Top Ten Marvel Characters Who Deserve Their Own Series
Here are our picks for the ten Marvel Cinematic Universe characters who should get their own shows on Disney's streaming serivce!
Honorable Mention: Happy Hogan
Happy Hogan would make a great lead character for a fun show. Getting Jon Favreau to return to play the role and direct the series would be even better. The show could follow the hotheaded and over-protective personal bodyguard of Iron Man as he carries out Tony Stark's most personal favors and errands. It'd be a hilarious, episodic series that could dive deeper into one of the most likeable characters in the MCU, and could further explore the world of Iron Man and the larger MCU in funny ways.
With The Vision, a series could help audiences relate to the struggle of a character who is an inorganic life form with a soul. It'd be like a lighter version of Blade Runner as Vis comes to terms with who or what he is and his feelings for Wanda Maximoff a.k.a. Scarlet Witch. It'd be a deep and emotional series and you could have some episodes featuring Vision battling some of the biggest villains in this universe single-handed thanks to his superior power set and other episodes where he's on a quiet date night with Wanda.
9. War Machine
In the War Machine series we could see Col. James "Rhodey" Rhodes on missions for the U.S. government in a 24-esque action/thriller show with him as an armored-up Jack Bauer. It'd be fun to see his War Machine stories from the party scene in Avengers: Age of Ultron play out. This show could have our most patriotic Avenger taking on terrorists and dictators all over the world in an espionage series where other heroes like Iron Man, Captain America, Black Widow, Winter Soldier, and Falcon could make cameos.
Karen Gillan would make a great lead actress for a series as evidenced in Doctor Who, but having her portray the complex and tortured Nebula would be awesome. The series could examine her relationships with Thanos, Gamora, Ronan, and various other villains in the galaxy. Her physical abilities and cybernetic body parts would make her a dynamic action hero, and also contribute to the fact that she feels like an outsider among her own surrogate family. We could also finally see the unexplored backstory of how Thanos found and adopted her. The series could take place between Guardians of the Galaxy and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and use flashbacks to show us her troubled past.
Shuri's series could follow the events of Black Panther and have her working at the Wakandan outreach center in Oakland, California. She could explore and learn about the world outside of her isolated African nation first hand in a funny fish-out-of-water story. The series could also have bad guys attacking the embassy and show Shuri developing technology to defend the city and the kids she's come to care about. She's a young and rebellious character making for some comedic conflict and her extremely high intellect could help her get out of any situation.
6. Korg & Miek
In this hysterical cosmic buddy comedy, Korg and Miek discover strange new worlds as they travel the cosmos. Getting Taika Waititi back in the role of Korg shouldn't be too difficult and having him direct the show would be very important too. These two could run into huge space-based characters as they begin a galaxy-wide revolution against the powers-that-be. It'd be a blast to watch these two interact, especially since one doesn't talk, and get into all kinds of trouble across the galactic side of the MCU.
5. The Winter Soldier
Diving deeper into James "Bucky" Barnes a.k.a. The Winter Soldier is something all fans of the MCU want. It should start with him being pulled out of the ice and brainwashed into a super assassin since that's something we've only seen brief glimpses of so far. This series would show us what it's like be forced to do evil as he is sent on missions to assassinate high-profile targets throughout the decades since World War II by the corrupt organization known as HYDRA. A dark and dreary show, Winter Soldier could be the most dramatic and popular of the bunch and explore the deep history of the MCU much further.
The Ravagers would be the perfect team to reach further into the cosmic side of the MCU. They were already set up beautifully in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, so getting this cast back together would be a great way to capitalize on the exciting promise made to the fans. The series would be a serialized advetnure like Joss Whedon's cancelled-too-soon series Firefly, and if James Gunn can't get on board to helm the series, Whedon would be the one to hire as his witty writing and character-centric storytelling would fit this eccentric group well.
Since Universal won't play ball and let Marvel Studios make another Hulk movie, Kevin Feige and crew should just develop a series for the green Goliath. You could go in a few different directions with it as a Bill Bixby-esque fugitive-on-the-run series focusing on Bruce Banner or fill in the gap between Avengers: Age of Ultron and Thor: Ragnarok with Hulk battling his way to the top of the food chain in the gladiator-like Contest of Champions on the planet Sakaar. You could even do both using the fugitive storyline as flashbacks. Whatever they do, everyone wants to see more of Mark Ruffalo as Banner/Hulk.
The most exciting new character in the MCU in recent memory is Valkyrie, so giving her a series is a no-brainer. Tessa Thompson is magnetic in the role of the former Asgardian warrior who turns into a careless bounty hunter after her legions are defeated by Hela. It's a wonderful character arc we could explore via flashbacks to her days as one of Odin's greatest warriors and discover new parts of the universe with her traversing space to hunt new bounties and even see her first arrive on Sakaar to meet Jeff Goldblum's Grandmster.
The Marvel character who most deserves his own series is Hawkeye. Jeremy Renner plays the character brilliantly bringing his own devil-may-care attitude to the part of the world's greatest archer. We could explore his early days with S.H.I.E.L.D., the referenced mission in Budpest with Black Widow, and how he met his best spy friend and recruited her to join the peacekeeping organization run by Nick Fury. Cameos by Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johnasson, Cobie Smulders, and Clark Gregg would be vital and help flesh out the MCU's past and future. Seeing him at home with his secret family would also be a great way to help us relate to him and explore the psychological toll of his double life.