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08.01.2014by: Alex Maidy

Top 10 Movies that Marvel Needs To Make Next

At Comic Con last week, Marvel made no formal announcements about upcoming films aside from GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 2. We know there is a DOCTOR STRANGE movie coming but nothing aside from sequels have been officially announced yet. With multiple films already scheduled through 2018, here are our top 10 Marvel Comics that need to be made into feature films. Some are story arcs and some are character debuts, but these all deserve the big screen treatment that only Marvel can provide. If your favorite didn't make the list or you disagree, voice your opinion in the talk back below. NOTE: This list only reflects characters and stories that can connect to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, so no X-Men or Spider-man will be included.

#10 - Eternals

Marvel took a big risk with GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY and it looks like it will pay off, so why not take on another challenging and not hugely well known comic team. Actually, The Eternals represents a full race of beings that could easily combine the space opera elements of GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY with the Earthbound superheroes of THE AVENGERS. It is a broad and immersive concept for a comic but could make for a cool movie.

#9 - Ghost Rider

Forget the Nicolas Cage movies. Now that Marvel has control of the character again, there is a chance we could get a project along the lines of Netflix's DAREDEVIL series that can do justice to the flaming skull. There is so much potential and inherent coolness in Ghost Rider that it is a damn shame we haven't seen it delivered properly in a movie.

#8 - World War Hulk

Yeah, I know that World War Hulk and Planet Hulk do not fit into the business model for Marvel seeing as it would be a waste of money on Mark Ruffalo if you cannot see him on screen, but there is a lot of potential in making an AVENGERS VS HULK movie. Using these story arcs as a jumping off point, Marvel could turn a fan favorite hero into a villain/anti-hero that would also shake up the dynamic of their cinematic universe.

#7 - The Punisher

Like GHOST RIDER, forget the movies already made with this character. The potential for a cross-over with DAREDEVIL is palpable as is the potential to make a really faithful adaptation of the character's tale. I highly doubt there is an R-rated PUNISHER coming from Disney any time soon but if we can get a DAREDEVIL with the potential we are hearing about so far, why not Punisher?

#6 - Moon Knight

Moon Knight may be the coolest character no one ever talks about. Imbued with the powers of an Egyptian god, Moon Knight is a combination of Doctor Strange and Batman and would represent another minority rarely seen in comic movies: a Jewish superhero! He has been a member of The Avengers and has crossed paths with Strange and Daredevil. Moon Knight is obscure enough that Marvel can reintroduce him and blow audiences away.

#5 - Captain Marvel

Some scoff at a female-led superhero movie as the best characters are all in the X-MEN universe, but Captain Marvel (don't call her Miss) has a lot of potential. Marvel is not wilting flower or Supergirl clone. She can hold her own with the big boys and can unite several franchises as well as carry her own.

#4 - Black Panther

We are all waiting for this one to be officially announced as Wakanda and Vibranium have played a role in several MCU films so far. While he may not become an Avenger, Black Panther is a strong character that mainstream audiences may not be too familiar with but I am sure would love on the big screen. His history with Iron Man could make for a nice team-up if Robert Downey Jr doesn't want to shoulder the entire load of a movie himself.

#3 - The Inhumans

These heroes have already been teased as a possible future Marvel film, but the connection to Thanos, Star-Lord, and Nova is too direct to pass up. The MCU is headed in the direction of unveiling these characters and with Captain Marvel, Black Bolt, and Adam Warlock at the center, this could be the kick off for a whole new range of superhero movies.

#2 - The Infinity Gauntlet

All signs point to THE AVENGERS 3 as being the collision point of Thanos, the Guardians of the Galaxy, and The Avengers. Bringing what has been built over all the phases of the MCU so far will make for a spectacular summer blockbuster and one that can only be rivaled by a single storyline...

#1 - Civil War

THE AVENGERS showed distinct and volatile heroes becoming a unit and AGE OF ULTRON will further that. After the third film invokes the Infinity Gauntlet, why not shake things up and force a split down the middle? Cap versus Iron Man would make for one hell of a movie plot and I can almost feel Chris Evans facing off against Robert Downey Jr as one of the must see super hero movie moments of all time. This must happen before either actor leaves the MCU.

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5:08PM on 08/03/2014
Thunderbolts! Any combination will do, but so many members to choose from. Zemo, Punisher, Leader, Red Hulk, Electra, Ghost Rider, Hawkeye, Eric O' Grady Antman, Crossbones... Basically anyone with a suspect moral compass!
Thunderbolts! Any combination will do, but so many members to choose from. Zemo, Punisher, Leader, Red Hulk, Electra, Ghost Rider, Hawkeye, Eric O' Grady Antman, Crossbones... Basically anyone with a suspect moral compass!
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12:35PM on 08/02/2014
You forgot about Heroes for Hire. Get Luke Cage, Danny Rand and Misty Knight together and show what the street side of Marvel could do. Also The Runaways. Then there's Nova, especially now that the Nova Corps has been introduced. Hell, you could even do Ka-Zar and introduce the Savage Land before Fox even gets a chance to grab it.Then there's also Spider-Woman (Jessica Drew), Alias (Jessica Jones), reboot Elektra, Cloak and Dagger, West Coast Avengers (remember, they can't be everywhere at
You forgot about Heroes for Hire. Get Luke Cage, Danny Rand and Misty Knight together and show what the street side of Marvel could do. Also The Runaways. Then there's Nova, especially now that the Nova Corps has been introduced. Hell, you could even do Ka-Zar and introduce the Savage Land before Fox even gets a chance to grab it.Then there's also Spider-Woman (Jessica Drew), Alias (Jessica Jones), reboot Elektra, Cloak and Dagger, West Coast Avengers (remember, they can't be everywhere at once), Namor, Wonder Man, Silver Sable, She Hulk, and Power Pack.

Seriously, there are so many directions that Marvel can go in it's ridiculous.
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5:35AM on 08/02/2014
I would love to see this one. There's just so much potential here.
I would love to see this one. There's just so much potential here.
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12:34AM on 08/02/2014

Leave it to Maidy

to write and article called "Top ten movies Marvel needs to make next" and then name two TV series instead of movies. (Ghost Rider and the Punisher) And to leave out Secret Wars is blasphemous.
to write and article called "Top ten movies Marvel needs to make next" and then name two TV series instead of movies. (Ghost Rider and the Punisher) And to leave out Secret Wars is blasphemous.
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11:31PM on 08/01/2014
Captain Marvel please! Especially with the tease of the Kree in Guardians of the Galaxy!
Captain Marvel please! Especially with the tease of the Kree in Guardians of the Galaxy!
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4:41PM on 08/01/2014
Just gimme Beta Ray Bill damnit!... oh, and I'll take me some Inhumans too.
Just gimme Beta Ray Bill damnit!... oh, and I'll take me some Inhumans too.
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4:34PM on 08/01/2014

Yawn....

What Marvel needs is the rights back to the world of the X-Men, Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four. The FF themselves are the fulcrum of the whole Marvel world, the crux of the Marvel galaxy, the foundation that basically every other Marvel tale was built on.

Until this happens, and as much as I've loved the stuff so far...it all falls flat.
What Marvel needs is the rights back to the world of the X-Men, Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four. The FF themselves are the fulcrum of the whole Marvel world, the crux of the Marvel galaxy, the foundation that basically every other Marvel tale was built on.

Until this happens, and as much as I've loved the stuff so far...it all falls flat.
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12:37AM on 08/02/2014
Agreed about getting their characters back, but none of it is falling flat for me. I just hate seeing other studios screw up characters that should be involved in the Marvel universe of films.
Agreed about getting their characters back, but none of it is falling flat for me. I just hate seeing other studios screw up characters that should be involved in the Marvel universe of films.
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1:36PM on 08/01/2014

Civil War is cool and all...

...and it was the most popular crossover Marvel's had in years, but there are so many other crossover-epics that are better (Secret Wars, Infinity Gauntlet and Infinity Crusade, Operation Galactic Storm, The Kree vs. Skrull War, etc.), and out of them all Infinity Gauntlet takes the cake hands freaking down. Out of all of the crossovers they could have gone with for Avengers 3, Marvel is choosing to go with Infinity Gauntlet and there are good reason for that. They know what the best of their
...and it was the most popular crossover Marvel's had in years, but there are so many other crossover-epics that are better (Secret Wars, Infinity Gauntlet and Infinity Crusade, Operation Galactic Storm, The Kree vs. Skrull War, etc.), and out of them all Infinity Gauntlet takes the cake hands freaking down. Out of all of the crossovers they could have gone with for Avengers 3, Marvel is choosing to go with Infinity Gauntlet and there are good reason for that. They know what the best of their best is.
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1:32PM on 08/01/2014
Marvel has made it abundantly clear multiple times that they have zero interest in doing a Planet Hulk/ World War Hulk movie and for good reason. While those arcs were popular they were pretty much really thin thrown-together plots that served as an excuse for pages upon pages of mindless action. A movie version of it would be the Marvel equivalent of a Transformers film which I personally have no interest in seeing, and Marvel, thankfully, has no interest (at least at this point) in making.
Marvel has made it abundantly clear multiple times that they have zero interest in doing a Planet Hulk/ World War Hulk movie and for good reason. While those arcs were popular they were pretty much really thin thrown-together plots that served as an excuse for pages upon pages of mindless action. A movie version of it would be the Marvel equivalent of a Transformers film which I personally have no interest in seeing, and Marvel, thankfully, has no interest (at least at this point) in making.
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11:55AM on 08/01/2014

Wouldn't mind seeing him cameo in a Civil War movie.

Think about how badass that scene from the comic would be in the middle of the film.

As far as a solo film Michael Davis should direct it. Shoot Em Up is pretty much a Punisher film already. Just give it more realistic action and tone down the ridiculousness a bit.
Think about how badass that scene from the comic would be in the middle of the film.

As far as a solo film Michael Davis should direct it. Shoot Em Up is pretty much a Punisher film already. Just give it more realistic action and tone down the ridiculousness a bit.
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10:01AM on 08/01/2014
I'd love a Civil War, but in order for it to happen Marvel would need to retrieve more of its characters back from other studios (ie. Sony/Spiderman and Fox/X-men). The Civil War worked because of the dynamics of multiple characters having different opinions on the subject, some to go as far as fighting for their cause. Besides this, Spiderman and Wolverine had some of the best stories surrounding the Registration Act.
I'd love a Civil War, but in order for it to happen Marvel would need to retrieve more of its characters back from other studios (ie. Sony/Spiderman and Fox/X-men). The Civil War worked because of the dynamics of multiple characters having different opinions on the subject, some to go as far as fighting for their cause. Besides this, Spiderman and Wolverine had some of the best stories surrounding the Registration Act.
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8:54AM on 08/01/2014
Oh please god, yes!
Oh please god, yes!
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8:53AM on 08/01/2014
Isn't Captain Marvel DC???
Isn't Captain Marvel DC???
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9:34AM on 08/01/2014
There is a DC Captain Marvel but now he is just referred to as Shazam (legal issues of course). Captain Marvel used to be Mar-Vell but now is Carol Danvers (who used to be Ms. Marvel).
There is a DC Captain Marvel but now he is just referred to as Shazam (legal issues of course). Captain Marvel used to be Mar-Vell but now is Carol Danvers (who used to be Ms. Marvel).
8:46AM on 08/01/2014

Good List

Moon Knight is definitely an underrated character. I also wouldn't mind seeing a Werewolf by Night movie. Of course that's just my opinion. What do you guys think?
Moon Knight is definitely an underrated character. I also wouldn't mind seeing a Werewolf by Night movie. Of course that's just my opinion. What do you guys think?
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8:27AM on 08/01/2014
I am okay with a new Punisher movie but personally, keep Thomas Jane. The story may have been meh but he was a better Punisher and the one shot short was cool enough for me to want to see him back as Frank Castle.
I am okay with a new Punisher movie but personally, keep Thomas Jane. The story may have been meh but he was a better Punisher and the one shot short was cool enough for me to want to see him back as Frank Castle.
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8:20AM on 08/01/2014
If Civil War does happen, I really hope it'd be as epic as the first Avengers movie.
If Civil War does happen, I really hope it'd be as epic as the first Avengers movie.
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8:18AM on 08/01/2014
I'm thinking The Punisher should have a cameo in the new Daredevil TV series. That way would, hopefully, spring-board The Punisher his own TV series, like modern day Equalizer.
I'm thinking The Punisher should have a cameo in the new Daredevil TV series. That way would, hopefully, spring-board The Punisher his own TV series, like modern day Equalizer.
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8:17AM on 08/01/2014
Maybe Ghost Rider deserves TV series treatment - something like Sons of Anarchy meets Supernatural.
Maybe Ghost Rider deserves TV series treatment - something like Sons of Anarchy meets Supernatural.
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1:59AM on 08/02/2014
Thanks, guys. I think it depends on how successful the new Daredevil series will be. If it turns out great, we might see either Ghost Rider or The Punisher as TV series.
Thanks, guys. I think it depends on how successful the new Daredevil series will be. If it turns out great, we might see either Ghost Rider or The Punisher as TV series.
6:36PM on 08/01/2014
I was actually thinking the same thing. I think it may benefit Marvel to do these more violent, darker characters on Netflix to establish them and then maybe bring them into film later.
I was actually thinking the same thing. I think it may benefit Marvel to do these more violent, darker characters on Netflix to establish them and then maybe bring them into film later.
1:28PM on 08/01/2014
Actually that's a pretty cool idea.
Actually that's a pretty cool idea.
8:12AM on 08/01/2014
Was liking the list until you started listing famous comic arcs that involve a lot of the marvel universe not yet introduced or rights owned by other studios. Would have been better if you stuck with hero's and teams who haven't appeared onscreen yet, or atleast not in their own solo film.
Was liking the list until you started listing famous comic arcs that involve a lot of the marvel universe not yet introduced or rights owned by other studios. Would have been better if you stuck with hero's and teams who haven't appeared onscreen yet, or atleast not in their own solo film.
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3:55PM on 08/01/2014
They could just simply adapt them using the current roster of heroes they have.
They could just simply adapt them using the current roster of heroes they have.
3:55PM on 08/01/2014
They could just simply adapt them using the current roster of heroes they have.
They could just simply adapt them using the current roster of heroes they have.
8:12AM on 08/01/2014
It was cool seeing Cap's exit from S.H.E.I.L.D in Winter Soldier, it reminded a lot of the similar scene in Civil War and was probably a direct homage to it. Not sure Marvel would do a straight up adaptation of it but am sure they'll use more elements of it down the line.
It was cool seeing Cap's exit from S.H.E.I.L.D in Winter Soldier, it reminded a lot of the similar scene in Civil War and was probably a direct homage to it. Not sure Marvel would do a straight up adaptation of it but am sure they'll use more elements of it down the line.
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8:05AM on 08/01/2014
Vin Diesel will get the role of Black Bolt... Mark my words.
Vin Diesel will get the role of Black Bolt... Mark my words.
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7:42AM on 08/01/2014
I'm in the minority but Thomas Jane's Punisher is still one of the most bad ass comic movies ever made. He nailed the Punisher. These movies need a hard R rating that Marvel can;t give us. Just like Blade, I really would like more Blade. Reboot it, I don't care, just don't do the origin story thing with him. Make a new stand alone adventure. But it needs to be R.
I'm in the minority but Thomas Jane's Punisher is still one of the most bad ass comic movies ever made. He nailed the Punisher. These movies need a hard R rating that Marvel can;t give us. Just like Blade, I really would like more Blade. Reboot it, I don't care, just don't do the origin story thing with him. Make a new stand alone adventure. But it needs to be R.
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5:20PM on 08/03/2014
I love the Thomas Jane version, and i still think the fight between him and Kevin Nash is one of the baddest fist fights since They Live.
I love the Thomas Jane version, and i still think the fight between him and Kevin Nash is one of the baddest fist fights since They Live.
10:00AM on 08/01/2014
I feel like I am one of the few that loves the Thomas Jane version. It is actually one of my father's favorite films. I agree that Travolta and his family of wackos were a terrible decision for villains but Jane's dedication to the character was solid and I truly felt like he was a man tortured and fated to punish others. The action sequences were few but sufficient and entertaining. It was much better than the War Zone crap.
I feel like I am one of the few that loves the Thomas Jane version. It is actually one of my father's favorite films. I agree that Travolta and his family of wackos were a terrible decision for villains but Jane's dedication to the character was solid and I truly felt like he was a man tortured and fated to punish others. The action sequences were few but sufficient and entertaining. It was much better than the War Zone crap.
8:01AM on 08/01/2014
With odds against him (he looks nothing like Frank Castle) I do agree Jane did a great job with the role. I recently rewatched the unrated (and much longer) and the theatrical cut of The Punisher and they were slightly better than I remembered or maybe watching both versions gave me a better sense of the story and narrative. Though I do think one day we will see The Punisher in true proper form on the big or small screen now that Marvel has him back.
With odds against him (he looks nothing like Frank Castle) I do agree Jane did a great job with the role. I recently rewatched the unrated (and much longer) and the theatrical cut of The Punisher and they were slightly better than I remembered or maybe watching both versions gave me a better sense of the story and narrative. Though I do think one day we will see The Punisher in true proper form on the big or small screen now that Marvel has him back.
7:41AM on 08/01/2014
Amalgam Universe? Anyone? No?
Amalgam Universe? Anyone? No?
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7:40AM on 08/01/2014
Because Downey is so expensive now would he have to switch places with Cap for the ending.
Because Downey is so expensive now would he have to switch places with Cap for the ending.
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7:39AM on 08/01/2014
I'm expecting a name-drop in Avengers 2. Not Panther (or T'Challa) himself, but to Wakanda, vibranium, and maybe T'Chaka. Also sort of expecting him in Captain America 3. If the idea is that Cap and Falcon are travelling the world hunting Bucky, they could (should) go to Africa.
I'm expecting a name-drop in Avengers 2. Not Panther (or T'Challa) himself, but to Wakanda, vibranium, and maybe T'Chaka. Also sort of expecting him in Captain America 3. If the idea is that Cap and Falcon are travelling the world hunting Bucky, they could (should) go to Africa.
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7:36AM on 08/01/2014
Sooner than later
Sooner than later
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7:35AM on 08/01/2014
If they use Moon Knight, they should reach WAY back to stories they don't tell anymore about Moon Knight fighting werewolves and just have a Moon Knight/Werewolf by Night crossover. Remember when X-Men and Spider-Man made it big for the first time and for some reason Werewolf by Night was immediately the next movie to be rumored?
If they use Moon Knight, they should reach WAY back to stories they don't tell anymore about Moon Knight fighting werewolves and just have a Moon Knight/Werewolf by Night crossover. Remember when X-Men and Spider-Man made it big for the first time and for some reason Werewolf by Night was immediately the next movie to be rumored?
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7:34AM on 08/01/2014
Punisher should absolutely be an antagonist of Daredevil, or The Defenders. It would be awesome to see him be the guy they all team up to take down. Otherwise, Jim Mickle for director
Punisher should absolutely be an antagonist of Daredevil, or The Defenders. It would be awesome to see him be the guy they all team up to take down. Otherwise, Jim Mickle for director
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7:33AM on 08/01/2014
the back to back Planet HUlk and WWH were very popular but I never cared for them. I think the best thing would be to stop the Jeckyll and Hyde analogies and do something more like Mighty Joe Young/Godzilla type of movie.
the back to back Planet HUlk and WWH were very popular but I never cared for them. I think the best thing would be to stop the Jeckyll and Hyde analogies and do something more like Mighty Joe Young/Godzilla type of movie.
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