The 6 Best Marvel Characters We Need in the MCU

Friday, 24 February 2017 - 2:06PM
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Friday, 24 February 2017 - 2:06PM
The 6 Best Marvel Characters We Need in the MCU
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Marvel Studios' Phase Three is now well underway, with three movies (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Thor: Ragnarok) slated for 2017 and Infinity War (as well as its still untitled sequel) scheduled for 2018. But with an end in sight for the studio's current roster of movies, speculation has begun as to which Marvel characters ought to be the next to make their cinematic debut.

There are literally thousands of characters to choose from, but here are a few that really deserve a chance to shine on the big screen:

Namor the Sub-Mariner

While many dismiss Namor as Marvel's equivalent of Aquaman, the Sub-Mariner is one of Marvel's oldest properties, stretching back to the early days of Captain America. While it was later retconned that Namor is a mutant, the character has mostly remained unchanged for a long time—perhaps because there's something very satisfying about watching a regal underwater king with anger issues face off against other key Marvel characters like Reed Richards and Tony Stark.

There's been a fair amount of buzz circulating recently, as rumors suggest that Marvel is looking to get a Namor movie off the ground (and into the water). Fans have already begun rallying around martial arts star Donnie Yen (Rogue One) as the perfect choice to play Namor, and the actor himself has publicly stated that he'd love the role if it were offered to him.

Hawkeye (Kate Bishop)

What the MCU really needs is Hawkeye. No, not Clint Barton, as portrayed by Jeremy Renner in various existing movies, although he does a pretty good job. What's missing is the other Hawkeye, Kate Bishop.

Kate first debuted in Young Avengers, but has since graduated from her sidekick role, becoming a hero in her own right. Matt Fraction's popular run of Hawkeye comics feature Kate very heavily as she leaves New York in order to pursue a career as a private investigator, only to get in over her head.

Smart, resourceful, and incredibly pithy, Kate Bishop would be a great asset to the MCU's lineup of heroes. If there's one thing the Marvel movies lack, it's a substantial pool of capable female characters.

Phobos, God of Fear

By far the most obscure character on this list, Phobos, the God of Fear, never really got his dues even in the comics, before the character fell out of favor with most writers.

Phobos is a key character in Nick Fury's Secret Warriors, alongside Daisy Johnson, who appears in a prominent role in the TV show Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and is better known under her alias, Quake. Phobos is a Greek god, and despite looking like a child, is capable of inspiring fear in enemies through mind control. This kind of character would open up a whole new avenue of storytelling within the MCU (even if a version of his powers has already been given to Scarlet Witch).


Eventually, Marvel Studios is going to lose its Iron Man. It's an inevitability—one day, Robert Downey Jr.'s contract won't be renewed and he'll bow out gracefully, bidding a fond farewell to the role that brought him back to mainstream popularity. Luckily, Marvel has another robot-suited hero waiting in the wings (other than War Machine, of course).

Riri Williams is a relatively new character, but that hasn't stopped her from becoming immensely popular. A child genius who has her very own Iron Man suit, Riri shows that it's not just the men of the MCU that can master technology.

Black Cat

With Marvel and Sony finally playing ball together, we have the the opportunity for various characters from the Spiderverse to enter the MCU. While there are plenty of key characters among Spider-Man's many friends and enemies that would be great to see fighting alongside (or against) Captain America, one that we haven't seen before is Black Cat.

A thief with a heart of gold who has the power to affect probability, Black Cat is able to bring bad luck upon those who cross her path. We've previously seen her alter ego—Felicia Hardy—in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, played by the wonderful Felicity Jones, but we never got to see her suit up as the iconic character.

Here's hoping that, now that Spider-Man is back home with Marvel, we'll finally get a chance to see Black Cat take to the rooftops of New York for some morally dubious activities.

Ms. Marvel

The standout new character of the past few years, Ms. Marvel won over comic book readers not just for her earnest dedication to crime-fighting and doing good, but also because her stories provide some much-needed positive representation for American Muslims.

A far cry from the blonde Carol Danvers who previously held the name of Ms. Marvel (that's the current Captain Marvel, who is getting their own film), Kamala Kahn is wrapped up in a modest blue and red costume, has the power to transform her body at will, and harbors a geeky personality. While her youthful optimism and innocence might feel out of place in some comic book movie universes (looking at you, DCU), she'd fit right in with the MCU.
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