The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been expanding ever since Tony Stark first put on his Mark I armor, and it shows no signs of stopping anytime soon. With plans for Phase Five and beyond announced earlier this year at San Diego Comic-Con, the shared universe based on the world of Marvel Comics is set to release multiple films and interconnected Disney+ TV series annually for the foreseeable future. So if you like the MCU, it feels like the ride is still gaining speed.
Each new project, of course, brings the opportunity for new characters to join the MCU and, in many cases, enter a live-action adaptation for the first time. Marvel characters were leaping to the big and small screens even before the dawn of the MCU, but Marvel Comics has been telling stories continuously since the debut of the Fantastic Four in 1961. That means decades of stories, and thousands of characters with live-action potential, are still on the horizon.
In recent MCU projects, we’ve seen Elsa Bloodstone pop up in Werewolf By Night and Namor finally made his long-awaited debut in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, but there are still hundreds of Marvel comic book characters waiting to be brought to life. So, which other superheroes should the MCU try to mine for new stories next? The A.V. Club has some ideas. From a Canadian superhero team with their own unique flavor, to power-hungry leaders of alternate dimensions, we’ve assembled a list of 20 Marvel heroes and villains who are worthy of a live-action debut in the MCU.
This article originally published on August 11, 2022