of characters that fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe will need to know if they aren’t entirely familiar with all the stories told in Marvel’s comics through the decades. While every character mentioned in the past article is a part (or has been announced as a part) of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, that list was done just before the release of Guardians of the Galaxy. Since then, Marvel has released the names of a number of different films, and confirmed some other films that most of us knew were on the horizon. In addition to these new announcements, Marvel has made it clear that their television (Agents of SHIELD) and Netflix projects (Daredevil, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist) will be connected to the films. This claim by Marvel has been made stronger with the Terrigen Mists being revealed in Agents of SHIELD. These mists have strong connections to the Inhumans, who will be getting their own film in Marvel’s Phase 3. The cinematic universe has also laid out plans for the Civil War and Infinity War story-lines. These events were universe spanning and involved and affected every hero in the Marvel Universe. It’s quite possible that these two events will strongly connect the television and Netflix projects with the films. These points open the doors for a lot of new characters to join the MCU.
Without further ado, let’s take a look at some more characters you’ll most definitely need to know for further Marvel projects.
Please note, unless you have seen all the Marvel movies, every episode of SHIELD, and read hundreds to thousands of Marvel comics over the years, this list will most definitely CONTAIN SPOILERS.
In the comic books, Yellowjacket was just one of a number of different superhero identities adopted by the brilliant scientist known as Dr. Hank Pym. These identities include Giant Man, Ant-Man, Goliath, and even Wasp. The Marvel Cinematic universe has taken a number of liberties with Hank Pym. Marvel has aged him up to be more of a mentor to the Scott Lang Ant-Man and even stripped him of his status as the inventor of Ultron. The movies seem to be giving that burden to Tony Stark in the form of a rogue A.I. in one of Iron Man’s Mach armors.
Another person to take on the Yellowjacket identity was a female named Rita DeMara who used the suit for villainous purposes. The new Ant-Man movie seems to be using Yellowjacket as a villain, but for some reason they decided to put Corey Stoll (a male) from House of Cards in the suit. The suit allows whoever wears it to fly, shoot “sting-rays”, shrink to microscopic size, and grow to nearly 100 feet tall.
Janet van Dyne, also known as The Wasp, has the ability to shrink, grow, shoot “sting rays”, fly using insect-like wings, and telepathically communicate with insects. It’s a shame that Janet has been left out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Not only is the character one of the founding members of The Avengers (in the comic books, that is) but she is also the character who gave the team their name. It should also be noted that the current cinematic roster could use some more female heroes.
In the comic books, Janet is married to Dr. Hank Pym. It’s very likely that we could see Janet in the upcoming Ant-Man movie, in some form or another. Hank and Janet’s daughter Hope appears to be having a role in the film save for the fact that her last name is Van Dyne instead of Pym. It’s possible that this version of Hope could be the cinematic version of The Wasp.
10. Ms. Marvel
The role of Ms. Marvel has been used by a few women over the decades, but currently the title goes to Kamala Kahn, a Pakistani-American teenager who never quite felt adequate enough growing up in a euro-centric America. Kahn was a huge fan of the previous Ms. Marvel, Carol Danvers, and was given a golden opportunity to take on the mantle. When Black Bolt (more on him later) released Terrigen Mists (a substance that most recently appeared in the mid-season cliffhanger of Agents of SHIELD) on to Earth, Kahn found out she had latent shape-shifting abilities due to her lineage as an Inhuman. The abilities were awakened by the Terrigen Mists and Kahn took on the role of Ms. Marvel. The role had been left vacant by Carol Danvers when she went on to become…
9. Captain Marvel
Carol Danvers has gained, lost, regained, lost, and regained her powers and much of her memories and emotions over the years. The only other hero that’s probably gone through as much crap as Carol would probably be Peter Parker as Spider-Man (more on Spider-Man later). Carol has abilities that could best be described as on par with those of Superman. She can fly, she’s nearly invincible, she has super human strength, super human stamina, she can move at incredible speeds, fire photon blasts from her body, and she can even absorb and store energy to enhance her own powers.
Carol has affiliations with X-Men, SHIELD, and The Avengers, but the future film is rumored to take place on the cosmic end of her travels – meaning we may not see her joining The Avengers (at least not until Infinity War). This could mean that we might meet Carol for the first time in the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy sequel before we see her in her own film.
8. Black Bolt
The Inhumans are easily the most underrated superhero team of all time. They’re just so freaking cool. The Inhumans have lineage that makes them not quite human. This lineage also allows them to undergo a Terrigenesis when exposed to Terrigen Mists. These mists awaken latent superhuman abilities in any Inhuman. We have seen what these mists can do to Inhumans during the mid-season cliffhanger of Agents of SHIELD.
Black Bolt is the reigning King of the Inhumans and his ability is both a blessing and a burden. Black Bolt’s voice has such destructive sonic capabilities that a mere whisper can take down an entire city. This means that Black Bolt spends his life in silence. Fortunately, there other Inhumans with telepathic abilities that can read Black Bolt’s thoughts and effectively “translate” for the King.
We should most definitely see Medusa, the wife of Black Bolt and Queen of the Inhumans, in the Inhumans film. We won’t discuss too many members of the Inhumans since there is no telling which ones will be on the team. Medusa, Black Bolt, and one more we’ll name later, are extremely likely to be in the film since they’re incredibly important and unique members of the team. An Inhumans movie without Medusa or Black Bolt just wouldn’t be an Inhumans movie.
Medusa’s powers are very weird. She has the superhuman strength, speed, agility, reflexes, and stamina common in all Inhumans, but she has her special additional ability – she can control and manipulate her hair.
That’s the beauty of the Inhumans. They’re very unconventional characters.
Thanks to the past film with Ben Affleck, you probably know who Daredevil is whether you read comics or not. It should be noted that the movie was rather bad, but this wasn’t the fault of Marvel or Affleck. At the time, FOX owned the rights to the character. Marvel was able to strike a deal to get those rights back.
Daredevil tells the tales of a blind lawyer, Matt Murdock, whose other senses are even more enhanced thanks to the same chemicals that blinded him in the first place. He’s also a master of the martial arts. While Daredevil is slated to be a Netflix show rather than a movie, there is an extremely likely chance that characters from Netflix and television will find their way into the films once the Civil War and Infinity War story-lines take place.
Lockjaw is the final member of the Inhumans we’ll cover since it’s highly likely he’ll be appearing in the next film. He’s the main means of travel for the Inhumans, who live in establishments located in very remote places, one of them being on the moon.
When you first see a giant dog and hear he’s a means of travel, you probably figure they hop on his back and Lockjaw travels at incredible speeds or even flies. You wouldn’t be more wrong!
Any number of people can place their hands on Lockjaw, tell Lockjaw where to go, and this giant, ugly, dog will teleport them instantly to said destination. This means of travel has been used by a number of different heroes in the Marvel universe since the Inhumans are nice enough to let friends like the Fantastic Four borrow him from time to time. Unfortunately, FOX still owns the rights to the Fantastic Four, meaning their strong friendship with the Inhumans won’t be established in the films.
4. Luke Cage
Luke Cage was originally created to fill a vacancy of black characters in the Marvel roster in the 1970s. In these years, writers would tend to make these black characters stereotypes. Many of these characters were ex-pimps and other types of career criminals that had decided to turn over a new leaf when they gained access to superhuman abilities. Fortunately for us, a lot of these racist decisions were retconned. This made Luke a man imprisoned for a crime he did not commit, who willingly subjected himself to biological tests in an attempt to get out of prison. These tests resulted in unbreakable skin, super-human strength, and a healing factor.
Luke Cage will first be appearing in a series based on Jessica Jones, Cage’s wife. He will then have his own Netflix series. It’s likely that Cage will make it into the films because Cage became the leader of a second team of Avengers that formed out of the Civil War story-line in the comic books.
3. Iron Fist
Iron Fist, also known as Danny Rand, is a close friend of Daredevil and Luke Cage. Danny even works on a team with the characters. In fact, Danny is a good enough friend to Daredevil that he once acted as Daredevil for a short time while Matt Murdock tried to clear the air of “rumors” that he was secretly Daredevil.
Rand, like Daredevil, is a martial arts master with the added abilities of mind fusion, healing powers, and his “Iron Fist”, a concentration of chi energy that can be stored up in his fist and used with devastating results.
Like others on the list, Iron Fist will first be appearing in his own Netflix series, but since events like Civil War and Infinity War involved nearly every hero and villain in the Marvel Universe, it’s likely he’ll make it into a couple of the films.
2. Jessica Jones
Jones, in comic book years, is a very recent addition to the Marvel Universe. She first appeared in Alias #1 in 2001. Granted, fourteen years doesn’t seem very “recent”, but you need to consider that most Marvel characters have been around since the 1960s and 1970s. Alias was originally supposed to star Spider-Woman Jessica Drew, but writer Brian Michael Bendis created Jones so the stories could be told in continuity. Alias is a private investigation firm led by Jones. She is also married to hero Luke Cage, with whom she had a child.
Jones has a power set similar to those of Luke. She has similar superhuman strength and durability, but the healing factor is traded for flight and psionic protection.
Jones became such a popular character that some events in Marvel’s history were retconned to include her. She apparently went to Midtown High, she was present on the field trip when Peter Parker was bitten by a radioactive spider, and she even had a crush on Peter. Nobody tell Luke!
We’re well aware that you know who Spider-Man is. However, you’re probably not aware who Miles Morales is.
In the Ultimate Marvel universe, the line of comics that the Marvel movies draw a lot of their inspiration from, Peter Parker was killed off indefinitely and replaced by Miles Morales, a boy with a similar but not exact set of spider-like abilities. Miles has been the premier Spider-Man in the Ultimate line since 2011. He’s become a fan favorite and garnered quite a following. He’s even crossed over into the standard 616 Marvel Universe. It’s believed that when the Ultimate line ends, a Miles Morales book will still survive, due to the characters popularity.
Sony and Marvel recently decided to work together, incorporating Spider-Man into the Marvel movies, starting with Captain America: Civil War. Jeff Snieder of The Wrap claimed that he has some knowledge on the deal with Sony and stated:
“Spider-Man’s not going to be white. I’m 95% sure. Spider-Man’s going to be most likely black. But there’s a chance he could also be Latino. 95% sure, not white.”
Considering that Miles is of mixed Black and Latino ethnicity, this makes the possibility of Miles all the more real. Going with Miles will also breath some much needed new blood in the Spider-Man franchise. Sony could have the next film pick up with the death of Garfield’s Peter Parker, eliminating the need for yet another reboot.
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