Jeph Loeb’s Marvel Television division has been on a real tear as of late. Their Netflix Defenders series will be finally uniting Daredevil, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones and Iron Fist in August. A solo Punisher series recently wrapped filming. The Agent’s of S.H.I.E.L.D have overcome their early season struggles to become one of the most compelling shows on TV.
The future looks bright too, with the New Warriors and Cloak & Dagger coming to Freeform, The Runaways getting a run on Hulu and The InHumans bridging the gap between cinema and an ABC series. The painful lesson we learnt from the excellent Agent Carter, cut down in its prime, is that these TV series’ are not meant to last forever and won’t overstay their welcome – but I think it’s fair to say that Marvel Television have been pretty prolific stage of growth as of late – but what comes next? Well, we have some realistic suggestions. 10 of them to be exact. Here are “10 Marvel Characters That Deserve Their Own TV Series”…
Spoiler Warning: There’s unmarked spoilers of the events of the MCU Movie and TV Shows ahead.
1). Lady Sif & The Warriors Three
Lets face it, New York is getting a little crowded with Marvel superheroes. Spider-Man, Iron Man, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, Luke Cage, Doctor Strange and Frank Castle are all protecting the streets of the MCU Big Apple. Perhaps it’s time for a change of pace and a change of location? Say… Asgard?
The bad-ass warriors Lady Sif, Fandral, Hogun and Volstagg are bound to have plenty of adventures all over the Multiverse while Thor is off saving Earth-199999 and with the upcoming Ragnarok film, it makes sense to capitalise on some of the hype being infected into that world. At the moment, Sif and the Warriors Three feel criminally underutilised in the MCU and appear as Thor’s backing dancers when he wants them.
Their own show, maybe a prequel series that explores how the Three came to team up, would go a long way to rectify that.
Of course, it wouldn’t be the first time that one of these characters has appeared in a Marvel TV Show. Lady Sif visited earth and enlisted the help of Phil Coulson and the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to capture Lorelei during Season 1 and to fight the Kree in Season 2. Lady Sif, played brilliantly by Jaimie Alexander, is one of only a hand full of characters to make the jump between the Marvel movies and TV shows – so there is a precedent there.
2). Ghost Rider
I’ll be honest, when I first heard that Ghost Rider was going to introduced to the Marvel Cinematic Universe via a third of a season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., I cringed. Ghost Rider is not a character that has transferred to live action film in the past and I didn’t expect much this time either.
Boy, was I pleasantly surprised!
Gabriel Luna was inspired casting of Robbie Reyes who has put on a confident performance throughout Season 4 of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the writers have done wonders for a floundering character by stopping short of spending too much time trying to explain the mysticism of the Ghost Rider. For the first time in a long time, it feels like there is future in a Ghost Rider character and giving him his own “Monster of the Week” TV show, just for a season to see where it goes, would be a good way to keep that momentum going.
3). Moon Knight
It seems like every “Marvel TV/Movie Wishlist” contains Moon Knight and, yup, this one is no different. It’s probably because Moon Knight feels like a natural fit for the Marvel Cinematic Universe or that it’s a fan favourite that has been sidelined for far too long. There were even rumours of Moon Knight possibly showing up in one of Netflix’s Marvel shows with a view to give him his own, eventually.
Why have I added Moon Knight to this list? Well, my favourite aspect of this character has always been his dance with insanity and the possibility (probability, at this point?) that he is a high-functioning schizophrenic. Over the years, Marc Spector/Moon Knight have flitted between “just the right side of unhinged” and “clinically insane, most definitely suffering from multiple personality disorders” and it’s the latter which I think it would be exciting to explore on TV.
With FX doing some pretty incredible things to explain the weird, wonderful and imaginary in Legion, it feels like it’s time to explore that side of Moon Knight on TV too.
4). America Chavez
Miss America is awesome. Even since her first appearance in 2011, America has been part of the Young Avengers, Teen Brigade, A-Force during the Secret Wars and is now part of the Ultimates – and she’s still a teenager. Chavez has been making waves – partly because she’s brilliant, partly because she’s Marvels first Latin-American LGBTQ character, partly because she’s the first Latina character to get her own book.
Marvel appear to be finally making good on their commitment for diversity and equality in their comics – something I believe will only serve them well as they open themselves up to new market. It’d be great to see them double down on this commitment by giving Miss America her own show – especially if Miss America does become Captain America in the future (perhaps opening up a replacement for Chris Evans/Sebastian Stan/Anthony Mackie/Whoever it is that’s acting as Captain America and decides they need to hang up the Shield).
5). Misty Knight & Colleen Wing
Colleen Wing was unequivocally the best thing about Marvel’s Iron Fist. Misty Knight was fantastic in Marvel’s Luke Cage. Put them together? You have the Daughters of the Dragon. We’ve already had confirmation that Colleen and Misty will meet up in Marvels’s The Defenders but personally, I would take this further. This pair were fantastic in the comic books and deserve their own show.