The Top Ten Next Big Comic Book Movies
Comic book movies are bigger than ever, but who will be the next big characters to get a film, and who will be the stars to play them? Rumors have been swirling around lately about Marvel/Disney’s plans for Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. My favorite so far is that at some point in Avengers 2, the Hulk gets sent into space, setting up a Hulk sequel based on the “Planet Hulk” storyline, which would in turn set up Avengers 3 to be based on “World War Hulk”.
However, the big question lately has been; Which characters will show up in the movies leading up to Avengers 2? There have been some clear frontrunners lately, especially considering the fact that we know Thanos to be the villain for the sequel. The fact that the iconic Infinity Gauntlet can be seen in Asgard’s weapons vault (yes, its there. Blink and you’ll miss it) makes all us fanboys think back to the galactic story of the same name and the fact that almost every Marvel hero was a part of that classic battle against “The Mad Titan”.
So with all these rumors in mind, here are ten possibilities for characters to show up in the movies, whether they carry their own, or they’re one of the many Easter Eggs we’ll surely be treated to in the coming years.
I’ve given an actor and a director for each character. Keep in mind, its not just about who I think is best. Its also who is logical. Do you really expect to see someone like Scorsese or Eastwood or even Spielberg directing a Marvel movie? If you do, you should let go of that thought right about now.
On to the list:
How could they possibly use the Infinity Gauntlet as inspiration for a story without including the man who brought all the heroes together? Whether Adam Warlock shows up in Guardians of the Galaxy(he was a member of the team for a time) or they surprise us with his own movie, I can’t think of anyone better to play him than Sons of Anarchy’s Charlie Hunnam. He’s not a stranger to the sci-fi realms, with a small part in “Children of Men” and the lead in Guilermo Del Toro’s summer blockbuster, “Pacific Rim”. He can pull off the quiet, stoic presence you would expect from a man who was able to expel all good and evil from his soul.
-Director: Alex Proyas (“The Crow”, “Dark City”, “I, Robot”)
The Inhumans have become a mainstay of the galactic stories of the Marvel U, but really, do we care a whole ton about them aside from their king? Here’s the tricky part here. Most of the acting would all be in action and expression. Black Bolt only speaks when he wants to fight. A single whisper from his lips can level a building. But keep in mind, he’s the ruler of an alien society, so he needs presence. How about “Mad Men” vet, Jon Hamm? He’s got the presence to be intimidating just by looking at you and the acting chops to do it all without saying a word.
-Director: Joseph Kosinski – (“TRON: Legacy”, “Oblivion”)
I think this is the one I’ve heard people clamoring for the most. And I have to admit, I would love to see this. I became a fan of the Black Panther during Civil War and Secret Invasion, thanks to tremendous writing. The first face that came to mind (and I say face because I don’t think anyone, anywhere can pronounce his name) was Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje(The Bourne Identity, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra).
Yes, I am aware that he’s in Thor: The Dark World, but he’ll probably be in a lot of make up and will probably die. So, there’s that. Look at him and tell me you don’t see T’Challa! Plus, he’s fluent in Swahili and Yoruba.
-Director: Edward Zwick (“The Last Samurai”, “Blood Diamond”, “Glory”)
Yet another character who comes up because of his history battling Thanos. Thanos even greeted him in the afterlife after he succumbed to cancer in one of the most memorable stories of super hero death ever. Like all heroes, he comes back. Unlike all those other heroes, it’s never permanent. Originally sent to spy on Earth, but quickly makes the decision to fight for us. Which of course puts him at odds with his homeworld. Patrick Wilson (“Watchmen”, “The A-Team”, “Prometheus”) has the charisma and presence to portray the alien warrior who becomes Earth’s protector, but also the range to show the conflict within himself.
-Director: Marc Forster – (“World War Z”, “Quantum of Solace”, “Monster’s Ball”)
Ok, true, this one has all but been confirmed. Patrick Dempsey has been saying for years now that he’d love to play Marvel’s Master of the Mystic Arts, but in the past couple months, Marvel movie head honcho, Kevin Feige (and by the way, its pronounced FYE-GEE) has made the announcement that it will happen. Its kind of hard to argue nowadays with putting Liam Neeson in anything. The man could star in My Little Pony and it would be a hit at the box office. But here, he’d simply be perfect. He MAY just be a little on the older side, but its not like Stephen Strange was a spring chicken. He was a world renowned surgeon before the mystic defender of Earth. And how awesome would it be to hear Liam Neeson say “By the Hoary Hosts of Hoggoth”?
-Director: Francis Lawrence (“Constantine”, “I Am Legend”)
Heroes For Hire
Luke Cage and Iron Fist
Yet, another movie with no official announcement, but a lot of chatter. I actually had a lot of trouble coming up with Luke Cage. It should be someone with the acting chops to pull off the role, the physicality to make you believe he can kick ass with his bare hands, but not someone so well known that you see the actor instead of Luke Cage. I think Billy Brown (“Lights Out”, “Dexter”, “Sons of Anarchy”) is a wonderful fit. As far as Iron Fist goes, rumors have been going around about it for over a decade now. Do you know why? Because EVERYONE knows Ray Park (“Star Wars Episode I”, “X-Men”, “G.I. Joe”) is the only choice for it!
-Director: Shane Black (“Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang”, “Iron Man 3”. He also wrote the original “Lethal Weapon”)
She’s been a mainstay of the Avengers in the comics for a while now, but with her latest ongoing series Carol Danvers has been the beneficiary of some of the best writing in comics. And lets face it, there is a severe deficiency of female characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe so far. And no, that is not a knock on ScarJo or Black Widow. Just a fact. We need more. Bryce Dallas Howard is easily one of the best young actresses going these days (“The Help”, “50/50”) and she has also already hit the sci-fi and the comic book scene (“Spider-Man 3”, “Terminator: Salvation).
-Director: Joss Whedon (“The Avengers”, “Serenity”, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) – I know this one would be a long shot, but I can’t think of any director better at handling female heroes in a lead role.
Namor: The Sub-Mariner
I was hesitant to put this one on here. But lets face it, he’s Marvel’s very first hero (he appeared in Marvel Comics #1, way back when). He’s been an Avenger, an X-Man, he’s the king of Atlantis and a world class asshole. You never know if he’s going to help the other heroes of the Marvel U, or if he’s going to wage war against the surface world. But one thing’s for sure, he’s going to try to make every person he meets feel like absolute crap. It was hard figuring out a good actor for him, until I came across Karl Urban (“The Lord of the Rings: TT and ROTK”, “Dredd”, “Star Trek”). He can play the hero, but he’s also got the attitude to piss you off while he’s doing it.
-Director: Joseph Kosinski – (“TRON: Legacy”, “Oblivion”)
I really wanted to stay away from using the same director for any of these, but I truly think he’d do best with this one as well.
He’s relatively new to Marvel comics (1st appearing in 2000) and he’s already dead, but he made an impact. He’s one of the most powerful characters, but also one of the most complicated. His dual personality, self-doubt and agoraphobia will all be hard for an actor to convey while he’s also supposed to possess “power of one million exploding suns”. That’s why I had such a hard time deciding on this one. I’m going for the acting chops here. Yes, he’ll have to bulk up a bit, but who’s going to argue that Ryan Gosling could pull this off?
-Director: Matthew Vaughn – (“Kick-Ass”, “X-Men: First Class”)