Don’t worry – there’s no Avengers: Endgame spoilers in this list, but the film was a monumental conclusion to a 22-film saga that spanned 11 years. Now, it’s time to look ahead to what’s at stake. Yesterday, I asked 10 questions regarding the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but with a company that has existed for 80 years (and existed as Marvel for 58 years), there are a myriad of caped crusaders and villains who have yet to debut in the MCU. Here are 10 heroes, villains or factions I want to see during the new wave of the MCU. The list isn’t in any particular order and while there are plenty of people deserving, there will be some added weight to those who have never been on the silver screen.
The Fantastic Four (and Doctor Doom)
Marvel’s first family is no novice to the big screen, they have had three feature films since 2000 (and a incredibly low-budget film that was only created to prevent Marvel from retaining the film rights), but none were tied to the MCU. Additionally, none of the movies were able to capture the allure of the Fantastic Four, with the 2015 release being so bad even the film’s director trashed it before its release.
Now that Disney has acquired 20th Century Fox, the Fantastic Four are back home under Marvel’s umbrella and there is hope that we will finally get the Fantastic Four movie we deserve. And yes, Doctor Doom is not a member of the Fantastic Four, but he is such an iconic villain to the group that both sides are destined to be together.
As for who would play who, I would love to see John Krasinski as Reed Richards, Charlize Theron as Sue Storm, Zac Efron as Johnny Storm, Ron Pearlman as Ben Grimm and Joaqin Phoenix as Doctor Doom.
The Fantastic Four weren’t the only major group coming back to Marvel during Disney’s acquisition of 20th Century Fox. The X-Men, who had a very successful run of films in their own right are also coming. As mentioned in my previous article, it’ll be interesting to see how they are introduced to the MCU, but the acquisition of them opens so many new doors or Kevin Feige and co.
Unfortunately, it looks like Marvel will recast all of the X-Men except Deadpool. It makes sense to move forward with different actors for continuity purposes, and Deadpool is meta enough to poke fun at it and not change, but James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence and Michael Fassbender were all excellent casting decisions for the franchise.
Without a doubt, the biggest shoes to fill will be whoever takes the mantle of Wolverine from Hugh Jackman. I think the best bet for the MCU is to have an unknown portray Logan. Some other roles that could be filled include Janelle Monae as Storm, Millie Bobby Brown as Kitty Pryde, Hailee Steinfeld as Rogue, Mahershala Ali as Professor X and Ralph Fiennes as Magneto.
Moon Knight is one of the most intriguing characters on the Marvel roster due much in part to his dissociative identity disorder that may be better suited for a Disney+ series. Casting-wise, I think Brad Pitt is the best actor to portray him. Pitt has played a Jewish person before (Inglorious Basterds), a boxer (Snatch), a detective (Se7en) and a mental patient (12 Monkeys), so he is definitely qualified for the role.
Namor the Sub-Mariner
The success of DC’s Aquaman shows that an underwater superhero could work and there was an Easter egg in Avengers: Endgame in which Okoye discusses an earthquake in the Atlantic Ocean, which is where Atlantis, Namor’s home is located. Namor could possibly emerge as the Black Panther’s next foe. Zachary Quinto would be a good fit for this role.
The MCU has already dabbled with Norse mythology with Thor, now they can tackle the Greek mythology. Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson is built to play the role.
Ghost Rider got a pair of unattached films in 2007 and 2012, but their rights has since been returned to Marvel. One of the most badass heroes, a number of people could take over the role once owned by Nicolas Cage including Charlie Hunnam and Norman Reedus.
As I mentioned yesterday, I’d love to see Galactus as the next big bad as Marvel enters the cosmic realm. He would be a significant enough foe to involve all MCU heroes to battle and with the Fantastic Four entering the fold, it opens the door for his introduction. An older actor who with experience in action films like Liam Neeson would be a nice casting decision.
Another major character who enters the fold with the acquisition of the Fantastic Four, Silver Surfer is directly tied to Galactus. Laurence Fisburne did the voice for the Silver Surfer in the 2007 Fantastic Four film, but I think the MCU would prefer someone who can do the voice and the live action. Would Ryan Gosling pull a Ryan Reynolds and take on a role that requires his face to not be shown?
With Bruce Banner already existing in the MCU, Marvel could fulfill Mark Ruffalo’s alleged wishes of moving on by introducing Banner’s cousin as the new Hulk. Ronda Rousey has the physique to take on the role and is primed to be entering the acting world with scenes in Entourage and her foray into the WWE.
While 2000’s X-Men gets all the credit for making comic book movies legitimate, it was really Blade that came out two years earlier that deserves this recognition. Honestly, Wesley Snipes still looks good enough to reprise his role, in which he portrayed the vampire killer in all three movies, but if the MCU opts for a different direction, John Boyega has experience in action roles, most notably Star Wars,