10 Marvel Characters We'd Love to See Make it to the Big Screen

February 13, 2013

All Access Weekly had Axel Alonso in the studio this week, where he dished about upcoming big Marvel events and new titles on the horizon. It's a great interview, and it airs this Tonight at midnight/11c on Spike.

We couldn't help but wonder about some recent casting and film rumors. Which also got us to thinking that as cool as The Avengers and other movies have been, there are other Marvel characters that we'd love to see get the big screen treatment.

Here are ten in particular that we'd love to see adapted to film. Some, admittedly, would make for bad movies, but we think they'd at least be amusingly bad.

Cloak and Dagger

The good thing about teams is that you don't get bogged down with just one hero, and the numerous powers/specialties make for more exciting action sequences. The downside, of course, is that you only get so much time to explore and grow characters. Adapting this duo would provide a happy medium, especially since it's a great concept. Speaking of duos…

Power Man and Iron Fist

These two are made for movies. I mean that literally, since both were created as responses to burgeoning film genres of the 1970s (Blaxploitation and kung fu films respectively). Individually, either would be a great film. So why not do a trilogy? First Luke Cage: Power Man, then Iron Fist, then the eventual team-up? Hey Marvel, if you do this, you owe me a thousand dollars! Just kidding. But you can still give me money if you want.

The Runaways

After a team of teens accidentally discover their parents are part of a West Coast cabal of supervillains called The Pride, they take off with their parents' tech. The catch is that they're not quite superheroes so much as confused teenagers trying to make their own way through the world while on the run from the parents they thought they knew. The team has since become cult favorites, and the concept is just begging for a Joss Whedon treatment.

Moon Knight

He's a character that was always intended as a sort of whacked out version of Batman, but over the last few decades he's come into his own with some very interesting treatments. Many of the series featuring the character have been critical successes but saw middling sales. However, Blade was barely a blip in the radar of the mainstream Marvel Universe when that first movie came out, and it was a huge hit. This could work along those same lines.


This over-the-top cartoon come to life made his debut in 1992 and has appeared as part of The New Warriors in the now-defunct Avengers Initiative title, as well as making random cameos in several books since. His schtick is that of a pre-teen who is taken through a dimensional warp and comes back looking and acting like a Looney Tunes character, complete with a giant red mallet and the ability to warp reality around him to resemble a cartoon. With the right amount of CGI, you could definitely have some fun with this concept.

Howard the Duck

With the proliferation of superhero films, it's the perfect time to adapt this subversive satire for the big screen. I know what you're thinking: they already did that in the 1980s! To which I say, no, they didn't. That never happened. You shut your mouth.

The Great Lakes Avengers

Another satire book that could poke a lot of fun at the superhero film genre is this group, which includes Flatman and Squirrel Girl. They were given new life in a 2005 mini-series written by Dan Slott and have popped up from time to time since. Really, we just want to see Squirrel Girl on the big screen.


Yet another character that has been used mostly as satire, but also has her serious ass-kicking moments as well. Perhaps our favorite interpretation came from Dan Slott (yes, again), who framed an early 2000s series around She-Hulk's adventures as a superhero trial lawyer. It was great, great stuff, and a screenwriter could have a lot of fun with that concept.

Rom: SpaceKnight

Oh, what could have been. Originally intended simply as a means to sell a Parker Brothers Toy, the character took on a life of its own in the Marvel Universe and became a cult favorite. The comic was adventurous, made Rom interesting, and had a fantastic creative team behind it. Unfortunately, the character was owned by Parker Brothers, so future appearances in Marvel comics were permanently shelved when the series ended after seven years. His status is still in legal limbo, but maybe – just maybe – an agreement could be reached.


We realize he's already in the Avengers movies, and it's likely that at some point they'll decide to spin him off into his own film like they have for so many other members. What we'd like to see, though, is an adaptation along the lines of what Matt Fraction and David Aja have done with the current Hawkeye ongoing book, which is one of the best superhero comics put out in recent memory.

What Marvel comics characters currently not in development would you like to see made into a feature film? Let us know in the comments!

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