Superhero films continue to be all the rage right now. As they continue to be, we’ve decided to throw some suggestions for heroes and villains that we’d like to see on the big screen. Before going further, the main criteria for this list were characters that haven’t gotten the silver screen treatment yet. It was also based on ensuring that the MCU and DCEU continue their recent strides in reflecting the diverse world we live in.
As “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” showed, Peter Parker isn’t the only Spider-person worthy of the big screen treatment. Not when heroes like Spider-Woman have been a commodity in the Marvel comics. Spider-Woman, aka Jessica Drew, has abilities such as pheromone manipulation and energy projection and is skilled at hand-to-hand combat. Given how Spider-Man remains a focal point within the MCU, Spider-Woman won’t get a solo film anytime soon. But given her partnership with Captain Marvel, perhaps she could appear in the “Captain Marvel” sequel. Fingers crossed.
9. Amadeus Cho
With the original Avengers either deceased or going their separate ways, the Hulk’s future in the franchise remains uncertain. However, Bruce Banner could still pass the torch to a new Hulk. In addition to his cousin She-Hulk, who’s getting her own Disney+ series, there’s Amadeus Cho. One of the smartest people on Earth, Cho possesses a computer-like mind and the ability to become the Hulk when enraged. In “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” Cho’s mother Helen assists the Avengers in their quest to defeat evil. Maybe now, her son can join them.
8. Booster Gold
Booster Gold is an interesting walking contradiction. A hero who fights crime thanks to his intelligence and advanced technology that he stole from a museum. Also, as he saves the world from evildoers, he happily reaps the celebrity benefits of being a crime fighter. Booster Gold may not be as big as Superman or The Flash, but as “Shazam!” proved, the DC brand might enough to generate interest in this obscure hero who’s at odds with his own purpose.
7. Enchantress (Marvel)
The last time we got an evil sorceress named Enchantress, it was in “Suicide Squad” and didn’t pan out too well. But, this Enchantress is a Marvel property and is one of Thor’s greatest adversaries. With superpowers that include mind control and teleportation, Enchantress proves to be quite a lethal foe. She won’t be able to combat Thor on their homeland of Asgard, but she could still follow him across space as he joins the Guardians of the Galaxy. So, there are ways in which Enchantress can work her magic on the God of Thunder.
6. Kraven the Hunter
Kraven the Hunter is a villain who’s just aching to claw his way into the big screen. One of Spider-Man’s most prominent enemies, Kraven is a skilled tactician with heightened senses and enhanced strength. He’s also a part of the Sinister Six, a group of archenemies that includes Mysterio and Vulture who both combated Spider-Man in his last two solo pictures. Hopefully, Kraven is the next one in line.
Vixen has a power set that is literally its own animal. Born as Mari Jiwe McCabe, Vixen possesses a talisman called the Tantu Totem that gives her the ability to mimic any animal of her choosing. She can climb like a spider, run fast like a cheetah, or have the strength of an elephant. Her abilities are limitless along with the ways she could be integrated into the DCEU. She should either get the solo movie treatment or appear in the “Birds of Prey” sequel if that gets the green light.
4. Green Lantern (Alan Scott)
After “Green Lantern” didn’t strike box office gold, there might be hesitance to revive the character. If they were to, there’s potential to introduce a new Green Lantern. Particularly, Alan Scott who’s the original person to attain the alias. For one, he’s the first person to wear the Power Ring. Also, he’d allow some LGBTQ+ visibility within the superhero genre since he came out as gay in the comics eight years ago.
3. Kamala Khan
Similar to Amadeus Cho as the Hulk, Kamala Khan would be a way of continuing Captain Marvel’s legacy. Fighting crime under the alias Ms. Marvel, Khan is gifted with shapeshifting and healing abilities. When she was introduced in the comics, her solo series received immense popularity. Partially because of the material itself and also because the character has been a touchstone for Muslim representation in the media.
Namor the Sub-Mariner is arguably the most prolific Marvel hero who has yet to be brought to the big screen. In addition to being the ruler of Atlantis, he has been an X-Man, an Avenger, and even an ally to the Fantastic Four. While one may write him off as Marvel’s Aquaman due to his abilities and him also being half-human, Namor is still rich in complexity thanks to his bold heroism mixed with arrogance and distrust towards human life.
Hawkgirl is a hero that truly soars. Armed with wings and a mace, Hawkgirl is an ingenious fighter who is kind yet can be as fierce as a bird. Despite having a strong presence in various DC animated shows, she’s never gotten a big screen introduction or even a proper live-action treatment on television outside of an appearance within the Arrowverse. Even if she doesn’t get her own solo movie, her power set still warrants the big-screen treatment.