The Marvel Universe is an expansive and complicated one, with its film and television contracts dealt out across several companies and channels, and always, always expanding.
The Defenders are tearing up the streets of New York City on Netflix, the Avengers have been falling in and out of crisis for years now, and the live television Marvel Universe just keeps growing, adding the likes of the Inhumans, Cloak & Dagger, New Warriors, and the Runaways to the adventures of Agents of SHIELD and the trials of Legion. But because the Marvel fandom is always begging for more from the powers that be, we thought we’d put together a list of the movies it should make next.
These hypothetical movies are all heavily character-based, and all fit smoothly into Disney’s MCU or Fox’s X-Men franchise. And they are totally films that need to be made, featuring already beloved Marvel characters overloaded with potential movie storylines.
Here are 6 Marvel comics-based movies that should be made ASAP.
6. Winter Soldier Standalone
Despite being a focal point of two MCU films, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War, Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) has never gotten his own standalone film. And while it’s likely that Bucky will take over from Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) as the next Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it’d be helpful for wider audiences to learn some of Bucky’s backstory after he became the Winter Soldier. That’s about 70 years worth of content right there.
5. Gambit and Rogue Adventure
Remy LeBeau’s Gambit made a fleeting appearance in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, portrayed by Taylor Kitsch, while Anna Paquin has been playing Marie D’Ancanto’s Rogue since the first X-Men franchise film in 2000. But how many of you knew they’re a thing? They’ve got a rocky, on-again-off-again relationship due to Rogue’s power-absorbing abilities, but they usually end up together across multiple Marvel storylines. In X-Men: The End, they’re even married and have two kids. Not only does the world need more Gambit (in a better movie than Wolverine, provided), but it needs swashbuckler Gambit and a confident Rogue, teaming up either with or outside the X-Men.
4. Moon Knight Origin Story
As a U.S. Marine, heavyweight boxer, and mercenary, Marc Spector was uniquely suited to becoming the earthly avatar of the Egyptian god Khonshu. With strength, endurance, and agility tied to the lunar cycle, Spector becomes a vigilante while daylighting as millionaire entrepreneur Steven Grant after making a fortune. Unlike other millionaire heroes, he didn’t start out at the top. Spector’s Moon Knight starts off as a criminal and assassin who changes his ways and eventually becomes an Avenger in several iterations. His origin story is separate enough from the rest of the Avengers that he could come into being before finally being introduced to the rest of the MCU, as well.
3. Hawkeyes (Clint Barton and Kate Bishop) Comedy
Marvel’s first jab at a straight-up comedy couldn’t find a better pair of leads than Clint Barton and Kate Bishop’s Hawkeyes. MCU fans have already had a Clint Barton in the form of Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye, but many would argue Clint’s personality doesn’t get much of a chance to shine. Clint Barton’s humor comes in that he’s ridiculous. And the person to put up with that ridiculousness is Kate Bishop. The daughter of a millionaire who donated her time to charity, Kate was changed forever when she was assaulted and raped. She went through therapy and trained herself to be a kick-ass superhero, and part of her adventures as the next Hawkeye are cataloged in the 2012-2015 series Hawkeye. It’s the perfect base for a movie. (Oh, and Clint has a dog named Lucky, who goes by the alias Pizza Dog. Someone please make this movie.)
2. Ms. Marvel (Kamala Khan) Origin Story
As Marvel’s first Muslim superhero to headline her own comic series, Kamala Khan absolutely needs her own movie. Kamala’s Ms. Marvel took her superhero name from her idol, Carol Danvers’s Captain Marvel, after the Terrigen Mists from Marvel’s Inhumanity storyline revealed her polymorph powers. Ms. Marvel can shift her form into just about anything she wants, and can even go so far as to copycat other superheroes, including her long-time hero. A prime member of the Young Avengers, a Ms. Marvel origin story would be the perfect way to introduce the Young Avengers or the Champions to the big screen, and get some Pakistani-American, Muslim representation in the MCU.
1. Spider-Gwen and Spider-Man (Miles Morales) Adventure/Rom-Com
Following the events of Marvel’s Civil War II storyline, Miles Morales’s Spider-Man and Gwen Stacy’s version of Spider-Woman, best known as Spider-Gwen, became adorably, romantically involved. Miles is now hanging out with the Champions (which includes Ms. Marvel) in the ongoing Champions Vol. 2, and both he and Gwen are swinging around New York City, saving the day and being in love. Miles originally became Spider-Man outside of the regular Marvel Universe continuity, hailing from Brooklyn and taking up the Spidey mantle when Peter Parker “died.” After being transferred to the regular continuity, Miles has proven himself time and time again as a fantastic young Spider-Man, and Gwen has always been capable and kick-ass, even before she was kicking ass.