Bring 'Em Back!1 of 11
Marvel Studios is bringing back a whole host of MCU alums and ideas with its Phase 4 plans and its Disney+ shows - Jane Foster, Zemo, Sharon Carter, Agent Woo, and even Darcy Lewis. But even with all those returns, there's still some untapped potential in past Marvel films that deserve a second act.
While we'll refrain from being so bold as to say these 10 should each 'deserve' their own solo film (although, Nova Corps... come on), these are all fan-favorites that would be a welcome return.
Quicksilver2 of 11
It's one of the few MCU deaths which seemed conclusive and better left untouched, but with the reality-warping WandaVision on its way that Pietro's return might be on the table.
Disney+'s WandaVision seems to involve Scarlet Witch using her reality-manipulating powers to revive her dead lover the Vision and create a more pleasing world - so the surprise reveal that she went to the extent of reviving her years-long-gone dead brother Quicksilver could be a greater piece of the puzzle. Aaron-Taylor Johnson was spotted by paparazzi on the set of Avengers: Endgame, but he never ended up in the movie. The actor has been asked numerous times about the possibility of making a return, and he has shown interest but appears to be waiting on that call from Kevin Feige's office.
Doc Samson3 of 11
Leonard Samson may not have gotten super when Ty Burrell played him in The Incredible Hulk, but that doesn’t mean the Hulk’s psychiatrist wouldn’t have a place in the MCU if he returned.
Marvel wouldn’t even have to hulk Doc Samson out to give him a niche; make him the Avengers' top expert on superhero psychology - they'll need it given what happened in Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame.
Of course, if Marvel wanted to give him a green ponytail and blue tights, the cult favorite character’s fans would likely not argue.
Helen Cho4 of 11
Helen Cho played a small but key role in Age of Ultron as the scientist whose technology allowed Ultron to build the Vibranium body that would eventually become the Vision. But there’s still lots of untapped potential for the character, whose comic book son is none other than Amadeus Cho.
With some revisionist thinking taking place in Disney+'s WandaVision, Cho would be a great return to make sense of the Vision's death and possible return.
Howard the Duck5 of 11
In some ways, a major role for Howard the Duck in a Marvel movie just might be a bridge too far (and more than a little comical considering Disney once sued Marvel over the character allegedly infringing on Donald Duck), but fans seem to have been delighted by his cameos in the Guardians of the Galaxy movies and Avengers: Endgame.
But given his hilarious role in Marvel Comics, he might at least have enough juice in him for an something more than just a cameo/easter egg - and maybe, actually even a subplot.
Or, if Marvel is feeling brave, they could go all the way and try a feature film – as long as they learn every possible lesson from the George Lucas-produced box office bomb of the 80s.
Human Torch6 of 11
“Human Torch? Comeback?” you’re asking. “Isn’t he part of the Fantastic Four, likely newly-joining the MCU in the coming years?
Well, not so fast. Disney-Fox merger aside, we’re actually talking about Jim Hammond, the original Human Torch who fought alongside Captain America and Namor as the Invaders in World War II.
And though Hammond hasn’t exactly played a role in the MCU previously, he did appear as an Easter egg in Captain America: The First Avenger, so what we’re after is a role for him as a fully fleshed-out character.
Given Hammond’s origin as an android built with advanced science, and his comic book connection to the Vision (whose original body was built with components of one of Hammond’s bodies), he’d make for a very interesting addition to the MCU.
Justin Hammer7 of 11
Sam Rockwell’s quirky Justin Hammer was one of the best parts of the not-so-well-regarded Iron Man 2, and references to Hammer-tech have made their way into several other MCU properties since that film. So why not bring back Stark’s former rival for another go round in the movies?
There’s an easy in, here – Tony Stark is gone from the MCU - both as a superhero, a scientist, and a business man. Sounds like just the opening for Hammer to swoop in.
Abomination & The Leader8 of 11
The Abomination may have been defeated at the end of The Incredible Hulk, but it takes a hell of a lot to keep a gamma-irradiated super-monster down. Given that the MCU has a bit of a dearth of super strong villains that can pose a physical threat to characters as strong as the Avengers, it seems like the Abomination would be a perfect dark horse choice to return and take them on – especially if someone like Baron Zemo forms a Masters of Evil-type team. He was reportedly in an early draft of Avengers: Age of Ultron in just such a role.
And while we’re at it, how about bringing back Tim Blake Nelson’s Samuel Sterns? When last we saw him, Hulk’s gamma-tainted blood was flooding his brain, potentially turning him into the Leader, Hulk’s super-smart arch-foe. Let’s tie up those loose ends, Marvel!
Ghost9 of 11
Could Thanos have been stopped sooner with someone like Ant-Man & The Wasp's Ghost siding with the heroes? We'll never know, but Hannah John-Kamen's tortured anti-hero is still out there, in hiding - with Laurence Fishburne's Bill Foster still presumably by her side, helping her with her debilitating condition.
While born in the Ant-Man franchise, Ghost is a relative free agent who could be a good player in several of Marvel's TV and film franchises as a sort of reformed anti-hero with a killer instinct - you know, a 'Wolverine' kind of vibe.
Speaking of groups, how about Ghost in on that idea of a A-Force film that many of Marvel Studios' female actors have been openly asking for?
The Nova Corps10 of 11
The Nova Corps are dead. Long live the Nova Corps.
The Nova Corps were seemingly decimated off-screen in the opening moments of Avengers: Infinity War through Thanos' exposition - and possession of the Power Stone that Peter Quill gave them in the end of Guardians of the Galaxy.
But what if that's not the end?
In comic books, the Nova Corps were snuffed out only to be revived with Sam Alexander and a slow gradual re-expansion of the empire including a the return of the original Nova Richard Rider and more. That could be what Marvel Studios is setting the table for here with a post-Phase 4 idea in mind.
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