With Daredevil set to debut on Netflix—with Luke Cage, Iron Fist, Jessica Jones, and The Defenders to follow—the time is now for Marvel, DC and other comic book adaptions to capitalize on this mainstream popularity. The Flash and Arrow have enjoyed critical acclaim as well so the appetite for superheroes and comic book heroes remains unquenched. While movie adaptions have been hit or miss—although Marvel Studios appears to be securing a stranglehold in that department with consistent efforts—TV series have proven to be a viable breeding ground for heroes to get their due on-screen.
Netflix has been releasing exclusive television series aplenty these days and with their reputation only increasing, they provide a logical platform for lesser-known superheroes or characters from comic books to get their due. Marvel has dipped into their reserves recently—hell, even Agent Carter has her own series—so it’s clear there’s an appetite for secondary characters that could transition into marquee names. Even if that’s not the case, there remain prominent names that have yet to debut on-screen or get the respect they deserve. Even though we didn’t add him to the list, an anti-hero like Venom is a prime example of a comic book character that deserves proper representation on-screen.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at 10 comic book characters that deserve their own show, whether it’s to erase a putrid memory or to create a new one. So sit back, pop in your favourite superhero movie and read on!
10 The New Avengers
9 Moon Knight
7 Jonah Hex
6 Mitchell Hundred
5 Green Lantern
3 The Punisher
2 Yorick Brown
1 Ultimate Spider-Man
Spider-Man is set to have his third reboot on the big screen, which even as a diehard Spidey fan seems a little excessive. While seeing the wall crawler in action is never a bad thing, audiences might be understandably weary of Peter Parker and his origin story. It’s time to explore a new Spider-Man, and that’s Miles Morales. The half-African American, half-Latino student reluctantly becomes the new web slinger after Peter Parker dies,—in the Ultimate universe— feeling guilt for not helping despite possessing his newfound powers. With Peter Parker well-represented on the big screen, perhaps it’s time for Morales to get some love, too. Seeing how it’s a different universe than Parker’s, Marvel can have some fun with the idea—a future team-up!?
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