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Mon, 29 Apr ’13

Five Marvel Heroes That Deserve Their Own Movie in Phase III

Because more is better, unless it’s a M.O.D.O.K. biopic.

Hawkeye – Let’s face it – Jeremy Renner was underutilized in The Avengers. We loved seeing Clint Barton on the big screen, but we never really got to know the man behind the bow – heck, Renner agrees. So, what we propose is letting Hawkeye comic writer Matt Fraction adapt his slice-of-life superhero story for the big screen. Sure, Hawkeye will have to fight a big baddie, but what makes Fraction’s take so compelling is his focus on the minutiae of superheroism. Not every day is an epic battle, and with Renner’s acting chops, we know he’d bring more than a little humanity to the role.

She-Hulk – If there’s one complaint that we have about Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, it’s that female superheroes are drastically underrepresented. Sure, Scarlett Johansson kicked ass in her various appearances throughout Marvel’s franchises, but she never got a standalone film. Enter She-Hulk, stage right. Mark Ruffalo proved that its possible to make an uncontrollable green rage beast palatable to audiences, but Jennifer Walters has all the fun of Hulk’s super-strength while maintaining her immense intellect in full-on beast mode. She-Hulk is the perfect blend of sex appeal, ass-kickery and straight up smartness that audiences crave. Plus, she looks great in green (screen).

Heroes For Hire – Take Power Man (a.k.a. Luke Cage) and Iron Fist, set it in the 1970s and then watch and smile as the greatest two hours of your life passes by. While the street-smart duo use their powers for good, they understand that constantly saving the day pro bono isn’t going to pay the bills. By blending the worlds of superheroism and private investigation, you get a fresh take on the superhero genre that manages to fit into Marvel’s timeline without screwing up any existing stories. Plus, the banter between Power Man and Iron Fist practically writes itself.

Captain Marvel – Given Phase II’s introduction of cosmic-powered heroes, starting with James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy, it makes sense that Carol Danvers, a.k.a. Captain Marvel, would join the Marvel Cinematic Universe too. Considering the evidence that in Thor: The Dark World, Odin’s vault will be breached, sending untold cosmic powers out into the MCU, we’re keeping our fingers crossed that Carol Danvers is among the recipients (hopefully nabbing a spin-off film too).

Black Panther – Do we really need to sell you on how freakin’ awesome it would be to see T’Challa on the big screen? We’ve already been introduced to Vibranium in the MCU, which is Wakanda’s principal export, so why not introduce us to its black-suited badass king too? In the hands of the right actor – *cough* Idris Elba *cough* – we think that Black Panther could quickly become a fan favorite and could easily anchor his own solo outing. If the guy landed Storm as his queen, do you really think he’s going to let a lack of brand recognition stop him? We didn’t think so.