Thanks to the new streaming service Disney+, the MCU will soon be expanding even further. With new limited series featuring Loki (Tom Hiddleston), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), Falcon (Anthony Mackie), and the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) supposedly in the works, it seems any format is possible when it comes to these characters.
There is a plethora of stories and characters from the Marvel Universe that could benefit from having a limited series run as opposed to a feature film. Let's look at five stories and characters that we'd pay a monthly (or yearly, we don't know yet) fee to watch.
After the prime minister of Latveria Lucia von Bardas begins supplying supervillains with advanced tech, Nick Fury sends a covert team of superheroes into the country to overthrow the government. After supposedly killing von Bardas, Fury brainwashes the heroes to forget the incident, which backfires one year later when a very much alive von Bardas and an army of villains attempt to destroy New York.
With epics like Infinity War working on the big screen, a smaller scale story like this would work great as a series. Featuring mostly street-level MCU heroes such as Spider-Man, Luke Cage, and Daredevil, this would be the perfect arena that finally combines the MCU heroes with the Netflix heroes. The show would also revolve around Fury's moral compass. Fury has fought hard to gain the trust of the superhero community, so to do something like this to them would not only put his loyalty to them in question but his own ethics as well.
Following the events of Avengers: Disassembled, a young version of Kang the Conqueror recruits a group of young heroes to take up the mantle of Earth's mightiest heroes. Together, Iron Lad, Patriot, Hulkling, Asgardian, Stature, and Hawkeye (Kate Bishop) become the heroes they think the world needs, despite how unprepared they are.
This series would take place in between Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Bohemian Rhapsody (made-up working title). With half of the world's population gone — and in turn, half the world's heroes — the Young Avengers do their best to protect what's left of the planet. A show like this will give fans a look at how the world is reeling after "the snap" from different points of view, not just that of the Avengers. With the next Avengers film supposedly being the swan song for some of the MCU's heroes, this would also give fans a glimpse into what the future holds.
The story begins in 1939, seen through the eyes of Daily Bugle photographer Phil Sheldon. With the arrival of the world's first superheroes, Marvels gives readers a glimpse into how the regular people of the world view these larger than life people and events. The book looks at the Marvel Universe through the 1970s, moving in real time.
The format of the series would remain almost the same as the book. It could start in the '30s or '40s with the arrival of Captain America, and even look at different Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The most significant change would be rather than just looking through the eyes of Phil Sheldon, it would have to be generational. It would start with Phil, then move onto one of his daughters, and so forth. We'd want a clear POV from someone seeing Cap during the height of the war, to someone who saw him lead the Avengers during the Battle of New York.
KRAVEN'S LAST HUNT
This is arguably Spider-Man's darkest tale.
Kraven hunts down Spider-Man, shoots him, and buries him alive (whoa). He then dons the Spider-Man costume and fights crime, believing he could do it better than the wall-crawler. Feeling he had proven himself to be Spider-Man's better and feeling at peace with himself, Kraven commits suicide, leaving Spider-Man to deal with Vermin, the twisted creature Kraven lets loose upon the city.
Since the movie versions of Spider-Man tend to rely on him being the optimistic and fun teenager, a series like this would be a better way to delve into a darker Spider-Man story.
Given his performance at the end of Infinity War, seeing Tom Holland break those acting chops out in a story like this would be, for lack of a better term, amazing. This version of Kraven the Hunter would adapt his Ultimate counterpart, a crazed reality TV star. Kraven's jealousy of Spider-Man reaches a breaking point and takes this sudden and dark turn.
The one thing that should translate from the comic without change is that Spidey did not make one quip/sarcastic remark throughout the story, which gave it the harsh tone it needed in such a subtle way that it would translate onto the small screen.
Christopher Powell stumbles across a mysterious amulet that grants him the ability to switch places with an android he controls with his mind, dubbed Darkhawk. A teenaged superhero, he served as a member of the New Warriors and the superhero support group Excelsior.
A Darkhawk series would not have to change much. With the success of both Cloak and Dagger and Runaways, another series featuring a teenaged superhero would be a great fit. While the two former shows take place on Earth, Darkhawk would give Marvel the opportunity to provide us with a show centered in the cosmos. Darkhawk could be the Hal Jordan of the MCU. He's a teenager based on Earth but fights for justice in the spaceways.
Disney+ gives Marvel so many opportunities to provide fans with new stories and new characters that may not ever feature in one of its films. Based on Disney's track record (okay, Inhumans, but no one's perfect), we can't wait to see what's in store.